If you have been noticing lately, there are hordes and hordes of heatsinks available for your socket CPU. You have names like Vantec, Globalwin and new comers like Dynatron. With so many selections to choose from, it sure is hard to pick the right one. What a lot of us overclockers have been waiting for is the new socket solution from the folks at Alpha. One of the pioneers in the heatsink business, this Japanese company has produced some of the most well known coolers on the market.
With the release of their new unit, labeled PAL8045, Alpha is once again trying to reclaim their thrown as the cooling champion. As soon as these units came in stock at Heatsink Factory, we had William the owner send one over to us. Upon its arrival, I noticed the dramatic increase in size this unit had over its previous PAL unit and other heatsinks in general.
The PAL8045 measures in at 80X80X45mm and this is without a fan! This unit requires an 80mm fan, the smaller 60mm commonly used will not cut it with this one. The unit that we received is the regular 8045, there is also another 8045U version which includes a screaming Delta fan. If you have your own fan, you can opt for the regular version without the fan to save a few bucks.
Included with both versions is the heatsink itself, a shroud, 4 springs, 4 long screws, 4 nipples and a truck load of plastic washers. In the regular 8045 version, another 4 long screws are included so you can attach your fan. In the U version, the fan is already attached so no more work is needed.
Before starting off on our installation, we are going to peel off the white protective layer on the heatsink shroud. You can leave it on if you want, but over time this can turn real ugly...
Don't mind the dirty cpu slug, we beat on our chips.
As you can see, this unit does not use a regular clip. Actually, no clip is used. The PAL8045 uses the 4 holes that are around the CPU socket on your motherboard. Some say this is a huge pain in the ass, but I actually like the idea. This is a lot more secure than letting the Zif tabs on your socket support this monster. Only downside is that you need to rip your motherboard out to install this unit. Not a big deal, but this will take some time to install. Most AMD boards should have these four (4) holes, check before going ahead and purchasing this unit.