Mission control we are clear for launch - 10, 9, 8, skip a few, 2, 1. Gigabyte sent over their 3D Rocket heat sink for me to test out. First impressions this unit gave was the size. The height alone made me a bit wary of fitting it into the case. I thought I had to cut a hole in the side panel!
The rocket has been made for AMD processors. It fits Socket 754, 939, 940, and AM2 motherboards.
- Dual fan Duct design- look after cooling solution for CPU and the motherboard.
- Super Silent
- Easy Installation
- Side fin air intake design
- Octahedral high conductivity heat pipes design
The top of the rocket has a UV orange ring set inside of a removable fan duct.
The fan duct is about 1" long and is removed and set to the side in the picture below.
On the bottom of the aluminum fins they have a fan that helps move air through the heat sink. Air is being pushed down from the bottom fan across the motherboard and the top fan pushed air out the top. This causes the air to come in through the fins and cool off the heat pipes.
The retention bracket is not built into the heat sink.
The base has the typical caution sticker.
The copper base is a bit scratched and seems to be unpolished. Something that is not a standard is the steel plate just above the copper base. The plate does make sure you get the rocket centered on the processor when you attach it to the motherboard. I may need to lapped this base later on.
The 3D Rocket's orange ring can be moved from the fan duct to the top of the fan housing. The 3D Rocket does not come with any spares or different colors.
Before I start performing tests, I wanted to see if the fan duct would fit in my case. The removable fan duct is VERY close to my case's side panel.
With the fun duct removed it will allow the fan to push the air against the case door and flow back around cooling everything else.
The 3D Rocket is rather quiet and cannot be heard over the rumble of the other two 80mm fans in the case.
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