|-- Dynatron DC1206BM-L
-- Price: ~
-- By: GideonX
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Since our last encounter with a
Dynatron cooler, we were quite pleased with the build and
performance of their units. They have incorporated Micro Fin
technology in their units, which is basically the slicing of fins in
one block of aluminum or copper. No fins are soldered, so expect
a good transfer of heat from the base through the fins. We will
take a look at their aluminum offering, the
DC1206BM-L model. Yes, the model numbers are confusing as heck
and I wished they would shorten it but what can you do right? Onward
The cooler came in a pretty plain box
from Ralph over at
What was interesting, is that the bottom of the unit had a gray
plastic cover to protect it. Never really seen one of these on a
unit before, surprising to see it on such a light heatsink.
This Dynatron unit comes with smaller
blue Top Motor fan, rated at 5300rpms and 24.4CFMs. It is
recommended up to 1.7Ghz for AMDs and 1.26 for Intels. There is
an option to add on a more powerful fan, so it is customizable to
whatever suits your needs. I do like the Blue Top Motor fan, it
is definitely quieter than any of the high powered fans we use around
The clip design does lack a bit in the
usability department. You're going to need a small flat head
screw driver to get this one on your socket tabs. Once on, it is
very rigid and keeps the heatsink on top of the CPU very firm.
The above shot shows the Micro Fins
covered by a shroud. The shroud is important due to the fact
that these fins are very thin and are prone to bending. One of
the beauties of this fin technology is that the fins are not attached
after the base is molded. Take a close look and you'll notice
the fins are connected directly to the base. I seem to stress
this a lot, but this is one sweet way of making a heatsink.
The bottom of the unit comes with a
square piece of pre-applied thermal grease. Not a pad, but
grease. Only bad part is, if you mess up your installation the
first time around, you're out of grease. Then again, I'm sure
you can muster up a few ounces of it to put on your CPU core.
You didn't think we'll let that white
paste slip by us did you? Off it went and on came the ASII.
Here are some temperatures for your viewing pleasure. Please
note, this is with the Blue fan that came with the unit. Your
results will vary depending on what fan you decide to go with.
Our trusty old test rig is as follows:
IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard
AMD Thunderbird 800Mhz CPU
Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB
The test will consist of an idle
temperature check and a full load temperature check. The full
load will be accomplished by using the RC5
program and running 3DMark
2001 for 30 minutes. Arctic Silver II Thermal Paste used
without a doubt.
Here are some results:
AMD Tbird 800 Stock
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
Temp. ~ 27C
Dragon Orb 3
Golden Gate 40
Take Volcano 5
Take Volcano 6Cu
Take Volcano 6Cu+
Not exactly the bone crushing performance
you'd expect from the same company that brought you the BM0 copper
version. But again, the default fan that comes with the unit is
a 24.4CFM model. Upgrading that will most likely lower the
temperatures. We will not be removing the unit and replacing it
with one of our own, if it comes stock like it is, we will test it
like it is. It is a 15 dollar heatsink, take it as how the
manufacturer wishes it to be used.
One recommendation I do have for this
unit. If you are planning to replace that crappy OEM heatsink
that came with your Mom and Pop machine, then go for this one.
It is quiet and does definitely does better than any no name OEM brand
Thanks to Ralph over at E-Compuvision for
sending us this unit from Dynatron. Always a treat to see Micro
Fin technology in action.
- Very light
- Micro Fins!
- Extremely affordable
- Adequate performance
- Not the best for overclocked systems
- Clip design should be updated
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