|-- Taking a Closer Look
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Upon looking at this unit for the first time, I
noticed the trend with many manufacturers in creating extra surface
area. Notice the ribbed design on the the outer fins on this
Not sure if this actually helps a whole
deal or not, but this is going to be the only place you're going to
see this extra ribbed area. The inside fins don't have this type
Aside from that, let's take a look at the
basic workings on the Volcano 5. One of the most important
elements that I value on any heatsink is the clip design.
Thermal Take usually considers the request from many users on a simple
clip that works. Definitely something that does not require a
jack hammer to put in. The clip on this unit is just 'adequate'
to say the least. I say this because it was hard to put on with my
bare fingers. After a few minutes of toying with it, I whipped
out my small flat headed screw driver and took care of business.
The clip itself had no area to push down on! The clip did have a small notch situated in the
middle for a flat screwdriver to push down on.
The bottom of the unit has this huge
white plastic layer that protects the thermal pad. There's a
warning there also, so listen to Thermal Take you newbies! Tear
that plastic off before you do anything, plastic is not a thermal
interface material! I didn't bother using the thermal pad, using
my NextCard VISA I scraped off the black nasty. I found that the
flat edge on the credit card is a lot easier to use than a
razor. It doesn't scratch the metal as easily also.
The top of the unit has a black piece
that the fan rest on. Its locked in by clips that work in
conjunction with some of the fins on the heatsink itself. I
tried to pry it off, but I don't think it really would show anything
significant so I left it there.
I unscrewed the fan to to check what kind
it was, or in this example who made it. The fan is attached to
that black metal piece by 4 very small screws. You definitely
need a small mini-screwdriver to get those out. The fan,
according to Thermal Take, has a start up voltage of 7V. This is
perfect for the many people who have the 12-5V trick done on their
fan/bay buses. This 32CFM fan is from Everflow, which is the
same manufacturer that was used on the previous versions of the
Here's a side profile shot of the
fins. There's a total of 22 fins on the actual heatsink, with a
Patent Pending clip running across. You may notice a dip in the
middle fins, according to Kenny over at TT this was made to ease the
installation of the clip. Guess I learned something new today!