|-- Installation and Observations
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To start things off, the 6Cu looks the same as the
previous test unit, the Volcano 5. No design awards to be won
here, it is one plain looking heatsink. The addition of the
higher speed fan and the copper base does give a bigger 'umph' to
the package. The fan itself is incredibly loud, if anyone
tells you otherwise they have some serious hearing problems.
It is on par with the loud black label Deltas.
Here is the major difference between the
V5 and V6Cu. There is a copper circle on the bottom of the 6Cu
unit, measuring a little over an inch and a half in diameter.
The 6Cu/+ both support up to an AMD ATHLON 1.5GHz+and INTEL PIII
1.13GHz & TUALATIN up to 2.0GHz. The 6Cu unit is a bit
heavier than the Volcano 5, but that shouldn't cause a problem on
There are still 22 fins on the unit, with
the outter most fins being ribbed. The fan still rests on top of
a black metal piece. From the review of the Volcano 5, it seemed
that this black piece did a nice job of keeping the airflow in one
direction only. No air was escaping at all from any spot except
the two sides.
As usual, I scraped away the black
thermal pad with my VISA card. This actually works a lot better
than a razor, you probably won't be cutting the copper too hard
with this method. The last thing you want are some nasty
scratches on your nice smooth copper base.