The sound of silence sells best in this day
and age, and in an effort to make the Silver Mountain 2 line of heatsinks
quieter, Akasa have released the Silver Mountain 2Q model - with a 4600RPM
low noise Sanyo Denki fan onboard.
silver mountain is a unique breed among coolers - it's based upon a solid
copper foundation, but with a twist. Where most manufacturers would stop,
Akasa have taken one extra step to help and ensure thermal uniformity; plating
the entire heatsink with a coating of silver.
The silver coating won't really influence thermal results, but will prevent
the underlying copper from oxidizing. Provided the silver coating is thick
enough, it may even fill in some of the small gaps between the 14 rows of
mechanically joined fins and 6mm thick base.
After picking up the Silver Mountain 2Q for
the first time it is impressive to notice just how heavy the heatsink really is.
Then again this shouldn't come as much of a surprise since the heatsink is all
copper, it just might the fact that the silver coating gives it the appearance
of aluminum which we naturally expect to be lighter.
Each of the fins have been inserted into a
slot in the 6mm thick copper base. The fin sections were then crimped into place to
keep them firmly attached. It is difficult to tell if any soldering has
taken place (most likely it has) since the entire heatsink is plated. A small
aluminum fan shroud has also been attached to keep the fan in position, and
direct the airflow from the 25mm thick fan further down the length of the fins.