OCZ Gladiator II Copper Skive Heatsink Review
Reviewing heatsinks that we have seen come out for retail
sale under at least three different brand names is always an interesting affair.
OCZ call this little copper cooler the Gladiator II; Dynatron and CoolJag call
it something else. In any case, the Gladiator II is made by the latter and sold
by the former for a pretty inexpensive price all things
When we first reviewed Dynatron's microfin skive heatsinks
they garnered a heck of a lot of interest. Subsequently the skive heatsink has
come to represent good cooling performance without breaking the bank. The
process is well suited to pumping out heatsinks as quick as the fins can be
drawn up from the copper bar stock, and the thermal performance is usually
very good for the size.
The downside to almost all skive heatsinks is that they
collect dust easily. The sharply pointed fins are spaced less than a millimeter
apart on this heatsink and in effect become little air filters underneath the
whirling 6800RPM fan that whines away like a tornado. Regular cleaning should
keep things in tip top shape though.
Sold By: www.ocztechnology.com
- Model: Gladiator II
- Fan: 6800RPM, 37 CFM, 12V, 5W
- Fan Dim: 25x60x60mm
- Heatsink Dim: 60x62x63mm
- HS Material: C1020 Copper
- Weight: 435 grams
about these Skived Copper fins we speak of?
Well the manufacturing process goes something analogous to a chisel cutting into
a piece of wood. The difference is that the cuts are much more controlled and
result in straight bits of metal (the skived fins) standing upright.
After removing the aluminum shroud we were
able to take a first hand look at these fins. Each fin has a smooth side, and
a rough side. The tips of the fins come to a knife edge, and unlike what
you might expect from copper are nice and stiff - due to work hardening.
There are on the order of 60 fins cut from the 60mm x
60mm copper base, and each fin stands ~21mm tall.