- Oct 24, 2007
Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler Review
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Part Number: Corator DS
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Price: MSRP $58.99 USD
In the past we have seen many different takes on what a good CPU heatsink should look like. We have seen solid base, heatpipe direct touch, down draft, tower, and even dual tower designs all of which met with various levels of success. While we still have a fondness for downdraft coolers, the dual tower designs are the ones which have always intrigued us the most. On the one hand we have seen some less than optimal designs from companies with a proven track record but we have also seen some of the best of the best dual tower designs come from some surprising corners.
Coolink may not be all that well known in North America but their parent company Rascom is one half of the brains that makes up the Noctua brand name (the other being the Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology). In many ways you can consider the Noctua branded line of coolers the “Cadillac” arm of Rascom as their coolers are designed, marketed and priced with enthusiast niches in mind. Coolink on the other hand can be considered the Chevrolet of Rascom and their coolers usually feature good performance at very reasonable prices.
Trying to repeat their praise-worthy performance from tests past, Coolink has released their take on the dual tower CPU cooling solution which they call the Corator DS. Of all the dual tower designs out there, we have yet to see on that also implements a heatpipe direct touch base. This is where the Corator DS comes into the equation as it is not only equipped with an HDT base (or "Gapless Direct Touch" as Coolink calls it) but also features a simply awe-inspiring design.
Unfortunately, at this time Coolink’s distributor network isn’t as large as many other companies’ and as such their products are a bit of a rarity at most retailers. Nonetheless, the Corator DS has an MSRP of 58.99 USD which is about $60 Canadian. This is certainly a lot more reasonable sum than the comparable Noctua D14 which is priced at a staggering $110. So let’s call this a D14 “Lite” for the time being and get on with this review.
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