Thursday, March 10th 2011

Swiftech Returns to Air-Cooling with Polaris 120 CPU Cooler

Swiftech is making a comeback to making CPU air-coolers. The company currently specializes in water-cooling components such as CPU/GPU water blocks, radiators, etc. Swiftech's latest air-cooler is called Polaris 120, and is a tower-type heatsink. It makes use of five 8 mm thick copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the CPU, to feed heat to a dense aluminum fin array. The aluminum fins have grooves at their edges to improve heat dissipation. As the name suggests, it uses a 120 mm fan to ventilate the heatsink. The fan spins at speeds of 750~1500 rpm, with rated noise output of 13.2 ~ 41.5 dBA. Measuring 135 (W) x 91 (D) x 152 (H) mm, it weights 849 g. Slated for next week, it is expected to be priced at $60.
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11 Comments on Swiftech Returns to Air-Cooling with Polaris 120 CPU Cooler

#1
D4S4
this actually looks quite good.
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gvblake22
I like that the fins start very low down on the heatpipes, maximizing cooling potential in the space provided. The heatpipes also look nice and fat. Swiftech appears to have done a great job with this, hopefully the performance is as good as its looks!
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#4
bear jesus
That is how a direct touch base should look, I'm impressed.

I look forward to reviews.
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#5
Arrakis+9
this is about the only direct touch heatpipe cooler that im actually excited to read a review on
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#6
Dave65
Same here,5 contact heat pipes looks quite good..
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Do the direct contacts actually exist for desktops? I think I've only seen them in notebooks.
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#8
gvblake22
by: Frick
Do the direct contacts actually exist for desktops? I think I've only seen them in notebooks.
They've been around for a while now. Xigmatek was the first one to start the trend, then OCZ and Sunbeam chimed in. Now everyone is doing it! :)
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#9
erocker
by: bear jesus
That is how a direct touch base should look, I'm impressed.

I look forward to reviews.
I agree. Hopefully they will actually be flat and not too thin.
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#10
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
would perform great. and with the bundled 2500 rpm fan, no doubt about it.
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I want. See how those gaps are very very very small? Xigmatek and them could learn about the HDT bases.
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