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  Product:     Thermalright SLK947U HSF  
  Price:     $65 (CAN) / $50 (U.S)  
  Supplied By:     ADPmods
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     January 14th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Anand from ADPmods for sending the Thermalright SLK947U HSF for review.


Platform computing provides some special challenges for manufacturers who specialize in the thermal cooling products. Intel and AMD are widely known for releasing new CPU revisions at least every two years, which means new cooling products must be either created or revised to meet current consumer demand. A few widely known companies with great reputations such as Akasa, Globalwin, Thermaltake, Vantec and Zalman have been able to quickly adapt to new platforms and provide an assortment of new products to the consumer market each and every year. Thermalright is a new company that specializes in the design and manufacture of a wide array of cooling systems and CPU cooler products. The company has established solid reputation amongst overclocking enthusiasts with the release its popular SLK based cooling product line. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Thermalright SLK947U HSF, a product which utilizes a unique design to cool high performance CPU's.


The Thermalright SLK947U HSF, is an all-copper cooler designed for Intel Pentium 4 processors based on the Socket 478 design, and AMD processors designed for Socket A and 462. The unit is designed to provide quiet performance even at higher processor speeds, supporting chips running up to 3.0 GHz. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Thermalright website:

Thermalright SLK947U HSF - Key Specifications:
Thermalright SLK947U HSF: Manufactured by Thermalright
Dimensions: 67mm (L) x 81mm (W) x 45mm (H)
Unit Weight: 570g
All copper design for maximum performance
Soldered fins to base to ensure effective contact
Screws through motherboard mounting for LAN party
Both AMD socket A and Intel socket-478 compatible

Thermalright SLK947U HSF
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Thermalright SLK947U HSF
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The SLK947U HSF arrived in standard cardboard retail packaging with the Thermalright logo located on front of the package. Thermalright is marketing this product as a silent high performance cooling solution with a focus on an unorthodox heatsink design. Upon opening the package, the SLK947U HSF is kept in place by a cardboard mount along with an assortment of accessories.

Thermalright SLK947U HSF
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Thermalright SLK947U HSF
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One unique aspect of the Thermalright SLK947U HSF design is its ability to adapt to several different fan sizes for performance cooling. Included in the package in an assortment of retention wires which install on the base of the SLK947U itself, allowing consumers to use fan sizes ranging from 72mm to 92mm. The package also includes mounting components for both AMD and Intel platforms as well as a syringe of white silicone thermal paste. For the purposes of the review, ADPmods included a sample tube of Artic Silver 5. Artic Silver 5 like its predecessors is high performance thermal compound optimized for use between modern high-power CPUs, high performance heatsinks and water cooling solutions.
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