Plat (Jun 10, 2001 12:51 a.m.):
I was gonna just pass on this but here goes.
i'm kinda gettin tired of the hype. This cooler isn't for everyone and it is not the end all to hs. COMON THINK.
Sure it's gotten a good review and it might actually be as good as or better than the swiftech, but that still doesn't mean it is the best solution for EVERYONE.
1. the fan cannot be removed, (in my opinion this is HUGE).
2. It's extremely heavy, we don't really know what all the repercussions of this will be but it's definitely not to AMD's spec.
3. it's not available for everyone. NOT EVERYONE LIVES IN THE US.
there are probably more, i'm just too tired to think them up.
bottom line the original poster asked if the WBK was a good hs, answer is YES, it is a very good hs.
1. it's fan is removable, not only that, but the wbk has the most flexible fan attachment system allowing for various configurations to meet a variety of needs.
2. it's very light.
3. it's aluminum, one of the things that often seem overlooked is that copper requires more airflow to remove heat than aluminum does. bottom line, copper works better w/ higher speed fans, aluminum works better w/ lower speed fans.
4. the WBK's are easy to find. almost everyone carries them.
Hm...you do make a good argument here, however, it's a rather onesided argument.
First off, the Glaciator isn't really "available" to anybody yet. Once it is, it should be fairly easy to get a hold of. If you can't find a distributor in your country, you can always ask on the forum, there are several people willing to have the thing shipped to them and then ship it to you for the price of shipping.
Second, the fan *is* removeable (there is a post about it in this board...runner up in the name contest, so he got one of the first shipped...) apparently it's just kinda glued in or something like that. Even if it weren't, there is a reason that it is so integrated....less noise and more performance.
Third, the weight really only becomes an issue if you move it around...the clip applies much more pressure than the weight of the hsf. This is a valid concern if you move it, though, as it does use a clip.
Lastly, you point about copper needing more air flow to remove the heat is true...but that's because it moves more heat than aluminium. With similar air flows copper will remove more heat than aluminium (well, maybe about the same, don't know for sure) but copper's bar of diminishing returns for more airflow is much higher than aluminium's.
But, really, the only reason I brought the Glaciator up is because it was asked about. I'm not just randomly advertising this thing.