Summary: As always I have a few minor gripes. For starters there should be some sort of a manual especially here with this heatsink since there is a possibility you might crack the core if you don't use the felt pads on the bottom of the heatsink. I would like to see the little ridge on the clip were you put the tip of your screwdriver much bigger so the screwdriver wasn't so prone to slippage, none of these quibbles are show stoppers though.
Pros: Performance is best I have tested, Three prong clip holds HSF firmly in place, Design allows use of 60, 70, and 80mm fans, Very polished base
Cons: No printed instructions, Clip somewhat difficult to operate, Expensive
Excerpt: Thermalright has been a producer of high-quality copper heatsinks for quite a few years. Greater heat generation of the latest processors has resulted in the need for larger, heavier coolers to eliminate this heat. These high-performance cooling chameleons are targeted towards the enthusiast market, who generally upgrade frequently and switch between Intel and Athlon processors.
Conclusion: The Volcano 12's bigger and uglier than the Thermalright options, though.
And, more practically, its elephantine bulk is retained by a plain old three-hole
hook clip. If you're moving your computer around regularly, you'll be safer
with an 800U or 900U than with a Volcano 12.
Excerpt: Along about the middle of last year Thermalright introduced the SLK-800 heatsink for socket 370/462 motherboards. The result was a resounding success. The SLK-800 found itself perched atop the food chain for aftermarket cooling on those steaming Athlons. Praises were heaped upon it like roses on Miss America. So, it’s been well over six months since it was introduced, why subject us to another review? Well, for two reasons actually.
Excerpt: Thermalright entered the Athlon cooling scene with a bang. Their SK-6 was one of the best, if not THE best 60mm cooler for the Athlon available, thoroughly trouncing the aluminum contenders of the day such as Globalwin�s FOP-38. Flash forward to......
Summary: Without a doubt this is the Ferrari of the heat sink world. It has it all, copper, shiny finish, choose your own fan, superb clip, easy release fan system. The only thing that might put people off is the price at $45-$50 USD it is not cheap. You get what you pay for right? I can't recommend this highly enough if you have a hot Athlon based system. A choice product for all you enthusiasts out there.
Pros: Awesome cooling, looks great, Fits all size fans, Pure copper baby
Excerpt: Thermalright in the past has made a lot of high quality, awesome performing heatsinks that have usually blown away its competition, or at least equaled them. Today I am reviewing the newest Thermalright heatsink, the SLK-800.