The “Extreme” is made entirely out of copper:
Aerocool chose to solder small fins onto the copper base; this will result in lower heat transfer when compared to heatsinks with skived fins.
The base is very smooth, only a very small number of inconsistencies were spotted, lapping this heatsink will not bring much improvement as Aerocool did already a good job here:Installation
The AMD installation is very easy as it uses a 3-pin clip like many others. The P4 method, however, is quite different.
You’ll need a set of pliers to remove the AMD clip, and then attach the 2 Intel clips which use the default Intel bracket to secure the heatsink in its place, here’s how it looks after the transformation
Pretty ordinary looking? Take another look:
The clips are installed ON the fan instead of on the heatsink, this means that you have to place the heatsink on the CPU and then align the fan with the clips over the heatsink, and apply pressure evenly on all 4 corners. As this heatsink is rather small it will start sliding around if you don’t do things patiently. I would have preferred to see the clips attached to the heatsink.
Now let’s find out if it can cool an overclocked XP2200+ sufficiently ->