Both coolers share the same heat sink, which is made from copper which provides the highest heat transfer capabilities while keeping the price reasonable. This AMD heat sink uses a clip system so installation was easy and straightforward, providing the right amount of pressure on the CPU’s core.
There is no need for a screwdriver as you easily push the clip down thanks to the handle
As you can see, the heat sinks are identical
The only difference here is the way you attach the fan, here are both fan-holders compared:
The larger one is from the X-Dream SE, it creates a small distance between fan and heat sink for optimal air circulation
On the bottom side of the heat sink you will have to the remove the plastic film that serves as protection from scratches during transport
The bottom is lapped, but there are still some discrepancies visible, nothing too badly that a good thermal paste can't cope with
These heat sinks are made using a method called Skiving.
skive [v.] To remove the surface of
By using a machine that has a very precise "cutter" the right amount of fins are carved out a block of copper. The result is a heat sink with almost identical fins that are spread out evenly over the complete surface.