Coolink ChipChilla

Packaging and A Closer Look

Packaging
 
The ChipChilla comes in an attractive blister style package that allows you to see the product quite well even before you've opened it. Behind the heatsink is a second blister pack that is moulded to the rear profile of the ChipChilla and it contains your mounting hardware etc.
 
ChipChilla package front ChipChilla package rear
ChhipChilla angled front view
 
Apart from the lack of some staples to help keep the plastic blister attached to the cardboard insert, the ChipChilla should arrive safely and in one piece. The heatsink contained within does fit very snugly in the included packaging.
 
Opening up the ChipChilla packaging reveals a very well written installation manual and the included mounting hardware.
 
ChipChilla contents Installation manual
 
Included in the packaging were:
 
 
* 1 x Coolink ChipChilla heatsink and fan
* 1 x Chipset foam spacer
* 2 x push-pins
* 1 x motherboard hook
* Thermal paste sachet
* Installation manual.
 
 
Now I know that you are all eager to get a closer look at the Coolink ChipChilla so let's get a little better acquainted with the heatsink and its features shall we.
 
A Closer Look
 
The Coolink ChipChilla is certainly one of the more robust chipset heatsinks that we've seen here at OC3D. It is certainly wider than offerings from both Noctua and Thermalright thanks to the inclusion of the fan. The increased thickness of the heatsink and fan assembly may be an issue for those of you with large CPU heatsinks, and this is something I'll talk about in a little more detail over the page.
 
ChipChilla top ChipChilla side
ChipChilla braided cable
 
One aspect I really liked about the fan was that the cable was well braided and heat-shrunk. It adds an element of class and finish to the unit. Nice touch Coolink!
 
The base of the ChipChilla is lapped Copper, but not lapped to a mirror finish and from what I can see the heatpipes are actually soldered to the Copper base. The base is very flat too.
 
ChipChilla base Lapped Copper bottom
 
The fan that is included with the Coolink ChipChilla is a little bit of a mystery as it doesn't have any visibly identifiable information on either the front or rear faces. For all intents and purposes it is quite clearly a simple bearing fan but it does feel a little on the flimsy side.
 
 ChipChilla rear of fan ChipChilla front of fan
ChipChilla without fan ChipChilla base
 
With the fan removed and the ChipChilla left standing in all its naked glory we can really see the fin count is quite high on an heatsink of it's size. Whether this will cause noise issues remains to be seen, but it certainly has a substantial surface area for effective heat exchange.
 
In the bottom right image you can see the (below the cooling fins and above the centre of the heatpipe curve) mounting point for the motherboard clip if you have a cooling solution that utilises this method of fixture.
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Most Recent Comments

16-05-2008, 07:52:24

PV5150
Does the Coolink ChipChilla have what it takes when the going gets toasty?

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Coolink ChipChilla

17-05-2008, 15:43:02

FarFarAway
Deffo a nice cooler, worth a look if you're after something nice and chunky for your hot NB

Nice review as usual Peevs

17-05-2008, 15:50:12

ionicle
looks and performs well compared to the noctura thing

not so sure about the name though

good review

18-05-2008, 05:58:51

PV5150
Thanks guys. Yeah it is a little on the beefy side quite a good performer if you have the room.

18-05-2008, 06:29:38

w3bbo
Great review PV. Looks like a tidy piece of kit. I would like to have seen how it compared to the stock cooling solution to show how much of an improvement could be had but regardless, it certainly holds its own with the noctua. Well done m8.

19-05-2008, 06:29:13

Sgt.Bilko
Hi guys, is it just me or did the two coolers in the test have absolutely no effect on load temps?

I can see that they cooled the chipset down by around 6 degrees C at idle but gave the same result at load (51.xx & 52.xx degrees C respectively).

Kind'a defeats the purpose, if the purpose is overclocking...don't ya think?

Can't see the point myself.

Me thinks I'll keep me money in me pocket!

13-06-2008, 03:27:34

Chipzilla
the Coolink WHAT?
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