Packaging and A Closer Look
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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