Kyle van HardOCP heeft een prototype in handen gekregen van de AAGK-1 koeler van Millennium ThermalSolutions en die eens op de pijnbank gelegd. De koeler ziet eruit alsof er goed over na is gedacht met koelribben in horizontale en verticale richting. De prestaties vallen nog een klein beetje tegen, maar dat kan natuurlijk nog veranderen aangezien dit een prototype is. Ook als de prestaties niet verbeteren koelt ie nog steeds aardig goed voor slechts 30 dollar:
This is the cooler that the review was based on so I saved it for last. To be a newbie entry in the HSF field we were happy to see the Mill Cooler do so well. At 104ºF, it is certainly not the coolest, but it is FAR away from being a bad performer. There is no doubt that a lot of engineering went into this cooler. I have a little reservation about the size of the cooler. Most mainboard manufacturers are now trying to take capacitor placement into consideration but it is still possible with a cooler that extends out over the edge of the socket that you could run into problems. Having a 7000 RPM fan on it does make the cooler a bit loud, but if performance is what you want this may be the cooler to keep your eye on. When we first discussed the cooler with the manufacturer we really expected better performance. Millennium ThermalSolutions tells us that we should have seen a temp more in the 94ºF range. I used multiple thermal pastes and reattached the cooler many times and got the same results.
[...] Giving Millennium the benefit of the doubt is not a problem. From talking to them, there is no question that they are very familiar with the laws of thermodynamics. However, the real world does not operate in a vacuum either. If their cooler will do what they say it will, then it will be one hella unit to have. Still even if it "only" performs as well as it did for us, it is still one of the best coolers produced. Next lies the big question of whether or not you can buy one. It seems as though this cooler will be ready to distribute sometime very soon, say within 60 days or so. At that point from what I was told there will be many of them in the market. The laws of supply and demand coupled with a decent wholesale price should leave this unit around the US$30 level. If all this works out and you can pick it up easily at the pricing we expect, it will be a great deal for OCers.