[section_title title=”Closer Look”]
The last cooler that passed through my hands and got tested on my test bed was what I consider to be the best passive heat sink on the market. It was of course the Thermalright HR-22 which was a gigantic cooler by anyone’s standards and going by that, the Lucifer isn’t actually that much smaller. The fin spacing looks to be nearly identical too which is a good thing as it does hopefully mean it’ll perform well, but that will be seen when it’s tested. I’m not entirely sure if the shape of the cooler is a design specific or if it was done purely for aesthetic reasons but it’s ‘M’ shape is different and something which I’ve not seen before.
While there may be no ventilation holes in the design such as the HR-22 has, it still has slightly raised fins which should aid the transfer of heat to air which ultimately will help temperatures. It also gives it a cool finish too, rather than it just being totally flat.
No cooler is complete without its heat pipes, and that carries through from the budget coolers, including the stock AMD coolers, right the way through to the top of the line coolers. The Lucifer fits somewhere in the middle but it still has six heat pipes. They are oddly spaced in terms of where they go into the heat sink but this may be because I have become accustom to symmetrical designs rather than the shape in which these are. Whether this design is effective is up for questioning as two thirds of the heat pipes go into a very small area of the cooler and it leaves vast areas uncovered which seems a waste as there is plenty of real estate to spare.