Thermalright has been in the heatsink business for some time now, and without any doubt has produced some of the best on the planet. While it tends to appeal more to enthusiast users, the heatsinks are not cheap. But with Thermalright heatsinks you always get a product that performs, complete with everything needed for mounting.
The SLK 947U comes with a bit more than your typical heatsink and because of this it is able to support both AMD and Intel processors. The good news is that this doesn’t include any additional parts or accompanying extra costs. So you get everything needed in a top quality workmanship heatsink that is designed to perform, and perform it does.
This heatsink is able to take on quite a few different fans, too. It can support 92mm, 80mm, and 70mm blowers. This is good news for those users who want to use a larger fan or who want a quieter computer.
Different fan sizes are enabled by the holes located on both sides of the heatsink. Each mounting hole position accommodates a different fan size. This is done using ‘Retention Wires’ supplied in the package. There are four sets:
- 1 Set, Retention Wires for 80×38 and 92×38 Fans
- 1 Set, Retention Wires for 80×25 and 92×25 Fans
- 1 Set, Retention Wires for 70×25 Fans
- 1 Set, Retention Wires for 70×15 for TMD Fans
What I found most interesting about this heatsink was the lowest retention mount holes. Those with Y. S. Tech TMD (Tip Magnate Driven) fans are able to install and use them on this heatsink. However, there have been rumors and ‘opinions’ suggesting TMD fans don’t working well with ‘Thin-Fin’ heatsink designs. Well, these are in fact, just rumors, and should be ignored. Thin-Fin design and the TMD fan work quite well together, making a good combination. What you won’t find with TMD fans is massive CFM; other common fans can move quite a bit more depending on the blade design. In our review we’re going to use the TMD because it is currently the only fan that provides a nice center flow of air, and doesn’t overlap the heatsink design like most fans do.
The overall design and appearance of the SLK 947U heatsink is very good. Solder points are clean and solid, allowing for good thermal transfer. Thermalright is well known for its performance, undoubtedly due in great part to high quality workmanship, and rarely do you find any flaws in its products.
But more than soldering points make this heatsink unique. Universality is the key to the design, allowing it to fit AMD and Intel processors. This makes life easier for a buyer who may upgrade or switch to a different processor. It requires the ability to support a lot of heat, which adds to reliability.