Design and Functionality
The cooler also looks very unusual. First, it is the plastic casing painted golden metal color that almost completely covers all sides of the heatsink:
Axe Square AMAzing is a top-cooler, which means that the airflow it creates is directed towards the mainboard PCB:
The cooler consists of five copper nickel-plated heatpipes, each 6 mm in diameter that come out of the base plate in both directions. They hold an array of 60 copper nickel-plated plates. Each plate is around 0.45 mm thick and they are spaced out at 2.0 mm distance from one another. The cooler measures 139x133x130 mm and weighs 680 g.
There is a 120x120x25 mm fan above the heatsink. It is fastened in a plastic casing with four plastic clips:
Two halves of the casing are closed together using four self-tapping screws. Even if we unscrew the latter, you still can’t remove the casing and the fan, because you must somehow remove the clips first. And the clips cannot be removed without harming the cooler beautiful looks, therefore we can’t say a lot about the fan and its original manufacturer (it is most likely one of Everflow solutions). According to the official specifications, the fan rotation speed is PWM controlled and can reach 1400 RPM maximum at 16 dBA noise level. The fan uses a slide bearing, but its MTBF is not specified.
Heatpipes lie inside precut grooves and are soldered to them. The thinnest part of the copper base plate beneath the heatpipes is 4 mm:
The cooler base must have been made by a surfer, who had to be thinking about the waves rather than even surface of the nickel-plated copper base of the cooler. As a result, we can detect at least two “waves” on the surface of Asus Axe Square AMAzing base:
I was pretty surprised to see that despite the curves the first thermal compound imprint of the processor heat-spreader didn’t turn out too bad. And when we turned the cooler by 90° without removing the thermal compound it was almost completely normal (even though it is a deceiving impression as some of the thermal paste remained from the first imprint attempt):
We didn’t level out the base during our test session, because the cooler needed to be returned in original condition after the review.