The new Coolink Corator DS with gapless Direct Touch technology turned out a very well-made high-quality solution. Although this newcomer didn’t manage to shake up the positions of the air-cooling leader, it will still find its niche in the market primarily due to lower price tag than that of Noctua NH-D14. Corator DS is pretty efficient and is comparable with the cooling efficiency of such famous products as Thermalright IFX-14 or Scythe Mugen 2. Due to very convenient and reliable retention, Corator DS can be easily installed onto any contemporary platform. The default fan provides acoustic comfort up until 1050 RPM and is extremely quiet at up to 900 RPM.
But nevertheless, we were still not quite satisfied or maybe even a little disappointed by the end of our test session. Although the developers have obviously put a lot of effort into creating a unique solution with proprietary features (such as G.D.T. or asymmetrical heatsink), we feel that they didn’t really reveal the cooler potential to the full extent. In our opinion, the primary enhancement that could increase the cooler efficiency would be G.D.T. 2 technology that implies the use of 6 or even 7 heatpipes forming the cooler base. This will ensure more even and much faster heat transfer from the processor heat-spreader to the cooler heatsink and hence will improve the cooling efficiency.
The second enhancement could also be the upgrade to a 140 mm fan instead of the currently used 120 mm one, or a 120 mm fan with blades of different shape, because Coolink SWiF2 fan currently used with Corator DS doesn’t seem to be such a good match for this cooler (remember the results with Thermalright TR-FDB). Moreover, although a second fan increases the cooling efficiency insignificantly, it would be nice to have a couple of extra wire clips and silicone strips for the fans included with the cooler, so that the user could decide for himself, if he needs an additional fan or not. It is a small thing, that it could make a big positive difference.
In conclusion, we would like to say that the results of our today’s test session allow us to award Coolink Corator DS with our Recommended Buy title, as a very attractive solution in terms of price-to-performance: