If this heatsink has 180W TDP of dissipation power with a single fan, by adding a second fan in a push-pull configuration we can easily improve that figure to 200W or even more, so even if we have a CPU in the range the highest, we shouldn’t find any problem keeping it at a good temperature. In this analysis, we will of course verify this.
The Nfortec Aegir is packaged in an elongated hard cardboard box, on the main side of which there is an image of the product accompanied by the brand and model, and emphasizing that it is compatible with both the AMD AM4 socket and the 10th generation AMD processors. Intel. Well, actually, it is also compatible with the next generations.
On the sides we find, among other things, a QR that will take us to the product’s website, but what is interesting is on the back, where we find all its technical specifications in table form.
We open the box and the first thing we encounter are the accessories, which are distributed in plastic bags with closure and labeled to indicate whether they are for an Intel or AMD platform.
The heatsink comes with the fan already mounted at the factory, but it will need to be removed to mount it more comfortably, of course.
In the upper part, we can see the logo of the brand screen-printed, right in the center and surrounded by the ends of the six nickel-plated copper heat pipes.
The base does not have direct contact with the heat pipes, but it is also made of nickel-plated copper and is soldered to the heat pipes. It also has no mirror effect and it is protected by a transparent sticker that we are urged to remove before installing it. Besides, and this is something that the manufacturer should take into account, this sticker leaves a lot of residue on the base, and you have to use it thoroughly to remove all the glue residue stuck to it.
On the top of the base we also have some small aluminum foils to further help in heat dissipation.
Let’s remove the fan for a closer look. It has a size of 120 mm in diameter and has rubber inserts in the corners to absorb vibrations. Also note the fact that its connector is a 4-pin PWM connector and that it has 9 fins wide enough and inclined to generate good static pressure and thus move the air well between the aluminum fins. A success.
Already “bare”, we can see that the tower of aluminum sheets is symmetrical, it is not pushed to the side to make room for the large RAM. However, given its width, we don’t think it’s necessary either.
In the following gallery you can see the dimensions of the heatsink measured by ourselves: 149.3 x 50 x 122.1 millimeters. It’s even smaller than the manufacturer claims, at least if you don’t count how far the heat pipes stick out from the top.
Here you can see the Nfortec Aegir with the additional fan mounted, since the manufacturer has also sent this to us so that we can test it to its full potential.
Even with the two fans mounted, it’s not an excessively large heatsink, and we don’t think it will cause compatibility issues with RAM or motherboard heatsinks.
Seen the device, let’s mount it.
This is how the Nfortec Aegir is mounted on a PC
In this case, we decided to mount the Nfortec Aegir on our Intel test platform, with LGA1700 socket. The first step is to prepare the back plate with the four screws and retaining washers that we will be using.
You must present the back plate to the back of the base plate, put the screws in their corresponding position and leave them fixed with the washers, inside.
Now let’s get the sink ready. You will have already noticed that there are two holes on each side of the base, and that is to install the anchor tool for Intel or AMD as needed. We just put it underneath and screw it down.
Once this is done, place a pin on the screws to slightly raise the height at which the heatsink will be placed.
Once that’s done, it’s time to put some thermal paste on the CPU and place the heatsink over it, matching the holes with the screws. Anyway, as you can see there is quite a bit of slack on the LGA1700 platform.
Now we just install the corresponding spring screws and tighten them.
Ready, all that remains is to reinstall the fans and we already have the Nfortec Aegir ready to go.
It must be said that although the installation is relatively simple, it could be more. Those washers that you have to insert on one side while you match the screw on the other make installation a little tricky because they also dig in pretty hard. We would have liked an alternative method in this regard, but otherwise assembly and installation could be described as quite simple.
As we said during assembly, we used our usual Intel platform for testing, consisting of the following hardware:
- Intel Core i9-12900K.
- Heroes ASUS ROG Maximus Z690.
- 2x16GB CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DDR5 6000MHz.
- TeamGroup Cardea A440 2TB.
- CORSAIRE RM1000i.
The operating system used was the Windows 11 Pro with all updates installed. And, as we always do, before proceeding with thermal and acoustic performance testing of the heatsink, we left the PC on without doing anything for about two hours, then another hour completely off, in order to let the thermal paste settle. placed correctly.
To max out the CPU, we ran Prime95 64-bit in blend mode, a torture software that stresses both CPU and RAM to the max. Idle temperature data was taken with the equipment idle for 10 minutes, while Load data was taken as the maximum temperature reached during the 20 minute test in Prime95. By the way, the data displayed is the temperature delta (measured temperature minus the ambient temperature), so if the ambient temperature varies, the comparison is still reliable.
As you can see, the two-fan Nfortec Aegir gave us pretty impressive performance, almost on par with Noctua’s much more expensive radiator.
We move on to the loudness test; here we used a Protmex PPM-SM001 sound level meter at an exact distance of 50 centimeters from the radiator, so the data collected is measured in dBA.
It’s not the quietest heatsink on the market, but it’s also not by far the noisiest, although it’s true that the temperature even at maximum load means that the fans never spin at full regime. Also, we’ll tell you that we set them to maximum to see if they were loud or not and yes, at 1800 rpm it does get loud.
Conclusion and judgment
While it’s true that it’s not the best performing heatsink on the market, Nfortec has to be congratulated for being able to create a relatively cheap heatsink (it costs 50€ on their online store) capable of holding a Core i9 remote integer. 12900K, which doesn’t mean much. The Nfortec Aegir showed very good performance, on par with much more expensive heatsinks, and with a low noise level always appreciated.
In addition, we are dealing with a heat sink that is relatively easy to install, which does not pose any compatibility problems thanks to its size, and which is also compact and not too heavy.
For all this, we think we should award it our Gold medal, as well as our recommendation for its very good performance.