KitGuru as a specialist publication only receives the highest quality products for review from many of the leading manufacturers as they know nothing but the best will pass our stringent testing regimes.
This is why you see so many products scoring well in our reviews. Frequently if we are offered duff looking products, we refuse to review them. We don’t want to waste your time, or ours. Sometimes we get a surprise however when something we think will be great, ends up decidedly unimpressive.
The Coolink Corator DS however is a spectacular cooler which is no surprise considering the company behind it are also responsible for the best air cooler on the market, the incredible Noctua NH D14 ‘Austrian Sandwich’ …. a cooler so damn good we have run out of superlatives to describe it.
The Corator DS uses ‘Gapless Direct Touch’ – a technology which is clearly having a positive effect with contact performance on the CPU headspreader. At reference voltages, the single fan Corator DS is equal to the excellent Thermaltake Frio with two fans, but when placed under extreme duress it manages to break away, falling into a performance ground between the Frio and the NH D14.
The Corator DS is clearly not as good as the class leading Noctua NH D14, but it is however slightly quieter and considerably smaller. Most importantly is it also around £20 less expensive, retailing at £45-49 inc vat in the UK.
We would like to see a ‘deluxe’ version of this being sold with two fans included, because as our testing shows under the most extreme settings, it really aids the overall cooling performance. When compared against the Thermaltake Frio, it has stiff competition. There is no doubt it is slightly better, but it costs £10 more and arrives with a single fan. Unless you are overclocking to 4.5ghz+ the differences are also minimal.
KitGuru says: The Coolink Corator DS is another triumph for the brains behind the Noctua NH D14, it combines excellent performance with respectable pricing, and the fan is extremely high quality which adds to the overall value.