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Four Way AMD Athlon XP Heatsink Shootout - Test System Setup and Testing

By: Shawn Baker | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 17, 2003 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Motherboard(s): Asus A7V600 (Supplied by VIA)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra Max


We ran the SiSoft Sandra Burn-In test 15 times with it giving us a temperature report. The reason we ran the test 15 times was because after 10 the temperature started stabilizing giving us a more accurate read out.


The particular test used within the burn-in was CPU Arithmetic with minimum CPU utilization of 100%. The idle, load and average temperature were all recorded from SiSoft.


- Idle



Here we see the Aero 7+ being the coolest out of the lot; this is thanks to its huge all copper heatsink and the high spinning fan. Both the Jet 7 and Silent Boost reported 32c and the TR2-M2 reported a high 34c. Idle temperatures aren't the main thing we're after; we want to know how these coolers run under load.


- Load



Here we see both CoolerMaster coolers break an even 37c each with the silent boost only 2c behind. While the Jet 7 is the same temperature as the Aero 7+, it is able to do it at a lower dBA rating. The fact that the ultra quiet Silent Boost wasn't far behind was surprising. Considering it spins at such a low speed it performs very well.


- Average



Here we see the average temperatures for each cooler worked out by Sandra. The M2 produces a very high 41.2c average while the other three are only separated by 2c at most.


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