I recently upgraded my test system, so am basically starting over as far as test results. While it does limit the comparison capabilities, it should give us a new baseline to work from when testing future HSF units. So let's take a look at the test system:
Antec SX1030 Tower Case w/ 170-CFM airflow
EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard
AMD Thunderbird 1000MHz Processor @ 1400MHz (AVIA)
512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR Memory
Prolink XX-Player GeForce3
IBM GXP60 40GB Hard Drive
Arctic Silver II
The core voltage of the processor is set to 1.8v, and memory is set to 2.6v. Ambient air temperature was sitting at 21C and didn't fluctuate during testing. Processor speed was firmly at 1400MHz, which puts out about 76.8 watts of heat.
Testing will consist of measuring the temperatures at idle, after a Quake III Arena Deathmatch, and after a continuous looping of the 3dMark2001 Demo. These are the main types of stresses that today's systems face, so we'll concentrate on them.
Now, before we start paying too much attention to the fact that this cooler came in last place of previous tested models, lets remember that this is the first sink tested so far that falls within the Budget category. Though prices are not yet available for this model (I haven't been able to find it for sale publicly yet), this company has a reputation of selling for a good bit below the competitors prices. So with this in mind, lets take a look at the results and see what is we have.
I see a cooler that is only 2C off the mark of the very popular and effective Gladiator. The CUD-725CA manages to give you a very reasonable amount of performance for what will likely be a very competitive price. It also manages to do it without the loud whining noise that is customary with powerful fans.