Now that we have some idea as to how this setup works, it's time to see how effective it is. The test system will consist of:
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 21.6C (about 71F) 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.
Idle Temperatures (Degrees Celsius)
Quake III Arena Temperatures (Degrees Celsius)
3dMark2001 Demo Loop Temperatures (Degrees Celsius)
I was a little disheartened by the results, but when I stopped to think about it a bit, I realized that the fan included in the package was designed for quiet instead of sheer performance. And truth be told, I couldn't hear the thing running at all over the standard case fans that are running. So it has succeeded in its mission to bring you a silent cooler that will still keep your processor within acceptable temperature limits...even when you run it at a 40% overclock!
But those who know me also realize that I like to tinker. So, I decided to set aside the quiet concept and throw on a more powerful fan. Since I just happened to have a nice little Delta 80mm x 80mm x 38mm fan sitting on the shelf, I decided to attach it to the bracket and see if the design of the heatsink could allow for better cooling. Here's what I ended up with
Slight -vs- Mighty
Now we are seeing numbers that are more in line with what the overclocker inside us is looking for. Looks like we can have the best of both worlds here. The standard fan included will do very nicely for general usage and the occasional gaming evening, and by adding a larger fan to the mix, you're ready to tackle that weekend long fragfest. And the best part of it is that you don't have to remove the heatsink to change out fans! Just remove the thumbscrew from the bracket and throw a monster in there for the party weekend, and then return it to its more docile mode when you're sitting at the house cruising the Information Super-Highway.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- SSD costs expected to rise by 6-10% in early 2017
- Playdead drops Inside game demo free via Steam site
- Small patch for No Man's Sky incoming
- Resident Evil 7's campaign takes 14-16 hours to beat
- Worms WMD is getting an update on December 7
- ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard Review
- ASRock 990fx extreme4 & Fast- Ultra Fast Boot Issues
- Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse Review
- X99 Professional Gaming i7 and RAM question
- ADATA SV620 480GB Portable SSD Review
- Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 finals confirmed for two weekends in March with more than $600,000 in prizing
- Ultimate Media Ventures teams up with The Coalition for sanctioned December 18 Gears Of War 4 Pro-Am eSports Battle On The Strip Event
- Thecus introduces Scale-Out architecture to meet rising enterprise storage demand
- Plantronics launches RIG 800 series - first 24-hour wireless gaming headset
- Tesoro opens new product line with the release of its Zone Balance gaming chair