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Alpha PAL8942 Review - Testing

Most of us who have been using the AMD line of processors have long ago figured out that cooling is essential. But with the new interest in the Intel line mixed with the overclockability of the new Northwood processors, this idea is becoming a larger part of the Pentium Power System. Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the Alpha PAL8942 HSF. It's time to see if the Alpha coolers can do for Intel what they have long done for AMD.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 26, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Alpha

Testing

 

- Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHz

 

Motherboard: DFI NS70-EL

 

Memory: OCZ 256MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM

 

Video Card: Prolink Pixelview GeForce3 XX-Player

 

Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15GB 7200RPM

 

Case: Lian-Li PC65

 

Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional

 

Software Used: Winbond Hardware Doctor

 

- Temperatures

 

To measure temperatures I used Winbond's Hardware Doctor application that comes bundled with most Abit motherboards. I measured idle and full load temperatures, and SiSoft Sandra's burn-in feature was used to make sure the processor was running at full load. I then compared these results to my stock Intel heatsink/fan unit that comes with the Pentium 4 processor.

 

 

 

These results certainly prove that if you are an overclocker or just like to keep a cool system, you should always upgrade from the stock cooler that comes with your processor. The Alpha PAL8942 managed to significantly outperform the stock Intel cooler in both idle and load conditions. The largest performance increase, however, was seen under load where both units are really pushed to the limit.

 

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