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Cooler Master HAC-V81 "XDream" HSF Review - Testing

It seems that every time you turn around, someone has another HSF to offer. To be honest, it is getting harder to tell which are good and which are not. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Cooler Master HAC-V81 HSF, or XDream for short. Our friends in Hong Kong have thrown together another in a long line of sinks, but this one costs a lot less than some others available. Could this low cost cooler be right for your rig? Lets find out!

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 14, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Testing

 

Now for what we've been waiting for, cold hard numbers. The tests performed on this cooler will follow my standard guidelines for determining cooling performance on a heatsink. This will consist of measuring the temperature at idle, after a grueling Quake III Deathmatch, and finally after a looping run of the 3DMark2001 Demo. Once these results have been tallied, I'll boost the FSB to 145MHz and run the tests again. While not an aggressive overclock, it will serve to show how well this cooler does under both normal and overclocked conditions. Ambient air temperature is a stable 21C throughout tests and voltages are set at 1.8v for the processor and 2.6v for the memory.

 

But before we start looking at the results, it might be a good idea to see what the test bed system consists ofÂ…

 

Xoxide modified Lian-Li PC60 Case

 

EPoX 8K9A2 Motherboard

 

AMD Athlon XP 1800+ Processor

 

512MB Crucial PC2700 DDR Memory

 

nVidia Reference Ti4200

 

Seagate Barracuda 40GB Hard Drive

 

Arctic Silver III

 

Temperature - Idle

 

 

 

Not too shabby so far. We're only about 1.5-2 degrees off the Swiftech monster, but we've only been sitting here idle so far. Lets crank up the heat just a bit now.

 

Temperature - Quake III Arena

 

 

 

We're still knocking in results that sit just 1.5 degrees off the MCX462+ cooler. This isn't turning out just too badly so far.

 

Temperature - 3DMark2001 Demo Loop

 

 

 

Another test and another result tally of 1.5 degrees higher than the MCX cooler...again. Though the XDream won't break any records, it is managing to provide us with some very solid results in the cooling department. The consistent results also say that the fan attached to this HSF is working at a very stable pace. Whether running default speeds or overclocked, the cooler is performing its assigned function admirably.

 

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