I ran a small series of tests on the unit to see how well it performed on both a standard speed system and an overclocked one. The base system consisted of:
- Antec SX1030 Tower Case
- Abit KT7 (non-RAID)
- Thunderbird 1000
- Arctic Silver Thermal Compound
- 256MB PC133 CAS2 SDRAM
- Creative Annihilator2 GTS w/ 32MB
- Sound Blaster Live
- Western Digital 20.5GB @ 7200 rpm
I ran the tests with the processor clocked to 1000MHz and then again at 1100MHz. The overclocking was done by FSB settings to try to create a hotter processor. This gave results that showed how well it performs under both normal and excessive conditions. The testing itself consisted of monitoring the processor temperatures when the system was idle, after a heavy deathmatch of Quake3, and then after a looping of the demo included in 3dMark2001.
Editor's Note: Sorry if this paragraph is getting old, but I am keeping the tests very consistent for all of the heatsinks that I'm testing. This will allow for a future roundup that is completely fair to all the units involved.
I had really hoped that Thermaltake had gotten their stuff together, but it seems that I was mistaken. While the temperatures listed above aren't horrid, they are far from being acceptable if you have any plans of overclocking in your future. One thing of note, however, is the fact that this standard style of heatsink ran from 3-4C cooler than the Super Mini Orb cooler that was designed for the KT7 boards.
While I had held high hopes for this heatsink, I was let down by the fact that it is not that effective of a cooler. For about $3.00 less, you can go over to the Overclockerz Store and pick up one of their budget HSF units (The Glacier 2), and get yourself another 3C cooler. I understand that this is a "Budget" cooler, but if it can't perform against its competition, then it's really hard for me to recommend it.
And if you have any plans of overclocking in your future, then do yourself a huge favor and look elsewhere for your cooling needs. While this unit does not fall to the very bottom of the pile, it's not that far off. I also feel that it's safe to say that the 1.5 GHz rating that they give themselves is just a tad off the mark. The test system didn't go above 1.1 GHz and the unit had a hard time trying to keep up with that.
Bottom line...If you only have a few dollars to spend and absolutely need a cooler for a non-aggressive, non-overclocked system, then this unit will suffice for at least a bit. If you want to push your system even a little bit, though, look for a better cooler.
- Very quiet
- Cheap price
- Perfect size
- Ineffective cooling
- No fan grill
- Terrible clipping mechanism
Rating - 6/10