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.
When I first saw these temperatures, I started checking out all the conditions to make sure that they were the same as my other testing criteria. They were. So I ran the tests again to make sure that everything was right. It was.
I was truly amazed to see this type of results from a HSF that comes from a company that is known for standard units. These temperatures were right in line with the GlobalWin FOP-38 model. It ran neck and neck against it, and in some cases beat it out! Very nice indeed.
Overall, I would have to say that I was very impressed with this unit. While it is not the very best performer available, it ranks up there with the big boys. Add to that the fact that it costs about $7-$10 USD less than the competition and you have a very good deal.
While the heatsink performs very well, it's the small things that help make it a winner. The fan grill, the clipping mechanism and the lack of thermal tape all help in making this something to seriously consider when you're in the market for a new cooling setup. These small additions are what help separate the men from the boys.
Bottom line...While this is not the very top performer available, it is a very worthwhile cooler that has many merits for the avid overclocker. It gives very good cooling, has added features that make it a solid deal, and costs less than many others in the same performance group. If you decide to get one of these heatsinks, I think that you will be very pleased with the results.
Rating - 9/10