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Performance Computing - Q1 2005 (AMD64 and SLI Overclocked)

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2005 5:00 am

The Extra Cooling


- Processor Cooling


When it came to cooling the processor and wanting to stick with air cooling you could not look past the Thermalright XP-120 which has quickly become the most popular air cooler to users of the Athlon 64.



The only real problem with the XP-120 is due to its size it isn't the most compatible of coolers when it comes to sitting on the motherboard as a lot of people run into trouble with the heat pipes coming out to far and hitting capacitors and so on.



Utilizing a 120mm fan the cooler offers excellent efficiency at quite a low volume as the bigger fans are able to spin slower yet push out more air.


- Graphics Cards Cooling


The coolers that come with the GeForce 6 Series graphics cards aren't too bad but when it comes to noise they are an absolute killer and when you have two in one system it only gets worse.



Utilizing what has probably become the greatest cooling solution across ATI and nVidia cards, the Artic Silencer coolers are exceptionally quite and more efficient helping push heat out of the case a lot quicker then the standard coolers.



Also due to the tight gap that we get with the two cards the silencers work exceptionally well as they tend to hang out the back a little more and have the ability to draw air a little better. This is a lot better for the card on the inside as it could have trouble getting air flow.


- System Cooling


Due to our hot 35 degrees Celsius Aussie summer days (or roughly 100f) we have had to add a few extra bits and pieces to our cooling solutions. Helping out around the processor area we added a Waffer PC Aircon which blows out a cool 18c air flow and pointing onto the MCP heatsink we had a 80mm fan to make sure our temperatures were a little more stable.



Before we move onto our benchmarks we will have a look at just how much a system like this is going to cost and how we went with overclocking.


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