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GlobalWin TAK68 HSF Review

By: Mike Wright | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 4, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: GlobalWin



Well, I've changed up the test system yet again, so will be starting over in my database of temperatures once more. Test system this time around will be:


Antec SX1030 Tower Case w/ 170-CFM airflow


EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard


AMD Athlon XP 1800+ Processor


512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR Memory


Prolink XX-Player GeForce3


Western Digital 20GB Hard Drive


Arctic Silver II


The Athlon XP processors have lower operating temperatures than the older Thunderbirds, so I have re-tested my standard Dr Thermal unit to use as a comparison with this GlobalWin one. Testing will consist of my usual battery of programs so that we can maintain some consistency in the results. This will include temperature being taken at idle, after a grueling Quake III Arena Deathmatch, and after a continuous looping of the 3dMark2001 Demo.


Voltages are set at 1.75v for the processor core, 2.6 for the DDR memory, and the ambient room temperature throughout testing was a stable 21.6C (about 71F). These conditions were constant with no fluctuating temperatures or voltages.


Results (Degrees Celsius)



During previous testing, the Dr Thermal unit proved to be among the very best available, so the GlobalWin unit really had its work cut out right from the very beginning. While the TAK68 cooler didn't beat out the V86 in any of the tests, it did manage to produce some very acceptable results with very little noise (only about 2C off the lead mark). With the noise levels of heatsinks playing such a vital role in decisions today, this GlobalWin unit managed to shine quite brightly in that respect. A little cooler temperature would certainly be nice, but these results fall well within an acceptable range.


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