X-Dream SE - IntroductionCooler Master X-Dream HSF and we were impressed by the performance that it was able to achieve. But since that just wasn't good enough, the folks from Cooler Master decided to take this new design one step further and they made it all copper. Introducing the X-Dream SE HSF.Cooler Master is a Japanese company that has been in the cooling business since 1992. Not only do they make performance minded coolers like the X-Dream series, but they are also one of the larger OEM heatsink manufacturers as well. It is not uncommon at all to open up a case and see their name emblazoned on the fans inside.But past history aside, our goal today is to see firsthand whether or not this new sink has what it takes to lay claim to the X-Dream name. The original one was quite good, so lets see if the same holds true for the younger brother.
X-Dream SE - The CoolerThe X-Dream - Part Deux
X-Dream SE - TestingTestingWhen it comes to cooling, it always comes down to numbers, doesn't it? But then, that is what the enthusiast is really after; effective cooling that will allow the best overclock possible. While water and phase change coolers will always give better results, there is still a large group that stick to air cooling methods. While the results aren't as promising as alternative methods, they are a good deal safer to use and have a much lower failure rating where processors are concerned.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 of...Xoxide modified Lian-Li PC60 CaseEPoX 8K9A2 MotherboardAMD Athlon XP 1800+ Processor512MB Crucial PC2700 DDR MemorynVidia Reference Ti4200Seagate Barracuda 40GB Hard DriveArctic Silver IIIA final note: Each set of test results below will have two graphs shown. The top graph will be the default speed results and the bottom graph will show overclocked results. I just want to make sure that there isn't any confusion here, though the numbers should speak for themselves.Results - Idle
X-Dream SE - ConclusionConclusionWell, I must say that I was impressed by the level of performance that was displayed today. And when you consider that the Cooler Master line generally costs far less than some of the other available options, it makes the picture look even sweeter. Though unavailable yet due to the newness of the SE version, the original was being sold for about US$12-15, so expect a similarly priced new edition. A little higher is expected since it is all copper, but it won't be nearly the level of your standard high-end cooling solution.But even though it performed admirably, it is still plagued by that flimsy clipping mechanism. While this may not be a problem for some folks, it can certainly lead me to the edge since I am always playing around with something inside the case. This often leads to the removal and reinstallation of the processor, so the sink needs to come off. It should be such a simple thing to get squared away, so lets hope it gets fixed soon.Bottom line... If you happen to be in the market for a quality HSF but don't have a lot of cash at your disposal, then take a long, hard look at the Cooler Master X-Dream SE. It has nearly everything you could possibly want in a heatsink and performs as well as coolers that sell for twice the money. Excellent job Cooler Master!- ProsSuperb coolingAll copper designSkiving Fin TechnologyAdjustable fan speedsChoice of fan speed adjustment locationsAffordable (expected)- ConsFlimsy clipping mechanismStill a bit noisy at high speedRating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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