When it comes right down to it, we all want to see cold, hard numbers. They are what determines the success or failure of any given product, so we will make sure not to disappoint. But first, lets take a quick look at out test system.
Xoxide modified Lian-Li PC60 Case
EPoX 8K9A2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ Processor (Palomino)
512MB Crucial PC2700 DDR Memory
nVidia Reference Ti4200
Seagate Barracuda 40GB Hard Drive
Arctic Silver III
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.
A 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
While the newest Volcano model hasn't beaten out all contenders, it does a very good job of holding its own. With results that are just a shade warmer than the Cooler Master X-Dream SE cooler, it makes a fair standing for itself. Also remember that I have used a Palomino processor for these tests since they tend to get hotter than the newer Thoroughbreds with their lower voltage requirements.
But this is a simple test here. Lets put a little stress on the system and see what happens next.
Results - Quake III Arena
We are seeing the same type results with this series of tests as well. The Thermaltake Volcano 11 comes solidly into second place. While not the overall winner, it still remains a very solid performer with regards to protecting the precious processor of the system. And when it comes right down to it, this is the primary goal of the heatsink.
Results - 3DMark2001 Demo Loop
Once again we have the Volcano 11 coming solidly into second place. This seems to be a trend and also indicates that while the Cooler Master has more overall cooling potential, the Volcano unit also has the consistency to remain a solid competitor and not fail you during those times of stress.
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- Volcano 11 - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Volcano 11 - Page 2 [The Cooler]
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