OCZ Glacier 2

OCZ Glacier 2.
Published Tue, Jul 10 2001 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:31 PM CDT
Rating: 85%Manufacturer: OCZ

OCZ Glacier 2 -

IntroductionThe friendly folks at OCZ (The Overclockerz Store) recently sent me one of their Glacier 2 HSF units to review. OCZ is a relative newcomer to the scenes of the tweaking crowd, but they have taken on the challenge of selling high quality products at a reasonable price. They even go so far as to guarantee overclocked speeds on some of their components.But it looks as if that wasn't good enough for these folks. They have started making their own products as well. This HSF is one of those items that are fabricated by this company under it's own label.So how does it work? Since you asked, let's find out...

OCZ Glacier 2 -

The FeaturesThis particular unit falls into the "Budget" category, but don't let that fool you. It is a standard sized 60mm x 60mm heatsink that has a 36cfm fan mounted on top. It also has a 40mm circular copper insert in the middle of the heatsink base to help dissipate heat at a very respectable rate.Overall performance was very good for a lower priced HSF. It was giving me better results than the GlobalWin FOP 32-1 that I have been using. I believe that this was primarily due to the copper insert. Copper is a good conductor of heat, so the added presence of this metal in the base helps to spread out the heat so that the high-speed fan can get it away from the processor. This means better overall cooling and lower temperatures for both the core and the system.- The FanThe fan in this HSF combo is a 36 CFM model made by the Dynaeon Company of Taiwan. OCZ claims that it is "much quieter than a Delta fan". While it is quieter, I'm not sure that I agree with the much part of their statement. Even so, the noise was not distracting and had no impact on my normal computing. Power for the fan is by means of a 4-pin connector. This means that the fan will need to be hooked straight to one of the harness connectors that come from the power supply. I personally prefer this setup since the power from the PSU is more stable than the small 3-pin molex connections on the motherboard. Granted, you can't monitor the fan speeds through the BIOS, but the performance has always seemed to be stable.One nice feature of the fan was the fan grill. While this may seem trivial, it's a part that is often neglected by companies that sell so-called "quality" components. Now I'm not the type to stick a finger in the thing just to see if it hurts, but I can tell you from experience that it's a gut-wrenching feeling when you're in the middle of a furious deathmatch and you hear one of the wires inside the case get sucked up into the fan blades. Talk about a blown match!- The HeatsinkThe heatsink of this unit is pretty standard. It measures 60mm x 60mm x 35mm. It is an aluminum block with 15 fins going all the way across the sink. The retaining clip is standard for the most part, but has a small plastic covering on the side where you push down to attach it to the mainboard. This is very nice on the fingertips and makes the installation process much easier.
As mentioned before, the base of the heatsink has a 40mm circular copper insert in it. It is nicely centered in the work area where the processor core will be making contact. Which brings me to another very nice touch that has been added to this HSF...a polished base and insert. What makes this so convenient is the fact that it saves me from having to lap the base with fine grit sandpaper, and then polishing it myself. The work has been done for you already. The polished base will also give you a much better contact between the HSF and the processor. Just add a little Arctic Silver, and you'll be ready for business.

OCZ Glacier 2 -

TestingI 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 CaseAbit KT7 (non-RAID)AMD Thunderbird 1000MHzArctic Silver Thermal Compound256MB PC133 CAS2 SDRAMCreative Annihilator2 GTS w/ 32MBSound Blaster LiveWestern Digital 20.5GB @ 7200 rpmI 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.- 1000MHz
- 1100MHz
The results are not too bad at all. I try to keep processor temperatures under 50C at all times...even when I'm stressing out the system. The Glacier 2 HSF did a very respectable job at my goal and was even able to keep the processor at the same temperature during the 3dMark loop. 3dMark is a very processor intensive program that will normally shoot your temperatures right through the roof, but this HSF did great.ConclusionOverall, I was very happy with the performance of this unit. it's not the best available, but it does a very good job at its assigned task...keeping the processor cool. And the small tweaks that they did were very welcome. The plastic covering over the retention clip, the fan grill and the polished base were all very welcome additions to a cooler that is selling at well below the price of similar units from other manufacturers. it's performance was on par with the GlobalWin FOP 32-1, but it costs about $7-8 less (US Dollars).If you're a hardcore overclocker and are trying to break that elusive 1.5GHz barrier with your T-Bird, then this is definitely not the HSF for you. If, however, you are an overclocking enthusiast looking for moderate gains from your processor, and are in the market for a budget cooling solution that is both affordable and effective, then look no further than the OCZ Glacier 2. I can only hope that the folks from OCZ will grace me with the opportunity to review more of their line. If they are anything like this one, then I think that they will be very successful with their line of coolers.Rating - 8.5/10

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