by Greg King on February 20, 2006 in Air-Cooling
Heat is your computers worst enemy, but luckily enough there are many cooling products to make use of. We are taking a look at a new CPU cooler which uses three heat pipes that can handle heat up to 200w! Let’s jump in and see how it compares to a few other S939 coolers on the market.
To test this cooler out, I am placing it in my everyday PC. The specs of this PC are as follows:
- Processor - AMD 3700+ San Diego 1MB L2
- Motherboard - DFI LanParty Ultra – D
- Video Card - eVGA 7800 GT
- Power Supply - Ultra X-Finity 500W PSU
- Memory - 512 x 2 Crucial Ballistix
- Hard Disk - 1 WD Raptor 74 GB / Seagate 160 GB
- Sound Card - Creative Audigy ZS2
- OS - Windows XP Pro / SP2
This is the setup that I have used for all my other reviews and this review will not be any different.
To test this cooler out, I will record the temperatures of my CPU idle and under load. To get to full load, I will run CPU Burn-in as well as encode a movie. This ought to be slow. The side panel will be closed on my case as well.
The results are along the lines of what I expected. I am at idle, around 30*C and at load, I am right at 36*C. From my other reviews, this cooler would rate right up there with the Zalman 7000Cu and that is not a bad cooler either.
With all this said, there isnt a whole lot that I can pick out that I do not like about this cooler. I would like to point out that the noise is not what I had expected from a 92mm fan. This was silenced by four rubber nipples that the fan casing mounts directly onto. A better example can be seen in the following picture.
There were a lot of nice features about this cooler that can allow me to recommend this to anyone looking for a high performance to price ratio. At only 34.99 at Newegg, you can’t go wrong with this cooler. It performs almost as good as the Zalman 9500 and costs half as much as the Zalman does. This is a good cooler and I can recommend this with out reservations to anyone out there who is unsatisfied with their current cooling solution.
- Cheap ($35 US)
- Great cooling solution for s939
- Quiet. Not silent, but quiet.
- East to mount
- Pre applied MX-1 thermal paste.
- Big and bulky
- No fan controller to limit fan speed
All in all, this is a solid cooler that merits a 9/10 on our near famous scale. This will make you happy. Period. Many thanks to Arctic Cooling, who once again, has allowed us to review one of their fine products. Keep up the quality work.
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