JMke's AMD Test Setup
|CPU ||AMD Athlon XP 2200+ @ 2025Mhz - 1.8v|
|Mainboard ||Abit KX7|
|Cooling ||* Aerocool Extreme|
* Evercool CUF-715CA
|Memory ||1 * 256Mb PC3200 Corsair|
|Video ||nVidia Geforce DDR|
The Aerocool Extreme is aimed at the budget minded enthusiast out there, so we decided to put it up against Evercool’s CUF-715CA copper heatsink which uses a 70mm fan. We took a closer look at the CUF-715CA back in December 2003
Those are quite crispy temperatures we see here; with a room temperature of 25°C both heatsinks are unable to keep this overclocked Athlon XP below the 60°C. The small difference in results can be mainly contributed to the different fan size; the smaller Evercool fan pushes less hot air away.
Evercool Fan pushes 28cfm versus 34cfm for the Aerocool, noise-wise both are rated at 30dba, although I must admit that the 80mm fan makes a less whiney noise.Conclusion
For a product which has a small text on the package which reads “Suitable for Xtreme Overclocking Solutions” it is quite disappointing to see such high temperatures during testing.
At a price of ~$27 it falls well into the budget category, and although its performance is not on par with the higher ranking heatsinks, it does have the advantage over the standard AMD heatsinks thanks to the 80mm fan which cuts down on noise quite a lot. As an nice extra you’ll be tempted to install a window in your case panel, if you haven’t already, as this fan lights up the surrounding area!
I would like to thank David from ITC Multimedia
and Tony from Aerocool
for providing us with the review unit.
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