Intel P4 Aircooling - Heatsink Roundup Q4 2004

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2004-10-28

In this roundup we compare 13 different P4 heatsinks made by Thermalright, Coolermaster, Scythe, Speeze, Swiftech, Evercool, Aerocool and TTIC. Using different fans at low and high speed we try to find the best bang for the buck, best performer and most silent heatsink out there.

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Our last contestant comes from the lesser known TTIC, since they are responsible for making the winner in our Athlon XP HSF roundup I have high hopes. The NPH-1 has a heavier brother, the NPH-101, the sole difference is the copper fins versus the aluminum fins on the NPH-1. Both turned in identical performance results in my earlier tests.


This heatsink can be installed on:

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* Copper heatpipe, aluminum fins
* 2*70mm fan support
* 2*70mm fans included
* 475gr


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A large heatpipe in the middle, small aluminum fins. Unfortunately the base does not look very smooth, large machine marks can be seen, however in my earlier tests versus the NPH-101 which has a much smoother base I could not find any performance differences.


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Motherboard removal is required, you place the base plate at the back, then put the motherboard on a flat surface, place the heatsink over the 4 mounting holes and start screwing until you have properly secured the heatsink. A very straightforward installation. For the best performance the 2 fans need to installed in suck/blow configuration.

Problems and issues:

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  • To be able to mount the 2 fans your motherboard can not have a large north bridge heatsink, or the CPU socket orientation must be different.

  • the smaller 70mm fans are LOUD at full speed, but luckily they become rather silent when their rotation speed is cut in half.


    The ability to mount 2 fans can provide a nice performance boost, whereas with the other heatsinks in this test who support 2 fans I only included one to represent the most “fair” and obtainable results, I feel confident that the TTIC with its small low profile 70mm fans will not cause compatibility problems in the same order as the larger 80mm equipped heatsinks.

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    For those who read through the previous test I did of the NPH-1, you won’t be too surprised to see these results, TTIC has made a small powerhouse as this heatsink delivers excellent performance with a single fan, and even better when 2 fans are used!
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