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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Aerocool HT-101

Aerocool HT-101:

Aerocool’s HT-101 was released after the DP-102 and shows a more streamlined design, it does away with the single heatpipe in the center, and features 3 separate heatpipes in a U form which are joined in a copper base. The fan bracket also support 2 fans to be installed.


This heatsink can be installed on:

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* 3 Copper heatpipes in a U form joined at the base
* 70 and 80mm fan support*2
* 1x 80mm fan included
* 470gr without fan


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The overall finishing of this heatsink is quite high, the base is smooth with no visual marks of machine lapping. Its compact size makes it light weight, even though it is made for the most part out of copper. Changing between AXP and P4 mounting gear takes some time, the included manual comes in very handy as it explains the required steps in detail.


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Installation is not straight forward and requires you to remove the motherboard from the case. Place the back plate at the correct spot, then place the motherboard on a flat surface; now comes the tricky part, you have to put the plastic stand-offs over each mounting hole, then place the heatsink on the CPU and have your screwdriver and screws ready to fix the unit in its place. This could have been made easier by securing the stand-offs to the P4 metal mounting plates.

Problems and issues:

Depending on the orientation of the CPU socket you might have problems with larger north bridge heatsinks or capacitors which are too close to the socket. Mounting 2 fans might prove challenging.


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The HT-101 delivered performance on par with the DP-102 with 40°C at high fan speed; but at the fan’s more silent setting it pulls away. The more closed fan bracket allows air to be ducted and pass through the whole heatsink, whereas with the DP-102 the air could still escape at the sides.

The design of the HT-101 can be seen in a more extreme version, turn to page to discover the Hyper6 from Coolermaster ->
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