Following up on our P4 Roundup
we have a few heatsinks designed especially for the A64 platform; some of the HSF combo's previously tested could be mounted on A64 and P4, and with the help of a custom bracket almost any P4 heatsinks which uses the Intel retention bracket can be installed on A64.
This will be a to the point review, each heatsink will be evaluated on easiness of use and installation, compatibility and of course its performance will be thoroughly tested.
This review is split into 2 parts; the first part describes each heatsink in detail with pictures, good/bad points and performance with different fans and settings. In the second part we’ve combined all results in 2 graphs sorted by cooling performance and noise/performance ratio.
Previously tested but included for reference (links lead to detailed overview of these heatsinks done in previous reviews):Coolermaster Hyper6
Stock A64 Cooler
Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja
Scythe SHOGUN Heatlane
ThermalTake Sonic Tower
TTIC NPH K8-1
Arctic Cooling Freezer64
So let’s get on with the show
JMke's Test Setup
|CPU ||A64 3200+ @ 2200Mhz default vcore|
|Mainboard ||DFI NF3 Lanparty|
|Memory ||1 * 256Mb PC3700 OCZ|
|Other || ATI R9000 Passive Cooling|
Silverstone 300W Passive Cooled PSU
Maxtor 120GB IDE HDD
all results were taken with room temperature at ~25°C, but temp fluctuations, different mounting and user error can account up to 1-2°C of inaccuracy in the obtained results. Please keep this in mind when looking at the results. Each heatsink was tested repeatedly; if we got questionable results the test was restarted.
Setup was installed in a case less environment
Noise level of each fan was recorded with SmartSensor SL4001A, the sensor was placed ~40cm away from the HSF. The lowest dBA reading in the test room was 36 dBA. There were a couple of heatsink and fan combo's which produced <36dba readings, they were placed in a quiet room (~30dba) to obtain below 36dba readings.
System was stressed by running K7 CPU Burn for 30min (after Thermal Compound’s burn-in); this application pushes the temperature higher then any other application or game we’ve yet encountered. Speedfan was used to log maximum obtained temperatures.
Arctic Silver kindly send us their “Lumière” thermal testing compound which has the same colour as Ceramique, but only a break in time of 30min!
Arctic Silver’s ArctiClean was used to clean off thermal paste of the CPU and heatsink between tests
Aerocool Extreme 80mm : 34CFM
Vantec Tornado 80mm TD8038H: 84.1CFM
Panaflo 92mm FBA09A12H: 56.8CFM
Papst 92mm 3412 N/2GL: 36CFM
Vantec Tornado 92mm: 119CFM
Papst 120mm 4412 F/2GLL: 40CFM
Titan 120mm (included with Siberia): 115CFM
With all the details explained it is time to meet our first new contestant ->