AMD A64 Heatsink roundup Q2 2005

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2005-05-15

In this massive Athlon 64 heatsink roundup we compare 17 cooling solutions from different manufactures including Scythe, TTIC, Arctic Cooling, Thermaltake, Titan, Thermalright, Zalman and Coolermaster.

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Titan Vanessa-L

Titan Vanessa-L:
Supplied by: Titan

The Vanessa-L is the big brother of the “S” version, it costs $10 more (~$50) and comes with fan controller and 120mm fan, is it any good? Let’s find out.

Specifications :

  • Intel: Socket 478/775
  • AMD: AthlonXP/64/64+ Socket462/754/940/939

    Fan included: 120x120x25mm
    Fan Speed: 900-1800rpm
    Fan Noise Level: 20-34dBA
    Air Flow: 33.5-71CFM

    In the Box :

    An even bigger box holds a fan controller, mounting gear and thermal paste, and you even get a screw driver in the package.

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    Construction :

    The design of the Vanessa-L resemblances a butterfly also, but instead of using several heat pipes, the “L” has one large copper thermal “pipe” in the middle; The base is fairly smooth but lapping traces are visible.

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    Installation :

    Installation does not require motherboard removal, but it will take a bit of effort to get the Vanessa-L installed. First you install a metal mounting bracket onto the A64 mounting, and then you use the very large screwdriver to secure the heatsink. Installation time ~7 minutes.

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    Performance and Noise :

    Performance with the stock 120mm fan is quite good; when you run it 50% you’ll have a very silent and cool system. The 120mm Papst drops noise even more without sacrificing temps. The 115CFM fan from Titan blasts the Vanessa-L into the top performer realms.

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