Test setup & Methodology :
Piotke's Test Setup
|CPU||AMD sempron 2600+ |
|Cooling||Aerocool HT-102Scythe ShogunAsetek Vapochill Micro Ultra Low NoiseThermalright XP-90C|
|Mainboard||Albatron K8 Ultra-U Pro|
|Memory||2*512 Mb A-Data Vitesta DDR600|
|PSU||Antec TrueControl 550 Watt|
Of course, I don't use my system on default clock speeds. I added an extra 400 MHz to the cpu:
The Sempron 2600+ @ 2000 Mhz and 1.6 vcore is putting out close to 100 Watt according to this online calculator
. All results were taken with room temperature at ~22°C. Due to room temp fluctuations, different mounting and user error can account up to 1-2°C of inaccuracy from obtained results. Please keep this in mind when looking at the results. Each heatsink was tested repeatedly; if I 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 ~65cm away from the HSF. The lowest dBA reading in the test room was ~32,5 dBA.
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 color as Ceramique, requiring a mere 30-minute of break-in time!
When setting the fan at high speed the HT-102 is trailing the pack, so it’s not a high performance monster; turning the speed down of the fan looks promising as the Aerocool comes in 2nd after the XP-90C.
The fan on the HT-102 is not too silent, the 20dBA rating the specifications state must have been taken at 5 meter distance I’m guessing. The low fan settings seems to be a winner though, the noise level drops a massive 10dBA (from loud to dead silent) and performance only suffers mildly (+3°C).
Let’s wrap things up ->