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Old 27th June 2007, 08:03   #1
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Hey Jmke,

I saw that you were working on a June update to your (Intel) heatsink roundup.. any ETA on that?

Any other up-comming fan tests?

Thanks.
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Old 27th June 2007, 09:44   #2
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Hey Spanki, know you've been looking forward to the test I'm writing and finish today; as finally our hosting server has been swapped/upgraded to a brand new dual Xeon; past week it has been pretty much torture to work at the site with page loads on average of 2-3 minutes

regarding fan tests: yes I have one lined up, no ETA though
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Old 27th June 2007, 11:08   #3
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Great, thanks - I'll be patient for a few more hours .

I'm looking forward to seeing the new additions (and some of the old ones tested on an Intel setup - some of the Thermalrights performed under par in previous results).
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Default CPU Heatsink Roundup June 2007

In our latest CPU cooler roundup we compare 18 heatsinks on an overclocked Intel setup, testing for best performance at both high noise as well as dead silence. If you are looking for a cooling upgrade, this roundup will guide you towards the best product.

http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=578
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Old 27th June 2007, 14:33   #5
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Woot! - reading it now :thump:
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first pages were easy, last took more time

we have a new King
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Old 27th June 2007, 14:39   #7
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...we have a new King
I'm resisting the urge to jump to the performance charts.. but now you have me intrigued .
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Old 27th June 2007, 14:55   #8
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First (minor) typo noticed...

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Than (Edit: ->Then) install the small brackets on the mainboard;
Interesting... even though the base of the BTF90 looks polished and mirror-like shiny, you can still see the machining marks. I think this is the first time I've seen something like that.

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Old 27th June 2007, 16:12   #10
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Ok, I just got through scanning the performance chart(s) for the first time, but I haven't read your conclusions yet... I thought it might be interesting to compare notes, so the cooler that impresses me most out of the charts is...

TTIC NPH-1000 !
This is the first time I've even heard about this cooler - interesting design, btw - but aside from that, it looks like excellent performance. I personally own the CM Hyper Tx (a 'sleeper' in it's own right) and for the NPH-1000 to match it's performance (cooling vs noise ratio) is impressive (assuming the retail pricing is in line).

I can't actually hear my Hyper Tx with fan on full in my Antec P180 case during the daytime (I can barely hear it in the wee hours of the night with very low ambient noise), so if the NPH-1000 is performing that well with even lower noise, that's even better .

The other interesting new data point for me is the BTF90 numbers... good performer, but costs some more noise to get to NPH-1000/Hyper Tx cooling levels.

The Evercool Buffalo put in a decent performance for only having 2 heatpipes, but it's struggling at the top end.

I guess I'm also relieved to see the Ultra 120 performing where it should on the 775 platform - I assume this is the new King of this list (the Zalman just makes too much noise to get to that level and if you added that much noise/fan rpms to the the Ultra 120, it would move well ahead). Of course it also looks like the Tuniq Tower starts closing ranks with the Ultra 120 once you start cranking up the rpms.


What next?

I'm sure others are going to ask about other coolers, so some of the heatsinks I'd love to see in this list are:

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Yeah, it's been around a while, but that also makes it a good reference point since so many have been sold . It should also help round out the Hyper Tx / Buffalo / NPH-1000 bang-for-buck category (and may sit at the top of that, if noise is taken out of the loop).


Thermalright Ultra 90
Similar reasons to above... I'd like to see this one brought over to the 775 platform, to compete in that bang-for-buck-at-a-common-noise-level category .


Scythe Mine
While larger than the few mentioned above, it's been out long enough that it's price is starting to get into the <$30 USD range. I know that your previous tests put it almost exactly on par with the (more expensive) Ninja, but it will be nice to see this one on the 775 platform as well (I know you're already planning this, I'm just mentioning it here for completeness ).


EnzoTech Ultra-X
Fairly consistently performs well in other reviews, even out-performing top tower coolers for some user's setups. Quality control and mounting mechanism look to be top-notch as well. It would also be an interesting comparison to the SI-128 SE, since they both use 4x8mm heatpipes.


Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
All indications are that this performs a few C better than the non-extreme version, but may suffer from some mounting issues/differences and base finish (reportedly "not lapped and slightly convex, on purpose").


3R SYSTEM iCEAGE 120 / 90
As far as I can tell, we can't actually find the 120 for sale anywhere in the US (SilenX re-brands the 90 and sells it on Newegg, but the reviews I've seen of the 90 weren't that promising), but I like seeing new ideas (Direct- Touch heatpipes), and it has a replaceable fan, so it would be an interesting addition to your on-going list.

...heck there's others I'm interested in as well, but at some point the charts are going to get unwieldy (assuming you had the time and resources to test them all).

Thanks again for your efforts.. I'm off to see your conclusions now.

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