What we did for testing was we used 3 of our most popular heatsinks that have come across our testing labs, the ThermalRight SK6, TT Dragon Orb and the Swiftech MCX370-0A. Crunched it using Nanotherm Blue and ASII while running a slew of benches. Most noticeably RC5 and 3DMark2001 as usual. I also ran through a few games of 24 player Counter Strike mayhem just to spice it up a little.
Here are the marks we got in, please note we are using an external temperature probe to obtain the temps. We positioned the probe as close to the CPU slug as possible, hopefully this should provide the best results.
Pictured with ASII on the AMD 800Mhz TBird
Our trusty test rig will be used once again:
IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard
AMD Thunderbird 800Mhz CPU
Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB
The test will consist of an idle temperature check and a full load temperature check. Temperatures were recording while the AMD 800Mhz was clocked at 1003 (1.85V). I entered the full load temperatures while shooting up some bad guys in CS. The external probes LCD screen sure is useful in these situations.
Arctic Silver II
|Ambient Temp. = 27C
|ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3
Now here's something to holler about. We've got a thermal paste that actually keeps up with the AS! It does better in all full load tests, while coming in very close at the idle temperature range. If you're like me, how many times do you leave your computer at idle, everyone should be crunching RC5!
From the clean non-smearing NanoTherm to its ability to keep up with the higher priced ASII, this may be the next big thing. Price is definitely an issue in my book. If you only plan to install one or two CPUs in your lifetime, purchasing a whole tube of thermal paste at a high price is not economical. With Nanotherm coming in about $5, many people may actually consider this as opposed to the common Radio Shack white goop. And considering the size of the tube you receive, this turns out to be the best bargain thus far.
Thanks to Scott over at ESG Associates for sending us one of their final releases of NanoTherm. I know they've worked hard to get this product to the public. It was well worth the wait!