Our installation was made on our AMD T-Bird test rig. It consists of:
- IWill KK266
- AMD Thunderbird 800
- Crucial PC133 128MB CL2 Sdram
- EVGA GF2 MX 32MB AGP Video Card
- Windows 98SE
The Gladiator comes supplied with a thermal pad like many of the other heatsinks. What we will do is test the cooler with the thermal pad and also with Arctic Silver Thermal Paste.
The fan does not utilize a 3 pin connector, but instead uses a 4 pin molex connector. This attaches easily to our power supply without any fuss.
The clip on this cooler is very sturdy and hard. We had a slightly hard time pushing it down onto our motherboard clip. Just be careful not to press to hard on your own sample or you risk cracking your cpu!
From this picture above, you can see the end of the clip where you push down onto your motherboard. It would have been better if this was encased in plastic to give us an easier time applying the heatsink. You can also see the many tiny fins underneath the fan. There are about 40 fins to be exact! Lots of area for cooling.
After doing our idle and full load tests, we removed the cooler and noticed something rather odd. It seems the thermal pad that was on the bottom, was not applied correct at the factory! It did not sit evenly on our cpu slug, but the pad did smear enough over to cover it.
Don't go crazy now, we weren't planning on using the thermal pad anyway. We took our trusty flat head screwdriver and went at the pad.
We'll apply some arctic silver to our chip and see how that fares with a pure copper heatsink.
The unit came with the fan situated on the heatsink blowing in. Due to the fact that this heatsink does come with a shroud, it is supposed to circulate and direct air a lot better than most. We'll give it a go with the fan sucking and blowing and see which is actually the better combo.