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-- OCZ Glacier 2 Socket A Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-05-16
-- Price: ~ $9.99 USD
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For our tests, we recorded the temperature of the cpu at idle and at full load.  Full load consists of running Distributed.net's RC5 and MadOnion's 3D Mark 2001 Benchmark programs.  We pitted the Glacier 2 against OCZ's own Monster 3 Cooler and our trusted Global Win FKP32.

   Here are our results with using the cooler and its supplied thermal pad and also without.

Global Win FKP-32

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 35C 37C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
1.85V
41C 45C

OCZ Monster 3

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 30C 32C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
1.85V
34C 38C

OCZ Glacier 2 w/Thermal Pad

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 32C 35C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 978
1.85V
35C 38C

OCZ Glacier 2 w/Arctic Silver

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 30C 32C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 986
1.85V
34C 38C

   As you can see, the Glacier 2 could not hold the 1003 Mhz overclocked speed. The most it can do is 986Mhz.  Anything attempt higher than that would result in immediate Window's errors upon booting.  Removing the thermal pad did help lower the temperature a bit.

   Overall, this chip is above average for cooling a stock speed Socket A cpu.  For $9.99, I do not think you will find a better cooler with these results.  If you plan on overclocking your chip and are looking for a better candidate for helping your cooling needs, the Monster 3 may be a better choice.



Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Great cooler for stock cpus
  • Copper insert at the bottom of the heatsink
  • High powered fan


Cons:

  • Not meant to cool an overclocked cpu
  • Fan may be too loud for some
  • Clip is not strong enough

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