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-- GlobalWin CAK38 Socket Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-07-05
-- Price: ~ $35.00 USD
-- Pages: 1 [ 2 ]
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We will only be testing this unit with other copper heatsinks.  They will also be using the same Delta fan throughout the testing to ensure a fairness due to fan speed and whatnot.

   Note: We have since changed our temperature measuring from using the onboard sensor on the motherboard, to using the CompuNurse, an external temperature probe.  This probe is situated right next to the CPU slug, so it provides the most precise temperature reading as possible.

   Our trusty old test rig is as follows:

  • 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.  The full load will be accomplished by using the RC5 program and running 3DMark 2001 for 30 minutes.

   Here are some results:

OCZ Gladiator


Full Load

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

ThermalRight SK-6


Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 31C 34C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
36C 40C

GlobalWin CAK38


Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 34C 37C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
38C 42C

   We tried situating the fan without the 1cm stand offs between the fan and the heatsink.  The switch only helped by changing a fraction of the temperature so there is no benefit in doing that.  

   Overall, this heatsink did not live up to the GW name of being a high performance cooler.  I was seriously hoping that this unit would knock out the SK-6, but it was a few degrees behind.  Hopefully, their next design may include more fins or a larger heatsink.  Plus, I wish they will redesign that clip!  That seriously has to go!  

   If I was to recommend it, the selling point is the affordability of this all copper cooler.  At about $35 USD and change, it is the cheapest copper unit available at the moment.


  • Affordable
  • All Copper!
  • Very fast fan

  • Cons:

    • Horrid clip design

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