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-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-07-01
-- Price: ~ $15.99 USD
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The main selling point of this unit is that it cools, but at the same time absolutely makes no noise.  Our test will compare this unit's cooling abilities with our other budget coolers we have ran into on GT.

   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 installation was made on our AMD T-Bird test rig.  It consists of:

  • IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard
  • AMD Thunderbird 800 (Arctic Silver)
  • Crucial PC133 128MB CL2 Sdram
  • EVGA GF2 MX 32MB AGP Video Card
  • Windows 98SE

   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.

   Here are the results in comparison to the GW FKP and the OCZ Glacier 2:

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 Glacier 2

Idle

Full Load

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

1CoolPC Socket AHO

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 36C 39C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
1.85V
42C 49C

   From the numbers, the cooler trails behind the GW FKP by a few degrees in the idle and full load test.  While it did reach a higher temperature than the Glacier 2, it did allow us to overclock the 800 to the normal 1003mhz.  Can it be that the Glacier just did not dissipate enough heat fast enough?  The temperatures tell us otherwise, but we tried it twice and the Glacier 2 did not let us do it on both counts.  

   To test if the fan was a limiting factor in lowering the temperature for the Socket AHO, we place a black label Delta 6800rpm fan on the top.  Let's see if this drops the temperatures a bit more for the Socket AHO.

Socket AHO w/Delta Fan

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 27C 27C
AMD Tbird 800 32C 33C
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
1.85V
39C 42C

   Now that is something!  Replaced the 21cfm fan with the high performance 38cfm Delta fan and the temperatures shot down.  A definite eye opener for this small worker.  

   Not exactly the highest performing heatsink in comparison to the all coppers, but it does complete the job without an insanely loud fan.  This unit is nearly whisper quiet when on, a definite plus in my book.

   Thanks goes out to Bart from 1Cool PC for providing a different cooler to us than the regular ear splitting variety!



Pros:

  • Very light and compact
  • Easy to use clip
  • Whisper quiet!


  • Cons:

  • Thermal Pad very difficult to remove
  • Not meant for the extreme oc'er

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