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. Although the fan that came with the Vantec is also a Delta fan, we replaced it with ours just so the testing can be fair with all our units.
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:
AMD Tbird 800 Stock
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)
|Ambient Temp. = 27C
|ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3
|>> Vantec CCK-6035D <<
Hey, now there's something. We finally have a cooler close to the temperature of what the SK-6 can do. All things being equal, this cooler is probably a better deal coming in at only about $30 USD. I would think this unit can take over the top spot if the copper coils were larger. The unit is not at all large, it'll fit on any motherboard from what I gather. The aluminum covering helps direct the air flow, kind of like how the Alpha heatsinks did it way back.
Thanks to Tommy over at Vantec for hooking us up with a test unit. They've got some great stuff over there besides cpu coolers. So give them a visit, it can't hurt.