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-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-08-08
-- Price: ~ $24.99 USD
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What we will be testing is a comparison between the older version of the Gladiator and with other coolers we have come across.

   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.  Arctic Silver thermal paste is used as usual.

   Here are some results:

Models

AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
OCZ Gladiator 35C 37C 41C 45C
ThermalRight SK-6 31C 34C 36C 40C
GlobalWin CAK38 34C 37C 38C 42C
ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 35C 37C 38C 43C
Vantec CCK-6035D 32.5C 35.5C 36C 42C
>> SVC Golden Gate 40 << 33.5C 36C 39.5C 43.5C

   We discussed the results with Rodney, the tech at SVC and he did mention that the results may prove even better when using a faster chip.  Possibly showing off the GG's ability to dissipate heat at higher temperatures.  So I went out and bought (ok...I borrowed, well...ok...if you call taking without asking and returning without telling as borrowing, then yup, that's what I did..anyway), the results are rather surprising.  I used an AXIA 1Ghz oc'd to a solid 1450Mhz.  This unit does better when a larger amount of heat is pumped through it.

Models

AMD Tbird 1000@1450

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load
OCZ Gladiator 42C 45C
ThermalRight SK-6 38C 41C
GlobalWin CAK38 39C 44C
ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 38C 43.5C
Vantec CCK-6035D 36.5C 43C
>> SVC Golden Gate 40 << 40C 44C

   From our test, the cooler does better than the older version across the board.  But this is using the 40CFM fan.  We did take that fan off and used our standard 38CFM Delta, the scores came in and the results were pretty much identical.

   After taking the results from using the higher speed chip, it is apparent that the unit (SVC's and the Gladiator) perform better at higher speeds to some extent.  I know the copper was doing its job, I could feel the heat blown out of the heatsink by the fan.  So what does this mean? Users who have slower CPUs won't benefit from this performance? Or is this cooler just aimed for the power users? From what I see, both types of chips should benefit greatly compared to the common heatsink.

   So the changes in the heatsink and shroud design did not alter anything too much.  The higher speed fan did provide more air and in return lower temperatures.  What does set this unit apart from the others is that, it only cost about $25 USD.  This includes the 40CFM fan, which I have seen from other retailers have been going for about $10 extra to add on.  So overall, this is not a bad deal.  From my experience with the folks at SVC, their customer service is beyond remarkable.  The tech that I talked to was knowledgeable and courteous, something that will definitely set them apart from the pack.



Pros:

  • Strong Clip
  • Copper based unit
  • Strong fan!
  • Very affordable
  • Works nicely on higher speed CPUs


  • Cons:

  • Still hard to push down on the clip
  • Loud fan, if that kind of thing bothers you

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