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.
This unit comes with a 32CFM and a 38CFM (+ version) fan, which we did not replace.
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
|SVC Golden Gate 40
|Thermal Take Volcano 5
|> Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu
|>Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu+
Not too bad from the numbers, seems Thermal Take's hybrid creation of copper and aluminum works to an extent. The stock numbers between the Volcano 5 and the 6Cu units are really close. The use of copper not playing much of a role in that department.
It does shine a bit better in the overclocked speeds. The higher speed brings more heat for the copper, which seems to work a lot better. The unit was rather warm to the touch, indicating a good transfer of heat from the CPU slug through the copper and aluminum.
To be honest, with a $20 price tag on either unit, why bother considering the V5 really. Or any other cooler in that price range when you can get Thermal Take quality and performance. TT sure has busted through the budget cooling scene with a bang! Definitely something good since not everyone is willing to shell out top dollar for a heatsink.
Thanks to Kenny at Thermal Take for sending us another test unit, nothing better than to get a chance to test out some good old fashion heatsinks from an expert.