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The NP60D pictured above sits nicely on our Iwill KK266.  I was afraid that it might hit those capacitators with the curving design of this unit.

The larger unit is a lot wider, so you better check your motherboard if you plan on getting this unit.  The NP80D also clears the capacitators, so no worries there.  The fans use the 3 pin motherboard connector since the fan does not draw too much power.

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 28CFM fan, which we did not replace.  We will however, also include some 38CFM Delta temperatures.

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:

Models

AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
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
Swiftech MCX370-0A 31.3C 33.7C 34.3C 38.5C
SVC Golden Gate 40 33.5C 36C 39.5C 43.5C
Thermal Take Volcano 5 35.9C 37.5C 39C 43.8C
Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu 35.6C 37.4C 38.6C 43.3C
Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu+ 35.2C 37C 38.2C 43C
>> nPower NP60D << 31.3C 35.2C 36.7C 42.4C
>> nPower NP80D << 31C 34.8C 36.5C 42.4C

with 38CFM Delta

AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

nPower NP60D 31.1C 35C 36.3C 42.1C
nPower NP80D 30.8C 34.5C 36.2C 42C

The Bits Power units are not bad at all for aluminum based coolers.  They do quite well when compared with some of the bigger players.  One of the surprising readings was the stock temperatures.  The NP80D beat out every cooler in the stock readings when using the Delta fan!  The overclocked temperatures are not at all shabby, keeping it real close.

When these units hit your local retailers, you may want to pick one up.  From initial pricing, they seem to be quite affordable.  Definitely recommend the unit, especially at how well the the unit cools with the quiet stock fan.

Thanks to Vincent at Bits Power for sending over these samples.  They are looking for a distributor at this moment, so if any retailers are interested give him a holler.



Pros:

  • Quiet unit
  • Cools incredibly well for an aluminum unit
  • 'Skiving Technology'
  • Light weight
  • Awesome clip design


  • Cons:

    • May prove to be even better if a faster fan was included

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