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-- Scythe Mine Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2006-11-15
-- Price: ~ $42.75 USD
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Going through a lot of Arctic Silver 5 throughout the year sometimes leads to being short of it I had to pick up more in expectation of this heatsink.  After the holidays I might do some tests between AS5 and Zalman's thermal grease to see if they perform similarly.

I got the heatsink installed and planned to start the first night of torture testing.  However, I wasn't going to start Prime95 and then walk away for the night, just in case the temperatures shot through the roof.  I wanted to make sure we had some low temps before I let it run on it's own.  For reading the processor temperature, I am using the default program ITS Guardian and Core Temp beta 0.93.  Core temp reads the temperature off the processor, and ITS reads the sensor on the motherboard.

Getting past the first five minutes without getting close to 50 degrees was a vast improvement over the stock heatsink.  Taking the first screenshot after an hour of running prime95, the cores are running in the low 40s.

Next checkpoint was about 9 hours into the 24 hour torture test (I had to sleep sometimes!)

This first image has the full screen of everything up and running.

Here's the temp info slightly larger so it's easier to read.  At this point I headed off to work. My real job is about as much fun as watching Prime95.

The last screenshots are from the 24-hour mark, and with temps still low, it's time to let the system take a much-deserved rest.

After giving the AS5 about 160 hours to break in, I began the final test for temperatures.  After 7 days, my startup temp is running around 27 degrees on Core Temp and 30 in the ITS Smart Guardian.

Starting up Prime95 gets the processors to hit 40 degrees right away.

Four hours into Prime95, and we're still below stock idle temperatures.  With the Scythe Mine Cooler running at 43 degrees Celsius and staying around there, I am confident that it won't overheat during a night of Ghost Recon next weekend.

Again, a quick screenshot of the full screen.  This time I was not running CPU-Z along with everything else.CPU-Z along with everything else.

Now that I have gone through the break-in time, I am willing to say that the Scythe Mine Cooler is a good choice.  Positive points about this cooler include low temperatures and the fact that it is adaptable to so many socket types. Additionally, you can change out the fan for more or less aggressive cooling.  One of the disadvantages was the fact that I had to clean the bottom of the heatsink myself, but at least the marks were only cosmetic. The fins could also be angled differently so that some of the airflow aided motherboard cooling.



Pros:

  • Adjustable mounting clips for both AMD and Intel Processors
  • Temps in the low 40s even after 24 hours at full load
  • Runs quiet with the default fan
  • Replaceable fan with many size options
  • Finished tips on the heat pipes look nicer than crimped ones .


Cons:

  • Cosmetic marks on the copper base required cleaning
  • No cooling for motherboard components
  • Single fan speed

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