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-- Gigabyte 3d Rocket Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2007-03-21
-- Price: ~ $32.47 USD
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Now that I have added the 3D Rocket to my system, I do want to know how well it works and what advantages this heat sink will bring to the table.

System that this is being tested on:

  • AMD Opteron 175 processor
  • DFI Lanparty UT nf4 ultra-D
  • 2 Gigs OCZ LLC Ram DDR 500

One of the biggest things I have issues cooling is the PWMIC. There is no easy way to cool it aside from placing a fan directly on top of it. Starting off, it's about 3 degrees cooler - nothing major.

After five minutes running Johnny Lee's Orthos, I have gotten the cores to uneven temps. I am sure this is due to the surface of the heat sink. If I would have taken the time to lap it, I am sure we would see balanced temps, however since we have not done that in the past I will not do it for this test as well.

Close to one hour has passed and it is time to check things once again. I snagged a shot of the ORTHOS and then one of the temperatures.

Temperatures of the cores are warmer than I would like, but the PWMIC is not in the red like we have had in the past. The 3D Rocket is doing a good job at getting air across the motherboard and cooling the other chips as well. After four hours we are seeing constant temps and average cooling.

As we round the 15 hour mark below we can see the temperatures are stable and there is a constant cooling on the PWMIC.

After the first 24 hours of running the processor at 100%, both cores have stayed close to the temperatures we started with. The big advantage so far for this heat sink is that it takes care of the rest of the chips no matter where they are located.

Now that I have waited over a week, I've reached a standard temperature with my setup.

Now I will test with ORTHOS once again through the night.

Once again the cores were not always at the same termperatures. I just happen to capture the screen shot when both were reading at 50 degrees. Throughout the time that I have had this in my system, I really ran it almost always at 50% load with little down time from that.

The heat sink has kept my processor in the mid 40s and also has done a great job at cooling the PWNIC chips on my DFI motherboard. Gigabyte has thought about those with wide cases and gives you the fan duct to help push the air away from the motherboard. If you have a narrow cases you can still remove the duct and enjoy the same results.

Thanks to Gigabyte for sending over this sample!


  • Cools PWMIC
  • Quiet
  • Removable fan duct
  • Heat pipes ends are covered


  • Rough base
  • Warm processor temps
  • Non-sleeved wires

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