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-- Major Slot1 HS Battle
-- 7.23.2000
-- By: GideonX

   This is not probably a major Slot 1 battle, more like the battle between the best and the most economical heatsink.  We pit the enormous Alpha P3125 versus ThermalTakes Slot 1 Golden Orb versus the lowly retail Intel heatsink and fan.  How do these stack up with each other? Does it pay to pay more for the Alpha? How does the cheaper Golden Orb do? Lets find out...

Slot 1 HeatSinks

    First off, I would like to thank the kind folks over at SubzeroPC for providing us with the Golden Orb and the Alpha.  They had the confidence of providing me with these items for review, many thanks guys!  They've got a great selection of other things at very reasonable prices, so go check them out! Tell them I sent ya : )

   The way I conducted the test was to slap the heatsinks on and test them at regular idle temperatures and at full load temperatures.  When at full load I mean having Prime95 and RC5 running in the background and have 3DMarks2000 running also for a while.  All the temperatures were calculated using Motherboard Monitor.

   I use the thermal grease supplied with the Alpha on the tests conducted with the Golden Orb and the Alpha:

   I left the thermal pad on the retail heatsink since it was a big pain in the ass to remove.  Plus, I wanted to show the major improvement grease had over pads (I hope).

This box consists of:

  • ASUS P3B-F (1005 BIOS)

  • Pentium III 550e

  • Asus v6600 Pure Geforce SGram

  • 2 X PC133 Apacer Infineon

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