|-- Temperature Results
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What we did for testing was we used 3 of our most
popular heatsinks that have come across our testing labs, the
ThermalRight SK6, TT Dragon Orb and the Swiftech MCX370-0A.
Crunched it using Nanotherm Blue and ASII while running a slew of
benches. Most noticeably RC5
as usual. I also ran through a few games of 24 player Counter
Strike mayhem just to spice it up a little.
Here are the marks we got in, please note we are
using an external temperature probe to obtain the temps. We
positioned the probe as close to the CPU slug as possible, hopefully
this should provide the best results.
Pictured with ASII on the AMD 800Mhz TBird
Our trusty test rig will be used once again:
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.
Temperatures were recording while the AMD 800Mhz was clocked at 1003
(1.85V). I entered the full load temperatures while shooting
up some bad guys in CS. The external probes LCD screen sure is
useful in these situations.
Arctic Silver II
Temp. = 27C
Dragon Orb 3
Now here's something to holler about. We've
got a thermal paste that actually keeps up with the AS! It
does better in all full load tests, while coming in very close at
the idle temperature range. If you're like me, how many times
do you leave your computer at idle, everyone should be crunching RC5!
From the clean non-smearing NanoTherm to its ability
to keep up with the higher priced ASII, this may be the next big
thing. Price is definitely an issue in my book. If you
only plan to install one or two CPUs in your lifetime, purchasing a
whole tube of thermal paste at a high price is not economical.
With Nanotherm coming in about $5, many people may actually consider
this as opposed to the common Radio Shack white goop. And
considering the size of the tube you receive, this turns out to be
the best bargain thus far.
Thanks to Scott over at ESG
Associates for sending us one of their final releases of
know they've worked hard to get this product to the public. It
was well worth the wait!
- Works on par and better than ASII
- Does not smear as much
- None that I can think of!