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   We first tested this unit by using the stock settings, namely utilizing the heatsink with the provided thermal pad.  Since the pad felt very soft to the touch, the assumption is that it would fill up any small gaps between the cooler and the CPU slug to provide ample heat transfer.

   From the above picture, there is some serious blunders when using the pad.  Notice the middle, the pad does not provide any contact in that area.  The metal is exposed, which seems to mean to me that the pad is so soft, the strength of the clip pushed the pad away from the center and towards the edges.  Not a good sign for efficient cooling.

   To combat this problem, we wiped the bottom clean of any residual thermal pad material.  Left with a clean surface, we brought up our big guns, some good Arctic Silver Thermal Paste.

   Here is our test bed, which consists of:

  • AMD TBird 800 Mhz Socket A

  • AMD Duron 700 Mhz Socket A

  • IWill KK266 Motherboard

  • Crucial PC133 CL2 128Mb Ram

  • GF2 MX 32Mb AGP Video Card

   *Do note that the fan does not appear to move when it really does, its just the camera taking an action shot.

   Our testing includes our basic approach to maxing out our heatsink samples.  We do a series of test which include temperature monitoring at idle temps and at full load temps.  Full load is created by running Distributed.Net's RC5 client and running 30 minutes worth of Mad Onion's 3D Mark 2001 benchmark program.  All temperatures are retrieved using Via's Hardware Monitor.

   What we will be doing is testing this cooler against some of our previous coolers we have come across.  Most are in the same price and size range, so we did not pit this cooler against something that is twice as large.

   For our tests, we went ahead and used a Thunderbird and a Duron to test out the capabilities of this unit.  The 800Mhz TBird was also tested at 1003Mhz, and the 700Mhz Duron was tested at 868Mhz.  The thermal pad was used first, but due to it not providing enough covering for our CPU slug, we dismissed the results from that test and went with Arctic Silver Thermal Paste.

HSF - TBird @ 800 Mhz

Idle

Full Load

Ambient Temp. 28C 28C
Global Win FKP-32 35C 37C
OCZ Gladiator 28C 30C
OCZ Glacier II 30C 32C
OCZ Monster III 30C 32C
> ThermoEngine V60-4225 29C 33C

HSF - TBird @ 1003 Mhz

 

 

Ambient Temp. 28C 28C
Global Win FKP-32 41C 45C
OCZ Gladiator 32C 35C
OCZ Glacier II 34C 38C
OCZ Monster III 34C 38C
> ThermoEngine V60-4225 36C 41C

HSF - Duron @ 700 Mhz

 

 

Ambient Temp. 28C 28C
Global Win FKP-32 34C 36C
OCZ Gladiator 28C 30C
OCZ Glacier II 29C 31C
OCZ Monster III 29C 30C
> ThermoEngine V60-4225 28C 32C

HSF - Duron  @ 868Mhz

 

 

Ambient Temp. 28C 28C
Global Win FKP-32 34C 38C
OCZ Gladiator 28C 31C
OCZ Glacier II 30C 32C
OCZ Monster III 30C 32C
> ThermoEngine V60-4225 29C 32C

   From the numbers, it seems the ThermoEngine is not producing the heat dissipation that is expected from this highly touted cooler.  It does do a decent job with this fan setup, do not get me wrong on that part!  But it is not something spectacular, so don't expect this cooler to blow you away.  What I can tell that is lacking from this unit is the strength of the fan.  Indeed if may be rated at 32 CFMs, but I have no clue who makes this fan or any other specs on it.  This was told to me by Nick over at Cracy PC.  The other units we tested, used very high powered fans which pushed air around the 36-40CFM range, while the ThermoEngine comes equipped with a slower fan, a definite disadvantage to this well constructed cooler.

   I would recommend this unit based on the fact that it did give the only all copper heatsink (OCZ Gladiator) in our testing a good run for the money.  Added to that, this is an aluminum based heatsink, it does an incredible job keeping up.  But in the new field of all copper heatsinks, I am not sure if I would recommend any of these aluminum coolers at the moment.

   If you get one of these units, don't worry if they ship it in a V60-4210 box.  They rushed these newer models out without updating their actually box.  Both cooler versions are the same, so the specs should not change except for the fan speed.  Just remember to look at your fan when you get it, just to check and see if its the larger one.

   Thanks to Crazy PC once again for sending us this very unique and fun sample to test out.  Get on over there for some cooling and everyday computing needs!

   Pros:

  • Quiet

  • Very strong construction (I dropped it a few times...)

  • Clips are easy to use

  • Great packaging and instructions (except for the label)

   Cons:

  • Horrible Thermal Pad

  • Weak Fan

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