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-- Performance and Conclusion
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   Note: We have since changed our temperature measuring from using the onboard sensor on the motherboard, to using the CompuNurse, an external temperature probe.  This probe is situated right next to the CPU slug, so it provides the most precise temperature reading as possible.

   This unit comes with a 32CFM and a 38CFM (+ version) fan, which we did not replace.

   Our trusty old test rig is as follows:

  • 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.  The full load will be accomplished by using the RC5 program and running 3DMark 2001 for 30 minutes.

   Here are some results:

Models

AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
ThermalRight SK-6 31C 34C 36C 40C
GlobalWin CAK38 34C 37C 38C 42C
ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 35C 37C 38C 43C
Vantec CCK-6035D 32.5C 35.5C 36C 42C
Swiftech MCX370-0A 31.3C 33.7C 34.3C 38.5C
SVC Golden Gate 40 33.5C 36C 39.5C 43.5C
Thermal Take Volcano 5 35.9C 37.5C 39C 43.8C
> Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu 35.6C 37.4C 38.6C 43.3C
>Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu+ 35.2C 37C 38.2C 43C

   Not too bad from the numbers, seems Thermal Take's hybrid creation of copper and aluminum works to an extent.  The stock numbers between the Volcano 5 and the 6Cu units are really close.  The use of copper not playing much of a role in that department.

   It does shine a bit better in the overclocked speeds.  The higher speed brings more heat for the copper, which seems to work a lot better.  The unit was rather warm to the touch, indicating a good transfer of heat from the CPU slug through the copper and aluminum.

   To be honest, with a $20 price tag on either unit, why bother considering the V5 really.  Or any other cooler in that price range when you can get Thermal Take quality and performance.  TT sure has busted through the budget cooling  scene with a bang!  Definitely something good since not everyone is willing to shell out top dollar for a heatsink.

   Thanks to Kenny at Thermal Take for sending us another test unit, nothing better than to get a chance to test out some good old fashion heatsinks from an expert.

  Pros:
  • Ability to choose high or low speed fan
  • Good performance for the price
  • $20, how can you go wrong!
  • Copper base

  Cons:

  • Clip is still the same, hard to apply without the aid of a small flat screwdriver (I have big fingers! : )
  • High powered fan is loud!

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