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Note: We have since changed our temperature
measuring from using the onboard sensor on the motherboard, to using
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:
AMD Tbird 800 Stock
AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003
Temp. = 27C
Dragon Orb 3
Golden Gate 40
Take Volcano 5
Thermal Take Volcano 6Cu
Take Volcano 6Cu+
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
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
- Ability to choose high or low speed fan
- Good performance for the price
- $20, how can you go wrong!
- Copper base
- 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!