Het volk van Virtual Hideout trakteert ons op een Socket A cooler shootout. Aan dit schietspektakel doen de volgende coolers mee: de Coolermaster DP5-5H51-01, de Taisol CEK734092, de GlobalWin FOP-38, de ArctiCooler Model CA en de Alpha PAL6035-MFC. Het schietterrein bevindt zich op een Abit KT7 RAID mobo met een AMD Duron 700 @ 900 en een 128MB PC133 Infineon reepje. Per cooler werd naar twee temperaturen gekeken; de eerste temperatuur werd gemeten na 15 minuten idlen en de tweede keer werd gemeten na 1 uur Q3 demo's afspelen, terwijl de trouwe op de achtergrond draaide:
Registering the highest temperatures at both idle and on load, this one is definitely not for an overclocker. Sure, 48°C at idle and 51°C on load are not all that bad, but we all love a cooler-running CPU, dun we? Unless of course you're looking into building a cheapo system for your uncle who can't care less about the stuff inside the PC! Not to mention this baby is very easy to install! At only S$20, it's a hard price to beat! As for me, this one's only gonna see action when I'm testing for maybe dead Durons or T-Birds! :^)
Not really stellar performance from this new-comer to the retail market, but a lot more respectable than the Cooler Master. It managed to keep my Duron at rather acceptable temperatures, both in idle and on load. And I like the clip design too. It's easy to install and remove and it provides good contact with the CPU core. It'll only cost you S$32 so you won't have to break the bank while trying to cool your CPU.
I have to admit, GlobalWin has one helluva cooler beast here. Came equipped with the infamous Black Label Delta fan, the FOP-38 looses out only to the more established Alpha, while leaving the rest of the field in the dust! It costs S$58 and a little more pricey than some here, but with that price, came performance! Yeah baby! Not to mention this thing is damn loud too! But I guess for the case modders out there, you won't even notice it with all your 120mm monsters running in yer PC huh? Heheh! A little care needs to be taken when installing it, but it ain't really a biggie if you know how to do it right! Definitely recommended if you plan to overclock your CPU!
ArctiCooler Model CA
Looks like the coolest looking heatsink ain't the coolest performing right here! It's the smallest cooler here, so it'll fit almost all motherboards. And it's also the quietest. Did I mention it looks cool? Anyway, it out performs the Cooler Master and the Taisol, but not the FOP-38 beast and the PAL6035. Purdy decent performance im my opinion. It's also reasonably priced at S$40 although you can get it cheaper last time round from OC Arena. Not really living up to the hyp surrounding it's release, but I guess if you want sumthing that looked cool with decent performance, nuthing beats the ArctiCooler! Heheh!
The winner this time round, the PAL6035-MFC cost a whole lot more than the rest of the field here, but it gives you the best performance! But this performance came at a price! S$65 ain't exactly cheap, but if you absolutely must have the best in everything when it comes to your overclocked PC, then I guess money is not the issue here! It keeps your precious little overclocked CPU very cool indeed! Maybe a little more work needed on the clip design, other than that, this is definitely the best out there for ya!