Jason Rabel van Extreme Overclocking heeft de nieuwe heatsinks van dit moment op zijn testbank gehad en ze in dit artikel met elkaar vergeleken. Het gaat hier om de volgende heatsinks: Thermal Integration TI-V77L, Millennium Thermal Glaciator II, Fortis Technologies A91, Fortis Technologies A92, Fortis Technologies A102 en de Thermaltake Volcano 7. Ook zijn er al wat oudere koelers meegenomen in de test van onder andere Vantec en Swiftech.
De heatsinks zijn getest op een KT7A-RAID bord met een 1400MHz Athlon @ 1,88v. De beste prestaties werden geleverd door de Dynatron DY1206H-638 welke is voorzien van een 44CFM fan. Helaas is deze HSF wel erg lawaaierig (50 dBA). De Vantec CCK-6035D presteerde ook behoorlijk goed en is voorzien van een ietwat rustigere 38CFM Delfa fan. Hieronder een hap uit de conclusie:
However, cooling alone is not always the deciding factor for some of us. Many people are willing to sacrifice a little performance for a LOT quieter system. If you are this type of person, then I would have to say that the Millennium Thermal Glaciator II or Thermaltake Volcano 7 is the heat sink for you. The Volcano 7's price hasn't been determined yet (I couldn't find it in any online stores), but from guessing what previous Volcano heat sinks cost it should be in the mid $20 range which is a very good deal. The Millennium Thermal heat sink will run you $30 which is about average for most of the high performance heat sinks, however it is much quieter than the rest of the pack.
The Fortis heat sinks weren't able to handle the extreme heat generated from running the CPU at 2.05v, however since many people don't (or can't) voltage mod their board to run this high, you must consider that when judging these heat sinks. The A92 is rated for AMD up to 1.6GHz, and the A102 is rated for up to 1.7GHz. All things considered, if you are on a budget, the A92 is an extremely good deal for about $20 because you get the 7000RPM fan, and also the silver compound is included.
While I did like the Thermal Integration TI-V77L, and it did sound much quieter than its rated dBA, its price makes it the most expensive of the pack. However, this is a relatively new heat sink, and as it reaches more online cooling stores I'm sure the price will come down to hopefully the $30 mark or so.
Me personally, if I had to choose one of these heat sinks to run in my own system, I would either go with the Millennium Thermal Glaciator II or Thermaltake Volcano 7. Both of them look very cool, are very quiet, and perform very well.