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    Speeze Copper Heatsink
    Author: Mike Kitchenman
    Date Posted: April 26th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 5/10
    Bottom Line: A solid concept, with some notable execution flaws.

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    Cooling

    Now we get down to business here. Here's what I'm testing the cooler on:

    • Asus A7V
    • AMD Athlon 800@1GHz 1.85V
    • 256MB Crucial CD-RAM

    Tests

    Idle

    Boot the computer with some normal background apps running (Instant messenger, thingies like that remaining idle) in order to get a normal operating temperature reading. Temperatures are measured from 4 places:

    1) Motherboard CPU Probe, read thru Motherboard Monitor, the probe on the back of the CPU provides one reading.

    2) Compunurse, a thermal probe glued to the side of the core provides a second (and more accurate) thermal reading.

    3) Motherboard temp, taken from another thermistor on the board, this is for comparisons sake.

    4) Room temp, using a radio shack indoor/outdoor thermometer, the ambient room temp is given.

    Load

    Run 2 instances of prime 95 torture test to keep the CPU load at 100% until temps stabilize, then record results form the same 4 spots as the idle test.

    The candidates:

    The results

    Idle

    Load

    Well, there's the hard numbers. I was pretty impressed to see that the copper cooler actually didn't win against the aluminum. Then I realized, there was a size advantage. The copper cooler was incredibly dwarfed by the sheer size of the aluminum. So, That would likely explain it for me.

    Cooling: 2.5/5

    Pros & Cons/Conclusion Go the the next page
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