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    OCZ Gladiator 3 and Thermaltake Volcano 12 Heatsinks Review
    Author: Alan Wong
    Date Posted: December 26th, 2003
    OCZ Gladiator 3 (Black Fan Version) SLRating: SLRating: 7/10
    OCZ Gladiator 3 (LED Fan Version) SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Thermaltake Volcano 12 Heatsinks SLRating: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: With lots of cooling fans to choose from its important to get it right as CPU’s demand better cooling to keep up with the excess temperature from overclocking. We evaluated cooling fans from OCZ and Thermaltake, performance varied and so did noise, read on to discover what we found in our official review........

    Find the lowest price for this product Thermaltake Volcano 12
    Find the lowest price for this product OCZ Gladiator 3
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    Test Setup


    AMD Athlon XP 2800+ Barton (Overclocked to Athlon XP 3200+ 200x11)


    Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 nForce2 Ultra 400

    Graphics Card

    XFX GeForceFX 5900

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital 200GB w/ 8 MB Cache


    Corsair TwinX1024-3200LLPRO 1GB PC3200 Dual Channel

    Optical Drives

    Memorex Dual-X Dual Format Burner

    TDK IndiDVD 440N DVD Burner


    Ahanix dboX

    CPU Cooling

    CoolerMaster Aero 7 Lite HSF

    OCZ Gladiator 3

    Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12

    Operating System

    Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 1

    Power Supply

    Allied 400W PSU w/ Bottom Intake

    Prime95 Torture Test was used to put CPU under load for one hour each test.

    When idling, the computer was left to do nothing for an hour.

    Temperatures were read by Gigabyte EasyTune4 and verified with Speedfan 4.09

    Here is a picture of the two heatsinks compared. The size of the Volcano 12 is much bigger than the Gladiator 3 a you can see by the picture.

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound was used for testing all heatsink fans.

    Performance/Noise Go the the next page
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    1. Introduction
    2. Thermaltake Volcano 12
    3. OCZ Gladiator 3
    4. Test Setup
    5. Performance/Noise
    6. Conclusions

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