The installation of a HS is probably one of the most important parts to consider when either dealing with an AMD processor or if you're a weirdo like me and put it on and take it off all the time.
The clip on the Big Rock requires a flat-headed screwdriver to put on or remove, which is pretty common today. The actual install went pretty easily compared to some I've used, but at the same time, it wasn't the best. However this clip was a little on the unusual side for how it was made, it has a couple layers of metal folded over itself, and while it worked fine, I would question durability if a person installed and removed it frequently.
Anyways; onto the important part of the test, the cooling tests. Once again here's the testbed:
- Blizzard 280 case (Read our review) / Manuf's Site
- Asus A7V
- AMD Athlon Tbird 800 @ 1GHz (Blue Core 1.85V)
- Arctic Silver 2
- 256MB Crucial PC133 cas222 RAM
- (Yes, there are other parts in it, but they're not important. If you have questions regarding them, e-mail email@example.com.)
These candidates were chosen carefully. The 6035D is my standard to test other heat sinks against, as it is a very good cooler and very well known by most people. The 62540D is the best aluminum cooler I have tested to date, and its only fair to bench an aluminum cooler against an aluminum cooler.
Idle temps are taken after I Start the computer with normal applications running in the background (no distributed clients are included, they use too many CPU cycles to make it count as idle), after about half an hour idle temps are recorded.
Load temps are taken after 2 instances of Prime 95 in torture test have run for half an hour. Prime 95 is a pure number crunching program that fully loads up your CPUs cycles.
There's the numbers, and needless to say I was pretty impressed here. The Speeze cooler went effectively nose-to-nose with both Vantec coolers, and came out in the thick of things. Considering it was fighting 2 coolers equipped with Delta fans, well, I'd say it works pretty well. Thumbs up for performance
Cooling Score: 4.5/5
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