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June 24, 2004 3:34:10 AM

This is still under construction, please give me some feedbacks, please tell me anything that you don't like.


Heatsinks Buyers Guide

This is a small guide on performance of heatsinks, and some fans, hope this’ll make your heatsink purchase decision easier


I’ll start off with the most popular Socket A otherwise known as Socket462, it’s used by AMD Athlon, AthlonXP, and Duron CPUs.

Thermalright SP97(NF):
Pros:
-The best of the best for socketA
-Optimal performance with 92mm pushing 80CFM or more
-Silent operation with 92mm fan pushing 40CFM
-Full copper heatpipe cooler
Cons:
-Price
-Weight, this cooler weighs more than 2x, than AMD’s specified weight limit of 300grams
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.

Thermalright SLK947U/900U(NF):
Pros:
-Performs great, some of the most effective coolers out there
-Optimal performance with 92mm fan pushing 80CFM or more
-Silent operation with 92mm fan pushing 40CFM
-Full copper heatsinks
Cons:
-Price slightly on the high side
-Weight, these heatsinks weighs almost 2x more than AMD’s specified weight limit for socketA
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.

Swiftech MCX462-V(NF):
Pros:
-Performance is excellent, one of the best heatsinks out there for SocketA
-Optimal performance with 92mm fan pushing 70CFM or more
-Silent Operation using 92mm fan pushing 30CFM(SilentX can do this under 15dB I believe)
Cons:
-Overpriced
-Weight
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.

Thermalright SLK900A(NF):
Pros:
-Performs very good
-Optimal performance with 92mm fan pushing 80CFM or more
-Silent operation using 92mm fan pushing 40CFM
-Compatible with all SocketA boards
-Easy clip on installation
Cons:
-Weight
-Clip installation, not as secure as through motherboard mounting

Zalman CNPS7000A-CU:
Pros:
-Performance is very decent
-Silent operation
-Full copper heatsink
Cons:
-Weight, this heatsink weighs nearly 800grams, just got another hundred grams to go before tripling AMD’s maximum specified.
-Performance doesn’t justify its price
-Cannot change fan
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.

Zalman CNPS7000A-ALCU:
Pros:
-Excellent performance
-Silent
-Comparatively light weights for its cooling ability
-Price is just right
Cons:
-Cannot change fan
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.

Thermalright SLK800U(NF):
Pros:
-Performs very decent
-Pricing is great
-Optimal performance with 80mm fan pushing 70CFM or more
-Fairly inexpensive full copper heatsink
Cons:
-Lack of ability to utilize 92mm fan
-Cannot achieve silent operation
-A little heavy, but not that bad
-Installation requires removal of motherboard
-Compatibility, motherboard must have mounting holes, and capacitors must be far enough from the socket.



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June 25, 2004 1:33:51 AM

i dont need a heat sink...my p1 70mhz runs so cool.

Well done, keep at it

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June 25, 2004 1:35:04 AM

i assume the final version will have links to pics of the various heatsinks?...i like pictures

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June 25, 2004 11:11:42 AM

Might wanna mention coolermasters Hyper6, apparently its really good.

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June 25, 2004 3:19:11 PM

Sorry my bad, I thought it was socketA aswell.

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June 25, 2004 8:19:37 PM

How about some budget heatsinks?

- Speeze Falconrock II (about equal to SLK-800 when the fans are the same, warm/toasty in stock trim)
- Thermaltake TR2-M1 (nearly silent at 21 dBA w/ OK cooling in stock trim)

Both are quiet but not good for overclocking in stock trim. Upgrade the fan and they are very decent.

- Thermalright ALX-800 (slightly better than it's step-brother, SLK-800)

All are aluminum/copper hybrids and I think all are under $20 USD ($27 CAD) including shipping. The ALX-800 is sans fan, usually.

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June 25, 2004 9:34:12 PM

Looks good. You might want to make some general recommendations such as "look for a well machined base" (mirror finish etc.), "pros and cons of aluminum and copper," or "higher rpm means more noise." Something like that could help those who either can't get access to or can't find any of the heatsinks you mentioned.

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July 13, 2004 7:40:28 PM

Looks nice, if you have any socket 478 material under construction now would be a good time :)  especially in the midrange not taking your motherboard off high reliability low noise segment.

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July 15, 2004 10:39:06 AM

Why not begin by the last CPU's aka Socket 939 instead of Socket A ?
I have still a huge problem with the choice .

Everything was speaking for Zalman 7000 .
Even on the Zalman page they confirmed that it would work .
However when I try on web shops , they always send me a warning that this HSF is NOT compatible with the A 64 FX 53 Socket 939 CPU .

That's crazy .
July 15, 2004 12:26:04 PM

Hey

i bought the Thermaltake Spark 7 Xaser edition and had a 10 degree drop compared to the stock intel fan, but after a month the fan blew. then i bought the coolermaster hyper 6 and had another 10 degree frop. So what im trying to say is that i had 20 degree drop with the hyper 6
July 15, 2004 12:45:39 PM

I think you should split the article into different sections, like
-Quiet HSF
-Budget HSF
-High performance HSF
-HSF to avoid

This way people can go to the section that is relevant to them and see which coolers forfill thier needs.
August 7, 2004 2:47:01 AM

The Swiftech now doesn't need motherboard removal.

So you might want to change that.

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August 7, 2004 10:34:09 PM

Def do it like JammyDodger says, that was people can skip things they arn't interested in. most people have an idea of why they want a new h/sink. THey want a quieter one, a cooler one, one for overclocking and EVERYONE wants to avoid the bad ones.
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