CPU Heatsink 29-WAY Roundup

2nd roundup of the year! 29 heatsinks compared:

New heatsinks tested:

# Aerocool Dominator
# Arctic Cooling Alpine 64
# Spire DiamondCool II
# Spire VertiCool II
# Scythe Katana CU
# Scythe Mine
# Thermaltake Mini Typhoon
# Tuniq Tower 120

compared to

# AMD’s new Heat pipe Stock cooling
# Thermalright HR-01
# Thermalright SI-120
# Thermaltake Big Typhoon
# Scythe NCU-2000 *
# Scythe Ninja *
# Thermalright XP-90C *
# Thermalright XP-90 *
# AMD Stock Cooling *
# Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 *
# Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro *
# Asus X-Mars *
# Coolermaster Susurro *
# Noctua NH-U 12 *
# Noctua NH-U 9 *
# Sharkoon Red Shock *
# Silverstone NT02 *
# Scythe Samurai Z *
# Scythe Shogun *
# Thermalright XP-120 *
# Zalman CNPS9500CU *

I tried to represent the results as best and easily readible as I could; as always suggestions are welcome; thanks for reading "in advance"

http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=419
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  1. Cool, good to know.

    I'm assuming that by remove motherboard, you mean on a P4, since you mentioned you need to replace the clip on the Thermalright SI-120. Unless you can do that without removing the board...
  2. the clip which comes with SI-120 uses the AMD backplate, so no motherboard removal is needed to swap out the AMD bracket with this Intel-a-like one.
  3. Sweet.

    I'm using the older stock AMD cooler now (that came with my 3800 X2), and the sound is good, cooling could be better. IF I replace it, I'll keep your review in mind. I was looking at the XP-90C, but now I'm not so sure.

    someone needs to do a VGA cooler roundup.
  4. Quote:
    someone needs to do a VGA cooler roundup.


    one at a time ey! :)

    VGA cooler roundup is next on my to do list; Arctic Cooling (2 units), Zalman (2 units), Titan (1 unit), Thermalright (1 unit) a new rather unknown party, 2 different stock coolings from 7800GT and maybe Thermaltake.

    results out soon. (soon can be anywhere from 1-2 weeks, I'm doing these tests after hours)

    in the meanwhile I can also divert you to: http://www.overclex.net/overclocking/189/1/refroidisseurs/Comparatif-de-8-refroidisseurs
  5. [whine]But I want it now!!![/whine]

    Thanks, you rock :)
  6. I ran the xp-90 on my non OC'ed x2 4400 for a little while with the recommended Panaflo fan (at all different voltages). My experience was the stock cooler (the first heatpiped cooler for the x2's) performed better than the xp-90.

    [rant]I've never understood the attraction of ThermalRight sinks since the SLK days. I see reviews, people going on and on about them on forums. The sinks I've tried of theirs, I've always found them to be inferior to other products available. I guess maybe you need a Delta on their sinks along with an array of Delta case fans, I don't know.[/rant]

    Now I'm using a Ninja with a Nexus 120mm fan at 5v. Running cool and silent is beautiful.
  7. more cooler goodness, compared to following to the 21 others:

    # Aerocool Dominator
    # Arctic Cooling Alpine 64
    # Spire DiamondCool II
    # Spire VertiCool II
    # Scythe Katana CU
    # Scythe Mine
    # Thermaltake Mini Typhoon
    # Tuniq Tower 120

    http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&articID=419
  8. Thanks for the link. The Scythe Mine looks interesting.
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