what do u guys think of this cooler. id like to buy it for my x2 3800+ and overclock it a little. ive seen some reviews and it looks very interesting, also the price is great. can i take it to 2400mhz? i have a k8n sli platinum, 7800gt, corsair 2x512mb xms c2pt 2.5-3-3-6 currently at ddr440
i would have to disagree wusy, i really dont' like how madshrimps tests their hsfs.
in my opinion, for a somewhat consistent result, you at least need a stable heatsource (no CPUs and crappy burn programs). and a industrial temperature monitor and probe (absolutely no shitty mobo sensors)
they also do not provide you with ambient temperatures and case fan setups. they have way too many major variables to narrow down the temperature differences to the HSF
The stock thermal material over arctic silver?
Has anybody done a comparison?
I'm just curious because I'm planning to buy this hsf for my new build.
$6 I can save on Arctic silver is $6 more for my videocard budget.
the thing with motherboard sensors is that the temperature is not an actual reading, but an calculation. mistakes can be made both ways and are usually random on motherboard sensors. temperature differences usually range from 1-5c optimistically.
5c is a huge difference comparing top notch hardware where the difference can come down to 0.5c. (take the storm G5 for example).
what i'm trying to say is that even if they are using the same mobo for all the hsfs tests, it can still make random mistakes that will throw off the data
the review again uses motherboard sensors and asus is notorious for making shitty temp readings. also, you have to allow an amount of heat cycles on the as5 for it to perform at standard. so as5 actually performs better as time goes on
at best you proven to me that the mx1 compound is decent and should be considered as an alternative
oh my bad... i didn't see the probe, that adds a lot of legitamacy to the review
then i guess mx1 isn't a bad heatsink compound at all, but just to be anal i would've liked to see that probe be attached to the core itself, not the ihs. there is actually a recognizable temperature difference between teh core and teh side of the ihs
Thanks for the links Uber G.
Truly, this will save me $12, as I was going to spring for the hsf cleaner also.
That's about enough to spring for a 512 mb x1800xt instead of the 256.
I hope the Easter Bunny brings you something nice (if that's what you're into).