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Manual Or Automatic: Volcano 9+

A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP
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The Volcano 9's heat sink consists of an aluminum profile. An orange fan dominates the top. The fan guard is more for decoration than protection against "accidents."

The user can make any number of changes to the fan speed:

  • Maximum speed (4,800rpm) using jumper;
  • Continuously adjustable speed control using rotary potentiometer: jumper is replaced by potentiometer;
  • Automatic speed control jumper is replaced by temperature sensor (on the right of the picture).

We recommend the last variant and advise securing the external temperature sensor to the base of the CPU. This means that the cooler will only make as much noise as is absolutely necessary.

The base of the Volcano 9 has a solid copper core (46mm in diameter) that should ensure very rapid heat distribution over the entire cooler. Because the core penetrates the top of the base plate, the airflow from the cooler can reach it directly. This adds to cooling capabilities.

Loading the CPU to its maximum capacity and then setting the fan speed first to the lowest setting and then to the highest gives the following picture:

Switch Die-Temperature °C Thermal Resistance °C/W Loudness dB(A)
Low 66 0.6 44.3
High 52 0.38 69.1

The Volcano 9 scores slightly lower in cooling power than its brother. Because of its automatic, ear-soothing fan control, however, we think it's far better for everyday use.

Summary
  1. 34 Alternatives To The AMD Boxed Cooler
  2. Theory: The Optimum Cooler
  3. Thermal Interface: Pad Or Paste
  4. Measure Like The Professionals: Measuring Temperature At The Die
  5. The Coolers In Depth
  6. MF018-021
  7. AVC Co. Ltd.: 112C81 And Z6M330 Frost
  8. AVC Z6M330
  9. Coolermaster CP5-7JD1B-0L & HAC-V81-X-Dream
  10. Variable Cooling Capacity: Coolermaster HAC-V81 X-Dream
  11. Cooljag JVC652A
  12. Fanner: Spire Cu King II (5E070B1H3G) & Falcon Rock (5F271B1M3)
  13. Athlon XP Under The Rock: Falcon Rock (5F271B1M3)
  14. Global Win Technology: Cooling Towers CAK4-86, CAK4-88T & TAK58
  15. Large, Heavy And Temperature-Regulated: CAK4-88T
  16. As Quiet As A Whisper And Simple To Mount: TAK58
  17. Inconspicuous But Effective: Neng Tyi's KNO2 And KNO1
  18. Lighter, Smaller And Weaker: KN01
  19. Pentalpha APSK0168-B, APSK0181-C & APSK0181-L
  20. The Performer: APSK0181-C
  21. The Quiet One: APSK0181-L
  22. Springspread/ Neolec Vento III & Unique2800
  23. Installation Guide In The Lid: Unique2800
  24. A German Quality Product: EKL 20704101059
  25. Variable Cooler Monster For Overclockers: Swiftech MCX462-U
  26. Very Loud And Very Powerful: MCX462-U+VANTEC Tornado
  27. Easy Upgrading: Taisol CGK760098 & CGK760172
  28. Good Performance And As Quiet As A Whisper: CGK760098
  29. New-Age Volcanoes: Thermaltake Volcano 9 & Volcano 7+
  30. Manual Or Automatic: Volcano 9+
  31. Battle Of The Titans: TTC-CU5 TB & TTC-D5T(F/CU35)
  32. Good Cooling Performance But Loud: TTC-D5T
  33. Unusually Bad But Extremely Quiet: TTC-D5 TB
  34. Innovative And Very Well-Performing: Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040
  35. Brand-New: Molex 37256-0005
  36. Regulated Or Not: Four Tiger Electronics
  37. Heavier, Quieter And With Better Cooling Performance: Miprocool II
  38. Lighter, Smaller, But With More Cooling Power: SDC38130BC
  39. Heavy But Zippy: Dragonfly-P2B
  40. Noisy Or Quiet: From 38 To 73 DB(A)
  41. Technical Data: 34 Coolers In Comparison
  42. Conclusion: Not Much Innovation In The Cooler Market
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