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Conclusion: Not Much Innovation In The Cooler Market

A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP
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A trend from our last test was confirmed: the tightened specifications from AMD are leading to what will likely be a quick death for aluminium-based coolers. The present and future quite clearly belong to composite coolers (aluminium in combination with copper) and copper-based coolers.

Anyone who was hoping to see some real innovations will be disappointed. The top cooling performance offered by the CAK4-86 from Global Win Technology or Swiftech's MCX-462U are still mitigated by a lot of racket and weight.

Still in the vanguard are cooling solutions with a temperature-regulated fan or manual fan control. Their cooling power, and, consequently, noise levels, can be adapted to the needs of the moment. Companies like Coolermaster, Global Win Technology, Thermaltake, Titan and Tiger Electronics offer such products. While they don't attain top values, they generally perform to a very high level.

With the Aeroflow VA4-C7040, Vantec proves that it is indeed possible to achieve very good cooling performance in connection with a moderate noise level even without control/ regulation. From the aluminium cooler camp, the JVC652A from Cooljag was a winner. Due to its folded fins, it offers astonishingly good cooling performance at a low weight.

With one exception, we found none of the products really disappointing. It remains to be seen if the manufacturers will direct their future development efforts more strongly in the direction of quiet and, of course, powerful cooling solutions.

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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