Page 1:CPUs Compared
Page 2:Buying A CPU: Performance Vs. Falling Prices
Page 3:System Speed And Core Speed
Page 4:The Standard: AMD AthlonXP
Page 5:The Newcomer: AMD Athlon64
Page 6:The Model Athlete: Athlon64 FX
Page 7:The Market Leader: Intel Pentium 4
Page 8:Overclocking Abilities
Page 9:AMD Athlon64
Page 10:AMD Athlon64 FX
Page 11:Intel Pentium 4
Page 12:Upside Potential: Water Cooling
Page 13:Test System
Page 14:Overclocking Settings
Page 15:Benchmark Results
Page 16:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
Page 17:Synthetic: 3D Mark 2003
Page 18:Main Concept MPEG-Encoder
Page 19:Lame MP3 Encoder
Page 20:PC Mark 2002
Page 21:SiSoft Sandra Max 3
Page 22:Price-performance Analysis
Page 23:Conclusion: Common Sense Prevails
Upside Potential: Water Cooling
The Basic LC from Innovatek is one of many water-cooling systems for processors now on the market.
Premium XXS is the luxury water cooler with universal heat sink and 12V pump.
If a conventional computer with up to 3.2 GHz no longer does the job and not even quiet fans are quiet enough, the only solution left is water cooling.
It is an interesting alternative because the thermal conductivity of water is many times higher than that of air. The processor is placed on a metal sheet (copper or silver) that is then suffused directly by a closed water cycle (see picture below). The water is pumped through a heat exchanger at a suitable place in the housing, magnifying the surface of the water flowing through to such an extent that the stored thermal energy is easily emitted. A slowly turning fan behind or in front of the heat exchanger is then sufficient.
In fact, it represents a departure from an ideal price-performance ratio since a cooling system of this kind costs more than the actual processor.
The installed cooling system on a Pentium 4...
... and on an Athlon64.
- CPUs Compared
- Buying A CPU: Performance Vs. Falling Prices
- System Speed And Core Speed
- The Standard: AMD AthlonXP
- The Newcomer: AMD Athlon64
- The Model Athlete: Athlon64 FX
- The Market Leader: Intel Pentium 4
- Overclocking Abilities
- AMD Athlon64
- AMD Athlon64 FX
- Intel Pentium 4
- Upside Potential: Water Cooling
- Test System
- Overclocking Settings
- Benchmark Results
- Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
- Synthetic: 3D Mark 2003
- Main Concept MPEG-Encoder
- Lame MP3 Encoder
- PC Mark 2002
- SiSoft Sandra Max 3
- Price-performance Analysis
- Conclusion: Common Sense Prevails