A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

Global Win Technology: Cooling Towers CAK4-86, CAK4-88T & TAK58

Global Win Technology sent us a total of three models to test, the CAK4-86, the CAK4-88T and the TAK58. While the copper-based CAK-8X series is designed with sheer cooling performance in mind, the extremely quiet TAK58 offers whisper-like operation while at the same time providing average cooling capacity.

Loud, Heavy And Powerful: CAK4-86

The CAK4-86 is based on a cooler profile made of solid copper. The base plate is approximately six millimeters thick. The fins, created using the skived fin procedure, are arranged in two rows, separated by the clamp, at a distance of just under one millimeter from one another.

With the skived fin procedure, the fins are produced by horizontally removing thin layers of the material. These layers are then erected, thus forming the fins. In order to compensate for the difference in size between the cooler profile (70 x 70 millimeters) and the fan, which is 80 millimeters in diameter, a 20-millimeter adapter has been inserted between the heat sink and the fan. Together with the fan casing, the CAK86 reaches the rather grand height of 10.3 centimeters, and weighs in at a total of 787 grams. The clamp only clips onto the central notch of the socket. Installation was, however, unproblematic.

The ventilator of the monster cooler clocks in at more than 6000rpm, which rather accounts for the infernal racket pervading the user's ears. Our sound meter measured nearly 73dB(A) during operation. However, the CAK4-86 is also the top-ranking test candidate in terms of cooling capacity: with a maximum die temperature of only 46°C and a thermal resistance of just 0.33°C/W, this model affords the kind of cooling capacity that you could at best only expect of water cooling.

  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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