CPU Cooler Charts 2008, Part 3 - Are Box Coolers any Good?

Box Cooler For E6700 And Q6600 Series

Even today's familiar box cooler, sold with the Conroe-based Core 2 CPUs, is based on Intel's standard reference design. It does add another change to the design, though, featuring split cooling fins that point to the right, just like on the first samples. The fan spins towards the right as well. Compared to the engineering sample coolers, the aluminum block is also lower by 8 mm, measuring 30 mm high.

Box cooler for Core 2 CPUs of the E6700 and Q6600 lines

Despite running at nearly identical fan speeds, the box cooler's cooling potential is lower than that of the version with a larger copper core. Under full load the quad-core processor reaches 89.5°C with this model. When idle, the temperature drops to 41.5°C.

The back of the Core 2 box cooler

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Technical Data
CPU100% loadidle
Temperature PWM89.5°C41.5°C
Noise45.1 dB(A)41.5 dB(A)
Fan Speed2780 RPM2240 RPM
Weight534 gramsRow 4 - Cell 2
Intel socket775Row 5 - Cell 2

  • Hugger
    I have read the 3 part article on cpu coolers a few times.
    In each part, the author shows the names of all the coolers that are included in the tests.
    Xigmatech is one of those names.
    However, I can't find test results for that cooler.
    I'm ordering parts and have read good things about the Xigmatech but wanted to read the review here too.
    Am I missing it or has it been left out?
  • bbies1973
    In other forums I have seen the dispute about the best air cooler being between three models that were not tested in here. Dissapointing because two of the manufacturer's submitted coolers for this test. The three are:
    Zalman 9700 (8700 was tested here)
    ThermalTake CL-P0401 V1 (Thermaltake was listed but I didn't see any of their products in the article)
    Third, Tuniq Tower 120. (Tuniq is a subsidiary of Sunbeam, and neither are listed as represented companies for the test.

    I would love to see a part 4 coming with these three pieces represented.
  • Sigh. I looked at this list and then looked at the lists on frostytech, and none of the products coincide... how convenient.
  • ripusheet01
    how a fanless cpu cooler be noisy? how can be sound of a fanless heatsink be measured?
  • dragunover
    This article is Bull,it doesn't list the common coolers,and he obviously used crap thermal grease.Arctic Silver 5 and a Xigmatek/Scythe/Tuniq anyone?
  • gto127
    It's strange that thermalright isn't mentioned here. They've been consistantly at the top of the cooling game for years and are included in most site cool off tests and come up on top quite frequently. Please include in future tests.
  • Twist86
    Seems like none of the best coolers are mentioned here. Just ones that are over priced/out performed by cheaper coolers.

    Zalman 9700
    Xigmatek S1283
    Tuniq Tower 120

    This review fails.