What if Your CPU Cooler Fails?

Test Setup

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CPU AMD IAMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 (65 nm ; 2100 MHz, 1 MB L2 Cache) with retail boxed cooler
CPU AMD IIAMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (90 nm ; 3000 MHz, 2 MB L2 Cache) with retail boxed cooler
CPU Intel IIntel Pentium Dual Core E2160 (65 nm ; 1800 MHz, 1 MB L2 Cache) with retail boxed cooler
CPU Intel IIIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 (65 nm ; 3000 MHz, 4 MB L2 Cache) with retail boxed cooler
Motherboard AMDAsus Crosshair, Socket AM2 (Rev. 1.02)Nvidia nForce 590 SLI Chipset, BIOS 0702
Motherboard IntelMSI P35 Neo, Socket 775 (Rev. 1.04)Intel P35 Chipset, BIOS 1.3
RAMCorsair CM2X-8888C4D2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4-4-4-12 2T)
Hard Disk Drive IWestern Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-S183
Graphics CardGigabyte Geforce 8600 GTS GV-NX86S256HGPU : Geforce 8600 GTS (675 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (2000 MHz)
Sound CardIntegrated
Power SupplyEnermax EG565P-VEATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers IntelVersion 8.3.1013
Platform Drivers NvidiaVersion 9.35
Graphics Drivers NvidiaForceware 162.18

The platform based on the Asus Crosshair motherboard provides plenty of features for the enthusiast and the overclocker, but the board is one of the most expensive choices.

Our Intel solution is based on MSI’s P35 Neo motherboard.Benchmarks And Settings

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Benchmarks and Settings
Bapco SysmarkVersion : 2007 PreviewOfficial Run
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.2.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player Media Encoder
3DMark06Version : 1.10Graphic and CPU Tests1280x1024