Vigor's Monsoon II TEC CPU Cooler

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Socket 775 ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6700(Conroe 65 nm, 2.67 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardAbit IN9 32X-MAX (initial revision)Nvidia NFORCE 680i SLI, BIOS 1.1 Beta 6 (02-23-07)
RAMCrucial Ballistix PC2-8000 PN: BL12864AA10052x 1024 MB DDR2-1000 (CL 5.0-5-5-15)
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, Firmware: 20.07P20150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Graphics CardFoxconn GeForce 8800GTX, P/N: FV-N88XMAD2-ODNvidia GeForce 8800GTX - 768 MB
Power SupplyOCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI - 700W
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DriversNvidia Platform: nForce 9.53Intel Platform: INF
Graphics DriverForceware 97.92

I've often been criticized for using an old, hot-running, poorly-overclocking early revision Core 2 Duo E6700, a stepping that actually precedes retail samples and a valid criticism that I'd like to address. Unfortunately, Tom's Hardware Guide has a limited number of test processors to support all of its contributors and in-house editors, and getting a replacement would probably require ruining the sample I already have.

While any opportunity to get a new test processor is appreciated, testers should treat company property with respect. That thought has been just one reason behind the 1.50V core limit in previous articles, with 3.46 GHz consistently achievable across several platforms. Another reason for this voltage selection is that most air coolers allow the processor to exceed stable heat levels if core voltage is increased marginally.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and a 3.46 GHz overclock barely got the competing coolers warm! Rather than use an insane voltage that would guarantee quick processor failure, a common "extreme-overclockers" setting of 1.65V was chosen as one that "might" cause processor failure but probably not before testing was complete.

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Benchmarks and Settings
Call of Duty 2Version: 1.03Video Mode: 1024x768Anti-aliasing: offShadows: notimedemo demo2
F.E.A.RVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1024x768Computer: MediumGraphics: MediumTest Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Quake 4Version: 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode: 1024x768Video Quality: defaultTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to oggQuality: 5
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion: (no Audio)fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.2Version: 6.2.2 (4 Logical CPUs)Profile: High Definition Profile1-pass, 3000 kb/sEncoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreadingno Audio
XviD 1.1.0Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2Target qantizer: 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.1.0System, CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player Media Encoder
SiSoftware Sandra 2005Version 2005.7.10.60CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia BenchmarksMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.