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Asus' Big, Bad StarIce Cooler


Test System

We used our THG test platform for Socket LGA775 for the cooler test. It is based on an Abit AS8 motherboard, modified in such a way that CPU power consumption can be measured during operation.

We chose Prime95 as the software for the stress test. It is normally used to calculate prime numbers. These calculations place such a heavy load on the processor that the tool is excellent for these measurements. Prime95 has special benchmark modes for the load tests.

ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 560 (3.60 GHz),200 MHz FSB,1024 kB L2 cache,Socket 775
MemoryTakeMS, DDR400 (200 MHz),2 x 256 MB, 5ns, 64 Bit
motherboardAbit AS8, Rev: 1.0, Intel 865,BIOS: 16 (2004/10/12)
Shared hardware
Graphics cardATI Radeon 9800 XT,Memory: 256 MB DDR-SDRAM
Hard driveMaxtor D740X-6L,UDMA100, 7200 rpm, 2 MB cache
NetworkD-Link DFE-530TX (10/100 Mbit)
CD-ROMAsus 52x
Intel chipsetV
Graphics driverATI Catalyst 4.11
DirectXVersion: 9c
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Thermal Resistance

In order to achieve better comparisons of thermal resistance with the Intel boxed cooler, we used HTK-002 (High Performance), the thermal compound from Coolermaster, for both coolers. The Intel cooler was additionally measured with the thermal compound certified by Intel.