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Radical CPU Coolers from CoolIT

Test System And Methodology

System Hardware
Processor(s)Intel Core 2 Duo e4300 (1.8 GHz overclocked to 2.25 GHz), 2 MB L2 Cache
PlatformBiostar T-Force 965PT (socket 775)Intel 965 chipset, BIOS vP96CA103BS
RAMPatriot Signature Line1x 1024 MB PC2-6400 (CL5-5-5-16)
Hard DriveWestern Digital WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, UltraATA/100
NetworkingOn-board 1 Gb Ethernet
Graphics CardEVGA Geforce 8800 GTX (PCIe)768 MB GDDR3
Power SupplyThermaltake Toughpower 1200 W
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics DriverNvidia forceware 158.22

I overclocked the e4300 CPU to the limit its stock cooler can handle, 2.25 GHz from the stock 1.8 GHz. Now, I'll compare the cooling performance of the Freezone and Eliminator to the stock cooler, and, for more variety, the Koolance Exos-2 water cooling system.

Note that the Freezone has only two tested settings - low and high - compared to the Eliminator's three settings - low, med, and high. This is because the Eliminator has a three-setting switch while the Freezone has an infinitely adjustable dial. Because of this, I tested the Freezone at the maximum and minimum setting of the dial.