A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

New-Age Volcanoes: Thermaltake Volcano 9 & Volcano 7+

What led the marketing strategists at Thermaltake to choose these names for their products is a matter for conjecture. It is a little strange to think of a cooler in the same context as a volcano. After all, a cooler should cool and not spew fire and lava like a volcano. But enough philosophizing, let's talk about the products.

A Free Rein: Volcano 7+

The "smaller" of the two volcanoes consists of a 6 mm copper plate from which 38 tiny fins protrude in two rows. The tiny fins are presumably produced in a similar way to skived fins. The advantages of this manufacturing technique have already been described for the cooler models from Cooljag and Global-Win.

The Volcano 7+'s specialty is a slide switch that controls the fan speed - and thus noise levels - in three stages (2,500/ 4,200/ 5,400 rpm). Thermaltake has unfortunately not thought to fasten the switch.

The base of the Volcano 7+ is very even and polished. In place of the heat transfer pad, there is a small tube of heat transfer grease included. The lateral holes on the base plate can be used for brackets (included in delivery) so that the Volcano 7+ can also be used in a Socket 478 system. The Volcano 7+ scored the following results in the different switch positions.

Switch Die-Temperature °C Thermal Resistance °C/W Loudness dB(A)
Low 56 0.45 49
Medium 52 0.39 61
High 50 0.36 67

If you decide to unleash the full power of the Volcano 7+, you should be prepared for both lavish cooling capacity and a deafening roar. The cooler still manages a great deal at the low performance setting, and goes about it a lot more discreetly.

  1. 34 Alternatives To The AMD Boxed Cooler
  2. Theory: The Optimum Cooler
  3. Thermal Interface: Pad Or Paste
  4. Measure Like The Professionals: Measuring Temperature At The Die
  5. The Coolers In Depth
  6. MF018-021
  7. AVC Co. Ltd.: 112C81 And Z6M330 Frost
  8. AVC Z6M330
  9. Coolermaster CP5-7JD1B-0L & HAC-V81-X-Dream
  10. Variable Cooling Capacity: Coolermaster HAC-V81 X-Dream
  11. Cooljag JVC652A
  12. Fanner: Spire Cu King II (5E070B1H3G) & Falcon Rock (5F271B1M3)
  13. Athlon XP Under The Rock: Falcon Rock (5F271B1M3)
  14. Global Win Technology: Cooling Towers CAK4-86, CAK4-88T & TAK58
  15. Large, Heavy And Temperature-Regulated: CAK4-88T
  16. As Quiet As A Whisper And Simple To Mount: TAK58
  17. Inconspicuous But Effective: Neng Tyi's KNO2 And KNO1
  18. Lighter, Smaller And Weaker: KN01
  19. Pentalpha APSK0168-B, APSK0181-C & APSK0181-L
  20. The Performer: APSK0181-C
  21. The Quiet One: APSK0181-L
  22. Springspread/ Neolec Vento III & Unique2800
  23. Installation Guide In The Lid: Unique2800
  24. A German Quality Product: EKL 20704101059
  25. Variable Cooler Monster For Overclockers: Swiftech MCX462-U
  26. Very Loud And Very Powerful: MCX462-U+VANTEC Tornado
  27. Easy Upgrading: Taisol CGK760098 & CGK760172
  28. Good Performance And As Quiet As A Whisper: CGK760098
  29. New-Age Volcanoes: Thermaltake Volcano 9 & Volcano 7+
  30. Manual Or Automatic: Volcano 9+
  31. Battle Of The Titans: TTC-CU5TB & TTC-D5T(F/CU35)
  32. Good Cooling Performance But Loud: TTC-D5T
  33. Unusually Bad But Extremely Quiet: TTC-D5TB
  34. Innovative And Very Well-Performing: Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040
  35. Brand-New: Molex 37256-0005
  36. Regulated Or Not: Four Tiger Electronics
  37. Heavier, Quieter And With Better Cooling Performance: Miprocool II
  38. Lighter, Smaller, But With More Cooling Power: SDC38130BC
  39. Heavy But Zippy: Dragonfly-P2B
  40. Noisy Or Quiet: From 38 To 73 DB(A)
  41. Technical Data: 34 Coolers In Comparison
  42. Conclusion: Not Much Innovation In The Cooler Market
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