A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

Unusually Bad But Extremely Quiet: TTC-D5TB

Its cooler profile is identical to that of the TTC-D5T. It also has a copper core and a similarly coated contact surface on the base. The cooler is temperature-regulated. The external thermistor has its niche in a tiny hole in the cooler's base plate. The cooler's maximum fan speed is 3600rpm. The operating noise was barely audible, reaching a maximum of 40dB(A).

We were a bit shocked at the temperature level under the TTC-D5TB: at full capacity, the temperature inside the CPU rose to 88° Celsius within a few seconds. Since we were sure we had mounted the cooler correctly and didn't want to sacrifice the processor, we discontinued the test. We discovered the reason for the miserable performance of our TTC-D5TB after dismantling.

As can be seen from the photo, at less than a millimeter, the height of the groove of the TTC-D5TB we were given to test did not conform to specifications. Apparently, we are dealing with a production error here. At any rate, the contact surface of a cooler designed in this way can have barely any contact or, in the worst case, no contact at all with the CPU in the socket. This also explains the unusually drastic temperature rise in the processor's die when it was measured. Pictured at the right of the photo, by the way, is the TTC-D5T, with a correct groove height of around two millimeters.

For this reason, it's only possible to speculate about the TTC-D5TB's power. At full capacity, this cooler should be able to achieve die temperatures that hover just above 60° Celsius, since the thermal resistance should be somewhere between around 0.52 and 0.55 °C/W.

Since THG does not know whether faulty coolers found their way into stores, we recommend that would-be buyers check during purchase to see if the edge on the base indeed meets the prescribed minimum height.

Update: The cooler manufacturer Titan inadvertently sent us a prototype of this cooler that had the wrong dimensions. According to the manufacturer, the problems we found with this one definitely do not occur with models from the production line. A serial model with the correct dimensions has just arrived in the THG lab, which we will re-test as soon as possible.

  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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