A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

Measure Like The Professionals: Measuring Temperature At The Die

In the last cooler test, we ascertained the temperature data with the aid of the computer-regulated CPU simulator KT-2. With the KT-2, an aluminum block shaped like the die is heated with the aid of a power resistance. The thermal sensor of the KT-2 is located just below the surface on the inside of the block. This enables a highly accurate, reproducible temperature measurement. Despite this, taking measurements using a simulator has a few drawbacks:

the shape and size of the heating surface do not correspond exactly to the die area of a real CPU; the temperature distribution of a real CPU surface cannot be simulated; the output does not correspond to the values of a real CPU.

During the course of this test, we used the same kind of measurement platform used by AMD in their cooler tests for the very first time. The details relating to the methodology applied can be read in the document Methodologies for Measuring Temperature on AMD Athlon and AMD Duron Processors .

The measuring platform consists of a modified A7V333 motherboard from Asus and a temperature sensor evaluation kit developed by Maxim. The board was modified in such a way as to enable the measurement of both voltage and current on the processor during operation.

The new measurement platform enables the precise measurement of both the power dissipation and the DIE temperature.

The temperature evaluation sensor kit is located beneath the motherboard.

This makes it possible to take precise measurements of the power dissipation during operation. It simply results from the product of the current drawn multiplied by the drop in voltage on the processor. In addition, using the temperature sensor evaluation kit, the exact die temperature is read out and displayed on the controlling PC.

The user interface of the temperature sensor kit.

We used an additional temperature sensor at a distance of about one inch above the ventilator fan in order to determine the ambient temperature. The processor (AMD Athlon-XP-2400+) is then heated with the aid of a DOS program that guarantees a constant processor utilization of one hundred percent. Instead of thermal pads, we used Arctic Alumina thermal paste in all of our tests.

  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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