A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

The Coolers In Depth

Ajigo Corporation: MF014-021 & MF018-021

The Ajigo Corporation sent us two of their high-end models, the MF014-021 and the MF018-021, for testing.

The MF014-021 is recommended by AMD for use with all currently available AMD Athlon XP CPUs.

Both models are based on a solid base plate, made of copper, into which the aluminum cooler fins have been inserted. The insertion/ imprinting of the cooler fins into the copper allows for significantly better thermal conductivity than, for example, would be the case if the fins were soldered to the base plate. The base plate has been coated with nickel in order to afford protection against oxidation. The disadvantage of this is that, at 90.7 W/mK, nickel is significantly less thermally conductive than copper (402 W/mK). There was no cause for complaint as far as the products' manufacturing quality was concerned.


Fitted beneath the cooler is a pad made of T725 by Chomerics.

The MF014-021 is only equipped with a simple clip. However, provided that you have the right screwdriver, the assembly of the cooler does not pose any problems at all. With a loudness level of 55.1 db (A), it is not the world's quietest cooler, but it is not annoyingly loud, either. We determined a value of 0.41 K/W (Kelvin per Watt) for the thermal resistance. The temperature at full capacity clocked in at 53°C. All in all, these are rather good values that would provide sufficient safety reserves, even for an over-clocked CPU.

  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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