A Comparison of 34 Coolers for the AMD Athlon XP

At first glance, the development of a powerful cooler solution for the Athlon-XP has become easier: with the launch of the Thoroughbred B core in August 2002, AMD increased the DIE surface area by five percent to 84 square millimeters. In addition, the theoretical maximum power dissipation of the current top model, the Athlon XP 2700+, boasting 68.3 Watts, is practically identical to that of the Athlon XP 2200+ with a Thoroughbred A core (67.9 Watts). The specific power dissipation (based on DIE area) has, as a result, also dropped by approximately five percent.

Spec. Power dissipation of the various different AMD cores.

An inspection of the datasheets of the two processors and the "AMD Thermal, Mechanical, and Chassis Cooling Design Guide" shows, however, that the maximum permissible DIE temperature for the Athlon XP 2200+ upwards may only be 85° Celsius, rather than 90° Celsius. AMD therefore recommends that only copper be used for the contact surface between the die and the cooler. Compared to aluminum, copper displays a thermal conductivity that is up to fifty percent higher, and thus caters to a more rapid conduction of heat. However, as copper is significantly more expensive than aluminum, coolers constructed in this way are, of course, not cheap.

Those who chose not to take the PIB option (PIB=Processor in a Box), whereby AMD offers a processor and an appropriate cooler when it comes to buying a processor, will have to look for a suitable cooler themselves.

This was reason enough for THG to subject the latest coolers on the market to a closer inspection. We asked the manufacturers to send us a model capable of meeting the increased demands of an Athlon XP CPU with a Thoroughbred B core. Furthermore, we left it up to the manufacturers to send us a particularly powerful and acoustically inconspicuous model.

  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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