Keeping Your CPU Going If Your Cooler Fails

High-End: Athlon 64 X2 6000+

We picked AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 6000+ as the high-end processor for our project. Although there is also the 6400+ Black Edition, it does not provide clearly more performance (3.2 GHz instead of 3.0 GHz) and AMD did not even sample this product. As you will see in the test results section, it would not even have made a difference. The 6000+ is available at TDP ratings of 125 W and 89 W; ours is a 125 W part. All models have two 1 MB L2 caches, and they’re based on the aged 90 nm SOI process instead of the newer 65 nm one.

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  • polarity
    Potential fan failure is a good reason to use a push/pull fan set up on a tower CPU cooler.

    I've yet to have a CPU fan fail as I've always bought quality fans with ball bearings, but if you use sleeve bearing fans, or have a problem with dust then the fans is a lot more likely to fail.
  • digitalsi
    This is very interesting. I am suprised that the Athlon BE series does not run cooler than the Pentium DC.

    All of this begs the question - If I want to build a system with decent performance (read: modern dual core CPU), but I want it completely silent, which CPU, and which heatsink would I have to buy?

    I am presuming that a 3rd party heatsink might provide enough cooling to enable some of these CPUs to run without a fan without throttling.