|Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 13 March 2010|
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AMD X4-965: Stock Cooling Fan
When it comes to personal computers, you could probably divide users into two separate groups for almost any one topic. This article is no different, and those two groups include both enthusiasts and overclockers. Hardcore overclockers and serious hardware enthusiasts may not consider the stock cooling results very interesting, but they're welcome to skip ahead into the next section where we add a high-performance fan and then add overclocked values. Believe it or not though, some people are on a budget and don't have the extra money to spend on aftermarket cooling fans or an additional bolt-through mounting kit; sometimes they just want good cooling right out of the box. This section is for them.
In regards to fan noise, there are those of us who want it quiet while other will tolerate an eardrum-ringing whine. Since noise is a problem and not a solution, I believe that most enthusiasts want as much performance as they can get without additional tweaking and time-intensive modifications. That's what this test section is all about: how the cooler performs out of the box. For the "Stock Cooling Fan" results, Benchmark Reviews tests our collection of AM2/AM3 CPU-coolers for this article using the following criteria: Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer-included fan, so that performance will be relevant to consumers using the product in stock form.
In these stock-fan cooling tests, Benchmark Reviews tests each CPU cooler with the AMD Phenom-II X4-965 overclocked to 4.0GHz at 1.55V. Benchmark Reviews has tested several new products (along with a few top-performers from the previous series) in stock form for the AMD AM2/AM3 socket results charted above. The performance results position the coolers in the following order, with the temperature difference noted (CPU core temp minus 20-20.7°C ambient room temp) beside them:
In stock form with a high-temperature overclock, there are more than a few aftermarket coolers that fail to perform when put to task. Consider this when you're paying for a new CPU cooler, because some are designed for looks while others are meant for performance, and seldom do both come in the same package. Please note that certain coolers have been excluded from this test because they do not come with a cooling fan (such as the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer). Other coolers, such as the Prolimatech Megahalems, Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme, and Cogage TRUE Spirit do not come with AMD mounting brackets and must be purchased seperately.