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Posted: March 23, 2001
Written by: Dustin "TimmyC" Jones
Supplied by: Heatsink Factory
Now, the moment you've all been waiting for; how this baby performs!
Here are my system specs:
MSI K7T Pro2-A
AMD Thunderbird 1GHz
512mb PC133 Cas2 SDRAM
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 46GB ATA 100 7200 RPM
Asus v7700 GF 2 GTS
SB Live! Value
I got the read-outs from the motherboard's on-board temperature probe, using a small and impressive little program called MB Probe. I used a Chrome Orb as a comparison HSF.
I took two readings: The CPU at low usage/idle and the CPU at maximum usage. For the max heat usage part, I fired up a game of Quake III (because it's so fun) and started playing. Then I remembered I had to review this HSF and closed it. :P … What I really did was run some CPU intensive programs like the DCypher.net client, and my personal favorite: Jouni Vuorio’s CPU Stability test. This nifty little program has the option to run a mode called CPU Warming, where it tries to generate the most amount of heat as possible. I left this baby running for 15 minutes to generate lots of heat. I know you're waiting for the results, so I won't annoy you anymore. :P
There’s not much to say about the idle results, there’s not much of a drop. I wouldn’t expect to see a huge one, as the CPU isn’t running hot because it’s not being pushed very hard.
When under heavy usage, the FOP-38 really starts to shine. The well-designed heatsink and powerful fan decrease the temperatures 5c / 9f. Now that’s a drop!
So is the FOP-38 worth it? I definitely think so. It's a monster in every way and I'm more than impressed by this product.
(+) Efficient/cools well
(+) Looks cool
(+) Good price
(-) May be too loud for some
This test unit was provided by the very cool folks at Heatsink Factory. I received it in one day, and I live in Canada! :)
Buy yourself a FOP-38 for about $23.