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Testing Rig

Hardware
CPU
Intel Pentium 3 700 @ 980MHz
Heatsink & Fan
Vantec FCE-62540D
Motherboard
Asus CUSL2 rev 1.02 w/1009 BIOS (provided by AD of K)
Memory
512MB CAS2 PC133
Hard Drive
IBM 30GB 75GXP 7200 RPM ATA100

CD-ROM

Plextor 16-10-40 CD-RW
Sound Card
SB Live! Value
Video Card
GeForce2 GTS 32MB (220Mhz Core, 367Mhz Mem)

Greaseware
Arctic Silver
Optimized For Small Contact Area (provided by highspeedpc)
Arctic Silver
Alumina (provided by Arctic Silver)
Nanotherm
Blue (provided by ESG Associates)

Software
Operating System
Windows XP Final
Video Drivers
Detonator 21.83
Application
From 3DMark2001: default benchmark at 1024x768@32bpp.
Temperature Utility
Motherboard Monitor 5.101

Results
Temperature
Artic Alumina
Nanotherm Blue
Arctic Silver
CPU High
118º F
120º F
118º F
CPU Avg
111º F
111º F
111º F
Case High
89º F
87º F
87º F
Case Avg
86º F
86º F
84º F
Video High
111º F
111º F
N/A
Video Avg
107º F
107º F
N/A

 

Conclusion

Without being able to test Arctic Silver 2, I can only claim that AS's latest economy creation is the best ever tested at TargetPC. Even if AS2 edges out Alumina, you may want to consider the two advantages that Alumina has: low price and non-metallic content. After using Alumina for 10 days, I can confidently exclaim, WOW! This is a great product at a great price. If you can't afford AS2, Alumina should satisfy all but the most performance conscious. Arctic Alumina technically wins two awards: editor's choice and TargetPC's value award.

William Yaple
11/24/01

 





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