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Testing Rig

Hardware
CPU
Intel Pentium 3 700 @ 933MHz
Heatsink & Fan
Vantec FCE-62540D (modified)
Motherboard
Asus CUSL2 rev 1.02 w/1009 BIOS (provided by AD of K)
Memory
512MB CAS2 PC133
Hard Drive
IBM 40GB 120GXP 7200 RPM ATA100

CD-ROM

Kenwood 72X (provided by AD of K)
Sound Card
SB Live! 5.1
Video Card
GeForce3 Ti-500 64MB (245Mhz Core, 560Mhz Mem)

Greaseware
Arctic Silver
Versions 2, 3 & Alumina (provided by Arctic Silver)
Nanotherm
Ice, Blue [improved] (provided by ESG Associates)

Software
Operating System
Windows XP Final
Video Drivers
Detonator 23.11
Application
From 3DMark2001: default benchmark at 1024x768@32bpp.
Temperature Utility
Motherboard Monitor 5.104

Results
Temperature
Arctic Silver 2
Arctic Silver 3
Arctic Alumina
CPU High
118º F
120º F
118º F
CPU Avg
109º F
109º F
113º F
Case High
89º F
91º F
89º F
Case Avg
86º F
87º F
86º F

Temperature
Nanotherm Ice
Nanotherm Blue
CPU High
120º F
120º F
CPU Avg
109º F
111º F
Case High
89º F
89º F
Case Avg
87º F
87º F

Arctic Silver 3 (72 hour test)
Temperature
Test #1
Test #2
Test #3
Test #4
Test #5
CPU High
114º F
113º F
118º F
118º F
120º F
CPU Avg
109º F
102º F
100º F
105º F
109º F
Case High
86º F
80º F
87º F
87º F
91º F
Case Avg
80º F
73º F
84º F
86º F
87º F

Results

The Arctic Silver data is what baffles me the most. I was set to hand over TargetPC's Editor's Choice award to the new AS3, then I noticed a few "abnormalities." It appears that while Nanotherm grease requires 24 hours for burn in, AS3 becomes somewhat "burned out" over the same period. I could have received an unstable sample and if that's the case, I'll post revised numbers and recommendation(s). For now, MBM5 gives me the only data I can use for evaluation, so I must base my conclusions on existing numbers.

Conclusion

Since Arctic Silver 2 is no longer manufactured as new (a few places still carry it), I must give the nod to Nanotherm Ice. This compound is also the least expensive grease and it technically grabs both TargetPC's awards: Editor's Choice and the Value Award. Kudos to Scott Gallmeyer and his dedication to producing a price conscious and high performance product! It's what consumers wish for...

William Yaple
02/03/02

 





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