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Grease Wars 5: The Gooey-est

Hardware
CPU
Intel Pentium 4 2.4B @ 3.06GHz Northwood
Heatsink & Fan
Intel Retail
Motherboard
Asus P4PE w/1004 BIOS
Memory
1024MB Kingston PC2700 CAS2.5
Hard Drive
IBM 120GB 180GXP 7200 RPM ATA100

CD-RW

Plextor 48-24-48
Sound Card
SB Live! 5.1
Video Card
Leadtek GeForce4 Ti-4600 128MB

Greaseware
Arctic Silver
Ceramique (provided by Arctic Silver )
Nanotherm Silver XTC
Experimental (provided by ESG Associates)

Software
Operating System
Windows XP Pro SP1
Video Drivers
Detonator 43.45
Application
From 3DMark2003 Build 320: default benchmark at 1024x768@32bpp.
Temperature Utility
Motherboard Monitor 5.320

Results: Day 1
Temperature
Ceramique (Day 1)
Silver Experimental
CPU High
134º
127º F
CPU Avg
125º
120º F
Case High
96º
95º F
Case Avg
93º
91º F
Results: Day 3
Temperature
Ceramique (Day 3)
Silver Experimental
CPU High
131º F
127º F
CPU Avg
122º F
120º F
Case High
95º F
95º F
Case Avg
91º F
91º F

Results

Both samples remove enough heat that over time, the average temps in the case make this comparison a dead heat. Only when examining the peak and average CPU temps do we see minimal differences. With the standard Intel retail heatsink fan cooling and an InWin S-508 enclosure with 1 rear case fan, this P4 2.4B sample sails through 3DMark2003 at no more than an average of 122F or 50C! Idle temps are 20F or 11C cooler.

One caveat: the Ceramique requires significantly more care and time to apply. The Nanotherm products are of a more typical nature as far as application and removal. If you don't enjoy spending the time to build and tweak your box for those extra few hundred 3DMark points, possibly this new ArcticSilver product isn't for you.

Conclusion

Both products tested here are of the highest quality and performance tested at TargetPC. Differences exist but are so minimal that both samples get the nod. Anything that can cool a heat source dissipating approximately 80 Watts deserves a serious look and Ceramique joins ArcticSilver's exclusive lineup as another winner. The 8.5/10 score is for mostly the more finicky application and that is a sliver less efficient than the Nanotherm product. Recommended.

William Yaple
05/19/03

 





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