natural to compare two titans of socket-370/7/A cooling: the CCK-6035D and
the FCE-62540D. Same fans, same grease (supplied in the box), one heatsink
of aluminum and one primarily of copper. I dug up the old specs and setup
my test rig to put the gold monster through its paces.
Pentium 3 700 @ 980MHz
CUSL2 rev 1.02 w/1006a BIOS (provided by AD
Mushkin 128MB CAS2 PC133 (256MB total)
30GB 75GXP 7200 RPM ATA100
Creative GeForce GTS 32MB
S500 w/PowerMan 300W Supply
2001: default benchmark test
be noted that the excellent S500
ATX case was used for testing. What's so exciting about this arrangement
isn't necessarily the super mid tower setup with a horizontally mounted
power supply, but its fantastic air flow characteristics. Without the aid
of any other case fans, the S500 manages to hold the inside temperature
close to the ambient outside temperature.
CPU Temperature Comparison
plainly bests the aging 62540, which is still a great product, but fits in
fewer applications. At idle, the 5º rise compared the the aluminum cousin
is negligible. Now, a 2º and 1º drop in the high and average temps
respectively seems insignificant but remember how difficult it is to keep
a current hungry P3 below 110ºF when playing Unreal Tournament or Quake3.
By merely swapping out the metallic content, Vantec has managed to raise the
bar once again and to that end deserves proper recognition.
is a double edged sword. Back in the 90's, bragging rights were held by many
who had a half dozen fans and a peltier or two. When an unsuspecting visitor
pushed the power button, they were greeted by a whoosh that sounded more at
home on an airport runway than in a home. Those days have long passed and
now a growing trend is to save our collective ears. Nearing the seven grand
mark when cranked up, the fan is obnoxious. The whine produced could easily
annoy even the casual web surfer, it certainly did me. When I sit down, I
might not leave my office for 3-5 hours and any howling sound, beit from a
fan or unruly dogs is not welcome. Rather than continue with this rant, have
a listen for yourself.
test I could perform involved a brief power and noise check.
The dBA tests confirmed
the ludicrous noise level. While you don't have to shout over the whoosh and
whine, its din over time could create quite the headache for some. The power
drain was enormous for a three pin motherboard header. Almost touching the
5 watt mark, you'll have to check your MB manufacturer to see if the current
drain (400mA) will exceed recommended specs.
If you're contemplating
building a high end anything or are deaf or don't care about possibly becoming
deaf, buy the CCK-6035D. The heatsink design maximizes motherboard compatibility
and heat dissipation. It's the largest heatsink/fan arrangement that I can
use on a wide variety of Mobo's. For a slight reduction in performance, you
could swap the fan for a 4500 rpm cheapie.
The price is somewhat
high, but when you're assembling that great P4 or T'bird creation, who cares
about spending $10-$12 more than normal for a cool heatsink & fan? You
won't hear any objections from me.