Five-Way Heatsink Comparison
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
As enthusiasts, we have all read a heatsink review on one site, and then compared the numbers to a different heatsink review on another site, only to realize that the test systems used were radically different, and thus a performance comparison was meaningless. It is likely due to this dilemma that heatsink comparison articles as so popular. Bit-Tech has posted a new five-way comparison between CPU coolers from Asus, Scythe, and ZeroTherm.
Let's see what they had to say:
Today we're looking at another selection of CPU coolers compatible with socket LGA775 motherboards designed to run Intels latest Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. This group test includes heatsinks from Asus, Scythe and Zerotherm, all ranging from between £20 and £40 (inc. VAT) and, depending on your requirements, there should be something that will suit your needs.
Here is the performance summary table:
Pay attention to the DeltaT (CPU) numbers instead of CPU Temp, as the heatsinks were tested in different ambient temperatures.
I have always been a big fan of the ZeroTherm BTF90. While it may look awkward with its butterfly theme, it performs very well, and is relatively compact. The Scythe Infinity was also a terrific performer, however it did a poor job of cooling down the MOSFETS and surrounding components. The Asus is also worthy of consideration, if you can overlook the price.
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