by R. K. Bloom

Comparison of budget coolers for processors AMD Athlon XP. Q4 2003

Comparison of budget coolers for processors AMD Athlon XP. Q4 2003


The gradual decline in prices for high-end AMD processors has led to that system integrators needed cheap and effective coolers. So we forget about the time such as a cooler Coolermaster Aero 7

Zalman 7000A and the other with a price higher than $ 20 (which corresponds to 600rub). In addition, the production of processors SocketA has long reached the technological limit

(Approximately 2.3Ggerts). As a result, the growth stopped clock speeds, and with it the growth of heat. Moreover – the active introduction of Bus Disconnect function led to a decrease in the average temperature inside the enclosure, and as a consequence, to improve the cooling efficiency.

The result is that users have become much more attention is not cooling efficiency and noise level. Some manufacturers caught this trend and began to

complete their coolers speed controls. Other manufacturers began to produce a whole series of coolers, radiators with the same, but different, by the performance, fans. However, most manufacturers of cooling devices, continues to offer a cooler with a high level of noise (30 dBa), which can not fail to disappoint.

Therefore, in todays test we will pay special attention to the noise level. In addition, our field of view will get such important factors as

quality of processing base, ease of installation and removal of the cooler, the presence or absence of thermal interface (or thermal paste).

Thermaltake Volcano 10 and Volcano 10 +

Cooler Volcano 10 has very small dimensions: on the box even has the inscription “Slim”, and the weight – 285gr. That is already one parameter corresponds to the specifications of the cooler AMD.

In addition, the cooler matches and other requirements. In particular, its mounting system uses a clip with hooks for all six tooth socket. In addition, the base of the radiator is a pre-formed layer of thermal interface PCM45.

To protect this layer, the base of the cooler wearing a plastic cap. With regard to the processing quality of the base, it was surprisingly good (8.5 points out of 10).

The design of the cooler is very similar to the construction of Volcano 11: The radiator is installed on a metal frame, which, in turn, mounted fan.

Parameters Fan speed 4500RPM, created by the air flow = 21 CFM, and the noise level does not exceed 38dBa.

Size of fan: 60x60x10mm.

As for the radiator, it is completely copper.

Unfortunately, its design is not the whole: the copper base glued thin copper fins.

And what would this design is not broke – the edges are connected to each other very clever hooks.

However, this type of radiator entirely justified from an economic point of view. Cooler Volcano 10 has a relatively low cost and is designed to cool the processors running at standard frequencies. And Thermaltake claims it is able to cool any CPU AMD SocketA with a rating of not more than XP3400 +.

However, I would not rely too much on assurances to the company. A typical example is the package the cooler and the companys website says “Tool-less clip”, that the average user will understand how the ability to install (and remove) the cooler without the help of improvised means.

And now look at the clip:

Without going into detail I will say this: install and remove the cooler is possible using only a screwdriver. With the help of this procedure is very quick and easy.

Now a few words about the Volcano 10 + cooler.

This cooler is a replica of Volcano 10, except for the fan.

Thus, the “plus” version is installed over the fan with a speed of 4800RPM. The air flow was a little more (21.19CFM), and the noise level below – 36.5dBa (surprisingly).

However, do not be surprised – the fan has two ball bearings (instead of one on the V10). As a result of increased service life (from 50 to 70 thousand hours) and, as I said earlier, reduced noise levels.

Preliminary conclusion: the cooler 10 and Volcano Volcano 10 + is a product aimed primarily at OEMs.