by R. K. Bloom

Comparison of coolers for AMD Athlon64

Comparison of coolers for AMD Athlon64

Comparison of the new cooler for AMD Athlon64

AMD Athlon64 processors are gaining increasing popularity. First of all, it is

due to the release of the platform Socket939, as well as lower prices as these processors, as well as the “outmoded” Sosket754. The latter date only from the moral point of view – they are now perceived as a middle-end loader (and after the processor

Sempron 3100 +, even as a low-end).

Of course, most buyers will be interested in the topic Athlon64 Cooling

devices for these processors. But it is worth noting that all of the next generation

have a copper plate – heat spreader. As a result, when operating at the nominal frequency

it is possible to do “boxed” cooler with an aluminum radiator and a copper base.

But when running in overclocked mode to increase the core voltage (Vcore) efficiency

This cooler may not be enough. So today we look at several models

coolers for processors Sosket754Sosket939 (once again remind you that the coolers

Both sockets are identical both in size and by the method of attachment).

The first cooler is very unusual – a model of Gigabyte PCU22-VG (3D Rocket Pro).

At first glance, its design is very similar to the cooler Gigabyte 3D Cooler.

But on closer inspection you will notice a lot of differences.

First came the plastic “belt” which is designed to direct air flow

on the power components of the motherboard. According to the company representatives,

lowering the temperature of the module power at 10 degrees C, increases the life of payment

in half. In addition, part of the air flow is directed to cool the memory modules that

can improve the results of overclocking.

The following design change also affects the air flow direction.

Gigabyte engineers close the top opening of the cooler transparent plastic lid.

As a result of cooler air is sucked through the hole and through the aluminum fins,

thereby cooling them.

Actually on this one, changing the design and finish. The last thing we note – an increase

number plates. As a result, the height and mass of the cooler is increased, but did not exceed reasonable limits

(Height = 119mm, weight – less than 500g).

Compared with previous series of coolers 3D, equipment has changed slightly:

Fixture for motherboards Pentium4 Socket478

Fixture for motherboards Pentium4 LGA775

Fasteners for motherboards for the Athlon 64

Fixture for motherboards Athlon XP (SocketA)

A tub of proprietary thermo paste

Speed ??controller + plug on the rear panel

Installation instructions for 10 (!) Languages ??(including Russian).

Power supply adapter

Note that the rotation of the regulator is set to 3 “plastic panel that can be fixed

on the front of the body (in other series coolers 3D panel was aluminum).

And if a free three-compartment dyuymivogo not, you can set the speed control on the rear

panel of the case (this is a special metal bracket).

Due to the regulator, adjustable fan speeds in the range from 2500 to 4000RPM.

When the noise level varies from 23.7dBa to 37.2dBa.

Another new element of the set – plastic frame for mounting the cooler on

motherboards with socket LGA775.

With this element, a series of Gigabyte 3D Cooler still can be called the most

universal. That is, you can install them on all possible

“Desktop” system: Socket 478 LGA775 (Pentium4), SocketA (Athlon XP) and Socket 754 939 (Athlon 64).

Installation on each platform is intuitive. But if a new user itself

want to install the cooler, then he will come to the aid of an illustrated manual

(In 10 languages ??including Russian!).

Returning to the description of the cooler. The base heat sink made of copper,

and has a very good quality of treatment (9 out of 10 points).

Finally, as a kind of bonus on the cooler installed four blue LEDs.

As a result, the appearance of the cooler has become even more attractive.

By the way, as you can see in this photo – plastic “belt” is unchecked. This operation is

described in the manual, and there stated that in this way can increase

cooling efficiency. However, in practice we have not noticed any positive


Conclusions. So we see another modification of the cooler Gigabyte 3D Cooler.

How this product will meet the needs of overclockers, we

find out during testing. The only thing that can be noted now is that

that the noise of the cooler is far from ideal, although the minimum speed

noise remains within acceptable, but with increasing speed the noise begins to interfere with

comfortable work.