by R. K. Bloom

CPU Coolers for AMD Athlon64: Asus StarIce vs Titan Siberia

CPU Coolers for AMD Athlon64: Asus StarIce vs Titan Siberia

Asus StarIce

Cooler Asus StarIce first “lit up” at Computex 2004. Then he made an indelible impression as the largest, is impressive and stylish cooler. And then six months later, he appeared in our lab:

After StarIce been unpacked, the eyes just ran away from the abundance of various elements of the set:

Cooler StarIce;

Universal reinforcement plate + rubber gasket;

Universal mounting kit + another seal;

Special keys for tightening screws;

A packet of thermal paste;

A piece of double-sided adhesive tape;

The temperature sensor;

Speed ??of rotation in the expansion slot;

Speed ??Control of 3 panel;

Installation Guide.

The final component is the most important! Since the cooler is designed for installation on all known platforms, without installation guide it would be difficult to establish (at least – for the first time).

However, the wise elder overclock easily, sort out what and where to connect. First, the reinforcement plate on the back of the motherboard:

Plate – Team (composed of three components held together by screws). The fact that its configuration is different when installed on a Socket478, Socket939, SocketT (LGA775) and SocketA (Socket462). But this helps to guide the user, and within five minutes of the cooler is installed on the motherboard. However, the motherboard must be removed from the computer (with the versatility needed something

pay – in this case, high complexity). In addition, the team avoids the closure plate conclusions, located on the reverse side of the board.

This is a very important element: the weight of the cooler reaches 700grammov (to be precise – 680gr), and to prevent distortion or bending of the board, a metal plate is a must. The second plate – solid, and is intended to secure the cooler:

The cooler comes bundled with two speed control, one mounted on the rear panel,

and the second set at 3 “panel, which can be installed in the front panel. Note that the cooler can be connected to only one of the two regulators. And given the large size of the cooler, you need to think twice about which of the two regulators is better to use.

However, I found just two, but during testing connected the one or the other. True plug was pretty uncomfortable.

The design of the cooler it seems at first glance a rather convoluted. But the reality is simple: there is a copper base, which screwed playground with three “heat pipes” (however, the tube works both ways, so they can be counted as six :) . On the tube strung a large number ( 30 pieces), copper plates, and the quality of contact between the plate and the tube is satisfactory.

This design in itself is a good radiator, and can be successfully used for passive cooling of a CPU with low power consumption (for example, I used the Athlon 64 266×4 on the core Winchester, c enabled CoolnQuiet, with Vcore = 1.0 V .) But in this experiment will be used only a few users, and much more interesting for the main part of regular operating mode cooler StarIce.

Once again I suggest to estimate the size of the radiator:

The processing quality of the base medium:

To remove heat from the copper plates used in the cooler 80mm fan with variable speed from 2000 to 4500RPM. The rate of rotation varies as referred to by regulators, and automatically – depending on the temperature, issued an additional temperature sensor.

The fan is mounted in a folding plastic case and not in contact with a radiator. The body consists of three parts: two form something like a pipe,

and the third – decorative (clear, with the logo of Asus).

In case there are two blue LEDs that illuminate the logo pretty impressive. At the rear of the chassis has four holes, through which you can connect another 80mm fan running at blowing. A full-time non-standard fan (round) and replace it with a rather problematic.

Why am I talking about replacing the fan? The fact that the noise level is very high even at the lowest speed and at maximum – absolutely unbearable. And the powerful pressure of the air seeps through the cracks the case, resulting in a cooler more pleasant whistling in a certain range of speeds. In general, if we were given a medal for the loudest cooling system, the cooler Asus StarIce

would have won it by a considerable margin from the competition :) . I also did not like the design of the case – too bulky and heavy (though, in comparison with the noise – this stuff).

In conclusion, let me bring a couple of photos of the cooler StarIce:

Finally, regardless of test results, I can not recommend this cooler fans of silence. And even those users who claim that the noise does not interfere with them, I strongly advise you to listen to the cooler in the right in the store (ie, prior to purchase). However, for the crazy handles this cooler is very interesting. More precisely, not all of the cooler, and its cooler :)

Pros:

Universality (installed on all popular platforms);

Excellent appearance;

Ability to connect the second fan;

The presence of two speed controllers + automatic control.

Cons:

Very high levels of noise;

The high complexity of installation and large size cooler;

The average cooling efficiency at high speed and low efficiency at lower speed;

PS: A few more words about how to install the cooler on board SocketA. Despite more than a twofold excess of the allowable weight, this aspect need not worry – reinforcement plate evenly distributes the load on the motherboard, and does not give the last bend. But in order to install the plate, you need 4 mounting holes, and the vast majority of the last generation of motherboards do not have them.

Anyway, with the advent of commercially Sempron processors 2800 + and 2600 + for Socket754, death can be regarded as a platform SocketA held (at least for computer enthusiasts).

PPS: Even before the publication of this review, I found a site description ThermalTake cooler Beetle, which is like two peas in a pod similar to the Asus StarIce. Therefore, there are thoughts that either a ThermalTake “borrowed” the design StarIce, or, more likely, Thermaltake does OEM orders Asus, and at the same time uses these inputs to the production of their own coolers.