Arkua 8456X-8T Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
There is always something good to be said
of a heatsink which has been designed with lower noise levels in mind. The loud whine of fans
audible from across the room are akin to the days of the polyester leasure suit. Dead, long gone,
and never coming back.
The least expensive way to achieve a low noise
signature is to mount an 80mm fan on a heatsink. Since the fan is larger, it
only needs to spin at a low RPM to move the same amount of air as a smaller high
speed fan. By rotating slower, less noise is produced and we have an equally
cooled heatsink as if a smaller, faster, and louder fan were used. This is
exactly what Arkua have done with the Arkua 8456X-8T heatsink.
The 8456X-8T ranks in at 46.5 dB in our
acoustic tests, and even with the large 80mm fan this Arkua heatsink is hardly
aiming for the performance markets. No, this is more of a stock cooler for the
fiscally minded than anything else. Sure, the thermal results peg it close
enough to the stock Intel m478 heatsink to make swapping the two virtually
pointless, but hey, who are we to argue?
Sold By: www.arkua.com.tw
- Model: 8456X-8T
HS Material: Extruded aluminum
Fan: 3000 RPM, 12V, 0.16A
- Fan Dim: 25x80x80mm
- FHS Dimensions: 70x83x90mm
- Made by: Arkua
The fan screws into a clip
system which rests on top of the heatsink. The spring clips have little tabs
on their ends which lock into the motherboards HSRM and hold the cooler in
Since the extrusion is a
little longer than the space inside the HSRM, the bottom has been cut out
to allow some extra clearance as well.