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Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra PCU31-VH Heatsink Review
Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra PCU31-VH Heatsink Review
Abstract: Weighing in at 780 grams, the Gigabyte PCU31-VH 3DCooler-Ultra certainly lives up to its name, performing in the top percentile...

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Gigabyte   Cooling / Heatsinks   Mar 26, 2004   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Final AthlonXP and Pentium4 Test Results

(Socket A - AthlonXP) Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)

Mfg. Model 15mm small copper block 15mm small copper block
50W 100W
Thermalright SLK800 15.8 29.9
Thermalright AX-7 15.4 30.4
Tocools Novasonic-AlCu 17.8 32.9
Coolink U1P2 19.8 36.1
Tocools Novasonic 17.0 36.5
Coolermaster (high) ASBV73U1 18.1 36.7
Thermal Integration TI-V77L 17.9 37.1
Arkua 628 18.2 38.4
Gigabyte (high) 3DCooler-pro 20.5 39.4
Sibak AC02625B 35.8 41.5
Gigabyte (high) PCU31-VH 20.4 41.9
Thermalright SLK-900A 23.4 44.9
Sibak AC06725TH 23.7 45.2
Coolermaster HHC-001 23.1 46.4
Jetart JAKS29 25.2 46.8
Thermal Integration TI-A8641L 22.1 47.7
AVC Tundra2 26.5 49.1
Gigabyte (low) 3DCooler-pro 26.4 49.1
Thermaltake Silent Boost 24.6 50.3
Gigabyte (low) PCU31-VH 26.0 50.3
Evercool CUF715 25.0 51.1
Aopen ACK7L 26.0 51.8
Thermalright SK-7 22.8 52.1
Coolermaster HSC-V62 31.4 53.1
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu 29.0 53.4
Scythe Kamakaze 27.2 53.6
Spire 5F263 29.2 53.6
Taisol CGK760092 37.8 54.1
AVC 112AM1 28.1 54.8
Arkua 728M-7N01 27.0 55.0
Titan TTC-CU9TB/SC 28.6 57.5
Thermalright SK6+ 30.7 58.7
Taisol CEK787172 32.0 60.5
Titan D9TBCu35R1 31.7 61.5
nPowertek TTIC NPH-2 30.0 61.9
Verax P14Cu 31.9 63.2
Spire 5U213C1H3G 34.6 63.5
Spire SPA04B4 33.6 65.1
ArcticCooling CuSilent2 37.0 66.6
Akasa AK821 34.5 70.5
Verax P11T 43.6 76.6
50W 100W

The AthlonXP does not use a heatspreader, and so a significantly smaller surface area is in direct contact with the base of any heatsink. In this example, the 3Dcooler-Ultra really seems to be limited by the surface area it is in contact with. There is virutally no benefit between the copper-based Gigabyte 3Dcooler-Ultra heatsink, and aluminum 3Dcooler-pro model. While the results show the 3Dcooler-pro running a little cooler, the difference is so small, that the two heatsinks are basically performing identically.

The Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra really is best suited to the Pentium 4 or Athlon64 processor, but should you be running the K7, I think you'll find this heatsink makes for a respectable low noise heatsink - assuming of course the fan is running at the quietest minimum speed (2000RPM).

( Socket 478 - Pentium4 ) Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block



Thermalright (high) SLK-900U 11.6 20.5
Cooljag (high) CJC66IC-A 10.4 21.3
Gigabyte (high) PCU31-VH 12.5 22.3
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu 12.4 24.9
Thermal Integration TI-RV104N 14.4 25.4
Alpha PAL8942 14.7 26.1
Gigabyte (high) 3DCooler-pro 15.6 26.6
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu 14.1 27.7
AVC 117140 15.2 27.8
JMC 401100 15.6 27.9
Coolermaster (high) Jet4 12.6 28.1
Coolermaster IHC-H71 14.0 28.1
Taisol CEP447181 14.6 28.7
Jetart JAP416A 11.8 29.1
Thermal Integration TI-A8736N 12.4 29.1
Arkua 8568 15.4 29.3
Intel Stock 3.06GHz 15.0 30.1
Jetart JAP407A 13.8 30.2
Taisol CCP445172 17.5 30.7
Thermal Integration TI-RV108N 15.9 31.7
Spire SP411C5 17.3 31.7
Arkua Q85X-7J 16.7 31.9
Dynatron DC1207BMX 17.2 32.4
Thermal Integration (high) TI-V7035TN 18.1 32.7
Coolermaster (low) Jet4 16.6 33.2
Cooljag JVC661A 17.3 33.5
TS Heatronics (6" fan dist) NCU-1000 15.6 33.6
Dynatron DC1206BMY 18.6 33.6
Scythe Kamakaze 18.9 34.1
Zalman CNPS6500-AlCu 17.2 34.3
Taisol CEP426151A 19.4 35.4
Spire SP420B8 17.4 36.2
Arkua 8456X-8T 18.6 36.3
Arkua 838T-7G 18.7 36.7
Intel Socket 478 19.4 37.4
Dynatron DC1207BMW 19.5 37.9
Zalman CNPS5700D-Cu 18.9 38.3
Titan CW9TB/SC 18.9 38.3
Evercool NW9F715CA 19.1 38.5
Gigabyte (low) PCU31-VH 19.1 38.7
Aopen ACP4LC 17.9 38.8
Globalwin VA476 20.8 39.3
Dynatron DC1206BM-S 20.8 39.6
AVC 117160 20.3 39.8
Evercool CUW8-715 21.8 40.8
Gigabyte (low) 3DCooler-pro 21.8 41.5
Arctic Cooling SuperSilent4 Pro 21.7 43.0
Dynatron DC1206BMV 22.0 45.1
Vantec GSN-7105 25.1 46.6
Arkua 848X-6B 27.3 53.2
Verax P16 27.4 54.0
Dynatron DC1U-B02 32.9 67.4



On the Intel Pentium 4 socket 478 synthetic temperature test platform the final rise above ambient temperature results really speak for themselves; with the fan speed turned up, the Gigabyte 3Dcooler-Ultra PCU31-VH simply excels! Obviously, the design of this heatsink is geared towards larger heatspreader-capped processors, and in the case of the Pentium 4, the 3Dcooler-Ultra is able to outperform the 3Dcooler-Pro, and still come within the top five heatsinks of this reference list.

There are very few heatsinks which can mange such impressive cooling results, and given that Gigabyte are a brand new heatsink manufacturer, that certainly says plenty. The price for the 3Dcooler-pro model is about $50USD right now, so I would expect the 3Dcooler-Ultra to run in the $60USD region.

Silent cooling is still more popular than ever, and in that respect the 3Dcooler-Ultra again manages to increase its thermal performance over that of the aluminum-finned 3Dcooler-pro. The PCU31-VH is not the best low noise heatsink, Zalman's CNPS7000A-Cu currently holds that distinction, but it isn't all that bad either. Obviously, adjusting the 3Dcooler-Ultra's fan speed will net you results somewhere in between those we have illustrated.

One thing I can't over state is that the Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra is really best suited to the larger heatspreader-capped processors like the Athlon64 and Pentium4. It will still work nicely with an AthlonXP, but it won't deliver the same calibre of thermal performance.

If you are looking to upgrade from one platform in the near future, an all-in-one heatsink such as the 3Dcooler-Ultra is a good option for obvious reasons. Remembering the performance highs and lows of the Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra PCU31-VH heatsink, I think it is safe to end off on this point; the PCU31-VH is a damn fine high performance Pentium 4 heatsink when running at ear shattering RPM! Overclockers... start your computers!

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3. Thermalright SLK-900A Copper Heatsink Review
4. Scythe Kamakaze AthlonXP / Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
5. Thermal Integration TI-RV108N Pentium 4 Heatsink
6. Cooljag CJC66IC-A Copper Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
7. Thermal Integration TI-A8641L Heatsink Review

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Gigabyte 3DCooler-Ultra PCU31-VH Heatsink Review
 2:  Closer Examination of the Heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Thermal/Acoustic Test Parameters
 4:  Surface Roughness Comparison
 5:  Temperature Test Results
 6: — Final AthlonXP and Pentium4 Test Results

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