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Arctic Cooling Super Silent 4 Pro Heatsink Review
Arctic Cooling Super Silent 4 Pro Heatsink Review
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Abstract: A passive heatsink is always going to be the worlds one and only zero noise producing cooler, but the real prize is the zero noise active heatsink.

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Arctic Cooling   Cooling / Heatsinks   Sep 07, 2003   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Final Temperature Results

Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W interface die test results.

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 100W
Thermalright (high) SLK-900U 20.0 31.6 40.5 none 1 very loud easy
JMC 401100 19.5 35.1 47.4 grey 1 med easy
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu 21.0 35.1 48.7 none 1 low easy
Taisol CCP445172 20.2 37.7 50.9 none 1 med easy
AVC 117140 22.6 37.8 50.4 none 1 med med
Coolermaster IHC-H71 23.0 37.0 51.1 none 1 loud stiff
Arkua 8568 22.4 37.8 51.7 none 1 med med
Thermal Integration (high) TI-V7035TN 20.2 38.3 52.9 none 1 very loud easy
Dynatron DC1206BMY 19.5 38.1 53.1 none 1 med easy
Dynatron DC1207BMX 20.9 38.1 53.3 none 1 med easy
Taisol CEP447181 24.8 39.4 53.5 white 1 med easy
Alpha PAL8942 27.9 42.6 54.0 none 1 med med
Arkua Q85X-7J 24.6 41.3 56.5 none 1 med easy
CoolJag JVC661A 23.2 40.5 56.7 none 1 med easy
Spire SP411C5 25.2 42.5 56.9 white 1 loud easy
Zalman CNPS6500-AlCu 23.1 40.3 57.4 none 1 low easy
Taisol CEP426151A 24.3 43.7 59.7 none 1 med easy
Intel Socket 478 22.4 41.8 59.8 carbon 1 low med
Arkua 838T-7G 23.3 42.0 60.0 none 1 med easy
Dynatron DC1207BMW 23.2 42.7 61.1 none 1 med easy
Arkua 8456X-8T 25.1 43.7 61.4 none 1 low easy
Spire SP420B8 25.3 42.7 61.5 none 1 low easy
Dynatron DC1206BM-S 22.4 43.2 62.0 none 1 med med
AVC 117160 22.4 42.7 62.2 white pad 1 med med
Evercool NW9F715CA 23.8 42.9 62.3 none 1 med easy
Zalman CNPS5700D-Cu 25.7 44.6 64.0 none 1 med easy
Globalwin VA476 28.7 49.5 68.0 grey 1 med easy
Arctic Cooling SuperSilent4 Pro 25.1 46.8 68.1 none 1 low stiff
Dynatron DC1206BMV 23.1 45.1 68.2 none 1 low easy
Vantec GSN-7015 22.4 47.5 69.0 none 1 loud stiff
Verax P16 21.8 49.2 75.8 none 1 none med
Arkua 848X-6B 27.2 54.5 80.4 none 1 low med
Dynatron DC1U-B02 20.9 53.8 88.3 none 1 loud stiff
50W 100W

Just as you expect a Ford Expedition to guzzle gas like no tomorrow, you can pretty much assume that the quieter a heatsink is, the lower its overall thermal performance will be. The Arctic Cooling SS4Pro is incredibly quiet, and packs in the thermal performance to match.

Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block

50W

100W

Thermalright (high) SLK-900U 11.6 20.5
Alpha PAL8942 14.7 26.1
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu 14.1 27.7
AVC 117140 15.2 27.8
JMC 401100 15.6 27.9
Coolermaster IHC-H71 14.0 28.1
Taisol CEP447181 14.6 28.7
Arkua 8568 15.4 29.3
Spire SP411C5 17.3 31.7
Taisol CCP445172 17.5 30.7
Arkua Q85X-7J 16.7 31.9
Dynatron DC1207BMX 17.2 32.4
Thermal Integration (high) TI-V7035TN 18.1 32.7
Cooljag JVC661A 17.3 33.5
Dynatron DC1206BMY 18.6 33.6
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
Evercool NW9F715CA 19.1 38.5
Globalwin VA476 20.8 39.3
Dynatron DC1206BM-S 20.8 39.6
AVC 117160 20.3 39.8
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

50W

100W

There are many reasons why low noise heatsinks typically make poor coolers, but the most obvious analogy comes down to material. For a low noise heatsink to be competitive the manufacture must make an effort to bundle the low noise fan with a more thermally conductive material, design, or means of fabrication. Extruded aluminum is a good option, but not one of the best. Extruded aluminum is thermally efficient, but not so much as copper. See where I'm going with this?

Ultimately, the Arctic Cooling Super silent 4 Pro does what it has been set out to - it produces very little noise. Sure this would make it a satisfactory heatsink to consider for an older model P4 which doesn't produce that much heat (ie, no gaming machines for this little baby), but it could have had much more potential. Had the under-hung fan been mounted to a better designed heatsink, or one made of copper, I'd expect the numbers we see here to have decreased by at least several degrees. Still in the end, the results aren't too bad. Not impressive, but not too bad either.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Arctic Cooling Super Silent 4 Pro Heatsink Review
 2:  Closer Examination of the Heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Thermal/Acoustic Test Parameters
 4:  Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!
 5: — Final Temperature Results

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