Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!
With the Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL, noise levels are maintained at
a very low level. This heatsink should work well in applications that call
for low noise. To listen to this heatsink in operation, be sure to click on
the little headphones icon below and play the sample MP3 file.
With the Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL, noise levels are maintained at a very low level. This heatsink should work well in applications that call for low noise. To listen to this heatsink in operation, be sure to click on the little headphones icon below and play the sample MP3 file.
Sound Level Measurements: Which Heatsink is Quietest?
Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take noise level measurements with a sound level meter.
Aside from the Verax Quattro 1 heatsink, the Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL is one of the quietest K8 solutions in this reference list, and among the quietest that FrostyTech has tested with the fan running at stock (12V) speeds. There are several other heatsinks which are quieter when operating at fan voltages of ~5V (not listed), but that is hardly surprising. At full speed, Gigabyte's 2000RPM fan produces just 42.0 dBA in our test environment.
Surface Finish Comparator Notes: Flatness and Finish
Surface finish is an important factor that we all look for when holding a new heatsink. Flipping a cooler over to see how well the base has been machined is a quick way to judge the attention to detail that was put into making it. The following test involves the use of a Surface Roughness Comparator, which offers a concise cross section common machine surface finishes.
The Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL heatsink has a surface roughness of approximately 8 microinches, which is considered very good. Next, let's see how this heatsink handles the heat compared to a selection of other heatsinks!
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