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Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Athlon64 Heatsink Review
Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Athlon64 Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The copper pad is set into a machined recess in the aluminum base and helps to transfer heat energy from an AMD Athlon64 processor's IHS to the surrounding heatsink more efficiently.

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Gigabyte   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 06, 2005   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech.com Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 125W heat load on the Mk.II Test Platform. Thermal Test values for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperature at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 939/940/754 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

Gigabyte G-Power Pro high 18.6 71.9
Coolermaster Hyper6 high 20.5 54.7
Thermaltake Venus 12 high 21.7 68.1
ASUS Starice high 22.8 67.4
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini high 23.2 59.2
Thermaltake Polo 735 high 23.4 68.0
Cooljag SFO-H high 23.6 60.6
Alpha PAL-8150 23.7 58.9
Zalman CNPS9500LED (clip parallel) high 23.8 50.3
AVC Z7U3301001 (stock 939) high 24.6 59.9
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra high 24.8 63.0
Scythe Shogun high 26.0 45.9
EKL V8 high 26.3 57.5
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro high 26.9 56.7
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro high 27.0 62.5
Gigabyte 3D-Rocket 28.9 50.7
Vantec Mach1 high 29.2 56.9
CoolJag SFO-D(18SC) 29.6 64.0
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu high 30.3 45.2
Dynatron SK-V24 30.3 56.4
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu high 31.0 45.2
Coolermaster Hyper48 31.7 43.6
Scythe Kama SCKK1000 31.9 47.5
Scythe Samurai SCSM1000 high 32.1 51.6
Zalman CNPS7000B-CU high 32.3 44.9
Thermaltake Silentboost K8 32.3 49.7
Jetart JAX801 33.2 53.5
Dynatron A22 34.5 44.5
nPowertek NPH K8-1 34.6 52.2
Ajigo MF043-044 (stock 754) 35.0 45.4
Verax Quattro 1 36.9 30.9
Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-BL 37.7 42.0
Titan TTC-K8ATB/825/SC 38.7 63.1
Evercool K802-715 42.1 51.5
Evercool Magic Cooler 46.6 55.5
125W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 125W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

The rise above ambient temperature test results for the Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL heatsink are a little higher than we would have liked to have seen from a mainstream solution, but not completely out of line for a low noise cooler. The FrostyTech Mk.II platform stresses each K8-class heatsink with 125W of heat, and once equilibrium is reached we note the rise in temperature (2nd column from the right) above that of the ambient temp. So in effect what we're doing is leveling the playing field and allowing comparisons between each heatsink in this reference list. The far right column identifies the noise level of each specific heatsink.

The Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL excels as a low noise heatsink, but because of the limited airflow from its 2000RPM fan and standard extruded aluminum construction, it can't quite keep up. It will cool a socket 754/939 AMD Athlon64 processor satisfactorily, but there are certainly other heatsinks available which can offer lower temperatures. If low noise cooling of a early model Athlon64 processor is your concern, just be sure that case ventilation is good and this affordable little heatsink will keep temperatures within operating parameters.

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 1:  Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Athlon64 Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Heatsink
 3:  Surface Roughness and Acoustic Comparisons
 4: — Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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