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Gigabyte 3D Rocket II Cooler GH-PCU23-VE Heatsink Review
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II Cooler GH-PCU23-VE Heatsink Review
Overall Rating:   84%
Abstract: The Gigabyte 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE heatsink FrostyTech is testing in this review can cool quietly when needed, and also ramps up for major heat loads.

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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)

Thermalright Ultra-120 12.4 53.7
AVC Z7U7414001 (stock AM2) high 17.0 63.0
Noctua NH-U12 17.5 45.4
Gigabyte GH-PCU23-VE high 17.5 65.6
Gigabyte G-Power Pro high 18.6 71.9
Noctua NH-U9 18.8 58.4
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 20.5 52.1
Coolermaster Hyper6 high 20.5 54.7
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 21.3 51.9
Thermaltake Venus 12 high 21.7 68.1
Cooljag SFO-Q high 22.2 60.6
ASUS Starice high 22.8 67.4
Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 high 23.0 53.2
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro 23.2 50.9
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini high 23.2 59.2
Thermaltake Polo 735 high 23.4 68.0
Gigabyte G-Power Pro low 23.5 50.9
Cooljag SFO-H high 23.6 60.6
Alpha PAL-8150 23.7 58.9
Zalman CNPS9500 LED high 23.8 50.3
Verax Helado 24.3 36.3
AVC Z7U3301001 (stock 939) high 24.6 59.9
Zalman CNPS8000 high 24.8 57.4
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra high 24.8 63.0
OCZ Tempest 26.0 51.6
Scythe Shogun high 26.0 45.9
EKL V8 high 26.3 57.5
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 26.6 60.4
Zalman FS-C77 26.7 56.5
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro high 26.9 56.7
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 27.0 50.7
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro high 27.0 62.5
nPowerTek NPH-Big K8 27.8 54.0
Gigabyte GH-PCU23-VE low 28.3 44.9
Spire SP601B3 28.3 48.9
Ajigo MF064-074 high 28.8 60.3
Gigabyte 3D-Rocket 28.9 50.7
Vantec Mach1 high 29.2 56.9
AVC Z7U7414001 (stock AM2) low 29.6 48.1
CoolJag SFO-D(18SC) 29.6 64.0
Antazone AS-C1000 30.2 57.6
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 30.5 43.9
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu high 30.3 45.2
Dynatron SK-V24 30.3 56.4
Verax Quattro 1 high 30.7 55.4
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
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra low 35.2 42.8
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro low 36.6 43.8
Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TC 37.5 55.5
Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-BL 37.7 42.0
Titan TTC-K8ATB/825/SC 38.7 63.1
Evercool K802-715 42.1 51.5
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro low 42.4 38.8
Spire SP741B3 43.2

45.6

Evercool Magic Cooler 46.6 55.5
ASUS Starice low 92.4+ 34.4
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.

With a 125W heat load applied by the FrostyTech synthetic thermal test platform, the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE heatsink yields a nice rise above ambient temperature at the slowest fan speed of 28.32°C, with 44.9 dBA noise. When the 3D Rocket II's fan speed is kicked into full gear (3000RPM), the unit posts excellent thermal results tempered only by a staggering 65.6 dBA noise level... While this amount of noise is certainly going to be hard to accept with the fan at full speed, the rise above ambient temperature of 17.5°C is impressive.

Compared the reference socket 939 and socket AM2 AMD heatsinks, like the AVC Z7U7414001, the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE heatsink offers very similar performance qualities at full speed.Where noise becomes the limiting factor, the stock AMD cooler isn't quite up to the same level as the GH-PCU23-VE with its fan spinning at a more conservative 1500RPM. The difference in rise above ambient temperature between the two is on the order of a degree, noise about 4 dBA according to our real world measurements.

While Gigabyte has improved on its past family of 3D Rocket heatsinks, the 3D Rocket II heatsink faces some stiff competition from large coolers like the Thermalright Ultra 120 and Noctua NH-U12 - both of which perform at essentially the same upper thermal level, but significantly quieter.

The included glowy rubber bands are entirely superfluous accessories for the Gigabyte GH-PCU23-VE 3D Rocket II heatsink, but in many other respects it is reassuring to see Gigabyte refine this design with each successive generation. As an overclockers heatsink the 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE handles the task very well, so long as 65 dBA noise levels are acceptable. As a low noise cooler the 3D Rocket II operates with among the lowest temperature result for an output of 44.9 dBA, save for the Scythe Shogun and in particular the Noctua NH-U12 heatsink which posts a rise above ambient temperature of 17.5°C, for 45.4 dBA noise.

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 Page 2:  Innovative Air Handling
 Page 3:  360° View - Gigabyte 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE Heatsink
 Page 4:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
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