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3RSystem Iceage 120 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
3RSystem Iceage 120 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink FrostyTech is reviewing today is equipped with four exposed copper heatpipes at its base, vibration absorbing foam pads behind the fan, a 120mm low speed fan and a fan speed controller.

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3RSystem   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jul 05, 2007   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Intel 775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Pentium D / Extreme Edition & Quad Core class heatsinks tested at 150W
Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium 4 / Celeron class heatsinks tested at 85W

Results based on readings from a 30x30mm copper interface die with 150W and 85W heat loads applied on the LGA775 version of the Mk.II Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 775 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: Fan Speed: 150W
Thermal Test* (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)

Thermalright Ultra 120 17.8 10.6 53.7
3Rsystem Iceage 120 high 18.2 12.1 47.9
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 19.0 10.4

56.5

Thermalright Ultra-90 high 19.6 13.0 56.2
Enzotech Ultra-X high 20.0 8.5 59.1
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 21.8 12.7 52.1
Xigmatek HDT-S963 high 21.9 13.7 50.2
Akasa AK-965 high 22.2 13.8 48.1
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 22.8 13.9 51.9
Cooljag Falcon 92-AL high 23.2 14.2 52.1
Rosewill RCX-Z3 high 23.3 14.0 58.6
Scythe Mine Rev. B 23.6 15.0 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 23.6 14.8 52.8
3Rsystem Iceage 120 low 24.0 15.0 35.4
Akasa AK-920 high 24.3 14.1 52.9
Asus Arctic Square high 24.9 14.9 44.9
Akasa AK-922 (EVObue) high 25.5 15.4 60.3
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 29.0 18.3 60.4
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 29.3 16.8 47.5
Thermalfly I75DUB high 29.5

16.8

68.5
Zalman CNPS9500 AT 29.6 17.3 53.3
Alpha Novatech PRE9060M92P high 29.9 18.5 51.5
Scythe Kama Cross 30.0 18.8 40.0
Akasa AK-961 30.0 18.7

60.7

Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX high 30.1 18.7 45.9
nPowertek NPH-775-1 30.1 18.8 50.1
Sunon Waturbo 30.6 18.3 57.5
Apack CF800 high 31.4 20.7 48.4
Thermaltake Jungle512 high 31.6 20.4 60.8
Coolage Frozen Orb F0-Z924AL high 32.0 19.9 48.9
Xigmatek AIO-S80DP high 32.4 21.4 55.0
Scythe Katana II 32.5 18.6 37.9
Rosewill RCX-Z2

32.6

19.3 59.9
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 32.9 19.7 50.7
Apack CF900 high 32.9 20.3 48.3
Evercool PT02-9232CP 33.3 19.9 63.3
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED high 33.5 20.6 49.8
Intel Stock Pentium D high 33.8 20.7 47.5
nPowerTek SF775-2 high 34.7 21.1 64.6
Akasa AK-960E 36.1 21.4 56.3
Thermalfly I75DUH 37.8 22.8 48.7
Cooljag OAK-H high 38.5 22.9 55.7
Cooljag OAK-H2 high 38.6 24.1 55.6
LS Cable SHS-T700 38.7 22.8 48.5
Intel Stock Pentium D low 40.3 23.9 40.5
Intel Stock Core 2 Duo 49.2 29.0 36.7
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C 63.6 18.7 60.2
Cooljag OAK-H low 95.3 54.5 29.5
150W
Thermal Test (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 150W 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 heat output from Intel processors varies widely between single and multi-core processors, so Frostytech tests heatsinks with two thermal values which represent the upper limits of each breed. To start with, a 150W heat load was applied by the Intel LGA775 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform. The 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink yielded a rise above ambient temperature of only 18.2°C (47.9dBA) at a stock fan speed of 2200RPM. The CPU equivalent of this test would be an Intel Core 2 Quad, Pentium D/Extreme Edition class processor. With such a low rise in temperature, the Iceage 120 heatsink takes the number two position in this Intel reference list. Impressive!

The speed of the 120mm fan on the 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink was then reduced to about 1000RPM. With a reduced fan speed noise levels decreased to 35.4 dBA, and the test temperature rose to 24.0°C over ambient.

When faced with a 150W heat load and a slowly spinning fan, 3RSystem's Iceage 120 heatsink maintained significantly better results than the stock Intel LGA775 heatsink... and in fact the majority of Intel heatsinks Frostytech compared it against.

For the next round of tests on the Frostytech Mrk.II synthetic thermal test platform, an 85W heat load was selected. The Iceage 120 heatsink maintained an excellent 12.1°C rise over ambient at default fan speed, and 15.0°C at a reduced fan speed. Once again, the 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink posts very good thermal results.

Compared to the stock AMD Athlon64 AVC Z7U7414001 (AM2) heatsink at full tilt the 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink is much quieter, and a bit cooler. On the Intel platform, the Iceage 120 is dramatically cooler and about as loud as the stock Intel Pentium D/Core 2 Duo bifurcated-fin heatsinks.

As we've seen from the thermal and acoustic test results for both AMD and Intel platforms, the 3RSystem Iceage 120 is an excellent lower-noise heatsink at the top of its game. However, 3RSystem would do well to revise the clip mechanism and make it a bit easier to center it on the base of the heatsink. In an open top test environment it was tricky to keep the mounting clip centered on both those steel pins, so we can foresee some frustration coming from them in the confines of a computer case. Otherwise, the quiet low-RPM hydraulic bearing fan, anti-vibration pads, and performance of the Iceage 120 heatsink come together very nicely. Recommended for Intel or AMD processors.

The 3RSystem Iceage 120 heatsink is available through JustPCUSA.com in US/Canada, international vendors are listed here.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  3RSystem Iceage 120 Exposed Heatpipe Base Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - 3RSystem Iceage 120 Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5: — Intel 775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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