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Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink Review
Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The SI-128SE cooler itself is big, a 120x120mm fin array hovering like SkyCity over a compact base connected via four 8mm diameter heatpipes.

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thermalright   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 11, 2007   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Intel LGA775 Final 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
Coolermaster Hyper 212 19.0 11.8 45.9
Apack Zerotherm BTF92 OC Ed high 19.0 11.2 53.6
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 19.0 10.4

56.5

Tuniq Tower 120 high 19.6 12.2 51.6
Thermalright Ultra-90 high 19.6 13.0 56.2
Enzotech Ultra-X high 20.0 8.5 59.1
Noctua NH-U12P high

21.3

13.4 40.7
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
Coolink Silentator high 23.5 16.4 41.2
Scythe Mine Rev. B 23.6 15.0 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 23.6 14.8 52.8
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
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 high 25.7 16.2 59.2
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PWM high 25.9 15.9 59.5
Thermalright SI-128SE 26.5 15.2 44.5
Auras SLC-747 high 27.9 25.7 52.2
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 29.0 18.3 60.4
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 29.3 16.8 47.5
Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Silent 29.4 18.0 43.4
Thermalfly I75DUB high 29.5

16.8

68.5
Zalman CNPS9500 AT 29.6 17.3 53.3
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 29.9 18.8 53.7
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
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent 30.4 17.1 44.7
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
Scythe Ninja Mini 33.7 19.9 41.7
Thermalright MST-977SLE 33.8 20.0 46.5
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
Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED high 36.4 22.9 50.9
Thermalfly I75DUH 37.8 22.8 48.7
Akasa AK-975CU high 38.4 23.0 47.7
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 Core 2 Duo 49.2 29.0 36.7
Glacialtech Igloo 5062 Cu Light 50.6 29.7 45.2
Glacialtech Igloo 5057 E 58.5 36.1 53.4
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 uses two values which represent the upper limit of each existing CPU family. With a 150W heat load applied by the Intel LGA775 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Thermalright SI-128SE heatsink yields a rise above ambient temperature of 26.5°C (44.5 dBA) at the fans' stock speed of 1500RPM. The processor equivalent of this heat load would be an Intel Pentium D / Extreme Edition or Core 2 Quad class CPU.

To measure the effectiveness of the Thermalright SI-128SE heatsink on a Intel Core 2 Duo class processor, an 85W heat load is applied next. The SI-128SE heatsink handles this equally well, maintaining a 15.2°C rise over ambient temperature. Obviously, the benefits of buying a heatsink like this allow the user to install whichever type of fan they choose; high powered for low temperatures, ultra-quiet for low noise, or a mix of the two like the Mechatronics G1225S12B 120mm fan used in this review.

Consequently, we must mention that the thermal test results on both AMD and Intel test platforms are only valid for the above type of fan - if you select a different 120mm fan you will see different thermal results.

Regardless, the Thermalright SI-128SE heatsink performed well on both Intel and AMD thermal test platforms. Frostytech tests all heatsinks in their stock configuration, so we made no attempt to lap the base of this heatsink. Doing so may improve thermal results a single, or a few degrees. While we opted to test with a 120mm that produced good low noise levels, a faster paced fan would improve the SI-128SE's test results further. So there you have it, BYOF for the type of performance you want (and the noise level you are willing to live with).

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5: — Intel LGA775 Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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