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AVC Z7H2403012 Internal Prism Base Heatsink Review
AVC Z7H2403012 Internal Prism Base Heatsink Review
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Abstract: What is the newest trend in heatsink thermal design? Hint, it's not heat pipes, prolific amounts of copper, phase change materials or cold forging...

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AVC   Cooling / Heatsinks   May 22, 2004   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Surface Roughness, Acoustic recordings and measurements

Surface Roughness Comparator:

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 FrostyTech Surface Roughness Comparator offers a concise cross section common machine surface finishes. Not every heatsink base will fit into the envelope of this gage, but it does offer a very handy set of representations.

This commercially available gage has 22 machined surfaces from 2 to 500 microinches; Lapped (2, 4, and 8 µ" RA), Ground (8, 16, 32, and 63 µ" RA), Blanchard Ground (16 and 32 µ" RA), Shape Turned (32, 63, 125, 250, and 500 µ" RA), Profiled (63, 125, 250, and 500 µ" RA), and Milled (63, 125, 250, and 500 µ" RA).

FrostyTech Surface Roughness Comparator
2L 4L 8L 8G 16G 16BL 32G 32BL 32ST 63G 63M 63P 63ST 125M 125P 125ST 250M 250P 250ST500M500P500ST

the base of a heatsink plays an important role in how well the cooling apparatus interfaces with the processor. poor surface roughness will affect a good heatsink just as much as a good surface finish will improve thermal conductivity. in an effort to put a more quantitative spin on the comments we provide about base finishes, frostytech has begun using a surface roughness comparator.

move your mouse over the image above to see an example at right. numbers are in microinches, and finishes from 2 microinches to 32 microinches are excellent-to-good.

Evaluation Notes:

The AVC Z7H2403012 heatsink has a surface roughness of approximately 32 microinches, which is considered good. Move your mouse over the tabs above and look at 32G for an approximate example of what this surface finish looks like.

Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!

When running at it's lowest speed, the fan used on the AVC Z7H2403012 is pretty quiet. We were unable to record an acoustic sample with the fan running at full speed however. To listen to this heatsink in operation, click on the little headphones icon below and download the Acoustic Sample MP3 file.

FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber

Standard Waveform view of a 10 second recording. Click on the headphones to listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink in operation.
Listen to this Heatsink now.

Sound Level Measurements:

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 Decibel readings with a sound level meter. These results may be higher than the manufacturer's listed specs, but then again these are real world measurements. Measurements are made on the dB (A) scale.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
- Manufacturer Model Noise Level Scale
TS Heatronics NCU-1000 passive N/A
Verax P16 35.3 dB
Spire SP420B8 40.2 dB
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu 41.7 dB
ArcticCooling SuperSilent4 Pro 41.8 dB
Zalman CNPS6500-AlCu 47.4/28.9 dB
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu 42.2 dB
Intel Socket 478 42.5 dB
CoolJag JVC661A 43.9 dB
Evercool NW9F715CA 47.3 dB
Intel Stock 3.06GHz 47.5 dB
AVC Z7H2403012 48.2 dB
Aopen ACP4LC 48.7 dB
Evercool CUW8-715 50.7 dB
Taisol CEP426151A 50.7 dB
Scythe Kamakaze 51.0 dB
Arkua 838T-7G 51.7 dB
Jetart JAP416A 52.8 dB
Thermal Integration TI-RV108N 52.9 dB
JMC Products 401100 53.0 dB
Thermal Integration (high) TI-V7035TN 53.6 dB
Zalman CNPS5700D-Cu 53.8 dB
Coolermaster (high) Hyper6 KHCV81U1 54.1 dB
Globalwin VA476 54.2 dB
Thermal Integration TI-A8736N 54.8 dB
Jetart JAP407A 55.7 dB
Alpha S-PAL8952 55.8 dB
AVC 117140 56.1 dB
Vantec VP4-7245 56.8 dB
Taisol CEP447181 56.8 dB
Coolermaster (high) Jet4 58.9 dB
Cooljag (high) CJC66IC-A 59.1 dB
Dynatron DC1U-B02 62.2 dB
Gigabyte (high) PCU31-VH 63.7 dB
AVC Z7U7408001 64.2 dB louder

The AVC Z7H2403012 comes with a 70mm fan that makes use of a tiny motor-mounted thermal sensor to adjust its fan speed from between 2900-5400RPM. Bearing that in mind, please remember that the noise levels we measured (48 dBA) were with the fan running at its quietest speed. Up next, the thermal results for this heatsink! Will its innovative copper base give it any performance lead?

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Table of Contents:

 1:  AVC Z7H2403012 Internal Prism Base Heatsink Review
 2:  Examining the Heatsink
 3:  Heatsink Thermal/Acoustic Test Parameters
 4: — Surface Roughness, Acoustic recordings and measurements
 5:  Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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