to illustrate just how similar the thermaltake polo735 and venus 12 heatsinks are, we've left in the complete results for the Venus 12 cooler in the above chart. The latter performs a few degrees better than the Polo735; most likely due to some slight fin and base dimensional differences. In any case, at the slowest fan speed setting, the Thermaltake Polo735 maintained a rise above ambient temperature result of 44.5°C - which is little poor. Clearly, this heatsink is not best suited to be a "low noise" AMD Ahtlon64 K8 heatsink.
With it's finger-chopping fan speed dialed all the way up to 5500RPM, the noisy Thermaltake Polo735 performs thermally very well, its rise above ambient temperature being just 23.4°C. Of course, at the same moment the heatsink is also making a 68 dBA racket.
Bottom line, the Thermaltake Polo735 offers up some pretty great noise-be-damned temperature results at its most aggressive fan speed setting. As a low noise heatsink, it falls short. Users looking to migrate between a K7 platform and a K8 or Pentium 4 based PC are best served by getting heatsinks designed for the latter two processors only. In this case, even though the Polo735 and Venus 12 are nearly identical, the subtle changes allow the Venus 12 to attain better results on a K8-based synthetic temperature test platform such as that used by FrostyTech.
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