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ASUS Star Ice Heatsink Review
ASUS Star Ice Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The Asus Star Ice heatsink comes in a couple different colour variations (blue, red, green) and is fitted to accept an additional 80mm exhaust fan at its rear.

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ASUS   Cooling / Heatsinks   Mar 05, 2006   Max Page  

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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)

Noctua NH-U12 17.5 45.4
Gigabyte G-Power Pro high 18.6 71.9
Noctua NH-U9 18.8 58.4
Coolermaster Hyper6 high 20.5 54.7
Thermaltake Venus 12 high 21.7 68.1
ASUS Starice high 22.8 67.4
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
Cooljag SFO-H high 23.6 60.6
Alpha PAL-8150 23.7 58.9
Zalman CNPS9500LED (clip parallel) high 23.8 50.3
AVC Z7U3301001 (stock 939) high 24.6 59.9
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra high 24.8 63.0
Scythe Shogun high 26.0 45.9
EKL V8 high 26.3 57.5
Gigabyte 3D Rocket-Pro high 26.9 56.7
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Pro high 27.0 62.5
Ajigo MF064-074 high 28.8 60.3
Gigabyte 3D-Rocket 28.9 50.7
Vantec Mach1 high 29.2 56.9
CoolJag SFO-D(18SC) 29.6 64.0
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 30.5 43.9
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu high 30.3 45.2
Dynatron SK-V24 30.3 56.4
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
Verax Quattro 1 36.9 30.9
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
Evercool Magic Cooler 46.6 55.5
Scythe Samurai SCSM1000 low 50.9 30.9
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 to a simulated k8 cpu die by the frostytech thermal platform, the asus star ice heatsink posts two extremely disparate test results. One set is very good if you can overlook the 67.4dBA whine produced by the 80mm fan as it whirls around to achieve a 22.8°C rise above ambient temperature result. The other is actually the worst ever K8 test result we have ever witnessed since the FrostyTech Mrk.II platform came into service!

Although a +92.4°C rise above ambient temperature result is listed, the temperature was actually still climbing... Once the thermocouple reported 116°C, the test was stopped for concern the plastic might begin to melt. The Asus Star Ice performed extremely badly with its fan running at the quietest (34.4 dBA) speed setting, so its effectiveness as a low noise heatsink is certainly very disappointing.

There is a lot more that could be said about the problems caused by the plastic shell of the Star Ice heatsink, but it's pretty clear the situation is beyond salvage. Bottom line, the Asus heatsink is either too loud, or way too hot. There are plenty of other K8 heatsinks to select from which offer better thermals at lower noise levels, so it really isn't even worth modding the Asus Star Ice to try and improve its thermal performance. If the Asus Star Ice were yellow, it would well and truly be a "lemon" in all senses of the word.

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 1:  ASUS Star Ice Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - ASUS Star Ice Heatsink Review
 3:  Surface Roughness and Acoustic Comparisons
 4: — Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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