As AMD releases its energy efficient processors with power loads in the range of 65W and 35W, simple extruded aluminum heatsinks are once again becoming common. Ultra low power "environmentally friendly" processors emit significantly less heat, and consequently less extensive thermal solutions can often do the job. The real crux of the deal is the very low cost of an extruded aluminum heatsink compared to a complicated copper cooler.
Testing low power heatsinks is a bit challenging right now because Frostytech's K8 test gear is configured to a 125W synthetic heat load. Given the new class of low power AMD's Athlon64 and Sempron processors, you'll have to look at our synthetic thermal tests as a worst case scenario stress test.
In this review Frostytech will be examining the Glacialtech Igloo 7311 Silent AMD Athlon 64 heatsink. Can this simple extruded aluminum heatsink keep the Athlon64-class processor below running cool? We'll soon find out...
Glacialtech are Taiwanese thermal solutions manufacturer, and while the company has typically focused on OEM work until recently, it is now aiming to make its name known. That's all well and good, but at Frostytech we look at such things one heatsink at a time. If Glacialtech has the thermal engineering to back up its products, that's all we need to know.
Like the Glacialtech Igloo 7222 Light, the Igloo 7311 Silent heatsink is suitable for 65W and 35W energy efficient Socket AM2 AMD processors, or older socket 754/939/940 CPUs. Its 25x80x80mm fan operates at a fixed speed of 2000RPM, and is not PWM compliant. The Igloo 7311 Silent has a nice tool free clip mechanism, making a reassuring positive "clip" as it locks down on the central lug of the AMD heatsink retention frame (either 939 or AM2 variety). The unit ships with a pre-applied patch of high viscosity thermal compound on its base.
Given our past experiences with the 400 or so heatsinks Frostytech has tested to date, we'll be keeping our expectations tempered for the Igloo 7311 Silent...
FrostyTech's Test Methodologies are outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics, and of course its performance in the thermal tests!
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