The FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test
Platform consists of an aluminum block heated by a 120V 250 Ohm precision
resistor producing 50W of heat. That heat is transmitted to the heatsink via the
aluminum block and up through special copper die templates with thermistors
embedded directly in them.
A temperature reading for a particular heatsink
is taken once the temperature stabilizes in the copper die template. Since
each of the die templates have the approximate surface area of either a silicon topped
or heatspreader-topped processor the flow of heat to the base of the heatsink
accurately mimics a real life configuration.
Shown with the copper die template for
a silicon-topped processor, the synthetic heatsink test apparatus awaits a
coating of silver-based thermal compound and the Titan TTC-D4T heatsink. A
slightly larger copper die template was used to test the effective cooling
ability of the TTC-D4T atop a heatspreader-based processor like an
overclocked PGA processor.
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