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Akasa Icicle 238 Heatsink Review
Akasa Icicle 238 Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The Silver Mountain heatsink from Akasa was one of the most notable heatsink concepts to ever make it to market, but the Icicle 238 is not to be overlooked either.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Akasa   Cooling / Heatsinks   Oct 18, 2001   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

Those damn Delta fans are noisy, but heck do they move a lot of air. With an ample supply of fresh air hopefully blowing all the way down into the thin fins of the Icicle 238 it tends to make a fair amount of noise. But hey, this is a Delta fan right?!

As always, you can listen to this heatsink by clicking on the headphones to the right of the waveform images. The Sample is about 10 seconds in length and is stored in MP3 format.

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Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W small interface die test results.

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Thermal Integration TI-V77L 26.5 39.1 44.4 57.5 63.6 grey 1 med med
2 Vantec CCK-6027D 27.4 45.4 49.6 64.9 73.4 none 1 med med
3 OCZ Dominator 26.5 37.7 50.9 52.4 74.2 none 1 loud med
4 Akasa Silver Mountain 26.6 46.2 51.5 65.0 76.1 none 1 loud med
5 Vantec CCK-6035D-Retail 26.5 44.2 52.8 63.2 77.9 none 1 loud med
6 Thermaltake Volcano 6cu+ 26.5 40.3 55.3 58.6 84.4 carbon 1 loud med
7 Akasa Icicle 238 23.4 43.0 54.7 64.1 83.9 yellow 1 loud med
8 Spire 5T060B1H3R 26.7 42.7 57.5 64.6 85.1 none 1 low med
9 Fortis A92 26.7 45.6 65.8 67.8 97.8 none 1 loud stiff
50W 50W 100W 100W

I had expected the Icicle to perform a lot better than these initial results suggest. Given the Akasa name, and the previous experiences with the SilverMountain I have to say I'm a little disappointed in the Icicle 238's performance on the small interface die. Even the performance on the large interface die doesn't suggest better performance on older generation processors.

Perhaps the airflow is being obstructed from moving in between all the fins by the flat-faced surface. It's difficult to tell for sure, but what we can see is that out of the box the Icicle 238 is not attaining the level of performance cooler.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Akasa Icicle 238 Heatsink Review
 2:  Looking at the heatsink from all angles
 3:  Heatsink Test Apparatus - Acoustic, Thermal
 4: — Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample
 5:  Conclusions on the Akasa 238

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