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Postby Razorwindmo » Wed Jun 26, 2002 9:38 am

Hi again!
I would like to get everyones opinion on the best HSF for a socket A mobo.
I have read most all of the posts here and the majority are for the Volcano 7+. I have also read many reviews of this HSF, but the reviews of the Dynatron DC1206BM-P seem to out do the Volcano 7+ in 9 out of 10 reviews. Although all must be noise makers, the reviews for the DC1206BM-P being quieter out does the Volcano 7+ again.

I am shopping for for a good one without sucking my wallet dry or moving to water cool. Advice needed. :idea:
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A good site for this

Postby bigsarge72 » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:19 pm

Head over to overclockers.com, and check out there Heatsink rating page. It has tests and reviews of just about every major HS out there.

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Postby Tolemac » Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:52 pm

While the Dynatron is a good heatsink, it DOES NOT have a variable speed fan on it like the Volcano 7+, so you cannot adjust the noise level. Having moved from Hell (otherwise known as Las Vegas) I have moved the switch on my V7+ to the low setting and I'm still getting good cooling from it with an adverage temp during the hot part of the day of 38*C. This with my XP1700+ overclocked to 1900+ and the Vcore at 1.825 along with running United Devices Distributed Computing. If I do something like CD burning as well, temps go as high as 43*C. Well below the worry limit and I have had zero problems that were heat related. Also, if you look carefully at the two heatsinks, you'll see that the Dynatron is just a copy of the Thermaltake with some small design changes.
BTW, with the fan on it's lowest setting, the two exhaust and power supply fans are louder. 8)
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Postby cangove » Wed Jun 26, 2002 3:02 pm

Tolemac-

I have a XP 2000+ no overclocking, with the Volcano 7+ (using Artic Silver 3 paste) at low and get 49c at idle and 55c under load. What are your case temps? Not sure why mine are so much higher with only a little boost in power.
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Postby Tolemac » Wed Jun 26, 2002 4:05 pm

Case temp on mine is 31*C. I have the Antec/Chieftec/Enermax server case with three case fans and an Enermax dual fan power supply.
What mobo do you have and what are you using to get your temps?
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Postby cangove » Wed Jun 26, 2002 7:47 pm

I've got a Giga-byte 7VRXP mobo running Motherboard Monitor (the one giga0-byte provides reads the same) at my case temp is ~45C under load, so I suspect this is causing the extra heat.... Currently have a SUPERCASE TU-129 with an 80 mm Antec 5000rpm fan up front, 120mm antec in back and a fan that fits in the PCI slot to exhaust video card/cpu heat..... maybe time to upgrade cases.

Thanks for the info
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Postby Tolemac » Wed Jun 26, 2002 10:50 pm

How much ASIII are you using? Sometimes having too much will cause higher temps.
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Postby cangove » Thu Jun 27, 2002 10:48 am

Just a thin coat, just barely see through. That is I can't read the writing underneath, but can see that there is writing. Is that too much... too little?
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Postby Tolemac » Thu Jun 27, 2002 11:15 am

According to Arctic Silver, that's the right amount. Paper thin and no more.
Is the heatsink sitting completely flush with the die? Even if it's off alittle bit it will reduce the effectiveness. What speed do you have the fan set at?
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Postby cangove » Thu Jun 27, 2002 3:54 pm

It seems flush. I have removed and reapplied grease (after removing the old first) a few times to see if it wasn't seated correctly. When I pull it off there is a complete die mark of grease on the heatsink. I have the Vfan on the low setting. Have tried med (46 C idle) and high (44 C idle), but the sound was kind of loud for the location.... so I figured 54C shoudln't harm it too much (maybe shorten the life a few years) so go with the quiet settings.
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