Spire SP512S7 CPU Heatsink Review :: Performance Stock

09-17-2006 · Category: Hardware - Cooling

By Tulatin

In addition to our smoking hot new AMD processor, I've also opted to keep our old heater in commission - that is, I'd like to keep our old 530J around for overclocking testing. Unfortunately, due to issues with our usual C19-CRB Reference motherboard (a forgetful motherboard due to a shot CMOS battery, coupled with busy schedules), I've opted to re-test a group of heatsinks on the more modern Gigabyte 8I955X Royal Platform. Now, while I'd love to show you scads on scads of OCCT graphs here too, the program has an interesting conflict with this board - one which causes it to never finish. As such, I'm left to just let the bloody thing run and record the highest temperatures seen by the program. Not as scientific by any means, but still functional enough to work out. Our test bed was as follows:

  • Intel 530J "Prescott"
  • Gigabyte 8I-955X Royal
  • 2x512MB Corsair XMS2-6400
  • 1x6800 GT
  • Enermax Liberty 500W PSU
  • Open Air Test Bench

There wasn't so much to expect here, just a tapping down of the temperatures with the added bonus of a softer strike to the ears. Another thing to take into mind is that with a closed frame fan, wind noise may be slightly higher, and as well, users of cramped cases won't have to worry about wires catching the blades, but they will have to worry about blocked intakes. Neither of the problems readily occurs here, as testing was done in open air.