Date: October 2nd, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Arctic Cooling
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The only trick to installing the Turbo Module kit is locating the fans to maximize cooling and routing the cables out of the way of the spinning fan blades. It takes much longer to contemplate placement than it does to get the fans installed. Then…
…we can slip the card back onto the mobo and do some testing. My erstwhile associate Mr. Bones prefers his computer systems, as he puts it, “as quiet as the grave.” We'll see what he thinks about the Turbo Module.
I've tested all the coolers in the comparison in the bare frame pictured above. This eliminates any effects that a case might introduce. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will likely be different; how much different depends on the case and airflow.
For this review, I've chosen a DFI Infinity P965-S motherboard coupled with an Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale processor (overclocked to 2.4 GHz, +0.1 Vcore.) The other components are listed below.
- Buffalo Firestix PC2-6400 (1024mb X 2) memory
- Zalman ZM600-HP heatpipe modular 600 Watt PSU
- Western Digital Raptor 740 SATA hard drive
- Samsung DVD-RW SATA drive
Idle temperature was recorded after reboot and the system at desktop for one hour.
Load temperatures were recorded after three loops of AquaMark3 and 3Dmark05. Arctic Silver 5 was used on all coolers and a constant ambient temperature of 21C was maintained in the testing environment. The results are as follows:
Impressive, eh? Looks like you can knock 20C off of the Accelero's load temps for around 10 or 11 bucks! What a deal! And, the Turbo Module is whisper quiet. I doubt that you'd be able to hear it at all if this system lived inside a case.