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Date: April 28th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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INSTALLATION AND TESTING



You'll need to remove the fan to get the VertiCool II installed on an AMD board. Intel users can skip this step, needing only to install the supplied backplate. The motherboard must be removed from the case for either configuration.



To install the VertiCool II, we'll be replacing the stock retention bracket with the backplate supplied by Spire. After a rather unpleasant experience with an adhesive backplate on a cooler from another manufacturer, I now just leave the protective paper over the sticky stuff. I frequently change coolers on this board so removing the plate could be time-consuming if I allowed the adhesive to bond to the board.



It's a simple matter to mount the heatsink once the backplate is in place. A thin layer of Arctic Silver 5 was applied to the CPU, and the cooler installed. The mounting screws can be tightened down until they bottom out in the backplate. The fan can then be replaced and plugged into the motherboard. While this install isn't difficult, it's not as convenient as using the stock retention bracket, and I frankly don't care for the mounting design.


The following parameters were used throughout testing:

1) Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.
2) Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.
3) Both coolers allowed to burn-in at maximum heat setting with Prime95 for two hours to partially set the thermal paste. The computer was then shut down for one hour.
4) Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.
5) Load temperatures were recorded after two hours of maximum heat torture testing using Prime95.
6) Fan speed was set to maximum for all testing.
7) Idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.2 Ghz.) and at a modest 10% overclock (2.4 Ghz.). Vcore was raised by 0.1V during the overclocking runs.

 

 


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