Date: October 16th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
…the clip lever can be pressed down over the other lug, securing the 8700. Installation couldn't be easier, and it's even simpler for AMD users. All that remains is to hook up the Fan Mate 2 controller, and we're ready to do some testing.
Mr. Bones likes the look of the 8700 LED, as well as its relatively modest height. There were no interference issues with components surrounding the socket and the 110mm fan should provide ample airflow in this area.
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 be different, depending on the case and airflow.
The following parameters were used throughout testing:
Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.
Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.
Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.
Load temperatures were recorded after one hour of maximum CPU heat testing using Stress Prime 2004 Orthos.
Core temperatures were logged with Core Temp (v. 0.95.)
Fan speeds were recorded using Smart Guardian.
Idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (1.8 Ghz.) and at a 33% overclock (2.4 Ghz.). Vcore was raised by 0.1V during the overclocking runs.
The computer was shut down for a minimum of one hour between tests. Here are the results.
The CNPS8700 LED posted up some good numbers, but I was expecting a little better performance, particularly at maximum fan speed. At the minimum speed attainable via the Fan Mate 2, the cooler was essentially silent. At maximum speed, the 8700 was noticeable, but still a bit quieter than the OEM cooler. However, the 8700 is the shortest aftermarket cooler in the bunch, and also one of the quietest. It did an excellent job of cooling the chipset and mosfets around the socket as well.