Introduction and System Setup

The CORE High Performance Heatsink Review

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The CORE High Performance Heatsink Review - Cases and Cooling 5 While bragging about the virtues of my Kanie Hedgehog with the Delta 37 cfm fan, one of our members issued this cryptic challenge ” The CORE would kick my Hog’s Posterior.” This was a challenge I had to accept, after all, my Hog had withstood the onslaught of at least 20 different HSF’s with none, tying or surpassing it’s performance, until NOW.

My approach to this review is a little different than what you’ve come to expect. Instead of the standard benchmarks and open bench system most often used, I have run my tests in a real-world environment on my own closed computer. The tests ran for four consecutive days running the same software and utilities that a lot of you use on a day-to-day basis. Microsoft Office, varied utilities including Scan Disk, Defragmenter, and a number of system enhancing programs, Graphics intensive software, Games, Surfing the Web and Burning CD’s.

Results were based on a Weighted Average, which means that the high and low readings are thrown out and the rest averaged. Fifty readings per day were taken (200 total) using Via Hardware Monitor and Bios Temperature readings. MBProbe was used not for the test itself but so I could monitor the CPU and System temperatures at all times from the tray. Ambient room temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit – 23 degrees Celsius was maintained throughout the test.

My Computer:
Is comprised of all the standard items you would expect, with a few exceptions. The case is a Lian-Li aluminum mid-tower, all IDE cables are machine Rounded, the power supply is an Enermax 430 watt unit and all power leads are loomed. Important to note is that the stock fans that shipped with the case have been replaced by three Panasonic 47 cfm Panaflo 80 mm fans.

The motherboard of choice is the Abit KT7A-Raid and the CPU is the hot running AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz with the 266 fsb.

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