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KDComp CPC-30370 Heatsink Review

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KDComp CPC-30370 Heatsink Review - Cases and Cooling 4 In my quest to find the perfect CPU cooling solution I happened upon the CPC-30370 HSF offered by KD Computers. It looked familiar, in fact it was, I’ve seen this HSF offered by another company, it has a different name, cost considerably more, but both perform at the same high level of efficiency. Now with that out of the way, let’s continue.

As always the test I run reflect the way the average person uses his/her computer. The computer case is closed; the software run is the average mix of Microsoft Office applications, a varied array of utilities that include Scan Disk, Defragmenter and a popular Anti-Virus program. Other applications include Graphic intensive software, my wife’s favorite Games, Surfing the Web and Burning CD’s (both music and data CD’s).

Results are based on a Weighted Average over a consecutive four-day period; fifty temperature readings per day were taken for a total of two hundred readings. Via Hardware Monitor and Award Bios were used to monitor the temperatures. The Computer was not shut down overnight and the last hour of each of the computing days was used to run the Bios, which is a known method of putting stress on a CPU. Ambient room temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 23 degrees Celsius.

The system setup comprised a Lian-Li PC-16 aluminum mid-tower case, an Enermax 430 watt power supply, an Abit KT7A-Raid motherboard with an Athlon 1.2 GHZ 266 FSB CPU, 256 Megs of Crucial cas 2 PC133 memory, plus everything else you would expect in a high-end system.

Of special interest would be the machine made Rounded IDE Cables, all power supply lines are loomed and the three case fans are Panasonic Panaflo 80 mm (47cfm) fans. When you put all this together, this is one cool running system with excellent airflow.

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