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  • Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink Review
  • Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer Heatsink Review



    The Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer is designed for all Intel 775 and Athlon64 processors; here is an overview of the system and testing methodology.
    The system as it was tested
    DFI LANParty LT X38 TR2S
    Pentium Core 2 Quad Q6600 running at 2.4 GHz
    Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer
    Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
    OEM Heatsink

    Smart Guardian was used to obtain and record system temperature data and being that this is a quad core processor we need something that will work across all of the cores at once.  For this task we're using a new version of Prime95 (p95v255a) that will allow you to spawn (n) instances to test with.

    In our case we choose 4.
    Editors note: Even though the Windows Vista task manager reported 100% processor usage we could never attain a 100% of the rated heat output as documented by Intel (see below) when using Prime95 as a basis for that heat production. Knowing this we ran the stress test until the maximum temperature was attainted and stabilized.

    Other things to consider when judging software induced heat output.
    a) Clock throttling by the processor at high temperatures.
    b) Normal software isn't designed to produce maximum heat output.
    c) Variances of cooling temperature.
    d) Variances in CPU load.
    e) Inaccuracies in thermal diode readouts.
    Of course the list goes on..

    Our testing methodology is aimed to provide a real world look into this heatsink given the test system provided. 
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    A C/W rating can quickly be calculated using this formula.

    C/W = (CPU temp - Ambient temp)/(Variance(%) * CPU Watts)
    Allowed variance for this test = 85%
    CPU Watts = 65W

    0.25 C/W = (40C – 20)/(.85(95W)) 
    To calculate a new C/W rating for this test we will need to factor in the increased processor wattage. The formula and constants for this are listed below.

    ocC/W = dCPU Watts * (ocMhz / dMhz) * (ocVcore / dVcore)2
    ocMhz = 3200
    dMhz = 2400
    ocVcore = 1.40
    dVcore = 1.20
    The variance still applies for our C/W calculation
    Allowed variance for this test = 85%
    CPU Watts = W

    0.36 C/W = (74C – 20C)/(.85(178W))
    Benchmark Conclusion
    In our heatsink and waterblock tests we don't really focus on overall load temperatures but rather how well the product can remove heat given a specified heat load. Since this is a real world testing method we need to take into consideration real world variables and estimate tolerances. This is why we normally only apply 85% of the total wattage output to our heat calculations.

    The resulting C/W number is used to rate how efficient a heatsink or waterblock is based on the given heat load. These numbers can be used to determine heat capacity, the larger the difference the less efficient the heatsink is. (aka not good for overclocking)

    Looking at the numbers we have here for the C/W show an ugly story. The Core-Contact Freezer held up very well on the normal condition, but shows a sharp jump straight up with the overclocked cores. This does not look good for the Core-Contact Freezer. The heatsink is a strong cooler, but the heat that the Q6600 produces when overclocked just dump to much heat onto the heatsink, and does not let up. The Core-Contact Freezer cannot handle it and gives way to very high temperatures. Even with this negative outlook there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the Core-Contact Freezer.

    Keep in mind these calculations are provided for demonstration purposes only and may not reflect the actual lab tested C/W rating, but we're pretty close. wink smile