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Written by John Chen    Wednesday, 15 September 2004 11:00
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 Test Setup and Results

The heatsink will be tested against the stock Intel heatsink to compare performance gains.  Ambient temperature was kept at a consistent 27°C.  OCZ Ultra 5 thermal paste was used during the entire testing process.  A temperature probe was placed next to the Intel heatspreaders to measure CPU temperature.  The purpose of this test is to see the results a home end user would obtain.  There is no scientific testing conducted, simply because I do not have the proper equipment. 

Test System Specifications:

  • Intel Celeron D 330 2.66GHZ (12 x 160FSB = 3.2GHZ @ 1.375v)
  • Abit IC7
  • 2 x 256MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum Limited Edition
  • ATI Radeon 9500NP
  • Cooler Master Centurion
  • Antec 400W

Test Procedures:

  • Idling at desktop for 30 minutes
  • Full load with CPU Burn-in for 30 minutes


Although the Celeron D 330 was run only at 1.375v, the CPU still manages to produce quite a lot of heat because it's based on the Prescott core.  The results of the Ultra Vortex were pretty good.  I didn't expect the heatsink to be better than the Intel stock heatsink under low fan settings.  The best part of the heatsink is the noise.  My Cooler Master case fans drowned out the noise when the fan was at its lowest RPM.  It was awesome.  Turning it up resulted in a good 4°C drop without sacrificing too much silence.  The noise was still tolerable over many high CFM fans.