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Kinda silly that we have seperate areas for aircooling...

anyhoo I got some Ixtrema CPU Coolers from Silenx--at first I was sneering about them--"they are ripping off Zalman" I sez...

But then I thought WTH let's get some and see how they perform.

I have a couple of different aircooled rigs I need to build and I will share the results with you as I go along.

First let's take a look at the cooler. It is securely packaged and survived transport from Cally to VA intact...

Here's what the package sez:

Specifications

Dimensions 140mm x140mmx 60mm
Weight: 785g
Noise: 12-24 dba
Rated Voltage: 12V
Speed: 1000-2200 RPM
Air Flow: 37.5-77.5 CFM
Rated Current: <0.20Amp
Bearing type: Hybrid Bearings

Socket 462
Socket 478
Socket 754
Socket LGA 775


It is huge and heavy....


784 grams...way bigger than the Zalman


The fins are very thick--totally unlike the Zalman.


Crinkle cut these fins do not bend--there are stiff like my upper lip.


HS base looks pretty darn flat...


I have large hands...take a gander at that blade design--there's a blue LED in there somewhere....


It comes with some stuff...


mounting stuff--hey DO NOT eat the silica gel..okay???


And more mounting stuff--this coooler fits on everything...but AM2 and s939


And a fan speed controller--it smaller than the FanMAte coolers--but seems about the same.


I got a couple...




Next we will put it to the test!
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post #2 of 34
Been waiting to see you put up this thread, looking forward to results
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Well after 7pm when the kiddies are in bed I will see if this old man can handle an all night PC benching binge...

I have a number of options for testing this cooler--and I think I will start with a classic mobo that I have been itching to fire up.

I have an ES540 and an Abit AA8XE and some Uber HZ that needs breaking in. This CPU has an unlocked multi and is a known OCer..so generating sufficient heat should not be an issue.

To test the beast I have a variety of never used Intel heatsinsks--I will try out a few of those just to be anal. I have ones that shipped with Pentium D 805 and ones that shipped with the E6600 and E6300...they are slightly different.

Once a baseline at stock cooling is acheived I will plop my lapped BT on there and see what that does with a FM 121.

Then I will try out one of my unlapped yet seemingly flat Zalman 9500 coolers.

After that I am outta heatsinks to mess with...so I will strap on the SilenX and see what that does.

That should put the coolers into perspective I think.

I would love to do a huge cooler comparison using the same rig over and over...it would provide a baseline to judge them by for others--but I just can't take that kind of commitment on right now...but it would be interesting to know.

I am really looking forward to breaking out the AA89XE...it has been in storage half a year...

I'll be using a Lian Li motherboard tray on a card table for the case nothing too complex. I have a 7800GT that should be adequate for the GFX and a Silverstone 560 watt Zeus that will do up theOVerClocked rig without falter.

More tonight
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I want to live in the CD house where you can sleep on "old" motherbords and random components appear in the post EVERYDAY
    
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If only you were a women CyberDruid, I'd marry you.

Can't wait to see the results, I like that type of design for some reason :S. Really been looking at the Max Orb in fact.
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I gotta see this...
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Kids are in bed--Woman is out at the Barnes and Noble--time to break out the gear

Pics to follow...
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sweet!
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Here's the set up. I got the Abit board CPU and RAM from a solid OverClocker and builder known as KnightHawk over at the Abit Forum.

Since all the parts are known to be compatible that will make for an easy night


That's the test bed. I had been warned not to run the board without it being attached to a tray.


The chipset HS needed to be spun around so I reversed the fan as well--the Ixtrema is really too big for the board--but I think I can make it fit with a slight adjustment...


This is good clocking DDR2 667 that will run past 800 with a slight overvoltage.


Here's a heatsink designed for an E6300. I am going to use it as is--with the stock Intel TIM.


Board fired withiout a hitch--I have an LED I use for HD activity and a speaker so I can hear the POST sequence if it borks--or any uGuru temp alarms.


Sexy beast...this is gonna look slick in the Red and Black version of the NSK4400LCC...


No beeps tonight--this beast idles at 33C--the ambient in the room is about 27C.


Not a bad CPU really--I am leaving everything at default for the baseline runs at load.


And now we wait....


And look at the pretty lights...
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