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I really like this board--I am going to set up a Raptor RAID array and run this rig as a Daily Driver--Claw is getting really slow...I need something slightly more modern than the old s754....

I found out why it took so long to load XP--after running HD tach I have an average read speed of about 59 Mbs...I am used to about 122 Mbs...whew I can't stand single drive rigs anymore..

Right now I am running Orthos at 3536 mhz and the CPU fan is only turning over at 1680 and the temp at the CPU is 51C. For right now the Intel Heatsink seems adequate--and very quiet...

The uGuru SW is awesome--works flawlessly--I can shift the CPU clock with the click of a mouse and no glitches or hitches. Abit really put this one together right.

I need to fiddle around with the Fan EQ and user presets so I can set it and forget it and use the same settings for all the runs.

The ES 540 clocks up to 3800 via SW without blinking an eye...

I am not looking to set any OC records here--I just want to generate some heat under load to get baseline numbers.

Nonetheless, just to keep it interesting I will see if I cannot get 4 Ghz out of the beast
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This is a phenomenal rig--dialed up the Vcore a notch--slipped into the 1066 strap and cranked the FSB to 236 and the CPU multiplier at 17X and shazaam 4ghz...

Going to see how long Orthos will run--the Intel cooler is working it now!

CPU ID is all confused by the 1066 strap--Orthos and uGuru read 4 ghz but CPUID sez something like 3289 (and 14X multi).

Just to be sure about it O went into BIOS and set the settings manually and got the same erroneous reading in CPU ID...which sucks because that's what everyone will want as proof..

Anyway I will post the temps at load in a bit.

EDIT: Got it up to 4135 no sweat--this chip is a clocker for sure...even got CPU ID to catch it this time--CPU only reads it when under load--so I have to run it while running Orthos to catch it i a screenshot.
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I figured out why CPU was getting funny readings--at idle the multi drops to 14X at load it jumps to 17X...

I am loving this rig...this is gonna be my new everyday OCed machine...

Except the WD cav has got to go...4 Raptors in RAID is more like it...



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Not Orthos stable but still pretty nice...gonna run a Super Pi and see how it looks...

EDIT: Okay I finished showing off how high I can clock with an unknown board and chip--so I settled down to a setting that produces a fair amount of heat--but not an insane OC that might burn out the gear. I do not want to kill this rig--it needs to be the test bed for many days...

Anyway after 30 minutes of Orthos at a mild OC of 3581 at settings that I will now repeat for all the Heatsink testing temps never rose over 57C at Idle I saw a low temp of 29C--considering that the ambient is maybe 26C that stock Intel HS is doing a good job.

Tomorrow I will move one to another heatsink test.

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SO I left the AA8XE Folding overnight without inicident--max temp is 57C to the CPU...

I would say for this CPU the stock Intel HS is adequate...now for another HS...

I located a BT last night--but no backing plate

I located another type of heatpipe cooler (A CoolerMaster) but I think I will just skip those and use one of the Zalman 9500 I have.

More this afternoon--it's a beautiful day and I must get out and about with the family for a bit.
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Looking forward to the long term results of this test CyberDruid. You've piqued my interest in the SilenX brand, being such a respectable OCN mind. Maybe I'll hit you up for a couple when you've got enough stock, no time better than the beginning of summer to spend on my air cooling huh

Good luck on the cooler swapping extravaganza!
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Well it was the usual breeze...the Intel HSF refused to come off untl I removed the OTES cover--of course I dropped one of the teensy screws into the carpet...

Not having the hardware for the BT handy I simply used some #6 1 1/2" screws and nylon washers to attach it to the mobo. This BT has been lapped and is a proven cooler. I have a Silverstone FM 121 and controller on it.

Idle temps in BIOS at Low fan speed are reported as 37C

Idle temp at low fan in Windows using the Abit Eq is 27C...about ambient air temp...

The board is set to the same settings as for the Intel HSF temps run

17X CPU multi 225 FSB all settings to auto detect except CPU Vcore which is bumped to 1.4875.

As before I ran Orthos for about 30 mnutes to ensure some heat was being generated.

The main concern with ths board is to keep the OTEs fans running full tilt--I was foing some benches with the BT on low and the CPU at 4171mhz and 1.51 Vcore and was outside messing with the grill and came in to alarms sounding and the PVM readings redlined--off the charts. I had mistakenly set the OTEs fans to low using the OC guru.

Even with the BT on low the chipset stays very cool at 35C--but the PVMs run hot at 60C--the additional air from the CPU HSF is essential.

After 8 minutes of Orthos and the BT on low the temps rise to 52C and stabilize--so even when the SIlverstone is barely turning at 960 rpm the BT outperforms the Intel HSF.

Simply twist the control knob and in moments the temps plummet to 40C at full load.

It's gonna be hard to live up to that. IMO 40C at load with a decent overclock and some overvoltage is doing really good--especially with a hot Pentium like the 540.

Here are some pictures to entertain you while I fit the Extrema--I am going to skip the Zalman 9500 because I would have to take it off one of my rigs--and it's really been proven to be almost comparable to a BT with a stock fan. It cannot live up to the BT unless it takes advantage of airflow in the case--and there is none in this test rig.


Off with the Intel HSF--I see the TIM spread out completely and evenly...


Always protect your PCB!


The BT lifts the the board off the table by suction alone--no hardware required...that means the TIM is properly applied--before lapping the BT would pull rght off.


Back in action


I was a little surprised the BT did not give alower reading...


The BT is still one of my favorite coolers...


At 4075 and running Orthos it only gets to 42C!


You can see the temps and volts clearly here...4075...this chip is great!




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(I so love being single and OCD)

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Well I had to take the OTEs cover off again to remove the BT so this time I just left it off


I am thinking the air from the Extrema will help cool the sinks there anyway.


The Extrema is a very tight fit--I had to nip away at the copper vanes that would have otherwise hit the flipped around NB chipset cooler.


It hangs over the edge of the motherboard...


Putting the little brackets on takes a steady hand and some patence...I made sure to orient the cooler to try and accomodate the NB cooler.


I was afraid the blue would look bad on the red board--but it actually looks okay IMO.


Unlike the BT which really warped the motherboard in a bad way this cooler does not--but it is very heavy....


35C entering BIOS...about the same as all the other coolers..


780 RPM is the low speed--even slower than the Silverstone (960). At slow the cooler is inaudible at 3 feet (Duckie Ho should be interested toknow )

On entering Windows at idle the Extrema at high has the CPU running at 27C--about ambient. The cooler is nearly silent at it's top speed of about 1200 rpm. The PVMs are ataying much cooler as well.

With the mobo at the same setting (3825mhz 1.4875 volts) I ran Orthos about 30 minutes at high speed and temps stabilized at 57C. Safe--but not as low as the BT... But the BT is still a lttle louder at 960rpm than the Extrema at 1200 RPM...and the BT is really loud at top speed.

This is a good cooler for middle of the road overclocking and is perfect for building an HTPC rig as it is relatively low profile and nearly silent.

Considering that the test bed is bareback and the coolers are all right in my ear it is really amazing that the cooler makes no noise.

It is much quieter than my Zalman of the same type.

At low under 1--% load it gets up to 60C Folding...but considering the overclock and overvolt that is prolly max for this cooler.

I think it's akeeper--I am now going to put one one my brand new Abit FP 190 HD and see if it can keep an E6300 happy.




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nice! how much were those Hs/fs
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