Thermalright HR-05 Northbridge Cooler
Published: 9th February 2007 | Source: SpecialTech | Price: |Test Setup
For the testing I used the following PC Specifications:
Intel Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.37
DFI ICFX3200 RD600-based Motherboard (running 375 x 9)
Mushkin HP2 6400
Hitachi 7K160 SATA 300 HDD
Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
Lian Li PC75b Customised <<|Black3D|>>
North Bridge Coolers used:
Thermalright HR05 (Passive)
I used ITE Smart Guardian to monitor temperature. Whilst this is not 100% accurate, it is good to use as a comparison and a thermal probe backed up the temperatures to whithin a degree centigrade, including the temperature difference.
Ambient temperature was 22.7°C.
Artic Ceramique was used for both coolers.
Idle temperature was taken after 30minutes of running time and monitored for 30minutes. Load temperature was taken after 30minutes of Orthos (Dual Prime95 stress test), running a blend test to stress RAM and CPU.
The installation onto the ICFX3200 was very easy. I placed the foam spacer onto the North Bridge and made sure it stuck down.
The clips that come for Intel 775 (hoop connectors) don't look like they will hold much at all. Once the cooler is in place they also allow for some slight movement. However after using watercooling on several North Bridges I have concluded that tightening very hard down on a North Bridge does not work very well, so I don't see this as a problem.
The HR05 is very easy to install after this, especially after I have had a few hours frustration installing various different coolers to several different boards. Whilst the boards "loop" connectors aren't a very good installation solution, Thermalright seem to have made the best of a bad job.