Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Published: 20th April 2006 | Source: Fry's Electronics (Outpost.com) | Price: |Test Setup and Method
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego Core
BFG 6800GT OC
Antec TruePowerII 430W
Raidmax Scorpio 868B case
4 80mm intake fans, 2 80mm exhaust fans
Tests were conducted in 3 different situations: fully closed side, 120mm hole over heatsink, and 120mm fan in the hole.
Ambient temperature was 21.5°C +/- 0.5°C. The processor was at 3 different clocks: 2.20 ghz & 1.40v, 2.87 ghz & 1.44v, and 3.01 ghz & 1.52v. Temperatures were taken using Asus PC Probe. Idle temperatures were measured after letting the system sit for 5 minutes; load temperatures were measured after 15 minutes of Prime95.
Performance: Stock Fan, Closed Side
Now let's start out with the somewhat common situation of a completely closed up case. As shown earlier, there is only about an inch of clearance for the heatsink's fan. Thus, we may see some air starvation issues.
2.20 ghz, 1.40v core:
Unfortunately, this was unattainable at the temperatures it reached. It went up to 48°C and became unstable.
These are just about the same as what was attained using the stock AMD heatsink assembly; however when I had been using the stock heatsink, it was at an ambient temperature of about 5°C lower. Thus, we can hypothesize that there was a 5-7°C improvement was attained, a solid advancement. However, I feel it will be able to do much more with a breathing hole.