|Processor||AMD Athlon 64×2 4200+ @stock|
|Motherboard||MSI K9N AM2|
|RAM||2GB OCZ Special Ops (2x1gb)|
|HDD||80GB Samsung Spinpoint P80 SATA|
|PSU||Trust 450W Power Supply Unit PW-5200|
|Graphics Card||ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro Overclocked|
|OS||Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate|
To test this cooler I took temperatures – using the onboard diode of the motherboard – for the chipset – with the stock cooler when idle and then when on load, I then did the same for the ChipChilla.
For idle testing, we simply let the rig sit doing nothing for 30 minutes and take the most representative temperature of the last 10 minutes. The same is used for the load testing, but instead of letting the PC do nothing, CPU Burn-In is used to load the system to 100%.
All of the testing is carried out with the side panel of the computer case removed. Ambient temperature was 20C throughout.
The results are entirely conclusive; the ChipChilla reduces the temperature of the Chipset by up to 7c when compared to a non-fan assisted cooler.
I also noticed that my graphics card temperature had seen a dramatic decrease after the installation of the ChipChilla. Prior to its installation the GPU temperature when overclocked was reported at a whopping 73c, this was decreased to a much humbler 53c after I had installed the ChipChilla, sound hard to believe? Well the fan –which rotates at an average of 2555rpm – was mounted in such a way that the fan blew though the fins and straight onto my GFX card with astonishing results. Also, the fact that my graphics card is cooled passively may have played a part in the high temps seen. This shows that this coolers collateral effectiveness is top notch.