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Aerocool HT-101 Heatsink Review

Former staff writer    -   March 23, 2004


Testing
Today ill be comparing the HT-101 to another low noise heatsink the Scythe Kamakaze. To test the efficiency of each heat sink the same fans were used on both. Along with the stock fan of the HT-101 a Thermaltake Smartfan2 was also used.

Temperatures were recorded from the onboard thermal probe on the motherboard. Artic Silver 5 was applied to the heatsink according to the directions available at Arctic Silver's website. The compound was given 3 days (72 hours) to set before any testing was done. The idle temperature was recorded after 15 minutes of inactivity. The load temperature was taken after running Prime95 for 15 minutes. Temperatures were taken at stock speeds ([email protected] 1.83Mhz) and overclocked speeds ([email protected] 2200Mhz).

Testing Setup
  • Asus A7N8X DLX rev 2.0
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (Barton) (1.83GHz)
  • PMI3200-1024DP (2X512)
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound


With the use of superconductor tubes the HT-101 is showing some very impressive stock temps. With a 7C lower temp over the Kamakaze.



To my surprise temps didn’t change much on the HT-101 with the SF2 compared to the stock fan. The Kamakaze with the SF2 faired much better against the HT-101, but still trailing behind.



Overclocked temps were great using the stock 22dba fan. I have never seen this level of air cooling using such a low CFM fan.

 


Conclusion
Aerocool continues to impress me with their innovative heatsink designs. With the Deep Impact, and now the High Tower series; Aerocool is on their way to being the leader in super conductor CPU coolers. With the efficient design and low noise fan, you will not find a better performing silent cooler. With the quad UV LED fan and UV housing the HT-101 is begging to be shown off. The price is a little steep at around 50 dollars, but you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for the best low noise cooler rivaling some heatsinks with much louder fans you can’t beat the HT-101.

If you plan on using a Tornado or high CFM fan Aerocool’s DP-102 is better suited for you.

Pros

  • Excellent Cooling
  • Looks
  • Quad UV LED Fan

 

Cons

  • Price
  • Installation


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