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Aerocool Deep Impact 102 Heatsink Review

Former staff writer    -   January 23, 2004


Installation

Installation was straightforward as long as you have the clip in the right position. I did run into a few problems with clearance on my motherboard I could not use both 80mm fans, but 60 or 70 mm fans had no clearance issues. One thing that might be a turn off to some users is its sheer size and weight, this thing weighs in at 580g with no fan, well above amd�s max of 300g and intel�s max of 450g. Factor in the weight of the fans and this could be disastrous if care is not taken when moving the computer. I would recommend the heat sink be taken off when moving your computer, as it is a very simple and easy method to take the heat sink on and off.

Testing

Testing Method
Temperatures for the testing were taken via a CompU Nurse thermal probe located next to the CPU die. Artic Silver 5 (thermal compound) was applied to the cpu and each heat sink according to the directions located on Arctic Silver's web site. The compound was given 72 hours of use before the testing was done on any of the heat sinks. To achieve the "idle temperature" reading, the computer was allowed to set idle for 15 minutes then the reading was taken. To achieve the "load temperature" Prime95 was run for 15 minutes and then the reading was taken. The overclocked temps were taken in the same manner only the fsb was changed to 200 and the Cpu voltage to 1.725 volts. Since I had clearance issues with both fans I only used one fan on the dp-102, but I did jury rig the 2nd 80mm fan which I will talk about in the overlcocking section of testing.

Testing Setup
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 11x166 / overclocked to 3200+ 11x200
  • ABIT NF7-S rev 2.0 (nforce2 ultra chipset)
  • 1x512 Hyperx pc3500 cas2 2-2-11
  • Artic Silver 5 thermal compound
  • Running windows XP pro service pack 1

Testing Results
Fan RPM:

Aerocool Fan 2000 RPM
Smart Fan 2 4800 RPM

I choose to use a Thermaltake Smart Fan 2 in addition to the 80mm fan supplied by Aerocool, as I feel this represents both the extreme cfm junkies and silent pc enthusiast. We can see there is a large difference in rpm with the two fans

Noise Level:
Aerocool Fan 20.3 dBa
Smart Fan 2 48.0 dBa

As I mentioned earlier there is a substantial difference in specs of both fans.



The dp-102 really blew me away with the temps I was getting. The slk series is known to be one of the best air cooling solutions today, for the dp-102 to keep up and even surpass in some of the test against the slk is amazing.


Again we see the dp-102 taking the lead in the load test, but both heatinks are very close temp wise.We can see from the results here that both coolers are very efficient at removing the heat from the cpu.



  1. Introduction &In-depth Look
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  3. Installation & Testing
  4. Overclocking & Conclusion
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