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Evercool Buffalo Review

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To properly test the Evercool Buffalo CPU cooler, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). For coolers that do not have a fan supplied, my idle test will be done by running the computer for 30 minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly, it reads the 45nm processor temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were produced during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be performed using all the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a vCore of 1.34v. All the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently re-tested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.






The Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler did not do very well when it  was compared to some of the other coolers that I have recently tested. This may be due to the fact that the Buffalo is so small, or maybe the fact that the cooler only has two heatpipes, compared to some of the other coolers that have anywhere from 4 to 6 of them. It was however, able to do its intended job - it was able to keep the processor cooler during both overclocking and stock speed testings, cooler than the stock 45nm heatsink that comes with the retail processors.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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