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To test the Spotcool out, I used my fancy IR thermometer, purchased from Radio Shack. The thermometer's range is 0-300 degrees Fahrenheit and is accurate to +/-2.5%. The spot cool was placed in several different areas to cool different components. One position to cool the north bridge and video card, one position to cool the north bridge and the PVM (the capacitors that control the VCore), one position to cool the hard drives, and one position to help provide airflow to the Tuniq Tower that is used to cool my CPU. The computer was allowed plenty of time to heat up before initial measurements were taken. Likewise, the computer was given plenty of time to cool off before final measurements were taken. All temperatures are in Celsius.
- Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard
- 2048Mb G.Skill HZ RAM
- eVga 8800GTS 64Mb Video Card
- GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
- Westren Digital 74Gb Raptor
- Westren Digital 500Gb Caviar
- Sony Optical Drive
- Antec SonataII Mid tower Case
- Windows XP Professional
- Logitech wireless Mouse.
Most of the temperatures turned out slightly lower when the Spotcool was providing the components with airflow. The exceptions to this were with the hard drives and the CPU. The hard drives were not very hot to begin with, however, which means that there was less room for improvement. Also, the cooling setup in my case provides excellent airflow to the hard drives already, so, again, there would not be a lot of room for improvement. The same story is probably true with the CPU. The Tuniq Tower has its own fan, and improvements on the fan would be hard to come by. The lower temperatures were most pronounced on the north bridge, which had a heatsink, but no fan. By providing airflow over it, the heatsink's potential was released, which is clearly evident with temperatures almost 8 degrees lower.