Go check out Anandtech's latest cooler roundup. They include some new heatsinks like the Alpha 8045 and the Kanie Wing cooler. There are some quiet coolers also.
Check out the full comparison HERE.
It would have been good if they included the current King, the Swiftech 426A to benchmark against
But all I have to say is,
IA now has the option of going back to his beloved HeatSinks!
The Kanie Wing is a definate interest but with 2 Deltas???? Forget it...Im sure people will come up with ideas to mod this bad boy!
Nice link, 0-60, haven't had a look round Anandtech lately.
Like IA said, wonder why they didn't include the Swiftech 462 in their test. I noticed it was mentioned several times as a reference
Looks like I want an Alpha PAL8045 with a Papst fan
The thermalright SK6 seemed good as well.
What they said about the Silverado (I'm using one of those) is exactly right. It's well made, is nice and quiet, but cools only adequately. And you can't move your computer around either, not that I ever do...
The Alaska Silver Mountain - I fitted one to my daughter's Duron 750 based computer - didn't do too well in their test, although when I tried it on my rig, it out-performed the Silverado, although it was bloody noisy.
So, I can either go with the Swiftie, or wait until the Alpha is available in the UK, which is liable to be several months as I saw they're only being released in limited numbers initially in the USA.
And no price for the Alpha yet
An interesting read
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A good read. Nice to see things are not "Standing Still" in the HSF world and actual progress is being made.
I would not swap my "Hedgehog" for anything ... well you could try and tempt me.
80mm fans are the wave of the future. There's no way I would go back to a 60mm heatsink/fan combo now that I've used my Swifty.
The Hedgehog is pretty nice, but with all 60mm heatsinks there's only so far you can go before you need 7000-8000rpm fans to give super cooling performance, which isn't justified by the noise they make.
What would be kewl is if Kanie took the "Wing" idea to an 80mm or 92mm fan footprint and use the holes to mount the HSF. That would make for a very good heatsink indeed and give competition with the Swiftech 462A and the Alpha 8045.
Man, sometimes I wish I could design HeatSinks :p
IA: Maybe you just did
And Alpha needs to just make an 80mm or 92mm version of their PEP-series and they would OWN EVERYBODY!!!!
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Darksword, I honestly cannot remember what fan came with my Hedgehog, but its running at 7400rpm at the moment with UD. I know it’s not a Delta.
Why do you set-up your fans to "Blow"?
Has anybody tried to fit a small cowl (this will improve suction) around the top of the HS and then reverse the fan to "Suck"?
This IS how my Hedgehog was set-up. I just followed the instructions. It did say if you wish to set-up the HSF as a “blower” NOT to use the cowl.
Could it be a re-badged Delta? Or maybe its the Top Motors Fan...
Now to the question: Most coolers are designed to operate better when air is forced over the fins. However, some manufacturers, like Alpha and Kanie, have included a fan shroud to channel the hot air up and out through a fan sucking it out.
To be honest with you, when I had both my PEP and PAL Alpha's, both configurations made very little differences in relation to each other.
The reason why Kanie is probably telling you to no use the shroud if you are going to blow on it, is because the fan shroud displaces the fan higher from the fins, where you would want the fan to be as close as possible to get the airflow over the fins.
Only one way to find out though! Try it with the Shroud and without and see what you find out!!
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IA I thought about that ... I just followed the instructions and fitted it.
The temps I was getting, even after trying 3 different HSF, were in the 50's. When I saw the temp struggle to get to the 30's on FULL load, I was more than happy to leave it alone.
A 20c drop in temps was outstanding. I was just wondering if it did indeed make any difference to have the fan “Sucking” Kaine had designed it that way.