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- Sunday, December 7th, 2003 Like Share

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KieferSkunk Jan 14, 04
Hi there. I'm using an Aerocool Extreme in my computer (a P4 2.8 GHz), and it doesn't appear to be doing a very good job of cooling my CPU. Here are my system specs:

CPU: P4 2.8 GHz, 200 MHz FSB, running at stock speeds.
Motherboard: MSI 865PE-Neo2
RAM: Corsair ValueRAM PC3200 DDR Dual-Channel, 2x512, 800 MHz FSB.
Video card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro w/ Zalman VGA Heatpipe cooler installed
Case: Lian Li PC-60
Power Supply: Antec TruePower 430
- 2 front fans running at full speed (stock)
- 1 rear fan (80mm Stealth) running at full speed
- 1 top fan (disconnected)
- 2 power supply fans, temperature regulated
- CPU fan

At idle, the CPU temperature runs around 38-40 deg C. But under load, it goes all the way up to 60 deg C, and I believe the CPU is starting to throttle itself as a result.

I've tried multiple things to improve airflow and ensure that the heatsink is properly mounted on the CPU, but nothing so far has helped. If anything, my "improvements" have made the heat problem worse. My numbers aren't anywhere near yours, so I wonder if perhaps I'm doing something wrong.
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Ace Jan 14, 04
The Extreme does get fairly warm- the temperatures on our Athlon XP under load is around 60 C. Keep in mind though we are doing this on an open workbench as opposed to inside a case. The strong points for this cooler are the aesthetics and noise levels. As a cooler it is only about on par with the Athlon XP stock one. The P4 OEM coolers in comparison are much better and yes you would probably get better results with the stock cooler on the P4 side than you would with the Extreme.
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