SUMMARY: A hybrid heatsink – copper bottom, aluminum top – that performs very well with the Delta 38, unacceptable with the stock fan.
I received this heatsink from Jamitech Corp to test out – it’s marketed as the Speeze 5E34B3. It’s an aluminum extrusion unit with a copper base. The clip is an absolute bear to get on – a screwdriver is a must.
The copper base is a bolt-on –
there are two screws that appear to affix it to the aluminum body.
The fan is pretty anemic – real quiet (54 dBA measured 8″ from the fan’s intake); it’s unmarked. The fan spins at about 4200 rpm, and from their website, it looks like it’s probably a 20 cfm unit – not going to cut it for serious cooling and a typical “OEM” fan.
I prepared the Speeze by boring a hole completely through its base so I could epoxy a thermocouple above the CPU. The thermocouple is attached to an Omega HH23 Digital Thermometer. Ambient temps were measured with a thermocouple placed about 1 inch from the fan’s intake.
I first tested on a simulator (50.1 watts) with both the stock and Delta 38 fans; based on these results, I decided not to use the stock fan for motherboard testing. For motherboard testing, I used Prime 95 to stress the CPU on an Iwill KK266, running a T-Bird 1133 @ 1330 (82.7 watts). Arctic Silver grease was used in all tests.
|Speeze 5E34B3 – Simulator @ 50.1 watts, stock fan|
|Speeze 5E34B3 – Simulator @ 50.1 watts, Delta 38 fan|
|Speeze 5E34B3 – Iwill KK266 @ 82.7 watts, Delta 38 fan|
C/W = Delta / CPU Watts
Interpreting C/W: For every watt the CPU radiates, the heatsink will cool the core by the (C/W x watts) plus ambient temp. For example, at an ambient temp of 25 C, a C/W of 0.25 with a CPU radiating 50 watts means that the CPU temp will be 50 x 0.25 = 12.5 C over ambient temp, or 37.5 C. The lower the C/W, the better.
Surprisingly, the Delta 38 propels the Speeze into very competitive territory, although at the usual expense of unacceptable noise levels. Increasingly, it looks like the bar is being lowered to around 0.25 C.W and lower as the “performance heatsink” threshold.
The Speeze balances off fin density vs air flow to achieve its performance; the more densely a heatsink populates it fins, the more difficult it is to get airflow through them. Either performance suffers or a higher pressure fan (more noise, higher cfms) must be used to compensate. The Speeze’s airflow through the fins is quite good and accounts for some of its performance, as does its copper base.
The Speeze 5E34B3 does a surprisingly good job with a Delta 38 fan. C/Ws in the 0.20 – 0.25 range are becoming the norm – 3 months ago, this was rarified territory.
Even so, understand what you can expect with a 0.25 heatsink:
For a CPU radiating 75 watts, this means the 0.25 heatsink will hold CPU temps to an increase of about 19 C; if your system temp is 35 C, you will see CPU temps of 54 C. If you want temps around ambient, you have to move to watercooling or, alternatively, aircooled peltier solutions; IMHO, the former is a better approach than the latter.