August 25th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Intel Stock HS & Fans
As you doubtless know, Intel K-Series (and AMD Black Edition) boxed retail processors ship with a heatsink & fan cooling solution.
In my experience, to this day even, the AMD HSF solutions are superior, but that doesn't really matter when you buy AMD "Black Edition" or Intel "K-Series" devices? These are for overclocking and are "unlocked", so stock cooling should only be for initial testing?
Now, as I have been an AMD fanboi for the past 12 years, and had heard things about Sandy Bridge through the grapevine, I thought it was time I bought one and gave it a go.
The second generation i-7 2600K is rather impressive, but I already have a microwave to cook my TV dinners OK the HSF is adequate for "normal" or "average" computing, but should not have been shipped with an alleged overclocker's device IMO.
So................. I see that "Sandy Bridge" is being replaced by "Ivy Bridge".................sniff, sniff,
And, I already have an SB i-7?......................sooooooooooo............an Ivy Bridge third generation 3570 looks interesting as an example of an i-5?
This came in the usual box with HSF, but quite out of the blue came an Arctic Cooling HSF the size of half a housebrick!................ it was a freebie!
I have since bought a new case for the i-7, and already have a spare Arctic Cooling HSF that is identical to the i-5's one. That will make them pretty much level with identical SSD's and HDD's.
I then thought about the case the i-7 is in at the moment.................... so I bought a Celeron G530
The HSF looks the same as the redundant one from the i-5.................but it isn't............the i-5 one has a copper core and twice the fins at the centre. The Celeron has fins that split into two about half way along, and has a pure aluminium block.
I shall use the i-5 HSF on the Celeron and leave myself with a pretty basic redundant HSF which seems to have an identical fan as a spare?
I used Passmark Software's Performance Test 7 and the CPU Mark scores were 10,354 for the i-7 and 8754 for the i-5................ that's way above my AMD Phenom II and FX results, but does it matter?
I am typing this on an AMD Athlon XP2200+ that is single core, and runs at 1.8GHz.
The other desktop machine that I use on a daily basis is an XP2400+ at 2.01GHz.
I haven't built it yet, but I have a gut feel that the new Celeron will prove to be excellent value and totally adequate for this kind of use?
I shall keep you informrd of my test results.
Last edited by nihil; August 25th, 2012 at 11:02 PM.
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