Smallish LGA775 Heatsink Roundup - Part 2

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COMPARISONS (Continued)

Comparison at 20 dBA (+/- 2 dB)
Cooler
SPL
Thermal Rise
Height
Weight
Cooler Master Geminii S
20 dBA
21°C
86 mm
500 g
Scythe Big Shuriken
18 dBA
22°C
57 mm
420 g
Nexus LOW-7000
18 dBA
23°C
70 mm
480 g
Intel Q6600 HSF
21 dBA
34°C
62 mm
440 g
Thermolab Micro Silencer
20 dBA
36°C
58 mm
270 g
Intel Aluminum HSF
19 dBA
37°C
63 mm
330 g
Thermolab Nano Silencer (9V)
22 dBA
37°C
39 mm
210 g
Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT
20~21 dBA
39°C
64 mm
280 g
Intel Q9550 HSF
18 dBA
40°C
45 mm
260 g
Thermolab Nano Silencer (8V)
18 dBA
42°C
39 mm
210 g
Silverstone
NT07-775
20 dBA
44°C
36 mm
300 g
Coolers tested in our last roundup in green.

When dialed down so that their respective fans generate 20 dBA@1m (+/- 2 dB), it is clear that there are two classes of coolers — those that perform the same or worse than the stock coolers, and those that are a cut above. The Shuriken, LOW-3000, and Geminii S easily outpace the competition by more than 10°C. On the other side of the spectrum, the NT07-775 is hopelessly outmatched due to its size.

Comparison at 15 dBA (+/- 2 dB)
Cooler
SPL
Thermal Rise
Height
Weight
Cooler Master Geminii S (Nexus fan)
16 dBA
21°C
86 mm
500 g
Scythe Big Shuriken
13~14 dBA
27°C
57 mm
420 g
Cooler Master Geminii S
14 dBA
29°C
86 mm
500 g
Silverstone NT06-E (Nexus fan)
16 dBA
29°C
107 mm
550 g
Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro
17 dBA
33°C
86 mm
450 g
Nexus-fan modded Intel cooler
16 dBA
39°C
67 mm
540 g
Intel Q6600 HSF
16 dBA
42°C
62 mm
440 g
Intel Aluminum HSF
14~15 dBA
46°C
63 mm
330 g
Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT
15 dBA
46°C
64 mm
280 g
Thermolab Micro Silencer
15 dBA
48°C
58 mm
270 g
Thermolab Nano Silencer
15 dBA
49°C
39 mm
210 g
Intel Q9550 HSF
15 dBA
51°C
45 mm
260 g
Silverstone NT07-775
15 dBA
56°C
36 mm
300 g
Coolers tested in our last roundup in green.

At 15 dBA@1m (+/- 2 dBA), the NT07-775 remains in the basement. The Intel copper heatsink with Nexus fan takes a small lead amongst the smaller coolers, and it has unrivaled acoustics. The Alpine 7 Pro impresses, coming within a few degrees of the more expensive NT06-E, Shuriken, and Geminii S — at $15, it's clearly the field's best budget cooler. The Shuriken and Geminii S prove to be better than the NT06-E at the extremely limited airflow of the 15 dBA@m test.



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