As for the other arguments that burebista and dev (same person?) [...]
Thank you. Beside I'm moderator/user on a couple of our forums you can find me here on SPCR but on ocforums, hardwarecanucks, jonnyguru, guru3d, techpowerup and XS too.
The fan in this heatsink isn't MEANT to be switched out.
OK, then don't include extrapolate results, use just what you've tested.
Burebista great screen name but I think this was rude.
Sorry, I apologize to all if it sound rude it wasn't my intention. All I say here I say because I care about SPCR and I'm VERY grateful to Mike&reviewers and forum crowd for teaching me a lot about silence.
I've criticize the guys on HWC too on their heatsink testing methodology after I saw how CM Hyper 212+ was a miracle of heatsink.
They listen and changed it and in next round-up results are normal now.
To be honest I want to spoke about SPCR testing bed a long time ago but I was lazy. This Nirvana review filled my glass so I spoke now.
The only way to test heatsink's is to use the same CPU then the comparison between different heat sinks will be valid.
Absolutely agree. But from time to time you need to move on on next CPU generation for new heatsinks. You can't be stuck with an older CPU just for consistency sake. I as a reader I don't care how Prolimatech/10X/whatever is doing on a P4 because any modern decent heatsink can cool that CPU and we are close to 2010 not to 2006.
Now for consistency sake in 2014 when I'll come here and read a heatsink review I'll see same Presler tested?
Also your experience in IT has nothing to do with this subject.
Agree with that too.
But when one of my best forum friends has a hobby to test rigorously any heatsink that he can buy/borrow/receive from manufacturer then I can speak about heatsinks without fear.
Mike I really appreciate your explanations, theory is very nice but practice kills us.
I saw here some ideas that you can use a thermal pad/whatever heated uniform like a CPU IHS and test heatsinks because they'll perform the same like in real life. It is a site who's doing that (frostytech) and all their results are false because we don't live in a perfect world. If you take a look at their Top 10 Intel heatsinks you'll see that is full with HDT heatsinks. Unfortunately in real life no actual HTD heatsink can touch a Prolimatech/X10/TRUE at high TDP and airflow because their exposed heatpipes are off of the IHS. More heatpipes more waste.
Of course for SPCR crowd a undervolted/underclocked CPU can be cooled with cheapest HDT heatsink without problems and they have a great performance/price ratio.
Bottom line, I'll always came on SPCR with pleasure but if heatsink methodology is kept the same I'll listen only fans sound measurements because I know that extrapolated data on an ancient CPU is useless for me.
Thanks for reading and trying to understand my points.