Well, this is my first post although I'm an old
member and a true fan of SPCR (I really love the tests regarding power supplies, cases and fans). Hell, it's about time! (starcraft 2 quote)
The reason behind this is that some of my compatriots are trying to make a point, but their manner is somewhat rude, and I would like to apologize on their behalf. So...
1. I asked the author of the review that was quoted by burebista
how he managed to swap the fan on his Nirvana. He said that he had to do some minor improvements
to the heatsink itself
. But we both agreed that FOR THE USUAL USER, SWAPPING THE FAN ON A NIRVANA IS NOT THAT EASY (as a walk in the park).
I, for instance, when I saw for the first time a Nirvana cooler, it didn't cross my mind that the fan could be swapped... I really thought it was a Zalman look-alike.
The debate here regarding this point in my opinion is as futile as the extrapolation of the capabilities of the stock fan, since both are quite clear: the usual user won't swap the fan and the stock fan that Nirvana has is poor.
2. SPCR's methodology of testing coolers is in my opinion (also) outdated. And now I speak from a silent freack's point of view. I really want to see how the coolers behave on a modern CPU, that is hotter... and gets hotter as it's moderately overclocked (since some heatsinks CAN cool down even a quad-core with a low-rpm fan or fanless, than why not overclock it? I'm also into performance as much as I'm into silence).
And from what I've read in other tests, their results and their classifications doesn't concur with SPCR's. For example Cooler Master Z600 - a mediocre candidate on a SPCR test platform, can be a very powerful contender on an overclocked Q6600 or on an overclocked i920.
You don't agree Mike? Then maybe you should include in your...
various experiments on different CPUs and boards, and heatsink/fans
a HDT cooler (I bet you a chinese beer that on a small IHS, a HDT with many heatpipes will have a very different behaviour than on a large IHS processor like i7), Z600, a Ninja, and different frequencies for the processor (an i920 would be great). And maybe the results of this will make you reconsider the test platform (and since Intel 32 nm hexa-core is just around the corner, maybe that would be a great addition to it).
Please don't try to explain theoreticly I'm wrong, just test them and see for yourself in practice. I thank you in advance.
Also, I think that what you are going to test about the efficiency of the VRMs is a VERY interesting subject. It's also interesting if you consider video cards, because many people will try to replace the stock cooling with an aftermarket one to silence them. But most of them aren't aware about the danger of not taking into account the cooling of the vrm area, that may be very tricky on some implementations.
And since this is my first intervention, I'm not finished with the requests.
Please forgive burebista for his tone, he means well. He just wants to see better tests from SPCR, as we all do. And like me, he just tried to explain himself, and maybe sometimes his tone rose as much as his expectations from SPCR have risen over the years...