Okay I guess it's my turn now.
I just build me a HTPC/Lanbox machine.
Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BNS
Corsair VX450 Power Supply
Kingston Value PC6400 Ram CL5, 2x1GB & 1x1GB
Club 3D Radeon HD3850 ZeroTherm Overclocked Edition, 512MB, Ram, 720MHz core / 1800MHz memory
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+
AMD X4 Phenom 9600 PiB, 2.3GHz, Quad-core
LiteOn LH-20A1S 15C DVD-RW+/-, Sata, Black
Seagate Barracuda 400GB, 16mb cache, 7200rpm, SATA-II
Windows Vista Premium 64bit SP1.
I had the ordinary box cooler installed on my Phenom X4 9600 and with GPU-Z Hardware Monitor (and Gigabyte Easy Tune 5 Pro) I checked the temperatures. Idle was around 41*c (degrees celcius) and about 38*c on all 4 cores, after running 3Dmark06 and a couple of Super_Pi runs the temperature was about 47*c and 44*c on all 4 cores.
However the box cooler went noisy and the temperatures went up so I wanted a better cooler for my little machine.
(The little weak and noisy box-cooler http://i95.photobucket.com/alb...en90/IMG_2456Large.jpg
I then replaced the boxcooler with a new Scythe Shuriken cooler and I applied some arctic silver 5 cooling paste and made sure the cooler said firmly on the CPU.
(Scythe Shuriken installed, more rare than pretty http://i95.photobucket.com/alb...en90/IMG_2494Large.jpg
I then turned on my PC and let it idle for about 15min before checking the temperature. Chockingly the idle temperature had not changed at all ! I was still 41*c idle and 38*c on all 4 cores - that eventhough its a larger cooler with a bigger fan although running slower and much more silent.
Hmm could that really be true ? so I downloaded the test program OCCT which stresses all cores to the max and after only 10min temperatures went skyhigh ! 72*c and 66*c on the 4 cores - I dare thinking what the temperatures would have been like with the box-cooler.
I then turn off the PC and go to check that the CPU-coolers had contact with the CPU. Is the cooler hot ? Oh yes it was very hot ! no doubt about it, the Shuriken had contact with the CPU and sucking op the heat !
I then decide to go against the installation manual regarding the Power Supply in my Thermaltake Lanbox case, so from a position where it sucked in cold air because it was laying belly up it turned it around so it would suck in hot air from the case and spew it out. Also I try to get the cables out of the way so theres plenty of air around the Shuriken.
(Cables put away in the best possible way
I then boot up my PC again and runs OCCT. After 15min the temperature is stable on 69*c and all 4 core 61*c. Idle is now 38*c and the 4 cores 34*c.
It's better temperatures now but still hot.
All in all I'm a bit dissapointed with the Scythe Shuriken for HTPC system eventhough is marketed for those.
So when you want to get your max temperature, then run OCCT for at least 15min !
I'm not sure what to do... either fin yet another CPU-cooler or dtich the Phenom all together and get a cooler AMD 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition like my littlebrother has.
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