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  • angelicvoices - Friday, March 20, 2009 - link

    I have this cooler and I am trying to remove the red LEDs. I can see from your shots where they're supposed to be but I can't actually see them on my cooler. Any help would be appreciated. Reply
  • andereandre - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - link

    my main interest in getting a new cooler, is lowering the noise.
    Now in these articles the Intel HSF is always classified the same as the best coolers (and system-ps & no fans).
    That would suggest that would I be an Intel user, I would not gain anything by replacing it.
    I have a X2 4600 however, and I hear the AM2 stock cooler at idle.
    Does this mean that de Intel stock cooler is that much better than the AMD one, or is it just the measurement?
    I am just worrying that getting me a cooler like this one would not bring me what I am after.
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  • Jodiuh - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    It's a #$#%ing butterfly on your pc...are you serious? Reply
  • Thinkitect - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    Why compare this cooler to the Tuniq in the conclusion? It's a different product serving a different purpose. It's like trying to arrange a fight between a heavyweight boxing championship contender with a medium weight rookie.

    It's fine to put the larger coolers on the same performance graphs to see the difference between categories and price ranges, but for the conclusion and main comparison you should have used the directly competing ones. For example the AC Freezer 7 Pro and the Scythe Ninja Rev.B are popular in the price range (from researching for an HSF last month) - which one of the three outperforms the others? That could have been a sensible conclusion.

    Your reviews have a purpose - meaningful and accurate comparisons between products. You are doing an excellent job with the research and data presentation, please get the written analysis on the level. Thank you.
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  • Wesley Fink - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    Sites like Tiger Driect and Amazon still show the BTF90 selling price as $60, which means it competes at the top. That is why we tried to carefully point out the plus and minus points of the BTF90 compared to the Thermalrights and Tuniq. The BTF90 does not compete that well at the $60 price point.

    However, at its current selling price of $35 to $45 (after rebate) we think it competes very well and is worth considering.
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  • Spanki - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    Good article - It's nice to see you broadening your views (audience) somewhat :). If you really want to see bang-for-buck performance, I wish you'd add some like the CoolerMaster Hyper Tx (http://www.svc.com/rr-pch-s9u1-gp.html">for ~$15.00) and/or the Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro (http://www.svc.com/acfzp7.html">generally available for ~$20-$25) to the lineup.

    Not everyone wants to spend ~$60 - $$80 (or more) on a HSF, so it would be nice to see where these cheaper coolers fall by comparison - of course the results will embarrass some of the higher dollar coolers - but that's kinda the point, isn't it? You don't always get what you pay for.
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  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - link

    From tests I have seen, I'd guess the Freezer 7 would be the embarrassed one, but whatever. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    We have added the following info to the overclocking page to put the analysis of this cooler and others in cleare perspective:

    "There is no doubt that the BTF90 is able to dissipate 150W or more of heat. This merely points out the extreme demands that our overclocking cooling tests make of coolers while we push an X6800 processor to its overclock limits. The power requirements of a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor at rated speed and voltage is around 75 watts. At the overclocked speed of 3.830GHz at the commonly required 1.5375V to 1.5625V the wattage has doubled - to 148W to 153W. At the highest air OC with this X6800 of 3.94GHz with a Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme wattage has risen to 165W to 168W.

    The stock Intel Retail cooler is really an excellent cooler, and the requirement that a tested cooler must perform better than the included Intel cooler is more demanding than you might think. THe Intel stock cooler topped out at 3.73 GHz at just below 1.5V. This means the stock Intel cooler is dissipating 135W at the highest overclock it could reach. These figures should help keep in perspective the relative efficiency of the coolers being tested and the extreme conditions of our maximum overclock cooling test bed."
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  • RamarC - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    the 'float like a butterfly' citation on the last page should be corrected. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    The citation has always been Mohammed Ali. The word parsing puts the Ali at the start of the next line. Reply
  • RamarC - Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - link

    you spelled ali's name wrong. it's "muhammad" not "mohammed" (the prophet). Reply
  • mostlyprudent - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    Nice article. As has been mentioned, I really like the low noise/high performance combo, but could live without the butterfly (although my daughter would love a pink PC w/ a window and this cooler!).

    Sometime ago, you mentioned the possibility of a round-up type article of all the coolers tested. I would love to see some fan testing along with that. For example, I would love to see how some of the other coolers (like the Tuniq) perform with quieter/lower output fans). I am always looking for the best combination of low noise & high performance in my builds.
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  • Deusfaux - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    thanx for the review, I know I had been buggin yeah about doing one on it for sometime.

    Looks like a pretty decent fit for the girl's rig!
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  • n7 - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    How's the Coolit Freezone review coming along?
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  • Wesley Fink - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    It is coming after a couple of reviews of some new and unique water cooling products. Reply
  • neogodless - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    Wow... if I could peel my girlfriend away from her MAC, I'd be asking to build her a computer right now with this heatsink!

    Also, I think the work you put into your articles is great, and the writing is very good, too. However, I think this particular conclusion dragged on and felt repetitive, like you felt like it had to be long for the sake of longness. Otherwise, good article and interesting product. Sometimes you don't have to be the best... to be the best choice.
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  • Wesley Fink - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    I reread the conclusion after your comment and basically agree. I cut some of the repeat info paragraphs and condensed the rest. All the conclusion info is still there. Reply
  • neogodless - Monday, August 20, 2007 - link

    Ok great - I never want to be unnecessarily critical, but glad to be constructively so. (Posting this now as the new cooler article reminded me to check back.) Reply
  • asliarun - Monday, August 13, 2007 - link

    I agree. Nice article!

    One (free-fart) suggestion: Please try to cater to a wider audience in your conclusions.. as it is the most important part of the article. I get the sense that you try to target the "extreme hardware-hacker/overclocker" crowd while neglecting the "value-for-money" crowd who want to extract good stable performance at reasonable prices. My inference from this article is that this cooler is a very good buy! Cheap, lightweight, silent, middle of the pack performance.. a reasonably rare combination for someone who doesn't spend more on his cooler than his CPU!

    For example, I've read most of your cooler articles but still don't know which CPU+Cooler combination would give me the best performance at a given price point.
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