In order to assess the cooling performance of the Coolink ChipChilla we will be comparing it to another well known chipset heatsink - the Noctua NC-U6
. The Noctua NC-U6 heatsink is traditionally utilised as an passive cooling solution without a fan, and so to make sure that the testing process is fair and equal we will be testing the Coolink ChipChilla and Noctua NC-U6 heatsinks in both passive and active capacities.
Furthermore, to ensure valid and qualitative results both heatsinks will be installed using Noctua NH-1 Thermal Paste, and the ChipChilla fan will be used for the active phase of testing for both chipset coolers. Where possible, the orientation of both chipset coolers were kept the same to ensure that neither chipset cooler benefited from increased airflow. Each chipset cooler was reseated and tested a number of three times and an average taken.
The test setup used has been listed below:
* Intel Q6600 G0 stepping processor (370 x 9) 1.4v;
* ASUS P5B Deluxe wifi/App motherboard (BIOS version - 1216);
* Palit GeForce 8600GT graphics card;
* 1 x Western Digital 80GB SATA II HDD;
* 1 x Noctua NC-U6 chipset cooler
* 1 x Coolink ChipChilla chipset cooler
* Antec Earthwatts 500W PSU;
Ambient temperatures at the time of testing were 23.9 degrees Celcius for the Coolink ChipChilla and 24.7 degrees Celcius for the Noctua NC-U6. Temperatures were recorded courtesy of a thermal probe placed alongside the die of the chipset, as routing the thermal probe into the base of the chipset cooler was not possible due to the lack of sufficient tools. Whilst the temperatures recorded won't be as accurate this way they will give an indication of each cooler's performance. During the testing of the chipset coolers the side of the Thermaltake chassis was removed to facilitate the thermal probe and sender unit.
Idle temperatures were recorded inside Windows and only after the reported temperature had 'settled'. Load temperatures were obtained by running an overclocked processor with a slight increase in voltage and gaming for 30 minutes.
How well will the Coolink ChipChilla stack up against the proven performance and additional heatpipes of the NC-6? Let's head over the page and see.