Core 2 CPU Cooling Roundup

Home » Core 2 CPU Cooling Roundup

This is the Core 2 CPU cooling roundup for the first quarter of 2007. We do not have many options for the start of this year. Let´s see.

To play e-sports or any kind of online gaming you need a strong CPU. But you know how hot they can get.

CPUs today keep getting hotter and more power-hungry. Some CPUs, like Intel’s Prescott core, and AMD’s FX chips have pushed to about 120W of power consumption.

Even now, even when CPUs consume less power, their thermal densities (process size) increase their heat output. Unless you buy an OEM CPU (just the CPU in a plastic box), all CPUs come with a heatsink and fan designated to cool it.

Over time these get better as the CPU gets hotter.

However, these cooling solutions are usually the minimum to cool a CPU, extremely loud, or even both. This is why third-party manufacturers have created quieter, more efficient heatsinks to alleviate the problems of a stock cooler.

The two main uses for an aftermarket cooler are to either to reduce noise in the computer or provide overclocking headroom while at the same time lowering the temperature at full load. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) especially need a very quiet or fanless cooler. This would provide fewer distractions while using the pc.

Overclocking benefits greatly from aftermarket cooling. With a stock cooler, you will most likely not reach your CPUs maximum. Temperatures will get too high because of voltage increases and you will have to stop. This is because the stock CPU cooler is only designed to handle the CPU at stock speed and voltage.

Doing one of the tests inside our lab. A small room with three tables and some desktop computers mounted and using testing software. Nothing special

Adding an aftermarket cooler will greatly increase the speed and voltage limit of your CPU. This way, for only a $30-$50 investment, you have a good chance of overclocking your CPU to the level of CPUs that are worth double or triple the price you paid for your processor.

We tested 12 heatsinks from 6 different companies. They range in price from $30 to $50.
They vary from having 10 heat pipes down to none. Their bases are mirror-coated and very dull. Turn to the next page to see the featured heatsinks.

Test Setup and Methods

System Specifications:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 3.52GHz, 1.42V
EVGA 680i SLI Motherboard
1GB Corsair PC2-6400
Samsung 250GB SATA


The coolers were tested in a closed case. Even though we show installation on a table, the motherboard was installed into a case before running tests, and removed afterward. A hardware diode was attached at two points on the motherboard. One end was attached to the back of the motherboard, in the middle of the socket. The other end was attached to the heat spreader of the CPU. Another temperature reference used was nVidia’s nTune program. We just wanted to make sure our hardware diodes were working right. All readings are taken from hardware monitors, not software.

To heat up our CPU we ran two instances of Prime95. This program maximizes the load of any CPU, therefore forcing the CPU to expel the most heat. To measure noise results, we used a digital sound pressure level meter (SLP meter) with a background noise of 20 dB on an open testbed. We also shut off other fans, including the chipset fan, and video card fan before recording noise levels.


Author And Fact Check

Written by author J. Bond and fact checked by Martin Pino and J. Esposito to ensure that the data retrieved is objectively correct

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Information You Can Trust.

Know That You Are In Safe Hands.

Every Casino And Sportsbook We Recommend Has Been Verified By Reputable Sources Such As eCOGRA, GLI, and Malta Gaming Authority.

Disclaimer: Play Responsibly And In Moderation

Please check your local laws before gambling online.

We feature links to third-party websites as a means to provide our users with the industry’s most trusted and reputable source for legal operator reviews and odds.

This is an SSL-certified website. The law prohibits underage gambling. Gambling can lead to several issues, such as addiction, debt, and social isolation. If you experience problems controlling your own gaming habits, please call 1-800-522-4700 for assistance. WARNING: cannot be held liable in the event of litigation, loss, or damage relating to an external website. encourages its readers to practice responsible gaming. There is always a risk involved when playing for money online. We are not able to guarantee the accuracy of services from third-party companies, even if they are publishing or published on this website. You are responsible for reading all the terms, conditions, and privacy policies on third-party sites on which you choose to visit and play. Bet with your head, not over it. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-gambler. and all content herein are intended for audiences that are not underage. There is no way to increase your odds of winning, and no content on this website suggests otherwise. publishes news, information, and reviews about legal online gambling for entertainment purposes only and accepts no liability for gambling choices and bets that you make. You may see paid advertisements for companies that offer online gambling – casino, sports betting, lottery, and more on this site.

Firing Squad is a comparison website for gambling operators and their network of online casinos. While most people regard real money games as a hobby, some may develop an addiction. If you or a close one suffer from gambling problems, please contact GamCare at 0808 8020 133 for free, confidential advice.

Brand names, logos, and trademarks are the property of their respective owner. Firing Squad uses these across the website for descriptive purposes, yet it does not equal endorsement.

Copyright 2024 Firing Squad | All Rights Reserved. Address and Registration Firing Squad Limited: offices in City 4 Building 68WR+MX8 - Suite 221 - Garhoud - Deria - Dubai - UAE. ABOUT US: Firing Squad is a trusted reference website in gaming, sportsbooks, and online casino reviews to help players make informed gambling decisions in trustworthy casinos.