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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [08.25.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

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First In...Then Out

The biggest advance made with the 3D Rocket Cooler is in it's airflow pattern. As pointed out before, the new cooler is much taller than the older version. What Gigabyte has done is placed the blower fan towards the bottom of the tower and then, as you can see below, blocked off any top intake thereby forcing air to enter through the fins at the top and then exhausted through the fins at the bottom, effectively increasing the cooling effect.

Encircling the blower fan is a removable duct which both gives the cooler it's "Rocket-like" look and direct the exhaust airflow downward towards the motherboard in order to help cool any surrounding components.

The ducts do in fact help to cool surrounding components, and I was able to run my IS7 without the north bridge cooling fan running as the 3D Rocket Cooler generated enough airflow to effectively cool it. One less fan running in my case is always good news for me. Gigabyte states that simply by removing the ducts you can expect a decrease in CPU temp up to five degrees Celsius.  In practice we found that our load temps dropped an average of around two degrees.


...and that's all I have to say about that. You either like it, love it or loathe it.

The Testing

So alright then, we know that it's taller, has lost some weight, still looks...well different (not that that's a bad thing of course), and has corrected some bundle blunders of the original 3D Cooler Model. But, how does it perform? Let's find out shall we? We've set the new 3D Rocket Cooler up against it's predecessor, the 3D Cooler Ultra GT, as well as the stock 3.2E cooler for reference, all doing their best to cool down on of those crazy hot Prescotts.

All tests were run using an Abit IS7 motherboard and an Intel P4 3.2 Prescott CPU. All heatsinks heatsinks were installed using the respective manufacturer's thermal compound that came with each cooler sample. CPU Temperature readings were taken using the processor's built in thermal diodes and read using Motherboard Monitor. Ambient temperatures throughout testing were a constant 22-degree Celsius.

Testing was completed with the two Gigabyte coolers running both at low (2000/2500 rpm) and high (4500/4000 rpm) speeds. When overclocked, the P4 3.2E was running at 3.6Ghz (15x240) and 1.465V. To achieve full CPU load both Prime95 and the Find-A-Drug DC program were run at the same time, both set to high priority.

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