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Thermalright XP-90C - Page 4 of 4

Temperature Test Results

As you can see from the Temperature Test Results graph the XP-90C significantly reduced temperatures of the overclocked 3.4E Prescott. From a recorded idle temperature of 30°C to a maximum recorded temperature of 47°C after running 24 hours of Folding@Home. This gave the XP-90C an advantage of 14°C reduction in temperatures over the stock Intel HSF. I was expecting even better results after performing the same tests with the all aluminum Thermalright XP-90 which recorded a 12°C reduction prior to testing the all copper XP-90C. Although I was somewhat disappointed with the XP-90C's performance over the XP-90 I was elated over highly impressive reduction in temperatures both units displayed over the stock unit.

CONCLUSION

The all new XP-90C is as effective at cooling as its eye appeal! I can recommend this heatsink for the user who wants high performance air cooling and especially for use with the hot running P4 Prescott. This 100% copper heatsink like its all aluminum predecessor, also apparently makes good use of heatpipe technology.

If you already own an XP-90 I cannot advise the XP-90C as an upgrade as the results show only a temperature reduction of no more than 2°C at maximum operating temperatures. Still, the XP-90C is a fantastic improvement over the stock HSF in both cooling and potential noise reduction capability depending on what fan you choose.

Like the XP-90, the XP-90C can accept any 80 or 92mm fan that has a frame that provides a lip for attaching the wire clips for a secure mount while also offering simple and quick means of changing fans. Also, it should be noted that since the wire clips secure the fan to the heatsink by clamping on the lower lips this will enable the use of a fan guard. This is a plus if you have ever experienced getting a finger close to moving fan blades without a guard...not a pleasant thought!

Thermalright continues to impress me with their quality and high performing heatsinks since I first installed an AX-series heatsink on a hot running, overclocked, AMD Thunderbird. I could go on with the accolades for previous performers but you can take this to the bank, the XP-90C is one of the best in a history of outstanding performing heatsinks offered by Thermalright. I am personally willing to overlook the weight of the XP-90C as it has significantly reduced operating temperatures of 14°C on my present Intel P4 processor, the P4 3.4E Prescott.

Special thanks to Thermalright Technologies and Lew at 3DCOOL.COM for providing NVNEWS with the opportunity of reviewing the XP-90C. If we gave a rating for providing gamers and pc enthusiasts with a high quality, highly adaptable, high performing quality product you would get high marks for this submission.

PROS

  • Excellent cooling performance
     
  • Potential of significant noise reduction over the stock Intel HSF while providing significant reduction in temperatures
     
  • Capability of using a wide range of fans in both size and performance variations
     
  • Fan retention wires allow for quick fan changes
     
  • Easy installation
     
  • Near universal motherboard compatibility with both Intel and AMD
     
  • Good looking quality heatsink
     

CONS

  • Caution must be used in handling as the copper fins are very thin and can bend easily
     
  • Heavy, at minimum of 690g w/o fan
     
  • Only a 2°C reduction in temperature over the aluminum XP-90
     
  • Price, currently $49.95 but if you have a hot running processor it may be well worth the expenditure


Please feel free to post questions or feedback in this thread of our forums.

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