Cooler Master Passive Hyper Z600 CPU Cooler
Posted by: Dan on: 15.08.2008 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
You can see here the finish on the base is quite good, not a total mirror finish, but flat non-the-less (which is what counts). The mounting bracket of choice is screwed to the bottom of the cooler. The screws on the edge of the mount (the ones that will pass through the motherboard) have to be screwed in ANTI-clockwise (took me a second to work out what was going on when I tried to put it together), so that screwing the nuts on to the backplate won’t loosen them later.
To install the cooler, the back of the motherboard must be accessible, in most cases this means installing while the motherboard is out of the tray. But as I have to do this so often I cut a hole in the back of my case so I could do this quickly while the motherboard is still installed.
Installing the cooler is really a three handed job, but I managed to get it done with just two. While balancing the cooler’s mounting legs through the board, you have to place on the backplate and tighten the nuts.
Consulting the instructions at this point made me scoff; as the instructions tell you that if the backplate doesn’t fit, to just install the cooler without it. Installing a cooler that is this heavy without a backplate is asking for problems, I’d be worried it would snap the motherboard in half!
Cooler Master included a nut-to-Phillips-screwdriver adaptor for tightening the nuts into place, but due to the raised edges of the backplate, it didn’t work very well. I was able to get the nuts tight using the adaptor, but think a small spanner would be a better inclusion in the bundle.
Here you can see the mammoth cooler installed. If you have any fans on the side panel of your case, they are going to interfere with the cooler so check out how much room there is in your case if you want to get this cooler.
The placement of the cooler makes great use of the case exhaust fan and the PSU exhaust fan; even though it is running in passive mode, there will still be some nice airflow across the cooler.
During testing I was impressed with the coolers performance without any fans attached to it, curious to see how much better it could do I threw on one of our recently reviewed Noctua NH-12P fans.
Running with a fan on obstructs the memory, so if you have tall RAM then you might have a problem trying to run this way.
Testing and Results
The coolers were measured at idle and at load, the idle temperatures were taken after the computer had sat at the desktop doing nothing for 30 minutes, and the load temperatures were taken while running ORTHOS for 30 minutes. Temperatures were recorded using CoreTemp.
The results were then calculated as the difference (delta) between the ambient temperature and the idle/load temperature to erase differences in room temperature affecting the results.
Supplied by Abit
Intel C2D E6600 @ 2.4Ghz
ATI X700 Pro 256MB
Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC2-6400 800Mhz
Non removable disks
WD 7200rpm 250GB
Thermaltake Toughpower 500W
Supplied by Thermaltake
Temp results are the delta type, which we believe is a much more accurate way of provide results as it takes the different room temps into account… for more info on delta temps read here
The Hyper Z600’s size pays off when it comes to the results. At idle, running with just the case fans active the cooler performs remarkably well, managing to keep both cores to just an average increase of 6 oC above room temperature.
When coupled with a fan the Z600 becomes a contender for our cooling crown, coming in at just half a degree behind our current champ the Noctua NH-U12P.
Under load the Z600 is still able to hold its head up high, with a very respectable result of a 22oC rise in temperature while running with no fans attached, and a brilliant result of 16oC rise with a fan attached. The Noctua is able to edge its lead up by another half a degree here, but the Z600 is very close behind.
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