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Sunday, May 15, 2005
ArcticCooling - ATI Silencer5

2. The Tests

Below is our test testbed setup.

System Specifications
Processor: AMD 3500+ S939
Cooler: Stock AMD Heatsink-Fan
Case: CoolerMaster Stacker
VGA Card: Sapphire X800 XL 256MB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-kbnxp-9
Memory: 2x512MB Kingston CS 2,5 PC-3700 Memory
Hard Disk Drive: WD800JD SATA 120GB 7200RPM & Hitachi SATA 120GB 7200RPM
DVD-RW: Pioneer DVR-109
PowerSupply: Tagan 480Watt
Extras: DirectX v9.0c

We recorded the temprature levels with the original cooling system and then with ATI Silencer 5 installed. We used ATITool to take temprature measurements while running several games with both the original cooling system and the ATI Silencer 5 to determine the maximum temperature levels. All the games and benchmark applications were set to maximum settings in order to push our card to its limits and hopefully register the maximum possible temperature values.

Games
Name & Version Resolution Settings
Farcry (v1.3) 1600x1200 Very high quality, 6AA, 12AF
Trackmania Sunrise 1600x1200 Very high quality, 6AA, 16AF
Half Life 2 - Video Stress Test 1600x1200

Very high quality, 6AA, 16AF

Programs

Name & Version

Resolution

Settings

3DMark05 (v.1.2.0)
3DMark03 (v.3.6.0)

1600x1200

6 AA, Filter mode AF, Max AF 16x

The results are given below:

As we can see, with the Silencer 5 installed, we managed a reduction in tempratures of about 20%. Which is a very good improvement, especially considering that we couldn't even hear the cooler.

We also saw some small changes in the GPU environment temperatures. These are the temperatures returned by the LM63 Remote Diode Digital Temperature Sensor.

Overclocking

With the ATI Silencer 5, we managed to overclock our X800XL to slightly higher values. About 5Mhz more in the memory and 14Mhz more in the core. (This will give you about 130 marks more on 3DMark 2005).




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