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 2CoolPC Turbo & Plus - Preamble
 Date  : Jan 17th, 2002
 Category  : Cooling
 Manufacturer   : South Bay Engineering
 Author  : Tom Smith

We all know that HEAT is the number one killer of computer components. So how do we battle this foe that we cannot see but will never actually go away. Add more cooling equipment. What we have on the bench today is the 2CoolPC Turbo and the 2CoolPC Plus. There is no doubt that AMD Athlon/XP/Duron systems run hot, very hot. If the fan should fail or the heatsink should fall off of your processor it would go up in smoke in a matter of seconds.

Stock heatsinks are decent enough for a stock processor clock to the factory speed. With the advent of overclocking we have increased the heat output of the processor, so a stock heatsink no longer will suffice, but with out shelling out 70 to 100 bones for a top notch heat sink there are some alternatives to help combat this situation.

I have to admit after reading all the reviews I was still very skeptical about the performance of this new contraption. It has a 92 MM fan in front of a soft plastic vent. I was not really sure how it would perform and to be honest I was expecting it to fail, but I quickly and gladly changed my mind after I saw the results. I have three systems that I will be testing this device on. System 1. AMD XP 1800+ with a stock HSF not overclocked. 2. AMD Duron 1.0 GHz Stock HSF overclocked to 1.1 GHz. System 3 Intel Celeron 733 Stock HSF overclocked to 800Mhz. All systems were ran for 3 hours. With the Sandra burn in wizard running. The burn in wizard will run your processor at 100%. That should get it heated up nicely. The room temperature stayed at a constant70 F.

Lets check out the specs on the 2 devices.

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