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Gigabyte G-Power Lite Cooler

Hooking it all up

Installation was very standard and the instruction booklet explained it step by step.  Unfortunately, I had to remove the motherboard to install the cooler, because the Intel bracket is not the same as the bracket that I had installed for the Thermaltake Blue Orb II.

The bracket secured to the mainboard with four small screws, and four plastic washers were included to prevent the screws from making contact with the back of the motherboard.  Once the bracket was installed, clamping the cooler on followed the standard procedures.  The installation was very uneventful, which as I've said before is a very good thing.

Let's see how the Gigabyte G-Power Lite performs.

Test Bed

  • Intel P4 640 @ 3.20 GHz

  • AOpen i945Ga-PHS

  • 2x1GB Mushkin PC2-4300

  • ATI Radeon X850 XT

  • 2x80GB Western Digital 7200RPM 8MB HDD

  • NZXT Zero Ultimate Cooling Chassis

  • Windows XP Pro with all patches and Service Pack 2 installed


Testing will be done using the Thermaltake Blue Orb II as a comparison solution.  Since the Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler is a 92mm cooler and the Blue Orb II  is a 120mm, the Blue Orb II is going to be run at two settings.  The first test is at 1200rpm, where the 120mm fan is nearly silent.  The second setting used is 1700rpm, nearly the top speed of the cooling fan.  The smaller G-Power Lite ran at ~ 2000rpm and produced slightly less noise than the Blue Orb II at it's higher setting -- still not annoyingly loud.

To test the different options, the system was brought up, and allowed to idle for 10 minutes.  We brought the system under full load for 20 minute intervals using Stanford's Folding@Home client.  The load temperature was taken at the end of these intervals, and the system was allowed to idle for another 10 minutes.  The idle temperatures were taken at the end of that period.  This was done five times.  The high and low scores were discarded and the average was taken of the remaining three.  The ambient room temperature for these tests was approximately 22.5C.

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