Today we bring you a review of Microcool’s new Chipsinks, which are
designed to passively cool down your PLLs, mosfets and southbridge.
How great of an effect will they have in our overclocking and
temperature tests? Come and take a closer look…
Overclocking’s popularity has seemed to have greatly increased over the past few years. With the increase in heat produced by today’s processors, almost all enthusiasts, whether they are overclockers or not, are paying much more attention towards running cooler and more stable machines. Finding a good heatsink/fan for the processor has become quite an easy task due to the large number of solutions out on the market. However, a lot of enthusiasts neglect cooling the smaller components on the motherboard. Since the introduction of the Pentium 4 Prescott core, socket 478 motherboards are being truely pushed to their limits. Prescott CPUs some of the hottest running CPUs to date and it has even been told that in one instance the chip produced so much heat it melted the foam its motherboard was resting on. One of the main reasons these chips produce so much heat is because of the amount of power thats drawn. As many of you know, successful overclocking requires additional voltage(increase in power drawn) to push components beyond stock specification. Among doing this, many of the smaller components on the motherboard also recieve additional voltage causing them to produce additional heat. We decided to explore how much of an effect using chipsinks had on the overall temperature and overclocking potential of a socket 478 motherboard.