Intel's Stock Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
retail Intel Pentium 4 Socket 478 processor up until now has come with the
almost iconic "stock Intel Pentium 4 heatsink." Despite the fact that we're
pretty much conditioned to pass on this cooler for actual use and side with
something a little more powerful and sexy, the 'old' Intel heatsink ain't that
bad. Yes, you read that right, the stock Intel heatsink pictured below is pretty
good - it's not the most powerful Pentium 4 heatsink, but it is one of the
While the stock Intel heatsink has begun to shift to a slightly
different design, this cooler still forms the basis of all reference points - acoustic and thermal. Sanyo Denki manufacture this heatsink from what we can tell, and there are some pretty aspects to it, even if at first glace it looks rough around the edges.
one benefit is good noise control
of course. The heatsink is really quiet (just 42.5dB in our tests) as any
newly converted Intel fanatic can attest to. The fan on the model we tested is
composed of glass fiber reinforced plastic and the leading edges of the impeller
are nice and smooth.
The Foxconn cam actuated retention mechanism
that the heatsink uses to keep itself in place is a synch to lock
into place, but a bit tough to remove as we can all attest to.
From Intel's perspective the stock cooler has the best aspects from
a long list of points; it is easy to manufacture since it's just an extrusion, it
uses a simple one-piece screw less fan system, users the locking mechanism simple and the list goes
performance users perspective the stock heatsink lacks in a couple of key qualities. First off,
the raw extrusion has a fairly rough base finish and uses a
metal thermal pad instead of more efficient thermal compound. The fan while
exceptionally quiet, is not all that powerful and in overclocking situations
doesn't offer great amounts of headroom. However, even those points can become mundane when
other heatsinks with noisy fans start to grind on the nerves.