Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite - G-Power Lite Installation

Article Index
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite
3DRocket II Specs and Features
3DRocket II Installation
G-Power Lite - First Look
G-Power Lite Specs and Features
G-Power Lite Installation
Side-by-Side Performance and Conclusion

Installation:

The G-Power Lite installs identically as the 3D Rocket II.  For testing, we left the retention frame for the 3D Rocket II installed, and simply clipped this new cooler onto the existing frame.  Both of these coolers require motherboard removal in order to mount the retention frame on LGA775 platforms, but should mount with very little effort on AMD platforms and Intel's Socket 478.

G-Power Lite Installed
G-Power Lite Installed

The G-Power Lite uses the same retention frame as the larger 3D Rocket II – which was already installed so this cooler installed in a matter of minutes.  It is much smaller that the 3D Rocket II, and installing it with the board inside the case was much easier than with the larger Rocket.  Installation shouldn't take more that 5-10 minutes on any Athlon or Socket 478 setup because of the smaller size and ease of installation.

Test Setup & Info:

Before we jump into performance comparisons and testing we need to make a few things clear as far as our test setup goes, how we measure temperatures, and other factors that greatly reflect on a coolers performance.  To keep things consistent with the latest series of coolers we have tested, we used the Core 2 Duo E6600 test system listed below.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - 2.4GHz Stock - 3.2GHz O/C.
  • 2GB Kit of Crucial PC2-8000
  • eVGA 7950GX2 1GB Graphics Card
  • Seagate 7200.10 250GB HDD.
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Temperatures taken with Core Temp.

Temperatures were recorded with Core Temp and appear to be much higher than other software programs show.  The reason we use Core Temp is that other software monitoring programs vary greatly and don't reflect temperature change as CPU load changes.  With MSI's Core Center software we saw a variation of about 8°C from idle stock speed to full load when overclocked.  The heat output and system watt usage rose quite a bit, but temperatures do not reflect this when using MSI Core Center.  To achieve accurate and consistent results, we continue to use Core Temp.  This software reads the thermal diode on the CPU core itself, and temperatures rise dramatically and instantly when you apply a load to the CPU.

We compared the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II and the Gigabyte G-Power Lite against the Zalman CNPS 9700 LED cooler on the next page.  Below is a picture of the two Gigabyte coolers when compared in size to the Zalman CNPS 9500 AM2 cooler.

Size Comparison
Size Comparison

Continue on the next page for performance results.