Asus Axe Square

By on April 22, 2009
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Testing Since the heatsink does not come with LGA 1366 socket brackets, we used the LGA 1366 brackets that came with the Asus Triton 81 to mount the Intel 965 Extreme Edition CPU for our testing.           Conclusion The Asus Axe Square packaging is rather extreme; it’s almost as if the [...]

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Since the heatsink does not come with LGA 1366 socket brackets, we used the LGA 1366 brackets that came with the Asus Triton 81 to mount the Intel 965 Extreme Edition CPU for our testing.

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Conclusion

The Asus Axe Square packaging is rather extreme; it’s almost as if the heatsink were made out of real gold! The huge heatsink with its’ five copper heat pipes that are all plated in nickel really does make the Axe Square eye grabbing.

Installation of the heatsink is painless; mounting it on an AMD chip requires little effort and LGA 775/LGA 1366 brackets only need the supplied screws to hold it onto the motherboard using Intel’s standard “push-pins” system.

Comparing it to other heatsinks in our lab, we ended up seeing 70°C under load and 50°C when idle in our stress program, OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) while using the default CPU voltage. When we upped the CPU voltage to 1.32V, OCCT showed 57°C when idle and 105°C under load, at which point the system became unstable. We can assume that the high temperature could be due to the slow rated fan that’s mounted on the Axe Square, as the heatsink is in full contact with the CPU, meaning that inadequate heat transfer was not the issue here.

Asus Axe Square can be found online for $125, and the price in the UAE market should be around AED 500, which is rather pricey.

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