The product: By removing the cobber base, you reveal the cobber base of the NorthQ NQ-3580 cooler.
Even though the base of the NorthQ NQ-3580 isn’t blank polished, it has been treated well and is completely plain which will benefit the performance.
Mounting: The last thing we’ll look at before testing the performance of the NorthQ NQ-3580 is how to install it. The manual explains in details how to install the kit on various sockets. In this test the NorthQ NQ-3580 will be installed onto Intel’s socket 775 platform. To mount the cooler, the following parts are used:
The only thing needed is this frame – doesn’t get much easier. Along with the frame, 4 screws are used for mounting the fan and radiator.
In the last couple of months, we at TWEAK.dk have reviewed a range of NorthQ products, and all of them have been praised for their easy installation, and the NorthQ NQ-3580 is no exception.
The NorthQ NQ-3580 is very easy to install, and considering the fact that it’s a water cooling system you’ve just installed, NorthQ’s solution just seems even more thoroughly considered. Undersigned doesn’t know of any other watercooling systems that can be installed without taking the motherboard out of the case.
The only negative thing there is to say about the installation is that it’s not possible to mount the kit outside of the case.
The test: In the test of the NorthQ NQ-3580, we’ll look at the temperatures of an Intel Core2Duo E6600 CPU at idle and load. The cooler will also be tested in passive mode. The NorthQ NQ-3580 will be tested in the following system:
• Asus P5K-E • Intel Core2Duo E6600 • 2 stk. Corsair CMX21024-6400C4 • 2 stk. WD 2500KS • Asus 8800GTS 640MB • Corsair HX620W • Lian li PC05A B
To be able to compare the different coolers, they’ve all been tested with Arctic cooling MAX-2 cooling paste. In this test the NorthQ NQ-3580 will be compared to a range of air coolers and a Koolance system. First up is the temperature of the CPU in idle mode.