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TweakTown CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology

TweakTown CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology
TweakTown gets a new CPU cooler test system. Find out how and why we test the way we do.
| Editorials in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 6:09 am

Introduction

 

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Just like with the surge of twin tower coolers and all of the various AIO coolers that are now on the market, the hardware that needs to be cooled by it seems to get revised just as fast. This means that while our Intel 2600K CPU based test system is still a valid system to use, as I would bet there are quite a few readers still using systems of that age or even older. Here at TweakTown we like to stay on top of the latest and greatest that everyone has to offer. With the introduction of the mainstream Intel Haswell processors, we thought it had been a couple of generations of Intel processors, and was time for us to make the leap to a new test bed system for all of these new coolers that are flooding the market.

 

Since the days of the older system, there have been a few advances in the way the processors are designed, and these changes make cooling the newer CPUs a much tougher job than it had been previously. First off is the way the Haswell CPU has power supplied, and how it uses the voltage once it is inside of the CPU. The second thing that will make manufacturers of CPU coolers shiver in their boots is the introduction of the AVX 512 that will make any cooler I have yet to test buckle under the stress.

 

Therefore we have tested many applications, many coolers, and in every way we could think might have an impact on the coolers ability, and have devised a system of testing that is new to our readers, but on that same note, is something that anyone could do at home and reproduce, as long as all the variables match what we are using.

 

The overall idea here is to show the system we will be testing with, along with how we got to that conclusion. You will be seeing images of all of the hardware with brief explanations of why we chose those components. You will also be given all of the steps and conditions surrounding the testing system, and why we do what we do to fill the charts with results for you to find the best CPU cooler for your needs. I will also be providing some of the older coolers in the new charts as a marker for you to be able to judge all of the other coolers I tested.

 

This way we can move forward with some relevance to the older charts, and not just leave all of them in the dust with no real way to see how all of the older coolers would stack up to today's new computing hardware as well.

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