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CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology (October 2016)

By: Chad Sebring | Editorials in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 4:42 pm

Final Thoughts

 

We hope that we have covered every facet of how we test, and presented it in an easy to follow way, in which you could try to replicate our results. Of course, not every i7 6700K will run this fast, and if you are lucky enough to get 4.6GHz stable, it may not take the same voltage as we need. What we do get out of this 6700K is a solid, stable, near foolproof way of making sure every CPU cooler that hits the lab for testing gets a fair and equal shake when it comes to testing.

 

While it is near impossible to set up a thermal chamber and a sound proof audio cabinet, we feel that controlling everything we can, down to ambient temperatures and humidity levels, all coolers will have to play in the same environment. Also, changing a few things in our methodology should make our results comparable to the rest of the world, as many users will not go messing around with changing fan voltages, unless they force them to 12V constant power, and even here we have you covered.

 

 

We hope you can understand that sometimes we need to leave the past in the past, and move on to bigger and brighter ideas. This is why we did not look to add a massive number of older coolers to our charts. We feel our older system results are still relevant and are an easy place to reference older designs, and how well they performed against each other. We chose what we did for our chart carryovers, as they were well-known designs which everyone loved, or they were class leading in their perspective segments, and in this instance, both reasons apply to what we brought forward. This will give us a great benchmark for all styles of coolers except for the SFF/Low-Profile designs.

 

The reason we did not add any of them to the list is that very few can pass the overclocked testing, let alone show well against what these much larger coolers can accomplish. With a stockpile of coolers building up while we sourced and fine-tuned this new system, it won't be long until these charts fill up, and give our readers a wider perspective of what today's CPU coolers offer.

 

We thank you for taking the time to read this article, as it delivers our mindset, and just how we go about obtaining our results which we publish to you; the readers. If you feel we have left anything out of this article, or there is something you cannot wrap your head around in our choice of software or the way we test, feel free to comment below. We will take users opinions into account, and have no issue divulging information or screen captured images in which you can see for yourself where we get our results.

 

We are as transparent as possible with our reviews at TweakTown and hope this little article help you understand that we are here for you. We are not afraid to change our ways to provide you with the best way of delivering all the information our readers need, especially when it comes to your next CPU cooler purchase.

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