Test System & Thermal Results
The testing done on the CPU coolers is done using the system in the chart above. Keeping the room between temperatures of 24.5°C and 25.2°C is done for all coolers tested. There is a slight variance due to the heat of the CPU and its effect on the ambient temperature during the testing phases. To ascertain temperature readings, I use RealTemp 3.60 as it has proven itself to be very good when it comes to Intel thermal readings.
Verifying the speed in the screen shots you will soon see, I used the latest version of CPU-Z, which is version 1.58 at the moment. To load the processor to deliver the abuse to all of the coolers I am currently testing, I selected Intel Burn Test version 2.52 to deliver the most heat out of the processor and memory controller as possible to gain realistic results for the enthusiasts who really like to push their hardware.
There are runs at both stock, which in the case of the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 is 3.8GHz with 1.25V to the CPU, and overclocked to 4.513GHz with 1.35V to the CPU. To add a bit more pressure to the situation, for the stock runs the RAM is tuned to 1600MHz with CAS6 timings, and for the overclocked runs I set 2133MHz at CAS9 to utilize the memory controller in the CPU.
For those who want to see the actual results, I have added this so you can see where I got my results for the overclocked run of the testing. While the stock run is just as important to those who will run the processor stock, this is an enthusiast sight, as I assume you all will overclock, making this the more important of the two images.
With the fan hovering near 1000 RPM for the idle testing results, the Evercool Transformer 3 didn't show anything spectacular, but 32 degrees at stock and 33 degrees when overclocked at idle isn't all that bad.
For the loaded portion of the testing, the Evercool Transformer 3 didn't fare so well, but I was still able to pass the testing without any CPU throttling, so I say it has done the job. While some may cringe at that 77 degree temperature, it is only a $30 cooler and still delivers something the stock cooler will not do.
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