Test System & Test Results
With the system listed above, I apply Arctic Cooling MX-2 to all the coolers I have tested on the GIGABYTE motherboard to even things out with all the cooler manufacturers. To gauge the idle temperatures I allow the PC to run for a few minutes from the fresh reboot. I then open RealTemp and let things again settle as the reading spikes until the processor is again fully idle. At this point I get the reading and report it to the charts.
For the load testing, both stock and overclocked, we use Intel Burn Test to supply the system load. In this application I set it to work eight threads for 50 passes and maximize the memory tested to over 3000MB to generate as much load as possible to the coolers. With RealTemp open for the entire run, I report the highest temperature seen during the test run. All cooler testing is done open air on a test bench with an ambient temperature of 25°C.
The idle results are right where I would expect them to be. Within one degree of the lead is a great result, but the idle testing isn't where water cooling shows its efficiency.
Here we have the proof of the stock 2600K results with IBT still running.
Again, proof of the results, but this time with the overclock applied. Now let's see how this testing stacks up against the rest.
The EPIC 180 gave us our best stock results to date with a fifty-four degree reading during testing. As for the overclocked results, the EPIC 180 placed second, but only by one degree to a behemoth that Maingear doesn't want on their boards in the first place. Moving to this type of system for them is a real no brainer as the results speak for themselves.