The Test System and Thermal Results
I would first like to thank HIS, GIGABYTE and InWin for supplying products for me to test with!
Testing for the CPU coolers is done with the use of RealTemp to ascertain temperatures, Intel Burn Test to deliver the load to the CPU and CPU-Z to verify the CPU speed and the voltage being used in Windows. All of the testing is done with an ambient temperature of 24.5-25°C and humidity is maintained to 35% sometimes less.
For the "stock" runs, it's more of a plug and play setup where the PWM of the motherboard is in control of the fans speeds for both the idle and load results. Speed Step is active and the processor idles at 1600 MHz and loads at 3500 MHz for the stock settings. I also set the memory to run at 1600 MHz for stock. As for the overclocked runs, I load the CPU at 4.5 GHz and idle results are obtained with 7.5V to the fans while the load run is set to deliver 12V to the fans. This allows me to gauge the lowest and highest fan ratings for my charts.
At idle the fan was turning at 1257 RPM and was slightly audible to obtain the 27 degrees stock and the 28 degrees overclocked results. There is nothing really special here with the idle results, as these are to be expected results as you can see.
The loaded results made me look closer for a second once I got the top end readings. At stock loads it performed as well as the Water2.0 performer and is one of the top coolers in that end of the chart. Overclocked the results surprisingly leaves the Frio Extreme right between their AIO coolers performance levels taking the Frio Extreme to the top performer on this chart for air cooling.
Just for those that want to know, with the overclocked setting and 12V to the fans, they were running 1700 RPM; I wasn't able to get more speed out of them.