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MSI CORE FROZR L CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 7:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

 

 

 

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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As testing began, we were not quite sure we had everything mounted correctly, so we did seat the cooler again. We found that in both runs, 59.75-degrees was the best this cooler would do with PWM controlling the fans. Not a horrible result by any means, but we would have liked to see it closer to the True Spirit 140 Direct.

 

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Still using PWM signals to drive the fan speeds, when the overclock is applied, we find the same level of efficiency. In this test, the 75.75-degree result has this MSI cooler dropping another spot, and again, while not horrible, it is not that great either.

 

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To take the spot it lost back when the fan is running full speed, the Core Frozr L dropped three degrees. With these settings, it does mix things up better with the competition, but the True beats it by four degrees.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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In the initial testing, we allow the PWM functionality to do its thing, and we found that the stock run maxed the fan out at 909 RPM. Noise levels at this time are calm, with just 28 dB heard from the Torx fan at this stage.

 

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Moving into the noticeable range of sound, with the overclock applied the fan did ramp up to try and compensate. At this point in testing, the fan topped out at 1178 RPM but was audible at 35 dB.

 

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To get that extra efficiency that the last thermal chart showed, there is a ton of noise coming from the Core Frozr L. We feel that MSI set the PWM arc right, and tried to keep the noise down and deliver the most possible, without having to deal with the 56 dB we had screaming in our ears for this test.

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