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TweakTown CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology

By: Chad Sebring | Editorials in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 6, 2013 6:09 am

Final Thoughts




Of course we also will need to update the test system chart that will be found in all the new reviews as well as a special thanks to all of the new companies that came together to put this system together and allow us at TweakTown to stay relevant and bring you the most updated information to make a much more wise choice to cool today's processors.


This brief summary of our testing methodology and the sneak peek at the new charts show you that cooling these new processors is very serious business if you plan to overclock your processor. Considering there are some manufacturers out there revising coolers that were originally designed years ago and just got updated hardware, I believe those type of companies will slowly be weeded out as near incapable of handling what these new processors can push. You can see that even with the AIO testing, while it is an improvement over standard air cooling solutions, there is a hefty price premium to consider for only two and a quarter degrees between the best AIO and the best air cooler on the charts.


Hopefully you can better understand the reasoning behind this methodology, and why we took such great lengths to pay attention to orientation, and added chassis airflow to offer the cooler a secondary source of air, instead of it sitting alone in the D-Frame doing all the work itself. This way, even with the open air system, you get a sense of how they should do inside of a normal chassis, with such air flow being provided in them. Also the orientations bring other things into play like the weight of the cooler, and if the hardware is secure enough to allow similar results in all orientations. If there is instances where the thermal results show that maybe a certain cooler is lacking in some way, or which orientation performs the best, these things will also be addressed in the reviews as well.


As of this moment this concludes the aspects, reasoning, methodology, and the lengths we go to while delivering our readers more of what they need to know and less of the marketing babble that may sway you when looking at the cooler in a store. As we get more coolers arriving at the labs, you will soon see that those companies that aren't always innovating something new will be left on the side of the road as the coolers that have all their ducks in a row will sail on past them with this new testing system.


Let this be a warning to both my readers and my review sample suppliers, all coolers are not created equal. As the enthusiast market continues to change, the cooler that will leave you comfortable with the results provided are going to become fewer and fewer, until there is some sort of work done to use new materials that are affordable to the masses and can take us to the days of the TRUE, and huge thermal gains to be had from a new idea in cooling.


I really hope that day comes soon, and that I am still here to provide you with that information when it does happen.

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