Test System & Test Results
Typically in my cooler reviews there is a link back to our TEC and testing methods. Well, the TEC has broken and while I have an Intel system to replicate, I am still waiting on an FX-8150 processor so that I have an AMD equivalent test to represent results for those who purchase those as well. I had a suspicion that I wasn't remembering all that really comes into play with these coolers, and I feel at this point that a real life experience is going to be the best for results and it should show a more realistic look at results you should be able to achieve as well.
For the purpose of this review I will be using the system listed to do all of the testing at this point. Once the AMD CPU is in hand, I will be adding an AMD results chart to the mix as well. For now we will see how a few of the past submissions do in the real world along with the Enermax ETD-T60-VD in the results you are about to see. With all the work we have done with coolers over the past five years or so, I figured a couple of coolers that are on the older charts will sort of give a mark of reference to see where the new results play against our previous findings.
When the results show "stock", this means 3.8GHz on the i7 2600K (as that is how GIGABYTE sets it), and the memory is set to 1600MHz with 6-8-6-24 timings. When the chart shows "4.513GHz OC", the image above is another run with all the same voltages, speeds and timings. Note that when I overclocked the processor, I also raised the RAM speed to bring in some heat from the memory controller to give a more accurate result to those trying to achieve similar overclocks.
Idle temperatures all hover right around thirty degrees due to the PWM feature of the motherboard and fans. What make the difference in the six degrees of separation here is the fan itself and the settings of the low end of the PWM profile. While the ETD-T60 is a bit warmer when idle, the fan profile here is tuned to almost undetectable silence.
Considering I am comparing this cooler against tower style coolers, which should have an advantage, you see the Enermax is able to keep in step. Running IBT for almost two hours brings a level of heat that is the worst case scenario in trying to tame the heat. That being said, the sixty degree result at stock and the seventy-two degrees overclocked is very respectable. Keep in mind I was actually delivering air to the motherboard components as well - the towers do not!
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