The Test System and Thermal Results
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.
There was a bit of a surprise to see at first that the temperatures were a degree higher at idle settings, but once I took a look at the fan speeds I found out why. At the low end the fans for the Performer were spinning at 1224 RPM and with this sample I barley saw 1100 RPM, so that would cause a slight loss of efficiency. And explain what we are seeing here. This is also why the specifications on fans have a +/- 10% notation in them. Still good results all the same.
Loading the processor at stock levels, the Water2.0 Pro gave a result to match the Swiftech kit I tested with previously. When we applied the overclock, the gap widened just a bit, but three degrees behind custom water and two degrees better than the Performer, means the Water2.0 Pro holds its own very well.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro AIO Liquid Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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