Test System Setup
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.
For all testing, we allow the pump to spin at full speed, and that is a speed of 6250 RPM as denoted by AIDA64, which is way more than the specified 2800 RPM from the chart. At this point, we did limit the fans to 7.5V, and we saw those spinning at 1530 RPM for this test.
After the duration of our testing, we took our readings for the stock CPU speed, and here we find the Maelstrom 240 to be pretty average with a temperature of 51.5 degrees. This is not the best AIO on our charts, but we are hoping for better results once the fans are set free to maximum RPM.
Even for this testing, after many reboots, we found the pump was still reporting 6200 RPM. However, this time the fans were allowed to receive 12V for power, and they were turning at 2171 RPM for the overclocked testing.
This is where things got a bit disappointing. We can verify all of the parts are working by feel or sight; of course, we can see the fans spinning, and hear the increase of noise. However, for some reason, when it is all said and done, we find that the 74.75 degree average across our testing leaves the Maelstrom 240 at the bottom of the list for all AIOs we have tested in this chart. It is even being beaten by some $50 air cooling solutions as well.
Noise Level Results
With only 7.5V coursing through these fan's veins, the noise level is pretty respectable for an AIO. We got a reading of 36dB during our stock testing.
Once we applied full power to these fans, we were also given a healthy dose of noise to go with it. We found the fans jumped right on into the stock cooler realm with our results reading 64dB on our meter.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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