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 that information.
While initially looking at the chart, you may not think that the 58.5 degree result on this chart isn't all that good, you have to look at it for what it is. The company it keeps on the charts is all where we would expect it to be where we find other compact and low-profile coolers. The other way to look at this is that we are still more than 20 degrees cooler than the stock cooler can do, and with much less noise.
We honestly had very low expectations for this test, and even thought we would see throttling like with the stock Intel cooler. We were pleasantly surprised to see that this cooler can take everything we put to every other cooler on this chart and it still does well for its size. Considering this is oriented at gamers, knowing this cooler will leave you in the clear, even if a bit warm at 82.16 degrees, your processor will not be slowing your games down.
Noise Level Results
With the fan allowed to spin at 1100 RPM, we see that this thin fan does quite well when it comes to keeping noise at bay. The 27 dB rating is of course not the lowest you will see with the Steropes, but is still darn good for any fan.
With the fan allowed to top out, we saw speeds of 1920 RPM. While Reeven rates this fan pretty loudly, we found that it only delivered 36 dB of noise at full speed. This is audible, but rest assured, your GPU fan is likely to be heard long before you hear this fan.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Steropes RC-1206 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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