Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z87 - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: G.Skill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Patriot Torch 120GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: IN WIN D-Frame - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: SilverStone ST85F-G - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.20.3400 and CPU-z 1.72.1 x64
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 more information.
While this unit is designed to run with PWM in control of the fans, we had to even out the results supplying the same voltage to every cooler. The 49-degree result is not chart topping, and does get passed up by lesser models, but it is dead silent in this round of testing.
With the system overclocked, and the fans allowed to do all they can, we find the Predator takes second place overall with a 66-degree result. It slightly surpasses all of the custom cooling options, but as you can see, there are some sealed loop systems just as capable.
Noise Level Results
The most silent fan we have ever tested at 7.5V. The EK Vadar fan and its 23dB lack of noise level are quite impressive. Yes, it made our stock testing a little higher than it could be, but to get decent results with no noise at just 900 RPM is great.
Under PWM control, we never hit this level of noise, but we did supply the fans with 12V from a fan controller. At this time, we recorded them spinning at 2100 RPM delivering 41 dB of noise. Compared to sealed loop systems, this EK does much less damage to your ear holes to get the results we have here.
PRICING: You can find the EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler retails for $200 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The EKWB Predator 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler retails for £169 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [EKWB Predator 240 CPU Liquid 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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