Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII HERO (Intel Z170) - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Patriot Viper 4 3000MHz 4X4GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB OC - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: INWIN D-Frame - Read our review
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 1050W - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.75.3900, and CPU-z 1.77.0 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 (October 2016) for more information.
66.25 degrees does not seem that great when looking at the other coolers listed on this chart, but keep in mind this is half, if not less the size of the others we have tested. At the same time, it is slightly more than 14 degrees better than the stock option, with much less noise involved. For what it is, the Brontes fared well in our testing here.
We were almost positive that the Brontes would not even handle the 6700K when it came to our overclock preset, but to our amazement, it does, in fact, handle its business. Delivering an equal value with the larger MASTERAIR PRO 3 is an achievement, and the 83 degrees we see here is higher than we like, but still proves the Brontes is up to the tough task at hand.
Allowing the fan to run at full speed, the Brontes did a little better in this test. We can see by the chart that we have lost another degree and a half for this round of testing, leaving the Brontes with a result of 81.5 degrees.
Noise Level Results
With PWM in control of the fan for our stock testing, the fastest we saw the fan running on software monitoring was 1410 RPM. At this point, we took out the sound meter and got a reading a foot away from the fan. With speed so low in the spectrum of capability, we got only 26 dB at this time.
In our first overclocked test, we still allow PWM to control the fan, and here we saw it spinning at 2112 RPM when the heat load picked up in the test. At this point the fan was audible from a foot away, coming in a 36dB.
Allowing the motherboard to push 12V through the fan header for the whole test, a maximum speed of our fan was reached at 2284 RPM. This is slightly higher than the specifications noted but is still within plus or minus ten percent of the total fan speed. At this time, the noise did increase to 38 dB, but inside of an enclosure, the noise would be less than we get with our open air test rig.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Brontes RC-1001b 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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