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.
The 56-degree result in the stock testing is not bad at all. While not the best, it is slightly better than the $50 options and is less than three degrees out of the lead.
From the first place, with the overclock applied and the PWM circuit still active, the gap widens. 72-degrees is respectable, as the ETS-T50 AXE holds its position.
Pushing full power to the fan, with the overclock still applied, the performance gained is less than a degree. While we would have liked to see it do better, it shows that Enermax has set the fan curve perfectly to get the most performance with the least amount of noise.
Noise Level Results
Inside of a chassis at this point of testing, the ETS-T50 AXE would not be audible, but in the open air, a foot away, it reports in at 29 dB. The chart makes this seem like a poor result, but anything under 30 dB we consider a pass for this round.
Noise levels move well into the audible category with the overclock applied and testing under way. 41 dB does not seem that bad, but once we look at all of the other coolers we have tested on this system, there are many which cool with less noise involved.
This chart shows what we were alluding to in our last thermal chart. The jump in noise is not worth the 0.75-degree boost in performance. With 54 dB of droning coming from the cooler, we have a new appreciation for the previous noise results, and it shows how well the curve for this fan is set.
PRICING: You can find the Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU 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 Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler retails for $65 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler retails for £58 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Enermax ETS-T50 AXE 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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