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.
Nearly six degrees out of first place is not a terrific start for the NEOllusion CPU cooler. With results averaging out to 59-degrees for the stock run, it is about 20 degrees better than if we were to use a stock cooler, but there is no shaking the mid-range performance we see in this test.
Still controlled by PWM, the performance with our overclock is not great, but it keeps us well away from the throttle point of the CPU. The NEOllusion stays fifth from the bottom with the 74-degrees we saw in this test.
Allowing the fan to give this tower every bit of CFM and static pressure it is capable of pushing, we were only able to grab another 1.75 degrees in efficiency. This does not make the noise level that accompanied this run to be worth it, and while not as tight as the Enermax, LEPA does an excellent job of balancing performance with sound in this design.
Noise Level Results
Already in the range of being heard a foot away from the PC, this 120mm fan spun at 1082 RPM for this test. 31 dB is still low on the scale compared to coolers a few years old now, but we see that many of them in this chart are capable of this level of performance with much less noise.
We are not yet at droning levels of noise, but once we ran with the overclock applied, the fan was seen spinning at 1493 RPM. 38 dB is by no means the worst we have seen, but in this chart, we see it does not bode well for LEPA and their NEOllusion cooler.
If you want to try to get the best out of the cooler as far as temperatures are concerned, be prepared for the amount of noise that is coming from the NEOllusion to do so. Moving from near 1500 to 1750 RPM at this point in testing, the jump to 58 dB is too loud for the slight efficiency bump. We would just assume to keep the PWM active for this fan.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [LEPA NEOllusion 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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