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 disappointment starts here with the results obtained while the processor is running at stock. So far, the only thing worse than this cooler for your processor is the stock cooler option. We would have imagined seeing mid-fifties or low-sixties, but not 76.75 degrees.
This result is found to be slightly strange, but the fans did speed up via PWM while the overclocked testing was running. The 75-degree result moved the Icekimo 120W up a single spot, but still, it is nothing to write home about.
The result seen here says a lot about the mounting pressure or lack thereof. Even with the fans spinning at full speed and much more noise coming from it too, we could not cool the CPU lower than 75 degrees. So much for "extreme cooling" and whatever it was about Eskimos.
Noise Level Results
In all of the testing, the pump was running at full speed, 2000 RPM read via software, and is not audible from a foot away. The fan does make an audible hum with the PWM controlling it in the stock run of testing. The fan topped out at 1100 RPM while controlled via PWM, and was heard to be 33 dB.
With our overclocked profile active on the motherboard, the PWM signal isn't that much stronger when more heat is seen. At this time the fan was spinning at 1200RPM at its maximum and delivered 36 dB of noise.
Using the third profile, which is the second profile with the fan header set to DC at one hundred percent power, the fan came to life at a speed of 1551 RPM. With 350 RPM more, and nine decibels more sound, we could not bring the temperature down. 45 dB is good for an AIO at full speed, but there was not a temperature drop to warrant any of this noise.
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