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.
Using our 6700K at default speed, while allowing the motherboard to control the fan speeds, we find the XTC700 to be six degrees out of the top of the chart. This is a strong showing, besting a couple of AIOs at 58.75 degrees, even passing the other two RGB air coolers on the market.
Still allowing the motherboard and fans to do their own thing with the processor now overclocked, we find that the XTC700 loses a bit of ground. While 77 degrees is still decent, it does fall slightly behind the other RGB air cooling selections.
Using manual control over the fans did slightly improve the efficiency of the XTC700, as we can see it is now 3.25 degrees cooler. However, it gains no headway on the chart in places, and is still at the bottom of the three RGB air coolers offered right now.
Noise Level Results
In this chart, we see the results of the maximum fan speed seen during the stock CPU test. 28 dB is near inaudible unless you are right next to the fans, but considering they were only spinning at 860 RPM, we did expect them to be a bit quieter at this point in the game.
Moving into audible, with the CPU overclocked, yet still allowing PWM functionality to do its thing, we can hear these fans at 34 dB. At this time, the maximum fan speed seen via software was with them turning at 1100RPM at this time.
If that last three degrees is that important to you, expect the GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 to bring the noise. With both fans shown to be spinning at 1654 RPM steadily, the noise level jumps to an annoying 63 dB.
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