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FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review

By Chad Sebring from Jul 28, 2017 @ 8:20 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: FSP

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications




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.



Thermal Results




Leaving our processor at stock settings, we turned on AIDA stress, and find that the Windale 6 performs much better than we expected it to. Fifty-five degrees in this chart is good; so good that the Windale 6 takes the fourth place of all coolers tested on this system.




While still allowing the PWM circuitry to control the fan, we applied our overclock for this test run. Still performing admirably well, the Windale 6 drops one place to fifth overall, with a seventy-four-degree result. Can't complain so far.




Where many coolers tend to offer a degree or two difference when we put full power to the fans, this chart shows FSP left some meat on the bone. Nearly five degrees of more efficient cooling can be had, and as you are about t6o see, the sound premium isn't as bad as you might expect.



Noise Level Results




With the fan reportedly spinning at 1047 RPM through AIDA software, we took our sound measurement and love that the Windale 6 fan is inaudible at 24dB. Not the best on the chart, but by no means is this an unfavorable result.




Applying the overclock adds some heat, which in turn increases the fan speed. At this time the fans were turning at 1260 RPM, and only just able to be heard, they are producing 26 dB of noise at this time.




What we love about this cooler, is that FSP chose the proper fan for it. Typically, to reduce the temperature five degrees, you need a fan that makes a ton of noise, like many on this list. However, with our fan at 1580 RPM, we only heard 33 dB of noise from it. Extremely tolerable, especially for the gains had thermally for just seven more decibels.

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