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.
At first glance, it does not seem that the Byakko does that well, but let's try to add some perspective. 63.25 degrees is still much better than the stock solution, and it places between and AIO and a similar cooler which is more expensive, taller, and costs more.
78.75 degrees is getting up there a bit, but still a good margin away from the throttle point. The coolers just above it in the chart are either 120mm fan cooler towers or are AIOs, and performs significantly better than the MasterAir Pro 3 it was neck in neck with on the last test.
Surprisingly, once we removed PWM control of the fan and allowed it to do what it can at full speed, we found a fair bit of improvement yet to be had. There is slightly more than five degrees improvement between the last run and this run, and the noise associated to gain it is not horrible either.
Noise Level Results
When we got the 26dB rating for the stock run with PWM control, we saw the fan spinning at just 1125 RPM. While not the best on the chart, this is in the range of needing to have your ears on the back of the cooler to discern it from other noises in the PC.
When we overclocked the CPU, the fan speed increased to 1564RPM, and the noise level rose, but just slightly, to 29dB. This is getting to the point that it can be heard easily at a foot away, and compared to many others, and admirable result.
Even though 36 dB of noise can be heard, through chassis panels and vents, compared to many others, things could have been much worse. To gain another five degrees as the worst-case scenario from the Byakko, we are more than willing to deal with this noise.
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