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.
What is there to say, other than this cooler handed the coolers on our chart, their bums on a platter. Yes, it is bigger, but the results found with the software set to silent mode with PWM functionality (S-PWM, and in Performance mode with PWM enabled (P-PWM), the results are better than expected. At just 51.5-degrees in Performance mode and 52.25-degrees in Silent mode, it not only beats out all other AIOs we have tested but tops the charts.
Using the same mode profiles for testing this cooler with the overclock active, we find chart topping results yet again. Allowing for the PWM curve to be active, in Performance modem the results were 66-degrees, while in Silent mode, the temperature rose just 1.5-degrees to 67.5.
As we do with all coolers, we set all of the fan headers and whatever software settings, to make sure the fans, and in this case, the pump, are all running at full speed. What we find is that performance mode already does this for us, leaving nothing gained by manually setting everything up, and having to hear the cooler all of the time.
Noise Level Results
When using Silent mode, we saw the fans topping out at 920 RPM as reported in the software. At this time, while much of the time it was much less, at maximum speed for the run, the trio of fans were showing up at 25 dB on the meter.
When set to performance mode, we did see an increase in fan speed to the tune of 1630 RPM; the noise level did increase. While not much of a difference, we could most certainly start to hear the fans over the rest of the system when they approached the 31 dB mark we saw in this type of testing.
With all things set to run as fast as possible, we did notice a sound increase, but it was due to the pump and not the fans. Since the fan speed stayed the same as we saw in the performance mode, we find the pump speed increase adds to the acoustics. While it normally spun in the range of 1400 to 1650 RPM, once we saw it showing up at 1800 RPM in AIDA64, we did start to pick up an internal noise from the head unit, which raised the noise level to 32dB.
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