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.
Running the test at stock bodes well for the IC Cooling Auraflow 240. Three of the coolers that outperform it is much larger and the H80i GT is a beast for its size. 54.75-degrees is respectable, and if this is all you are going to need for the Auraflow 240, you are in good shape.
Once we tested with the overclock active, things go downhill for the Auraflow 240. Seventy-two degrees is not all that bad in the grand scheme of things, yet at the same time, we see $50 air coolers beating it. Considering what the Auraflow costs, there is not much bang for the buck to it in these results.
Allowing the fans to move from PWM control to 12V forced to them, we see that ID Cooling and their fan curve delivers the best results. While we did improve on the results by a degree and a half, there is a lot more noise involved to get here.
Noise Level Results
At this point, the fans on the radiator topped out at 915 RPM, and with our meter a foot away from the cooler, the reading was 25 dB. This is a fair result, as with closed panels and gaming involved, it is highly unlikely you will hear the fans at this time.
Staying consistent with their place on the sound charts, ID Cooling does well with the overclock demanding that the fans run a tad faster. When we took the 27 dB rating, the fans were shown to be spinning at 1150 RPM.
In all tests, the pump was running at full speed, which is 2200 RPM with our sample, and it was not audible over the fans. What was audible is the fans when they are allowed to run at full tilt. With the fans spinning at 1900 RPM, the noise level jumps significantly to 48 dB.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID Cooling Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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