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.
Quiet mode leaves the H150i PRO at 58.25-degrees, which isn't all that bad until you consider the cost to get it. Balanced mode is nearly two degrees cooler at 56.5, and using performance mode we see another degree and a half of performance increase with the 55-degree result. Keep in mind, the H80i in balanced mode does better.
Using quiet mode is almost depressing as we see 76.75-degrees in that test. Moving to balanced mode only moves us slightly up the chart at 75.5-degrees. Performance mode takes us into the low seventies at 71.75-degrees, but it again beat by two smaller AIOs and a few air coolers which are much more affordable.
Doing what we can to max out the pump speed and by setting the fans to 100% in fixed percentage mode, we were only able to gain half a degree in efficiency. This does prove that the PWM curve for Performance mode is about as good as it gets, but look at the list of coolers ahead of the H150i RGB to put all the perspective you need on it.
Noise Level Results
When we saw the 23 dB rating of quiet mode, the fans topped out at 485 RPM. In the balanced testing, we saw 25 dB on the meter, and at this time the fans were turning at 647 RPM. Even in performance mode, the fans are near inaudible at 28 dB. The fan speeds were 1070 RPM at this time.
Adding heat from the CPU overclock, noise for the three modes has increased. Quiet mode is 24 dB with the fans at 542 RPM. Balanced mode is 27 dB with the fans at 865, and in performance mode, we hear the fans at 32 dB while turning at 1230 RPM.
Putting the fan on a fixed percentage to max them out showed us that all of the fans were turning at 1600 RPM. However, the jump in fan speed is only good for a huge increase in noise to 49 dB, to reduce temperatures half a degree.
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