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.
With the system running at stock settings, the Chromaflow 240 turned in a result of 56.25 degrees. To put that into perspective, there are a dozen or so AIOs which cool better than this, and a handful of low-dollar air coolers too. While roughly five degrees out of the top spot, we do expect an AIO of this size to perform better.
Applying the overclock, things get worse for the Chromaflow 240 and the seventy-three-degree result we obtained. In this chart, the cooler is average at best, nearly as far from the top of the chart as it is from the bottom. The only similarly sized AIOs lower on the chart have to have the fans and pump messed with to do worse, where here the motherboard is in control, delivering very near the best this cooler has to offer.
Using the same settings as above for the CPU, but now allowing the fans to do everything they can to cool the CPU, we only gained 1.75-degrees of cooling potential. 71.25-degrees is well away from the throttle point of the CPU, but again, the Chromaflow provides average results at best in our thermal testing.
Noise Level Results
With the motherboard PWM option used for the stock run of our testing, we are pleased that the fans delivered only 27 dB of noise to the room. At this time, the fans topped out at 1253 RPM, and we have no idea how fast the fan was spinning other than to refer to the chart for its maximum speed, and hope it is doing that.
With the overclock in play, still using PWM to control the fans, we see the Chromaflow drop to the bottom of the chart. With 47 dB delivered, and the fans turning at 1792 RPM most of the time, things do not bode well for ID-Cooling.
If you are looking for this cooler to deliver you everything it has to offer, be prepared for the noise. To obtain less than two degrees advantage thermally, you will be dealing with the fans pushing 64 dB of noise into the environment with a reported speed of the fans is 2200 RPM at this time.
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