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.
We see that the numbers in the chart on the box were not that far off. We are nearly twenty-degrees better than the stock cooler, with our CPU at default settings. However, compared to others in this long list of submissions, there is only one other AIO this size to do worse. Handily beat by many more affordable coolers does not help matters either, but the M22 did give us what the box says we should have seen.
At this point, the stock cooler hit the throttle point, and the Kraken M22 is still close to that twenty-degree difference. 79.5-degrees is a bit much for our liking, but it can keep the CPU from throttling, which the stock cooler cannot do.
This test is less about how much better it is than other coolers, although that is part of it, what we want to see is how much cooling is left in the tank. We were able to drop the temperature two degrees to 77.5-degrees now, but we still feel its position in the chart says a lot about the Kraken M22.
Noise Level Results
Thirty decibels is a fair result when it comes to what the PWM circuit delivers with the processor under load with stock settings. At this time, the fan is turning at 1146 RPM to achieve the earlier thermal results we showed, and while not the best, is still respectable.
With the overclock applied to the CPU, the heat increases, and we move higher in the fan curve. The 37 dB result at this time is still good, and won't drown out all other noises in the room. The fan at this time is turning at 1520 RPM, but there is still quite a bit of speed left to try.
Bring on the noise. With the fans now spinning at 2112 RPM, the noise level coming from this tiny Kraken M22 is beastly. The massive amount of noise at 60 dB for this round of testing is so not worth it, especially looking at how little efficiency is gained when dealing with it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [NZXT Kraken M22 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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