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.
Under control of the PWM signal for fan control with our processor left at stock speeds, the 55.5-degrees we see the DASHFLOW 360 deliver are not that bad. However, it is nowhere near the top of the chart; it got beat by the ZOOMFLOW 240 and other 240mm AIOs, and a few $50 air coolers.
Still under control of the PWM circuit, just that we have upped the speed of the processor and a bit more voltage, we see that the DASHFLOW 360 can do reasonably well at 72.25-degrees. Falling further down the list is bad. To be blunt, this is not good for a 360mm system, but the implication here is that you can add more to the loop covered with the 400W TDP. We do not see such a thing going well.
Running the same overclocked test, now with the fan under our control, going as fast as they possibly can, there is slightly less than a two-degree advantage. For us to think about adding in a GPU block to this system, we would first test this loop with better fan options. We do not feel the fans on the unit are capable of delivering the kind of performance one expects when they look to buy an open-loop liquid cooler, as the intention when buying is to add more stuff to the loop.
Noise Level Results
At all times we have the pump running at full speed via the SATA power connection, and while there is no way to verify, the rated 2100 RPM delivered 26 dB into the room. As to our first run with the CPU at stock, the fans never went faster than 850 RPM, producing just 24 dB into the room at a foot away from the radiator. Not bad at all, but we all know silence is not any part of the performance.
At this point in testing, we started to think something went wrong, as the fans only spun up to 1050 RPM at with the overclock applied under control of the PWM signal. However, if you are into silence in operation, regardless of thermal results, the 26 dB noise level will be appreciated.
This is the point where we realized something strange is afoot. The DASHFLOW box, the specifications, even the box containing the fans, everything we saw shows 2000 RPM as the maximum speed of the fans. The best speed we got out of any of the three was only 1460 RPM. Although, on the good side of that coin, the noise level was at just 31 dB.â€ƒ