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.
For the standard run, the results look bad for the X53 at 56.75-degrees, but it is only 5.25-degrees out of the lead. However, out of the thirty or so listed above it, there are a half dozen or so that do a better job for much less invested in cooling the CPU.
Eight and a half degrees out of the lead with the OC applied is not boding well for NZXT. At 74.5 degrees, the use of PWM and the pursuit of silence in operation has left this AIO in a place where it is tough to justify the expense.
We always like to see what the best is that we can get with the kit out of the box, no changes other than topping out the fan speed. Even with a ton of noise, and all of that high praise in the features and charts, we have a hard time wrapping our head around the fact we only got another degree or so out of this cooler.
Noise Level Results
28 dB is a good start - nothing stellar, but still under the radar for many users. We expected a bit better than this, but we are not going to split hairs about how quiet something is, it is still quiet none the less. At the time we recorded this level, the fans hit 1100 RPM.
Just when we thought this cooler had silence in mind, we see this! 36 dB is reasonable for many, as this is under heavy load with an overclock, similar to gaming loads, but a bit more intense. We saw the fans turning at 1430 RPM as their cap under PWM control.
With the fans let loose to spin with 12V powering them, we saw speeds at 2100 RPM, with a ton of noise involved! We do not suggest you do this, as 57dB is quite loud, and to get a bit more than a degree for the intrusion is not worth it at all!
Additional notes to consider: All testing was done with the pump set to fixed mode at 100% resulting in a reported speed of 2777 RPM. Also, relying on my motherboard to do precisely what NZXT intended the fans to do may not coexist. Although, our last test put any of that to rest.
Last updated: Jan 29, 2020 at 06:11 am CST