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.
56-degrees for the stock run isn't horrible, but looking at the chart, many coolers should not be better performers than a semi-custom loop. Simply put, we expected better, way better!
With more heat put into the loop, it appears that the Eisbaer is not up to the challenge. There is no reason why one would buy water cooling, to end up running head to head with the LEPA NEOllusion, which currently sells for a whopping $31!
In this test, we look for gains that the PWM fan curve left behind. In this instance, it amounts to just half a degree. The noise of the fans does not increase much doing this, but there isn't anything left in the tank, it seems we topped out on performance here!
Noise Level Results
The fastest we saw the fans for the stock bench run was 1140 RPM. At this time, while we could not hear the pump at all, we did find the fans to be quiet at just 26dB.
Adding the heat of the overclock did not seem to push the fans very fast while still under PWM control. We topped out, in this test, at 1300 RPM, which puts out 32dB of noise into the room.
The last run is with full power to the fans, and this is where we ran into an issue. The fans are specified to run from 800 to 2000 RPM, yet ours stopped climbing at 1500 RPM. However, at this speed, the fans only turn out 35dB, a foot away from the radiator.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Alphacool Eisbaer Aurora 360 CPU - Digital RGB 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]