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.
Delivering a twenty-second place finish for the average cooler would be a good place to get started. Performace is within half a degree of the D-15 is good, but we honestly had more hope for the A500. Considering the Ninja 5, Windale 6, Le Grand Macho RT, and NiC C5 all do better with less of an investment skews that view in today's assessment, versus 2014 when the D-15 was hot stuff in our charts.
Moving up a couple of positions once the overclock was applied, the A50 showed a result of 72-degrees averaged across the four cores. Six -degrees out of first still ends up in the twentieth position, but is a full two-degrees behind the similarly priced D-15. Again, we expected more from this cooler!
This last thermal chart is to see how much meat is left on the bone opting for PWM control over delivering 12 to the fans, and we see Corsair left us with just 2.25-degrees to get from the A500. Not the best performance here, but it did move up four more spots from the previous chart.
Noise Level Results
Our pair of fans idled at 535RPM, and are only 24 dB at that time. However, once the heat starts to be produced, the couple of fans were sent up to 1100RPM under control of PWM. 32 dB is not anything to worry about for many, but keep in mind when testing the cooler; this is the best scenario!
As we applied the overclock and reran the stress test, the PWM curve increased to try to keep the processor cool. In that effort, the fans were turning at 1570 RPM, getting much louder, this time at 48 dB! This level of noise is into the annoying territory for many, but we are old school, and noise is irrelevant to us if the cooler performance is worth the constant hum.
Considering we had another 900 RPM to go to hit the rated max of the fans when we did send 12V through the fan connection, our fans passed that and read at 2470 RPM; we expected a bunch more noise to come. Not shocking to us is the 68 dB rating of the fans spinning what they are.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT