Time to test. The cooler will work good with any processor from low to high-end (Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 quad-core and even six-core included up-to 130W) at default operating speeds, and there's room left for overclocking as well.
Now what we always do (for a little more serious testing), is test it with the processor and motherboard set at defaults AND with higher requirements, mildly overclocked as a reference. We change the processor frequency and voltage.
Methodology -- We use an eVGA p55 Classified 200 motherboard, equip it with a Core i5 870 (2.93 GHz) processor, which we overclock to 3200 GHz/1.3 Volts. Now we'll test the cooler in two utilization stages:
Actively cooled - The CPU has nothing to do (IDLE)
Above we show two baseline temperatures modes. The cooler is set at PWM regulated fan RPM in this stage.
The processor at default processor settings with Speedstep CE1 enabled etc (clocks down in frequency and voltage in IDLE). Now if you do not plan to overclock, that is your baseline temperature at 25~26 Degrees C in IDLE and 46 Degrees C under full load.
Then in dark blue you can see the results done with a slight overclock at ~3.2 GHz on the processor, we apply 1.3v on the CPU and still get excellent temperatures. Roughly 53 Degrees C when we stress all the processor cores.
Test 2 - IDLE Temperature
Let's have a look at the results compared to other coolers we tested under the same conditions. Below, the IDLE temperatures, thus your processor is doing barely anything. Just sitting and waiting in your system.
Now we compare all cooler based on that small overclock and fixed 80% fan RPM. As you can see, the cooler positions itself in the middle spectrum of the performance range of heatpipe based coolers (with one fan), 34 Degrees C, if you add a second fan in push-pull mode, the results get better 32 Degrees C.
Gelid GX-7 CPU cooler review Gelid is a company that made a nice impression a year or two ago introducing themselves by releasing their first aftermarket CPU cooler, the 'Silent Spirit' cooler. After Gelid released that Silent Spirit and then Tranqillo CPU coolers it was time for a new model. Progress is made and anno Q4 2011 it's time to release their third consumer grade CPU cooler. Their latest creation comes in the form of a tower cooler called GX-7 -- aimed at gamers apparently.