Since we have such high-end cooling in the house we definitely should have better tweakability on the processor.
As such I was wondering where I'd end up with a quick overclock session. We had a peek at a selection of stages in overclocking and their respective temperatures, have a look at the following results please.
Temperatures in Degrees Celsius
Okay so these are the tested stages, above the Core i7 870 @ default / 3.2 (1.3V) / 3.8 (1.4V) /4.2 (1.5V) GHz. So even at 3800 MHz with 1.4 volts we can use the processor with this cooler, though we are rapidly closing in on maximum temperatures.
For the sake of it we also used two fans in push-pull mode offering better temperatures (at the cost of more noise). It does improve the overall cooling performance quite a bit.
What we can conclude here is that the thermal dissipation, or even better stated, the cooling capacity under high stress, is reasonable at best. This cooler has only decent capacity for the most stringent overclock setups.
We are borderline with temperatures at 4200 MHz / 1.5 Volts alright.
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.