Time to test. The cooler will work absolutely great 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 frequencies, of course there's room left for overclocking as well.
We have built a new test system for cooling benchmarks. So unfortunately I do not have comparable and competing results ready for you just yet.
Small note - I decided to go with the Core i7 3770K as it literally is the hottest processor your money can buy you. You guys all know that once overclocked with added voltage, the temperatures get out of control big-time.
Prior to testing though I've been battling the question wether or not to actually use a Core i7 3770K. The Ivy Bridge processors all have poor heat transfer from the silicon die to the IHS. Fact remains that Ivy Bridge is what people buy -- and as such you want to know how these coolers perform on it. We could use a Core i7 2600K instead, but these already are EOL. We could also use a 1000 EUR 6-core Core i7 3960X processor but again ... how many people do actually buy these processors ?
The vast majority of our readers will purchase the Core i7 37x0 or Core i5 35x0 series -- so this is what most of our readers are really interested in hence we took the top 4-core SKU -- it's just that Intel made things very complicated with their poor heat transfer design.
So we'll be testing that processor at default clock frequencies, and then overclocked towards 4600 MHz with a 1.20 Volts and then blast the processor with 1.30 Volts. That voltage is not at all needed for 4600 MHz but typically will bring the processor with a heatpipe cooler towards 90 Degrees C (!). We are merely trying to see how the cooler will behave under such stringent conditions.
All temperatures reported are the processor package sensor temps. The cores independently will differ a little in degrees C here and there. We measure at an ambient room temperature of 20 Degrees C.
Test 2 - IDLE Temperature
Let's have a look at the results. Again let me state this is a completely new test setup, you'll not be seeing any other cooling solution for comparison today. We are however working on a cooler article with multiple coolers tested. It will be released later on.
Below, the IDLE temperatures, thus your processor is doing barely anything to nothing. Just sitting and waiting in your system.
This is liquid cooling, the coolant will overall in idle be warmer than a heatpipe cooler as the ambient temperature is also your LCS coolant temperature at minimum. As you can see as comparison I thre in the H100i with Quiet and Balanced modes in all charts.
Test 3 - LOAD Temperature
But now let's have a look at the processor's LOAD temperatures. I do have to make a note here, we measure in a 20 Degrees C ambient room temperature. Ambient temperatures do effect the coolant, albeit a little bit.
Anything at roughly 50 Degrees C or lower we consider enthusiast class cooling.
Anything in-between 51 to 60 Degrees C we consider performance cooling
Anything in-between 61 to 70 Degrees C we consider mainstream cooling
Anything above 71 Degrees C we consider average cooling
We are at the 50~55 Degrees C zone with the processor set at default. Slightly worse then the H100i, but the much cheaper H60 certainly holds up well.
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