NZXT Kraken X40 review -
Core i7 3770K OC at 4600 MHz 1.3 Volts
Now we up the ante. Understand that 1.3V and higher Voltages are the levels where Ivy Bridge processors get into serious problems due to the aforementioned heat-spreader versus TIM design applied solution from Intel. We now set the Core i7 3770K @ 4600 MHz and apply 1.30 volts on the CPU while loading it with 100% stress for a full Prime95 run on all available CPU threads.
Core i7 3770K OC at 4600 MHz 1.3 Volts - IDLE
Below you can see the IDLE results with the Core i7 clocked at 3770K @ 4600 GHz with 1.30 volts on the CPU. Again, the results are the IDLE temperatures thus you are in your desktop doing nothing.
Core i7 3770K OC at 4600 MHz 1.3 Volts LOAD
Now we'll be testing the temperatures under stress. If we set the overclock at 4600 MHz and configure CPU Voltage at 1.3V, these are the results.
The temps rise above and beyond 90 Degrees C for a handful of coolers, which is a definitive no-no. As you can see we have dangerous temperatures for most coolers. Enthusiast class coolers do better here, with the Kraken X60, Noctua NH-D14 and Corsair H100i it remains possible to run fairly high voltages.
The smaller radiator and the lacking fan passes a thrreshold on cooling capacity. Where the X60 is far more imressive at Quiet mode we still are cooling at roughly 77 Degrees C. This remains to be an impressive result, but a bit too hot for my taste.
NZXT recently unleashed the Kraken X40 liquid cooler, we test and review it. The Kraken X40 is a 140mm radiator based LCS unit that offers pretty solid performance.
NZXT Kraken X60 review
We review and test the NZXT Kraken X60 liquid cooler. The Kraken 60 is a 280mm radiator based LCS unit that offers pretty solid performance numbers as you are about to find out.