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Core i7 4790K Baseline test

Testing The Coolers

Time to test. Today's tested 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 policy for cooling benchmarks. 

Core i7 4970K (Devils Canyon) Baseline IDLE Temperatures

Let's have a look at the results for the system in its default non-overclocked state. Below, the IDLE temperatures, thus your processor is doing barely anything to nothing. Just sitting and waiting in your system.

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None of the coolers obviously have any issue whatsoever in IDLE with the Core i7 4970K not overclocked.

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If you have a look at the chart above you can see the processor LOAD temperatures (in the non-overclocked state). We measure in a 21 Degrees C ambient room temperature. Ambient temperatures do affect the cooling performance, albeit a little bit.

We note down the hottest measures CPU package temperature. 

Guru3D's rule of thumb on CPU load vs cooling temps:

  • 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

That is at roughly performance cooling, fairly good for a kit priced like this. Let's immediataly deal with sound and noise levels shall we?


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