EK Classic RGB P240 review

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Preparing The System Overclock

Preparing The System Overclock

We'll look at the cooler in several system configurations/conditions. For the audiophiles amongst us your focus should be noise levels mostly. Then there is your normal non-overclocked mainstream usage and then the performance enthusiast overclocking users. So, with the many variables in mind, we'll be testing three things for the cooler.

  1. dBA noise pressure levels
  2. Temperature with the CPU at default settings
  3. Temperature with the CPU at 4600 MHz with 1.3 Volts applied to the CPU

Bear in mind that all our tests are performed at a room temperature of roughly 21 Degrees C. Our 95 Watt TDP processor (Haswell) has poor heat transfer from the silicon die to the IHS. 95 Watt = 95 Watt, and therefore the CPU will have a heat signature much like a Ryzen 9 3900X or Core i9 9900K as thermals are thermals and will remain in roughly the same ballpark.





So we'll be testing that processor at default clock frequencies, and then we'll blast the processor with 1.30 Volts like shown above. That voltage is not really needed for 4600 MHz but typically will bring a processor with a non-performance heat-pipe 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 will independently differ a little in Degrees C here and there. We measure at an ambient room temperature of 21 Degrees C.

CPU stress

We test processor coolers following a strict protocol. We have already shown you the BIOS settings for the overclock. To stress the CPU we apply the stress modes (default and OC 1.3V) and have our stress software wPrime finish a full run twice. We, however, have a security feature enabled, if a cooler reaches 98 Degrees C the system will power down to prevent it from damage. Below, an example of one of our test runs. We note down the package temperature, the per core temps as such can differ here and there. For LOAD testing we note down the MAXIMUM measured temperature after a two full wPrime 1000M runs. In the example below we use a clock setting of 4600 MHz on all CPU cores with a strict 1.3 Volts on the processor.

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