We test with 3 different configurations as outlined below. Each configuration will be tested with 3 different fans. We repeat the tests 3 times for each configuration and fan setup. A fresh application of TIM and a remount is performed between tests. This results in a total of 27 test results. We then calculate the averages for each configuration and fan setup.
The test itself is 45min long and consists of a 5min warm up / idle period which is followed by 8 thread Prime95 load test and finished up with a 10min cooldown period.
|Vcore||1.15v – LLC Enabled|
|RAM DDR3||1066 / 7-7-7-20 1T|
|Vcore||1.3v – LLC Enabled|
|RAM DDR3||1440 / 8-8-8-24 1T|
|Vcore||1.4v – LLC Enabled|
|RAM DDR3||1600 / 8-8-8-24 1T|
We employ 2 predefined fans for measurement consistency and to determine how well the cooler will scale for silence and performance. If the manufacturer supplies a fan, the factory fan will be included in all tests as well.
|FAN #1:||SanAce | xxxxxx1011 | 120x120x38 | 120 CFM|
|FAN #2:||Scythe Gentle Typhoon 15 | 120x120x25 | 58 CFM|
|FAN #3:||Cooler Master | 120x120x25 | 82.9 CFM|
All tests will be conducted on an open test bench.
|Thermometer #1:||CystalFontz DB635-AKTMF-KU3|
|Thermometer #2:||2x CystalFontz WRDOW17 Temp Sensor|
This will be used to measure and monitor ambient temperature. The ambient temperature window is between 25C – 27C degrees. The target temperature is 26C degrees.
|CPU:||Intel Core i7 930 D0 2.66G GHz|
|Memory:||G.SKILL PI+ Turbulence 3x 2GB DDR3 1600 /PC3-12800 Cas 6-8-6-20|
|Video Card:||XFX NVIDIA GeForce GT240|
|OS:||Microsoft Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1|
|Power Options:||Performance Mode|
|Temp App||RealTemp v3.6|
|Stress App||Prime95 v25.11|