Our testing rig is as follows:
· Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @3.3GHz
· Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67
· HDDs: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB
· RAM: 8GB Kingston DDR3 1600
· Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
· Case: CoolerMaster xB
· OS: Windows Home Premium x64
A total of two tests will be run. These tests are as follows:
· A Peak Test with the supplied cooler and fan setup running Prime95 for a total of 30 minutes.
· A Real World Test using the supplied cooler and fan setup running 3DMark 11 for a total of 30 minutes.
The Peak Test is meant to test the absolute worst case scenario you could throw at your perspective cooler and will both be conducted with the CPU fans running at 100% RPMs under load. The real world test is something a bit less stressful, meant to give you an idea of the coolers performance in a more day-to-day sense.
All tests will be performed using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste in order to eliminate that variable from testing. CPU temperature reading will be taken using RealTempGT, RAM DIMM temperatures will be taken with a non-contact infrared thermometer and the remaining temperature results will be taken using the Sabertooth P67’s own temperature sensors using the following layout.
The Peak test will also be subject to noise level measurements taken with a digital sound level meter every 10 minutes throughout the test to be averaged into an overall comparison score during both load and idle timeframes.
For the sake of this test, Noctua was nice enough to provide us with a second NF-A15 fan for use. For this review, we will be performing two identical tests with the cooler in both single fan and double fan orientations.