TECHNOLOGY X TEST PROTOCOL
At Technology X, we test our CPU coolers slightly different depending upon the cooler’s marketed purpose, whether it be for a silent operation or extreme overclocking. Our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, however, CPU C State alteration may or may not have occurred depending on the motherboard and BIOS configurations. Additionally, we also try to include links to the benchmarks used in our report so that you as the reader can replicate our tests to confirm that your cooler performs the way it should.
TECHNOLOGY X TEST BENCH
All of the components we use for testing are standard off-the-shelf PC components from major manufacturers, which can be purchased at a variety local retailers and online. We’ll also provide links to our components for those of you that find an interest in our equipment.
We’d like to thank Intel and ASRock, and Crucial for providing vital components in this test bench, without which this report would not be possible. Check out our review of the Intel Core i7 5960X, ASRock X99 OC Formula, and the Crucial Ballistix DDR4-2400 memory kit, used in this report.
|PC CHASSIS:||Thermaltake Core V51|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock X99 OC Formula|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7 5960X @ 4.2GHZ OC|
|MEMORY:||32GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair TX850 v2|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||ASUS STRIX GTX 970 OC|
|STORAGE:||ADATA 1TB Premiere Pro SSD|
In order to test our CPU cooler, we’ll be running a CPU stress test and monitoring our temperatures using AIDA64, which is a great utility for benchmarking, testing the stability of, and monitoring your system.
To test our cooler, we ran AIDA64’s ‘System Stability Test’ for 1 hour and recorded the highest temperature reached on any core. We did so at both the stock core frequency of our Intel Core i7 5960X, as well as overclocked to 4.2GHz.
During both tests our ambient temperature was approximately 22° Celsius (or 71° Fahrenheit)
Above we can see that our cooler was able to keep our idle temperatures in both configurations to about 10°C over our ambient, which is fairly respectable. However, it is during our load tests that things get really interesting, as the PH-TC14S is able to not only keep our stock CPU at 60°C or about 48° over ambient, but it is able to keep our overclocked Intel 5960X to 75°C! Remember that is a 40% overclock on a top-of-the-line eight-core CPU.
We tested the cooler’s noise output by using a sound meter placed near the system’s case with the side-panel closed. We tested the cooler at both full speed (1500 RPM) and an idle speed of 800 RPM. We also tested the sound of our overall system’s cooling without the cooler’s fan turned on to illustrate the difference. That result was an average of 50 dB.
Our sound test isn’t very scientific, as we lack a sound-proof room to properly test in. However, we still feel that the results will represent a real world scenario, as there will likely be some noise in the room you keep your computer in. That being said, we found the fan on this cooler to be fairly quiet, but definitely noticeable at 1500 RPM. It wasn’t annoying or distracting, and it is nearly silent at 800 RPM.