CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

The Test Rig

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Test Rig Overview


For the case we've selected the CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro5.  When we looked at this case a few months back we were perhaps a little hard on it.  It is in fact a very good case, but at the time it was released it just didn't meet with the expectation of interchangeability the marketing hype would have you believe.  Skip forward in time and the options are all there, making it the perfect case for us to use in testing CPU cooling solutions. 

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Motherboard and CPU

When looking for the main testbed solution we've mated the Intel SkyLake i7 6700K with the Asus Maximus Ranger VIII, as we feel not everyone is running this sort of gear it is at least representative of the kit that people are using.

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For the GPU we selected the ASUS Strix R9 380 (4GB).  As we're not testing graphics we don't need a super powerful GPU, and as this is such a cracking little heat efficient unit we suspect the fans won't even be turning when we're running the GPU light, CPU heavy OCCT torture test.

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Yes we know it's not a lot of RAM by today's standards, but 8GB of the excellent Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM will suffice for our needs

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We don't need a massive PSU, but we do need something that's cool and reliable.  For that reason we've opted for the Semi-modular CoolerMaster V650.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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