Published: 9th August 2010 | Source: Armageddon | Price: 49.90EUR |
Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.80GHz (133 x 21) 1.20V | 3.60GHz (180x20) 1.25V
Asus Rampage Extreme 2 Motherboard
Corsair Platinum 6GB 1333mhz
Asus Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
OCZ 1000w Gold Series PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
We decided to pitch the Armageddon against a cooler which may target a similar audience; the Nocta C12P SE14. Now I know what you're all thinking in that the C12P is not a tower cooler, neither are intended for sheer performance. For a fair test, the Armageddon was fitted with the same Noctua fans. Following a 30 minute idle test and a 60 minute Prime95 run Small FFTs test, we found ourselves with the following results.
It's never a good sign when our graphs fail to indicate a result at 4.0GHz. Sadly, the Armageddon couldn't quite handle the heat of the i7 930 @ 1.30V, however the Noctua NH-C12P was hardly any better. In terms of performance, they are very well matched and for the noise levels they output, they are very reasonable performers. Needless to say however, investing two fans in push-pull is beginning to defeat the objective of this heatsink. Let's continue to the conclusion to find out why.