120mm Water Cooler Round Up w/ Cooler Master, Scythe and Zalman

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Test system and procedure

LR Test system x264 screen shot

To test the coolers I used the x264 benchmark stress the CPU. I used this in place of Prime95 due to the fact that the floating point benchmarks like Prime95 are really hard on Intel Haswell CPUs, and tend to mess with the integrated voltage regulator that now resides on the chip. I did 4 runs of the x264 benchmark and then averaged the temps. Temperatures were recorded with Coretemp. The idle temps were taken after the system set at the desktop for 30 minutes. The ambient temperature was kept at 72F (22C) for all testing.

The test system

LR Test System

Intel Test Platform
Component  Brand/Model Pricing 
Processor  Intel Core i7 4770K  Click Here 
Motherboard  Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force Click Here 
Memory  Kingston HyperX Beast Click Here 
Video Card  EVGA GTX 660  Click Here
Hard Drive Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD  Click Here
Power Supply  NZXT HALE90 750w  Click Here
Chassis Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Click Here 
Operating System  Windows 7 Professional (64Bit)  Click Here

 

LR Test system CPUZ screen shot

CPU used in the test system is the Intel Core i7 4770k. The processor will be run at stock settings with the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force motherboard running default settings as well. 

LR Test system GPUZ screen shot
The GPU used in the system is an EVGA GeForce GTX660 with ForceWare 327.23 video card drivers.

LR Test System Corsair SSD  

Hard drive use is the Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD.

LR Test System Gelid GC Extreme Thermal Paste

Thermal paste used is Gelid GC Extreme

      

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  • jtd871

    Case open or closed? Which way were the fans oriented? Pulling air into the case or exhausting? Also, why have a discrete GPU if all you’re stressing is the CPU?