120mm Water Cooler Round Up w/ Cooler Master, Scythe and ZalmanFri, Dec 06, 2013 - 9:26 AM
Test system and procedure
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
|Intel Test Platform|
|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|
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.
The GPU used in the system is an EVGA GeForce GTX660 with ForceWare 327.23 video card drivers.
Hard drive use is the Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD.
Thermal paste used is Gelid GC Extreme