6-Way Intel Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup

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Temperature Test Results

Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup

With the system running at stock settings the i7-920 ran at 37.75*C when idle and a toasty 74*C under full load. Our previous low temp champ is still the winner. In its single fan configuration it beat out the Vigor Monsoon III LT by a very small margin of 0.5*C under full load. In the NH-U12P’s dual fan configuration it was clearly the winner with a 1.75*C gap between it and the closest competitor, the Monsoon III LT. The NH-U12P SE1366 cooled our i7-920 to a very nice 56.25*C under full load, and a whopping 17.75* under stock.

Core i7 CPU Cooler Roundup

With the system overclocked to 3.5GHz and under full load the stock cooler starts to scream for mercy as the load temp climbed to 83.5*C. The Vigor Monsoon III LT dropped back 2 spots, and the NH-U12P is still in the lead, keeping our i7-920 to a toasty 67.5*C; a whole 16* cooler then stock.

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