Gelid Silent Spirit LGA 1366 CPU Cooler Review

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Test System

Today’s review was performed on both the Core i7 and Phenom II test systems. Ambient temperatures were maintained at 21 Celsius throughout all the testing. Testing was performed with neither a case nor additional case fans; only the heatsink fan and GPU fans were running. For the heatsink tests I used Arctic Silver Ceramique and I also compared the bundled GC-1 to Arctic Cooling Ceramique.

All tests were performed three times and the average temperature of the three runs was reported. Idle temperatures were measured after 15 minutes at idle and load temperatures were taken after 97% completion through wPrime 1024M. The latest Core Temp and AMD OverDrive were used to measure temperatures. The Phenom II probe read artificially low, and after extensive testing with my thermal probe touching various portions of the IHS, I corrected the temperature readings by increasing all values by 11 Celsius.

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Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i7 920

Motherboard

ECS X58B-A

Memory

G.Skill 3x1GB PC3-12800 CL9

Video Card

XFX GTX 260 216SP Black Edition

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

Cooling

Gelid Silent Spirit

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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AMD Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

AMD Phenom II X4 940

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H

Memory

Corsair 2x1GB PC2-8888 CAS4

Video Card

Asus ROG HD 4870 512MB

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

Cooling

Gelid Silent Spirit

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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Here is an image of the Scythe Ninja that was used as a comparison on the Phenom II platform.
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