Spire CoolGate 2011 CPU Cooler ReviewFri, May 25, 2012 - 12:00 AM
The Test System
Today we’ll be comparing the Spire Coolgate 2011 against a few other coolers that we’ve previously tested.
Here is a short list of the parts that make up the test system:
|Intel Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2500K||Click Here|
|Motherboard||ASUS P8P67 Pro||Click Here|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz||Click Here|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 470||Click Here|
|Storage Drive||Crucial C300 64GB SSD||Click Here|
|Power Supply||BFG Technologies EX-1000||Click Here|
|Chassis||Cooler Master HAF 932||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)||Click Here|
Here you can see the clocks and voltages that the system will be using for the overclocked tests.
For monitoring all temperatures I am using Coretemp. For idle temperatures, the computer was left unused for 15 minutes at desktop allowing it to settle. For load temperatures, prime95 was used, and ran for 20 minutes using the default “blend” setting. The CPU was tested at stock speeds with turbo enabled. Our overclocked tests were run at 4.8 GHZ using 1.46v to maintain stability. All tests were done using Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal paste. Temperatures shown will be the average of all four cores. For those who are curious, the ambient room temperature is right at 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 23.3 degrees Celsius.