Like the Micro Silencer, I started with the cooler being installed as directed and the system controlling the fan. With the system idle, the Nano tried to keep the Q6600 cool, but like the Micro cooler, the temps were way high. The Nano kept the Q6600’s idle temp at a very toasty 73.75*C average, with the fan off most of the time and only coming to life at 79*C.
Reluctantly, I ran the load test. The Nano kept the Q6600 in the high 70’s low 80’s depending if the fan was on or not. The average over the 30min test was a blistering 78.8*C.
After letting the machine cool down I started the test with the fan controller installed. With the fan controller on low, the fan was running at a constant and quiet 1,000 RPM. The Q6600 was idling at 43.3*C, almost 2*C under stock.
Under load with the controller still on low the temps shot back into the 70’s with a temp of 73.5*C, about 8*C over stock.
With the controller on high, and the system idling, the Q6600 was running at a cool 36*C which is 9*C under stock. The fan was running at 2,400 RPM and was surprisingly quiet for a fan with a 30dBA rating.
Under load, the Q6600’s temps where back to the high side but still in a livable rage at 57.5*C, 8*C under stock.