In the benchmarks that will be run, we used an Intel 4770k clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost and the low power state enabled. Turbo Boost allows the 4770k to hit up to 3.9GHz right out of the box.
To record temperatures, we used Core Temp, logged the temperatures for 15 minutes or while each program was active, and averaged all 4 cores.
Benchmark wise, we will be using several synthetic and real-world benchmarks to perform normal, heavy, and extreme load. The benchmarks that we’re going to use today include: Prime95, x264, 3DMark 2013 (Firestrike test only), Metro Last Light, and Sleeping Dogs. Prime95 will peg all four cores and eight threads to 100% with the In-Place Large FFT test, which will help us to understand exactly how hot this CPU can get with each cooler.
Ambient temperature during all testing was 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
I have reviewed several other air and liquid CPU coolers in the past and you will find them in the charts below for comparison purposes.
3D Mark 2013
Metro Last Light
Overall Results: Comparing the Predator 240 to all of the other coolers that we’ve checked out in the more recent past, you will find that the Predator 240 hits about middle of the road or better on all of the tests. When you check out the charts, though, the difference between the top cooler and this cooler is quite small.