Spire CoolGate 2011 CPU Cooler Review


The Test System

Today well be comparing the Spire Coolgate 2011 against a few other coolers that weve previously tested.

Thermaltake Frio OCK HSF Installed

Here is a short list of the parts that make up the test system:

Intel Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Pricing
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

Test Specs:

Thermaltake  Frio OCK CPU Cooler

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.

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