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CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Review

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Review

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CoolIT ECO A.L.C. – Performance

Thermal
To test the coolers we ran Prime95 fully loading all threads on our CPU and monitored the temperatures highest value being noted below. Idle temperatures were recorded after the system had been running on the Windows desktop for 30 minutes without use. Temperature readings were taken from Everest Ultimate and RealTemp GT using the CPUs DST readings. For reference the load/idle temperatures for Intels reference 980X Cooler (high setting at stock CPU speed) are 28/68°C. The room temperature for all tests was 20°C and CPU speed was kept constant throughout.



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Starting off with some results at the 980Xs standard speed of 3.33GHz and its default voltage we see that the ECO performs well. At idle we recorded a 1°C increase over the H50 however after running on full load for 15 minutes the situation reversed, showing a 1c advantage for CoolIT. That said; the results are so close that this is essentially a draw on both fronts.



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After increasing our CPU speed to 4.0GHz via a 30x multiplier and voltage of 1.4v we see that the two coolers are again very closely matched. Looking at the maximum temperature recorded shows the H50 has a small advantage but there are some interesting figures available if we look at the temperature of each Core during the test. With this level of detail in hand it is clear that the H50 tends to keep more of the CPU cooler.

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NOTE: The coolers were also tested in a working system using the Fractal Design Define R2 chassis however as there are so many variables in end user systems the results are not included above. For testing the standard rear exhaust fan was moved to the top of the chassis and the ECO/H50 were installed in the rear bay. As recommended by the manufacturers, CoolITs ECO was acting as an exhaust, the H50 as an intake. The resulting temperatures, for information only, are that the ECO had a maximum temperature of 78°C, the H50 was 76°C.

Noise
As our testing was performed using the maximum fan setting for each cooler this results in different airflow and noise levels on each cooler. The 1800RPM ECO system produces 50.2dBA of noise at full load, the H50 at its maximum 1700RPM registered 47.6 dBA. (Both were tested at a distance of 15inches.)



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Stuart Davidson

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