Testing and Overclocking

Test Rig

CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T
GPU: ASUS Reference 5870
Memory: 4GB G Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 7-7-7-24 DDR3
Storage: Crucial C300 128GB
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Case: Corsair 700D equipped with many fans

Methodology

To ensure the results were consistent, the heatsink was mounted three times and idle and load tests run each time. An average of the results is shown on the results page.

For idle testing, Windows 7 was allowed to run with no programs for five minutes.

For load testing I used Prime 95 Small FFTs and temperatures were taken after 20 minutes.

The standard thermal paste, provided with the cooler, was used.

Overclocking

The settings we used for our stock and overclocked tests are:

Stock – CPU 3200MHz Auto voltage (1.325v)
Overclocked – CPU 4000MHz 1.456v

About The Author
William Hemmens