Testing and Overclocking
CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T
GPU: ASUS Reference 5870
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 DDR3
Storage: Crucial C300 128GB
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Case: Corsair 700D equipped with many fans
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 below.
For idle testing, Windows 7 was allowed to run with no programs for 10 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.
The settings I used for stock and overclocked tests are:
Stock – CPU 3200MHz Auto voltage (1.325v)
Overclocked – CPU 4000MHz 1.456v
Due to the thermal probe built into the Phenom II CPUs being incorrectly calibrated, the temperatures displayed are 5C cooler than the actual temperature of the CPU. The temperatures are all taken from the same CPU so are all on the same scale.
With the fan only reaching moderate noise levels, audible but only just, the cooler performed well for its smaller size.
When the clock speed increased, the fan did reach its maximum speed of 1600RPM which is audible from a distance but overall performing well for its small size.