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Prolimatech Lynx

Testing and Overclocking

 

Test Rig

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

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 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.

Overclocking

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.

 

Results

[easychart type="horizbar" title="Stock, 3.20GHz" groupnames="Antec 920 Silent, Antec 920 Extreme, Antec 620, Prolimatech Panther, Prolimatech Lynx, Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, Coolermaster Hyper TX3 EVO, Coolermaster Gemini II M4, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542 /w Silent adapter, Coolermaster Hyper 412S, Coolermaster Hyper 412S /w Silent adapter, EK Supreme HF Full Nickel" valuenames="Idle, Load" group1values="21,38" group2values="15,26" group3values="14,31" group4values="20,32" group5values="20,38" group6values="22,36" group7values="22,42" group8values="23,45" group9values="22,37" group10values="22,45" group11values="14,31" group12values="16,35" group13values="17,26" ]

With the fan only reaching moderate noise levels, audible but only just, the cooler performed well for its smaller size.

[easychart type="horizbar" title="Overclocked,  4.0GHz 1.456v" groupnames="Antec 920 Silent, Antec 920 Extreme, Antec 620, Prolimatech Panther, Prolimatech Panther /w 2x Gentle Typhoon, Prolimatech Lynx, Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, Coolermaster Hyper TX3 EVO, Coolermaster Gemini II M4, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542 /w Silent adapter, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542 /w Proli Vortex 140, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542 /w Proli Vortex 1200RPM, Coolermaster Gemini II SF542 /w Proli Vortex 900RPM, Coolermaster Hyper 412S, Coolermaster Hyper 412S /w Silent adapter, Coolermaster Hyper 412S /w Gentle Typhoon, Coolermaster Hyper 412S /w 2x Gentle Typhoon, Coolermaster Hyper 412S /w NF-F12, EK Supreme HF Full Nickel" valuenames="Idle, Load" group1values="21,46" group2values="16,36" group3values="25,46" group4values="24,48" group5values="22,45" group6values="25,55" group7values="27,52" group8values="32,77" group9values="28,76" group10values="23,67" group11values="26,74" group12values="20,60" group13values="21,64" group14values="22,66" group15values="19,49" group16values="21,58" group17values="18,47" group18values="18,45" group19values="19,50" group20values="22,36" ]

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.