Testing and Overclocking
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: Coolermaster Silent Pro 850W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Case: Corsair 700D
To ensure the results were consistent, the heatsink was mounted 3 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 running for 5 minutes.
For load testing I used Prime 95 Small FFT’s and temperatures were taken after 20 minutes.
The standard thermal paste, provided with the cooler was used.
For comparison purposes I also tested the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo and my own water cooling loop consisting of the EK Supreme HF Block, HWLabs SR1360 radiator, Swiftech MCP 355 pump and EK 240 Advanced reservoir.
Ambient temperature was 17 degrees C.
The settings we used for our stock and overclocked tests are:
Stock: CPU 3200MHz Auto voltage
Overclocked: CPU 4000MHz 1.456v
I also tested the Prolimatech cooler with Gentle Typhoon fans attached to see how more powerful impellers could impact temperatures.
As you can see the cooler did very well keeping the CPU at just 32C under load which is very impressive. The fan stayed quiet too.
When it came to overclocking, the Panther did very well again, only reaching 48C which is great and allows plenty of room for higher overclocks. The fan did get slightly noisy at its full 1600RPM so a trade-off could possibly be made for slightly higher temperatures and lower fan noise.
The results at overclocked speeds with two Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s running at 1600RPM.
The temperatures improved for both idle and load. The configuration also was quieter than the single fan provided by Prolimatech.
The testing results were very impressive. The heatsink should allow for even higher overclocks and with the two Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s, was pretty quiet.
The mounting system is always an important part of a cooler’s package. For both AMD and Intel sockets you get a backplate and custom mounts. The installation was a little awkward and some thick double sided tape was used to keep the back plate in place while I held the cooler and screw driver. That said, once the four screws were installed the mount was nice and strong. The springs are fairly thick so there was quite a lot of pressure on the CPU which is essential for ensuring you get a good mount. Also due to the way the mounting system works, the cooler doesn’t move at all once in place.
The supplied thermal paste appeared to be of good quality and was of medium viscosity, about as viscous as the Artic cooling MX3 I’m used to using. The syringe provided is pretty large but when you peel back the sticker on the outside you realise how little thermal paste is in there. It would likely last 5 or 6 mounts and as long as you’re not using huge amounts, you should find it would last you a while; though I’d like to see a little more provided.
The base of the heatsink was very flat and was machined to a high quality finish.
Noise from a CPU cooler is also important. The fan is a 4 pin PWM controlled fan and was able to keep quiet while idle and at load when running at stock frequencies. When load was applied to the CPU when overclocked the fan span at its maximum speed of 1600 RPM and started to become slightly noisy but did not make any irritating whines, whistles or vibrations. The included clips for mounting a second fan are a very useful addition too.
At the price of £37.99 I see it for online, I’d recommend the cooler. Especially if you’re looking for high performance on powerful CPUs
- Excellent performance
- Good value
- Included mounting clips for a second fan
- Quiet operation at stock speeds
- High quality thermal paste
- Overall quality of the product is excellent
- Small quantity of thermal paste provided
- Wasn’t very easy to install while the motherboard is inside a case
- Noise did start to get loud when overclocked