To test CPU Coolers we simply boot the PC up into Windows Vista and measure temperatures under idle and load states. The temperature is recorded from the CPU’s own diode using SpeedFan.
For idle testing, we leave the PC doing nothing for half an hour and take 3 temperature readings at 10 second intervals after 30mins. We then use the average score from these as the result.
When testing at load temperatures, we use a similar method but load both cores of our CPU right to 100% by loading two processes of ‘CPU Burn-In’.
Ambient (testing environment) temperature was 18 degrees Celsius.
We’ll be comparing the Scythe Kama Angle to the stock Intel Cooler (copper base model). The included Asus compound is the thermal paste which will be used when testing both of the coolers.
The processor will be tested at stock clock.
|Scythe Kama Angle||Intel Stock Cooler|
The results are very encouraging and as expected the Kama angle easily outperforms the stock cooler. The temperatures are very good though and certainly would compete with many of the top end coolers currently on the market.
The fan is surprising quiet, especially with the PWM connection, and doesn’t really prove to be a problem at all. There is a bit of whirring up close but nothing to put off most enthusiasts. It’s not completely quiet but other than using a passive cooler, it’s probably one of the quietest coolers out there.
The price isn’t too bad compared to many of the high end coolers and retails at $54 which translates to roughly £30 so as you can see it’s not going to bust your wallet.