To test CPU Coolers we simply boot the PC up into the OS and measure temperatures under idle and load states. The temperature is recorded from the CPU’s own diode using Asus AI Suite.
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 mean average scoring from these as the overall result.
When testing at load temperatures, we use a similar method but load all cores of our CPU to 100% by running two processes of ‘CPU Burn-In’.
During the CPU Cooler testing at different states, we’ll also measure the system temperature to see if the cooler impacts this.
To test noise we connect the CPU Cooler up to a 12v battery pack and compare the noise output with the comparison CPU Cooler. This test isn’t at all scientific, but is a good overall representation of the products noise output.
Ambient (testing environment) temperature was 22 degrees Celsius.
We’ll be comparing the Evercool Buffalo to the stock Intel Cooler (copper base model). All tests will use Arctic Silver 5 as the chosen thermal paste.
The processor will be tested at stock clock (3ghz) and at a stable overclock (3.6ghz).