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Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

Testbed and Methods

We assembled the following system inside our Nofen CS-30 system case:

  • Mainboard: Foxconn H67A-S (Intel H67, LGA 1155, BIOS from 03/11/2011);
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K, 3.3 GHz, 1.15 V, 256 KB L2, 6 MB L3 (Sandy Bridge, D2);
  • Thermal interface: Gelid GX-Extreme;
  • Memory: DDR3 2 x 2 GB WinTec AMPX (Spec: 1600MHz / 7-7-7-24 / 1.65 V);
  • System drive: OCZ Agility EX SSD (SATA-II, 60 GB, SLC, Indillinx controller, firmware v1.31);
  • DVD drive;
  • System case: Nofen CS-30;
  • Power supply: Nofen P-400A (400 W).

Although the mainboard doesn’t have any functionality for processor overclocking, Intel Core i5-2500K thermal envelope was almost maximum for Nofen CR-100A – 95 W. So, we believe that a CPU like that should be more than enough to check out the efficiency of this heatsink.

The system case was set inside a half-open niche in the computer desk:

Remember that this system doesn’t have a single fan in it.

To create appropriate workload we used system stability test from AIDA64 v1.60.1314 Beta. The temperatures were monitored using the same program:


As you understand, it doesn’t make any sense to worm up the HDDs in our case, so we removed the marker in the corresponding checkbox.

Nofen CR-100A will be competing against the inexpensive Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus:

And we lowered the rotation speed f its single default 120 mm fan to 600 RPM to make sure that it didn’t freak out the silent Nofen Set A40 system.

Besides this test, we also tested the cooling efficiency of Nofen CR-100A on our default LGA1366 platform assembled inside Antec Twelve Hundred system case (you can check out is hardware configuration in this review, for example). In this case the newcomer will be competing against the best passive heatsink – Thermalright HR-02:


The load was still created using AIDA64 stability test. Now let’s check out the obtained results.

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