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Performance Tests

Cooling Efficiency

The results of our performance tests can be found in the table as well as in the following diagram:

Like the recently tested Thermaltake Frio Advanced, the new Cooler Master X6 Elite cannot compete with the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 in performance, being inferior at any speed of the fans. The best that the X6 Elite can do is beat the TRUE Spirit 140 when the former works at the maximum 1720 RPM and the latter, at 800 RPM. Working at 1400 RPM, the X6 Elite equals the TRUE Spirit 140 at 800 RPM. On the other hand, when both coolers work at the maximum speed of their fans, the difference is only 4°C, which is not too much. But at the minimum 800 RPM the X6 Elite couldn't cope with our six-core CPU overclocked to 4375 MHz and thus fell behind the TRUE Sprit 140 by more than 12°C.

You can compare it with products we tested previously in the following table and diagram. Each cooler was tested in its default configuration in the quiet mode and at the maximum speed of the fan(s) with the CPU overclocked to 4.375 MHz at a voltage of 1.385 volts.

* - The peak temperature of the hottest CPU core is posted on the diagram taking
into account the difference from the current ambient temperature and is reduced to 25°C.

Despite its unassuming performance, the Cooler Master X6 Elite is quite high up in the standings. Considering the noise factor, it is better than the Thermaltake Frio Advanced, for example. But, unlike the Thermaltake, the Cooler Master couldn’t keep the CPU stable at the higher clock rate and voltage. Therefore, the table and diagram with the best overclocking results look like this:


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