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Cooling Efficiency

You can see the results of our tests in this table as well as in the following diagram:

Rotating its fans at higher speed, the GELID Black Edition can deliver the same performance as the Phanteks PH-TC14P? at 950 RPM. However, if the speed is reduced by 200 RPM, the Black Edition lets the peak CPU temperature rise by 3°C, losing to the Phanteks. The lower the speed of the two 120mm fans of the GELID cooler, the higher the CPU temperature during our test. As a result, the Black Edition is as much as 9°C worse than the Phanteks PH-TC14P? at 800 RPM. Considering that they come at the same recommended price, the GELID can hardly be viewed as a worthy competitor.

You can compare the new cooler’s performance 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.

We can see that the GELID Black Edition looks good at the maximum speed of its two default fans but its performance is far from efficient in the quiet mode at 800 RPM:

* - 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.

Our attempts to overclock the CPU with the GELID Black Edition further were unsuccessful. The test program would abort with an error even at 4500 MHz and 1.440 volts.

GELID The Black Edition (2 x 120 mm @1490 RPM)

Thus, the GELID Black Edition takes a leading position in the bottom group of coolers which managed to reach the CPU clock rate of 4.375 GHz.

The result is good in terms of noise as well. The GELID isn’t the loudest cooler in that group.

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