During this test session we managed to overclock our 45nm quad-core processor with the multiplier set at 10x to 3.65 GHz using the weakest cooling system of the today’s testing participants. The nominal processor Vcore was increased to 1.45 V in the mainboard BIOS.
All other parameters available in the mainboard BIOS and connected with CPU or memory overclocking remained unchanged (set to Auto).
Let’s check out the obtained results:
On the one hand, Thermaltake ISGC-100 was the least efficient on Intel platform. But if we remember that the mission of this cooler is the use in compact HTPC systems, where you will never see an overclocked quad-core processor loaded with Linpack, then this little fellow really inspires some respect. Scythe BIG Shuriken looks even better, as it outperforms its competitor by 3 °C in both test modes. But we were mostly surprised with the results demonstrated by the little Thermaltake ISGC-200 tower that turned out very efficient even in quiet mode. Xilence Icebreaker 775 yielded about 2 °C to the latter in quiet mode and outperformed it by the same number of degrees at maximum fan rotation speed, which isn’t surprising at all, because the icebreaker’s fan rotates by about 1000 RPM faster. And the results of the included Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus show 5-6 °C advantage of a full-size tower cooler over the compact systems in both test modes.