We measured the level of noise generated by our today’s testing participants from a 3cm, 1m and 3m distance. The results are given on the diagram below:
Don’t be surprised that there are no results for Scythe Infinity and Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme coolers on the diagram above. Since they used the same 120mm fan as Scythe ZIPANG, the acoustic difference didn’t exceed 0.1~0.2dBA at all times that is why we decided not to overload the diagram with identical data. As for the acoustic performance of the new cooling solutions reviewed today, the outcome was quite predictable. Both newcomers proved extremely quiet, even XIGMATEK HDT-D1284 at the maximum fan rotation speed of ~1430RPM cannot be considered noisy, even though it crossed the subjectively comfortable borderline a little bit.