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Cooling Efficiency Tests

The results of our cooling efficiency tests are given on the diagram and in the table below:

 

The results show that overclocking community has just got another super-cooler at their disposal. Thermaltake FrioOCK proved to be extremely efficient. For example, with two default 130 mm fans rotating at 1010 RPM the new cooler is just as good as Thermalright Archon with one default 140 mm fan at 900 RPM (we are going to talk about acoustics in the next chapter of our review). At the same time, with one default fan rotating at its maximum speed of 1280-1300 RPM Archon doesn’t let the temperature of the hottest processor core to go beyond 80 degrees. To achieve the same result with Thermaltake FrioOCK, its fans had to be sped up to 1700 RPM.

In the end, Thermaltake FrioOCK in its default configuration turned out more efficient than Thermalright Archon in its default configuration. Although this victory comes at a price: the noise level is fairly high, since the new Thermaltake cooler has to have its fans working at least at 1800 RPM. However, the Archon fan at its maximum speed of 1300 RPM produces considerably less noise. By the way, Thermalright super-cooler takes its revenge very quickly, once you install a second TY-140 fan for air exhaust. Nevertheless, I have to admit that the efficiency of Thermaltake FrioOCK is truly impressive.

Since the new cooler demonstrated such remarkable results, we decided to check it out during maximum CPU overclocking test. FrioOCK with the fans at 1290 RPM coped perfectly fine with our six-core Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor overclocked to 4.45 GHz with Vcore set at 1.46875 V (for comparison purposes on the left you can see the results of Archon cooler with identical frequency and voltage settings):


Thermaltake FrioOCK (2 x 1290 RPM)

Thermalright Archon (2 x 910 RPM)

The peak temperature of the hottest processor core reached 88°C. Thermalright Archon with two fans at 910 RPM showed the same results, but at a lower level of noise, as you probably guessed. When we overclocked our test CPU to the same level, with two FrioOCK fans rotating at 2000 RPM the temperature dropped by only 4°C, while at the maximum 1300 RPM speed of two TY-140 fans on the Archon the peak temperature got 7°C lower.


Thermaltake FrioOCK (2 x 2000 RPM)

Thermalright Archon (2 x 1300 RPM)

Thermaltake FrioOCK can maintain our processor’s stability at its maximum frequency of 4.5 GHz and 1.475 V Vcore only at the maximum speed of both its 130 mm fans:


Thermaltake FrioOCK (2 x 2260 RPM)

Very few coolers can do the same, even though this result is obtained at a significant noise level. so, let’s actually take a closer look at the acoustic performance of our today’s testing participamnts now.

 
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