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AMA Aragon 900 Water Cooling Kit Review

Zertz    -   March 22, 2009
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Testing

In order to test the ability of AMA's Aragon 900 to cool a processor, I will monitor the processor's temperature over time at idle and under load. Temperatures will be gathered into four different conditions. The first test is going to be performed at idle at stock settings, which will have minimal CPU usage. During the next test, the processor will still be at stock settings, but at full load this time. I will then undergo the same testing, but with the processor overclocked. To monitor the i7's temperature, I will be using the latest version of RealTemp. In order to make sure I am really stressing the processor as much as possible, I will be using Prime95 25.7, which has the ability to achieve 100% load on eight threads. I will be using the Large FFT's test for an hour to ensure I am hitting maximum temperature. The settings used during the overclocked tests are going to make the i7 processor run 25% higher than stock speeds, which ends up at 3.33 GHz using a 166 MHz BCLK and the 20x multiplier. The processor's core voltage will be set to 1.25V. With these settings, the i7 will be dissipating an impressive amount of power. Let's see how AMA's Aragon 900 will handle the load of Intel's latest quad cores.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Settings:

  • Stock: 2.66 GHz (20x 133 MHz) 1.10V
  • Overclocked: 3.33 GHz (20x 166 MHz) 1.25V

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

  • Heatsink: Custom water cooling (Swiftech MCR320, Laing D5, Swiftech Apogee GTZ)
  • Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P SE
  • Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme (push/pull Scythe Kaze 2000RPM fans)

 

 

At stock settings, under both idle and load conditions, AMA's water cooling kit is able to hang out not only with the top end air coolers, but also the custom water cooling loop built out of high end components. Temperatures aren't exactly impressive, but water, just like air, has it's cooling power limited by ambient temperature. So under relatively light loads, there isn't much gain to be had. The same trend continues under load, where AMA's cooler outperforms the rest of its competitors. Once overclocked and at idle, all four unsurprisingly keep the processor around the same temperature. However, results get scrambled up once under load. AMA's kit can't quite keep up with the custom loop, although it does come ahead of Noctua's flagship air cooled heatsink and equals the performance of Thermalright's.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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