Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit ReviewFormer staff writer -
So, after everything, finally we come to the bread and butter of this experiment. Does this system work? Well, let me give you a bit of a preview (Yes it does).
As before with our Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review we're going to be taking a 'real life scenario' view on testing the Waterchill system. Simply put, as with real life, most people upgrade from Air cooling to Water cooling, so we'll be taking a similar look to truly demonstrate the usefulness of the upgrade. All the system I'm using has remained identical throughout testing, with the one change of air to water cooling.
The system I will be using is:
All Idle temperatures are taken after 20 minutes of 0% CPU usage
All Load temperatures are taken after 45 minutes of 100% CPU usage created with Prime95 Torture Test and Folding@Home
All temperatures are recorded using the onboard temperature sensor on the NF7-S and Winbond Hardware Doctor.
So, lets see what we have at stock speeds on this Barton CPU
Wow, already we have the Waterchill kit clearly in the lead with a whopping 5°C delta even on silent(7V) mode at load! With the fan running at full tilt we have an astounding 8°C load delta!
Of course, watercooling can only mean one thing: We have the NEED to overclock. So, of course, that is what we have next!