Cooler Master Aquagate S1robgs -
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To test the Aquagate S1, I will heat up the CPU with a well known “burn-in” software called Orthos. Orthos is a software program that will automatically run two instances of Prime95, a well known Mersenne number test, for dual-core CPU’s. The test will be configured for “Blend – CPU and RAM” and run for at least one half hour to let the temperatures stabilize.
I will record the temperature as shown in Nvidia Monitor while at idle and at load. The CPU will first be tested at the stock speed of 2.4 GHz. Then I will record the temperatures when overclocked to 3.5 GHz.
I will compare the performance of the Aquagate S1 against a high-end Zalman air cooler, the 9700.
- Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
- Asus P5N32-E SLI Motherboard
- 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum RAM
- eVGA 8800GTX Video Card
- 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II Drives, RAID 5
- LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18x DVD-ROM
- Windows XP Professional SP2
The following graphs display the temperatures of the CPU at stock speed of 2.4 GHz. Measurements were taken at idle and under load.
Now we'll overclock the CPU to 3.5 GHz and check the temperatures at both idle and while under load.
As you can see, the Aquagate is only marginally better than the air cooler. But cooler temperatures could equate to higher overclocks on some systems and maybe even better system performance. I am sure that individual results will vary.