Coolit Pure ReviewNerm - May 2, 2008
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Validating the performance of a product involves testing it out to see if it can perform as advertised, and then finding the limits of its capabilities. To test the CoolIT PURE, I will record temperatures at stock CPU speeds - as well as overclocked speeds - to see how well the PURE handles the load. To perform this testing, I will allow the system to idle for 15 minutes to record the idle temperatures. To obtain the load temperatures, I will run Prime 95 for 30 minutes, using the Small FFT test setting to generate a substantial thermal load. I will use Core Temp 0.97 to gather the temperatures at idle and under load, with the results representing the averaged temps of all four cores.
- Processor: Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 266x9
- Motherboard: Asus P5K3 Premium Wi-Fi AP "Black Pearl Edition"
- Memory: 2 x 1GB on-board DDR3 1333 at 800MHz, with latencies of 5-5-5-15 1T
- Video Card(s): 2 X Sapphire HD3870
- Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 700w
- Hard Drive: Maxtor 100GB SATA
- Optical Drive: NEC DV5700
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temp 75*F
- CoolIT PURE
- Intel Stock Core 2 Quad Cooler
As an all-in-one liquid cooling solution, the PURE CPU cooler outperformed the stock Intel cooler under load by at least 10 degrees Celsius. This is a substantial improvement, considering the PURE is an almost dead-silent cooling solution.