Thermaltake Symphony MiniFormer staff writer - May 6, 2007
I tested this system against my air cooler, the Tuniq Tower, to see if it benefits me any by lowering my temperatures at idle and at full load with a modest overclock on the CPU. All hardware remains the same except for the changing of the CPU cooler. To load the system at 100%, I ran a program called Prime95 and since I have a dual core CPU, I ran two instances of Prime95 to make sure both cores were loaded. I recorded these temperatures at full load and idle and also the idle temperature I got in the hardware monitoring section of my system BIOS, and put them in a graph for an easy comparison. Just for the record, the ambient temperature was 25° C. The program I used to monitor the temperatures of the CPU in Windows was Speedfan, while CPU-Z shows the actual clock speed of the CPU.
- Intel Conroe 6700 at 3.6 GHz
- Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
- OCZ EL DDR2-1000 Platinum XTC 4-5-4-15 (2 x 1 GB)
- BFG GdForce 7600 gt oc
- OCZ GameXtreme 600 watt psu
- Western Digital 250 GB SATA
- Lite-on DVDRW LH-20A1P
- Windows XP Pro SP2
Here you can see the difference in temperature between idle and full load. In this shot from the BIOS hardware monitor, you can see that it does not even come close to matching the temperature of the software program. Which is more accurate? I can only speculate.
Prime95 was run for a minimum of one hour to make sure that my processor was at it's highest possible temperature.o. I then waited a minimum of 15 minutes before I recorded the idle temperatures. All the chart values are in °C, with lower values being better.
As you can tell from the graphs, the Thermaltake cooler did an awesome job of cooling the CPU. The temperature only rose two °C from idle to load at this overclock while the air cooler rose six °C, which is still commendable.