Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler - Testing

Article Index
Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. Most current CPU's produce considerably less heat than the Intel i7 920 but this should give you a very good idea what to expect performance-wise when compared to other coolers that we've reviewed.
 

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.
 

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:

 

For all of our testing we do two separate tests, one with the fans manually set to 100% and then again with them running at their lowest speeds. In the case of the Silent Shark, the Fans speed for the internal fan is ~800RPM at its lowest setting, and ~2200 RPM at its highest setting. The outer "silent" fan was set to ~1500 RPM for high speed, and ~725 RPM for low speed testing.

 

 

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So without even looking at the next chart I can see that the Evercool Silent Shark is a pretty good performer. If you don't believe me, check out the chart below where we compare it up against all the other CPU coolers we've reviewed over the years.

 

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In the past Evercool coolers have been more aimed at the budget consumer and therefore the performance hasn't been the best. This is not the case at all with the Silent Shark as it was one of the best performing air coolers we've ever tested and was only able to be beaten by one other cooler (Noctua NH-D14) which features bigger fans (140mm) than the Silent Shark (120mm). This performance is very good and should make even the grumpiest overclocker very happy.


So now that we have seen what the Silent Shark looks like and how it performs, let's move onto the final section of this review where we recap our findings and provide the Evercool Silent Shark with a final score.