Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite - Side-by-Side Performance and Conclusion

Article Index
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite
3DRocket II Specs and Features
3DRocket II Installation
G-Power Lite - First Look
G-Power Lite Specs and Features
G-Power Lite Installation
Side-by-Side Performance and Conclusion

Performance Results - Stock Speed:

I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of these two coolers when compared to the massive Zalman CNPS 9700 LED.  Both of these coolers performed quite well at stock speed, but the Zalman cooler still takes the performance crown.  All of these coolers were ran both at their low fan speed settings and then at their maximum fan speed settings.  All of these coolers are virtually silent at low speed, and the Zalman 9700LED and the 3D Rocket II make quite a bit of noise at high speed.  The Gigabyte G-Power Lite remains very quite at high speed.

Stock Performance - Low Fan Speed

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 Stock Performance - High Fan Speed

At stock speed the CNPS 9700 takes the lead by a large margin at high speed when loaded.  The other coolers trade performance leads, and the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II actually takes the lead when running at idle.  As load is applied the gap increases between the coolers and the squatty CNPS8000 comes in last.


 

We crank up the heat and do some overclocking to see how these cooler perform when we run our CPU at 3.2GHz with a voltage bump.

  O/C Performance - Low Fan Speed

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 O/C Performance - High Fan Speed

When the heat got turned up the G-Power Lite cooler does quite well and comes in second in a few of the performance benchmarks above.  During testing the G-Power Lite actually is the quietest of the bunch at high speed and does very well.

Conclusion:

Both of these coolers from Gigabyte performed better than I thought they would.  To be honest, I didn't expect too much from a Gigabyte cooler as they haven't been in the heatsink business as long as other companies.  The reality is that their coolers are decent choices if you are looking for a flashy and/or quiet alternative to stock cooling on your computer.  They don't keep up with the biggest and the best from Zalman, but they do compete very well with the CNPS8000 and will compare nicely with many other coolers on the market.

3D Rocket II - Breakdown: 

Pros:

  • Dual Fan design performs well.
  • Front and Rear Fan Controller Options. 

Cons:

  • Unsecure packaging can damage product.
  • Large heavy cooler.
  • Retention frame is quite flimsy for such a large cooler.
  • Quite loud at high speed.
BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
7/10
Performance:
8/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
8/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 8.0

 

G-Power Lite - Breakdown:

Pros:

  • Well packaged and secure for shipping.
  • Nice small design works well.
  • Three heatpipes work well.
  • Quite at low speed and high speed.

Cons:

  • Low speed option requires unplugging fan and using a resistor-based extension.

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
8/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
9/10
Features:
8/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 8.6


Both of these coolers do alright, but the better cooler is the G-Power Lite in my opinion.  It is cheaper, performs very well and is nice and "Lite" so it fits in many cases without worrying about snapping off during shipping to a LAN.  It is quieter than the 3D Rocket II cooler and performs almost as good in many cases.

I'd like to thank Gigabyte for sending these coolers out for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please head on over and post them in the forum.