CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler - Testing

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CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler - Testing:

 

Testing:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

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:

 

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Right off the bat we'll test the Vantage on the highest settings "Extreme". As you can see from the chart it scored very well and anytime we can run our hot Intel i7 CPU in the low 50's we're quite happy.

 

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Dropping our settings down to "Performance" see's the performance drop by about 3 degrees. In our testing we didn't really hear much of a sound reduction (cooler is still quiet in both) so chances are good that this middle setting probably won't get used all that much, I'd bet that most people are going for either "Extreme" or "Quiet" (I recommend "Extreme").

 

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And finally we look at how the Vantage does when set to low or as they call it "Quiet". The performance jumps almost 7 degrees from "Extreme" but still 57.25 is respectable and for the lack of noise (even though the other settings aren't really noticeably louder) this could be a great choice for people who want a silent computing experience.

 

 

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As you can see in the final chart where we compare the Vantage to all the other coolers we've testing on our i7 testing platform, the Vantage was able to hold its own and is able come in 2nd place. The cooler that was able to edge it out (Noctua NH-D14) is almost just as expensive as the Vantage so value-wise you are still doing pretty well with the Vantage.

So there we have it, testing is complete, let's move onto the final section of this review.