Date: October 27th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
With the fan on and fired up, we get quite a light show. Clearance around the socket was quite good and the fan cleared the top of the memory by a quarter-inch or more.
The following parameters were used throughout testing:
Arctic Silver 5 TIM used on all coolers.
Ambient temperature kept at a constant 21C.
Idle temperatures were recorded after one hour of zero load after booting to the desktop.
Load temperatures were recorded after one hour of maximum CPU heat testing using OCCT 2.0.
Core temperatures were logged with OCCT.
Fan speeds were recorded using SpeedFan (BIOS fan speed control disabled.)
For both processors, idle and load temperatures were recorded at stock CPU speed (2.4 GHz.) and at a 33% overclock (3.2 GHz.). Vcore was raised by 0.05V during the overclocking runs.
The computer was shut down for a minimum of one hour between tests. During active cooling test runs, the rear fan in the test case was shut off, it was turned on during the passive testing. First, the active performance. Here are the results compared with the other coolers in the test.
Very impressive indeed! The Hyper entry has beaten Cooler Master's own V8 cooler by a couple of degrees. I suspect that the fan speed had more to do with the improved cooling than the cooler design, but the performance is solid however it's achieved. The fan is surprisingly quiet and I'm very impressed with the overall performance of the Hyper Z600R. Now, let's see how it does as a passive cooler. I'll be putting it up against my favorite passive cooler, ZEROtherm's BTF95. After swapping the Q6600 for the E6600 (65W TDP) I came up with the following results.
Once again, the Hyper Z600R bests the competition. The margin isn't huge, but this ZEROtherm cooler is very good at whit it does, so the results are nothing to sneeze at.