Date: November 17th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gelid
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for this review consists of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU (active)
Intel E6600 Conroe Core2Duo CPU (passive)
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
All coolers were tested in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
Getting the Silent Spirit on the motherboard was a bit more difficult than, say the OEM cooler would be due to the fact that the finned area of the Gelid unit overhangs two of the pushpin fasteners. It is perfectly manageable though, and can be done inside the case with a little forethought.
There is plenty of clearance around the socket in all directions. I can't imagine a scenario in which this cooler wouldn't fit any motherboard out there. Its light weight is also a plus here, and doesn't require a backplate or other structural bracing. Let's get on to the testing.
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 cooling test runs, the rear fan in the test case was shut off. Here are the results compared with the other coolers in the test.
From the accumulated data we can see that, from a performance standpoint, the Gelid Silent Spirit does a much better job than the OEM unit, and even at its maximum fan speed, the Silent Spirit is quieter than the OEM, too. The Gelid compares favorably with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro in both thermal and acoustical performance, while they both lag behind the more powerful (and more pricey) coolers in the comparison.