Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Rosewill
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING (cont'd)
All that’s left is to plug in the connector and we can do some 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.)
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 0.15V during the overclocking runs.
The computer was shut down for a minimum of one hour between tests, and I’ll be using a fan speed controller, as always, to get performance levels at high and low speeds, since PWM settings will vary between motherboards and user’s BIOS settings. Here are the results compared with the other coolers in the test.
I’d have to say that the ZAIO performed a bit better than I thought it would. In fact, it did a very good job, considering its modest size, simple design and low price. Like I said before, it’s not going to take any awards for top cooling performance, but it’s more than adequate for the vast majority of users. Overclocking clearly isn’t its strong suit, but the ZAIO was able, at 2600 RPM fan speed, to hold its own in that arena, and I was also a bit surprised by how quiet the ZAIO was, even at 2600 RPM. But at 1500 RPM, the cooler is whisper quiet and with the PWM functionality, users should be able to tweak the bios settings for an acceptable performance/noise ratio.