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Five Premium CPU Coolers In Tests

From ASUS, Noctua, Scythe, Thermalright and Thermaltake.

June 26, 2009



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Diagram 9. Temperature readings (temperature of near-socket components)


Diagram 10. Efficiency/noise ratio


Summary

Table 1. Summary cooler statistics

Cooler Thermal resistance,
°C/W
Noise, dBA Efficiency-noise ratio Weight, g* Dimensions, WxLxH, mm Retention module
ASUS Royal Knight (500 RPM) 0.37 21 6.38 765 131x140x138 LGA775
Socket 754/939/AM2
ASUS Royal Knight (700 RPM) 0.33 23 6.65
ASUS Royal Knight (1000 RPM) 0.27 27 6.78
ASUS Royal Knight (1300 RPM) 0.25 31 6.37
Noctua NH-C12P (600 RPM) 0.37 21 6.27 725 126x152x115 LGA775
Socket AM2
Noctua NH-C12P (700 RPM) 0.33 23 6.27
Noctua NH-C12P (900 RPM) 0.30 26 6.41
Noctua NH-C12P (1300 RPM) 0.26 32 6.01
Noctua NH-C12P (Scythe Minebea, 1900 RPM) 0.24 39 5.34
Scythe Mugen 2 (500 RPM) 0.37 20 6.70 870 130x100x158 Socket 478
LGA775
LGA1366
Socket 754/939/AM2
Scythe Mugen 2 (700 RPM) 0.29 23 7.58
Scythe Mugen 2 (900 RPM) 0.26 26 7.40
Scythe Mugen 2 (1300 RPM) 0.22 31 7.33
Scythe Mugen 2 (1900 RPM) 0.21 39 6.20
Thermalright IFX-14 (Scythe Slip Stream, 500 RPM) 0.35 20 7.08 765** 146x124x161 LGA775
Socket AM2
Thermalright IFX-14 (Scythe Slip Stream, 700 RPM) 0.29 23 7.41
Thermalright IFX-14 (Scythe Slip Stream, 900 RPM) 0.25 26 7.80
Thermalright IFX-14 (Scythe Slip Stream, 1300 RPM) 0.22 31 7.33
Thermalright IFX-14 (Scythe Slip Stream, 1900 RPM) 0.19 38 6.81
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro (500 RPM) 0.43 23 5.10 800 156x155x128 LGA775
Socket 754/939/AM2
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro (700 RPM) 0.33 27 5.56
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro (1100 RPM) 0.25 32 6.33
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro (1500 RPM) 0.22 41 5.54

* Without a retention module
** Without a fan


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