Some questions about our new CPU cooler test systems

Written by Antony Leather

April 30, 2015 // 10:15 a.m.

Tags: #amd #cpu-cooler #intel

We're currently in the process of building numerous new test systems here at bit-tech and before we leap in and start churning out reviews with our awesome new hardware, I wanted to reach out and get some feedback on a couple of questions involving our CPU cooler systems.[break]

To start with, you'll be glad to hear that we're re-introducing AMD testing and will be using an FX-6300 as our test subject. All being well, we'll have three sets of results - one for LGA2011, one for LGA1150 and another for Socket AM3+.

The first question focuses on LGA1150 - specifically the Core i5-4690K we'll be using with it. We all know that since Intel stopped using solder to attach the CPU heatspreader to the CPU core, temperatures have been a little toasty, and Devil's Canyon hasn't done a whole load to alleviate this.

Some questions about our new CPU cooler test systems

The result is that some of the better coolers won't be performing as well as they might, while lower-performing coolers may also appear worse than they would otherwise. There is one way to solve this problem, which is to de-lid the CPU and apply our own thermal paste. This very often drops the temperatures by 10°C or more, and would allow decent coolers to shine by lessening the impact of the original thermal paste as a bottleneck.

However, not everyone has or will de-lid their CPU so the results won't be directly applicable to many of your systems. The results will still show clear differences between good coolers and bad coolers, but it won't be strictly representative of the results you'd expect to see at home on a CPU that hasn't been de-lidded.

So the first question is, as our readers, do you want us to de-lid our new CPU cooler LGA1150 test CPU? You can comment below and also in the poll attached to this thread.

Some questions about our new CPU cooler test systems

My second question is a little more open-ended and is relating to the way we present results in the CPU cooler graphs. We've discussed this before and some of you recommended we split the results between all-in-one liquid coolers and air coolers, or at the very least, show the all-in-one liquid coolers in a different colour.

If we're honest, we'll likely be reviewing far more all-in-one liquid coolers than we have done in the past as well, not to mention the fact our current graphs a little on the huge side - take a look at our current graphs and let us know any thoughts you have on the matter.

Some questions about our new CPU cooler test systems

Some ideas to consider - splitting the graphs between air and liquid cooled, including two sets - for example with an air cooler review, include all the other air coolers in one graph, and then compare it to all the liquid coolers we've tested in another. We do feel that some comparison is useful between the two types of cooler - after all, if you have £60 to spend, you have a choice of either but we'd like to hear what you think.

Again, we've included a poll so you can suggest your preferences if you don't have time to comment. We'll take on board the results of the poll as well as comments in this thread to make our decisions. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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