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Gelid The Black Edition - Cooling Performance

Testing and Results

We measure the CPU temperature of our test rigs when the CPU is idle (Windows desktop) and under load (by running the smallfft test in Prime95). We use the freeware application CoreTemp to measure the temperature of the Intel CPUs, which reads the data from the DTS (digital thermal sensor) embedded in the core of every modern CPU. The DTS gives a far more accurate reading than any third-party temperature sensor, because its readings are not affected by sloppy BIOS programming or a poorly calibrated external health monitoring chip on the motherboard.

Because we don't have a temperature control chamber, it's more accurate to measure and quote the delta T (difference) between the ambient and CPU temperature. This means HSFs (heatsinks and fans) that were tested on different days, when the ambient temperature may have varied, can be fairly compared to one another. You'll find the temperature results for the reference HSFs in the graphs. We normally compare the results of each cooler to the reference cooler.

However for the Socket AM3+ and LGA2011 systems, we didn't have the reference coolers for these at time of testing, so the cooling scores are compared against other coolers rather than how much better the cooler was than the reference cooler.

LGA1155 test system:
  • Core i7-2600K overclocked to 4.1GHz using a vcore of 1.325V
LGA2011 test system:
  • Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition overclocked to 4.3GHz using a vcore of 1.285V
Please note that our AMD test rig is currently out of commission. We are in the process of overhauling our CPU cooler test systems so stay tuned for the big update in the coming weeks.

Each test rig is built inside a SilverStone PS03 midi-tower case and includes an Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. The temperatures shown are the delta T between ambient and CPU temperature.

Intel LGA1155 CPU delta T

Arranged by 100 per cent CPU load delta T value

  • Corsair H100i (Maximum Profile)
  • Corsair H100i (Balanced Profile)
  • Corsair H80i (Maximum Profile)
  • Corsair H100i (Quiet Profile)
  • Antec Kühler H2O 920 (Extreme Profile)
  • Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro
  • Corsair H80i (Balanced Profile)
  • Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer
  • Arctic Freezer i30
  • Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2
  • Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Maximum Speed)
  • Thermalright Macho Rev.A
  • Corsair H80i (Quiet Profile)
  • Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro
  • Enermax ETS-T40-TA
  • Gelid The Black Edition
  • Zalman CNPS14X
  • Cooler Master Seidon 120M
  • Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Minimum Speed)
  • Be Quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1
  • Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced
  • Gelid Tranquillo Rev2
  • Noctua NH-L12
  • Thermolab Trinity (Maximum Speed)
  • Antec Kühler H2O 920 (Silent Profile)
  • Thermolab Trinity (Minimum Speed)
  • Noctua NH-L12 (Single Fan)
  • Phanteks PH-TC90LS
  • Arctic Freezer 11 LP
  • Intel Reference Cooler
    • 4
    • 31
    • 4
    • 33
    • 4
    • 34
    • 5
    • 34
    • 4
    • 36
    • 4
    • 36
    • 4
    • 36
    • 4
    • 38
    • 3
    • 39
    • 4
    • 39
    • 5
    • 39
    • 5
    • 40
    • 5
    • 40
    • 6
    • 40
    • 5
    • 41
    • 5
    • 41
    • 5
    • 41
    • 6
    • 41
    • 7
    • 41
    • 5
    • 43
    • 7
    • 43
    • 6
    • 44
    • 10
    • 45
    • 6
    • 46
    • 6
    • 48
    • 8
    • 49
    • 11
    • 53
    • 12
    • 58
    • 6
    • 61
    • 10
    • 73
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Delta T (°C) (lower is better)
  • idle
  • Load

Intel LGA2011 CPU delta T

Arranged by 100 per cent CPU load delta T value

  • Corsair H100i (Maximum Profile)
  • Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro
  • Corsair H100i (Balanced Profile)
  • Corsair H80i (Maximum Profile)
  • Corsair H100i (Quiet Profile)
  • Corsair H80i (Balanced Profile)
  • Cooler Master Seidon 120M
  • Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Maximum Speed)
  • Corsair H80i (Quiet Profile)
  • Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Minimum Speed)
  • Intel Thermal Solution RTS2011LC
  • Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2
  • Gelid The Black Edition
  • Arctic Freezer i30
  • Zalman CNPS14X
  • Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer
  • Thermalright Macho Rev.A
  • Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro (with LGA2011 mount kit)
    • 12
    • 44
    • 14
    • 46
    • 12
    • 47
    • 12
    • 48
    • 13
    • 50
    • 13
    • 51
    • 14
    • 54
    • 14
    • 55
    • 14
    • 56
    • 16
    • 57
    • 14
    • 57
    • 15
    • 57
    • 14
    • 58
    • 14
    • 59
    • 12
    • 61
    • 12
    • 61
    • 13
    • 62
    • 16
    • 62
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Delta T (°C) (lower is better)
  • idle
  • Load

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