|Case||Cooler Master Cosmos II SE|
|CPU||Intel i7 4770K|
|Ram||Kingston Hyper X Beast DDR3 2133 MHz 8 GB|
|GPU||EVGA GTX 770 OC|
|Hard Drives||Samsung 840 EVO 256gb SSD|
|Western Digital black 500 gb 7200 RPM HDD|
|Power Supply||NXZT Hale v2 1000 Watt power supply|
The coolers were installed in the case as specified by the manufacturer. Noctua’s NT-H1 was used in the testing process. The thermal interface material was applied using the center dot method with the amount used being approximately the size of a pea. The Intel stock cooler had thermal interface material applied from the factory. The cooler was cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and installed using the Noctua thermal paste. The CPU was cleaned in between each test with isopropyl alcohol.
My lab is temperature controlled and temperature was maintained at 22°c at all times. The machine was allowed to boot and sit idle for 15 minutes to allow idle temperatures to stabilize. Aida64 system stability test was in the testing process and allowed 30 minutes. Temperatures were recorded at idle before the test began and at 100% CPU load before the test ended at the 30 minute mark. The individual core temperatures were recorded using Aida64 System Engineer and averaged for both idle and load temperatures.
The case was assembled with both of the side panels on. Minor cable management was performed as well as the top most hard drive bay removed. The case fans were set to run a constant 800 RPM.
CPU core voltage was controlled automatically via the motherboard. CPU fan speeds were controlled via PWM and no adjustments in the bios.
Due to the class of these coolers, meaning they were designed to go into a mITX case, overclocking was not performed during this review.
The first graph shows observed results. These are the results that I obtained during the test. For all except the stock Intel CPU cooler temperatures were well in the acceptable range for the i7 4770K. The Deepcool Gamer Storm Gabriel was able to hold a 2°C rise above ambient at idle and reached a maximum temperature of 71°C during the load test.
Delta T of Ambient: Is the difference between the ambient temperature and the load temperature. Showing how close to ambient the cooler was able to get and to reduce the temperature at load.Delta T: Is the rise in temperature from the idle temp to the loaded temperature. This shows the maximum heat the cooler can remove. This difference should always be close to the same no matter what the ambient temp is. If the idle temp is 30 and the max is 50 = Delta T is 30. If the idle temp is 42 the max should be 72 with the same Delta T of 30. The lower the Delta T number the better the cooler is able to remove the heat.
With the ambient temperature removed the equation, we can see that the Deepcool Gamer Storm Gabriel was able to keep the rise in temperature under 50°C compared to the Noctua and and Cooler Master coolers which broke the 50°C mark and the Intel cooler reached up to almost 70°c.