With the Kingwin XT-1264 installed we can see that my test rig has plenty of room around the cooler. Things might get a little tighter in other chassis, but you should be OK. Now we can move on to the testing phase of the review.
The Test Rig:
Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66GHz ~ 3.875GHz
Loading the CPU core(s) will be done with Prime 95 v25.8 build 4. Running tests on each of the cores will ensure that we are loading the CPU to 100% usage for the 30 minute duration of each test. During this process I will use Everest Ultimate v5.00.1650 to record the minimum, maximum, and average temperatures obtained. I will also be repeating all tests multiple times across six different clock settings on the Core i7, which should give us a broad scale to see how the cooler does at the six different clock settings.
When testing CPU coolers I generally will not push my processor over 100C load temps. If by chance one of the coolers manages to hit 100C, I will stop the test and record that as the maximum temp. For testing these coolers I will be using Arctic Silver AS5 thermal compound. I will be using a Titan Fenrir cooler, and a Cooler Master Hyper N620 cooler for the comparisons.
Level 1: 2.66 GHz (Default) All fans set to 100%
Level 2: 2.78 GHz (5% OC) All fans set to 100%
Level 3: 3.05 GHz (15% OC) All fans set to 100%
Level 4: 3.33 GHz (25% OC) All fans set to 100%
Level 5: 3.60 GHz (35% OC) All fans set to 100%
Level 6: 3.87 GHz (45% OC) All fans set to 100%
Looking at the six different clock settings that we ran on our Core i7 920 test rig we can see how the Kingwin XT-1264 managed. On the idle side of things, we an see that the Kingwin XT-1264 has no problem keeping up with the Titan FENRIR and Cooler Master Hyper N620 across the board. When we look at the load side though, we can see a slight advantage being had by the more expensive coolers. Looking at the Kingwin XT-1264 vs. the Titan FENRIR, we can see that the XT-1264 stays within 3 – 4 degrees of the FENRIR which is impressive. The Hyper N620 does pull out out to a good lead, but we have to keep in mind that it’s also running dual fans where as the others are only running one fan each.
The Kingwin XT-1264 is currently going for $34.99 US @ Newegg, while the Titan FENRIR goes for just over $50 and the Hyper N620 goes for almost $60. We can see that although the XT-1264 does lack just a tad, it makes up for it coming in at 35 – 40% less than the two competitors. The Kingwin XT-1264 is definitely a cooler to keep on the shopping list if your looking to build a budget Core i7 system.