Test System and Benchmarks
Test System and Benchmark Results of the SilverStone PF 360-ARGB
- Temperatures are averaged (last minute) from individual core temperature results monitored by AIDA64 System Stability Test after 15 minutes of the run time.
- FPU load average is used to simulate worst-case scenario load levels similar to Intel Burn Test or OCCT, results marked “0″means thermal limit was reached and the CPU was throttled and thus the results were discarded.
- Stock settings have all power saving features enabled in the motherboard with Vcore set static to 1.232V and set to “Balanced” in the OS. Multiplier at 46 at a stock speed of 3.6GHz.
- Overclocked settings have Vcore voltage automatically set to 1.328V with the adjusted multiplier set at 52 to gain overclock at 5.2GHz.
- All tests were taken at least three times to get the final result.
- TDJ 834 was used for noise level measurement in dBA, 20CM away from the center fan exhaust.
The Stock test was run with the CPU set to the stock settings in the BIOS. The radiator fans and pump were set to the normal setting in the Arous BIOS. This allows the fans and pump to spin up and down based on temperature. The stock temperature curves in the BIOS were used. CPU pump and the radiator fans are controlled by PWM controller so the pump and fans are controlled by the motherboard as needed. Stock Vcore was set to 1.232V. (Stock speed of 3.6GHz)
The Overclock test was done with custom settings. I set the voltage for the CPU at 1.328V for Vcore and set the multiplier on all cores at 52. To hit stable 5.2GHz. The pump was set to PWM and radiator fans were set to full speed in the EVGA BIOS settings.
TDJ 834 was used for noise level measurement in dBA, 20CM away from the center fan exhaust.
|Component||Product Name||Provided By|
|Case||Open Test Bench|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 9700K|
|CPU Cooler||SilverStone PF 360-ARGB||SilverStone|
|Motherboard||EVGA Z390 FTW||EVGA|
|Ram||(2) 8GB Corsair DDR4-3200 CMW16GX4M2C3200C16||Corsair|
|GPU||MSI GeForce RTX™ 2080 Super GAMING X TRIO||MSI|
|Monitor||BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz|
|Hard Drives||Corsair Force MP510 NVMe Gen 3 x4 M.2 SSD (480Gb)||Corsair|
|Power Supply||Thermal Take Tough Power RGB 80 Plus Gold 750W|
The sound level of SilverStone PF360 was measured by TDJ 834 sound tester. Testing was done with all 3 fans at 100% RPM and about 20 cm away. A maximum noise was produced about 57dBA.
SilverStone PF360 was tested multiple times against i7-9700k in stock and overclocked modes. The Overclocked frequency in my tests was set to 5.2 GHz. Idle temperatures of i7-9700k on stock speed were stable at 22C. When overclocked the idle temperatures staid at 29C.
When looking at CPU temperatures at full load for the benchmarks with stock CPU speed, temperatures reached and stayed at 42C. The FPU temperatures on the stock speed reached 56C.
Once the CPU was overclocked the temperatures reached 50C for the duration of the benchmarks. FPU temperatures were also elevated and reached 67C.
Running FANs at 100% definitely created noticeable noise so if you are planning to overclock CPUs and run FANs at 100% expect to have a noisy machine. However, the CPU pump was completely silent in all of my benchmarks.