With the Titan FENRIR now installed we are ready to move on to the fun part, the testing phase.
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 a 30 minute duration. 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 of how the cooler does at the six different overclocks.
I generally avoid pushing my processors to their maximum clocks while trying to keep the overall load temp in check. The Core i7 920 that I am using has proven to run a little hotter than most. Having had a few coolers hit the 100C+ mark, I have made it my rule to stop all tests once the cooler hits 100C. For testing I will be using Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme thermal compound. I will be using a stock Intel cooler, and the Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU coolers as 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%
Above we have the six different sets of results for the various clocks on the Intel Core i7 920 pared with the EVGA X580 motherboard. At a quick glance we can see that the single fanned FENRIR achieves a 1 – 4C lower idle temp all the way up to the 3.87 GHz test. The most significant change is the difference between the after market coolers and the stock Intel cooler. Jumping over to the load side we see the Titan FENRIR keeps the minimal lead over the Cooler Master Hyper N620 up until the 3.6GHz tests where it tied it. At 3.87GHz we see the Hyper N620 edge out the Titan FENRIR by only 3 degrees. Granted the Hyper N620 does have a slight advantage due to running the dual 120mm fans.
Although the Titan FENRIR’s installation is a bit more of a pain than the Cooler Master Hyper N620. I would still have to say the FENRIR wins this competition. Producing lower numbers for the most part and just barely falling behind during the 3.87GHz tests. It’s doing it for a few less bucks and one less cooling fan. The Titan FENRIR is currently listed at Frozen CPU for 52.99 while the Hyper N620 goes for 59.99 at NewEgg.