Stock Clock Testing

For our stock clock testing, we have configured our CPU to run at factory settings for speed, voltage, and configured memory to XMP mode. This yields an approximate power at the wall of 300w under load (a 200w differential from idle, which pulls about 100w). This results in the CPU running at 3.8GHz on all cores during the looping rounds of Cinebench R20.

Max Fans – 100% Pump Speed

We started by turning the fans up all the way which brought the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 to 56 degrees Celsius where it was barely edged out by the Corsair H115i Platinum at 55 degrees Celsius. We noted that the max fan speed on the LIQTECH was 2250 RPM and the H115i was 1800 RPM.

1500 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

Dropping the fans slightly to 1,500 RPM brought the units added a little more distance with the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 at 59 degrees Celsius compared to the slightly cooler Corsair H115i Plaintum at 57 degrees Celsius.

1000 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

Lower the fans further to 1,000 RPM continued the trend with the Enermax LIQTECH II 360 checking in at 65 degrees Celsius and the Corsair H115i Platinum 8.3% cooler at 60 degrees Celsius.

600 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

Finally, down at 600 RPM with the pump still at 100% provided an audible whir in the room. The Enermax LIQTECH II 360 took the lead at 68 degrees Celsius. The Corsair H115i Platinum arrived at 71 degrees Celsius.

600 RPM Fans – 50% Pump Speed

To silence the pump, we dropped its speed to 50%, giving us our quietest configuration to test. The Enermax LIQTECH II 360 checked in at 68 degrees Celsius. This is 7.3% cooler than the Corsair H115i Platinum which landed at 73 degrees Celsius.

David Schroth

David is a computer hardware enthusiast that has been tinkering with computer hardware for the past 25 years.

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5 Comments

  1. Very nice article.. Just a one minor criticism though:

    In the testing setup portion of the article, you mention the Corsair H115i Platinum, but don’t dive into any of the specifics of the model. I had to go look up what the cooler was, its dimensions, and its cost. Even when comparing a wide range of coolers in a round-up you’d have listings of specifications for each cooler.

    Looks like the 280mm cooler took the 360mm cooler to school. Maybe a 360mm vs 360mm comparison down the road now that you have 1 360mm in the database? :)

    Again, thank you for a very nice article and I look forward to more content down the road!

  2. Wow, the Corsair definitely schooled it with less of a radiator. Was surprised by those results.
  3. Very nice article.. Just a one minor criticism though:

    In the testing setup portion of the article, you mention the Corsair H115i Platinum, but don’t dive into any of the specifics of the model. I had to go look up what the cooler was, its dimensions, and its cost. Even when comparing a wide range of coolers in a round-up you’d have listings of specifications for each cooler.

    Looks like the 280mm cooler took the 360mm cooler to school. Maybe a 360mm vs 360mm comparison down the road now that you have 1 360mm in the database? :)

    Again, thank you for a very nice article and I look forward to more content down the road!

    Well, once I review the Corsair H115i Platinum, we’ll have all the specs listed for it, and that review can reference back to the Enermax LIQTECH :).

    Next up, I have a Silverstone 360mm, and it will be directly compared to these other two. As we gather data about each one, it’ll be included 1. where relevant in the reviews (though, we may not get into 50 item absurd chart range) and 2. In a way that you can explore data / compare models dynamically (which will have the 50 item absurd chart data behind it).

    You’ll see on the conclusion page that I’m also testing out a dynamic graphing plugin (still working to get our logo on it) – that will become an output target for the datasets for the #2 item assuming everything works magically as I think that it should.

    Wow, the Corsair definitely schooled it with less of a radiator. Was surprised by those results.

    I was surprised as well.

  4. Well, each individual review probably shouldn’t include 50+ samples to compare to, however, there was one site that did heatsink reviews and it would should ~10 coolers to compare them too (usually the newest ones, best one, etc… it compared to) however, it did have a chart that showed 50+ coolers all compared to each other. That was cool as heck to use and I used to use it all the time, but I can’t seem to find it anymore.

    edit
    I thought it was https://www.frostytech.com/ but they seem to be redoing the site and nothing is available anymore.

  5. Thanks David for all the hard work in getting these up and running. Really looking forward to your next round. Liquid cooling is something I’m always considering and taking note of both pump & noise is of major concern to me. The fact that AMD is not even bundling a cooler for their high end CPUs now paints a picture of whats needed the big monsters out there in either field.
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