Sound Level Testing

While we were testing cooling capabilities, as outlined in our introduction article, we were also tracking the sound level of each of the coolers using a Risepro SPL meter attached to a boom arm pointed directly at the fans of the radiator at a distance of 12 inches. We recorded the dB(A) level for each fan and pump speed tested. The ambient room sound level measured 33 decibels. Displayed below are the results of our Stock Clock Testing.

Max Fans – 100% Pump Speed

XPG Levante 360 max RPM sound level performance

At maximum fan speed (about 2150 RPM), the XPG LEVANTE 360 did not feel like it was contributing to the noise profile of the room beyond a slight rushing sound. Our SPL meter measured that contribution at 47.4 dB(A), which is a very quiet entry for a 360mm AIO unit.

1500 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

XPG Levante 360 1500 RPM sound level performance

Bumping the speed down to 1500 RPM, the XPG LEVANTE 360 was not noticeable over the ambient noise of the room, which our SPL meter quantified as 40.9 dB(A), making it one of the quietest 360mm AIOs we’ve seen at that fan speed.

1000 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

XPG Levante 360 1000 RPM sound level performance

Dropping the speed down to 1000 RPM finds the XPG LEVANTE 360 quieter than all the other units at 35.8 dB(A).

600 RPM Fans – 100% Pump Speed

XPG Levante 360 600 RPM sound level performance

Finally, at the lowest fan speed testing of 600 RPM, the XPG LEVANTE 360 maintained its noise level while the others tried to catch up.

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David Schroth

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


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