To test all heatsinks/fans in this comparison, Hi Tech Legion will maintain an ambient room temperature of 23C. Temperatures will be climate controlled in all instances, so there will be no variance in benchmarks. Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound will be used for all comparison units. All heatsinks/fans will be benchmarked in the exact case as its comparisons, unless otherwise specified. HTL does not benchmark heatsinks/fans on a work bench - this is an attempt to show real world statistics. Temperatures will be calculated using either AIDA64 and will all be measured in Celsius. All load temperatures will be at 100%, achieved by using 3DMark 11, which will be run for 30 minutes before temperatures are measured.


Test System:


System Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 WS
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 580
  • Memory: 8GB Kingston HyperX Red 1600MHz
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810
  • Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 1000W
  • Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD
  • Optical Drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST BD-Combo Drive
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Thermal Paste: Noctua NT-H1




  • 3DMark11 Graphic Test 1 on loop x 30 minutes for GPU Load Temperatures
  • AIDA64 for Temperature logging/monitoring
  • Reference fan settings: Auto
  • Overclocked settings: 1.138V, 920MHz Core, 2100MHz Memory


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