Gelid GX7 CPU Cooler
Posted by: editor on: 13.11.2011 08:47:57 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
- CPU - Intel i5 760 @ 4GHz
- CPU Cooling – On Review
- Motherboard - MSI P55-GD65 (as supplied by MSI)
- GFX Card – Inno3D GTX580 OC
- Sound – Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
- Memory - 4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 with Thermal Sensor (as supplied by Crucial) + 4GB of Hyper DDR3 RAM
- Disks – Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB & 1TB Samsung F1
- Optical - Generic DVD RW
- Case – InWin Maelstrom
- PSU - Chieftec Nitro 85+ BPS-850C (as supplied by Chieftec)
- On Review – Gelid GX-7 CPU HSF
The GX-7 inside my test rig (with WC kit tucked away into the front!)
Installation of the GX-7 was as straight forward as any other modern HSF.
For this benchmark, I retested the Noctua NH-D14 as there have been a few changes in my test rig, and we need a fair comparison. Temperatures were taken from delta readings. For more information on delta temperatures, click here.
As expected, the Gelid GX-7 didn’t quite manage to quash the mighty Noctua, however, given the price difference between the two, the Gelid did fare well in the bang-per-buck context. Providing temperatures only 2.25 degrees warmer than the Noctua, the Gelid with 2 fans is quite a performer.
The GX-7 retails around £40, whilst the Noctua demands a premium at over £65. For those Extra 25 English pounds, you’re only getting 2.25 degrees of additional cooling.
What I would say though is that the Gelid was quite noisy at full whack. Lowering the fan speed to about 50% made it inaudible above other system noise, and provided ample cooling for everyday use.
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