Are you planning to test larger footprint coolers like the Big Shuriken2, NH-L12(s) and AXP-100 that are still short enough for sff?
then again an L9i and the Delta 92mm jet turbine would fit too...
92mm jet turbine
A little curious, but as mentioned in the C7 cu thread the Prime 95 may offer skewed numbers. Can I get feedback on the ideal software for testing?
Prime 95 v26.6
Prime 95 (newer than 26.6)
I noticed that when testing at 4.0ghz, Prime 95 (newer than 26.6) hits around 90-95w packaage, but Intel XTU and AIDA 64 will only hit about 65w. Mostly though, I'm concerned about which will be the most consistent and also applicable to real world scenarios. I realize that gaming won't push the CPU hard in all cases, so I am also considering other uses like Video Rendering which are much harder on CPU's.
Good point. Seems obvious now that you bring it up, lol. (the sustained wattage is probably the only thing that matters)I'm noticing that Intel XTU stress test seems about the same on each test which seems reliable. I may stick with Prime 95 as you mentioned, but go to 26.6 if most people think that will be an accurate way to test.
Looking at some of my results, it would seem that regardless of the benchmark used, the temperatures are strongly tied to the wattage needed on that benchmark, as others have mentioned.
119.2w (Prime 95) 4.3ghz = FAIL
93.1W (Prime 95) 4.0ghz = 62C
80.5W (XTU) 4.3ghz = 55.5C
72.4W (Prime 95) 3.5ghz = 43C
65.2W (XTU) 4.0ghz = 43C
53.2W (XTU) 3.5ghz = 33.5C
I'm probably going to stick with Intel XTU simply because it's giving me more consistent wattage (5-10%) on each test, while Prime95 can tend to fluctuate by about 10-15%. This may also be due to the lower power XTU uses, but it sounds like it might be more "real world" accurate.