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Part 2: Little Water, Big Air--Corsair H50 Versus Rosewill FORT120

Test Settings

Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB CacheOverclocked to 3.80 GHz (19x200), 1.368V
CPU Cooler, AirRosewill FORT120 at 12V continuous120 mm fan at 2400 RPM
CPU Cooler, LiquidCorsair H50 Sealed System at 12V continuous120 mm Fan at 1680 RPM
MotherboardAsus P6T Rev. 1.01G, BIOS 0306 (02-03-2009)LGA 1366, X58/ICH10R
RAMKingston KHX1600D3ULT1K3/6GX (6.0 GB)DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24
GraphicsZotac GeForce GTX260² 896MB
Hard DriveWD VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS0.3 TB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerCooler Master RS850-EMBA850W, ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V
OpticalLite-On LH-20A1L, 20XDVD±R
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
GraphicsNvidia Forceware 182.08
ChipsetIntel INF 9.1.0.1007

Test voltage shifted slightly from our previous evaluation, reading 1.368 V this time, rather than the previous 1.366 V while using the same Asus P6T motherboard. Our previously-determined ambient temperature range of 23.2° to 23.6° Celsius was retained.

Benchmark Configuration
Prime 95 v25.864-bit executable, small FFTs, eight threads
RealTemp 2.70Highest core reading at full CPU load (60 minutes)
Acu-Rite Thermal ProbeIOH/VRM heatpipe temperature at northbridge junction, ambient temperature at 6" from motherboard front edge
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.