|Category||Model||HEXUS Review||Reviewed Price||Warranty||Product Page|
|Air||Deepcool Gamerstorm Fryzen||November 2018||£90||2 Years||gamerstorm.com|
|Cooler Master Wraith Ripper||-||£100||3 Years||coolermaster.com|
HEXUS Ryzen Threadripper CPU Cooler Test Bench
|Hardware Components||Product Page|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX||amd.com|
|Motherboard||MSI X399 Creation||msi.com|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||nvidia.com|
|Memory||G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3200||gskill.com|
|Power Supply||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1,000W||bequiet.com|
|Primary Storage||256GB Samsung 950||samsung.com|
|Chassis||be quiet! Dark Base 700||bequiet.com|
|Monitor||iiyama ProLite X4071UHSU-B1||iiyama.com|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro||microsoft.com|
To get a feel for how the coolers compare, CPU temperature is logged while the longer Blender test is run. The average CPU temperature is taken from minutes 13-15 of the test, representing a worst-case scenario for the coolers.
Actual CPU temperature is recorded and we also graph the delta temperature - that's CPU temperature minus ambient temperature. Last but not least, to give you an idea of cooler acoustics, we use a PCE-318 noise meter to measure overall system noise in both idle and load states.
Testing is done in an open-air environment in order to push the cooler(s) to the limit. Fan speed is set by the Smart Control function within the MSI BIOS, with the fans spinning at pre-determined percentages of maximum at various temperature points.
We test at stock speeds for the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX, which defaults to an all-core 3.475GHz with 1.1875V. Such cooling, even on a 24C48T chip, is relatively easy for high-end heatsinks so we also test by manually increasing the all-core speed to 4.0GHz alongside a heat-producing 1.35V.
Run at stock, the 2970WX's 250TDP is no obstacle for either cooler. Deepcool's Fryzen is certainly not as large as the Cooler Master Wraith Ripper, but it does a fine job in keeping temperatures in check.
Yet temperature is one part of the equation. Fryzen is a tad louder than the Wraith Ripper, though the difference is not large enough to cause clear differences to perceived noise.
Of course, cooling a stock CPU, even a 24C48T monster, ought to be straightforward. Running at an elevated all-core 4.0GHz and using 1.35V puts some serious load on the coolers - the system pulls over 500W - and both show a marked increase in temperature.
The important aspect to note is that the Fryzen is able to keep the processor at a temperature that doesn't cause throttling after 15 minutes of load.
Cooler Master's comparison cooler is better, but given the size of the Fryzen, it does a sterling job on an ultra-premium CPU.
In concert with higher temperatures, Fryzen is also louder when cooling the same chip. The results are in line with expectations.