To put the VGA cooler performance into perspective we're benchmarking against the standard reference cooler using a high-end Intel Haswell test platform. A detailed description of the GPU cooler being reviewed, our test platform and all comparison coolers can be found in the tables below.
|GPU compatibility||Nvidia||GeForce GTX 650, 650Ti, 660, 660Ti, 680, 760, 770, 780, 780Ti|
|AMD||Radeon HD 7850, 7870XT, R9 270, 270X, 290, 290X|
|Specs||Dimensions||254mm (L) x 98mm (W) x 44mm (H)|
Base: Mirror Copper Base
Fin: Aluminium Alloy
HEXUS GPU Cooler Test Bench
|Hardware Components||HEXUS Review||Product Page|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4790K (quad-core, overclocked up to 4.40GHz)||June 2014||Intel.com|
|Motherboard||Asus Z97-A||May 2014||Asus.com|
|Memory||16GB GeIL EVO Veloce (2x8GB) DDR3 @ 1866MHz||September 2012||Geil.com.tw|
|Graphics Card||EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti (3GB)||November 2013||Geforce.com|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX760i||-||Corsair.com|
|Storage Device||Hynix SH910A 256GB SSD||August 2014||SKHynix.com|
|Chassis||Corsair Graphite Series 600T||October 2010||Corsair.com|
|Monitor||Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00)||-||Philips.co.uk|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||October 2012||Microsoft.com|
We test with an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti reference card. It's run at stock speeds and also overclocked by pushing it as far as it will go on the core whilst still able to produce a clean run of 3DMark. The same procedure is adopted with the Morpheus on top.
We also run another set of tests with the overclocked card's power limit turned up to maximum (120%), to enable more wattage to be supplied to the GPU.
Memory, too, is overclocked for both the reference and Morpheus-cooled card.
To our slight surprise, the reference cooler and Morpheus managed the same overclocked speed of 1,101MHz core, boosting to a presumed 1,153MHz. Memory speed increased from 7,000MHz to 7,850MHz in both cases, as well.
So while the Morpheus is not able to clock the card in higher, lower temperatures should enable the card to boost to higher frequencies. We ran 3DMark and our BioShock Inifnite benchmarks to see if the Morpheus could tease out a small advantage.