4. Test results
The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler promises high performance under any condition. Let's see how it performs compared to other cooling solutions.
The Intel Core i7-920 processor produces enough heat even at normal operation and stock voltages. Under full load, Intel's stock CPU cooler kept the CPU' s temperature at around 58 degrees Celsius (C). The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme managed to lower the CPU temperature down to 45 degrees C. That's the best performance we have ever got from a single fan cpu cooler:
Let's now see how the coolers perform under a more demanding scenario. We overclocked the Intel Core-i7 920 to 3.60GHz. Intel's stock cooler was not so efficient here and the temperature measurement showed 90 degrees C. The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme cooler managed to keep the CPU temperature down to 61 degrees C. The ProlimaTech Megahalems and the Titan Fenrir coolers had the same performance:
What about the produced noise? The Intel stock CPU is very quiet at just 37dB measured from a distance of 30cm. Under the same environment, the The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme cooler produced 49dB and 42dB, with the fan was spinning at its full and the lowest speed, respectively:
Lastly, let's have look at retail prices of the products we have in test. The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU retails for $65. This is a relatively high price, considering that a comparable product in terms of performance such as the Scythe Mugen 2 cooler would cost you the half the money: