|NZXT Cryo X60 Notebook Cooler RN-CRX60-B1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Mark Pedersen|
|Saturday, 24 November 2012|
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Testing & Results
I wanted to see how effective the NZXT Cryo X60 would be in two situations, first a stress test commonly used by overclockers which maxes out the cpu capability with a series of binaries that quickly heats up the processor cores. Typically if a system can handle a stress test low temperature ranges then an overclocker could safely increase the cpu multipliers and voltage to the cpu which increases heat even further. The second test I performed was more practical everyday use a computer would go through playing games. The laptops used in this test was tested playing Quake 3 arena and the temperatures were closely monitored and data was recorded throughout the testing.
I chose to run Quake 3 for testing because it is available free to play on the internet and at the same time its a mid level game perfect for temperature monitoring. The test is 30 minutes in duration of constant play. During the test the temperature monitor program was running and recording temperatures during every second. Below I have graphed the maximum temperature reached during the 30 minutes of Quake 3 running.
Macbook Pro mid 2009
Macbook Pro 2010
In the chart below I ran a stress test for two minutes to see what effect the Cryo X60 would have on temperatures throughout the laptop. The Macbook Pro used in this test monitors temperatures in many various places however I wanted to only record the temperatures with significant change during the these tests which were the Cores and the Northbridge chip.
As seen in this chart after only 1 minute and 40 seconds of stress testing the cores are already reaching high temperatures and the laptop cooler had no affect in this type of test. To get accurate results from a stress test I would need to run it for a long period of time however after just 1 minute and 40 seconds I'm seeing temperatures close to 90 degrees and steadily increasing. The maximum temperature the processor can reach before causing damage is only 95 degrees. I surely would not recommend overclocking this laptop with or without the additional cooling, since cooling off the exterior of the laptop isnt going to affect the cores quickly enough. With that test out of the way next I ran a more practical gaming test.
As seen here during the 30 minute Quake 3 test we can see a clear distinction in temperature difference. The Cryo X60 dropped the actual cpu core temperatures down by a significant amount between 7-9 degrees Celsius, I ran the Quake 3 test again on another laptop with an i7920 processor and saw similar results below.
This test was ran with the 2nd macbook pro I had available, In this test the most significant temperature change was on the cpu cores. The i7 920 macbook pro saw temperature decreases ranging from 3-16 degrees Celsius using the Cryo X60. It is very beneficial to use a notebook cooler while gaming on this laptop, the 70s range of temperature isn't too hard on a cpu but when we start to get into the 80s and 90s its very close to the maximum limit of 105 degrees on the i7 920 which will cause throttling and potential damage to the laptop. Plus this test is only 30 minutes of gaming on Quake 3, Several consecutive hours on the latest and most demanding games will not run smoothly.