For the test today we are using an Intel Core i7 990x processor which is connected into the stunning new Asus Rampage III Black Edition motherboard, which we reviewed last week.
Processor: Intel Core i7 990x
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Black Edition X58
Cooler: Antec Kuhler Liquid Cooler
Memory: Kingston T1 12GB 1600mhz DDR3
Storage: Corsair F40 SSD
Graphics: eVGA GTX460 SC
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W
Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 64bit
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2
Firstly let us have a look at the chassis design and airflow, as it comes ‘out of the box’.
The Thermaltake Level 10 GT is a cooling powerhouse and considerably better than the original model which needed some user modifications to handle hotter running systems. A 200mm intake fan is positioned at the front, which is passed over the components then exhausted from the top, rear and side panels.
We have placed thermal diodes in 5 positions – 1; top optical drive bay position and fan intake position. 2; lower bay area. 3; close to CPU. 4; motherboard/GFX area. 5; above PSU. Ambient room temperatures were maintained at 23c throughout.
Fans were set to high.
Now we overclock the 990x to 4.8ghz by increasing the core voltage to 1.48v.
The GT cooling system is significantly better than the Level 10 design from a few years ago, dropping temperatures by 2-6c+ across the board.