Today we are going to test the Evercool HPL-815 with the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition CPU.
We like to try and mirror ‘realistic’ conditions when possible, so instead of the open bench concept, we are mounting the build inside the NZXT Tempest 410 Elite. Room ambient temperatures were maintained at a steady 22c throughout testing.
Processor: AMD PII X2 555 Black Edition @ 3.2 GHz
Cooler: Evercool HPL-815
Motherboard: Biostar MCP6P3
Thermal Paste: Evercool Thermal paste
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 850W
Chassis: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite
Memory: 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto DDR3 1333mhz Cas 9-9-9-24- 1T
Graphics: Integrated NVIDIA graphics
There are several different applications available that will load a processor to the limit while running through a series of complicated calculations. For today’s testing we are going to use the latest version of Prime 95.
Prime95 is a popular freeware application that can be used to stress test the CPU. For today’s testing we are going to run the fan on the CPU at full speed which is rated for 4000 RPM. We are aware that this noise level is not something the average user would want, but in this case we are testing cooling performance and not focusing on the fan noise.
With our system running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz the Evercool HPL-815 offers better performance then we had anticipated by maintaining a very respectable 42c while running Prime95. Once again keep in mind that this is with the fan running at 4000 RPM.
After a modest overclock to 3,6 GHz the temperature increased by 9c, reaching 51c. This temperature is not bad at all considering the low profile design of the HPL-815.