Thermalright established itself as a cooling contender in many years previous with choices like its all-copper SP94 cooler. The combo, additionally identified for distinctive merchandise just like the HR-07 reminiscence cooler, which supplied a full heatsink with two heatpipes for DDR2 RAM, and the LGA 1700 Contact Body which we just lately reviewed.
As we speak we’ll be Thermalright’s compact AXP120-X67 SFF air cooler, giving it fairly the problem by pairing it with Intel’s i9-13900K. Will the AXP120-X67 rise to the problem and earn a spot on our Finest CPU Coolers record? We’ll must put it via testing to seek out out, however first listed here are the specs from Thermalright.
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|Heatsink Dimensions||123.5 x 120 x 52mm|
|Weight (with fan)||490g|
|Socket Compatibility||Intel LGA 115X/1200/1700/2011/-3/2066|
|Rated Noise Stage||As much as 26.1 dBA|
|Heatpipes||(x6) 6 mm heatpipes|
|Base||C1100 Pure Copper nickel plated|
|Max TDP (Our Testing)||~200W|
Packing and Included Contents
Thermalright’s AXP120-X67 is available in a small field, with cardboard and molded foam for the safety of the internal contents.
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Included with the package deal are the next:
- SFF Heatsink
- 1x TL-C12015 fan
- Fan clips for the included fan
- Fan clips for normal 120mm followers
- Mounts for all fashionable CPU sockets, together with AM5 & LGA1700
- A tube of TF7 thermal paste
Options of the AXP120-X67
The slim 2.05-inch top of the AXP120-X67 permits it to suit inside the smallest instances, making it an interesting choice for SFF builds.
There’s extra to an air cooler than only a heatsink. The fan included has a big impression on cooling, noise ranges and efficiency. Included with Thermalright’s AXP120-X67 is a slim TL-C12015 fan.
|Dimensions||120 x 120 x 15 mm|
|Fan Velocity||As much as 1800 RPM ±10%|
|Air Movement||As much as 59 CFM|
|Air Stress||As much as 1.36mm H20|
|Noise Stage||As much as 26.1 dB(A)|
|Bearing Sort||S-FDB Bearing|
Further fan clips
Thermalright additionally consists of fan clips for normal 120mm followers for individuals who need to use a stronger, full sized fan, for extra cooling efficiency.
Whereas it was pretty simple with earlier generations of CPUs for coolers to maintain the processor nicely below TJ max (the utmost temperature a CPU can maintain earlier than throttling) in demanding workloads, that is not realistically attainable on present technology CPUs with out excessive cooling (or enabling energy limits).
After I started testing coolers on Intel’s i9-12900K, I discovered that some merchandise that cooled the i9-10900K nicely struggled in some situations when paired with the Alder Lake CPU – and Raptor Lake is much more tough to chill in these conditions. Whereas up to now a CPU hitting its peak temperature was trigger for concern, lovers are going to must be taught to just accept excessive temperatures as “regular” whereas operating demanding workloads with Raptor Lake and Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
These larger temperatures would possibly trigger concern for some, however there isn’t any want for fear. Fashionable AMD & Intel CPUs are designed to run pretty sizzling with none issues – as much as 95 levels Celsius for AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs, and as much as 100 levels C for Intel’s 13900K. Comparable habits has been commonplace in laptops for years as a result of cooling limitations there.
Moreover, Intel’s i9-13900K helps Adaptive Enhance Know-how (ABT), which permits Core i9 processors to dynamically increase to larger all-core frequencies primarily based upon accessible thermal headroom and electrical circumstances. This enables multi core hundreds to function at as much as 5.5 GHz if the mandatory quantity of thermal dissipation is there. This function works in a method that actively seeks excessive temperatures: If the chip sees that it’s operating beneath the 100-degree C threshold, it is going to enhance its efficiency and energy consumption till it reaches the protected 100 diploma C restrict, thus sustaining larger clocks (and offering higher efficiency) for longer intervals.
The elevated cooling challenges posed by Raptor Lake implies that we’ve needed to change a few of the methods we take a look at coolers. Some coolers had been capable of go Cinebench R23 multicore testing with Intel’s twelfth Gen i9-12900K when energy limits had been eliminated, though solely the strongest fashions had been capable of go that take a look at. Most liquid coolers and all air coolers I’ve examined “failed” that take a look at as a result of the CPU reached TJ max on this state of affairs.
With Raptor Lake’s 13900K, not a single cooler examined (at the very least to date) has been capable of maintain the CPU below TJ max on this take a look at. We’ll evaluate efficiency as a substitute by evaluating complete benchmark scores and clock speeds maintained.
I’ll be testing Intel’s i9-13900K CPU utilizing Asus’ TUF Gaming Z690 Gaming Plus WIFI motherboard and Cooler Grasp’s HAF 700 Berserker laptop case, with case followers restricted to 35% speeds. The motherboard’s default fan curve is used for the CPU Cooler’s followers.
Along with testing Cinebench with out energy limits enforced, we’ll even be displaying outcomes when the CPU’s energy consumption is restricted to a extra affordable 200W. We’ll additionally present outcomes at 125W for individuals who favor whisper-quiet cooling, at the price of some efficiency. For each of those outcomes, we’ll present conventional delta over ambient temperature outcomes.
We’ll present noise degree measurements recorded utilizing a PSPL25 Sound Meter for all three energy ranges examined to match how a lot noise every cooler makes in several situations. We anticipate most coolers to run silently at 125W.
LGA1700 Socket Bending
Please observe there are various components aside from the CPU cooler that may affect your cooling efficiency, together with the case you utilize and the followers put in in it. A system’s motherboard may affect this, particularly if it suffers from bending, which ends up in poor cooler contact with the CPU.
As a way to forestall bending from impacting our cooling outcomes, we’ve put in Thermalright’s LGA 1700 contact body into our testing rig. Because of this in case your motherboard is affected by bending, your thermal outcomes shall be worse than these proven beneath. Not all motherboards are affected equally by this difficulty. I examined Raptor Lake CPUs in two motherboards. And whereas considered one of them confirmed vital thermal enhancements after putting in Thermalright’s LGA1700 contact body, the opposite motherboard confirmed no distinction in temperatures in anyway. Try our evaluate of this contact body for extra info.
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|Motherboard||Asus TUF Gaming Z690 Plus Wifi DDR5|
|GPU||Intel ARC A770 LE|
|Case||Cooler Grasp HAF 700 Berserker|
|PSU||Cooler Grasp XG Plus 850 Platinum PSU|