Overall Score 3.8  

Test Setup

We tested the Phononic HEX 2.0 using our standard i7 LGA2011-v3 setup. We test two configurations, stock at 3.3Ghz/3.6Ghz with Turbo and overclocked at 4.4Ghz. We keep the CPU Turbo setting enabled for both stock and overclocked configurations, however this would only be in effect with the stock test due to the way we overclocked the CPU using the multiplier.

Test Platformi7 LGA2011-v3
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro 64-bit
ProcessorIntel i7-5820K
MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme
GraphicsMSI GTX 970 GAMING Twin Frozr V
Memory16Gb Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400Mhz @2666Mhz
DrivesCrucial BX100 500Gb SSD
PSUCorsair HX1000i
ChassisMicroCool Banchetto 101

The Intel i7 LGA2011-v3 and i7-5820K setup is a high end setup that will stress the CPU cooler under stock and overclocked load conditions. We also record idle temperature and sound performance.

We use a standardized set of software for both load test and temperature capture;

We ran the AIDA64 Engineer stability test in 30 minute batches and recorded the results. We used the Core Max result as there was typically a variance across the cores of a couple of degrees.

We only select the cache, FPU and CPU tests, so no other component would generate impacting heat during the tests. We always “run in” our CPU cooler installations, essential to maximizing the performance of the cooler before testing begins.

BIOS Setting

We used the default PWM setting for all CPU cooler testing on the Intel X99 platform.


Sound Level Testing

We used a standard generic digital sound level meter at 15 inches. It is important to note we use the MicroCool Banchetto 101 Chassis for testing which is an open chassis. This means you are hearing the CPU coolers fan unobstructed. If you place any fan or cooler in an enclosed chassis, the results should be quieter in most situations. 

Consumer Experience