In order to test the CPU cooler we used the following configuration:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
- Thermal compound: Gelic GC-4 (included at the retail box)
- Case: bequiet! Silent Base 802
- Case fans: 2x140 bequiet! Silent Wings 3 High-Speed RPM speed controllable via SmartFan BIOS + Asus Xpert4 software
- CPU Fan: Stock 120mm
- Motherboard: Asus X570 E-Gaming with 4603 BIOS
- Memory: 2x16GB G.skill Trident Z RGB CL14 @ 3200MHz CL14 (XMP Profile) @ 1.35V
- PSU: be quiet! Straight Power 11 650Watt
- HDD: Crucial MX500 SSD
- VGA: Asus 1060 6GB Dual
- Ambient room temperature ~ 25 Celsius (with AC climate control) - Environment Temperature measurements: Precision Gold N09AQ Envirometer Meter
- Sound measurements at 1m distance: miniDSP UMIK-1 microphone with calibration file and latest REW software
- Operating system: Windows 10 x64 with all the latest updates installed
- Software: AIDA64 / HWInfo / OCCT Enterprise Edition (Latest builds)
Before each run, we left the CPU cooler cooled down and we reset the OCCT Enterprise Edition values to be accurate.
We set the CPU fan speeds at "Smart Mode" with the Asus Xpert4 software. The case fans were also set at SmartFan mode with the option for Auto Fan Stop at low loads down to 0% for the two front fans and auto for the back case fan.
The CPU fans were detected from the Asus motherboard and gave us the following fan curve
- Ai Overclock Tuner: D.O.C.P -> XMP DDR-3200 CL14
- BCLK Frequency: 100MHz
- FCLK Frequency: 1600MHz
- CPU core ratio: Auto
- TPU: Keep Current Setting
- Performance Bias: Auto
- VDDCR CPU Voltage: 1.100V
- VDDCD SOC Voltage: 0.900V
- DRAM Voltage: 1.350V (XMP)
- Precision Boost Overdrive: Auto
- Rest BIOS options: Auto
For further evaluation, we also used OCCT Enterprise Edition with a 30min run and we noted all temperatures as were noted from the software. For maximum temperature we used the following settings:
- Data Set: Small
- Mode: Extreme
- Load Type: Steady
Under full load with 1.10V, the AMD 5600X reported around 60.97 Celsius (Average temperature), and the highest average temperature was recorded at 62.35 Celsius. Comparing those results with other cooling products we were very happy, since after all, this is a small radiator with only one 120mm fan. Both the Be quiet! Pure Look 2 FX and the Arctic Liquid Freezer II have 280mm radiators and two 140mm fans.
Placing the miniDSP UMIK-1 microphone around 1m from the closed case, we were pleased to get very low overall case+cpu cooler noise. Since the Gelid Liquid 120 AIO cooler includes one 120mm fan, the measured noise was very low around 42.50dB with three 140mm rotating case fans included.
How about overclocking? Well you can do overclocking with this device, we set our AMD 5600X at 45X with 1.18125V as CPU Voltage however we did get errors during our OCCT tests, and while temperatures never exceed 84 Celsius we decided not to include those tests results.