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Sound Level Measurements: Which Heatsink is Quietest?
Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take noise level measurements with a sound level meter.
With its twin 120mm fans spinning at their full speed of 2000RPM, the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer heatsink produces a moderately loud 52.9dBA noise. Fan speed can be reduced to about 1000RPM, dropping noise output to 45.9 dBA. For these noise measurements the 12V DC water pump was powered on, but was not a significant source of noise.
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