frostytech's socket LGA2011 Intel synthetic thermal test platform stresses socket LGA2011/1366 compatible heatsinks with a 200W heat load. Keep in mind that the AMD Integrated Heat Spreader and Intel LGA2011 Integrated Heat Spreader both measure ~38x38mm, so these test results can be extrapolated to AMD processor scenario's as well.
With a 200W heat load applied by the Intel LGA2011/1366 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Coolermaster Nepton 280L yields an excellent temperature result of just 10.6°C over ambient at stock fan speed. Reducing the speed of the Nepton 280L's twin 140mm PWM fans to 800RPM caused test temperatures to increase to 14.1°C over ambient.
Clearly, there's no mistaking the fact that Cooler Master's Nepton 280L is the best performing self contained CPU liquid cooler we've yet tested!
Even with a 200W heat load applied, the Nepton 280L is hardly what you'd call, 'taxed.' When its twin 140mm fans are dialed back to 800RPM, no other CPU cooler comes close its thermal performance and quiet (or quieter) 42.0 dBA noise output.
Ultimately, Coolermaster's Nepton 280L rose to the top of each chart by a minimum of 0.1°C and maximum of 1.2°C improvement over the next best performing thermal solution. While the raw numbers do trend towards the Nepton 280L's prowess, we're looking at a difference of less than half a degree on one test platform (Intel LGA115x/775 platform) which can easily be gobbled up by any number of manufacturing or installation variables.
On the larger IHS die of Intel LGA2011 and AMD platforms, the Nepton 280L maintained its lead by a solid 1.0°C - 1.2°C. In other words, if you're running an AMD socket AM3 gaming system or Intel socket LGA2011 power house, the Nepton 280L self-contained liquid cooling solution is really well suited to these large integrated heat spreader processors.
Cooler Master have a real winner in the Nepton 280L all-in-one CPU liquid cooler. Highly recommended.
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