Test bed:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Winchester) @ 2.7Ghz (1.6V)
  • MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum
  • 2x 512MB PDP 3200 XBLK
  • PowerColor X800XT PE
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA 80GB
  • Coolermaster Stacker Full tower case (Side panel closed)
  • Coolermaster Hyper 48 heatsink + Vantec Tornado 92mm (TD9238H)
  • *(Max fan = 12V, Min Fan = 7V)

First, before the test was started, the unit was powered up. The first
second, there was a bubbling sound from the pump, then the pump functioned
normally. The fan was really quiet, very much like what Coolermaster had stated
on it’s spec sheet (24.4dbA), and the pump was totally soundless, even while my
ears were right next to the pump. I’m impressed by the sound, considering that
the Hyper 48 combo was sounding more like a jet engine, with all those high
pitch noise from it.

These are the test results:

Idle temperatures of the CPU:

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The both temperatures were taken right after the system
entered windows, and were recorded for Idle CPU temperature. Results were pretty
impressive, considering that the Hyper 48 setup is a lot nosier. (even at 7V,
Min fan speed) Not bad at all!

Now for Full Load temperatures:

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Both temperatures were taken after 20 minutes of double Prime 95 torture test
(One instance of Small FFT torture test, and the other with Large FFT test). The
Aquagate Mini still took a upper hand, together with much lower noise from the
fan.

System Ambient temperature:

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Another thing to note is that since this is a Water Cooling setup, the heat
from the CPU is directed out of the casing, due to the radiator position. It is
usually placed outside the system case, or, onto an available fan vent/hole,
which hot air goes out directly. Such placement would result in far lower casing
temperatures, as compared to traditional Heatsink/Fan combos.