Testing: Wraith Cooler Performance
I still remember the first time I saw this cooler while I was at CES last January. I was excited then, excited again when one of our other reviewers got to look at it, and really excited when I finally got to get my own hands on it. Here’s where you finally get to see why I didn’t bother with other benches for the Wraith Cooler overclock. I was able to hit 4.5 GHz with temperatures that I would easily be happy with on a 24/7 basis. Even though my stress test was pushing the limits ever so slightly, day to day use and gaming would likely never be an issue. I came within 0.1 GHz of a full 240mm AIO cooler! That’s insane for a stock cooler!!! Here’s a screenshot of the end of my 3 hour stress test for stability as well as the CPU validation.
Here’s a quick comparison of temperatures and noise levels with the Athlon X4 845 stock cooler. Of course, we have completely different chips, but this is to help compare noise levels, while giving a good graphical picture of what the temperatures ended up at. The Wraith is a bit louder than the previous cooler, but I feel like it’s just borderline before it starts getting obnoxiously loud. With a good fan curve, you can easily keep this cooler below noticeably audible levels.