SUPPLIED BY: NorthQ
PRODUCT: Siberian Tiger Water Cooler
PROD LINK: Not Available
Price is at time of testing!
Here we see that everything is in place besides the fact that I didn’t spend a lot of time on my cable routing :D. Looking at the two wires coming from the pump assembly, you will see that they are pretty much straight shots to their connections. Having some extra wire would have been nice, which would make it easier to route the wires for those that do want a clean looking install.
Before starting in on the testing phase of the NorthQ Siberian Tiger. I fire up the system and run a few tests on the CPU and GPU’s. The goal of this is to get the system up to normal operating temperature and then let it idle for about an hour. This will ensure that I have a good base temp to start from. I will repeat this process for each of the coolers tested.
To do the actual testing on the cooling I will simply use two instances of Prime95 to load the CPU and run it at 100% load for 30 minutes, while recording the temperatures of all sensors in the system. The reason I am using two instances of Prime95 is due to the dual core processor. Running one instance between the two cores will not put it at full load and running multiple apps to hit the 100% load just seemed like overkill. I simply created two shortcuts for Prime95 (can be seen on the left side of the pic). I then set each shortcut to one core of the processor. As you can see in the Task manager window, both cores where easily kept at 100% load.
Looking at the above Idle and Load graphs for the CPU sensor we can see that the NorthQ Siberian Tiger came in just a few degrees behind the Noctua NH-U12P cooler. The NorthQ did come out a little ahead in the noise department because it is utilizing 2 120mm fans (1 intake and 1 exhaust / radiator) where as the Noctua setup uses 3 120 fans (1 intake, 1 on the cooler, and 1 exhaust).
I also took the readings on the cores. We see the exact same trend here. The NorthQ does trail by just a few degrees at both cores. The 3rd cooler used was a Glacialtech 90mm CPU cooler. As we can see in both graphs. It did pretty good at trying to stay up with the other two solutions, but still fell short.