Page 3 - Test Results
Out test configuration is as follows;
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk
RAM: Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR4-4000 2x8GB
Graphics: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 TI
Chassis: Corsair 5000D
Power: SilverStone Decathlon DA850 Gold 850W
Storage: Samsung EVO 970 1TB, Lexar NQ100 480GB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
All tests were run in our custom-built computer to best reflect real-life performance. The computer remained in the same place and room for all tests. The ambient temperature of the room was roughly 21 degrees Celsius. The thermal paste applied to each cooler was stock respective to their manufacturers to rate its performance. Sufficient time between testing was applied for the paste to settle. The fans on all heatsinks, if applicable, were connected to the same motherboard's 4-pin connector. The test computer was turned on and idling for at least one hour for the idling tests. High CPU load results were obtained using the Prime95 in place large FFTs test with a maximum number of worker threads for a minimum of 15 minutes and recorded when the temperature was deemed stable.
For the first test, I let my computer sit idle for a while. After about an hour, I shook my mouse to wake my computer up. We can see the GAMDIAS CHIONE M3-240W sat at around 37 degrees Celsius. While this was better than all compared air coolers, which is to be expected, it fell behind the idle thermals of the other liquid coolers. The Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 FLUX outperformed this by 2 degrees Celsius and the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 A-RGB was 4 degrees cooler. This may not be the best start, but idle tests do not give a full representation of its cooling capabilities, thus leading us into our load tests.
Starting Prime95 and giving the processor ample time to load all the cores and threads, we can see how the cooler performs when the processor is under heavy stress. The GAMDIAS CHIONE M3-240W performed much better here, peaking at 58 degrees Celsius. This matched the Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 FLUX and was 2 degrees warmer than the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 A-RGB. Once again, this surpassed all compared air coolers, although this was not a surprise. We observed the boost frequency throughout the test, which was 3.7GHz across all cores. The GAMDIAS CHIONE M3-240W performed competently in our tests.
Sound is often perceived differently by people, but we try to make our subjective audio tests as objective as possible. On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is silence and 10 is the 4th of July in Washington DC, I would rate the GAMDIAS CHIONE M3-240W around 2.5/10 when idle and 3.5/10 when under full load. The radiator fans emitted a moderate level of noise when under full load. Under day-to-day use, these fans were much quieter. These fans may not be the quietest, but are also not obnoxiously loud by any means. One reality that users will have to face when purchasing an AIO cooler is there will be more moving parts in the system, which makes for more sources of noise. The pump emitted a low humming sound at full speed, but was still reasonably quiet. At normal speed though, the pump was basically inaudible.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware, Installation
3. Test Results