SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB Review (Page 3 of 4)

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

Compared hardware:
- SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 Illusion

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 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 sixteen 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 SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB sat around 41 degrees Celsius, which was just over the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 Illusion at 40 degrees Celsius. Considering the ML240 Illusion is already a capable cooler, these first results are promising. While this is a good start, idle tests do not give a full representation of their cooling capabilities, thus leading us into our load tests.

Starting Prime95 and giving the processor time to load all the cores and threads, we can see how the cooler performs when the processor is under heavy stress. The SilverStone Hydrogon still performed quite well here, peaking at 61 degrees Celsius. This surpassed the ML240 Illusion, which again is impressive. We observed the boost frequency throughout the test, which was 3.7 GHz across all cores. The results here prove the SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB is a more than capable cooler.

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 a grenade explosion, I would rate the Hydrogon D120 ARGB around 2.0/10 when idle and 4.5/10 when under full load. These SilverStone fans are not the quietest by any means, and with two of them being attached to the cooler, the noise is understandably louder. Under day-to-day use, the noise will be audible, but not obnoxious by any means.


Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware, Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion