Intel E6600 Core2 Duo 2.40GHZ 4MB
Tuniq Tower 120-LFB
CoolerMaster Aquagate S1
ATi Radeon X1900XTX 512MB
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
Corsair 2x1GB DDR2-667 4-4-4-12
CoolIT RAM Fan
WD 74GB Raptor
WD 250GB Caviar
OCZ StealthXStream 600W
NEC 16X/16X DVD±R/W
NZXT. Apollo Orange Chassis
All temperatures were measured using RivaTuner v2.1 with the C2D.dll plugin, which measures the same temps as CoreTemp. Load and idle situations were created with two instances of Folding@Home (one on each core) and a blank windows desktop, respectively. All temperatures were let to stabilize for 15 minutes before recording, to ensure that it was not still rising or falling. The reference coolers represented use the best temperatures each achieved (i.e. door off, fan high if available) in the same environment.
The test system had the door off for all testing, a 120mm front intake fan and a 120mm PSU exhaust fan. The RAM Fan was off during testing for consistency with previous results. All results were recorded at an ambient room temperature of 24 C.
Initial testing at stock clocks seems very promising. The load temps with the Eliminator at high rival the best idle temps any other cooler got! Even at low, which was dead silent, there were still great results. Another thing to keep in mind is that there's not much difference from low to medium fan settings, so for the sake of sound you'll probably never use medium.
Again impressive results when we clock up the processor to 3.30GHz. The margin of defeat here is not quite as great as before, but Eliminator is still clearly the best cooler so far. At high, there is a lot of headroom to bump the processor even higher, which is great for you overclockers out there (after all, it is our specialty).