I tested the cooling capabilities of the Ikonik Ra X10. To monitor CPU temperatures, I used Gigabyte’s ET6, their overclocking/monitoring utility that came with the motherboard. For testing load temperatures, I used Sandra’s Burn-In utility, using only Processor Arithmetic. Idle temps were taken after the system sat idle for 30 minutes. Load temperatures were taken after Sandra Burn-In ran for 30 minutes. Ambient room temperature was approximately 72F.
To see the Ra X10’s cooling properties compared to air cooling, I took CPU temperatures from two of the top LGA 1366 air coolers, the Noctua NH-U12P, and the Zalman CNPS 9900LED. At $80 and $75 respectively, they are the two most expensive air coolers on the market, at least at my favorite online retailer.
Next, I overclocked my i7 920 from 2.66gHz to 4.0gHz. This is a fairly major overclock, most lesser coolers would see 80C-90C or higher load temperatures.
Finally, just to see how the Ra X10’s liquid cooling performs with everything cranked up, I set the pump and radiator fans to Performance Mode in SIM. I performed another overclock load temp test, running the pump and radiator fans at 12v only saw a 1C drop in temps.