Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

Performance and Testing

 

 

 

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

Performance and Testing

The test set up consisted of the following

Intel i7 3960X [email protected] 1.1v (undervolted) 4.0GHz @ 1.25v 4.4GHz @ 1.35v 4.6GHz @ 1.45v Gigabyte X79 UD3 Corsair Vengeance LP Memory Corsair HX850 V2 Corsair Force GT 60GB Coolermaster Storm Trooper. 

The graphs are now in jpeg format for all the mobile device users out there and are placed in order with the best performing at the top so as to help better visualise where the cooler we're testing comes in the pack.

As usual we'll be testing our coolers at varying levels of overclock and increasing levels of voltage.  This in turn of course means increasing levels of heat which the coolers need to dissipate.  To begin with we start with the undervolted stock speed.  Why undervolted? well if you have things set on "Auto", you may well be using more volts than are actually required to run at the chosen frequency, for example our 3960s will run quite happily at just 1.1volts, solid as a rock, 24/7, and as such we use this as our starting point.

Continuity is very important in testing, and for this reason we keep as many of the potential variables as locked down as possible.  We will be using OCCT in Linpack X64, AVX compatible with all logical cores tested and 90% free memory utilised. The test is set up to run automatically with just a few clicks to set it going.  A 10 minute idle followed by 30 minutes of testing and a 5 minute cool down is the order of the day and brings the total test time per clock speed to 45 minutes.  So as to remove subjectivity in determining whether a CPU has failed, OCCT is set to stop the test and register a fail should the max temp exceed 80 degrees.  In testing we noted that if even just one of the cores exceeds 82 degrees OCCT halts the test and a fail is recorded.

Wow!  this looks promising.  The Nepton 240M is blitzing the rest of the competition with the exception of its big brother.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

 

Turning now to the 4GHz test we up the voltage to 1.25 volts, this is what is deemed normally as stock volts. Something we are always harping on about on the forums is AUTO does not mean stock volts, and normally if you overclocking with "auto" volts the motherboard will be upping the volts much more than needed if you were to do it manually. By whichever means it happens, upping the volts (especially from our 1.1v undervolt) does have a big impact on temps, with an average increase of 10-15 degrees seen in the results. 

At the higher levels of heat generated by the increase in voltage required for the 4.0GHz overclock, fan performance, although still a factor becomes less critical, replaced instead by a coolers ability to conduct the heat up the heat pipes and more crucially the total surface area of the fins enabling convection to the atmosphere.  In the case of AIOs and water cooling the surface area of the radiator and the efficiency of the contact plate begin to play more of a role 

Not so good a showing now that we've cranked the volts up a bit.  In fact much worse than expected.  Things are not looking good.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

 

 Upping the volts still further we achieve a stable 4.4GHz overclock at 1.35 Volts. It's here we start to separate the wheat from the chaff, with lesser coolers not able to disperse the increased heat effectively. Again we see a jump of 10 degrees or so from the figures at 4GHz. Both the H100 and the well-respected D14 are creeping into the 70s here, indicating that only the cream of the crop will excel at this level. 

The 240M is still being outclassed by pretty much everything on the block, including  the D15 air cooler.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

 

Only the most effective coolers are capable of making it into the hallowed 4.6GHz club and as you can see in the graph below there isn't a single air cooler in this graph, even the NH-D14 does not have enough cooling potential to be featured here. So all that has made this graph so far are the AIO big players and dedicated custom watercooling kits. 

Oh dear oh dear, this isn't good at all.  The 240M is sitting right down at the bottom of the charts, way behind all the stuff that matters

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Review

 

 

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Most Recent Comments

15-01-2015, 07:58:27

Excalabur50
What a poor showing from Cooler Master just showing how unmasterful this cooler isQuote

15-01-2015, 08:00:20

barnsley
The 280L was such a beast. Quite why this is awful really is a surprise.Quote

15-01-2015, 14:14:03

Wraith
Wow I didn't expect that, who am I kidding it's a CM "M" series AIO, they all suck, of cause they will later release a "V" version and temporarily redeem their honor then follow it up with another "L" this seems to be the case time and again for CM. This was painful to see especially as it gets a whooping from a Air cooler, OK it's the D15 but still a 240mm AIO being out classed by air. Poor show Cooler Master.Quote

15-01-2015, 14:17:17

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Wow I didn't expect that, who am I kidding it's a CM "M" series AIO, they all suck, of cause they will later release a "V" version and temporarily redeem their honor then follow it up with another "L" this seems to be the case time and again for CM. This was painful to see especially as it gets a whooping from a Air cooler, OK it's the D15 but still a 240mm AIO being out classed by air. Poor show Cooler Master.
Quite a few 240 AIOs are on par with the D15. Its a beast.Quote

15-01-2015, 14:20:40

IliaLo
I've watched some reviews of the 240M and I was looking for one to buy (based on the reviews I watched ), I guess it's good, I didn't find one, so I went with the 100i.Quote
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