Kaby Lake 7700K 5GHz AIO Cooler Mega Test
Published: 3rd January 2017 | Source: Various | Price: |
Test Rig Overview
For the case we've selected the CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro5. When we looked at this case a few months back we were perhaps a little hard on it. It is in fact a very good case, but at the time it was released it just didn't meet with the expectation of interchangeability the marketing hype would have you believe. Skip forward in time and the options are all there, making it the perfect case for us to use in testing CPU cooling solutions.
Motherboard and CPU
A change in Architecture calls for a slight change in the testbed. So we've retired the skyLake 6700K and replaced with an Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700K. As before we've mated it with the Asus Maximus Ranger VIII, as we feel not everyone is running this sort of gear it is at least representative of the kit that people are using.
For the GPU we selected the ASUS Strix R9 380 (4GB). As we're not testing graphics we don't need a super powerful GPU, and as this is such a cracking little heat efficient unit we suspect the fans won't even be turning when we're running the GPU light, CPU heavy OCCT torture test.
Yes we know it's not a lot of RAM by today's standards, but 8GB of the excellent Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM will suffice for our needs.
We don't need a massive PSU, but we do need something that's cool and reliable. For that reason we've opted for the Semi-modular CoolerMaster V650.