Before we jump into the details, I just want to clarify that we have both single stock fan and single common fan testing results. Since the stock Tuniq fan comes with a potentiometer, we have both max and min tests since we were able to dial the fan down and maintain stability. But first, we have our cooler orientation preview and typical TIM print shots.
Due to the design of the Tuniq, our orientation description is a bit confusing, yes the fan is parallel to the socket arm, but the heat pipes are perpendicular to the socket arm. From testing, I will say almost all heat pipe coolers perform better with the heatpipes perpendicular to the socket arm. The photo also lets you see the mounting system. Our TIM print is normal considering the convex nature of our 920 D0 HIS, and direct touch always disguises the print compared to plate-style bases. Once again, we tossed aside the stock TIM and used Arctic Cooling MX-3 for all tests. Those of you who have worked with MX-3 before know firsthand of the consistency, which I can only describe as an oily, clay like combination. When I first opened a tube and started using MX-3, I thought maybe I got a bad batch… but no, each tube had the same consistency. For more info on Arctic Cooling MX-3, check out our TIM Round-Up V1.1.
Starting out we have the stock Tuniq fan going full out at just over 1900RPM. The Tower Extreme turns out a very impressive 62.43C core average and a great 0.73C total mount variance. In fact, the Tuniq Tower Extreme just logged our best core average for single fan configuration.
Now we turn the potentiometer down to our minimum speed of 900RPM, well 911RPM average. Temperatures rise as expected, but we stay under 70C with a 69.71C resulting core average. Mount variance remained low with 0.77C swing.
Switching over to our trusty GT-1850, we once again see a very low core average of 63.05C and low mount swing of 0.26C. Looks like the mount system is proving itself quite consistent.
Next stop we have the Gentle Typhoon at 1300RPM; core average holds very well coming in at 65.92C which is another great result. Mount variance remains a very tight 0.26C.
For our last test, we slow our GT-1850 down to 900RPM, and load up Prime95. As the trend has been leading to, we see very similar results to the stock fan at minimum speed. Our core average squeaks in just under 70C at 69.71C and mount variance lands it best yet with 0.16C.
With 5 test runs of the Tuniq Tower Extreme, we move to the comparison against our chosen comparison cooler, the Noctua NH-U12P. To reiterate from the Test Methodology, the Noctua was chosen as our lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) comparison cooler since the Noctua comes with stock fans and supports dual fans which gives us the best cross comparison capabilities amongst the air coolers we test.
In the comparison chart, you get to see a very similar performance scale between the Noctua and Tuniq with the Scythe fan. Albeit, the Tuniq is a ahead by a degree or two but the scaling is similar. Had we decided to run a medium speed test with the stock Tuniq fan I’m sure we would see the data point bring the curve down a bit and mimic the trend set by the GT. The stock fan Tuniq bundles with the Tower Extreme does quite well compared to the Gentle Typhoon 1850, though definitely more noticeable to my ear than the GT.