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Evercool Water Cooler WC-202 - Page 6 of 7
Posted: July 27, 2005
Author: Hellfire
Manufacturer: Evercool
Source: Evercool
Purchase: PriceGrabber
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Testing:

To test the Water Cooler WC-202, I installed it in the following system:

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor
1gb Ultra 3200 DDR (previously reviewed here)
Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI motherboard (default settings)
BFG Geforce 6600GT OC video card
2 - Seagate 80GB Raid-0 hard drives
1 - Seagate 200GB hard drive
CoolerMaster CoolDrive 4 (used to take temperatures and fan speed)
Case Temperature at 28.0C

To take the load temperatures, the following applications were run for several hours:

EverQuest 2
Folding@Home 4.0
Sisoft Sandra 2004 Burn In Wizard

The chart below lists the temperatures indicated by the CoolerMaster CoolDrive 4 during testing. As you can see, the Evercool Water Cooler WC-202 cooled a better than the air-cooling provided by the Freezer 64. With an idle temperature of 5C cooler than the Freezer 64! The load performance it was 7C cooler than the Freezer 64. As quiet as the Freezer 64 is, the Evercool Water Cooler WC-202 was even quieter on low to medium fan speed. Not by a great amount, but enough that it was noticeable. If I raised the fan speed to high/very high the noise was very noticeable apart from the rest of my system.


Using my CoolerMaster CoolDrive 4, I could turn the fan down to 2420 RPM, and up to 3630 RPM. At the default speed, the fan from the main assembly had a lower noise level than the rest of my system. When I turned the fan up on high though, there was a significant noise increase.

Lowering the fan speed changed the temperature by 3C. Raising the fan to max speed resulted in another 2C cooler, not really much of an improvement for increasing the fan speed and noise levels.

The additional radiator fan ran at a default speed of 2490 RPM, and was pretty quiet. There was a slight hum from it, but wasn't loud enough to be heard over the 120mm fan that is usually in my Thermaltake Shark case. I was able to turn it down to 1870 RPM and turn it up to 2770 RPM. At the max speed there was a bit more noise than my 120mm fan, but wasn't a loud piercing noise, just a low dull hum.

Lowering the fan speed did not change the temperature. Raising the fan speed to 2700 RPM resulted in another 1C cooler, not really much of an improvement for increasing the fan speed and noise levels.

In addition to the CPU temperatures, I also checked how the cooling was on a BFG 6600GT OC. Previously I looked at a Wisetech Cooler on my GeForce 5200Ultra, and found a 3C (idle) and 7C (load) lower temperatures compared to the stock cooler. With the Evercool WC-202, I received 5.5C (idle) and 9.6C (load) lower temperatures compared to the stock BFG cooler.


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