The usage of an aftermarket high-end CPU cooler ensures lower temperature and enables the user to proceed to higher levels of overclocking. Today we are testing the Noiseblocker TwinTec CPU cooler.
Let’s take a quick look at the Noiseblocker TwinTec technical specs and details:
* Dimensions HxBxD: 158x130x63.5mm (without fan):
* Weight: 660 g (without fan)
* Air flow rate M12-P: 73-133 m3/h (12 V) -retail version
* Volume (M12-P): 12- 29 dB/A (12 V) active -retail version
* Operating voltage (M12-P): 4.5-13.2 V -retail version
* Power consumption (M12-P): 2.64 W/ 0.18 A -retail version
* Connection M12-P: 4-pin PWM (compatible with 3-pin Molex)
* Material: Heat-pipe nickel-plated copper, aluminium lamellae
* Service life (M12-P): 130,000 hours MTBF –retail version
* 6-year guarantee
* Guaranteed to cool every current CPU quietly and reliably
* Excellent workmanship
* Extremely fast heat dissipation
* Lamellae soldered with heat-pipes
* Includes installation modules for AMD AM2/AM3 sockets, Intel 775/1156/1366 and 1155 (SandyBridge)
* 12 cm high-end PWM fan NB-Multiframe M12-P low-vibration (only retail version)
* Super conductor heat-pipe (25 mm) made of copper + four 6 mm heat sinks (2x 6 mm IT heat-pipes)
* Semi-passive / one / two fan operation possible
* Available as bulk and retail version (with fan)
A Closer Look – The Box and Contents
The Noiseblocker TwinTec comes in a black glossy card box. At the front side it has a nice logo and the main colours are black and white. In hand, it feels very heavy and it would be good to have a handle on top. Furthermore, there is no transparent window to see the actual product inside, which of course it is not a real problem, as the quantity and quality of the printed images on the box totally make up for this.
At the sides of the box you will find plenty of printed schematics and information on the cooler’s features. Everything is printed in high detail and the color combinations really help the owner to understand what this cooler is all about.
Once we opened the box from the top, we found that there is a harder box in which the contents are protected from damage during shipping Apart from the heatsink and the fan, which we will cover later, inside the box we found a small card box which containseverything you will need to install the heatsink.
So inside the box we found a brief but useful instruction manual sheet with printed schematics that helped us install the cooler. Along with the manual, we also found 4 fan mounting clips and a thermal paste compound. It is a real plus for Noiseblocker to include a conductive paste along with the cooler.
Of course, in the package we found mounting kits, screws and washers for both Intel and AMD platforms.
A Closer Look – The Fan
Inside the box we found the retail version of Noiseblocker’s low vibration high-end fan, the NB-Multiframe M12-P with PWM chip. It was a surprise that the fan came in its own box.
The fan is very powerful, topping at 2000RPM while keeping noise levels low. Also the fan’s mounting points are made of rubber, in order to keep the vibrations during operation at zero levels.
A Closer Look – The Heatsink
The heatsink is quite heavy but feels solid and well structured. Its large dimensions, 158mm x 130mm x 63.5 mm (height x width x depth, without fan) indicate that it should be first checked if it will fit in the user’s case.
There are a total of 46 fins of 0.4mm thickness, which are neatly attached to the main body of the heatsink.
At the bottom end we find a total of four heatpipes, that end up at the nickel plate which comes in contact with the CPU. We also find that there are holes at the base of the body of the heatsink that help air ventilation.
At the top of the heatsink we find Noiseblocker’s and TwinTec’s logos that give a nice touch to the main body. Furthermore, there are eight holes that help with air ventilation. Overall, the structure of the heatsink’s body feels solid and carefully designed, with the small details making a difference.
Using the instruction manual, we did not encounter any problems installing the Noiseblocker TwinTec and getting it to work, as the bundle contents are more than enough to provide a correct mounting.
The only possible problem some users may encounter is the height of the heatsink, as it may not be able to fit in some cases. In our setup however we did not encounter any problems.
Test Setup and Procedures
The machine’s specs on which we tested the cooler are:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We ran temperatures tests in two system states:
- Idle, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
- Full load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz-under prime 95
- Noise measurement under load system conditions
As you see, we decided to test the Noiseblocker TwinTec directly with our overclocked i7 920 by setting the voltage to 1.30v, as this is a high-end cooler and its main use would be for achieving maximum overclocking results.
We test the TwinTec against:
- Scythe Mugen 2
- Xigmatek Thor’s Hammer
- Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme
- Cogage True Spirit
- Thermalright AXP-140
- Noctua NH-U12P
- EKL North Face
With the system being idle and the i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz, Noiseblocker’s TwinTec managed to achieve the lowest temperature, with the coolers from Noctua and Thermalright being extremely close.
The next test involved running Prime95 with our overclocked i7 920. The TwinTec managed to outperform many popular cooler brands by achieving the lowest temperature along with Noctua’s NH-U12P.
At the noise measurement test, the TwinTec also surprised us by being the most silent cooler, along with Noctua’s NH-U12P and Thermalright’s AXP-140. Not bad, considered that Noiseblocker is not so well known as other companies in the market.
Costing around 65 euros in Europe, the Noiseblocker TwinTec is well worth the money, as it does the job it promises. Noiseblocker is not one of the major players in the market, but the TwinTec will certainly cover the needs of the demanding power user. Furthermore, it is characterized by its solid build quality and it manages to remain silent, even at full system load conditions.
(+) Solid Build quality
(+) Silent even under load conditions
Thus, we give the Noiseblocker TwinTec a rating of 9.5/10 and our Editor’s Choice Award.