Field test …
For the practical test, we first used the fans as a case fan. In the test system, an AMD A6 5400K APU is installed, which we overclocked to 4.9 GHz at 1.55V (default: 3.6 GHz at 1.35V). The integrated GPU we also overclocked to 1266 MHz at 1.4V (default 800 MHz at 1.2V). The cooler is an Alpenfoehn Brocken with a Noiseblocker M12-P fan which has been fixed to 80%.
For the test we ran 30 minutes of Prime95 and the Unigine Heaven benchmark at the same time to maximize CPU and GPU load. We have determined the CPU and the mainboard temperature once with an open and then with a closed case without a case fan to get reference values. The room temperature was 24 °C.
We then installed the Arctic BioniX fans as a case fan and set them to 100%.
For the second test series, we installed the fans on a CPU cooler and compete against the reference ventilation. The Arctic BioniX F120 fan on the Alpenföhn Brocken against the Noiseblocker M12-P. For the 140mm BioniX F140 fan, we chose a Noctua NF-A15 PWM on a Noctua NH-D15 cooler as an opponent. For the test, we ran 30 minutes of Prime95 and the Unigine Heaven benchmark at the same time to maximize the CPU and GPU. The housing was always open in order to exclude other influences.
We also considered the measured volume for the evaluation. The Arctic BioniX F120 equals the Noiseblocker M12-P with a 2dB higher volume. The Arctic BioniX F140 is beaten by the Noctua NF-A15 PWM both in temperature (short) and loudness (clear).
Arctic BioniX conclusion and overall impression …