Enermax ETS-T50 AXE Review

Test setup and results …


Test setup …

The following configuration was used as a test system:
Intel Core i5 4460 @ 3200 MHz with 0.99 Volt
MSI B85M-E45 Rev. 2.0
2x 4GB DDR3-1600
MSI GeForce GTX960 4GB OC
Cooler Master 500W Silent Pro power supply
Fractal Design Define R5 case
Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

For measurement, the following software was used: Prime95 V28.7 and SpeedFan V4.51
Thermal compound: Dow Corning TC-5121 (included)

The room temperature during the test was about 20°C.

For the silent mode, the Enermax fan was set to 800 rpm, for maximum cooling, the fan was then set to 2000 rpm. In Idle, only Windows and SpeedFan were run. Load was generated with Prime95’s small-FFTs test. No power saving features have been disabled in the BIOS / UEFI.

Enermax ETS-T50 AXE DFP results …

Here you can see the Enermax T50 AXE compared to the Boxed cooler of the Intel Core i5-4460. The Boxed cooler could not be tested under load in silent mode, as the temperatures exceeded the maximum too fast.

For cooling performance, the Enermax T50 AXE reaches an acceptable value. However, the relatively small difference between the minimum and the maximum speed is striking. This may indicate that the relatively wide heat sink is not optimally ventilated, despite the high static pressure fan. A second cooler instead of the Air Guide could be a few °C here.

The fan is only audible from 950 rpm in our system and maintains a relatively pleasant noise level even at maximum speed.

We explained the differences in measuring CPU temperatures and how to overclock in detail in our Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 OC guide.

Enermax T50 AXE conclusion and overall impression …