Acoustic, Power & Thermal Performance
Contrary to popular belief, closed-loop liquid coolers pale in comparison to high-end air heatsinks when analysing the noise to performance ratio. Overclockers UK have utilized one of the best air coolers on the market and taken a no-compromise approach. As a result, the noise output is ridiculously low especially during idle conditions. Once stressed, the system remains impeccably quiet and makes for a joyous user-experience.
As expected, the overclocked i7-6700K and elite class GTX 980Ti requires additional power consumption compared to more energy-efficient options. Nevertheless, the average wattage is pretty good when you take the performance into consideration. There’s more than enough headroom to add a second 980Ti in the near future to help with the frame-rate on a 4K display.
The Alpenfohn Broken 2 cooler is a marvel of engineering and keeps the i7-6700K cool under extreme strain while being almost silent. Intel’s latest architecture has impressive thermal dissipation and its possible to attain a decent overclock using modest hardware. Here we can see the CPU is well within it’s TJ Max and there’s some scope to overclock the processor even further. The GPU’s custom cooler is very proficient and the core never exceeded 80C.