Corsair AIO Liquid Cooler Round-Up: Ryzen Overclocking Explored

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Corsair Hydro Series Cinebench, PCMark, and 3DMark

First up in our peformance testing is Cinebench R15. Cinebench measures a relatively pure CPU workload by rendering a single frame from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza. In the spirit of testing our coolers, we used the Run All option to trigger the OpenGL, Multi CPU, and Single CPU tests in sequence with no cooldown time between them.

cinebench

A circa-300 MHz overclock definitely makes a difference, but ultimately the 50 MHz gap between the H60 and H110i/H150i Pro does not appear to tangibly affect performance. Even the 100 MHz slower Wraith MAX is still in the running here.

Moving on to a real-world performance analog, we turn our attention to PCMark 10, specifically PCMark 10 Extended. The test is divided into four subcategories to assess performance in general purpose Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, and Gaming.

pcmark10

PCMark 10 reveals the same overclocking performance divide, although this time scores better correlate with clock speeds.

3DMark Time Spy gives us a sense of gaming performance in DirectX 12 titles. The benchmark is obviously GPU focused, but does have a CPU test component which taxes the processor with complex physics computations and simulations.

3dm timespy

The results are very tightly banded, but overclocking again provides a slight edge. The graphics test portion only picks up by a small amount, but the CPU side sees clear gains. Interestingly, the slowest clocked Wraith MAX trial delivers the best CPU score, but again they are all close enough to be within some margin of error.

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