Overclocking and Power Consumption
After getting everything set up, we wanted to see if the T30 could give us more overclocking headroom. To do this, we started with the memory kit's stock speed of 1600MHz and 8-8-8-24 1T timngs. With a voltage of 1.75V, we raised BCLK and tested for stability at every step. We used the RST Pro3 memory tester from Ultra-X to make sure our settings were stable.
Does the Ice T30 enable higher overclocks? Yes, our testing revealed that the cooler provided higher, more stable overclocking by allowing the memory modules to operate at lower temperatures. We reached 1779MHz with the stock heatsinks installed and a 120mm fan blowing air through the fins. With the T30 installed, however, we hit 1829MHz using identical timings and voltage. Lower operating temps also enabled us to tighten the memory's latency settings even further. At 1600MHz, we lowered timings from 8-8-8-24 1T to 7-8-8-18 1T with the stock cooing fins installed. But the T30's cooling ability allowed us to achieve 7-7-5-16 1T timings at the same speed and voltage.
Throughout all of our testing, we monitored how much power our system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the memory alone.
Obviously, the addition of another component requires more power to operate, but we wanted to know how much. Our results show that the Ice T30 added approximately 22 watts to the system's power consumption.