[Review] Swiftech Polaris 120

Tests, Tools and the Methodology:


How we tested:

We have updated our testing methodology and added a medium overclock to our testing methodology to add more spectrum to the reviews. We test with 3 different configuration settings as outlined below. Each test is repeated 3 times for each configuration and fan with a fresh remount of the HSF and fresh application of TIM.

Setup #1: Stock @ 2.66 GHz (2.80 GHz)

This is the default configuration for this system with the given components.

BCLK 133 MHz
CPU Ratio x21
Vcore 1.15v – LLC Enabled
VTT 1.2v
UNcore x21
RAM DDR3 1066 / 7-7-7-20 1T

Appx. Power draw CPU Only per HWMonitor: 130w


Setup #2: Medium OC @ 3.60 GHz

This is a mild or medium overclock.

BCLK 180 MHz
CPU Ratio x20
Vcore 1.3v – LLC Enabled
VTT 1.2125v
UNcore x18
RAM DDR3 1440 / 8-8-8-24 1T

Appx. Power draw CPU Only per HWMonitor: 115w


Setup #3: Overclocked @ 4.00 GHz

With this configuration the max TDP of the CPU and Intel cooler is exceeded.

BCLK 200 MHz
CPU Ratio x20
Vcore 1.4v – LLC Enabled
VTT 1.35v
UNcore x16
RAM DDR3 1600 / 8-8-8-24 1T

Appx. Power draw CPU Only per HWMonitor: 154+w

Each configuration consists of 3 tests with each of the 2 predefined fans. One extra test is added if the cooler includes a fan.

FAN #1: SanAce | xxxxxx1011 | 120x120x38 | 120 CFM
FAN #2: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 15 | 120x120x25 | 58 CFM
FAN #3: Swiftech | 120x120x25 | 84 CFM


Benchmark Table/ Platform:

All tests will be conducted on an open test benchmark table.
– Lian Li T60B is the bench table used for all benchmarks and stress testing.
– Arctic Cooling MX-4 Ultra Premium Thermal Compound was used for all tests.
– Arctic Silver ACN-60ML + Microfiber cloth is used for TIM removal.

Test Tools:

Thermometer #1: CystalFontz DB635-AKTMF-KU3
Thermometer #2: 2x CystalFontz WRDOW17 Temp Sensor



CPU: Intel Core i7 930 D0 2.66G GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
Memory: OCZ Gold DDR3 PC3-12800 / 1600 MHz
Video Card: ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GT210


BIOS Configuration:

EIST Disabled
C1E Disabled


OS and Settings:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
Power Options: Performance Mode


Testing Applications:

Temp App RealTemp v3.6
Stress App Prime95 v25.11


Next: The Results