FSP Windale 6 CPU Air Cooler Review

FSP is a very new brand when it comes to CPU air coolers and is entering a market that is highly competitive and seeded with others that have been designing air coolers for quite some time. Its Windale 6 cooler features six direct contact heatpipes, a 120mm fan, and what FSP says is an "optimized fin design." But does it cool?

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Results: Temperatures

For our stock testing our retail purchased Intel Core i7-4770K will be kept at 3.50 GHz with a minimal 1.00v. For overclocked CPU testing, we will be running our Intel CPU at 4.4GHz with 1.25v. Idle temperatures will be recorded after a twenty minute period of inactivity. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes. Load temperatures will be recorded after a twenty minute period for air cooled systems, and 30 minutes for liquid cooled systems, at 100% load. To obtain this load we will be using AIDA64 Extreme Edition v3.00.2500. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes.

Please note we start our charts at 25C which is the ambient temperature at the time of testing. Since we are not testing an active cooling system such as a chiller or Peltier cooler, it is impossible for the temps to be less than ambient. This is why we start our charts at 25C.

Stock CPU Clocks

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With all the shenanigans out of the way we can see how the Windale 6 performs and, at least at stock, it performs well. It won’t set the world ablaze but it starts out as a very good replacement for the stock cooler. But what if you wanted more? What if, you want..moar powah!

4.4GHz Overclocked CPU

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Overclocking gives us pretty much the same picture. Good performance over stock but nothing breathtaking. The Windale 6 is doing a good job of keeping our CPU from melting and to be fair this is a lot of heal to dissipate. Still, performance could be better in my opinion.

Sound Profile and Loudness

To test the sound output of the fan we first start by disabling all other fans in the PC. The decibel meter is located four feet away from the test system, and then we collect the dB data in the systems various configurations.

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The sound profile for the Windale 6 is excellent. The air it pushes through the fins is done so with minimal disturbance. You can be sure this cooler and fan combo will not create any undue noise or disturbances. Though, my usual complaint remains. Given the performance of the system as a whole, I would have liked it if FSP put a more powerful fan on the Windale 6. This would then allow users to turn down the speed to tailor performance more precisely.