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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Today we are testing the only CPU cooler from Intel available on the retail market, the XTS100H. It is compatible with sockets 1155/1156, has a tower heatsink, three heatpipes and a 95 mm fan. Check it out!

The XTS100H resembles to the DBX-B Intel cooler, which we already reviewed. The DBX-B, however, is bigger, and fits only socket LGA1366 CPUs. Although the name of this cooler is XTS100H, it is also sold as DHX-B or BXXTS100H.

This cooler can be bought alone, but it is advertised as a companion for the Intel Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K processors, which are unlocked, overclocking-aimed CPUs that come without a cooler.

The XTS100H box is big and uses the same graphical design used on Intel CPU boxes, as you can see in Figure 1.

Intel XTS100HFigure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see what comes inside the box: the cooler itself, thermal compound, and a manual.

Intel XTS100HFigure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the XTS100H.

Intel XTS100HFigure 3: The XTS100H CPU cooler

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

[nextpage title=”The XTS100H”]

In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. It has a transparent 95-mm fan with blue LEDs, protected by a metallic grill.

Intel XTS100HFigure 4: Front view

In Figure 5, you can see the side of the cooler, where the three heatpipes are visible.

Intel XTS100HFigure 5: Front view

In Figure 6, you check the cooler rear side. The fins are plain here.

Intel XTS100HFigure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7, you can see the cooler from the top. Note the small switch that is used to set the cooler to the performance (P) or quiet (Q) modes.

Intel XTS100HFigure 7: Top view

[nextpage title=”The XTS100H (Cont’d)”]In Figure 8, you can see the base of the cooler. It is made of finely polished copper, with a perfectly mirrored aspect.

Intel XTS100HFigure 8: Base

In Figure 9, you see the cooler without the metallic grill that protects the fan. The fan itself cannot be easely removed. Here we could see the name of the true manufacturer of the fan, Foxconn. The fan uses a four-pin connector, thus supporting PWM speed control.

Intel XTS100HFigure 9: Fan

The thermal compound that comes with the XTS100H is the Dow Corning TC-1996.

Intel XTS100HFigure 10: Thermal compound

[nextpage title=”Installation”]The installation of the XTS100H is simple. First, put the backplate shown in Figure 11 on the solder side of the motherboard.

Intel XTS100HFigure 11: Backplate

Then put the cooler on top of the CPU and fasten the four screws that hold it in place. In Figure 12, you can see the cooler installed in our case.

Intel XTS100HFigure 12: Installed in our case

The fan has blue LEDs, as you can see in Figure 13.

Intel XTS100HFigure 13: Fan LEDs glowing

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 (in this version, the software uses all available threads) with the "In-place Large FFTs" option.

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

[nextpage title=”Our Tests”]

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

 Intel XTS100H

[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]

The main features of the Intel XTS100H CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Socket LGA1155 and 1156 processors
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Copper
  • Heat-pipes: Three 6-mm copper heatpipes
  • Fan: 95 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 2600 rpm
  • Fan air flow: NA
  • Maximum power consumption: 10.8 W
  • Nominal noise level: 45 dBA
  • Weight: 1.95 lbs (885 g)
  • More information: https://www.intel.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 42.50

* Reseached at Amazon.com on the day we published this review.[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Intel XTS100H is a good CPU cooler for socket LGA1155/1156 CPUs. It has shown a performance level that rivals to bigger coolers from brands that have more tradition in the CPU cooling market.

The main drawback of this cooler is not the fact it doesn’t support other CPU sockets, nor its price, which is nice considering its performance. The problem is the annoying, extra-loud, high-pitch noise it makes while in the performance mode and the CPU is under full load. It was, actually, the noisiest cooler we tested so far.

Thanks to the good performance, the Intel XTS100H may be a good choice if you have an overclocked socket LGA1155/1156 CPU, if you don’t require silence. But if you don’t like a loud high-pitch sound while you are working or gaming, you can let it on the "quiet" mode (loosing some performance) or you can look for a different cooler.