The following system was used to test the cooler:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: GOODRAM IRDM PRO 16GB DDR4-3600MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial p5 500GB
– HDD: GOODRAM IRDM 1TB SSD
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802 White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2
Software used for testing the cooler:
– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.50.5800
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
– Prime95 29.1
The cooler was tested with the CPU at the default turbo frequency of 4.9 GHz and overclocked to 5 GHz with a core voltage of 1.261 V.
Also, the included fans have been used at their maximum speed.
The room temperature was approximately 26°C (78°F), with 2°C margin of error.
The idle test consists of the CPU sitting idle at the desktop for 30 minutes, the temperature was measured at the end of the test.
The settings of the software used are the following:
Intel Burn Test v2.54 – Stress level: Maximum
Prime95 29.1- small FFT
AIDA64 Extreme Version – FPU Benchmark & Temperature monitoring.
Each test was conducted for 40 minutes.
Full Load – IntelBurnTestV2
Full Load – AIDA64 CPU, FPU & Cache
The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 2 db.
The RAM clearance with the SilentiumPC Fera 5 is good, as the cooler does not even reach the RAM slots of the motherboard.
The PCIe expansion slot clearance is very good, with approximately 28mm of space between the side of the cooler and the backplate of the graphics card.
The SilentiumPC Fera 5 is a good performing and affordable CPU cooler that is a great alternative to the other CPU coolers found within this price range. There is only one shortcoming with this cooler: the baseplate, which is a classic direct touch baseplate. While it will work for such a small CPU cooler, a solid baseplate would have been better in coverage of the CPU surface.
The build quality of the Fera 5 is good, with no sharp edges on the cooling fins or marks on the heatpipe surface. The baseplate is symmetrical and flat enough to not affect the thermal transfer between the cooler and the CPU surface.
In terms of the performance, the Fera 5 does good when taking into consideration the overall size of the heatsink and the fan used. The maximum temperature reached by the i9 9900K CPU overclocked to 5GHz on all cores was 72°C at maximum load. Quite a good result, however, if a high enough load is placed on the CPU, such as video rendering or a heavy benchmark, the temperature can reach over 90°C. Even so, this is with an i9 9900K running at 5GHz on all cores. Not an easy CPU to keep under control even with water cooling, let along with such a small CPU cooler.
The installation process is easy for the most part, all components are easy to understand and work with. However, there is a small issue with the user manual which does not take the time to explain in detail each step of the installation process, especially the backplate metal inserts and the plastic clips stage.
In conclusion, the SilentiumPC Fera 5 is a good CPU cooler that will not break the bank. The cooling performance is great for a cooler of this size and the same can be said for the noise output. The only shortcoming of this cooler is the direct touch baseplate which could have been better in terms of surface evenness.