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Review: Gelid Tranquillo Rev2

The Results:

Without further ado, here are the test results. The average values are calculated out of all three test runs per fan per configuration.

Average Idle/ Load Temperatures for the 2.8 GHz setup

Average Idle - Load Temp @ 2.8 GHz

The Tranquillo shows solid performance at stock speeds in idle as well as under load. The idle temperatures are below 40C degrees, hovering in the 35 degree range and under load does not go beyond 55 degrees. The Gelid factory fan only falls slightly short and is about a degree behind the Gentle Typhoon. The SanAce has the lead and inches out a degree ahead of the Gentle Typhoon.

Average Idle/ Load Temperatures for the 3.6 GHz setup

Average Idle - Load Temp @ 3.6 GHz

In the 3.6 GHz configuration the Tranquillo remains in a good temperature area. At idle, the Tranquillo keeps the CPU below 40's. The Tranquillo passes the load test but temperatures rise into the 70's. Only the SanAce can hold it below 70c degrees. The gap opens up here a little bit. The Tranquillo is a degree behind the GT and the SanAce separates from the field by 5 degrees.

Average Idle/ Load Temperatures for the 4.0 GHz setup

Average Idle - Load Temp @ 4.0 GHz

With a 4.0 GHz overclock and a VCore of 1.4v on a heavily loaded i7 930, the Tranquillo nears it's limits. The Tranquillo passes all tests with any of the fans we tested. The Tranquillo keeps temperatures below 90C degrees. The Gentle Typhoon can also gain a 3 degree gap on the Silent 12 PWM. The SanAce fan maintains a 5 degree temperature advantage over the Gentle Typhoon.

Average Test Temp @ 2.8 GHz

Average Test Temp @ 2.8 GHz

The temperature remains within or below 20c degrees delta between idle and load.

Average Test Temp @ 3.6 GHz

Average Test Temp  @ 3.6 GHz

The delta temp widens to 30 degrees between idle and load while at 3.6 GHz. This is a pretty decent result.

Average Test Temp @ 4.0 GHz

Average Test Temp @ 4.0 GHz

The gap really opens up at 4.0 GHz configuration. Here we can see a 45 - 50 degree gap.

Delta T / Temp over Ambient @ 2.8 GHz

Delta T - Temp over Ambient @ 2.8 GHz

The Tranquillo Rev2 hovers 10-12c degrees effectively over ambient temperature at idle and jumps to 30c degrees at load.

Delta T / Temp over Ambient @ 3.6 GHz

Delta T - Temp over Ambient @ 3.6 GHz

The Tranquillo hovers around 10-15c degrees over ambient at idle and goes up to a 40-45c degree under load.

Delta T / Temp over Ambient @ 4.0 GHz

Delta T - Temp over Ambient @ 4.0 GHz

In the 4.0 GHz configuration, the Tranquillo can remain under 20c degrees over ambient at idle. The load temperature range difference becomes more clear now. The SanAce separates itself from the group rather clearly.

CPU Throttle Summary

Our throttle tests were all positive, and there were no signs of CPU throttling at all.

CPU Throttle Summary - SA @ 4.0 GHz

CPU Throttle Summary - GT @ 4.0 GHz

CPU Throttle Summary - FF @ 4.0 GHz

The Tranquillo has potential and fares best with the powerful SanAce. This is Gelid's 2nd try on the Tranquillo and there is still headroom when supplied with the right airflow.

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