Posts Tagged ‘cooling’
About That Yellow Though There is so much going on in the CPU cooler world. Many companies are doing everything they can to stand out, which leads to questionable decisions. In the case of the Reeven Ouranos, the yellow fan definitely adds a unique element to the design. On the other hand, is yellow going to do enough to attract buyers? We’ll see if this cooler has a solid place in the PC building world, but first a statement from the company.
What’s a Mugen? The term Mugen is completely new to me. There could be infinite possibilities for what it means, but you came for a CPU cooler review. While I had at least heard of Scythe, the company is a new experience for me as well. The company as a whole seems to have a positive vibe on the internet. Will the Mugen 5 live up to expectations? We’ll find out pretty soon.
Do you need a silent CPU cooler and happen to have a <45w TDP CPU? The ARCTIC Alpine 12 Passive could be just what you're after at its low price point of just $13! Check out our review to find out more.
The Best AIO Just Got Better! I had the opportunity to test out the Drive X2 all-in-one CPU cooler from Swiftech. It was easily one of the best liquid coolers I’d ever seen! Essentially, Swiftech created a pre-assembled custom loop. CLCs pail in comparison to what their units can offer. As expected, the company has improved the design yet again and the Drive X3 was released about a week ago. There looks to be some serious improvements on the design that will likely increase performance, but definitely increases the aesthetic quality.
More Arctic in the US If you don’t know Arctic Cooling, now is a great time to get acquainted. The company has some impressive CPU cooling designs that focus on performance. They may not be the company for flashy RGB right now. On the other hand, it’s one of the great things about them. In fact, the Liquid Freezer line of CLCs has great performance at a great price as well. The opening of a warehouse in Florence, SC should help with better product availability in North America.
Intro to LIQTech TR4 II With Threadripper Gen 2 on the horizon, CPU cooling is becoming a subject of importance. Enermax introduced the LIQTech TR4 as a solution for the large IHS on the chip. Now, AMD isn’t the only company with a redesign. The LIQTech TR4 II can support 500W+ TDP of cooling, which should help with overclocking as well. The pump has a 450 l/h flow rate, a huge amount for a CLC unit. All around, the features are great for Threadripper, but I theorize that these same features could improve cooling performance for all CLCs.
The AR07 is a solid looking cooler with quiet operation. Silverstone gives the buyer a unique budget option for the CPU, but cooling performance isn't as high as expected. This unit would be a solid upgrade to low-end stock cooler for sure though.
Enermax delivers a great RGB filled liquid cooler with the LIQFusion 240. While the lighting is fantastic, the unit doesn't sacrifice cooling performance for aesthetic flair. RGB may not be for everyone, but if you want addressable control, the LIQFusion should be at the top of your list.
It's addressable!!! I also keep emphasizing that Raijintek is a company you should keep an eye on. There isn't much we can add to on the CWB-RGB CPU Block cooling without testing, but the light ring around the edge, as well as the light rings around the ports, looks fantastic.
Arctic offers a great performing CPU cooler that has a variety of static color choices in the Freezer 33 eSports Edition. It offers a wide range of compatibility, working with most processors from Intel and AMD. The install is tedious at points, but the style is hard to beat with other coolers in the same price range.
Using the new Sterrox material, Noctua is designing one fan to rule every application. The NF-A12x25 series is supposed to have the static pressure of radiator fans, but airflow of case fans. It's a great cooling combination and the NA-SFMA1 Adapter Frame allows for installation on 140mm spaces as well.
CLCs are overwhelming used for CPUs, but what if they are better suited for GPUs? The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 proves it has excellent ability to keep temperatures low during intensive gaming sessions, at minimal noise as well. What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for by far in price.
All radiators may look the same to some, but overclockers appreciate the fine details that add to cooling performance improvement. The Pacific CL Copper rads from Thermaltake have some normal evolutionary updates, but their reflow solder technique looks like a great improvement.
RGB CLCs are great, but the truly great ones have addressable RGB lighting. The Enermax LIQFusion CPU cooler has this feature, as well as the new external hose pump. While the lighting looks great already, there's a good chance that cooling performance will be top notch as well.
Sometimes looks are more important than performance, but Raijintek doesn't force you to make that trade. The Orcus 240 is an excellent CPU cooler, and it brings an innovative design to the CLC market. Unfortunately, it doesn't have individually addressable RGB LEDs yet.