Posts Tagged ‘CPU Cooler’
Saberay ADV and White Enermax came to CES 2019 with the objective to impress. When it came to new releases, I don’t think anyone really topped what I saw in their showroom. I’d give AMD a tie due to the surprise factor of Radeon VII, but Enermax has the edge in volume. As it turns out, the Saberay is still my favorite case, and the ADV improvements make me want it even more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aigo may be obscure, but their cooling components add a nice variety to the market. The Icy K4 RGB CPU cooler won't win any cooling awards, but the illumination is top notch for such a new company. If you want RGB lighting to sync with your motherboard, this is a great option.
Noctua offers excellent performing low profile CPU coolers with the NH-S12L and NH-L9a-AM4. For those in the SFF computer market, these low profile coolers are a perfect match if you need something better than a stock cooler. If beige and brown isn't a problem.
The Captain is already one of my favorite CLCs, but the addition of RGB is a huge bonus. Deepcool also included a white version to add to the variety. It's another great product from a company who likes to think forward. Check out the PR for more info.
Can a CPU cooler have too much quality? Lepa makes an amazing tower cooler with the NEOllusion and the RGB lighting is one of the best in the business. That said, computer builders will certainly pay a steep price to add one of these units to their PC. It may be worth it in the long run.