Today, we will be firing up our new Intel Core i7 test system and putting several enthusiast CPU coolers through the paces. Join us as we see how coolers from Asus, Cooler Master, Intel, Noctua, Thermalright, and Vigor Gaming stack up to one another.
CoolIT Systems noticed that well built water cooler was missing from the sub $80 market and went back to a drawing board to see if something could be designed that had the cooling performance that enthusiasts demand and a price tag that won’t break the bank during these troubled economic times. After many long hours and a year in the test lab CoolIT Systems came up with the Domino A.L.C. Read on to see how this cooler performs on an Intel Core i7 platform!
Now that main gift giving time is over this holiday you might find yourself a little closer to that home theater you’ve been dreaming of the past few months. The vast majority of people will stuff that new home stereo equipment into an existing TV stand and never give heat much thought. The Antec A/V Cooler is designed to keep all your home audio/video equipment cool!
The Thermaltake SpinQ is far from what you’d expect a normal CPU cooler to look like. This cylinder heatsink has spiral aluminum fins and an s-curve Blade Fan with blue LED lights that puts in it a category all by itself. This cooler looks like it could be used as a weapon, but does it perform as well as it looks? Today we put the Thermaltake SpinQ to the test and install it on our test system to see how it does against 14 other CPU coolers.
Are you looking for a CPU cooler that performs as good as it looks? The Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler should be up to the task and is designed to handle up to 180 Watts, which is more than any CPU on the desktop market puts out. The V8 cooler has 4 separate set of aluminum fins and linked by 8 diagonal up-rise heat pipes. Will this be enough to make the Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler one of the best?
The Thermalright T-Rad2 is one of the toughest looking video card coolers on the market today with six nickel-plated heatpipes to transfer heat away from the GPU. With the option to mount two 92mm fans or a larger single 120mm fan this heat sink is unlike the one you used five years ago. Read on to see how this copper and nickel plated behemoth does!
OCZ Technology recently released the Gladiator Max CPU cooler, which is their latest heat-pipe direct touch (HDT) cooler. Combining a distinctive stacked fin array, HDT design, and a large low-noise fan, the Gladiator series is built to take on the cooling challenges of today’s most powerful processors and ensure your system functions at its peak. Read on to see how it does with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor!
Sunbeamtech is the parent company of Tuniq, which develops high performance equipment for the computer enthusiast and modding market with products like power supplies and CPU coolers. The Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler series have proven themselves to be top notch coolers, so when Sunbeamtech released the Core-Contact Freezer we had high hopes for how it will perform. Read on to see how the Core-Contact Freezer does!
The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU cooler features H.D.T (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) which offers better cooling due to the direct contact between the copper heat pipes and processor. The HDT-S1283 includes a 120mm cooling fan, anti-vibration fan screws, spoiler design, and an installation process that anyone can do. The three 8mm U type heat-pipes look like they will take care of business as they are exposed and move the heat away from the CPU.
Vigor Gaming is known for providing custom built gaming systems, but they also have cooling components. Today, we are looking at Vigor’s newest hard drive cooler, the iSurf II. The iSurf II is a 5.25” bay active cooler for your 3.5” hard drive and is designed to reduce your hard drive temperature while increasing hard disk drive performance. Join us as we see how the iSurf does on our test bench.
Today we will revisit a recently reviewed cooler, the NH-C12P from Noctua, to see how the mounting direction impacts the cooler’s performance. Noctua thought are performance numbers were off since we installed the cooler with the bendings of the heat-pipes facing up. Noctua told us the cooler usually performs quite a few degrees better if you put it the other way round or turned by 90°. Which direction is best? Read on to find out.
Today we look at the newest CPU cooler from Asus, the Lion Square. Named for the Sword Lion legend and designed with quad core CPU’s in mind this seems to be a slick heat sink. The bold and unique design features eight heat pipes that originate from the copper base all the way to the top where they are covered by neat looking nuts. The very top of the cooler has a cover that mimics the shape of a shield. It looks great, but how will it perform? Read on to find out!
The Austrian company Noctua has sent us their newest cooler the NH-C12P. This time around the folks at Noctua made the cooler smaller, lighter, and squeezed in 2 more heat pipes for a total of 6. Noctua has been shaking up the CPU cooling market with their silent yet efficient coolers all year. Join us as we put the NH-C12P CPU cooler through the paces and see if it can dethrone its predecessor from the top of our performance charts.
ThermoLab recently introduced the Micro and Nano Silencer PCT (Power Clamping Technology) CPU coolers aimed at those of want to lower noise levels. ‘Power Clamping Technology’ is a new technology developed by ThermoLab that helps the heat sink cooling fins make better contact with the heat pipes. Does the technology work? Read on as we look at the ThermoLab Micro Silencer PCT and Nano Silencer PCT on a system running an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor!