Cooling

15 Case Fans Tested: Ultimate 140 mm Roundup

One question which frequently turns up on forums, “What’s the best fan?”, but even that question is too broad. Let’s tighten our focus to 140 mm case fans. They can move air through your case and stay reasonably quiet while they are doing that. So let’s look at a bunch. Read More

Testing PWM Fan Combinations on the NH-D14

D14 with NF-P14 PWM and PWM push fans

Here we will look at a variety of 120 mm PWM push fans on the Noctua NH-D14 while using two different 140 mm PWM fans in the center. Noctua has sent three PWM fans so we finally have what I need to make some comprehensive comparisons Read More

Hotrod Heatsink: Faster Fans for the Noctua NH-D14

Cooling Results D14 + High Performance stock and center fans

Let’s say you really want to overclock your CPU, and you want to cool it with air. You know that the Noctua NH-D14 is a very good heatsink, designed for quiet cooling; but you want more. Can you get better cooling from a D14? Let’s find out. Read More

Corsair Hydro Series H50: Is It High-End Air?

I have seen it talked about on the forums that the Corsair Hydro Series H50 low cost water cooling system is equal or better than high end air, with some heated discussions taking place at time from people arguing for or against that statement. So, since Corsair was kind enough to send us an H50 system for testing, I decided to see if the H50 can equal some of the best air cooling solutions on the market. Read More

65 Fans Tested on a Megahalems

The Megahalems comes with no fans of its own. You can choose your own fans, but what fans do you get? How well do they cool your system? How loud are they? When I decided I wanted to cool a 4GHz Core i7 860 with a Megahalems, I figured I would test a few fans and see how well they did. Needless to say, I sort of got carried away. I tested 65 fans in many configurations. Read all about it. Read More

Mega Shadow - Lapped or Not?

I’ve been asked to test the Prolimatech Mega Shadow heatsink. The purpose of the test is to see if lapping the heatsink will give any performance improvement. Since I already have a Megahalems in one of my secondary rigs, I found the idea interesting. The testing procedure will be simple. For each step, I will do three mounts and run the test app three times, then average the results. Read More