Cooling

Noctua NH-U12S Heatsink Review

Noctua is known for quiet fans and some would say an unorthodox color scheme. They’ve managed to power past their color choices though and have built a reputation as one of the premier cooling manufacturers on the market today. The heatsink we’re looking at today is in their silent series, the Noctua NH-U12S. Read More

Gelid GX-7 vs Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev.B Heatsink Review

Today we are looking at two different heatsinks in a head to head battle to decide which performs better, the tower, or the top-down cooler. Each seem to have advantages, with the tower cooler moving the heat toward the back of the case very quickly, and the top-down cooler helping cool motherboard components at the same time as the CPU. Read More

Zalman LQ320 All-In-One Water Cooler Review

All-in-one water cooling solutions are a highly sought after product for those looking to get into the water cooling game at an affordable price. As I’m sure most of our readers know, Asetek built all-in-one water coolers span across many different manufacturers and price ranges. Zalman’s latest Asetek built offering comes in the form of the LQ320, which sports a larger radiator than it’s little brothers – the LQ310 and LQ315. So, let’s have detailed look at this all-in-one solution from Zalman and find out if we have a viable option for your hard earned dollar! Read More

Zalman CNPS10X Optima CPU Cooler Review

Today, we have an opportunity to review a budget minded CPU cooler from Zalman’s CNPS10X line of heatsinks. The CNPS10X product line has been kicking out coolers for a few years now, but their latest one (and today’s review sample) is the one they call Optima. The word optima is plural for optimum, meaning we should see optimum performance in more than one area. Knowing Zalman like we do, these areas are undoubtedly thermal performance and quiet operation – no big surprise there! Read More

Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 GPU Heatsink Review

Arctic is one of the most well-known manufacturers of heatsinks for both graphics cards and processors, as well as a popular producer of thermal paste and case fans. In this review we will be looking at Arctic’s flagship air graphics heatsink, the Accelero Xtreme 7970. Read More

Noctua NH-L12 Heatsink Review

Whether they are for HTPC’s or simply for taking up less room on the desktop, products designed for slim form factor cases are in high demand. CPU heatsinks for cases like this typically blow air down on the motherboard, cooling not only the CPU, but the various components on the motherboard as well. Noctua has responded with five down-blowing CPU heatsinks. This review will focus on the middle model, the Noctua NH-L12. As usual for Noctua heatsinks, it is designed for flexible fan mounting. The fans are controlled by your motherboard through silent PWM circuits. Read More

Thermalright AXP-100 Heatsink Review

Thermalright is one of the top names in PC cooling with a wide array of heatsinks to cool just about any component in a computer. Thermalright has recently released the AXP-100, which is designed for small form factor PCs, such as HTPCs and mini ITX systems. The AXP-100 will be pitted against a direct competitor, the Samuel 17 from Prolimatech, as well as a few larger heatsinks. Will the AXP-100 live up to the Thermalright name? Read More

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Review

Last time around we took a look at be quiet!’s top-down heatsink, the Shadow Rock TopFlow, which performed well, but had a few clearance issues. The Dark Rock Pro 2 is the next heatsink to go through testing. This heatsink uses the large dual-tower design that has become popular as of late for its performance. So, let’s dig in and see what else be quiet! has to bring to the US market! Read More

Evercool HPQ-12025 Venti CPU Cooler Review

Evercool has made a push to offer enthusiast level CPU coolers at affordable prices, and today’s review sample is an example of this effort. I’m sure you’re aware the CPU cooler market is saturated with viable low cost options, so let’s take the Evercool Venti for ride and see how it fares! Read More

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