To mark the anniversary of the first CPU based on the X86 architecture, Intel has released a limited edition Core i7-8086k CPU. Although the new 8086K looks nothing at all like it’s namesake the Intel 8086 or iAPX 86 as it was also known it’s a milestone none the less marking 40 years of X86 based architecture. The 8086 CPU paved the way for modern computing and it’s easy to see why Intel would commemorate such an occasion with a special edition CPU.
On a hot day in July, we decided to take another look at the venerable Noctua NH-D14 cooler. People may be wondering why are we looking at this heatsink again, its End of Life (EOL). A lot of enthusiasts purchased this when it was new back in 2009 and likely still have it and would like to use it on modern platforms. In fact, the device can still be purchased new today Noctua says because people still buy it. The focus on the mini-review here is to see how the old school CPU heatsink compares with a couple of new Noctua fans and see how that affects its performance. Read on to see what improvements were found.
Marking the debut of their 120 mm fan, Thermaltake released the Riing Silent 12 Pro. This cooler has been out for a few years but we’re getting the opportunity to test it here today to see how well it stacks up. Coolers based on a 120 mm design typically need faster fans to improve their cooling capacity which in turn creates more noise. We’ll put this cooler to the test here and see if there’s a trade-off between cooling performance and audible noise and if that “Silent” in Thermaltake Riing Silent 12 Pro is justified.