Extreme overclockers use exotic cooling substances such as dry ice and liquid nitrogen to cool down computer hardware. Transferring that amazing cooling power to a computer CPU can be a complicated and difficult process. To simplify this complex problem, Bitspower International released special CPU cooler which has been designed to be used exclusively with liquid nitrogen (typically called a “pot”). We obtained a sample of their new cooler and will use it to overclock the Intel Core i9-10900K processor on the new Z490 platform.
Scythe comes in bringing yet another revision of its acclaimed Mugen 5 heatsink, the Mugen 5 ARGB Plus. This time the changes are mostly cosmetic in the form of an ARGB top cover and two ARGB Kaze Flex fans. However, this revision does use two fans instead of one, and the ARGB fans have a higher speed rating. So, there is potential for increased performance as well.
Silverstone has been around since 2003 and have a sizable stake in the PC chassis, power supply, CPU cooler, fans, and accessory markets. Personally, I was first introduced to them as a top tier PC case manufacturer, and I still have and use some of their older cases such as the PS07, TJ08-E, and the TJ07. However, we have one of their all-in-one liquid CPU coolers up for testing, the PF360. The PF360 is a large 3×120 mm CPU cooler featuring addressable RGB on both the fans and pump/block housing.
The world of extreme subzero overclocking is a small one, but for those involved it can be fiercely competitive. The brand options and choices for extreme cooling solutions are very few and, in many cases, are not even available to the public. However, today we are evaluating a new retail product from Bitspower, which has been expressly designed to be used with extreme cooling solutions, such as liquid nitrogen or dry ice.
Scythe remains a household name in the air cooling segment of PC hardware due to their well-received heatsinks and fans over the years. Today, we have Scythe’s Big Shuriken 3 which is a low profile cooler aimed at small form factor (SFF) builds and touts a “zero interference” claim for motherboard and RAM. Let’s see how well it holds up against a test bed full of tower heatsinks and all-in-one liquid coolers.
It’s not often that we see new products developed and marketed exclusively for the subzero extreme overclocking world. There are only a handful of well-established brands that cater to the extreme overclocking community, so the overall market share is quite small. Today. we are excited to evaluate a new retail product from Bitspower, which has been designed to be used exclusively with extreme cooling solutions such as liquid nitrogen or dry ice.
Alphacool is an experienced OEM specializing in water cooling components and accessories. They have been around for over a decade and have their hands in designing and manufacturing cooling systems for many different industries. Of course, we’re most interested in their consumer desktop components and the Eisbaer Extreme 280 is Alphacool’s high-end all-in-one liquid CPU cooler.
Scythe has been around since 2002 manufacturing cooling parts such as heatsinks, fans, and accessories. So, they should be a familiar name to anyone that’s been building PCs in the last decade and a half. Today, we have Scythe’s FUMA Rev. B heatsink, a relatively small dual tower cooler that strives to increase compatibility over the larger, more traditional dual tower offering out there. The major change in this new revision of Scythe’s FUMA heatsink is that it now supports current CPU sockets from both Intel and AMD.