Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Heatsink
Featured Reviews: Cooling

I've said before that since the coolers included with retail CPUs are both quiet and effective at stock clock speeds, overclocking is the only reason anyone should buy a third party CPU cooler. Well, this isn't strictly true: not all third party CPU coolers are designed to handle ultra-high overclocks in massive tower systems; sometimes, what you need is a cooler that is more effective than the retail cooler in specific situations, such as the tight confines of a micro-ATX or HTPC case. When airflow's at a premium, a properly designed cooler that can fit into a tight space can be a big help. Benchmark Reviews looks at Cooler Master's new GeminII S524 cooler, which is designed for just such applications.

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NZXT HAVIK 140 CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Ah, another day, another CPU cooler. This time it's from NZXT, a company that started out making low-priced computer cases with features and quality normally seen only on more expensive products. Then they added a line of premium sleeved cables, case fans, mice, higher-end cases like the critically acclaimed Phantom, and even power supplies. The NZXT HAVIK 140 is their first CPU cooler, and they're aiming directly at the high-end air cooling market with an MSRP of $74.99. Benchmark Reviews tests their latest offering to see if it can play with the big boys.

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Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Cooler Master is a name well known to enthusiasts for their extensive line of enthusiast computer equipment, including cases, CPU coolers, power supplies, and more. They're probably best known for their coolers, though, and today Benchmark Reviews has the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM to test against a collection of other coolers. This appears to be an update of Cooler Master's existing Hyper 212 cooler, but how will it perform? Putting it up against an overclocked and overvolted Core i7 950 processor will reveal all.

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Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575
Featured Reviews: Cooling

The time for monster CPU coolers may be drawing to a close: the latest generation of 32nm CPUs from Intel and AMD produce much less heat and thus require less cooling, even when heavily overclocked. Still, there are a lot of very power-hungry, heat producing CPUs out there, and if you have one or are contemplating buying one, then Thermaltake's new Frio OCK cooler may be of interest to you. Benchmark Reviews takes this new product through our test regimen and compares it to the best coolers available.

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Thermalright Macho HR-02 CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

If you're overclocking your CPU, you're going to need a better cooler than the one that shipped with your CPU. There are many aftermarket alternatives, but enthusiasts know that Thermalright's products should always be on their short list. The problem is the high-performance coolers can cost quite a lot, with prices of more than $75 for top-end air coolers and well over $100 for good all-in-one water coolers. Thermalright tries to address this problem with the Macho HR02 cooler, which they pitch as their "mainstream enthusiast" product. At an MSRP of $39.95, it comes in well under most high performance coolers, but will its performance match theirs? Benchmark Reviews puts this product to the test.

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Antec Kühler H2O 920 Liquid Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Since Corsair popularized their version of Asetec's "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009, it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. Other manufacturers have leapt into the fray, and Antec's initial entry into the market, the Kühler 620, impressed us with its amazing performance. Now Antec's introduced a new product, the Kühler 920. At first glance it seems very similar to Corsair's Hydro H70 product, but Antec distinguishes their offering with exceptional performance and features.

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Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

Sealed, all-in-one water coolers seem to be the fastest-growing segment of the CPU cooler market today. Air coolers are reaching their physical limits: given the room inside existing cases, and the (frequently ignored) weight limits defined for CPU coolers, something like a Prolimatech Megahalems is about as big as you can get without running into problems. Water cooling systems work around these problems by moving the heat exchanger off of the CPU socket, and using a fluid to transfer heat from the CPU to the heat exchanger. Coolit Systems has been making retail and bespoke liquid cooling systems for some years now, and the Coolit Vantage A.L.C. cooler brings new features and performance to the fray. Benchmark Reviews pits this new entry against existing air and water coolers in a performance showdown.

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Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler
Featured Reviews: Cooling

CPU cooler design (for air coolers, anyway) boils down to a few simple truths: while things like heat pipe technology and base finish are important, the determining factors in a heat sink's performance are its size and its airflow. Size is critical because the more metal a CPU cooler contains, the more mass there is to absorb heat. Airflow is important because the heat must be transferred from the heat sink to the surrounding air. With its Silver Arrow design, Thermalright seeks to maximize both of these parameters within the limitations imposed by a standard computer case, and the result is a giant cooler with twin 140mm fans. In this review, Benchmark Reviews puts the Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU cooler to the test against a selection of high-end air and water coolers.

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Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler CLP0574
Featured Reviews: Cooling

With cars, a frequent trade-off buyers must consider is performance versus mileage. All other things being equal, higher performance cars generally use more fuel than lower-performance cars. There are ways to work around this: for example, reducing a vehicle's weight will improve both performance and mileage. CPU coolers make similar trade-offs: better performance is often accompanied by more noise, and the workaround is to make the cooler larger, since more metal dissipates more heat with a slower, quieter airflow. Thermaltake's new Jing CPU cooler attempts to hit the sweet spot of the performance/noise compromise, and Benchmark Reviews pits it against a collection of high-end air coolers and water coolers to see how it compares.

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