Test: how can a pressure of a cooler affect its cooling performance

One of the things that make testing of CPU coolers interesting is that you can never know how will a particular cooler perform. There are too many variables that affect the results. Such as the pressure on the processor, for example. We‘ve tried to find out what a weaker assembly system can cause, but also whether it pays off to cross the safe threshold. Read more “Test: how can a pressure of a cooler affect its cooling performance” »

Modern desktop by HWCooling.net. Based on Mini-STX

It’s strange, but desktop computers have been stagnant for over twenty years. Still in most cases, they are built on the ATX standard in “oversized“ towers. From a rational point of view, however, such a concept should be marginal and replaced by SFF. A traditional PC can be tiny, powerful and silent at the same time. And its equipment does not have to limit you. Read more “Modern desktop by HWCooling.net. Based on Mini-STX” »

EKWB EK-FB MSI X299 + X360: more than 500 W, VRM below 60 °C

For LGA 2066, liquid cooling is more beneficial than for any other platform before. Especially for Core i9-7980XE. Compared to EKWB full cover monoblock with a decent engine and evaporator, even NH-D15 looks like a dwarf. Not only does the liquid cooler open up for higher frequencies, but it also significantly improves the operating features with settings that can be barely handled by conventional coolers. Read more “EKWB EK-FB MSI X299 + X360: more than 500 W, VRM below 60 °C” »

Undervolting and overclocking of Ci9-7980XE with NH-D15

Skylake-X is a significantly more flexible generation of high-end processors than the previous one. Not only because of an unprecedented performance, but also thanks to a more reasonable consumption. Let’s take a look at the impact of different CPU settings on performance and functional features. These tests revealed also how economical can a configuration be with a more efficient cooling. Read more “Undervolting and overclocking of Ci9-7980XE with NH-D15” »

Small VRAM heatsink on SSD NVMe? Cheap and efficient…

After the review of SSD coolers, we found some long-forgotten GPU memory heatsinks. Of course, we tested them right away and the results were excellent. It makes us wonder if (and when) it is worth it to pay for commercial solutions, because a set of these small “hedgehogs“ costs up to five euros, and one packing is usually enough for more uses. Read more “Small VRAM heatsink on SSD NVMe? Cheap and efficient…” »

Duel of SSD coolers: Alphacool HDX M.2 vs. EKWB EK-M.2

With increasing IOPS, SSD cooling demands also increase. This applies even to powerful models (NVMe) for common customers. In most cases, controllers can take a lot, but high temperatures do not add to their performance nor lifespan and they can cause problems even in very quiet computers or in a room with higher air temperature. An additional heatsink can do wonders. Read more “Duel of SSD coolers: Alphacool HDX M.2 vs. EKWB EK-M.2” »

Shuttle NC03U5: Core i5 in a case smaller than liter

A powerful energy-efficient processor makes this barebone optimal for a more demanding office or for multimedia. Its format is minimalistic, which in other words always means a challenge that is often accompanied by various compromises. Nearly hundreds of measurements can tell you more about how the Taiwanese manufacturer managed to create simple but effective design. We also included tests without a fan. Read more “Shuttle NC03U5: Core i5 in a case smaller than liter” »

Test of “chewing gums”: 3× Arctic and Thermal Grizzly Minus Pads

Thermal conductive pads are useful wherever a thermal paste cannot be reasonably applied. A good example are power supply cascades of graphics cards and processors, so the choice of test subjects was unambiguous. It was less clear, however, what thickness of pads is most effective, if it is better to pay for more expensive ones and what improvement to expect. Read more “Test of “chewing gums”: 3× Arctic and Thermal Grizzly Minus Pads” »

Arctic Freezer 33 tasting different heat intensities

From the previous tests, you already know that Freezer 33 loses its breath quite quickly in tower cases. But it does not have to be always like that – the distinctive performance difference between the vertical and the horizontal position appears only with certain cooling efficiency requirements. At 90 W, the cooler performs differently than at 180 W. Interesting is also the comparison on the “big” Haswell-E and on the “small” Kaby Lake. Read more “Arctic Freezer 33 tasting different heat intensities” »