BeQuiet! now has a very low-profile CPU cooler, the Pure Rock LP

A really low-profile CPU cooler. That’s the thing BeQuiet! didn’t have in its offer until now . With the 45 mm tall (or rather short) Pure Rock LP, the situation changes. Compared to many competing solutions, this cooler has the advantage of wider compatibility. Mainly, it supports the AMD AM5 platform which surprised some small top-flow coolers and took them off the compatibility list. Read more “BeQuiet! now has a very low-profile CPU cooler, the Pure Rock LP” »

Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black – The legend back in black

The Noctua NH-U12A is a cooler that has previously proven that with a little effort, it is possible to offer the performance of high-end dual-tower coolers in a more compact design. However, the last time I tested it, I was still using the older methodology, so with the release of the chromax.black version, there’s an ideal opportunity to conduct new tests. The question also remains whether the NF-U12A chromax.black can justify its high price tag. Read more “Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black – The legend back in black” »

Dark fans, showy block: the new DeepCool LT liquid coolers

DeepCool has expanded the range of its liquid coolers with two models with 120mm fans. The larger one, LT720 (with three fans) and the LT520, which has one less fan. Compared to the LS series of liquid coolers, fans without LEDs are used, but the designers implemented ARGB LEDs into the cooler block housing with a mirror effect. Not only this is supposed to be attractive in this part of the cooler, but also the pump itself. Read more “Dark fans, showy block: the new DeepCool LT liquid coolers” »

The lowered Alpine 17 (LP) CPU cooler is 43 mm tall

Arctic now has a smaller version of the Alpine 17. The model of this top-flow cooler with the LP (low profile) end tag is one fan lower. This opens doors side panels to tighter cases where taller designs won’t fit, and Intel Laminar RM1 (from Core i3/5/7 packages) or RS1 (from Celerons and Pentiums) coolers tend to be too tall as well. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Arctic Alpine 17 LP cooler is designed for very low-power processors. Read more “The lowered Alpine 17 (LP) CPU cooler is 43 mm tall” »

DeepCool AK620 – Solid dual-tower cooler for a good price

While modern processors offer high performance, this is inevitably linked to the need for highly effective cooling. So I’m always happy to welcome a cooler on the market with the promise of high effectiveness at an interesting price. One of them is the AK620, which represents the top of DeepCool’s range. It offers a modern design, an attractive price tag and the potential to cool even high-end processors. So we’ll see how well it performs in our stress tests. Read more “DeepCool AK620 – Solid dual-tower cooler for a good price” »

Plastic vs. metal backplate Alphacool (under LGA 1700)

For rather incomprehensible reasons, the cooling performance of the vast majority of AIO liquid coolers is degraded by the use of an unsuitable backplate. The backplate is usually undersized, made of plastic, and cannot exert optimal pressure on the processor. To give you an idea of how a “traditional” plastic backplate stacks up against a proper, steel one, we’ve prepared a comparison of the two. Read more “Plastic vs. metal backplate Alphacool (under LGA 1700)” »

Noctua’s current roadmap: 140mm “sterroxes” later this year

Noctua has announced a new release schedule for its products. And within it, the main question was this – Did the new generation of 140mm fans stay in the fourth quarter of 2022? It did. Given the more advanced time (towards the end of the year), it is thus likely that 140mm fans made from improved LCP from sterrox are right around the corner. Noctua also needs them for the successor to the NH-D15 cooler, which is due out just after them. Read more “Noctua’s current roadmap: 140mm “sterroxes” later this year” »

We have a list of BeQuiet! coolers with AMD AM5 support

BeQuiet! has released an official statement on which of their coolers support the new AMD platform with the AM5/LGA 1718 socket. Physically, almost all models can be installed, but still make sure you don’t happen to have the one that can’t. It’s also good to know that for full compatibility, the right spacing of holes is not enough, but also the right cooling performance. Only two coolers are recommended by BeQuiet! for the Ryzen 9 processors. Read more “We have a list of BeQuiet! coolers with AMD AM5 support” »

Deepcool (AK500) goes for 1-kilo heatsink with one fan

Deepcool’s new CPU cooler is one of the biggest options that doesn’t collide with memory. Compared to most single tower coolers, the AK500 is significantly wider, but at the same time it doesn’t exceed dual tower heatsinks with often comparable finned area. It is true that it has one less fan compared to them, but again, one that promises high static pressure and therefore less airflow loss due to the heatsink. Read more “Deepcool (AK500) goes for 1-kilo heatsink with one fan” »

It’s been two decades since the creation of BeQuiet!

Do you know what first carried the BeQuiet! logo? It wasn’t a cooler, it wasn’t a fan, it wasn’t a PSU, and it wasn’t a case. These components were added to the portfolio only later. BeQuiet! started on something completely different, relatively simpler. Over time, however, the range of components has grown considerably. Let’s take a look at what the company has been gradually getting up to. Read more “It’s been two decades since the creation of BeQuiet!” »

Liquid Freezer II may have faulty sealing, Arctic admits

In Arctic, critical errors are not covered up. At least recently. In the span of a few months, the company has already disclosed a second possible flaw in its product design.After the MX-5’s thermal paste drying up, it’s now about the crumbling seals of some Liquid Freezer II AIO coolers for a change. The pro-consumer behavior is commendable, with Arctic doing everything it can to make things right. Read more “Liquid Freezer II may have faulty sealing, Arctic admits” »

Gelid Tranquillo 5 – the fifth revision of the legendary cooler

Tranquillo coolers from Gelid Solutions have been very popular in the past for their solid cooling efficiency at an affordable price. Recently, the fifth revision of this cooler was launched, offering a change in overall design and featuring a matte black finish. Price-wise, however, the Gelid Tranquillo rev. 5 is a direct competitor to some very solid coolers of late and so I am very curious to see how it fares against them in today’s review. Read more “Gelid Tranquillo 5 – the fifth revision of the legendary cooler” »

New dual-tower Akasa cooler, the Soho H7, comes after 10 years

To celebrate the launch of the Akasa Alucia H4 and Soho H4 coolers with Plus attributes (i.e. finally with LGA 1700 support), the chunky dual-tower cooler was also featured in one image. All its parameters are already known. After a very long time, the most powerful Akasa cooler to date – the Venom Medusa model – will see a successor. Akasa’s materials state that this cooler is optimized for the most powerful Intel Alder Lake processors. Read more “New dual-tower Akasa cooler, the Soho H7, comes after 10 years” »

SilentiumPC Navis F240 ARGB: A small AIO with a big potential

At the end of April, SilentiumPC launched a pair of new AIO coolers from the Navis series. These are the F240 and F240 ARGB models, which differ only in RGB backlighting. Both of these coolers are equipped with Fluctus fans, so you can expect a pleasant acoustics as well as solid cooling effectiveness. Combined with a very attractive price tag, these coolers have the potential to become bestsellers in their class. Read more “SilentiumPC Navis F240 ARGB: A small AIO with a big potential” »

Format it, press it. BeQuiet! showcased CPU cooler production

I’m sure many of you have a good idea of how CPU coolers are made, but it’s still worth seeing exactly how it’s done. At least when it comes to BeQuiet! coolers. This German company has released materials on how their coolers are made in their factories. Specifically, how the sheet metal plates are turned into fins with the desired shapes and how they are then connected to heatpipes. Read more “Format it, press it. BeQuiet! showcased CPU cooler production” »

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