Akasa AK-CC6606BP01: A stronger alternative to the Laminar RM1

The database of results of inexpensive low-profile CPU coolers is slowly growing. We tested the largest of the top-flow models from Akasa on the Intel LGA 1700 platform.Given the claimed TDP of 125 W, it looks like this might not only be a replacement for the Laminar RM1 and RS1 that come with more economical processors, but also a solution for open multiplier models that don’t come with a cooler. Read more “Akasa AK-CC6606BP01: A stronger alternative to the Laminar RM1” »

Arctic Freezer 7 X rev. 3: The cooling legend that missed the boat

How many generations of processors could the Freezer 7 cool? The most. No other brand of coolers has been around for so long. That’s worthy of respect, but the fact remains that the progression in efficiency is rapid from revision to revision. Some improvements do come, but at a slower rate than competing solutions that are way more cost-effective. Thus, Freezer 7 often reaches the shelves of brick-and-mortar stores and PC builds only by inertia. Read more “Arctic Freezer 7 X rev. 3: The cooling legend that missed the boat” »

With a base “for Ryzens”. New cooler from Deepcool, the AK400

Deepcool has released a cooler that is closer to AMD’s chiplet processors than competing models with DHT bases. The outermost heatpipes are spaced farther apart from the ones in the middle. It could be designed so that they pass over the processor cores, i.e. on the outer edges of the chiplets. This would allow for faster heat transfer, but this is just one of many premises for top efficiency. However, the Deepcool AK400 also performs well as a whole. Read more “With a base “for Ryzens”. New cooler from Deepcool, the AK400″ »

Noctua NH-D12L: A breath of fresh air for short twin-tower coolers

Noctua has recently launched the Noctua NH-D12L, a fairly compact cooler with a height of just 145 millimetres. This makes it an ideal cooling solution for smaller cases, but also for servers with a height of 4U. Thanks to its interesting design and high-end fan, this cooler should offer very solid cooling effectiveness. But of course this assumption needs to be thoroughly verified, which is the aim of today’s article. Read more “Noctua NH-D12L: A breath of fresh air for short twin-tower coolers” »

Gelid isn’t done with the Tranquillo coolers. This is the 5th revision

It’s been a long time since the Tranquillo brand was synonymous with CPU coolers with the best price/performance ratio. After the second revision, none of the subsequent revisions have come close to that. The decline set off by the third revision resulted in, we dare to write, catastrophic results of the fourth revision. It seemed to be the final nail in the coffin, but it wasn’t. Gelid tries again, differently now, and hopefully it will turn out better than last time. Read more “Gelid isn’t done with the Tranquillo coolers. This is the 5th revision” »

Akasa 77 W cooler (AK-CC6603EP01) test for Intel LGA 1700

Akasa has been working for a long time on small and simple coolers to serve as a low-cost replacement for bundled solutions. This company was among the first to come out with support for Intel LGA 1700 and even with more options. In this test, we’ll be checking out the AK-CC6603EP01 mid-range model, which takes on not only the competing Arctic Alpine CO, but also both Intel Laminar coolers (RM1 and RS1). Read more “Akasa 77 W cooler (AK-CC6603EP01) test for Intel LGA 1700” »

Navis F240 (ARGB) are the new SilentiumPC liquid coolers

Fresh news – The Poles are following up the Navis liquid coolers with two new models. These are coolers with 240-millimeter radiators that are now cooled by Fluctus fans. That is, the most efficient SilentiumPC has to offer. Unlike the previous generation (Navis Evo, which still doesn’t support Intel’s latest socket), you can install these on LGA 1700 for Alder Lake processors. Read more “Navis F240 (ARGB) are the new SilentiumPC liquid coolers” »

Even Intel’s weakest box cooler (Laminar RS1) isn’t trash

We didn’t cover the Pentium G7400’s cooler in our tests, but we’ll fix that now. The Laminar RS1 also comes with the Celeron G6900, another economical processor whose demands are far exceeded by the box cooler. Also in this class there is an efficiency gain over the last generation, and the Laminar RS1 is more efficient than its predecessor with a copper core at the same noise level, which deserves increased attention. Read more “Even Intel’s weakest box cooler (Laminar RS1) isn’t trash” »

SilentiumPC Spartan 5: This much power is often all you need

Buying powerful coolers for CPUs with power draw below 100 W is throwing money out the window. This is proved by the test results of the inexpensive new SilentiumPC cooler – Spartan 5. Considering the price, this cooler is sovereignly the best choice for most AMD Ryzen and Intel Alder Lake processors without an open multiplier. That it will be better to pay more for the Fera 5? Incorrect theory, and even here, less is sometimes more. Read more “SilentiumPC Spartan 5: This much power is often all you need” »

The LGA 1700 kit is now included with almost all BeQuiet coolers!

Intel’s new platform (LGA 1700) has been supported by BeQuiet! coolers for a long time, but it started out on an additional accessory basis. While you could request this for free, it’s extra hassle. However, that is no longer the case with most of the company’s coolers, as the Intel LGA 1700 mounting kit has become standard. And it will soon be added in the packages where it is missing for now, too. Read more “The LGA 1700 kit is now included with almost all BeQuiet coolers!” »

Noctua NH-L9i-17xx: Only 37 mm tall and 65 W in silence

Very low profile, high cooling performance and Intel LGA 1700 support. These are demanding requirements that Noctua NH-L9i-17xx meets as one of the few coolers (maybe the only one?). The first two requirements could probably be argued about in others, but in the end it still comes down to the support for Intel’s new socket. Moreover, the NH-L9i-17xx outperforms even coolers twice its size, including the Arctic Alpine 17, with the right settings. Read more “Noctua NH-L9i-17xx: Only 37 mm tall and 65 W in silence” »

Noctua plans changes: surprise fan grilles, delays of key products

Along with a cooler release, Noctua has updated their roadmap, leaving no stone unturned. A lot of products are being pushed to a later date, including the upcoming 140 mm fans. But the good news is that at least fan grilles, which will surely appear in our tests sooner or later, have appeared out of the blue in the window for the coming months or maybe just weeks. Read more “Noctua plans changes: surprise fan grilles, delays of key products” »

Arctic Alpine 17 CO: A classic that’s going to have a hard time

Alpine coolers are always cheap and are sold at prices below ten euros. Active models with fans can be seen as simple replacements for box coolers. However, while Intel has vastly improved the coolers supplied with Alder Lake CPUs between generations, the biggest change with the new Alpine 17 is the added LGA 1700 support. The difference in cooling performance over the Laminar RM1 has thus narrowed considerably. Read more “Arctic Alpine 17 CO: A classic that’s going to have a hard time” »

Kaze Flex II fan is now also on the Scythe Mugen 5 rev. C

One fan after another is changed on the Mugen 5’s heatsink. It wasn’t that long ago that we wrote a report on the “S” variant (with the Wonder Snail 120 fan), which supports the Intel LGA 1700 platform. And there really are a lot of variants that differ mainly by the fan. But this latest one, also referred to as revision C, might be the most efficient. At least among those options that are designated for Europe. Read more “Kaze Flex II fan is now also on the Scythe Mugen 5 rev. C” »

Cheap Spartan 5 (Max) coolers are coming to the market

SilentiumPC timed the new generation of Spartan coolers well, just before the release of the entire line of AMD Ryzen processors with TDP up to 65 W, and you can also use them now to cool similarly low-power Alder Lakes from Intel. And that’s probably with some headroom for lower speeds. The 120-millimeter fan is already used by the base model Spartan 5, which starts at a price of less than 16 EUR, which is less than 400 CZK. Read more “Cheap Spartan 5 (Max) coolers are coming to the market” »

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