New Liquid Freezer (III): Better contact and compressor from a plane

Arctic says that historically, it can’t recall a product receiving more user interest right out of the gate, just after release, than the Liquid Freezer III coolers. But no wonder. In addition to efficient fans, they bring several features to enhance cooling performance. The latter is not only high, but also very affordable. Arctic has put the coolers on sale with a rather large, still ongoing discount. A 360-millimeter variant for under 80 euros? Read more “New Liquid Freezer (III): Better contact and compressor from a plane” »

Mystique 360: The first of next-gen DeepCool AIOs

In a move marked by broader changes, DeepCool is releasing the Mystique line of liquid coolers. Of the main things that affect cooling efficiency, the design of the pump, coldplate, and fans have all been affected. The attractiveness is also supposed to be enhanced by the addition of a brightly colored display for monitoring CPU activity, for example. Price-wise, Mystique coolers are among the cheaper ones when compared to similarly equipped competitors. Read more “Mystique 360: The first of next-gen DeepCool AIOs” »

BeQuiet! Dark Rock Elite – The new king of coolers?

I will start this year’s cooler tests with a real treat. I’ve prepared a review of the Dark Rock Elite cooler, the absolute top of BeQuiet!’s range. This is a premium cooler offering very high performance at low noise levels thanks to its sophisticated design in combination with high-end fans. I’m very curious to see how it performs compared to the high-end coolers I’ve had the opportunity to test over the past year. Read more “BeQuiet! Dark Rock Elite – The new king of coolers?” »

A gaming cooler? DeepCool AK620 Zero Dark Zoria in details

DeepCool has modified its successful AK620 Zero Dark cooler in line with the theme of Zoria: Age of Shattering. Thus, we can legitimately talk about a gaming cooler, as long as this designation refers to the visual design. It is literally a work of art, and one of the goals was to make sure that the cooling performance was not degraded in any way after this intervention. It was to remain at the level of the original design, so top-notch. Read more “A gaming cooler? DeepCool AK620 Zero Dark Zoria in details” »

DeepCool at CES 24: Panoramic case and dark liquid coolers

DeepCool has introduced a heavily glass-clad case with an atypical system fan layout (with an emphasis on negative pressure) and affordable liquid coolers. These will be attractive for users who do not like lighted elements and for whom the highest possible cooling efficiency or the most attractive price/performance ratio is paramount. DeepCool’s new liquid CPU coolers have the prerequisites to score points in this respect. Read more “DeepCool at CES 24: Panoramic case and dark liquid coolers” »

Valkyrie Dragonfang 240. Smaller edition of the Cypriot liquid cooler

At the end of this year, I have prepared a review of Valkyrie’s AIO liquid cooler. In the autumn I tested their flagship cooler Dragonfang 360 and today we will test its smaller brother, the Dragonfang 240. It is cheaper and has wider compatibility, as it is more compact. Valkyrie’s previous coolers have not fared badly in absolute numbers at all, hopefully this trend will continue in today’s article. Read more “Valkyrie Dragonfang 240. Smaller edition of the Cypriot liquid cooler” »

Last delay of Noctua 140 mm LCP fans?

This news won’t please anyone who was eyeing the new generation of 140mm Noctua fans in early 2024. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for that one, although the planned release delay is quite small, but don’t count on a January date. But it looks like the period in which these fans will be coming out will be a very fruitful one. In fact, the successor to the NH-D15 cooler is also said to come out in the same quarter. Read more “Last delay of Noctua 140 mm LCP fans?” »

Scythe Fuma 3 bonus tests: Third fan and same rotation

What impact does adjusting the fan configuration have on the efficiency and acoustic pfrofile of the Scythe Fuma 3 cooler? We report on the possible changes in the additional tests, where in one of the modes, the heatsink is supplemented with a third fan and in the other we replaced the low-profile fan with a thicker model, but at the same time we deprived the cooler of one of the advertised advantages – the counter-rotating fans. Read more “Scythe Fuma 3 bonus tests: Third fan and same rotation” »

Scythe Fuma 3 – A pair of counter-rotating impellers

Another cooler that we will have time to look at this year is the Scythe Fuma 3. This cooler uses several atypical design elements, which makes it different from the usual dual-tower coolers in its class. Moreover, with a price tag of just over 50 EUR, it could offer an interesting price/performance ratio. Additionally, this is my first experience with a Scythe cooler, so I’m also duly curious to see how the Fuma 3 performs in stress tests. Read more “Scythe Fuma 3 – A pair of counter-rotating impellers” »

How well do you know MSI coolers? CoreLiquid E360 giveaway

In collaboration with MSI, we’ve prepared a quick quiz for you to enter to win the MEG CoreLiquid E360, a powerful AIO liquid cooler with a 360-millimeter radiator. The only requirement is to correctly answer three questions that will either test the insight you have when it comes to MSI cooling stuff, or complement it. Either way, it’s not going to be anything complicated. Read more “How well do you know MSI coolers? CoreLiquid E360 giveaway” »

Enermax cuts prices of Liqmaxflo (SR) liquid coolers

The Liqmaxflo and Liqmaxflo SR AIOs came out just last month and they’ve already had their original prices reduced. These have gone down for selected models by around 4 to 16%. The biggest price drop is on the top model with a 420mm radiator, which owners of the most powerful processors shouldn’t overlook. But smaller, more popular models for mainstream cases are also cheaper. Check out the full overview. Read more “Enermax cuts prices of Liqmaxflo (SR) liquid coolers” »

Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date

Noctua’s tentative plans for the next period specify the possible release of a successor to the NH-D15 cooler. Along with that comes the assurance that the next generation of 140mm fans that this cooler will use is really close. In addition to this, there is also the notable announcement of an upgrade to the NH-L12(S), a lower-profile cooler with a horizontal fan (or fans, if the heatsink will be cooled by two fans again). Read more “Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date” »

Enermax Liqmaxflo 360 – Hefty, silent and efficient

Enermax has recently introduced the new Liqmaxflo cooler model series. These coolers feature a hefty radiator, a fan above the pump to cool the area around the CPU socket, and their loop can even be refilled with liquid. Today’s review will focus on the 360mm variant, the middle of the range (240mm and 420mm variants are also available). I have pretty high expectations for this cooler, so hopefully it will be able to live up to them. Read more “Enermax Liqmaxflo 360 – Hefty, silent and efficient” »

BeQuiet! released Dark Rock Pro 5. Plus one, more elite cooler

The new generation of high-end tower coolers also comes with one change in segmentation. The Dark Rock Pro is no longer the top model. It is now the Dark Rock Elite. The differences between these twin-tower CPU coolers are quite small, partly relating to the available cooling performance and partly to their aesthetics, into which BeQuiet! has implemented ARGB LEDs. But it did so rather subtly. Read more “BeQuiet! released Dark Rock Pro 5. Plus one, more elite cooler” »

Enermax gives the AIO cooler mainstream thicker radiators

Radiators on the vast majority of AIO coolers are very similar and… relatively thin compared to what the new Liqmaxflo models from Enermax come with. Additionally, on the 40% thicker than normal radiators, there are fans that are known to achieve high static pressure. And when you factor in the fact that these are still affordable solutions by liquid cooler standards, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at this offering. Read more “Enermax gives the AIO cooler mainstream thicker radiators” »

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