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” »

Reeven Okeanos: effective “slim” dual tower

We already know that the biggest weakness of the cooler are fans. So we replaced them with reference models and observed the difference. This led to a remarkable comparison of Okeanos and Noctua NH-D15 heatsinks. And there are few surprises even in modes without the same fans. Let’s take a look at how Okreanos manages to cool area the around the socket and what it can really do in passive mode. Read more “Reeven Okeanos: effective “slim” dual tower” »

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” »

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