Today we are reviewing a product from a new company to us here at ThinkComputers and a new company to many of you reading this I’m sure. CRYORIG was only founded in 2013 so they are quite new to the PC Enthusiast market and being so new they do have some very stiff competition when it comes to CPU Coolers. Today we are taking a look at their flagship air CPU Cooler, the R1 Ultimate. CRYORIG is touting this cooler as the “most sophisticated dual tower to date” and I do have to say it does have some things that I’ve never seen on a tower cooler before. This cooler is also one of the largest CPU coolers we have taken a look at this year, has dual 140mm fans, seven thick heatpipes, and a very sleek look. Let’s see what this cooler can do!
It seems like there is a trend in the CPU cooler industry where many companies are coming out with coolers that are made to be 100% compatible with larger memory modules and large VRM cooling on motherboards. I think this has a lot to do with the mini-ITX platform being more popular, but in any case it is a good thing. No one likes clearance issues and the smaller the cooler typically the easier it is to install. The only thing you need to worry about is performance and we are going to see if the Phanteks PH-TC12LS can live up to that. This is a C-type cooler that is 100% compatible with high VRM and RAM modules that features a an aluminum heatsink design, six copper heatpipes and a 120 mm cooling fan. Let’s get this cooler installed and see what it can do!
It seems smaller and low profile CPU coolers are becoming more popular as many people are building smaller systems for LAN parties. The last CPU cooler we took a look at from Noctua was the NH-U9S. It was a single tower tower cooler with a height of only 125 mm. This time we have Noctua’s NH-D9L which is a dual-tower cooler, but is even smaller with a height of only 110 mm. The height of the cooler guarantees full 3U compliance and also makes it perfect for HTPC and small form factor builds. It’s 95 x 95 mm footprint clears both the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel based and most AMD based ITX motherboards. The big question is will this smaller cooler still be able to give us the performance we expect from Noctua? Read on as we find out!
XIGMATEK has just announced a new CPU cooler in their Dark Night II SD1483. The company will be offering this cooler in both black and white options. This tower-type cooler features an aluminum fin-stack that has a ceramic coating on its fins and heatpipes that increases surface area for heat dissipation.
Phanteks has been making a good name for themselves in the case market recently, but we have to remember they came into the industry making fans and CPU coolers. Today we will be taking a look at one of their latest CPU coolers, the PH-TC14S. This cooler incorporates the dual tower design and performance of the PH-TC14PE but in a slimmer form. The reason for the slimmer form factor is better compatibility. So this cooler is 100% compatible with tall RAM modules and larger motherboard VRM heatsinks. The cooler also features a dual-tower design, six large heatpipes and a single Phanteks PH-F140HP II PWM high static pressure fan. Can this cooler still gives us great performance? Read on as we find out!
DeepCool has rolled out its second generation GamerStorm Assassin CPU Cooler, the Assassin II. This type-D twin-stack cooler is just HUGE, measuring 143 mm x 158 mm x 167 mm (WxDxH) and weighing in at 1.48 kg (including fans). The cooler features a large nickel-plated copper base, eight nickel-plated copper heatpipes, two aluminum fin stacks and two cooling fans.
Smaller form factor systems keep on becoming more popular. With more and more full-featured smaller motherboards coming out many people are ditching their larger towers for these smaller form factor systems. With a small form factor system you only have a certain amount of space though. This is where the new Noctua NH-U9S comes in. Compared to other larger Noctua coolers that we have tested the NH-U9S has a smaller 95×95 mm footprint so it clears RAM and PCI-Express slots on most Intel and AMD motherboards, including mini-ITX motherboards. The cooler has a height of only 125 mm as well so it makes it very versatile in fitting inside smaller cases. We know Noctua for great performing CPU cooler, will this smaller cooler fit in the same category? Read on as we find out!
When I think of be quiet! CPU Cooler their Dark Rock Pro series comes to mind. These coolers are made to handle the highest thermal loads and are quite large. Not everyone is going to need this type of cooling and for that reason be quiet! has released the Pure Rock CPU cooler. This cooler is designed for the essential or entry-level systems to provide a great price-to-performance ratio. The Pure Rock has a single tower design that should not interfere with memory or other components, four 6 mm copper heatpipes and a 120 mm cooling fan. Let’s see what this cooler can do!
be quiet! was showing off two brand new CPU coolers at CES 2015. These coolers are the Dark Rock TF (Top Flow) and Shadow Rock LP. As expected these coolers can handle pretty much any processor out there and of course have the quality we expect from be quiet!
Xigmatek has just announced their latest entry-level CPU cooler in the TYR-SD962. This is your typical tower-type heatsink, but the base of this cooler actually has a small heatsink on it as well to help out with cooling. The cooler features two 6 mm-thick copper heatpipes that will direct contact with your CPU.