be quiet! is known mainly for their power supplies and cooling fans. They have some of the top products around in those categories, but if you didn’t know they also make CPU coolers. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of their latest CPU Coolers the Shadow Rock 2, which is the successor to the original Shadow Rock Pro cooler. The Shadow Rock 2 features an aluminum heatsink design with a copper base and four 8 mm copper heatpipes. To aid in cooling you also have a 120 mm SilentWings fan, which only runs at 1600 RPM so it should be pretty quiet. Will this cooler help keep your CPU and system nice and cool? Read on as we find out!
The Eclipse IV has been announced by X2 and Spire. This cooler is the successor to the companies award winning TherMax series coolers and is said to offer even more performance. The heatsink is made up of 45 aluminum stacked fins. The front and rear of the fins have a shark-teeth design for better outflow of air. Six 6 mm copper heatpipes makes a “U” shape and go up into the heatsink stack. These heatpipes are soldered to the base of the cooler and are nickel plated.
When I think of Noctua I am reminded of their very large and powerful CPU coolers. These cooler have rivaled even some liquid cooling systems. Noctua knows cooling but these larger CPU coolers do not fit in all systems. That is why they have come up with the NH-U12S and NH-U14S which are guaranteed to fit in your system even if you have memory with larger heatspreaders. Today we are taking a look at Noctua’s NH-U12S. This cooler features a tower design with aluminum fins and a copper base and heatpipes. There is a single 120 mm Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan and the cooler uses Noctua’s SecurFirm2 mounting system for easy installation. Will this smaller cooler still provide the excellent cooling that we know Noctua for? Read on as we find out.
Overheating becomes a bothersome problem for all users but has now been taken care of by Scythe with its introduction of the Mugen 4. The Japanese based manufacturer has introduced this as the CPU cooler as the PC games hardware edition. Its ability to operate silently has been brought into the light and this Mugen 4 has been tested and optimized by professional editors.
It’s been awhile since we introduced a DeepCool product and boy have they been busy in the meantime. If you don’t remember or never knew, DeepCool is a Shenzhen, China based company specializing in thermal solutions. While they have been in operation since 1996, they are just beginning to enter the mainstream US market for aftermarket cooling. Of course since they are suppliers to Dell, Fujitsu, Siemens, Osram, and others there is a good chance that you have actually used some of their products in the past. In the time between our last review and now they have brought many new products to market, as well as expanded their global reach. You can now find some of their products on mainstream US PC supply sites. Today we will be taking a close look at one of their most recently released products, the Gammaxx S40. Designed to bring big cooling in a small form factor, lets find out just how well DeepCool has been doing.
Xigmatek has rolled out second generation versions of two of its mainstream CPU coolers, the Gaia II and Loki II. Both coolers are designed to fit the latest CPU types including Intel LGA1150/LGA1155/LGA1156, LGA1366, AM3+/AM3, and FM2/FM1.
When it comes to CPU cooling Taipei based Thermaltake has found a way to impress us time after time with stellar performance from their all in one liquid coolers. And although their naming schemes sometimes leave something to be desired, they certainly seem to know how to create a great product for thermal management. For the first time we will be taking a close look at one of their air coolers, the NiC C4. The C4 is near the top of their new line of NiC coolers designed for maximum performance in the close confines on some of today’s motherboards. Will the C4 live up to the performance bar set by it’s bigger AIO brothers, or is this just another standard issue air cooler? Read on to find out!
Prolimatech has just announced a new Special Edition CPU cooler, which is the Blue Series Armageddon. This cooler is based off Prolimatech’s Armageddon cooler that was released back in 2010. The cooler measures 144 (L) x 50 (W) x 160.3 (H) mm and weighs in at 750 grams.
Thermalright has now showed off its latest heat-dispersing creation, the HTPC-friendly AXP-200 CPU cooler. It is basically designed for low profile desktop systems. It is capable of greatly enhanced airflow and surface for heat dissipitation.
Zalman has finally announced their Reserator 3 closed-loop CPU cooler, which we actually got a first hand look at during CES in January. The Reserator 3 is an all-in-one liquid cooling system with all of the major components pre-assembled and coolant filled. This will follow their all-in-one entry last year of the CNPS20LQ, which was based off an Asetek design so it looked like many of the other coolers out there.
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