Cooling

SPCR's Updated 2012 Small CPU Heatsink Test Platform

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Four previous favorites from Noctua and Scythe run through their paces once again on our updated small CPU heatsink test platform. With Sandy Bridge hardware, the new testbed is closer to contemporary SFF builds.

Recommended Heatsinks

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Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Latest update on July 10, 2010.

SPCR's 2010 CPU Heatsink Test Platform [Updates: 10 April & 31 May]

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Our CPU heatsink test platform has been updated with a hotter, more power hungry CPU. Eight of the top heatsinks we tested previously get put through the wringer once again. Some continue to excel while others drop to the wayside.

Anatomy of the Silent Fan

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A distilled summary of fundamental design elements and key factors that affect the acoustic performance of DC axial fans in the role of PC cooling. This information is presented apart from our fan test methodology or actual fan review articles to keep information overload at bay. NOTE: A Postscript Q&A features Dorothy Bradbury, UK fan maven extraordinaire.

be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler

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A slim tower cooler built in the same vein as the Noctua NH-U14S, the bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim is lighter, more affordable, and surprisingly proficient.

Thermalright HR-22 CPU Heatsink

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The Thermalright HR-22 is a substantially bulked up version of the HR-02, weighing in at 1.17 kg. A plastic air duct is included to create a quasi-passive cooling solution. Is it worth a C note?

Our Lapped CPU Heatsink Test Platform

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Lapping the CPU in a heatsink test platform is probably a controversial move that's bound to provoke reactions. Funny thing is, it was done a year ago, and photos of the CPU showing the copper top exposed by the lapping have been featured in many of our reviews. Yet, not a single comment. This article goes through the problems, investigations and explorations that led us to lap our Core i7-965 Extreme test CPU, and analyzes the results and implications.

Noctua NH-U14S Slim 140mm Tower Cooler

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The NH-U14S is a lean and mean CPU cooler in the distinctive Noctua style, with a slender physique to help avoid memory interference while still packing a surprisingly heavy punch.

Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler

Cooling
Built in the same vein as the successful Mugen 4, the Scythe Ashura features a slimmer, asymmetrical body, and a larger 140mm Glide Stream fan.

SilverStone Tundra TD03 Liquid CPU Cooler

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The SilverStone Tundra TD03 self-contained CPU water cooler uses a different radiator and water block design than its competitors in an attempt to improve its efficiency.

Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler: Scythe Strikes Back

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The Mugen 4 is the first truly elite Scythe heatsink we've tested in many years. An updated mounting system and an acoustically sound fan help gives it an edge against some its bigger, more expensive rivals.

SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler

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Though smaller and lacking the high tech fan of its big brothers, the SilverStone Argon AR02 still delivers a powerful punch for its size and weight. A good choice for smaller (though not tiny) cases.

NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler

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A massive cylindrical heatsink, the fanless (and thus noiseless) NoFan CR-95C Copper actually cools processors with power envelopes up to 95W. This is unprecedented.

SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers

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A solid mounting system helps the SilverStone Argon AR01 and AR03 direct-touch heatpipe coolers reach elite status among SPCR tested CPU heatsinks.

Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink

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The NH-U12S is an attempt by Noctua to take everything we like about the larger NH-U12P and cram it into a slimmed down form factor for improve compatibility.
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