Recommended Heatsinks

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Major update on 16 Sept 2014.

SPCR's Updated 2012 Small CPU Heatsink Test Platform

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
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.

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

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
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

Cooling | Fans|Controls | Reference|Recommended
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.

Reeven Okeanos Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

Though Reeven isn't a household name, their Okeanos flagship cooler is a compelling alternative to established dual tower heatsinks from better known manufacturers.

Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

Armed with an updated design and a modern mounting system, the Ninja 4 is the first truly worthy successor to the CPU cooler that shot Scythe to the forefront of PC geek name recognition a decade ago.

Scythe Mugen Max & Deepcool Lucifer V2 Heatsinks

A followup to the Scythe Mugen 4, the Mugen Max features a larger 140 mm fan and an assymetric design to enhance its memory compatibility. Large enough to be a dual fan model, the Deepcool Lucifer V2 ships with just one, but is actually optimized to function with none.

Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid Cooler

Armed with a 240 mm radiator and dual red 120 mm fans, the Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 is the latest AIO liquid cooler to offer itself up for scrutiny.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 & Cryorig H5 Universal Coolers

Be Quiet!'s Dark Rock Pro 3 is their flagship dual tower CPU heatsink, while the Cryorig H5 Unversal is a smaller cooler slanted toward memory compatibility.

NoFan CR-80EH & CS-60 Fanless Cooler & Case

Cases|Damping | Cooling | Silent PC Build Guides
The combination of NoFan's CR-80EH heatsink and CS-60 microATX case allows DIYers to easily assemble a completely fanless tower PC using any CPU with a TDP of 80W or less.

Phanteks PH-TC14S & Cryorig C1 CPU Coolers

For their modest size, the Phanteks PH-TC14S and Cryorig C1 both perform well despite using different orientations. The PH-TC14S is a split tower heatsink while the C1 is a short top-down cooler.

New 92mm-fan Tower Coolers from Noctua

A new heatsink from Noctua is always worth more than a cursory glance, as this Austrian brand has become one of the most consistent producers of high performance CPU coolers in the past decade. The latest is a trio of tower models featuring a new 92mm fan, models obviously meant to replace the previous NH-U9B SE2: NH-U9S, NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U. Our full review of the U9S and D9L.

Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

The Swiftech H240-X is an interesting high-end open loop liquid CPU cooler that's also pre-assembled/filled and plug-and-play like all-in-one units.

Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler

Cooling | Graphics Cards
Arctic's Acclero Hybrid II-120 combines an AIO liquid cooler with a back side heatsink to produce a formidable yet quiet cooling solution for high-end graphics cards.

Cryorig R1 Ultimate & Universal CPU Coolers

While Cyrorig is a relative newcomer to the well-establish CPU heatsink market, their flagship R1 Ultimate/Universal has all the trappings of a top-tier cooling solution.
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