With the recent news of Skylake CPU's being pushed up to 7 GHz, one can only begin to think of ways to overclock their CPU and take performance to the next level. Any easy way to do so is by swiping out your old CPU cooler for a new one. Without going to the extremes of custom liquid cooling and LN2 testing, one could easily swap in an all-in-one liquid cooler or a air cooler. Today we have the preiveldge of testing the Noctua NH-C14S C-Type Premium CPU cooler, while adding an additional Noctua NF-A14 PWN fan for additional performance, let's see how it performs!
"CRYORIG sort of came out of nowhere last year! We took a look at their flagship R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler and were very impressed and their H5 Universal did not disappoint as either! Today we will be taking a look at the H5 Ultimate. The H5 Universal was made to be just that, universal so it had a very thin fan. The H5 Ultimate on the other hand is made to give you the best performancepossible so it has a very thick and large fan. Besides that the H5 Ultimate features a very large single tower design with CRYORIG’s own proprietary Hive Fin structure, four 6 mm heatpipes, and of course that great fit and finish we expect from CRYORIG. Let’s take a look at see if this cooler deserves to be called “Ultimate”."
MINIX has been producing ultra-small form factor systems and accessories for a few years now, featuring ARM and Intel-based technology. The latest device to come from the company, the NGC-1 we will be showing you here, is one of MINIX’s more powerful devices – relatively speaking – which packs an Intel’s Braswell-based Celeron processor. Braswell is the follow-up to Intel’s BayTrail SoC, that’s manufactured on Intel’s tri-gate 14nm process. Like BayTrail, Braswell is a low-power architecture, designed for entry level 2-in-1 devices, laptops, and small form factor system.
Along with the Braswell-based Celeron N3150 inside the system, the MINIX NGC-1 also features 4GB of RAM, a 128GB M.2 SSD, and a 64-Bit edition of Windows 10. The device's form factor, while still small, also affords more connectors and IO that something as small as the Compute Stick...
”The Corsair Carbide 400C is an amazing little case. Not many cases this size can handle an array of motherboards from a Mini-ITX up to an E-ATX, all while supporting liquid cooling with room for a 120mm radiator at the rear, a 240mm radiator at the top, and a 360mm radiator in the front. Extra long GPUs? Multiple GPUs? Not a problem for the 400C. And it does it without breaking a sweat. It feels like a much larger case. And I honestly don't miss the optical drive bays. Your system can have two hard drives and three SSDs, or all five drives can be SSDs.”
All in one water (AIO) cooling units are designed for consumers that want water cooling without the hassle of assembling a custom loop, filling, bleeding and maintenance.
The AIO units offer a simple installation that is similar to an air cooler but, the cooling performance similar to a custom loop. In September 2015, EKWB launched their Predator line of AIO coolers and the 1st on the block was the 240. The EKWB Predator 360 made its debut in December of 2015. The 360 adds an additional 120mm of radiator space as well as another 120mm Vardar fan. There are two purchasing options as well; you can purchase the Predator 360 with or without the Quick Disconnect Connector (QDC) that allows you to add additional water blocks without draining the loop.
Alphacool expands the extensive range of products in the area radiators to a completely new line: the X-Flow. Thus Alphacool completes its product range with a high-flow series with special characteristics without loosing the known and popular virtues of previous NexXxoS series. On the contrary, you build continuously on top of the positive things and offer the customer additional possibilities to create his own water-cooling circle.
The latest A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling System by CRYORIG may not bring something new and groundbreaking on the table but it’s certainly an excellent example of how a manufacturer can further improve a product by utilizing what’s already available.
"We’ve been on a SilverStone kick lately, covering nearly their entire all in one water cooling line up. So far what has been most impressive is the high quality nature of their coolers. Everything from the hardware that is included, to the fit and finish of the cooler itself, Silverstone knows how to make a highly polished product. Today we’re going to round things out with one final AiO cooler, the TDO3-Slim. This is a 120mm radiator equipped cooler and if you didn’t guess from the name, it’s quite thin. Let’s go ahead and take a look at what we’ve got and see if this cooler belongs in the SilverStone line-up."
AMD's Wraith cooler purports to offer much-improved noise levels compared to the stock heatsink the company includes with many of its CPUs. We put the Wraith to the test to see whether it lives up to those claims.
There isn't a one solution fits all product when it comes to CPU coolers. Folks with spacious full tower PCs might favor massive tower style coolers, but even if you have the space, some prefer to prioritize volume over temperatures... and if air cooling comes off as unadventurous, an all-in-one liquid cooler may be your best bet.
One obstacle that often stands in the way of adding an AIO to your system is space to do so. In a smaller computer chassis, many times the thickness of the radiator can be an issue. Silverstone is looking to solve your space issues with a new Tundra series All-In-One cooler that is specific to this footprint need.
While Scythe doesn't overtly market its heatsinks as "silent", the company has typically produced CPU coolers which do meet the quiet esthetic. In this review Frostytech will be testing out the new Scythe Ninja 4 heatsink - a 156mm tall boxy looking thermal solution which is designed for lower noise cooling.
Noctua is one of the leading cooling manufacturers in the world. Time and time again they’ve proven that they can deliver the highest quality products, with class leading and award winning cooling and acoustic performance. Of course, more often than not, this premium performance and quality come with an equally premium price tag, but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for.”
Antec is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with many years of experience in creating chassis, cooler, power supplies and more. With Antec having created so many products over the years, it’s more than likely you’ve owned a few of their components over the years, so it’s great to see them continue to push the limits. Antec has been a little behind in the cooling market recently, as their last range of Kuhler H20 products didn’t exactly capture the imaginations of the market, but their latest versions, the H1200 Pro and the H600 Pro look set to change that.
Our latest quiet PC build guide is optimized for 4K gaming and features an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, an Asus GTX 980 Ti Strix OC graphics card, and a Corsair Carbide 600Q tower case. Can we achieve silent (sub-15 dBA@1m by our definition) operation?