Air Cooling

With recent high-performance CPUs exhibiting increasingly demanding cooling requirements, we've seen a surge in releases of new dual-tower air cooler designs. Though not new by any means, dual-tower designs have taken on increased importance as air cooler designers work to keep up with the significant thermal loads generated by the latest processors. And even in systems that aren't running the very highest-end or hottest CPUs, designers have been looking for ways to improve on air cooling efficiency, if only to hold the line on noise levels while the average TDP of enthusiast-class processors continues to eke up. All of which has been giving dual-tower coolers a bigger presence within the market. At this point many major air cooler vendors are offering at least one dual-tower...

The Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 CPU Cooler Review: When Less Is More

Last month we took a look at Be Quiet's Dark Rock Elite, the company's flagship CPU tower air cooler. The RGB LED-equipped cooler proved flashy in more ways than...

20 by E. Fylladitakis on 1/16/2024

The Be Quiet! Dark Rock Elite CPU Cooler Review: Where Quiet Meets Quality

While stock coolers are adequate for handling the basic thermal load of a CPU, they often fall short in noise efficiency and cooling performance. For this reason, advanced users...

10 by E. Fylladitakis on 12/4/2023

Noctua's New Cooler Mounting to Lower Temps of AMD's AM5 CPUs

AMD's latest Ryzen 7000-series CPUs in AM5 packaging are well known for their high operating temperatures. Higher-performance coolers like all-in-one liquid cooling systems have typically solved the problem. Noctua...

19 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2023

The Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET G6 Stealth Review: Top-Tier Colossal Tower Cooler

In today's review, we are taking a look at the flagship product of Iceberg Thermal, a relatively new US-based company. The IceSLEET G6 Stealth cooler that we are putting...

22 by E. Fylladitakis on 10/13/2022

Bitspower Quietly Launches its First Ever Air CPU Cooler, The Phantom

More known for its custom water cooling components, Bitspower has released its first-ever air-based CPU cooler, the Phantom. Designed for the entry-level market, the Phantom includes a single 120...

10 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/28/2022

Noctua Announces First Cooler in Redux Series, NH-U12S Redux

One of the most popular air cooling brands, Noctua, has announced the first CPU cooler in its highly anticipated Redux series, the NH-U12S Redux. The Redux series is designed...

29 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/17/2021

CES 2021: Thermaltake Launches TOUGHAIR Series Air Coolers

This year at CES, Thermaltake is unveiling three new air coolers, the Toughair 110, 310, and 510. Each model is aimed at a different CPU segment and looks to...

6 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/8/2021

be quiet! Reveals Shadow Rock 3 White, Same Performance, But White

Back in March, be quiet! released its successor to its mid-range Shadow Rock 2 air tower cooler, the Shadow Rock 3. Only available in black at the time, be...

7 by Gavin Bonshor on 9/3/2020

CES 2020: be quiet! Unveils New Pure Rock 2 CPU Cooler For Entry Level

Adding to its extensive selection of CPU air coolers, be quiet! has announced its latest entry-level model, the Pure Rock 2. Building on the success of the original Pure...

3 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/14/2020

CES 2020: Corsair Announces The A500 CPU Cooler, Back to Air Cooling

Although Corsair's cooling division is more widely known for its extensive range of CLC CPU cooling solutions, Corsair has once again moved back into the air-cooled CPU cooler business...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/13/2020

Noctua Shows Off Updated 'D Series' 140mm CPU Coolers: NH-D15 Gets A Successor

During Computex 2019, Noctua announced its plans to update its fabled D series of CPU coolers with a new design. The new, currently-unnamed coolers incorporate an extra heat pipe...

38 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/25/2019

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