Here at ProClockers, we take computer cooling seriously. We have a growing library of Cooling Reviews including cpu cooler reviews, notebook cooler reviews, and computer case fan reviews. Cooling is a crucial part of overclocking a system, so we will be sure to let you know what to buy and what to avoid when cooling your new rig. You can also find reviews on fan controllers, water cooling kits, gpu cooling, and other computer cooling accessories.
To an enthusiast, an air cooler is nothing more than that big hunk of copper and aluminum they keep including in the box. These days, it’s getting more and more rare for a CPU to even come with a cooler anyway. Liquid cooling is a great way to go, more cooling capacity while in near silence is a winning combination, and coolers have grown to 240mm, 280mm and even 360mm in size. Is a 120mm liquid cooler even relevant anymore? Riotoro seems to think so and has released the BiFrost 120 liquid CPU cooler. We’ll find out if a 120mm cooler can compete in the gaming oriented world, or if this size is better for your Home Theater PC.
MSI is one of the most well-known names in the Enthusiast PC world thanks to their popular Laptops, Motherboards, GPU’s and peripherals. Their Frozr GPU cooling solutions have proven to provide some of the coolest running cards on the market, and now MSI is stepping into the CPU cooling arena with their new Core Frozr L CPU Cooler. Does the technology behind a cool running GPU apply to a CPU as well when the clock speeds start going up? Can an air cooler even compete in world that is being overrun with All-in-One liquid cooling solutions? We are about to find out!
One of the biggest decisions when starting a new build is how to cool your CPU. Many people choose to go with air cooling because they think liquid is too expensive, or too risky. Many go with a simple AIO, or All in One cooler. I’ve heard people say that all in ones are god, but a 240 mm AIO doesn’t give them enough of a performance increase. To them I’d say Cooler Master had got you covered. With the launch of the Master Liquid 240, Cooler Master had completely designed their pump and reservoir combo, with welcomed results. Now, with the MasterLiquid Pro 280, the have again implemented that same concept on to a 280mm All in One cooler. I’d like to thank Cooler Master for providing ProClockers with their product for our earlier Master Liquid 240 review. Now let’s see if the 280-mm cooler performs that much better than its 240 mm counterpart.
When most enthusiasts think of how to cool their next build, an air cooler probably doesn’t even make the list. They are big, ugly, loud, can’t keep up with the heat over an overclocked CPU, and collect more dust than your furnace filter right? Actually, Enermax disagrees completely: Enter the new ETS-T50 Axe air cooler. With five large 6mm heat pipes, a 12CM 3 color LED fan with Dust Free Rotation, a patented adjustable air guide to direct exhaust air where you want it, and a staggering 250 watt+ TDP support, this cooler has capabilities that send many All in One liquid coolers home in shame. Can the Enermax ETS-T50 Axe cooler really handle the heat, all while looking good, staying dust free and avoiding the complexity and cringe factor of having ‘liquid’ and ‘expensive computer’ in the same sentence? We are about to find out!
If the vocal minority of Enthusiasts had their way, liquid cooling would be the only method used in PC’s these days. However, the cost and complexity of liquid cooling, never mind the very act of combining liquids and expensive electronics into one sentence, can be a real turn off to many builders. Air cooling is still quite popular, and has come a long way from a simple fan screwed to a chunk of aluminum bolted right over your chips. Modern incarnations of air coolers employ some fancy feats of engineering to quietly cool your rig, and Cooler Masters new MasterAir Pro series coolers have a few tricks up their sleeve. With Flexible mounting options, a hand full of continuous direct contact copper heat pipes, and some of the most advanced fans ever made, can the MasterAir series coolers be the dry cooling solution you need to cool your PC? Let’s dive in and find out!
ProClockers would like to thank Cooler Master for sending these coolers over for us to check out!
These days the market for All in One, or AIO Coolers is growing almost on a weekly basis. However, most of them are just more of the same, and it’s easy to tell. Especially where there are many AIO coolers today that look very much like their competitors. This is one of the many things that set the Deep Cool Captain EX apart from the rest. With its unique “steampunk appearance”, The Captain 240 EX is far from more of the same. But is it simply the look and style of the block and pump that sets the Captain EX apart from the competition? I’d like to thank Deep Cool for sending us the Captain EX for this review. Let’s see how the Captain EX does!
Responsible for one of the best air coolers ever created, the Hyper 212 Evo, Cooler Master knows cooling, it’s even in their name. However, will their latest edition to their new Pro line of products live up to not only its name, but the Cooler Master reputation? We’d like to that Cooler Master for providing Proclockers with the MasterLiquid Pro 240 for this review. Now let’s take a look and see how it does.