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.
The two most important factors when taking a new CPU Cooler into consideration are the Thermal Design Power which tells you total amount of heat the CPU cooler can handle. Some coolers will not work with over sized RAM heat sinks or Large mosfets heat sinks can also get in the way. If you are looking for something better than the stock cooler your processor came in with and not really needing a high-performance cooler, the Be Quiet Shadow Rock Slim CPU Cooler might just be the one you need. Find that out as we review this cooler today!
Thermaltake is a company well known and well loved in the PC community for delivering quality components that enhance the performance and look of PCs the world over. They make a wide array of products including CPU heat sinks and fans, CPU AIO liquid solutions, case fans, PC enclosures, and more. They also offer a range of notebook coolers, and today we will be looking at their newest entry level cooler - the Massive V20.
When it comes to aftermarket coolers, there are a lot of options nowadays as more and more brands come out. Based on our observation, the trend seems to be in favor of liquid cooling solutions due to its better cooling performance compared to air cooling. However, air cooling providers aren't done yet even if some brands are seemingly shifting to AIO watercoolers. CRYORIG is one of those brands that will try to convince you to stay with air cooling solutions with their R1 Ultimate CPU cooler. Being new to the market, the R1 Ultimate cooler is one of the brand's first products. Let's see how this cooler would match up to coolers today.
Everyone has seen the cheap little heat sink that comes with your CPU. They barely make good fishing weights much less CPU coolers. I recommend to every one of my customers that has me build them a new PC that they get an aftermarket CPU cooler. When looking for a CPU cooler you have two choices for long term use, Air-cooled and Liquid cooled. Most of the time air-coolers can't hold a candle to a liquid cooling solution. However there are some exceptions to that. With that lets take a look at the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3.
For the longest time if you wanted a liquid cooling system in your PC. It involved going out and buying each piece separately. Some companies sell kits but you still have to put it together. This takes time and usually requires that the entire system be taken out to install your parts. Until within the last four years companies have taken all the work out of Liquid cooling with AIO (All-In-One) Liquid Coolers these are pre-built sealed units that have zero-maintenance. We have Enermax's latest addition which are the Enermax Liqmax 120S and Liqtech 120X.
Be Quiet! is a name that is becoming increasingly popular in the mainstream these days. They've been pumping out reliable and near-silent fans, power supplies and CPU coolers. They’re a German company that churns out quality products at reasonable prices. They were kind enough to send over one of their latest CPU coolers – the Shadow Rock 2.
Cooling fans are constantly evolving. Companies are striving to make their fans quieter while increasing airflow all the time. Over time computer fans have increased from 80mm to 92mm to 120mm and what is now becoming much more popular are the 140mm sizes. Our friends over at be quiet! Have recently released their new Silent Wings 2 fans and were kind enough to send us over a pair of 140mm versions to check out.