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.
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.
Lamptron is one of the popular brands when it comes to fan controllers. They have a good selection of fan controllers from analog ones that uses dials and rockers to those that uses a touch screen display and others in between. If you are familiar with the FC5V2, Lamptron made a better version of it that has more channels and more color display options. We are talking about the Lamptron FC5V3 and we will be taking a look at it.
Thermaltake has been known to PC enthusiasts for a long time now. They make everything from cases to power supplies to CPU coolers to fan controllers. The latter category is where we’ll shift our focus today. Thermaltake has sent us one of their latest fan controllers to check out – the Commander F5. The Commander F5 boasts clean looks with simple design and usage for those who just want something to control the fans without a ton of bells and whistles. So without further ado let’s get to it!
Everyone these days is making custom-loop liquid cooling easier and easier. From XSPC to EK to SwifTech to Koolance, it seems that everyone has something for you. Speaking of Koolance they just released their new line of DIY kits to the masses. And of course they were kind enough to send us one to check out – I mean come on, that’s why you’re reading this after all) so let’s get to it!