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.
Many in the PC world consider liquid cooling to squarely the realm of enthusiasts and a staple overclocking fanatics, but the truth is, almost every segment of the industry. The benefits of a liquid cooling system are low temperatures, which have positive impacts on stability and longevity of any system, and noise output. No one likes noisy fans on an underpowered air cooler. While enthusiasts are very vocal, they make up only a small niche of the market, most of the PC’s out there are smaller systems used for media, office work and other productivity tasks, and daily computing like checking email and social media. Most of those users don’t need massive cooling power, and certainly aren’t interested in fancy lights, monster radiators and the cost associated, but would really enjoy a PC that stays cool and quiet with no fuss.
Corsair entered the liquid cooling world with the HydroCool kit clear back in 2002, but their first ‘AiO’ or All-in-One liquid cooler was the Hydro H50 in 2009. Since then, the Hydro series coolers have gained in popularity with the DIY computer community as a simple way to just ‘bolt-on’ quiet, high-performance cooling without the hassles and headaches of piecing together a custom loop. With the explosion of high-powered and high core count CPU’s last year, Corsair decided it was high time for some updates. Featuring their first 360mm radiator, Magnetic Levitation high-performance fans, and a new Zero RPM mode, the Hydro H150i PRO is ready to cool tomorrow systems today.
Corsair has been known for an excellent line of enthusiast grade products for years and to many enthusiasts the goto company for high end gear. Sometime back Corsair released the Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, 280mm that runs at 2000 +/- 10% RPM and 104.65 CFM topping 40 dBA and was considered by many to be far to loud. Complaints were heard across the land even though the name implicitly says H115i EXTREME PERFORMANCE, well Corsair listens to it's user base and has their finger on the pulse of the community so they have released a variant of the H115i in the H115i PRO Low Noise 280mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler that the fans top out at 1200 RPM with an advertised dBA level of 20 at full speed pushing 55.4 CFM. Will the decrease in CFM decrease the effeciency of the Corsair H115i PRO 280mm RGB or has Corsair stirred in some of that magic and adjusted other components to bolster the cooling performance.
Cryorig originated in 2013 and has been climbing the PC Cooling ladder with innovative ideas and unique product. We recently had hands on their Cryorig 240mm AIO with 37.5mm radiator and waterblock top 3000 RPM fan and were impressed. So impressed we ask them to send over their Cryiorg H7 Quad Lumi air cooled CPU cooler to take a look at. The H7 Quad Lumi is the logical successor to the H7 line and low and behold Cryorig decided to dip their fans in the RGB rage and keep all the good features of the H7 and expand on them. The H7 Quad Lumi has one more heatpipe than the H7 and they use a proprietary Convex-Align™ System which staggers the heat pipes covering more area and whisking away that pesky heat.
Cryorig founded in 2013 faced an uphill battle establishing their brand, here they are 4 years later still expanding their product line and thriving in a super competitive environment. The Cryorig A40 Ultimate Hybrid Liquid Cooling is a unique 240mm AIO water cooling CLC (Closed Loop Cooling) AIO) with a small fan that site right on top the waterblock blowing cooling air across the block and chokes both not only cooling the block but the critical power delivery system around the CPU. The 140mm fans they include with the kit are just super quiet but when the going gets tough the 3000RPM kicks in and you can hear the little bugger cranking out that air cooling the entire CPU area. Cryorig uses Asetek as the OEM manufacturer and Asetek is known for quality and Cryorig designed the 5th gen pump offering some of the newest Asetek technology and offers improved performance over previous generations.
CPU’s are getting faster and sporting more cores than ever and as that happens the need for increased cooling capacity increases. Large bulky air coolers with multiple fans towering over your CPU and filling a large part of your chassis are an option but All In One water-cooling is fast becoming mainstream. Typically they are easy to install, zero maintenance and outperform air cooling. The prices on the AIO coolers have dropped as demand has gone up and even the RGB AIO’s have gotten to a reasonable price point. Cooler Master sent us their MasterLiquid ML120L and ML240L RGB AIO water-coolers to take a gander at.
Computer case fans have become a necessity for our computer builds. Let’s face it, we need to get rid of all of the heat our high-end computer components generate quickly and effectively out of our computers chassis. By doing so we keep our computer components cooler; which, gives us users less serious problems down the road, as well as, increase the life expectancy of our computers by keeping them cooler. The Corsair LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB 3 Pack is an excellent choice for air movement and maximum bling.