TechSpot: Battle of the CPU Coolers - 4-Way Roundup

Without question one of the most affordable and thus commonly upgraded components by PC builders and enthusiasts alike is the CPU cooler. Generally the main goal is to lower operating temperatures, but aftermarket coolers can also reduce operating volumes and provide a greater overclocking headroom.

There are literally hundreds of options to choose from, though not all of them will deliver the desired results. Numerous times we've found third party coolers that perform no better than the standard box cooler, or worse, improve things at the cost of increased noise output, making them impractical upgrades.

Included in the comparison are the Thermalright True Spirit 140, Prolimatech Panther, Thermaltake Frio Advanced and Noctua NH-C14. All four are designed to support multiple platforms on both AMD and Intel camps. They range in price from just $40 all the way to $85, so it'll be interesting to see how they compare and more importantly what they offer over stock cooling units.

Read: 4-Way Aftermarket CPU Cooler Roundup

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They include an H70 in the charts, but most people will just grab an H80 or H100 for closed water solutions. Which are both supposed to perform better than the H70 mentioned.

Surely I can't be the only one who looked at those pictures and thought these are absolutely ****ing ridiculously large...

I mean, come on...if this is what we need nowadays to run cool CPUs, somebody's dropped the ball along the way.

Hmm interesting that they didn't include the Cooler Master 212+ or Corsair A50. Both are under $40 and provide comparable temps.

ARchamps said,
Hmm interesting that they didn't include the Cooler Master 212+ or Corsair A50. Both are under $40 and provide comparable temps.


My thoughts exactly. Especially since Cooler Master just recently releases the 212 Evo, which I would highly reccomended.

It says in the fourth paragraph they are only concentrating on air coolers.

(why was this poosted twice, as a quote/reply and as a seperate reply?)

closed water cooling is missed. theoretically it's also coolers, just with radiator separated from cpu plate.

coth said,
closed water cooling is missed. theoretically it's also coolers, just with radiator separated from cpu plate.

It says in the fourth paragraph they are only concentrating on air coolers