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High-End CPU Air Cooler Solutions review | Black Hole Tec

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High-End CPU Air Cooler Solutions review

Submitted by Robbie Pyckhout on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:04
Introduction, testbed and testing methods
Package, Installation and ShowCase
Testing Results


In the past few weeks, BlackHoleTec has assembled numberous results of high end coolers by companies like Noctua, Cryorig, Scythe and Thermalright. We'd like to share our thoughts about every one of them in one general review. All except one are built on a Dual Tower design, Scythe however, took the other path with a big Single Tower cooler named the Scythe Mugen MAX. There're some other coolers that will draw your attention, like the Noctua NH-D15, the successor of the very famous Noctua NH-D14. The Thermalright's Silver arrow isn't as popular, but previous results have shown a worthy competitor to Noctua's solutions. Cryorig sent us their R1 Universal which is their second best air cooler at this moment. This is the first cooler we tested from this 'Cryorig' brand, who knows how awesome this cooler performs!


Test System

Processor i7 2600K @ 4.8GHz   1.410v

G.Skill RipsjawX (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9

Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V LX
Power Supply OCZ ModStreamX 700W
Graphics Card

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost

CPU Cooler

Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-e

Noctua NH-D15

Scythe Mugen MAX

Cryorig R1 Universal


Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB

OS Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Monitor Philips 236Vl


We used our older testing system to measure the performance of the coolers. Running an i7 2600K at 4.8GHz on a voltage of 1.410v should bring up some heat to each of them. The room temperature hovered around 24°c and the testing bed had an open casing. 

A big thanks to Be Quiet! that sent us a big tube of DC1 thermal paste which we used on every cooler to make sure the performance difference isn't related to the thermal paste used.


About the Author

Keeping up with new inventions and technological improvements is kinda my thing. Writing about technology is just a result of my fascination with it. I hope to provide readers with as much news as possible, everyday.



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