CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Video Review & Awards

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Video Review


Noctua NH-D15

The Noctua NH-D15 earns itself a Performance award for being the coolest cooler that ever cooled.  It seems it's going to take something very special to knock it off the top spot. 

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Cryorig R1 Universal

Although it didn't beat the NH-D15 or the R1 Ultimate the Cryorig R1 Universal is well deserving of an OC3D Approved award.  As we've already said, if you want high end, near top of the chart performance, fantastic build quality, zero RAM issues and looks to die for, then the R1 Universal is the cooler to go for.  Out of the top four in the chart, this is the one we'd buy with our own money. 

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Arctic Cooling i32

This fantastic little cooler grabs itself a Value for Money award.  Quite a giant killer and only £23.97 

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Alpenfohn Matterhorn

Granted it's not the best performing 120mm fan based cooler, and as a range of coolers the bequiets do look very sexy, that said, we couldn't help but drool a little when we cast our eyes on the Alpenfohn Matterhorn, and for that reason, it scoops an aesthetic award

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SilverStone AR03

We must have looked at 100s of coolers over the years, but never have we come across such a simple, quick and effective method for mounting fans to the fin stack.  These simple rubber bungs are easy to fit, easy to remove, won't casue a short circuit if you drop one or it pings off and most of all helps keep vibration down.  It might not be in the same league as the tuniq tower or the Asetek, but that doesn't mean it's any less of a worthy winner of the rarely awarded Innovation award.

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Cryorig M9

If you want a top end overclock but need change from £17 then the plucky little 92mm fan based Cryorig M9 is the answer to your strangely specific set of needs, and as such earns the second Value for money award in this Mega Test. 

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 18:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 19:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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