Cooling: Round up

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Here are the best CPU cooling solutions (air and liquid) for a range of systems, from small form-factor builds to overclocked big-rigs.

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  • Face-Off: The Kraken X61, Reserator 3 Max Dual, And NH-D15
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    Face-Off: The Kraken X61, Reserator 3 Max Dual, And NH-...

    Compact liquid vs. big air gets even bigger as companies attempt to cope with higher CPU core counts. We pit our biggest air-cooling sample against tw...

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  • Four More Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers Take On The NH-D14
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    Four More Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers Take On The NH-D14

    With big radiators and no vents, closed-loop coolers give us a taste of liquid-cooling’s benefits, sans the risk. While less punishing on the motherbo...

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  • Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14
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    Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14

    Closed-loop liquid coolers relieve stress from our motherboards, without the portability and maintenance issues of traditional open-loop kits. Are the...

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  • Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 3: Lian Li, Nanoxia, And SilverStone
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    Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 3: Lian Li, Nanoxia, And Silve...

    Part three of our quest for quiet gaming brings us three final enclosures from Lian Li, Nanoxia, and SilverStone. Have we finally found the perfect pr...

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  • System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared
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    System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared

    This quarter is full of surprises, from a value-oriented $500 build that includes a Radeon HD 7850 to a $1,000 machine based on AMD's FX-8350 and a $2...

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  • Three Down-Draft Heat Sinks: The Last Of A Dying Breed?
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    Three Down-Draft Heat Sinks: The Last Of A Dying Breed?

    There's an enormous amount of aftermarket coolers available to those wanting more performance or lower temperatures. The market’s currently dominated...

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