CPU COOLERS RATED
CPU performance is best served cold
Ed Chester puts on a warm jacket and sets out to find the best way to keep your CPU cool.
CPUs are a hot topic this year. Starting with the launch of Ryzen and followed by Intel’s Socket 2066 chips and AMD’s monster Threadripper CPUs, there’s never been a greater choice of chips.
Whichever you are using, you need to keep it cool. Water cooling is ideal, and an all-in-one liquid cooler eliminates any faff.
We’ve grabbed seven popular all-in-one coolers and tested them using an AMD Ryzen 1800X running the Prime95 torture test. We measured temperatures with the cooler set to a silent mode, where the fans spin slowly, and a more uniform standard mode.