CPU COOL­ERS RATED

CPU per­for­mance is best served cold

PC GAMER (US) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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