The Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black performs well as an air cooler with Alder Lake, able to handle up to 220w long term loads when paired with Intel's i9-12900k - performing almost as well as the bigger NH-D15. The all-black asthetic of this cooler will appeal to those who are tired of seeing RGB plastered everywhere, and Noctua's top-notch customer support means you'll know this cooler will be supported for years to come.
I'm giving Enermax' Aquafusion 360 the Silver Award because it's a good value AIO cooler ($120 USD) that technically passes all of my thermal tests (a test only one other cooler has passed), but It fails to get the Gold award because the fans get louder than they should in the hottest of loads.
While be quiet's SHADOW ROCK SLIM 2 is only rated for 160w, we found it to be capable of handling higher loads comfortably. Read more to find out the results!
DeepCool's AS500 Plus provides performance similar to coolers almost twice its price, while operating quieter.
Can a mid-range liquid cooler keep up with the king of air coolers? Read on to find out!
Today we test Enermax ETS-T50 budget cooler as well as a high end cooler from Noctua, the NH-D15