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.
In multi-threaded tasks the 12700 is just shy (~8%) of AMD's Ryzen 5900x on average, and a bit faster (~16%) in single threaded tasks. Cooling it is easy, and for most users the included stock cooler will actually suffice in most tasks - although it does run a bit noisy. With an expected retail price of ~$350, the i7 12700 packs a great value - especially when paired with a b660 motherboard. It's crazy to think that for the price of a 5900x, you can get this CPU and a motherboard
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.
As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, when power limits are removed Intel’s latest i9-12900k can prove quite challenging to cool...
Today we're testing DeepCool's CASTLE EX360 AIO Cooler, can it tame Intel's i9-12900k when power limits are removed?!
The $619.99 i9-12900k provides incredible uplifts in both gaming and productivity, while the $299.99 i5-12600k is the star of the show providing better overall performance than Intel's i9-10900k and uses significantly less power to do so.
Intel rumored to hire employees from Centaur, maker of "Haswell level" x86 CPUs with AVX-512 support, from VIA Technologies for $125 million dollars
Today we'll be comparing Intel's newly released "Beast Canyon" Extreme NUC, which uses a TigerLake i9-11900kb, to it's predecessor "Ghost Canyon" which uses the i9-9980hk. Each features an 8c CPU with a 65w long term TDP and are officially "unlocked", allowing for overclocking.
This week, I got the opportunity to work with our friends at ASRock on a sponsored gaming build featuring some...
DeepCool's AK620 is the best cooler on the market. I didn't expect the AK620 to be this good. It matches and/or slightly outperforms the former king of air cooling - Noctua's NH-D15 - while being 30% less expensive.
Today we'll be looking at ID-COOLING's SE-224-XT Basic, an entry level cooler which is rated for 180w, but can it really handle that much heat?