MSI's MEG CoreLiquid S280 has top tier cooling performance, and is one of the few coolers I would recommend for overclocking Alder Lake
MSI's CoreLiquid K360 provided better than expected performance when testing Intel's i9-12900k, and kept it cool in scenarios most other coolers fail. Alder Lake’s thermal density makes cooling high TDP loads a lot harder than cooling previous generation CPUs, and the MSI K360 CoreLiquid rises to the challenge.
In this week's episode of Adored Tech, Donny and Alex welcome special guest Dr. Ian Cutress of Anandtech.com and @TechTechPotato. We'll discuss the recent editorial by HardOCP founder Kyle Bennet about GPU MSRPs and the tech reviewer industry. Additionally, we'll discuss AMD's plans to release Zen 4 and RDNA 3 this year, as well as the EU 'Chips Act', Valve's Steam Deck getting FSR support and the news that Sony is buying Bungie.
In this episode of Adored Tech, Alex and Donny will discuss graphics card prices going down, the RTX 3050 launch, ARC Alchemist specs leak, Crysis 4 announcement, NVIDIA's ARM purchase falls through, and 500Hz+ gaming displays are coming.
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.
The last two years have been a very frustrating time to be a PC gamer, to say the least. The perfect storm of a global pandemic and mining boom have made PC components --especially graphics cards-- not only incredibly expensive, but at times nearly impossible to obtain. That being said, we're now into the second month of a new year, and things are starting to look up. Today, we'll be illustrating that by putting together a build list of an affordable and actually good gaming machine.
In our second episode of Adored Tech, Alex and Donny will discuss the launch of the RX 6500 XT, the rumored RX 6000 series refresh, the upcoming RTX 3050 and more.
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
As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, when power limits are removed Intel’s latest i9-12900k can prove quite challenging to cool...