Best CPU Coolers 2013-2014 with Reviews
Keeping your CPU as cool as possible is going to improve the way that your computer handles heat which can ultimately make your entire system run more efficiently. This is why investing in a high quality CPU cooler is a great way to make sure heat never becomes an issue while you’re demanding the most out of your PC. Below we’ve outlined three of the top rated CPU coolers of 2013 based on effectiveness and overall quality.
Cooler Master V8
Computers that pack dual and quad-core processors need high-performance fans to cool the CPU in the event of overclocking and over usage. With the rate of CPU improvements today, it’s hard to look for quality fans in the market. You’re in luck as you will feast your attention on this review of the latest Cooler Master V8.
- Multi-platform Capability
- 180 Watts of Cooling Capacity
- Universal Fan Connector (4-pin)
- Fan Speed Control
- Stealth Cooling Function
This is somehow easy to discuss as the Cooler Master V8 can be mounted on almost all types of processors. No matter what brand your processor has, this cooler is easy to adjust to fit the size of the processor.
Universal Fan Connector Pin
More often than not, other, luxurious processor fans in the market do not feature 4 pins. Their reason for this is that they want to be a class above the rest. Thus, to address the concerns of all computer enthusiasts out there, the Master Cooler V8 provides the universal 4-pin.
Fan Speed Control
The fan speed control function is another eye-catcher of the product as it allows the user to adjust the speed according to the processor’s needs.
One Disadvantage – Size
The only notable disadvantage of this master cooler is its size. This will definitely not fit all CPU cases out there. Thus, if an enthusiast wants this one, he must get the measurements right.
The Master Cooler V8 has been proven by countless enthusiasts and the results are more than encouraging – it cools your CPU’s with less amounts of energy. Therefore, if you want to cool your CPU dramatically, consider using this cooler.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
A lot of consideration goes into picking the right CPU Cooler for your motherboard. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus seems like a good candidate for those wanting convenience and efficiency.
- Intel sockets LGA 1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD sockets AM3+/FM1/FM2
- Fan life expectancy of 40,000 hours
- 600-2000 rpm fan speed
- 4 copper heat pipes
- 21.2-76.8 CFM fan airflow
This fan can fit a wide variety of motherboards. It is compatible with AMD sockets AM3+, FM1 and FM2 as well as LGA sockets 1366, 1155, 1156 and 775. This makes it an attractive buy if you own a processor with any one of those sockets.
With the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, you get the option of adding another fan on top of it. This second fan can be easily mounted in a push-pull configuration with the accompanying clips specifically for this purpose. Though, you’d need to buy the second fan separately, you still have that option to supplement your heat sink when needed.
Lightweight yet Sturdy
The fins are thin yet sturdy, made of lightweight aluminum. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus also boasts a life expectancy of 40,000 hours. This makes it a compact yet powerful fan. Its motor is also bigger than those of other 120mm fans.
With a larger motor and more airflow capabilities than its non-plus counterpart, it’s understandable that the 212 Plus tends to be a little noisier. But with a noise level of only 13-32 dBA, the noise is bearable and definitely not a deal breaker.
Cooler Master GeminII S524
If you’re familiar with the original GeminII S Cooler, then you’re likely to expect a lot more from its successor. The Geminll S524 from Cooler Master, as was expected, can certainly pack a punch for cooling your CPU for a small fraction of what you would usually have to pay for a good CPU cooler.
- Dimensions: 144mm x 144mm x 105mm
- Weight: 1.08 lbs. /490g
- Speed: 800-1,800 RPM
- Air Flow: 43.2-77.7 CFM
- Noise Levels: 15.1-31.6 dBA
- Life Expectancy : 40,000 hours
The GeminII S524 is probably the only CPU cooler at its price that has up to 47mm of ground clearance, which is suitable if you plan to use up a lot of memory.
Quick Heat Dissipation
Heat is delivered via five 6-mm nickel plated copper heat pipes that extend from the base, run along the sides and then go back into the cooler. This makes heat transfer from the CPU to the body of the cooler much faster.
The GeminII S524 comes with a modular 120-mm fan with seven translucent blades. However, it also allows you to replace the fan with another 120-mm fan or upgrade to 140mms for better cooling.
It is large when you look at it, but GeminII actually weighs at least one-third less than other heatsinks/coolers of the same caliber.
You’ll most likely never see another cheap cooler with as much capacity as the Geminll S524. At under $40 a unit, this baby is a steal.
For its price, the GeminII S524 offers a lot more than you pay for. At less than $40, you get good-quality performance that is better than what you get from stock cooling options. If you’re not using first-generation high-end processors, the GeminII S524 is a good option.