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Recommended Heatsinks

Cooling | Reference|Recommended
Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Major update on 16 Sept 2014.

Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Cooling
The Enermax Liqtech 120X utilizes dual fans, a chunky 120 mm radiator design, and a proper metal mounting system to challenge competing all-in-one liquid coolers.

Sub-$20 CPU Coolers: A Reader's Roundup

Cooling
This is not a standard SPCR heatsink review. It is a reader's roundup of the most affordable coolers, with an emphasis on perceived noise and performance, supported by acoustic test data from SPCR, collected with our usual high standards. If you're seeking an effective and really inexpensive quiet cooler, Andrew's roundup is a must read.

Silverstone SX600-G: SFX 80+ Gold PSU

Power
The highest power SFX power supply to date, boasting 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating, is Silverstone's latest PSU offering. Is it quiet enough for SPCR?

WD Red 6TB and 1TB (2.5-inch) Hard Drives

Storage
While both are members of the WD Red family, the 6TB model is a massive flagship desktop drive, while the 1TB model is a tiny 2.5-inch drive for the budding slim NAS market.

LEPA LV12 Direct-Touch Heatsink

Cooling
LEPA's first heatsink is a mid-range direct-touch model with plated fins, speed switches directly on the fan itself, and a modern mounting system.

Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

Storage
With six 1TB platters, 128MB of cache, and a 7200 RPM motor, Seagate boasts that the Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD v4 6TB is the world's fastest hard drive. The validity of their claim and the environmental ramifications lie within.

NZXT Kraken X31 & X41 Liquid CPU Coolers

Cooling
Armed with pleasant-sounding fans, extra long tubing, and new management software, the NZXT Kraken X31 and X41 seek to leave a more favorable impression on us than previous CPU water coolers.

ASUS X200MA: 11.6-inch Bay Trail Notebook

Complete|Mobile Systems
Powered by a Bay Trail Atom processor and a 5400RPM hard drive, speed isn't one of ASUS X200MA's strengths. It does however offer a decent value in a light and compact frame.

Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

Cases|Damping | Cooling
Tesla H is one of a dozen fanless "heatsink" cases offered by Akasa. This one is for the Haswell NUC and can house two 2.5" drives in a wider, sleeker design. Thermally, it's a winner, too. Market pricing vis a vis NUC kits and boards is its real challenge.

SilverStone Raven RV05

Cases|Damping
The 5th edition takes the Raven back to its roots by reviving the original floor-mounted fans. Though based primarily on the superb RV02/FT02 design, the RV05 is less bulky, slimming down its dimensions and shedding weight by reducing the number of 18cm fans and limiting the number of drives it will hold.

Sharkoon SHARK Blades & SilverStone FQ121 120mm Fans

Fans|Controls
A look at two 120mm fans with divergent approaches: The menacing but low speed SHARK Blades, and the the high speed, high pressure FQ121.

Fractal Design Arc XL Case

Cases|Damping
The Arc XL is Fractal Design's take on an oversized tower that doesn't stray far away from their minimalist design aesthetic. The XL has ample space for cooling options, larger components, and just about anything else one would cram into a PC case.

Noctua NH-D15: Update to an Icon

Cooling
The iconic Noctua NH-D14 helped usher in a new area of gigantic dual fan heatsinks. Its successor, the D15, is slightly heavier and larger, features upgraded matching 14/15 cm fans, and more densely packed fins.

MSI A88XM GAMING: Premium FM2+ Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The MSI A88XM GAMING is unusual: It's a premium motherboard for a budget socket. It sports big heatsinks, plenty of SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0 ports, a shielded/isolated audio chip with headphone amplifier and the full gamut of enthusiast BIOS controls. All this at a price far below comparable Intel offerings.