In contrast to the Tray version, the Box and MPK CPU packages (beautiful colored and gray cardboard box, respectively) are equipped with simple coolers. The only exceptions are Intel Core chips with index K and KF, i.e. with unlocked multiplier and manual overclocking capability. It will not be possible to cool them with a small block of aluminum. But even for less hot processors the standard cooler out of the box is a questionable choice: noisy and working close to overheating (80+ degrees Celsius). Those who like complete silence in the room should rather trust an inexpensive single-tower cooler, and fans of "icy temperatures" - a double-tower super cooler. This term refers to models that are able to dissipate more than 200 W of heat. True, and their price is accordingly high - $100+, only water cooling systems are more expensive. But A-brand coolers (German, Austrian and Taiwanese) are gradually abandoning the LED backlighting - strict ascetic design is back in fashion. But if you still want RGB, your lot - B-brands from China.
Noctua NH-L9i-17xx and NH-L9a-AM4 — for Ultra Compact PC
Noctua's NH-L9i-17xx and NH-L9a-AM4 are a pair of sweet low-profile CPU coolers, the former for 12th-generation (and upcoming 13th-generation) Core processors and the latter for Ryzen. Both are 37mm tall, which is a centimeter lower than Intel's boxed cooler and a half lower than AMD's Wraith Stealth. Such small dimensions are achieved by using 14mm-thick fan on SSO2 self-stabilizing bearing. It is backed by the highest possible 6-year warranty.
The kit includes screws for mounting an alternative thick 9cm diameter swivel table. At equal speeds, it pumps more air volume per unit time. And in general, the delivery set of these mini coolers is royally rich. It includes LNA resistor to reduce max rotational speed from 2500 rpm to 1800 rpm. And a tube of branded thermal paste NT-H1. And a thick metal plate with Noctua logo, which you can proudly attach to the front panel of the PC case (other manufacturers are usually limited to a flat sticker).
Black-painted version of the cooler Chromax.Black (there are modifications for socket Intel LGA 1150-1200, LGA 1700 and AMD AM4) is a little more expensive, but additionally equipped with a height adjustable air intake Noctua NA-FD1. It allows it to draw cool air from the outside of a Mini-ITX or Thin-ITX PC case instead of trapping heat from other PC components inside.
Lower than Intel and AMD boxed coolers
More quiet than AMD and Intel boxed coolers
The fan is on a wear-resistant SSO2 bearing
Attachment for only one socket included
be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim 2 - High Memory Compatible
be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim 2 is high and thin, a processor cooler that will certainly not block even the RAM slot closest to the processor socket. The turret height is 16 cm, which is not a problem for most new hulls. But the old one may not fit, be sure to check before buying. Four copper heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm are devoid of anti-corrosion nickel coating and are in direct contact with the processor.
Direct contact is more useful for processors with a large solid die, such as Ryzen APUs with integrated graphics. But AMD processors without an integrated GPU consist of several chiplets. Moreover, individual areas of the chiplet can heat up unevenly. Therefore, in this case, a cooler with an intermediary plate that distributes heat between all tubes is better suited. In addition, this allows you to turn the tower by blowing sideways or upwards, without worrying that some of the tubes will not come into contact with the elongated die of Intel Core processors.
Be quiet! has not standard three, but four poles for more precise centering during rotation. The bearing is used, if not the top hydrodynamic, but still rifled Rifle Bearing, which is many times more durable than a conventional bushing - 80 thousand hours of trouble-free operation. The four-pin PWM fan connector allows you to accurately read the rotational speed and adjust the dependence of speed on the temperature of the processor.
Does not interfere with the installation of high RAM
Direct contact of the heat pipes with the processor
The Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO is a single-tower, dual-fan cooler with four heat pipes and a wide choice of colors: black, white, black and white, red, yellow and green. The latter will look most harmoniously paired with the motherboard of the increasingly popular Huanan brand. Moreover, the cooler supports a semi-server (workstation) LGA 2011-v3 socket. The kit comes with a tube of probably the most popular thermal paste in the world - Arctic MX-4.
Initially, the Freezer 34 eSports DUO did not support the latest LGA 1700 consumer processor socket for the 12th generation Intel Core. But recently, the German company Arctic completed its offspring with the necessary mount. The competing AMD AM4 socket for Ryzen 1000-series to 5000-series processors is of course also supported. And according to AMD, the upcoming AM5 will get a permanent cooler mount that will keep current cooling systems up to date for years.
A pair of complete fans have a diameter of 12 cm and hydraulic bearings. Moreover, these are not ordinary hydrostatic ones, but many times more durable hydrodynamic ones. Arctic turntables are generally among the most affordable based on HDB (Hydro Dynamic Bearing). Moreover, they start from a record low 200 rpm, which is not even audible. You can buy such turntables, for example, for a PC case, separately - they are called Arctic BioniX P120.
Two pre-installed 12 cm fans
Durable HDB bearings
Several color options
Famous Arctic MX-4 thermal paste included
The questionable benefit of two turntables on one tower.
Deepcool AK620 is a two-tower and two-fan cooler weighing almost 1,5 kilograms. By the way, not all double towers are equipped with a pair of turntables. Sometimes only one fan is installed between the fin sections. However, the same trick can be done with the Deepcool AK620. In this case, the second propeller will not block the RAM slots, because there is a cutout for it on the radiator. This will allow you to freely remove low memory modules, or install high-cooled RAM.
Through the aluminum fins are six heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm, nickel-plated. Uniform transfer of heat from the processor to such a large number of tubes is possible only by using an intermediary plate polished to a mirror finish. The ugly sealed ends of the tubes are covered with decorative plates with a lattice texture. A pair of turntables have a diameter of 12 cm and a durable hydrodynamic bearing. The speed is adjustable from 500 to 1850 rpm.
Turntables are connected to the motherboard using a Y-like splitter. In addition to it, the kit comes with a tube of thermal paste and a long L-shaped screwdriver for tightening hard-to-reach screws between the towers. The manufacturer claims a heat sink of up to 260 watts. De jure processors with such a high TDP are not found on sale. But de facto, by automatically overclocking Intel Velocity Boost and, moreover, by manual overclocking, such strong heating is quite achievable.
Two towers and two 12 cm fans
Fluid dynamic bearings
Decorative caps for tube ends
Rather heavy - weight of 1.5 kg is not for all
Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth —Heat Dissipation and Memory Compatibility
Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth is a CPU cooler with two towers and, unexpectedly, three fans. Moreover, it will not work to install all three turntables at once (there is no third set of brackets), and it does not make sense. A central 14 cm fan is always installed. A decorative plate is laid on top of it, which fastens the towers together. And with the other two propellers, the user has a lot of room to maneuver.
You can not put a second fan at all. This will allow you to install the highest "horned" RAM - up to 7 cm. If you install a 12-cm fan, then the permissible height of the RAM will be reduced to 4 cm, which is only a centimeter more than the simplest non-radiator modules. But the height of the processor cooler will remain the same - 16 cm. But if you mount two 14 cm turntables, you will either have to be content with "bare" memory without radiators. Or buy a wide computer case that can fit a 17.5 cm tower.
The type of fan bearing is not specified by the manufacturer. But given the claimed MTBF of up to 160 thousand hours, this is clearly a top-end HDB bearing. One or two unclaimed turntables are proposed to be used as cabinet ones. After all, if the housings are equipped with propellers, then these are most often noisy and short-lived plain bearings. The Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth weighs quite moderately, as for a double tower - 1.3 kg. Thanks to this, you can not worry about the bending of the motherboard.
Two towers and three fans (14 + 14 + 12 cm)
The ability to adjust the height and width of the cooler
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