CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Introduction and Technical Specification

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test


If you're a regular visitor to the pages of OC3D you'll no have noticed a bit of dearth of cooler reviews.  The reason for this is simple, we've retired the old 2011 rig and have been busy specking up and putting together a new test rig. Not that the 2011 rig wasn't up to it anymore, it's still going like the privy door when the plague's in town, it's just that times move on and so must we.  It's also taken a bit of time to get all the coolers we want to test together in one place.  In fact there are so many coolers even my wide angle lens couldn't fit them all into the image you see above.  So how many are we talking about?  Well in total we'll be looking at roughly 35 coolers from manufacturers such as Noctua, SilverStone, Raijintek, beQuiet, CoolerMaster, Arctic, Alpenfohn, Gelid, Scythe, and for the first time ever at OC3D, Cryorig.  As i'm writing this introduction, testing has yet to commence and to be honest i'm doing a little bit of mental calculation on the side as to just long it's going to take to bring together this behemoth of a review.  With 35 coolers to get through and each cooler taking roughly 30 minutes to fit and then later remove, and one and a half hours to test that's a grand total of 70 hours of testing, and then of course you have to factor in the additional time it takes when the coolers are avsolute sods to fit and remove as invariably some will be.  So when we say Mega test, we mean Mega test.  To make things easier we'll be sorting the coolers into groups by brand, looking at each of them individually then giving a round up of our thoughts at the end.  We're going to put the graphs towards the front of the review on page 3, with links to the coolers to make it easier for you guys to get to the detail quickly.

Sadly we only have one CoolerMaster cooler on test (which was one from a review a few months back) we did ask them for coolers but by the time we had started testing none had arrived and by then we were already a month or so in with a big pile of other coolers so sadly they have missed out on playing a bigger role in this one.


Technical Specification 

 Case CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro5
 Motherboard ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger
 CPU Intel Skylake Socket 1151 i7 6700K
 GPU Asus Strix R9380 4GB
 RAM 8GB Corsair DDR4 2400MHz
 PSU CoolerMaster V650 

 Front:  3x CoolerMaster JetFlo 120

 Rear:   1x CoolerMaster JetFlo 120



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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 18:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 19:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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