CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Cost Vs Performace

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Cost Vs Performance

We brought this graph together initially to help us see which coolers represented the best value.  Having done so we thought it might just help you guys in making your purchasing decisions.  What you're essentially looking at below is a graph that illustrates both the cost of the cooler and how it performs relative to the others in the test.  The red bars represent the performance figure and the white bars represent the cost of the cooler.  What you're looking for then is a cooler with a small red bar (low temps) and a white bar that is also as small as possible (lower price).  From the off it's easy to see that on the whole you get what you pay for, with the more expensive coolers garnering better performance results, but there are a few stand outs here.  Cast your eyes down to the Noctua NH-U14S.  It's only 1.5 degrees off the pace of the top cooler and a full £20 cheaper.  In the same way it's also good at helping to identify those that don't perform too well and cost a lot of money.  Take for example the SilverStone HE01 and the bequiet Dark RockTF and Dark Rock Pro3.  Anyways, we'll let you pick your way through and see what you make of it. 

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

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, 14:36:41

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, 14:52:00

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, 14:53:46

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, 15:08:21

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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