Monday, February 22nd 2021

SilverStone Intros Hydrogon D120 ARGB Dual Fin-stack CPU Cooler

SilverStone today introduced the Hydrogon D120 ARGB a "slim" aluminium dual fin-stack CPU cooler. The cooler features a "D-type" dual fin-stack heatsink with slim fin-stacks that contribute to an overall cooler depth of just 112 mm with both fans in place (comparable to a single fin-stack cooler with a push-pull fans arrangement). The two fin-stacks are skewered by six 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes that make indirect contact with the CPU over a mirror-finish nickel-plated copper base. The heat pipes progress upward in a bent fashion as shown in the pictures below, to free up clearance around the memory area of your motherboard.

A pair of 120 mm, 9-blade ARGB-illuminated fans are included with the SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB. Each of these take in 4-pin PWM for the main function, and 3-pin ARGB for the lighting. The fans feature hydraulic bearings, turn up to 1,850 RPM, each pushing up to 56.23 CFM of air-flow, with a noise output of 30.5 dBA. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, LGA1200, and LGA2066. The cooler measures 125 mm (W) x 153 mm (H) x 112 mm (D), weighing 885 g (including fans). The company didn't reveal pricing.
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8 Comments on SilverStone Intros Hydrogon D120 ARGB Dual Fin-stack CPU Cooler

#1
MachineLearning
Yes! Yet another dual-tower RGB cooler... I'm so excited.

In the wise words of bonehead,
y.A.W.n ....
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ZoneDymo
MachineLearningYes! Yet another dual-tower RGB cooler... I'm so excited.

In the wise words of bonehead,
y.A.W.n ....
yeah but looks solid enough, also long af coldplate
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watzupken
This just shows how hot the CPUs are becoming.
ZoneDymoyeah but looks solid enough, also long af coldplate
I suspect its long because of Intel's chip going forward. The current socket is going in the way of the dodo soon, so perhaps the next gen CPUs will be longer. At least from what I recall, AMD chips have always been squarish over the years, while Intel ones seems to be getting longer to accomodate more cores.
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FreedomEclipse
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I personally think the fin stack could have been thicker.
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#5
Mayclore
...this actually is kind of interesting to me. A dual-tower air cooler with standard-thickness fans that doesn't cover RAM slots? I'm curious.
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m2geek
watzupkenThis just shows how hot the CPUs are becoming.


I suspect its long because of Intel's chip going forward. The current socket is going in the way of the dodo soon, so perhaps the next gen CPUs will be longer. At least from what I recall, AMD chips have always been squarish over the years, while Intel ones seems to be getting longer to accomodate more cores.
I think it's Less about how hot CPUs are becoming, more about demand for performance with less noise.

Although, people are going to need something Massive to cool intels 11th gen lol.
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thomv18
Could be perfect for the Cooler Master NR200P (with glass side panel). Not a lot of air coolers with 120mm fan(s) can fit into this case.
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watzupken
FreedomEclipseI personally think the fin stack could have been thicker.
Thicker fin stack is good due to more surface area. But as it becomes more dense, its harder for air to pass through. It also means the fan needs to spin at a higher RPM which will result in higher noise level. 3 twin tower air coolers I've owned, Bequiet Dark Rock 4 Pro, Scythe Fuma 2, and ID Cooling SE207 XT don't have very dense fin stack but still cools well.
m2geekI think it's Less about how hot CPUs are becoming, more about demand for performance with less noise.

Although, people are going to need something Massive to cool intels 11th gen lol.
At the low to mid end, the CPUs generally don't run that hot. But as you go up the the Ryzen 7 and Intel i7, heat is becoming a problem. I used to cool these chips with a single tower air cooler, and it is sufficient then. Fast foward to AMD Zen 2 and Intel Coffee Lake, the higher end chips run very hot. You can slap a single tower air cooler on it, but be ready that it will throttle.

As for Intel's Comet Lake series onwards, including Rocket Lake, I feel you will ideally need a 280mm AIO water cooler at least if you want the most out of it. With Zen 3 Ryzen 7 onwards, you may still scrap through with a twin tower air cooler based on my experience.
thomv18Could be perfect for the Cooler Master NR200P (with glass side panel). Not a lot of air coolers with 120mm fan(s) can fit into this case.
Personally, I feel a tower air cooler may not be very helpful for this case. I feel tower coolers works best when there is air flow coming from the front of the case, and an exhaust out in the rear of the case. The extra surface area will help soak up more heat, but the airflow for this case with the glass panel is not ideal and may limit the cooler's effectiveness. Also if your GPU is lying flat and not using the PCI-E riser, it will obstruct airflow from the bottom 2 intake fans. So there will be a lot of heat build up within the case.
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