Friday, August 20th 2021

Akasa Introduces SOHO H4 Tower-Type CPU Cooler

Akasa, a leading provider of active cooling solutions has released their brightest tower cooler yet, with aRGB functionality. Standing at 157 mm tall, the SOHO H4 cooler is an excellent addition to any high end PC build, and its 185 W TDP rating allows the most powerful CPUs to be tamed, such as the unlocked Core i9 and the Ryzen 9. This cooler features premium aRGB aesthetics, bright enough to turn heads and show off the best of your PC.

The SOHO H4 is made up of a premium aluminium heatsink with copper heat pipes and an Akasa aRGB top panel. The aRGB is sync compatible with most major motherboard lighting software, including MSI JRainbow, ASUS AURA ASRock RGB Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and Razer Chroma. With up to 16 million colour combinations, the world is your oyster when customising the lighting effects - display your PC to its maximum potential! Inside the box, a SOHO AR fan is also included, a part of the SOHO range at Akasa. Installation is as easy as pie; simply snap the fan onto the cooler and plug the fan into the motherboard! The fan can be elevated on the cooler for RAM clearance, and a second fan can also be attached to the opposite side for even better heat dissipation.
The SOHO AR fan included with the cooler is able to provide excellent cooling and a high airflow, compared to its low noise level. The quiet, high performance fan is excellent for productivity, producing less distractions and more focus on the tasks at hand. The cooler is perfect for those who want the flair that comes with aRGB, mixed with the powerful cooling capabilities which are able to tame some of the best CPUs currently on the market!

Pricing and Availability
  • The SOHO H4 (AK-CC4018EP01) starts at £52.95/ €55.85 (prices may vary by reseller)
  • The SOHO H4 is available to order throughout Europe and the US.
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22 Comments on Akasa Introduces SOHO H4 Tower-Type CPU Cooler

#1
Cheese_On_tsaot
53 quid seems mighty expensive for what has always been a bottom of the barrel brand and what seems like a very much basic design likely ripped off of other brands.

But I am sure reviews will tell us more.
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#2
TheLostSwede
Cheese_On_tsaot53 quid seems mighty expensive for what has always been a bottom of the barrel brand and what seems like a very much basic design likely ripped off of other brands.

But I am sure reviews will tell us more.
I guess you're not familiar with Akasa if you say they ripped off other brands. They've been around a very long time and made coolers long before many of the companies that you see more regularly these days.
I used to review their kit when I worked at PCW and that's getting to around 20 years ago...
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#3
Cheese_On_tsaot
TheLostSwedeI guess you're not familiar with Akasa if you say they ripped off other brands. They've been around a very long time and made coolers long before many of the companies that you see more regularly these days.
I used to review their kit when I worked at PCW and that's getting to around 20 years ago...
Funny thing is, yes I am familar with the brand, they were always bottom of the barrel to their competitors. However as I said reviews will tell us more with this product.
The Akasa Venom was the only mostly decent cooler they made in this form.
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#4
Chrispy_
For that kind of money I'd be expecting setback to the radiator so that I don't have to move the fan up as a ghetto workaround for RAM clearance. It reduces cooling more than just the missed radiator fins because for 30% of the fan blade sweep there's zero air resistance and air always takes the path of least resistance.

This is a cheap cooler;
Direct-contact heatpipes - especially those that have gaps between them rather than just adding more heatpipes - are not what you'd want to see on €30+ coolers and they're downright insulting at almost €60


(from akasa.com.tw)
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#5
TheLostSwede
Cheese_On_tsaotFunny thing is, yes I am familar with the brand, they were always bottom of the barrel to their competitors. However as I said reviews will tell us more with this product.
The Akasa Venom was the only mostly decent cooler they made in this form.
They were not and they are not. They've made a lot of very good products, but they've also made a lot of low-cost products that were sold in PC World, Currys etc. where they had to meet a price point.
I have no idea if this specific cooler is good or not, but Akasa makes a wide range of products, just like most companies, some of it good, some of it not so good.
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#6
Blaylock
...and its 185 W TDP rating allows the most powerful CPUs to be tamed, such as the unlocked Core i9 and the Ryzen 9.
I'd love to see the results of this 4x heatpipe cooler attempting to "tame" a 5950x or 11900k...even at stock settings.

Pro tip: When a company advertises more about the cooler's lighting features than its cooling performance, they have created a lightbulb capable of cooling, not a cooler capable of lighting.
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#7
freeagent
185w is pretty bold statement.. I don't believe them. I believe it would be better than a stock cooler, but a 212 would probably be better than this, and I know it can deal with the 150w that it is rated for.
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#8
Operandi
I've never used Akasa cooling stuff before, and always thought it looked pretty sketch. Basically performance tier claims with budget tier quality and performance.

Whats odd though is their NUC and SFF passive cases are insanely well built. Their build quality is as high as anything I've seen thats made from machined and anodized AL, just feels odd its the same company.
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#9
TheLostSwede
OperandiI've never used Akasa cooling stuff before, and always thought it looked pretty sketch. Basically performance tier claims with budget tier quality and performance.

Whats odd though is their NUC and SFF passive cases are insanely well built. Their build quality is as high as anything I've seen thats made from machined and anodized AL, just feels odd its the same company.
Different product managers maybe? I could ask next time I meet someone I know there.
They also make a ton of cables that have always been really good quality in my experience.
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#11
Jill Christine Valentine
S.T.A.R.S.
TheLostSwedeI guess you're not familiar with Akasa if you say they ripped off other brands. They've been around a very long time and made coolers long before many of the companies that you see more regularly these days.
I used to review their kit when I worked at PCW and that's getting to around 20 years ago...
Agree, Akasa was strong in the game in the early to mid-2000s :)
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#12
trsttte
55€ for a generic heatsink is way too much, that's noctua territory. What a joke lol
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#13
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
freeagent185w is pretty bold statement.. I don't believe them. I believe it would be better than a stock cooler, but a 212 would probably be better than this, and I know it can deal with the 150w that it is rated for.
If this is anything like aScythe Ashura,it handles a old hot fx 8350 fine lol
trsttte55€ for a generic heatsink is way too much, that's noctua territory. What a joke lol
Looks better than the turd colors obnoxious uses
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
for £8 more you can get a Scythe Fuma 2 for £60. Even the Scythe Mugen 5 or Ninja 5 is £55-60....

All three of these coolers would run absolute rings around what is potentially just a hyper 212 in disguise. Hell... even an hyper 212 would be cheaper and probably perform just about the same as this akasa.
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#15
ShurikN
Holy crap. That's a lot of money for 4 heatpipes and a single fan.
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#16
GreiverBlade
at that price, i'd rather be taking the Enermax ETS-T50 i use at full price (54chf about same in $$$ a little bit cheaper than the £52.95/ €55.85 asked for that one) instead of the half price promo i got it ....
at last it would have more features (airguide/5 excentered heatpipe/better fin side shape/matte black or white neat finish) by just losing the aRGB top (the fan look good tho ... but i prefer hub lighted fans than ring/side)

the pics in that press release ... the fan going up to clear the RAM look ridiculous, it's almost shown as being something worth doing instead of being downright silly (and not mentioning that almost any other HSF can do so ... )

the ETS-T50 is not marketed as a high end cooler and 50-60ish pricing is rather top of mid-end, to me. (not mentioning there are a lot of extremely good contestant in that price bracket ... 50% deal was what decided me :laugh: )

and the ETS-T50 perform usually a little bit cooler than a Fuma 2 (situational but most of the time 1-2c cooler) and between a NH-U12S and a NH-D15 in most reviews i saw.
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#18
GreiverBlade
Chrispy_Just spotted this on the news feed from yesterday:
www.techpowerup.com/285741/silentiumpc-announces-fera-5-argb-cooler-and-fluctus-120-pwm-argb-fan

It's basically the same product for €20 less, and even that looks to be overpriced based on comments in that thread.
actually that one is well priced and it has better fin side shape ... a bit like the ETS-T50 ...while not being priced higher than my OCZ Vendetta 2 or Scythe Katana 4 i have aside, adding 1 heatpipe aRGB and, as mentioned, airflow guide on the fin side.
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#19
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
GreiverBladeactually that one is well priced and it has better fin side shape ... a bit like the ETS-T50 ...while not being priced higher than my OCZ Vendetta 2 or Scythe Katana 4 i have aside, adding 1 heatpipe aRGB and, as mentioned, airflow guide on the fin side.
you still have an OCZ vendetta 2?? Those coolers are legendary. :D
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#20
GreiverBlade
FreedomEclipseyou still have an OCZ vendetta 2?? Those coolers are legendary. :D



i need to straighten some fins and clean the base but.... still
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#21
Chrispy_
DenFoxactually that one is well priced and it has better fin side shape ... a bit like the ETS-T50 ...while not being priced higher than my OCZ Vendetta 2 or Scythe Katana 4 i have aside, adding 1 heatpipe aRGB and, as mentioned, airflow guide on the fin side.
Well priced "for a budget 120mm tower with RGB fan and RGB shroud."

The problem with that class of cooler is that the double-ARGB pushes it into the price into the territory of better coolers. Both dual-fan 120mm towers and a couple of reputable 140mm 6-heatpipe options.
DenFoxI have the Fera 5 Dual, it's just amazing!
...and here's a perfect example of apples-to-apples comparison. The Fera 5 Dual is both cheaper and better than the stupid ARGB one. When you're on a budget to get a job done, you can either choose to do the job well, or you can choose to look good whilst failing.

IMO, succeed first, add bling only if there's spare budget to do so. At this highly-competitive price point, there is no spare budget.
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#22
GreiverBlade
Chrispy_Well priced "for a budget 120mm tower with RGB fan and RGB shroud."

The problem with that class of cooler is that the double-ARGB pushes it into the price into the territory of better coolers. Both dual-fan 120mm towers and a couple of reputable 140mm 6-heatpipe options.
yep, i never said the opposite ... the Akasa is overpriced (so was my ETS-T50 Axe aRGB, but well ... "promo" made it even cheaper than the Fera 5 aRGB )

the Fera 5 is priced alongside the Katana 4 which was a mid end no frills, good one nonetheless, HSF (and the Vendetta 2 which was exceptional but, there too, no "rainbow unicorn puke" addition :laugh: )

in short the Soho-H4 and my ETS-T50 Axe aRGB are at least 20$ too much (although the ETS-T50 has a 5th heatpipe and a slight better look ... but no top aRGB shroud :ohwell: )
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