SilentiumPC comes out of nowhere to deliver a 1-2 combo of performance and value with the Fera 5 and Fera 5 Dual Fan CPU coolers. While simple and traditional in terms of design, both of these entry-level heatsinks trade blows with far more popular offerings.
Scythe looks to reap the competition with the Mugen 5 Black Edition. Its asymmetrical design is a major focal point, while the all-black aesthetic is visually appealing. Add the more powerful fan and you have what appears to be a truly upgraded Mugen 5 Rev.B.
Zalman's CNPS10X Performa Black may be a mid-range air cooler, but its sleek design and all-black appearance give it a stealthy look for those that want a less flashy build. It also doesn't hurt that performance per dollar was quite the surprise.
ASUS takes all-in-one liquid coolers to the extreme with the ROG Ryujin II 360. Its 3.5" LCD display delivers vibrant graphics and even hardware-monitoring functionality. Meanwhile, Noctua IndustrialPPC fans achieve that quality feel you expect, making for a truly over-the-top cooler that has a price to match.
be quiet!'s Dark Rock TF 2 takes a tried and true top-flow design and refreshes it for modern systems with new fan designs, aesthetically pleasing looks, and the low-noise operation you'd expect. The only problem? Performance doesn't live up to expectations.
be quiet!'s Shadow Rock Slim 2 takes the mantle from its predecessor and carries it to new heights. What at first appears as just another tower cooler soon proves to be a top-tier low-noise performer that lacks only ARGB lighting, which will be a huge plus for many RGB haters.
ID-Cooling offers some truly compelling coolers, and with the release of the SE-207-XT, they are targeting the high-end air-cooling market after dominating the entry-level segment. Featuring a dual-tower, dual-fan design, this all-black cooler should intrigue those looking to avoid ARGB lighting while maximizing performance per dollar.
Corsair is going big with the Hydro Series H170i Elite Capellix. This all-in-one liquid cooler features a massive 420 mm radiator, three 140 mm ML series fans, and all the ARGB you can handle. It also performs exceptionally well, making it a potent offering in a crowded market if your case can fit it.
Montech is breaking new ground with their first CPU cooler, the aptly named Air Cooler 210. This single-tower cooler features six heat pipes, an asymmetrical fin-stack, and an ARGB fan for that little bit of bling. All in all, an appealing option if its performance can rival its looks.
MSI looks to break into the all-in-one liquid cooler market with their MPG CORELIQUID K240. Sporting a built-in LCD on the pump and a fan adding active VRM cooling, this ARGB LED-equipped cooler is host to a plethora of features. It also offers solid performance on Intel systems.
Enermax looks to turn heads with its ETS-F40-FS ARGB coolers. Available in black or white with ARGB lighting, this asymmetrical single-tower design sports a quiet 140 mm fan for those looking to add some visual flair without excessive noise.
G.SKILL enters the all-in-one liquid cooler market with the ENKI 360. The defining feature is its increased radiator piping for improved surface area and more efficient heat dissipation. Add a solid warranty along with an aesthetically pleasing design and you have an offering that manages to go toe to toe with the competition.
With new hardware comes the need for test system updates, and we have instituted a massive overhaul of the testing process for CPU coolers. The biggest change is the addition of an AMD test bench alongside Intel so we can provide you with a better look at the performance offered. Not to mention we added noise normalized results, too!
EK goes all in with the AIO Elite 360 D-RGB. For this release, the company took their 360 D-RGB unit, added more RGB Vardar fans, and upped the performance of the pump. Add in some minor cosmetic changes and you have a top-tier, high-end all-in-one liquid cooler that delivers serious performance.
Deepcool delivers a solid air cooler with the AS500. This single-tower design includes a tasteful ARGB lighting implementation and offers 100% memory clearance. More importantly, it delivers solid performance and acceptable noise levels, making it an attractive mid-range option if your case can handle its height.
ID-Cooling seeks to expand its presence in the SFF PC cooling market with the IS-60 EVO ARGB. Equipped with six heatpipes and soldered fins, it is a rather potent top-flow design that should fit into even the smallest cases, all while illuminating your system with its ARGB fan.
ID-Cooling continues its push to offer exceptional entry-level coolers with the release of the SE 914 XT ARGB and SE 914 XT Basic. These compact 92 mm tower coolers deliver performance that belies their small size while allowing them to fit where larger air coolers simply cannot.
The be quiet! Pure Loop 280 may be a value-focused offering, but it still delivers respectable performance. The unit is also visually appealing and doesn't break the bank, which makes it a lean and ruthless competitor that easily beats the overpriced alternatives in the crowded AIO market.
The cost of entry might be steep, but Corsair's H150i Elite Capellix manages to impress. In fact, it breaks the mold when it comes to the raw performance you can expect from an ARGB-equipped closed-loop liquid cooler. With a simple, clean design and good looks, it deserves a closer look if you're in the market for an AIO.
ZADAK looks to break into the crowded CPU cooling market with its SPARK 240 mm all-in-one liquid cooler. Donning the ARGB mantle, it comes with both an illuminated pump and fans, and according to the company has been optimized to operate quietly.
Lian Li brazenly enters the all-in-one liquid cooler market with their Galahad 240. Featuring a brushed aluminium radiator shroud along with a white and silver design, it certainly stands out visually. It's not only pretty looks, performance is quite compelling as well.
Deepcool is expanding its all-in-one liquid cooler portfolio with the Gamer Storm Castle 280EX. It bridges the gap between their 240 mm and 360 mm options while featuring Deepcool's Anti-leak technology, tasteful ARGB lighting, and even a replaceable or rotatable center logo.
SilentiumPC has updated their heavyweight cooler lineup with the Grandis 3 and Grandis 3 EVO ARGB. These hefty dual-tower coolers feature a value-focused design, but considering we have seen high-end coolers humbled by cost-effective competitors in the past, anything can happen.
The Zalman CNPS17X is an eye-catching single-tower CPU cooler that follows in the footsteps of the CNPS20X, its larger sibling. It makes use of the same 4D stereoscopic corrugated fins and is equipped with a dual-blade spider ARGB fan, both of which contribute to its unique look. However, considering its price tag of $69, it faces some seriously stiff competition.
be quiet! has updated their Pure Rock line of CPU coolers with the Pure Rock 2. Coming in two distinct versions, one silver and the other black, this single-tower design is whisper quiet without sacrificing overall performance, which makes it ideal for the silence-focused crowd.