Air Coolers In-Depth
There are all sorts of options for keeping your processor chilled, but air coolers remain the cheapest and easiest and most versatile option.
You can spend between £10 and £100 on an air cooler, and choose huge heatsinks with multiple fans or fan-free models for pure silence. Vast units are ideal for overclocking, and smaller cooler slot inside small-form-factor systems.
Our guide explains how these important components function – and gives you an overview of the entire market. We've also picked out some of our favourite coolers.
Introducing the Alpenföhn Olymp, clocking in at 165mm tall and with a twin tower system using two 140 mm fans. The Olymp is a heavyweight champion providing up to 340W TDP of cooling performance.
Olymp is specifically designed to provide maximum compatibility with tall heat spreaders on performance memory modules. The shape of the Olymp has been carefully considered to allow great airflow to the CPU cooler but also to draw air around the high heat output sections of the mainboard and memory modules.
The new aerodynamically optimized fin geometry already introduced with our ATLAS cooler offers a perfect match with the 2 premium fans and ensures a best possible symbiosis of noise and performance.
A speed of 300rpm up to 1400rpm generates a balanced performance ratio to always offer enough resources for any situation in your system - It´s your choice from maximum overclocking to deep silence!
The included high performance TIM "Permafrost" completes this high-end package and ensures a maximum performance on sockets 2011, 2011-v3, 1366 115x (compatible to Skylake), 775, AM3(+), AM3, AM2(+), AM2 and FM1.
The new BitFenix Spectre Xtreme fans offer many features redefining the standards of cooling fans. Spectre Xtreme gives you the best performance and aesthetics using the latest in cooling fan technology and innovative designs.
Cooling fans used in liquid cooling systems not only need to have a high airflow but also they need to be optimised for static pressure. The newly designed blades of the Spectre Xtreme not only look good but also improve the airflow of the fan to 66CFM while maintaining optimum static pressure. This makes the Spectre Xtreme fans an ideal choice for liquid cooling solutions.
BitFenix Spectre Xtreme is engineered to provide an extremely silent performance. Use of high quality Fluid Dynamic Bearings have reduced the noise levels while increasing the efficiency and life expectancy of the fans. Carrying on the signature dual frame design of the Spectre series, the new Spectre Xtreme frame design provides a high level of noise dampening due to the use of TPU the construction of the frame.The result is a fan that can operate at different fan speeds from 950RPM to 2000RPM.
The aggressively designed Spectre Xtreme comes in a wide variety of colours and options. The black Spectre Xtreme comes without any installed LEDs, while the Blue, Green, Red and White ones do. Special care has been taken to match the Green LED with the light emitted from NVIDIA GeForce GTX stock coolers. Adding to the customisability of the Spectre Xtreme, the illuminations can be toggled with the jumper cable.