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What's the Best CPU Cooler?

Computer cooling is important for safe operation of computer components. Set up a computer cooling system that uses a CPU temperature monitor, heatsink compound, or more. WhatÂ’s the best CPU cooler?

Processors are hot! Literally, they can get very, very hot. Cooling is needed as you can boil water on a running processor. This amount of heat however is not a good thing. So, we use different methods of CPU cooling to keep it running at lower temperatures. From basic heat sink cooling and heatsink compound treatments, to CPU water cooling, to extreme liquid nitrogen cooling, it has all been tried. Let's take a look at the three main methods.

CPU Cooling

Heat sinks transfer energy (also recognized as heat) from one component to another, which has a lower temperature and greater heat capacity.

Efficient heat sinks are necessary for overclocked computer systems because of the need for higher cooling rates (to stabilize the computer operations). Heatsink compound (also known as thermal grease) is often used to help disperse or dissipate a component's heat.

A highly efficient computer cooling system allows faster operation and higher performance.

Check out the links below to learn more about each method.

  1. Heat Sink Cooling - CPU cooling with heatsinks only.

  2. Water Cooling - CPU cooling using water.

  3. Extreme Cooling - CPU cooling using extreme methods.

If you are concerned about overheating, consider installing or checking your computer cooling by using a CPU temperature monitor program. CPU temperature monitoring software interfaces with the motherboard sensor and fan control circuits to control and adjust system environmental conditions.

There are a number of freeware programs available online; however the best CPU temperature monitor for your system is likely to be found with your motherboard manufacturer, many of whom offer the software for free with their components.

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When looking for heatsink reviews, people tend to look for one of three types of heatsinks. Some look for passive cooling solutions, some are looking for extreme heatsink cooling, and others look for a balance. If you are not happy with the stock heatsinks that are included with your CPU, then you are in the right place.

Cooler Master Hyper Z600

Cooler Master Hyper Z600Cooler Master recently released the Hyper Z600. This heatsink is designed to run in either passive mode with no fans, a single fan to push air through, or with dual fans for a push/pull configuration.

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Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Thermalright Ultra 120 ExtremeThe Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme has been around for awhile now, and continues to be one of the best CPU coolers on the market. Its proven design and high quality craftsmanship has kept it there. I'll take a look here at what makes this such a great heatsink.

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