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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST COOLER OF 2020

Last updated on February 21st, 2020 at 08:47 am

Gone are the days when a cooler’s only requirement was to keep your CPU at a safe temperature. With the advent of liquid cooling, RGB and advanced control systems, coolers can be a thing of beauty.

Zalman CNPS20X and CNPS17X: Noctua didn’t see this coming!

We have two coolers from Zalman that share the designation CNPS which stands for Computer Noise Prevention System. The cheaper Zalman CNPS17X is rated at 200W and employs a single 140mm fan, while the Zalman CNPS20X is rated at 300W and uses a dual tower design with two 140mm fans. The fans are PWM items that are rated to 1,500rpm with Fluid Dynamic Bearings and they also include Digital 5V RGB lighting.

 

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Deepcool Assassin III Air Cooler Review

The Deepcool Assassin III was first seen at CES 2019 and is marketed as the direct competitor to the Noctua NH-D15, which has been the best in class for what seems an eternity. Deepcool claim the Assassin III should perform better than the Noctua by at least 1°C in a typical case installation scenario at 200W TDP. This may sound like a big claim, but you must remember the NH-D15 was released way back in 2014, so we would hope thermal transfer technology has moved on since then.

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Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO

The Freezer 34 eSports DUO is one of Arctic's more recent coolers. Compared to more expensive air coolers of late, the Freezer 34 is a compact design with four heat pipes and fifty-four fin configuration.

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Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240EX

Deepcool is a Chinese manufacturer of PC cooling solutions, cases and power supplies. Today, we will be looking at one of the latest additions from their extensive range of cooling products - the Deepcool Castle 240EX, which is a partially RGB-lit All-In-One liquid cooler (since RGB lighting is only applied to the pump and not the fans) from their line of Gamer Storm branded products.

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Arctic Liquid Freezer II

The Liquid Freezer II is a follow up to Arctic's original Liquid Freezer range of AIO coolers. With some interesting features on show, the Liquid Freezer II will attempt to knock our current best performing all-in-one cooler, the Deepcool Castle 240EX off its throne when we put it through its paces on our test bench later.

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