The manufacturers of CPU cooling solutions seem to have struck a gold vein. Becoming ever faster, modern processors have reached such a high level of heat dissipation as to require quite sophisticated cooling devices. It is now hard to imagine a cooler for latest CPU models that wouldn’t use high-conductivity materials like copper. Heat pipes and other special tricks are also employed in overclocker-friendly cooling systems, while not so long ago all-aluminum coolers could keep the processor cool. This means that making efficient CPU coolers has become an interesting and profitable business – just because the average price of the cooler has been constantly growing up.
A confirmation of this trend is that many hardware manufacturers have extended their product ranges to include cooling systems of their own design. As a result, the CPU cooler market has become more variegated with many new companies offering technologically interesting solutions.
Less traditional ways to cool the CPU have also gained more popularity recently. Particularly, liquid-cooling systems are enjoying a much higher demand nowadays because besides high efficiency they work quieter than traditional coolers, having no need for high-speed fans. Another factor contributing to the popularization of liquid cooling is that such systems have become much easier to use. PC enthusiasts once used to assemble them manually out of parts from different manufacturers, even from those who were not even associated with computers. Today, on the contrary, there are many “ready to fly” liquid-cooling systems that sometimes even include the liquid to fill the system with, i.e. they simplify the installation process as much as possible.
The number of manufacturers offering such coolers has increased, too. New names have appeared besides such renowned companies as Asetek, Innovatek and Swiftech. And for our today’s tests we’ve got a system from Corsair which is a new player in the field, too.
Yes, the name of this company is well known to each advanced user. It is the name of one of the leading manufacturers of overclocker-friendly memory modules. But now the company has added a liquid-cooling system to its product range. It’s called COOL.