Central Processing Units, or CPUs for short, have not always needed extravagant cooling. There were times when a small heatsink, passively cooling the CPU, would be more than sufficient. Then as time went on, bigger heatsinks were needed and then eventually, fans were necessary to actively cool these ‘monsters’ of performance.
Things and times have changed but the more things change, the more they remain the same. We now have faster, more robust CPUs but we still need proper cooling in order to keep them functioning correctly. The majority of persons will simply use a computer and accept its performance for what it is worth. However, there are others that are in (believe it or not) a vast minority, that will venture into the realm of overclocking.
With the advent of overclocking, the need to squeeze out every last drop of performance comes at a price. That price is the additional heat generated and the need for better cooling. The stock heatsink that comes with a processor is good enough to cool the CPU at stock and maybe also with a mild overclock. However, for most overclockers, mild just is not going to cut it.
We all want the performance but not many are willing to do what it takes to achieve it. That is where aftermarket coolers come into play. There is a plethora of choices and to each his own, but today I will be reviewing two in particular.