There was a time when liquid-cooling a computer chip was considered to be "extreme", something you'd only see hardcore enthusiasts or overclockers doing. It took a lot of work, often with custom parts for most of the build as there were no specialized commercial products available at the time. Radiators were modified heater cores extracted from cars, CPU blocks were rare and occasionally machined into local workshops using a copper block and a lathe, while high-performance tubing came from shops with medical supplies. That time has long since passed, and today we have a roundup of 14 all-in-one liquid coolers; join us as we discover which ones rise to the top and which ones sink into the abyss.
Extra performance is always welcome, whether that is CPU performance, memory performance, SSD performance or GPU performance. It makes it a lot more worthwhile if the performance comes...10 by Ian Cutress on 1/8/2014
When Swiftech offered to provide us with the materials to build a full custom loop, we couldn't resist.108 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2013
An enclosure built from the ground up for custom liquid cooling loops is actually a fairly rarefied thing. Why wouldn't it be? Building a custom loop is expensive and...63 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/16/2013
It's been a little while since we've had a Puget Systems desktop in, and so far we haven't yet tested any of their big dog gaming machines. Everything else...72 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/24/2011