Amazon Basics CPU Cooler Review: Quiet Air Cooling for Mainstream Rigs
Amazon may have started selling books before becoming the world’s largest online retailer selling just about anything. But part of that rise includes the introduction of the Amazon Basics line, designed to offer commonly used items like batteries, trash bags, and towels at affordable prices.
The brand’s success has moved it closer to the realm of PC hardware, including basic electronics such as USB cables and wall chargers. And finally this year, Amazon has partnered with Cooler Master Amazon Basics Computer Cooling Fan with Cooler Master Technology further expands its lineup with air coolers listed on the site with complex keywords..
At $28.49 USD, this basic air cooler is cheaper than a gas tank, but does it really work? We’ll have to do some testing to see if it works well enough best cooler List, but let’s take a look at Amazon’s specs first.
|Manufacturer’s suggested retail price||$28.49 USD|
|Heat sink material||aluminum|
|Socket compatibility||Intel: LGA 1700, 1200, 115x|
|AMD: AM5, AM4|
|base||Direct touch copper heat pipe|
|Maximum TDP (our test)||~200W|
If it’s not obvious from the name Amazon Basics Computer Cooling Fan with Cooler Master Technology, the Amazon Basics CPU cooler is effectively a rebranded Cooler Master product. The included user manual lists the model number as RR-H410-20PC-AS, which is roughly the same as the Cooler Master’s model number. Hyper H410R RGBThe specs are the same as that product, so it’s basically a more affordable rebranding of the H410R RGB.
Packing and inclusions
The Amazon Basics CPU Cooler arrives very quickly. Basic Small brown box, efficiently packed. Remove the top to reveal an accessory box, and remove it to reveal a cooler protected by molded foam.
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- 240mm radiator and CPU block
- heat sink
- Installing the latest AMD and Intel platforms
- RGB adapter
- thermal paste
- Installation guide
- safety manual
Installing the Amazon basics cooler was fairly easy, but not always easy.
1. Attach the Intel mounting bar to the base of the cooler
2. Apply thermal paste.
3. Take the backplate and hold it firmly against the motherboard. While doing this, press the heatsink against the motherboard and screw it onto the backplate to secure it.
4. Fit the fan onto the heatsink and connect the PWM and RGB cords.
AmazonBasics CPU Cooler Features
At just 136.5mm tall, Amazon Basics CPU coolers fit into tight builds and are perfect for Micro ATX and Mini ITX systems.
4 direct contact heatpipes
Amazon Basics CPU coolers have four copper heat pipes in direct contact with the CPU, maximizing the efficiency of heat dissipation.
Hardware RGB controller
The lighting on this cooler uses an older 4-pin RGB standard that is no longer supported by some modern motherboards. The cooler includes a simple 3-button hardware lighting controller that allows you to change brightness, colors, and lighting patterns.
Stacked aluminum fin design
The cooling heatsink consists of 40 fins that are precisely stacked to increase the static pressure of the airflow.
DF0922512RFHN 92mm fan
Fans affect both cooling capacity and noise level, so it’s not just heatsinks and radiators. Amazon’s cooler includes a black 92mm fan with clear blades, listed as model DF0922512RFHN on the label.
|fan rotation speed||600-2000RPM|
|air flow||Up to 34.73 CFM|
|air pressure||Up to 1.86mm H2O|
|Rated noise||Up to 30dBA|
|Bearing type||rifle bearing|
With previous generation CPUs for coolers, it was fairly easy to keep flagship i9 processors well below TJ max (the maximum temperature a CPU can sustain without throttling) under demanding workloads, but current generation CPUs ( and especially 13900K) without extreme cooling (or with power capping enabled).
In the past, there was concern about CPU reaching peak temperatures. But enthusiasts will have to learn to accept high temperatures as “normal” while running demanding workloads on Raptor Lake and Ryzen 7000 CPUs. The latest AMD and Intel CPUs are designed to run fairly hot without problems, up to 95 degrees Celsius for AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs and up to 100 degrees Celsius for Intel’s Core i9-13900K. Similar behavior has been the norm in laptops for years due to cooling limitations in tight spaces.
Additionally, Intel’s Core i9-13900K supports Adaptive Boost Technology (ABT), which allows Core i9 processors to dynamically boost to higher all-core frequencies based on available thermal headroom and electrical conditions. can. This allows multi-core loads to run up to 5.5 GHz with the required amount of heat dissipation. This feature works in an aggressive hot-seeking manner. If the chip detects that it is operating below the 100°C threshold, it will increase performance and power consumption until it hits the safe 100°C limit, maintaining higher clocks (which provides better performance). increase).
The increased cooling challenges with Raptor Lake meant that we had to change some of the ways we test coolers. Some coolers were able to pass the Cinebench R23 multi-core test with Intel’s 12th Gen i9-12900K when the power cap was lifted (although only the most powerful models were able to pass that test ).with most liquid coolers all The air cooler I tested “failed” that test because the CPU hit TJ max in this scenario.
On Raptor Lake’s 13900K, not a single cooler has been able to keep the CPU below its max TJ in this test. Instead, look at total benchmark scores and sustained clock speeds to compare performance.
Asus’ TUF Gaming Z690 Gaming Plus WIFI motherboard is used to test Intel’s i9-13900K CPU. Cooler Master’s HAF 700 Berserker Case fans are limited to 35% speed. The motherboard’s default fan curve is used for the CPU cooler fan.
In addition to testing Cinebench with no power cap applied, we also show the results of limiting the CPU power consumption to a more reasonable 200W. We also show the results at 125W for those who prefer very quiet cooling at the expense of some performance. For both of these results, we show the traditional delta result versus ambient temperature.
Sound level measurements recorded using a PSPL25 sound meter are provided for all three power levels tested to compare the noise produced by each cooler in different scenarios.Most coolers are effective at 125W expected to run quietly.
LGA1700 socket bend
Keep in mind that besides the CPU cooler, there are many other factors that affect cooling performance, such as the case you use and the fans attached to the case. Your system’s motherboard can also affect this. Especially if the motherboard is bent, the cooler will have poor contact with the CPU.
To prevent bending from affecting the cooling results, Thermalright’s LGA 1700 contact frame was attached to the test rig. If the motherboard is subject to bending, the thermal results will be worse than those shown below. Not all motherboards are affected by this issue. We tested the Raptor Lake CPUs on two motherboards. One of them showed a significant thermal improvement after installing his Thermalright’s LGA1700 contact frame, while the other motherboard had no difference in temperature at all!For more information see the contact frame review Please look.
|CPU||Intel Core i9-13900K|
|Tested comparison air cooler||Amazon Basic CPU cooler|
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|motherboard||Asus TUF Gaming Z690 Plus Wi-Fi DDR5|
|RAM||Kingston Fury DDR5-6000|
|GPUs||Intel ARC A770 LE|
|case||Cooler Master HAF 700 Berserker|
|PSUs||Cooler Master XG Plus 850 Platinum PSU|
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