CPU Cooler Shootout: Ep. 2 featuring ID-Cooling IS-50 and IS-60

Extra holiday time means more time for CPU cooler testing!  Following up with the IS-40 v3, today we are adding the IS-50 and IS-60 to the mix.  These are larger than the IS-40 and round out the high end for ID-Cooling’s Iceland (IS) series.  Be sure to check out the video on Youtube and give your feedback either in the comments there or on our forum discussion.  

Let’s Start! CPU Cooler Shootout Episode 1 begins with the ID-Cooling IS-40 v3

It is quite long overdue but it’s finally time to get this party started.  Today marks the first episode of the new SFFn CPU Cooler shootout.  We’re starting off with ID-Cooling’s IS-40 v3, but there will be plenty more being added to the list in the coming months.  Be sure to check out the video on Youtube and give your feedback either in the comments there or on our forum discussion.  
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SilverStone’s SX700-PT – Mini Platinum Goodness

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Guest Review: Mini-Box’s M350

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SilverStone’s VT01 – TJ07-esque uSFF!

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