Best Cheap CPU Coolers Benchmarked: Deepcool AK400 Review

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The affordable Deepcool AK400 tower cooler is the next in a recent trend of cheap, high-performing CPU air coolers. If you’re building a new gaming PC soon, our CPU cooler benchmarks will help you pick the best air cooler (or liquid cooler) for the job. The AK400 air cooler competes vs. the Vetroo V5, Thermalright’s Assassin Spirit, and higher-end coolers like the Arctic Freezer 34 Esports.

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00:00 – DeepCool AK400 CPU Cooler
03:20 – Best Budget CPU Cooler Alternatives
04:26 – Mechanical Design
06:20 – Fan Design
08:13 – Dimensions & Case Compatibility
09:25 – Packing & Mounting Hardware
10:32 – Installation Process & Packaging
11:48 – Pressure Scanner Results
12:51 – Cold Plate Surface Flatness
13:52 – Thermals: 68W Noise-Normalized Benchmark
15:31 – Thermals: 68W 100% Fan Speed Test
16:32 – Thermals: 123W Noise-Normalized Benchmark
17:47 – Thermals: 123W 100% Fan Speed Test
18:48 – Conclusion & Best CPU Coolers

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Host, Test Lead, Writing: Steve Burke
Testing: Mike Gaglione
Writing: Michael Kerns
Additional Editing: Andrew Coleman

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