A CPU cooler is device designed to draw heat away from the system CPU and other components in the enclosure. Using a CPU cooler to lower CPU temperatures improves efficiency and stability of the system. Adding a cooling device, however, can increase the overall noise level of the system.
Air CPU Coolers
The CPU cooler may consist of a heat sink (a component designed to lower the temperature of an electronic device by dissipating heat into the surrounding air) or combination of a heat sink and fan. These cooling systems are generally referred to as air cooling and are often used in conjunction with systems that are designed to improve airflow.
Liquid CPU Cooling
Another type of CPU cooling is called liquid cooling, where liquid circulates liquid through small pipes in a heat sink, drawing heat from the CPU to a dedicated radiator located on the system case or enclosure, where it is released into the ambient air outside of the system. The cooled liquid travels back through the system to the CPU to continue the process.
Other Cooling Methods
Other CPU cooling methods include software cooling where software is used to access and control the CPU's power-saving technology.
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
The following facts and statistics capture the changing landscape of cloud computing and how service providers and customers are keeping up with... Read More »Facts about Computer Science: Education and Jobs
The following computer science facts and statistics provide a quick introduction to the changing trends in education and related careers. Read More »Texting & Chat Abbreviations
From A3 to ZZZ this guide lists 1,500 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Read More »
Learn about each of the five generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that we use... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
Computer architecture provides an introduction to system design basics for most computer science students. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
Networking fundamentals teaches the building blocks of modern network design. Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and... Read More »