As announced at Computex earlier this year, Noctua have been working on their next-generation of cooling fans for the last few years and they, along with a host of new accessorises, are finally set to launch. The new cooling fans themselves are collectively known as the A-Series and today we will be looking at the models most likely to be used by home consumers - the 200mm 'NF-A20' and the slimline 120mm 'NF-A12x15'. Whilst Noctua's chosen naming convention can initially seem bewildering, it's somewhat necessary given the wide range of cooling products that they actually produce and sell to varying markets.
While we have seen plenty of cases from Game Max over the last few months, the Iceberg 240 marks the first time we have seen a CPU cooler from the company – be it of the liquid or air variety. What makes the Iceberg 240 so appealing is definitely the price, as at £59.99 this is the cheapest 240mm liquid cooler I have reviewed in the last three years.
The Raijintek Thetis is a larger version of the Metis, allowing you to use a full-size ATX board, PSU, a fairly long GPU, and even a 240 mm radiator. While all that may not sound interesting on paper, considering the compact size of the Thetis, we are eager to take a look.
Over the weekend we started seeing stories that AMD Radeon Vega 64 air cooled models could get 43.5 MH/s at just 130 Watts of power when mining Ethereum using Claymore’s miner. His numbers got us interested in seeing what was going on though, so we grabbed our well known Kill A Watt P3 P4400 series power meters that we've used for over 15 years and our Vega graphics cards to see what all the hubbub is about. We'll also be trying out the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition for the very first time for this article. We just got this card and want to see how far we can push it!
Having recently experienced an older Corsair CPU watercooler literally pop it's hose and spray coolant shmoo all over the box and leak across the floor (wasn't even installed!) I'm leaning back towards air coolers these days. This failure analysis of a Swiftech H220 on LinusTechTips.com from a few years back highlights that age old ism... the more complicated you make it, the easier it is to break/fail. Thankfully, when air coolers fail, they at least kind of fail-safe. If they're still partially attached, the metal can still dissipate some heat.
The idea behind the Corsair Commander Pro control unit is pretty straightforward. If you build a new PC with a bunch of Corsair peripherals that use the Corsair Link ecosystem you will find you are spoiled for choice. You could well use a Hydro All In One liquid cooler on your CPU (and perhaps another Hydro on your graphics card), a handful of HD120/HD140 RGB fans, a Link enabled power supply and a few Node lighting strips. Add that lot together and you may well run out of USB headers on your motherboard, and will also have a bunch of extra cables and control units to install and keep tidy.
This is where the Corsair Commander Pro comes into the equation. You simply connect the captive USB 2.0 cable on the Commander Pro to an internal header on your motherboard and power the device with the captive SATA cable. Both cables are long enough to give a good degree of flexibility when you install the Commander Pro inside your PC. Install the latest version of Corsair’s Link software and you’re ready to start connecting your accessories.
Thanks to its low height, very good performance and almost inaudible noise levels the brand new Shadow Rock TF 2 Top Down CPU Cooler by be quiet! should be your number one choice for use in compact cases where size is an issue.
The Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" is a flagship CPU water block featuring hundreds of customization options, built-in addressable RGB lighting with a dedicated controller, and industry-new 125 micron thick fins. It is aimed at modders and enthusiasts alike and has the performance to back it up.
We test and review the Gigabyte ATC700 AORUS processor cooler. The cooler is setup in a robust push-pull configuration and has three massive direct contact heatpipes as well as being RGB lighting configurable.
CRYORIG joins the RGB craze with the H7 Quad Lumi. Based on the wildly popular and successful H7 cooler, this new offering keeps everything you love about the original while improving performance and making it light up the night.
"I found both of FSP's first CPU coolers to be outstanding products, with capable cooling performance enhanced greatly by very low noise output. Indeed, my only complaint with them was the slightly inconvenient nature of the rubber-like fan mounts after heatsink installation on the CPU - though these did seem to cut down on vibration noise based on my results with both coolers. FSP's mounting hardware is outstanding, resulting in a secure fit, and I'll add that AM4 support out of the box is a plus as well."
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have tested the Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU cooler. This cooler is one of three coolers from the Noctua AM4 special edition. We have tested the cooler on a ryzen 7 1700 system.
Eric Strebel hacks an old extruded aluminum Dell heatsink to mount onto the back of his Panasonic Lumix GF7 camera, which he says was overheating enough during extended photo shots that it would turn itself off.
It's a simple approach using the materials available on hand, so I don't want to come across as overly critical here.... but
- Thermal gap filler would help bridge the void between the plastic(?) shell of the Lumix GF7 camera and the extruded aluminum heatsink base. Arctic make a 50x50mm thermal pad for $12 that would work well in this application. Not a fan of Amazon at all, but you can find it there.
- Using a drill press as a cheap milling machine. I've tried this with a X-Y vise stage too... what ends up happening is the side-load forces from the milling cutter loosen the drill chuck's morse taper to the point the entire chuck and endmill falls out of the drill press. If this is your only option, stop every now and then and re-seat the chuck firmly with a wooden block. Only take very light cuts.
Thermaltake has improved something which makes absolutely no difference to the cooling performance of a processor liquid cooling system... sorry folks, if it doesn't improve cooling in some manner, it's worth a big resounding "meh."
coeThermaltake, a leading brand in PC cooling solutions, today introduced the latest Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator for advanced watercooled gaming systems. This high-performance 360mm radiator is built for 120mm high-static pressure fans, and utilizes the cutting-edge thermal technique with a 16.8 million colors LED strip. The radiator is manufactured from premium-quality German zinc alloy aluminum and aerospace-grade materials that provide exceptional performance, unrivalled reliability. The exclusively designed LED strip comes with 12 addressable LEDs sets (two single LEDs per set) that are controlled by the Riing Plus RGB Software. Functions within the software also allow users to monitor fan performance and track CPU temperature. Most importantly, the integrated G1/4" threads are optimized for easy installation, while rigid connections ensure leak-resistant measures are in place. With an ideal mounting, fitting and flow set-up, the radiator meets your cooling needs in every way. Thermaltake Pacific RL360 Plus RGB Radiator is now available for purshase on the TT Premium online shop.
With the introduction of the CPU-390 series blocks, Koolance improved on their CPU-380 series block design. The CPU-390 was designed with a different flow design in it top cap with the inlet port closer to the block center. Further, the micro-channel design in the base plate was enhanced with finer grain channels, dramatically increasing the surface area through which the coolant pass through the baseplate. The block under review is their Intel CPU-390CI water block, featuring a factory installed Intel mounting kit as well as a full nickel-plated copper top. With an MSRP of $89.99, the CPU-390CI waterblock comes at a premium price for the premium performance it offers.