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In this review Frostytech is checking out the boxy BeQuiet's Shadow Rock 2 heatsink which stands 159mm tall and weighs in at 1120grams. This heatsink has a footprint of 122x122mm without a fan, 122x149mm with the supplied 1600-800rpm, 120mm PWM fan installed. BeQuiet's Shadow Rock Slim heatsink stands 159mm tall and has a footprint of 130x74mm so it will fit most motherboards where space between the memory slots and videocard is on the tight side. The Dark Rock 3 stands 159mm tall and weighs in at 976 grams. Built around six, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a large aluminum fin stack, the Dark Rock 3 is rated to heat loads up to 190W TDP. Bearing close resemblance to the Prolimatech Megahalems Frostytech tested a few years back, the Eclipse IV heatsink is a bifurcated-tower cooler from heatsink manufacturer 'X2 Products' a brand offshoot of Spire Corp. The Eclipse IV heatsink is rated to a maximum cooling capacity of 220W by its makers and at first glance has the gravitas to back that claim up.
Weighing 1,320 grams with both fans installed, Noctua's NH-D15 heatsink is big. It stands 162mm tall and has a footprint of 151x161mm so prospective buyers will want to measure their case clearances first. It's six heat pipes are soldered to the nickel plated copper base plate and aluminum cooling fins; overall the fit and finish is top notch.
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Thu: 10/23/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
How is the latest cooling fan from Deepcool? We tested one out in detail to see how it performs.
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° aphnetworks

Thu: 10/23/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"From the Eisberg to the Glacer to the Seidon, Cooler Master has been probably the most interesting entrant in the AiO cooling market. They have not pigeonholed themselves in the ways others have and have had a great diversity of offerings, both open and closed loop. Some have hit, some have missed, but their direction of producing better cooling has stayed true, and we have seen improvements through every successive generation."
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° hitechlegion

Thu: 10/23/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
With the Kraken X31, NZXT has an all-in-one watercooler in its portfolio, that comes with the a rather slim radiator and one 120 millimeter fan in the delivery. At a first look the design is looking good while you get a black radiator and a fan with white rotor. Overall we're now rather curious to find out what this cooler can do in terms of cooling and noise levels. ?
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° ocaholic

Thu: 10/23/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Many times when we get to test one of the latest CPU air coolers to hit the market i always point out that it's not really hard for a manufacturer to sit down and design one since the same basic concept has been used for well over two decades now. True the size and shape of a cooler may change but in the end performance is always tied with the total surface of a cooler and of course the supplied fan or fans that accompany it. What happens however when a manufacturer aims to release a completely passive CPU cooler? Well we've seen quite a few attempts in that field by some manufacturers but it wasn't until the excellent HR-22 (HighRiser series) by Thermalright that we really felt that you can have a small HTPC beast in your living room without having to worry about noise. Well today we'll be taking a closer look at what seems to be the successor to the HR-22 the Macho Zero
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° nikktech

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Today we are going to take a look at the latest all-in-one liquid CPU cooler from Cooler Master – the Nepton 240M. While Cooler Master may not be the first manufacturer that comes to mind when you think of all-in-one water coolers, they are starting to build a range of different product options in this category.
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° kitguru

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the new Cooler Master Nepton 240M all-in-one water cooling system to determine if it’s performance matches the claims. We compare performance for the Nepton 240M against two other popular dual-fan liquid coolers.

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
The Nepton 240M is a big liquid cooler with a price to match. We strapped it to TR's Casewarmer to see whether it could take the heat.
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° techreport

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Are you running with a reference AMD or Intel cooler? Are you feeling in the mood to upgrade? For those who have never done it before – how hard is it and is it worth the hassle? Kitguru TV Guru Leo Waldock takes a look at the process and just how much cooler the processor will run with a good third party cooler fitted. If you are still running with a stock cooler and want to make the move then our video should help!
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° kitguru

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
With the Silver Arrow IB-E, Thermalright has an impressive cooler in its portfolio. Equipped with the right fans this cooler wheighs more than one kilogram. This monster offers no less than eight heatpipes and they all have a diameter of six millimeter. At this point we now want to know what this giant cooler can do in the case of sheer cooling performance as well as noise level.
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° ocaholic

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"The Deepcool Maelstrom 120 arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the Maelstrom 120 AIO-Cooler with one 120mm Fan and a Single-Radiator compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i5 4670K CPU."
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° technic3d

Wed: 10/22/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"Outfitted with a ceramic bearing pump inside a high-density micro channel copper block, the liquid coolant is efficiently transferred to the aluminum fins of the radiator for maximum performance via the fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) tubing. Mount the two fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) 120mm fans and you have what looks to be a highly efficient AIO system to keep your CPU cool even during extreme gaming or heavy computing workloads."
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° neoseeker

Sun: 10/19/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
Another mini cube case hits our labs from Thermaltake. It's not an Urban or Element - this time we see the Core V1 Mini-ITX chassis. Come take a look now."
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° tweaktown

Sat: 10/18/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"The list of improvements include the use of direct contact heat pipes to improve efficiency, as Cooler Master has successfully used on other models. The D92 uses dual 92mm 4-pin PWM fans in a push / pull configuration to effectively move the air through the cooler, and the offset design keeps the dead air space behind the fan hubs to a minimum. The mounting system for the new fans is also impressive, as are the retained mounting screws on the base. This certainly makes the installation a fast and smooth operation. The D92 also comes with a convenient 4-pin splitter cable so you can plug into one CPU fan header and control both fans.”

Fri: 10/17/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Gelid are one of the leading names in the cooling market, so much so that we extensively use their Gelid Extreme thermal paste in all of our CPU cooler benchmarks for a good reason; as do many other people around the world. Gelid do much more than create thermal paste however, and today we have the Gelid SpeedTouch 6 fan controller at our disposal. The SpeedTouch 6 is designed for those who want to get a better command on their system performance, allowing you to tweak fan levels for maximum cooling performance or minimum noise, while also monitoring internal temperatures of your system components; something that can prove vital for overclocking and maintaining a stable system. There are a fair few fan controllers on the market, so it can be quite tricky to find one that is suitable for your build. That being said, they’re often quite similar and a lot of the time it can simply boil down to aesthetic choices when you pick your fan controller. The Gelid SpeedTouch 6 does promise nice aesthetics thanks to a back-lit touch screen panel, but it’s also well equipped in general as it comes with long cables, six fan connectors, six temperature sensors and aluminium construction.
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° eteknix

Fri: 10/17/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Bigger is always better and Thermaltake keeps with that thinking with its Water 3.0 AIO (All-In-One) CPU cooler. Thermaltake expands it radiator system to an impressive 360mm's worth of liquid cooling. What is probably most impressive though is it does not have a ton of other generally useless blinky light features.
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° hardocp

Thu: 10/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"Swiftly coming back to the lager and fully tested fans, I was apathetic about the S12B. Unfortunately, it is in the middle of the road. It cools well enough, perhaps even very well considering its size, but it just doesn't stand out. Where the S12B fails to really catch attention, the larger redux fans steal the spotlight. What may have impressed me the most is the proximity to the A15 that the P14's came. Dealing out nearly identical performance with a lower price tag and older technology. Although, to be fair, the A15 is considerably more quiet. On that note, if there were to be any one flaw, it is that the redux fans are really not all that silent when stressed. The older redux fans were once replaced by quieter fans that had similar performance and it shows (if only the slightest bit). However, with that in mind, the noise that the redux fans make is still rather low in tone, pleasant to the ear like a gust of wind."

Wed: 10/15/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink

2014 could be the year of the small desktop. An ever growing number of motherboard manufacturers are introducing Mini ITX boards, and a lot of new cases are being put on the market. We thought this called for a new test on Hardware.Info of this form factor with a new test platform.

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° hardware

Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Noctua today introduced several new additions to its popular A-series of premium quality quiet fans. While the new NF-A9 and NF-A8 models succeed the award-winning NF-B9 and NF-R8, the NF-A4x10 5V is a dedicated 5V version of the renowned NF-A4x10. All models feature Noctua's proprietary AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels and come with full 6 years manufacturers warranty.

"The NF-R8 and NF-B9 have become well established references in the field of quiet 80 and 92mm fans and it took us almost 3 years of development to achieve consistently better efficiency", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're very happy with how the NF-A8 and NF-A9 turned out in the end, they really push the limits in their fields."

Featuring all of Noctua's latest technologies such as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A9 and NF-A8 provide higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than their much acclaimed predecessors, which will continue to be available via Noctua's redux line.

Whereas the NF-A8 will be available in PWM (2200rpm max.), FLX (2000/1650/1200rpm) and ULN (1400/1000rpm) variants, the NF-B9 will be available as PWM (2000rpm max.) and FLX (1600/1250/1050rpm) models.

"Feedback on our NF-A4x10 40mm fan has been excellent, yet both end users and industry clients have asked for a 5V version", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "Many devices such as network or storage solutions use 5 volt 40mm fans, so with the new NF-A4x10 5V, we now have a solution for these types of applications."

With its 5V operating voltage, super-quiet 17.9dB(A) noise rating and the included OmniJoin™ adaptor set that makes it compatible with proprietary fan headers, the NF-A4x10 5V is ideal for replacing noisy or broken 5V 40mm fans.

Like all A-series fans, the new NF-A9, NF-A8 and NF-A4x10 models come with integrated anti-vibration pads and a wide range of accessories such as anti-vibration mounts, extension cables and Low-Noise Adaptors. Their superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua's trusted premium quality make them an elite choice for the highest demands.

Prices and availability All the new models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows: NF-A9 (PWM / FLX): EUR 17.90 / USD 20.90 NF-A8 (PWM / FLX / ULN): EUR 15.90 / USD 17.90 NF-A4x10 5V: EUR 12.90 / USD 15.90

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° noctua

Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Yet another Mugen arrives for testing. Scythe has revamped one of their best selling coolers to offer the Mugen Max. Come take a look at Chad's review."
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° tweaktown

Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
October happens to be one of my favorite months of the year since it marks the beginning of winter the season which is very kind to most electrical and electronic devices out there. For me winter means i can perform tests a lot easier not only because low temperatures in the lab are always welcome (especially when testing coolers) but also because we can achieve higher and more stable overclocks compared to the much hotter summer season (at least without having to worry about turning the AC on). Of course the arrival of winter doesn't mean people should feel free to "neglect" getting proper cooling for their systems (house temperatures are never as low as the ones outside after all) so we haven't really stopped searching around to bring all of you reviews of the most intriguing CPU coolers to hit the market and today with us we have the latest offering by our old friends over at Scythe called the Mugen MAX (SCMGD-1000).
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° nikktech

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