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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. Standing just 69mm tall, the Raijintek Pallas CPU cooler is probably the largest low profile heatsink Frostytech as tested in recent memory.
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Sat: 04/12/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world’s leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, proves once again that great ideas can push the air cooling market further. After releasing the successful „Dead Silence“ case fan series, which innovated the market thanks to its great performance and dual-material design, Aerocool now presents the "Air Force" case fan series. The new series features energy-efficient fan blade design and the Air Circulator attachment for guided airflow and intense cooling.
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Sat: 04/12/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
“The double-tower Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU cooler comes with two preinstalled quiet SilentWings fans that bring both high performance and quiet operation to your PC where it really counts. They are designed for both overclocked systems and demanding multi-graphics platforms. Read on to see if the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 with 250W TDP will offer the low temperatures and peak performance we are looking for in an air cooler.”
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Thu: 04/10/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
All-In-One or "AIO" CPU coolers have become the go-to cooling system for many [H]'ers out there. A quality AIO setup offers its users what is usually a quick and simple liquid cooling solution that many find superior to air cooling solutions on the whole. The Glacer 240L is not the run-of-the-mill AIO cooling solution at all; its "Semi-DIY."
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Thu: 04/10/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
As with all Be Quiet products, silence is their primary goal. They could easily place an insanely high-RPM fan on the Dark Rock Pro 3 so it places high on benchmark graphs and call it a day, but that would betray their philosophy. While their flagship cooler does not take top spot in the cooling charts, the silence is undeniable no matter what speed you choose to run the fans at.
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Thu: 04/10/2014Topic: CPU / Processors    PermaLink
"The AM1 Platform takes APU technology and looks to keep costs as low as possible while maximising performance and features in the budget market. Today we take a look at MSIs AM1I motherboard along with AMDs $59 Athlon 5350 APU."
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Tue: 04/08/2014Topic: CPU / Processors    PermaLink
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Asetek has let word slip that its liquid cooling technology is being used to cool AMD’s latest flagship graphics card - the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. Boasting 8 gigabytes of memory and over 11 teraflops of computing power, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is the first graphics card reference design ever to ship with an advanced closed-loop water cooling system. The Asetek-developed liquid cooling system on the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card delivers significant benefits for the performance-hungry enthusiast, hardcore gamer or Bitcoin miner. Users will appreciate the unobtrusive noise, low GPU and component temperatures, and blistering performance - right out of the box.

“Today’s high-end graphic cards pack insane amounts of power into a very small area and removing that heat is no small task. Utilizing our liquid cooling for graphics cards unlocks new opportunities for performance and low noise,” said André Sloth Eriksen, Founder and CEO of Asetek. “The fact that AMD has chosen Asetek liquid cooling for their reference cooling design is a testament to the reliability and performance of our technology.”

“As the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is the most powerful graphics card offered to date, we knew we needed an outstanding custom cooling solution for the AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics card,” said Matt Skynner of AMD. “Asetek’s liquid cooling embodies the efficient performance, reliability and reputation we were seeking in a partner. As GPUs become more powerful, the benefits of collaborating with Asetek and integrating our world-class technologies are clear.”

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card utilizes Asetek’s proven, maintenance free, factory sealed liquid cooling technology to cool the two powerful GPUs. This liquid cooling design ensures continuous stability even under full load. The card is easy to install and fits in most computer cases on the market today. With more than 1.5 million units in the field today, Asetek liquid cooling provides worry free operation to gamers and PC enthusiasts alike.


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Tue: 04/08/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Noctua today introduced its new flagship CPU cooler, the Noctua NH-D15 heatsink. Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 and carrying on its quest for ultimate quiet cooling performance, the NH-D15 is an elite-class dual tower cooler for the highest demands.

"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks", explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."

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Noctua's NH-D14 has received more than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making it one of the most successful premium heatsinks ever built. With its expanded layout and dual NF-A15 fans, the NH-D15 further improves the D14's much acclaimed quiet cooling performance.

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Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15's fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150mm and its heatpipes are now spaced further apart, which allows for a more uniform heat distribution over a larger surface area and thus contributes to the NH-D15's superior efficiency. Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high end RAM modules on the market.

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The NF-A15 premium fans supplied with the NH-D15 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua's proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NH-D15 forms a complete premium quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts alike.

Pricing and availability The NH-D15 will be available by mid-April at suggested retail prices of EUR 89.90 / USD 99.90.

About Noctua Designed in Austria, Noctua's premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 3000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua's fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.

Links Press-Release: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=news_list&news_id=91 Video: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productvideos&products_id=68

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Tue: 04/08/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Electronics-Cooling.com have a fascinating article about metal-diamond matrix heat spreaders for the thermal solutions industry. Essentially, the new technique creates a mixture of silver and synthetic diamonds which possess a thermal conductivity on the order of 600W/mK at a relatively reasonable manufacturing cost. The article focuses on the Silver-Diamond matrix (best performing), but Aluminum-Diamond and Copper-Diamond are also tested.
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Here's a quote from the article to whet your whistle; "The metal-diamond interface plays an extremely crucial role in diamond composites in regards to the thermal properties and stability of the composites. The interface must provide a mechanically stable bond between the diamond and the metal matrix but is also responsible for the heat transfer between the diamond and the metal. The custom alloys with specific alloying additions build carbides at the diamond providing such a thermally stable interface."

"The cost of the diamond composites is determined by the features necessary in a given application. As a rule of thumb diamond composites cost a factor of 2-3 higher than existing composite materials, as seen in Figure 5. "

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"Diamond composites have superior thermal conductivity and a CTE matching to that of the semiconductor materials. These advanced composite materials are capable of providing thermal management solutions at the heat spreader level for main applications such as lids for CPUs, heat sinks"



Tue: 04/08/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Deepcool brings to the table the Gamer Storm Gabriel. The Gamer Storm Gabriel is a low profile 120 mm cooler that boasts the power to cool down 100 watt TDP CPUs.
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Fri: 04/04/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Just a few years back you needed to spend a very respectable amount of money in order to take your first steps into watercooling and because of that even today serious watercooling solutions are considered to be a niche market aimed primarily at people who place cost beneath performance such as enthusiasts and overclockers. However today we have something that we didn't back then namely AIO (All-In-One) Liquid CPU Coolers that offer hassle-free installation and good performance levels at low prices making them ideal for use by regular consumers, gamers and even professionals alike. Naturally because the market for such devices is quite large many companies have released AIO models over the years one which is Antec and since they've been around since the beginning their solutions are without doubt amongst the ones at the top (largely thanks to their successful cooperation with Asetek). We have already reviewed their latest KUHLER H2O 650 and 950 AIO Liquid CPU Cooling Systems and today on our test bench we have the flagship 1250 model.
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Thu: 04/03/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Care of Fractalfoundation.org - "A fractal heat exchanger designed by Deb Pence at Oregon State University, and etched in silicon. Photo courtesy of Tanner Labs. Engineered fractals solve the challenge of fluid transport by copying the fractal patterns of our blood vessels and lungs. "




Thu: 04/03/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Repeat after me: "I am not as smart as I think I am."

These are words to live by, especially when buying surplus electronics without a spec sheet...from Active Surplus. Case in point --> this pair of 80x25mm Panaflo FBA08A12U 12v DC fans. These are server grade 80mm fans, but I incorrectly assumed I could "just" solder on a 3-pin fan connector and "just" punch down the RPM signal wire. The fans look like they SHOULD be wired up for RPM and Matsushita Electric simply left the cable out, but that's not the case.

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After wiring up an RPM signal wire to the Sense terminal behind the motor - nuthin. Bah! On motherboards with fan speed sensing, this means the fan constantly spins up and down because the computer thinks the impeller is bound. Aaargh!

Naturally, wiring the fan up to the 12v side of a full-size 4-pin molex connector (yellow+black wires) is the solution.

I am not as smart as I think I am.

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Thu: 04/03/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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"Graphene is a one-atom thick material that can move electrons and heat. And it is able to cling to copper. Apparently by sandwiching copper between layers of graphene, the heat created by the metal is decreased by 25 percent. When attached to copper, the graphene actually changes its structure in such a way that allows the heat to move more freely through the metal, instead of being trapped in it."

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Read: Thermal Properties of Graphene–Copper–Graphene Heterogeneous FilmsFrom the paper: "We demonstrated experimentally that graphene–Cu–graphene heterogeneous films reveal strongly enhanced thermal conductivity as compared to the reference Cu and annealed Cu films. Chemical vapor deposition of a single atomic plane of graphene on both sides of 9 µm thick Cu films increases their thermal conductivity by up to 24% near room temperature. Interestingly, the observed improvement of thermal properties of graphene–Cu–graphene heterofilms results primarily from the changes in Cu morphology during graphene deposition rather than from graphene’s action as an additional heat conducting channel. Enhancement of thermal properties of graphene-capped Cu films is important for thermal management of advanced electronic chips and proposed applications of graphene in the hybrid graphene–Cu interconnect hierarchies."

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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Thermaltake has just released the NiC L31 and NiC L32 CPU coolers, inspired from its name "non-interference cooler". These two heatsinks are fully compatible with motherboards of all kinds, ideally for power users who fill their RAM slots with taller high-end overclocked RAM. This also brings the air cooler industry another level towards silence, performance and compatibility.

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The Thermaltake NiC L31/ NiC L32 heatsink solves the problem that high performance RAM and CPU coolers cannot co-exist. The Tt heatsinks do this by  allowing RAM clearance. Furthermore, three 8mm Direct Contact Heat-pipes conduct the heat effectively, supportting heat loads of up to 160W (L32:180W). This ensures the best possible heat dissipation performance conducting heat effectively.

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Opening on the fins are designed not only for its distinctive looks but also for performance. The opening of the top fin extends to the opening of the bottom fin creating an even dissipation surface. The slim-looking fan frame is designed to avoid interference with other components on the motherboard achieving a low total height of only 140mm (L32:160mm). Spin speed from 500 - 1800rpm automatically. Additional fan can be added.

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NiC Series, the all new CPU air cooler design which features a slim tower side flow design, low profile PWM Fan, efficiently optimizes cooling performance while allowing optimized compatibility with RAM of all kinds and also enabling the user to adjust the fan speed more conveniently.

For more details:
Thermaltake NiC L31 heatsink -  http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002246
Thermaltake NiC L32 heatsink - http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002247


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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Water cooling has rapidly become the #1 choice for high end performance systems, be that custom loops that cost hundreds, even thousands of pounds to create, or simple and easy to use all-in-one units that just bolt right into your system. No matter which format you choose, it is common knowledge these days that water cooling units can beat air cooling into oblivion when it comes to improving system temperatures, reducing noise and improving overall system performance. Having a good water cooler can allow for extreme overclocking, or even just help keep your stock system running cooler and quieter, while also helping improve the lifespan of components such as your CPU. Put simply, water cooling is awesome. Corsair have long been dominant in the all-in-one water cooling market, their Hydro series is very successful thanks to its high end performance, not too crazy price tags and clean and tidy overall design, all of which have proved popular with system builders. Their latest effort is the H105, a 240mm design that features room for four fans (two included in the box), a sleek pump design and great flexibility thanks to its extensive CPU support and ease of use. Water cooling can be trick, but all-in-one units are no more difficult to fit than a tower air cooler, just screw it to your CPU, screw the fans and the radiator to the chassis, hook up the fans and you’re good to go. Can something so simple really be so great? With a price tag of around £90 / $110 / EUR 122, we certainly hope so. The specifications are pretty straight forward, a 240mm radiator that can hold two 120mm fans on each side, support for all major AMD and Intel socket types of recent years and a promise of high end performance, what’s not to love about that! So let’s get right to it and see what else the H105 has to offer.
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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Cooler Master's Nepton 280L is their broadside into the dual 140mm All in One CPU cooler segment. Against the likes of Corsair and NZXT, the Nepton does surprisingly well.
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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
Taking the countless ITX demands from their beloved community and ceremoniously discharging them from the windows, NZXT is proud to announce the latest member in the H family, the H4400.

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For almost a decade now, NZXT has consistently challenged the status quo to push innovation to the next level. After seeing the trend towards smaller form factor systems, NZXT has decided to do the unthinkable and release the next big thing. As the biggest chassis to ever hit the market, the H4400 measures in at an astounding 65” tall, 30” wide and 30” deep. With phenomenal support for literally any piece of computer hardware and even weeks-old leftovers, fresh produce and copious amounts of beverages, the H4400 is versatile enough to suit the needs of anybody.

Designed from the ground up for the best cooling performance possible, we’ve fully integrated an innovative refrigeration cooling system never before seen in the computer case industry directly into the chassis. Intuitive shelving rack shelving promotes astoundingly high airflow and intricate cable management solutions. The incredibly deep form factor allows graphics cards up to 30” or up to four gallons of milk in a row. Our patented PureTouch satin finish makes the H4400 incredibly soft to the touch.

The H4400 is available for preorder directly through NZXT Armory, for $1,999 USD.

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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Microcool is an Italian company which make bench tables and the Banchetto 101 is one of the best bench tables out there for hardware testing labs as well as extreme overclockers. It features all the possibilites for testing and benching hardware and an ability to mount hardware components directly out of the box is one of the main bench table features.
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Tue: 04/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Just in time for CES, Corsair announced to the world their latest edition to their Hydro liquid CPU cooling line – The H105. What makes this cooler special in comparison to their other offerings? This AIO cooler is still 240mm in size, but it is thicker than the rest. Corsair’s H105 is their first 240mm AIO cooler that measures 38mm thick versus the traditional 25-27mm thickness in other coolers. The results from the increased thickness should provide superior heat dissipation, which means this cooler should theoretically be an overclocker’s best friend...
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Sat: 03/29/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
If absolute performance is required, then I suggest replacing the fan with a much higher static pressure variety although if ultimately lower temperatures are really the priority, then getting a different cooler such as the higher-end Dark Rock Pro might be a better choice. Certain concessions have obviously been made to keep the price tag under $50 USD while delivering certain premium necessities that would facilitate a balanced silence oriented performance such as the lack of side padding inside the box and the use of a rifle bearing fan instead of FDB bearing fan. These are minor issues compared to the high quality product that you get out of the box.
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