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The Dark Rock TF has an upside-down pyramid sort of profile, measuring 
140x165mm at the top and 98x102mm at a height of 22mm above the CPU. It ships 
with two identical 135x25mm SilentWings fans that operate 1400RPM and move 
upwards of 68CFM at 1.85mm/H2O Scythe's Mugen Max heatsink weighs 870grams and stands 166mm tall. The 
heatsink is constructed around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are soldered to a 2mm thick nickel plated copper base plate. The heatpipes are 
swaged into a 113x145x84mm aluminum fin stack which is roughly broken up into four nearly-separate cooling towers. In this review Frostytech is testing the Phanteks PH-TC12LS heatsink, a top-down low profile heatsink that stands 74mm tall and weighs in at 500grams. The PH-TC12LS has a footprint about the size of the 120mm PWM fan that rests atop its black-painted aluminum fins.  The whole premise behind the slim-tower Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink is not overhanging memory slots - if you've built an Intel X99 based computer recently, you're undoubtedly aware that the memory slots straddle either side of the LGA2011-3 CPU socket with a little less than 20mm to spare. On the review bench today we have Scythe's Ashura 
heatsink; this is a fairly standard tower cooler equipped with a 140mm 
fan. The Ashura cooler stands 162mm tall, making it suitable 
for full tower cases where AIO liquid coolers are often too 
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Wed: 04/15/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
What makes this liquid cooling unit unique is the room for expansion. Users can either use this cooling unit as it is, or expand on it with additional radiators and GPU blocks. The 240mm radiator uses a high fin density design, which results in better cooling potential overall. To top it off, three color coolant dyes are included in the packaging for further customization (only available for Triton / Triton Core editions). Benchmark Reviews is excited to receive a sample of the Raijintek Triton for this review. Let’s take a look at what this AIO liquid cooling unit has to offer against the competition.

Wed: 04/15/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Corsair's Hydro H100i GTX and H80i GT represent huge improvements over their predecessors but can they compete with some of today's best alternatives?
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Wed: 04/15/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
During NVIDIA GTC 2015, we had an opportunity to head over to SEMI-THERM 31 to see QuantaCool's MHP (Microchannel Heat Pipe) cooling technology demo they had setup. QuantaCool displayed several different types of setups at this event that you can see in the news release, QuantaCool displays its cooling systems at SEMI-THERM 31.

QuantaCool is a startup company which has developed a patented MHP (Microchannel Heat Pipe) technology that is used to passively transfer heat from a heat source to a cooling medium. As they summarize it, "Passive 2-phase cooling - no pumps, and no water".

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° tweaktown

Mon: 04/13/2015Topic: 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

Mon: 04/13/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
When searching for quality coolers or fan controllers one is often finding products from the company Scythe. One more reason to test a performance Scythe CPU cooler after the recent test of the Scythe Kaze Master II fan controller. Today, we take a look at the Limited Edition of Ashura Shadow CPU cooler, that Scythe has released for their 10th anniversary. If this cooler put all other coolers in the shade, is tested in the following review.
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° ocinside

Mon: 04/13/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Noctua today announced three new 92mm class CPU coolers. Whereas the NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models that suceed the popular NH-U9B SE2, the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve class-leading quiet cooling performance.

"Providing a great balance between high efficiency and compact size, the NH-U9B SE2 is still one of our most popular models", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "The NH-U9S and NH-D9L stay true to this proven formula but now offer even better performance, better compatibility and PWM support for automatic fan speed control."

Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua's award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX.

The NH-D9L features 4 heatpipes and is 15mm lower than classic 9cm coolers such as the NH-U9 series (110mm vs. 125mm), which doesn't only guarantee full 3U compliance but also makes the NH-D9L ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor cases that have airflow paths parallel to the mainboard. Like the NH-U9S, the NH-D9L has a 95x95mm footprint and thus provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards. The NH-D9DX i4 3U is the same heatsink as the NH-D9L but comes with LGA2011 mounting for both Square ILM and Narrow ILM Xeon platforms as well as support for LGA13x6. "Our DX i4 series are renowned among builders of LGA2011 based Intel Xeon systems and one of the few available quiet cooling solutions for Narrow ILM platforms", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "With the new NH-D9DX i4 3U model, we can now offer a cooler for 3U cases that offers similar performance as the previous 4U model NH-U9DX i4." All three new models come with the new NF-A9 PWM for further improved quiet cooling performance. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ mounting systems, Noctua's proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer's warranty, the NH-U9S, NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U are premium grade solutions through and through. Prices and availability All three models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows: NH-U9S: EUR 54.90 / USD 59.90 NH-D9L: EUR 49.90 / USD 56.90 NH-D9DX i4 3U: EUR 56.90 / USD 59.90

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° noctua

Mon: 04/13/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Thermaltake has launched a 5.5" touch screen fan controller called the "Commander FT Touch Screen Fan Controller". The Commander FT allows users to monitor and control the fan speed and system temperature of five fans at the same time. The expansive 5.5" touch screen-one of the largest available-makes interaction easy, and the auto, manual, performance and silent operating modes give users comprehensive control over the fan's cooling performance, making temperature and noise control easy.

To install, all you need is an empty 5.25" driver bay. The controller can operate in both an Auto and Manual Mode; Auto mode is intelligently tuned to automatically adjust all fans based on thermal sensor temperature readings. Manual mode is completely customizable, allowing individual fan speed adjustments; user settings will be recorded and maintained even after reboot. The Commander FT supports up to five independent fans, with each channel delivering up to 10W to drive all types of fan efficiently.

Tap from '1' to '5' on the central fan display to easily adjust fan speeds independently. Displays selected fan speed (RPM) data, temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Comes with cables to connect up to five fans with a standard 3-pin or PWM connector.

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Mon: 04/13/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Quote: The Hydro H110i GT is meant to be Corsair's newest flagship CPU cooler and with a pair of high performance 140mm fans, it attains some amazing numbers.

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° hardwarecanucks

Sun: 04/12/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
The Phanteks PH-TC14S heatsink stands 161mm tall and weighs 740grams. It's built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes, a chunky nickel plated copper heatspreader and two black painted aluminum cooling fin towers, each 19mm wide. At the center of the heatsink is a 140mm PWM fan that operates at 1600-500RPM, producing upwards of 47dBA according to our real world noise measurements. The fan itself moves 68CFM at 1.62mmH2O, according to manufacturer specs.

Phanteks' PH-TC14S heatsink installs onto AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 and Intel LGA2011/1366/115x/775 processors. Retail price is around $49USD/CDN.

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° Frostytech

Sat: 04/11/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
“With advances in pump, radiator, reservoir and fitting designs, things have gotten to the point where almost anyone can create and install a custom cooling solution specific to their system. XSPC is one of the handful of pioneering companies that made custom liquid cooling so commonplace today. The new X20 420 Single and Twin pump BayRes may save on space and and your hard earned money.”
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° pureoverclock

Sat: 04/11/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
A touchscreen fan controller with smartphone connectivity? Let's see if innovation has brought the BitFenix Recon to the next level.
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° aphnetworks

Sat: 04/11/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Manufacturers have been building factory overclocked components for a little while now. Asus, EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte all have GPUs that boast higher than reference clock speeds.With higher clock speeds, comes more heat. To deal with the extra heat, fans ramp up and more noise is generated. For the most part, more noise isn't too much of an issue for …
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° modders

Sat: 04/11/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
„The Grandis XE1236 is the pinnacle of SilentiumPC CPU cooler lineup. This dual-radiator monster offers stellar cooling potential for the hottest processors on the market. The performance comes from massive heat dissipation area and the XE Technology, an additional solid copper heat spreader that transmits the heat from the CPU more efficiently to all six F6mm U-shaped heat-pipes unleashing their full potential.“

Fri: 04/10/2015Topic: Cases    PermaLink
When Cooler Master first got the idea to use noise-reduction material inside a chassis, more than 7 years ago, it unfortunately went with the name Sileo. Changing the brand to Silencio was a smart move and now, in 2015, we have a new range of quiet chassis under the KitGuru studio lights with Chris Gough from Cooler Master to explain the latest features.
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Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

At CES 2015, Corsair announced that in the first quarter of 2015, they were updating their AIO liquid coolers with a higher efficiency radiator, and a new design. The Corsair Hydro H80i GT is Corsair’s smalled AIO liquid cooler and can be found online under part number CW-9060017-WW for $99.99 with free shipping. It features two 120mm fans, a 49mm thick radiator, Corsair Link compatibility, fabric mesh covered tubes, lower cost and a five year warranty from Corsair. If a larger AIO liquid cooler is preferred, Corsair also updated their 240mm system with the H100i GTX, it costs a little more at $119.99 with free shipping.

Today, we will be focusing on the Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT, recently Legit Reviews took a look at the H100i GTX.

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° legitreviews

Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

"For almost two decades now Asetek has been building cooling products that help increase CPU speed and performance. The Danish company specializes in liquid cooling solutions for everything from data centers to your home gaming rig. You may not realize it, but you might know them very well from the excellent AIO coolers that are sold to other companies to be rebranded. Today we are going to take a look at four of their AIO coolers, the 510LC, 550LC, 570LX, and the 591LX. All four coolers under the Asetek brand are all used in pre-built machines by companies like CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower."

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° thinkcomputers

Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Raijintek might sound like a new player in the cooling game but from what they have shown so far, they are far from amateurs. With German design and Taiwanese production behind them, Raijintek offers a new balance of affordability and performance that rivals much larger and established companies. Seeing an opportunity in the enthusiast cooling segment, Raijintek aims to leave …

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° modders

Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Raijintek might sound like a new player in the cooling game but from what they have shown so far, they are far from amateurs. With German design and Taiwanese production behind them, Raijintek offers a new balance of affordability and performance that rivals much larger and established companies. Seeing an opportunity in the enthusiast cooling segment, Raijintek aims to leave …

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° modders

Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

All in one (AIO) liquid CPU cooling solutions have been around for quite a few years now (made primarily by Asetek and CoolIT) and as we all know are gaining ground against regular CPU air coolers since in most cases these are easier to install, offer zero clearance issues with memory modules and mainboard components and of course perform and look better. However although the high-end 240mm models made their appearance shortly after the mid-end 120/140mm models it wasn't until somewhat recently that we witnessed the release of the very first ultra-high-end 360mm models like the Water 3.0 Ultimate by Thermaltake and the H320 by Swiftech.

DeepCool also launched their own 360mm AIO model as part of their brand new CAPTAIN series and it so happens that today we have it on our test bench.

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° nikktech

Thu: 04/09/2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
The range of headsets from Element Gaming are named after Nobel gases and the first we take a look at the Neon 300. Being an entry level product, there is glossy plastic, in this case it is black complimented by a mid-blue colour, similar to the blue LED lighting seen on many keyboards. What the price level doesn't tell you is that the Neon 300 has 50mm drivers driven via USB as well as offering a colourful LED lighting effect. Though the actual products are made by a Chinese OEM that are used by various other brands, it would appear that this OEM are able to cater for third party specifications and design allowing for variation.
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