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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: 10/02/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

GlacialTech Inc., an experienced technology manufacturer, has launched two new cold forging thermal modules: Igloo FR210 and Igloo FR210HP.

Both the Igloo FR210 and Igloo FR210HP are suitable for 80W applications. The Igloo FR210HP differs from the Igloo FR210 in that it optimized for CoB and spotlight applications. These modules' heatsinks are available in two color options silver and black.

GlacialTech' cold forging thermal solutions lineup includes from 30W to 100W, which is generally the most suitable range for cold forging LED lighting solutions. Cold forging produces heat sinks that have better heat dissipation than die-casting and aluminum extrusion. With the Igloo FR210 and Igloo FR210HP using AL1050 aluminum, thermal conductivity can be increased 2.36x compared to die casting: 96.2 W/mK to 227 W/mK.

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° glaciallight

Wed: 10/01/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

The Coolermaster Hyper D92 is a moderately sized CPU cooler which stands 147mm tall and weighs 636 grams. The Hyper D92 ships with not a 120mm... or even 140mm fan, but rather a pair of 92mm fans that spin at 2800-800RPM. The fans move upwards of 15-55CFM according to manufacturer specs. Small 92mm fans may seem terribly risky, but Coolermaster have a trick up their sleeves.

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° frostytech

Mon: 09/22/2014Topic: Hard Drives    PermaLink
The rush is on for Haswell-E and X99 boards. Most of them support PCIe x4 lanes for M.2 high speed storage. It`s what you need to take advantage of them."
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Sat: 09/20/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Roughly 5-6 years ago the only people i knew who had custom water cooling kits/loops installed in their systems had either chosen to do so because they wanted to show-off or because they didn't know what to do with their money (i remember a couple who even went out and bought three of the extremely expensive liquid Freon solutions which as some of you are well aware never really made it in the market in large numbers). Today things have changed and so with the advancements in processing power (applies for both CPUs and GPUs) heat has become an even greater problem and so many people including enthusiasts, serious gamers, professionals and overclockers turn both towards AIO liquid CPU coolers and complete water cooling kits for something more in cooling performance. Custom water cooling kits/loops are still at the top of the "food chain" however so today we will be taking a look at yet another such kit and more specifically the EK-KIT L360 by EK WaterBlocks.
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° nikktech

Fri: 09/19/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
The current LGA2011 and new LGA2011-3 (LGA2011v3) heatsink mounting brackets utilize the same hole spacing (80mm) and threaded studs. The new Intel Core i7 5960X processor has a TDP of 140W, so existing LGA2011 heatsinks will be able to handle its thermal loads, provided the older LGA2011-0 mounting brackets can accommodate the increased Z-height of the new LGA2011-3 CPU package.

The older LGA2011-0 CPU package + ILM has a Z-height of ~8.014mm (plus/minus 0.34mm).
The new LGA2011-3 CPU package + ILM has a Z-height of 8.481mm (plus/minus 0.279mm).
If we compare the maximum Z-heights of both platforms that's potential difference of ~0.4mm. Comparing the average Z-height, the difference is 0.467mm, or ~0.5mm.

Is your existing LGA2011 heatsink compatible on LGA2011-3 motherboards?

I'd say the large majority of heatsinks Frostytech has tested should be compatible, however heatsink mounting brackets which use spring tensioned screws are the most ideal (as they always have been). At least one heatsink manufacturer challenged us on our first post about LGA2011 vs. LGA2011-3 compatibility, asserting that stiff metal clips may exert too much force or permanently deform... I concede that we did overlook the change in Z-heights.

So folks, one simple answer is not going to fit every situation... if you're trying to install an LGA2011-0 heatsink on an LGA2011-3 processor and cannot easily engage all four screw threads, stop. You need to replace that heatsink with a cooler designed specifically for the new LGA2011-3 processors.

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Fri: 09/19/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Noctua today announced that it will continue its tradition of supplying customers with its premium-class SecuFirm2™ mounting kits for novel platforms free of charge. While newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell-E's LGA2011-3 socket out of the box, older models can be upgraded with the NM-I2011 kit at no additional cost.

"We're determined to provide the best possible support to our customers and over the years, we've sent many thousands of mounting kits free of charge to users who wanted to upgrade to new platforms", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "With Haswell-E just around the corner, we're pleased to announce that we'll extend this offer for LGA2011-3. Owners of older Noctua retail heatsinks that don't support LGA2011 out of the box will be able to upgrade to the new socket free of charge!"

Due to the heatsink mounting mechanism being identical on LGA2011-0 and 2011-3, Noctua's previous SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 also support Intel's upcoming 'Haswell-E' X99 platform. The following Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA2011 and can be used on LGA2011-3 mainboards without any upgrades or modifications: NH-D15, NH-D14 SE2011, NH-U14S, NH-U12S.

Users of older Noctua retail models that don't include a SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA2011 can obtain the NM-I2011 kit free of charge on Noctua's website in order to make their heatsinks compatible with the new socket. The NM-I2011 kit is compatible with most Noctua retail coolers since 2005.

The NH-L12 features a special variant of the SecuFirm2™ that needs to be updated with the new NM-IPS2 spacers in order to be compatible with LGA2011-3. NH-L12 owners can now request these spacers free of charge at

To order the NM-IPS2 spacers (NH-L12 only) or NM-I2011 kit (all other models that do not support LGA2011 out of the box), a proof of purchase (photo, scan or screenshot of the invoice) of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA2011-3 mainboard or LGA2011-3 CPU are required. The NM-LGA2011 is also available in stores at a low service charge.

For detailed compatibility charts, please refer to:

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Fri: 09/19/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
XT had a great success story with the X40 and X60 CPU coolers, but since they launched we’ve seen several rivals come in and steal their thunder, so NZXT have gone back to the drawing board, adding new features and tweaking the specifications of their popular Kraken range to bring them back into the game. I’m a big fan of NZXT coolers, I personally use their Kraken X60 280mm all-in-one water cooler on my own CPU and I’m very happy with the performance it offers. So I’m eager to find out how well these new models perform and what new features NZXT have to offer. The biggest change for the new Kraken coolers is the pump; they’re the first consumer model all-in-one coolers to features Aseteks new variable speed pump, something often associated with custom loop water cooling and yet another indication of how far all-in-one cooler technology has been progressing.
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° eteknix

Thu: 09/18/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"Physically, the old and new enthusiast processors are the same size. Their ball pattern pitch is the same, too. But Intel keys its Core i7-5000-series CPUs differently than the -4000s or -3000s, so you can’t accidentally drop an LGA 2011 model into LGA 2011-3, and vice versa."
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° tomshardware

Tue: 09/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
This is not a standard SPCR heatsink review. It is a reader's roundup of the most affordable coolers, with an emphasis on perceived noise and performance, supported by acoustic test data from SPCR, collected with our usual high standards. If you're seeking an effective and really inexpensive cooler, Andrew's roundup is a must read.
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° silentpcreview

Tue: 09/16/2014Topic: CPU / Processors    PermaLink
If you thought Haswell-E was something, wait til you get a load of the EP variant. This server-grade monster has up to 18 cores and 45MB of L3 cache, plus quad DDR4 memory channels and loads of high-speed I/O. We've taken a closer look at the new Xeon family and tested a dual-socket workstation loaded with the 10-core E5-2687W v3 derivative.
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° techreport

Tue: 09/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"If take into consideration the size of the Mugen Max, and its weight, overall mounting was very easy, with one exception. The back plate installed easily, and the mounting hardware to secure the bracket in place which holds down the heat sink was also a breeze."
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° hitechlegion

Tue: 09/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

If you haven’t heard of DeepCool by now we really can’t blame you. This start up out of Beijing, China has only recently started hitting shelves in the US. However, if you are an avid reader you will no doubt have seen several excellent performing CPU coolers come across our pages from DeepCool. Since then DeepCool has really started to step up their game by branching into the case, power supply, and as you’ll see today, the AIO CPU cooler market. With the market so flooded with AIO’s, the hottest cooling item of today, can DeepCool’s Maelstrom 120 even make a splash? And can it possibly keep up with the years of R&D other companies have in the AIO spectrum? Read on to find out!"

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° thinkcomputers

Tue: 09/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
When we were at the Gigabyte IDF LN2 overclocking event we spotted that Hicookie was using the Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force LN2 motherboard, which hasn’t been announced just yet! Gigabyte has already released the Z97-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard for socket LGA1150 processors, but this is a new board using the Intel X99 Express chipset that has been engineered specifically for the most hardcore overclockers that need a board that can handle LN2. This board is very interesting to use because it uses a non-standard CPU socket that has more pins in it for better overclocking.
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° legitreviews

Sun: 09/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
The Noctua NH-D15 arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the NH-D15 CPU-Cooler with two 140mm Fans and six 6mm Heatpipes compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i5 4670K CPU."
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° technic3d

Sun: 08/31/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Armed with pleasant-sounding fans, extra long tubing, and new management software, the NZXT Kraken X31 and X41 seek to leave a more favorable impression on us than previous CPU water coolers.
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° silentpcreview

Thu: 08/28/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., ATS, has introduced a series of copper heat pipes for transporting power dissipation away from hot electronic components. Thirty-three round and flat profile heat pipes are available to meet application needs.

The new ATS heat pipes transfer component heat to heat sinks with minimal temperature difference. They also distribute heat efficiently across the length of heat spreaders. Liquid in the heat pipe turns to vapor by absorbing heat and removing thermal energy from hot component surfaces. The vapor travels to the cold end of the pipe where it releases latent heat and condenses back to liquid. The liquid returns to the hot interface along an internal copper wick to provide continuous thermal management.

The cold end of the copper heat pipe attaches easily to most heat sinks, providing effective cooling when a heat sink can’t be applied directly on a heat source. All heat pipes are easily hand or machine-shaped to meet application needs. They can be friction fit, clamped, soldered, or adhesively attached.

Each model in the new heat pipe series has been characterized by ATS for both thermal resistance and maximum heat transport capability. The transport property is determined as a function of the working temperature and the pipe’s angle of inclination.

Every heat pipe consists of a sealed copper tube, internal copper wick structure, and distilled water as its working fluid. Round profile heat pipes come in lengths from 200-300 mm and diameters from 4.0-8.0 mm. Flat profile heat pipes range in length from 100-250 mm, widths from 8.2-10.5 mm, and heights from 2.5-4.5 mm. Weights range from 8-33 grams. They are effective in temperatures ranging from 30-120°C. Other fluids and sizes can be accommodated with custom heat pipe designs by ATS.

The heat pipes are available separately from ATS or in thermal solutions integrating the company’s widely-used Push Pin and maxiFLOW heat sinks The new heat pipes have no moving parts and require no maintenance. They can be ordered online at or by calling Advanced Thermal Solutions: 781-769-2800.

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° qats

Wed: 08/27/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
“Today, we have chance to look at a uniquely designed SFF PC chassis that can operate in complete silence. We have on our test table today the Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Chassis. Also, when we refer to it being silent, we really mean it, because the Streacom FC8 Evo case features a completely fanless design. Perhaps its sleek aesthetics will prove to be a talking point of your entertainment center. Let’s review it and find out.”
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° pureoverclock

Tue: 08/26/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
Lots of folks are looking towards a high end desktop computer system with a much smaller footprint. Mini-ITX motherboards have gotten to such a good quality level over the last few years, putting a gaming and overclocking behemoth in a small case is a possibility and Thermaltake wants to take it to the next level.
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° hardocp

Sun: 08/24/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

There's no denying that CPU air coolers are the weapon of choice for the vast majority of consumers but since there's a steadily growing number of people who prefer to use closed loop AIO (All In One) liquid CPU coolers it's only natural to see more and more manufacturers add such solutions in their product lines. Of course as mentioned in the past most AIO liquid CPU cooling solutions are currently rebranded ones made by the three major names in the OEM industry namely Asetek, CoolIT and AVC (Asia Vital Components) with Asetek holding the 1st place since they are responsible for roughly 70% of such products. Recently DeepCool also decided to jump on the AIO wagon with their Maelstrom product line which includes two 120mm (single fan) and one 240mm models (dual fan) and as revealed by the title we decided to take the largest one for a ride to see how it handles.

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° nikktech

Mon: 08/18/2014Topic: Power Supply    PermaLink
Cooler Master have earned a solid reputation as one of the leading providers of power supplies in the desktop and enthusiast market, and rightly so. Unlike some PSU vendors Cooler Master do not tend to stick with the same OEM and have used CWT, Enhance and Seasonic to ensure they always get the best balance between price and performance depending on the product they are making. Today we are looking at a power supply that is produced for Cooler Master by Enhance, one of Cooler Master’s favoured OEMs of late. We have also seen the Enhance OEM used in many of Cooler Master’s Silent Pro Hybrid series power supplies. On the bench for this review is Cooler Master’s brand new V750 power supply. Boasting 750W of 80 Plus Gold Rated power with a low RPM fan and a semi modular design Cooler Master’s V750 looks like a very nice offering. It also comes in an incredibly compact form factor being just 5.5 inches in length and better still it has a very reasonable MSRP of $110. So without any further ado let’s proceed into this review and see how it performs!
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° eteknix

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