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Fri. Jul 03, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Aside from the inclusion of a variable speed pump, the NZXT Kraken X41 improves from it’s predecessor, the Kraken X40, by adding a thicker radiator with a more dense fin array which accounts for 36% more surface area. NZXT has also given the Kraken X41 extended tubing to ensure compatibility with all installation environments. Included with the Kraken X41 is a FX140 V2 PWM fan which according to NZXT is more powerful, quite, and durable than it’s predecessor. Most importantly, the Kraken X41 has a 6 year warranty, which just goes to prove how confident NZXT is of the Kraken line.


Fri. Jul 03, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Last week, we tested the SilverStone Tundra TD02-E, which delivered great performance at a great price. With a smaller radiator, how will the TD03-E step up?
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° aphnetworks


Thu. Jul 02, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

A couple weeks ago we got a chance to take a look at the Shadow Rock LP cooler, designed to fit in a low profile chassis, and today we’re going to look at the recently released Dark Rock TF. The Dark Rock TF – TF meaning Top Flow – is the latest cooler by be quiet! It’s designed to fit in cramped spaces, standing approximately 163mm tall, which means if you’ve got space problems inside your chassis, you may be able to squeeze the Dark Rock TF inside. The whole idea behind the ‘Top Flow’ design, is to not only allow it to fit in a cramped space, but to allow the dual 135mm SilentWings PWM fans to cool the components that surround it...
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Thu. Jul 02, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Last week, we tested the SilverStone Tundra TD02-E, which delivered great performance at a great price. With a smaller radiator, how will the TD03-E step up?
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Tue. Jun 23, 2015Topic: Beginners Guides    PermaLink

A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, but still quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you're gaming on this machine unless your sound effects are on speakers and they can see the action on your monitor.
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Tue. Jun 23, 2015Topic: Beginners Guides    PermaLink

The first of our quiet gaming build guides for the season is an ATX tower featuring the highly efficient NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Join us as we plan, build, and stress test this beast, while trying to keep it quiet enough to satisfy our own high standards. A sneak preview: We managed to keep it under 20 dBA@1m under all test conditions!
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Mon. Jun 22, 2015Topic: Cases    PermaLink

While limited in expansion capabilities with just a single 120mm fan for airflow, the Rosewill Legacy U3 is compact for a microATX tower, and sports a pleasing all-aluminum exterior.
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Fri. Jun 19, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Whether you’re an overclocking enthusiast or a gamer looking for a cooler quieter solution to cooling your system, a good custom CPU cooler can be one of the most important components in your system. It can solve over-heating issues, noise issues and even make your system look cooler and more personalized. In this report, we’ll be taking a look at the NiC L32 by Thermaltake which promises to not only solve all those issues, but do so without breaking the bank. Can this affordable, compact cooler provide sufficient cooling for even the most demanding overclocks? Let’s find out!
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° technologyx


Thu. Jun 18, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

It's time to see the next tier of Alpenfoehn CPU cooling, the Brocken ECO - a more compact version of Alpenfoehn's bestselling Brocken 2 CPU cooler."
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Wed. Jun 17, 2015Topic: Power Supply    PermaLink

Have you just built a mining rig featuring four high end graphics cards or are you currently configuring a system incorporating dual AMD R9 295X2 graphics cards? Regular KitGuru readers will have seen our recent review of the Overclockers UK Infinity Vesuvius system – which could demand almost 1,200 watts at the socket. If you are building a similar system, then a 1,500 Watt power supply would be a wise investment.
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° kitguru


Mon. Jun 15, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

“In the past few years, the Closed Loop Cooler has advanced liquid cooling much further into the mainstream market. Today we’re looking at the latest, the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate. It has a 360mm radiator with lots of cooling potential, and it looks very impressive. Let’s take a closer look and see how it fares in testing.”
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Sun. Jun 14, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

With the new Water 3.0 Ultimate, Thermaltake is making the biggest performance change we have seen under the current circumstance. While the design of the radiator still fits in the 27mm thick, 24 fpi aluminum CLC mold we are accustomed to, Thermaltake enlarges the Water 3.0 Ultimate to a 360mm radiator. This is a full 50% larger than the 240mm radiators that are common, and the increased surface area means increased dissipation and better cooling potential."
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Thu. Jun 11, 2015Topic: Editorial    PermaLink

Thermaltake recently came out with a new case called the Suppressor F51 that featured noise-reduction features and a look that was very similar to the Define R5 that was was introduced by Fractal Design in December 2014. Many noticed that the case was damn near identical on the outside with some people saying that Thermaltake copied the design and others saying who cares as there isn’t that much you can do on a PC case to make it look different. No matter what your stance in on any plagiarism taking place, you have to admit that the cases look damn similar. Read on to see what you think...
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Thu. Jun 11, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then it is clear that Thermaltake thinks highly of the Fractal Design Define R5. The new Thermaltake Suppressor F51 doesn’t so much pay a nod to the R5 as borrow all its best ideas, work on the weak areas and then add in a couple of new features.
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° kitguru


Tue. Jun 09, 2015Topic: Cases    PermaLink

www.frostytech.comIn 100 years we will look back at our meager existence and when someone quietly asks the question "how did Skynet get started?", the answer could very well go like this: "Once, there was this chassis, the Tristellar...". Deepcool has created a crazy looking chassis which weighs more empty than most ITX systems as a whole. All this with the goal to be a showcase of design & function at the same time.
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Mon. Jun 08, 2015Topic: Cases    PermaLink

"The Zalman ZM-T3 is a low-cost, mini-tower computer case, compatible only with microATX (and smaller) motherboards, offering one USB 3.0 port and three 2.5" bays. Let's take a good look at it."
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Sun. Jun 07, 2015Topic: Cases    PermaLink

I am sure you have all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but the fact of the matter is that it's human nature. We see certain things that attract us to something, sometimes this works out and other times it certainly fails. I had the opportunity to check out the Silent Base 800 case by be quiet! and immediately my first impressions were that the box was nice looking and so I started to unpack the case. The Silent Base 800 has support for ATX, Micro-ATX, and mini-ITX form factors and only weighs 9.31 kg. "
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Sat. Jun 06, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Corsair’s liquid CPU and GPU cooling technology condenses true 4K gaming performance
into a compact, quiet, living-room ready Bulldog PC 

Corsair®, PC gaming hardware leader, today at Computex unveiled Bulldog, the first DIY PC built exclusively to bring the vivid immersion of 4K gaming to the living room. Composed of a DIY kit with a stylish gaming console-sized chassis, liquid CPU cooler, power supply, and motherboard, and designed with plenty of space for customization and upgrades, Bulldog provides the foundation for users to build the ultimate living room PC. Using its proprietary liquid CPU and GPU cooling technology, Corsair condensed the desktop PC computing performance into Bulldog’s compact form factor. An early version of Bulldog is on display at Computex 2015, with availability expected in early Q4.

“Bulldog is designed to take the 4K gaming experience delivered by desktop gaming PCs, and bring it to the big 4K screens in the home,” said Andy Paul, CEO of Corsair Components. “We knew we needed to deliver a solution that was elegant, powerful, and compact. By leveraging our leading expertise in PC case design and liquid cooling, we met that goal with Bulldog. We can’t wait to unleash it on gamers this fall.”

With the increasing affordability of 4K TVs and the arrival of new NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, PCs are now poised to deliver the definitive gaming experience in 4K, far beyond the 1080P limitation of current game consoles and most Steam Machines. However, 4K-capable PCs require a lot of power and run hot when pushed, throttling down performance and becoming excessively loud as the stock fans struggle to cool the CPU and graphics card.

Corsair engineered Bulldog to make the to run cooler and quieter, with Corsair’s proprietary liquid GPU and CPU cooling solutions key to delivering desktop performance in near silence in a smaller footprint. Bulldog includes a dedicated liquid cooler for the CPU, with an optional GPU liquid cooling kit available separately. Both the included Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler and an HG10-equipped graphics card allow users to simultaneously overclock both components, giving the system the potential to run faster – and quieter – than a conventional desktop gaming PC. In addition, Corsair has partnered with NVIDIA® and MSI to integrate Corsair liquid cooling technology into GeForce® graphics cards. The cards will be made available by MSI and will include initially include the GeForce GTX Titan X, GTX 980, GTX 970, and the just announced GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Bulldog is designed with PC enthusiasts in mind, incorporating a builder-friendly layout and tool-free features, and using standard mini-ITX motherboards and SFX12V PSUs for future-proof upgradeability so users can keep pace as games and hardware evolve. Since Bulldog provides the foundation of a full PC, users can choose the OS that suits their needs: Windows, SteamOS, or Linux.

Bulldog DIY kit:
Chassis - Provides a highly ventilated, stylish, compact console design that enhances the living room and keeps PC components cool.
SFX power supply - Offers high-efficiency 600 watts of power in standard SFX12V form factor that runs  smooth and quiet.
Mini-ITX motherboard - Supports the latest multi-core desktop PC CPUs.
Hydro Series H5SF small form factor liquid CPU cooler - Quietly cools the fastest CPUs while exhausting heat from the chassis.
MSRP: $399
Optional: Drop-in ready liquid-cooled graphics cards will be announced soon. Upgrade kits with a Hydro Series H55 liquid cooler and HG10 graphics card cooling bracket will be available for $99.
Also announced at Computex with Bulldog is Lapdog, Corsair’s portable gaming control center that brings the precision of desktop gaming to the living room. Wired for maximum performance, Lapdog is a lapboard that features a large mouse mat area and keyboard dock for Corsair mechanical gaming keyboards.

Lapdog Features:

Wired for maximum performance without battery charging hassles.
Large 7”x11” mouse mat area and keyboard dock.
Powered USB hub for keyboard, mouse, headset, game controllers and flash drives.
Memory foam underside cushion for user comfort.
MSRP: Available as a standalone station for $89 or complete with keyboard for $199
Bulldog and Lapdog are slated for release in Q4 of 2015. Stay tuned for an official launch date.

Product Video and Images
Videos of Bulldog and Lapdog can be viewed here:

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Sat. Jun 06, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

 At this year’s Computex, CRYORIG is revealing the next generation of Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) units and IoT enabled power supply units. CRYORIG’s new A Series A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooling units combines the strength of both Air Cooling and Liquid Cooling in an innovative package. CRYORIG’s Pi Series of Power Supply Units with IoT or Internet of Things capability, allows users to remotely control their PSU unit’s through phones apps..

CRYORIG’s A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooling (HLC) products is designed to solve one of the major problems with Closed Loop Cooling liquid units, which is the severe lack of airflow for the CPU’s surrounding components. At Computex, CRYORIG’s live thermal imaging demo shows the potential impact of how HLC can benefit the system. Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan. In lowering the surrounding heat of these areas, systems may achieve benefits ranging from higher stability and component life span, and may even achieve better stable performance and overclocks for the CPU/RAM and GPU. The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which way they want the Airflow Circulator to point at, be it RAM, GPU or VRM areas. The Airflow Circulator is a 3.000 RPM PWM control enabled 70 mm fan, that intelligently adjusts it’s RPM based on CPU temperature. It’s variable spin rate allows it to be virtually inaudible over the other working fans in the system and radiator. There are three models in CRYORIG’s initial HLC lineup: the A40, A40 Ultimate and A80. CYRORIG’s A Series HLC units will be available in Summer, 2015.

A40/A40 Ultimate
Supports: Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
Radiator Size: 240x120x25mm (A40)/ 240x120x38mm (A40 Ultimate)
Fan: Dual 120x25mm 2.200 RPM PWM

Supports : Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
Radiator Size: 280x120x25mm
Fan: Dual 140x25mm 1.850 RPM PWM

CRYORIG Pi is the innovative proof of concept Power Supply Unit (PSU), which will be demoed during Computex, 2015. The CRYORIG Pi combines IoT capability with a PSU to create a brand new way of managing and controlling your PC. IoT or Internet of Things is a gaining momentum in home electrical appliances, allowing control and monitoring of everything electrical within the house hold. CRYORIG’s initial intention to add IoT capabilities into a PSU unit was to overcome the difficulties of configuring Wake on LAN, and Wake on WAN functions when trying to use remote desktop like applications. CRYORIG patent pending Zero Hassle Hardware Wake (ZHH Wake), directly controls the PSU and mainboard on/off signals, the IoT enable Pi PSU does not need any type of configuration other than pairing to an internet enabled WiFi signal. Wake up a remote PC to perform remote desktop functions. Remote wake your file sharing or distribution computing PC after a local power outage. Remote close your PC ahead of a thunder storm, or just simply check if you remembered to close your PC with sensitive material after leaving the home or office. The application of the IoT enabled Pi is almost limitless. From this base CRYORIG’s Pi line can extend further capabilities such as fan speed control, energy usage recording and management, electric bill estimations as well as PSU health and deterioration reporting all directly to a mobile phone app. The CRYORIG Pi line of Power Supply Units is targeted for release in 2016 with wattage ranging from 600 to +1000 Watts, and 80+ Gold to Platinum certifications.

Pi 660/860/1000
Wattage: 660/860/1000 Watts
80+: Gold~Platinum
Fan: QF120 600~2.200 PWM fan
Size: TBA
Release: Summer 2016
Other: IoT Wake on Remote, Close on Remote Capable

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Sat. Jun 06, 2015Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Ahead of the coming 2016, Computex in June computer cooling innovation brand CRYORIG is introducing multiple new products and even multiple completely new product lines. This will be CRYORIG's biggest Computex showing ever, introducing a total of 7 new products, 6 new product lines and four new product categories. Full products at the booth J1318 in Nangang hall will include:

Cryorig C7 heatsink
The C7 is designed to be a “fit anywhere, cool anything” low profile cooler. Thanks to it’s total height of under 53mm, it is just as small as the Intel stock cooler, but comes with so much more. With stagger total of four 6 mm copper heatpipes and a full proprietary 92 mm 600~2500 RPM PWM fan with Quad Air Inlet™ technology, it may be small but has all the making of a high-end CRYORIG cooler. The C7 fits both Intel 115x and modern AMD sockets, and basically any case on the market. If the system can fit the stock Intel/AMD cooler, then it will not only fit the C7, it should be upgraded to the C7 immediately.

Cryorig M9i/M9a heatsink
Continuing where the CRYORIG H series left off, the CRYORIG M line features even more choices for entry level PC’s or systems with size constraints. The M9 features three high quality U-Type nickel-plated copper heatpipes. The M9 will come in two flavors, the M9i is for Intel 115x systems and the M9a for modern AMD sockets. The M9 is targeted at budget systems or slim systems which need the cooling power of a tower cooler. It is a good balance of price, performance and size.

CUSTOMOD Covers for R1
CUSTOMOD line of colored heatsink covers offers unprecedented customization options for critically acclaimed R1 Universal and R1 Ultimate heatsinks. The CUSTOMOD Cover for R1 will initially come in 6 different colors, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and the original Black and White. Each CUSTOMOD Cover pack comes with two covers for you to match your R1 series heatsink with your PC rig.
Also being released during Computex will be three new CRYO-Paste thermal interface products, the CP5, CP7 and CP15. Each will feature different characteristics, and will be leveled based on Thermal Performance, Spread Ease and Particle Density.
There will also be sneak previews of the following new product lines.

Cryorig Z1 Universal heatsink
Focused on both high-end performance and memory compatibility, the Z1 Universal features memory compatibility for both front and back rows and the Intel X99/X79 platform. The Z1 Universal is the first round shaped cooler with CRYORIG’s 2nd Gen. Radial Jet Fin Acceleration™ tech that mimics the fin alignment of a turbine engine, and is optimized to catch and accelerate fan exhaust airflow. The Z1 Universal will allow for a RAM height limit of 63 mm on the back DIMM slots and has Zero Ram Interference on the front DIMM slots.

Other Previewing Product Lines includes CRYORIG A40/ A40 Ultimate/ A80 Cooler Line and CRYORIG’s Pi line of innovative power supply units.

Thermal Imaging of the A40 “Hybrid Prototype” on the Intel X79 platform.)

Thermal Imaging Video of the A40

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