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Dynatron G555 2U Xeon Server Heatsink Review
Jan 26, 2014 - Frosty No.2755
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The fan rotates at 5,5000RPM and moves upwards of 54CFM airflow at a very loud 67.8 dBA noise level. The 23x84x84mm PWM fan can slow to 1000RPM (8.4CFM) during low duty cycles and is rated to between 0.24mm-H2O to 5.6mm-H20 static pressure.

Dynatron G199 1U Xeon Server Heatsink Review
Jan 24, 2014 - Frosty No.2754
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the heatsink test bench today is a 1U server heatsink for Intel LGA1366 Xeon processors. I know what you're thinking, but the Dynatron G199 1U server heatsink is still on the market in this and other variations for current sockets.

Cooler Master Nepton 280L Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 16, 2014 - Frosty No.2752
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Coolermaster's Nepton 280L is the best performing all-in-one CPU watercooler Frostytech has tested... thus far. More surprisingly for us, the Nepton 280L managed to rise to the top of the 200W Intel LGA2011, 150W & 85W Intel LGA115x/775 and 125W AMD synthetic thermal heatsink test results charts. After testing +750 CPU thermal solutions, it's kind of nice to be surprised.

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 05, 2014 - Frosty No.2751
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Nepton 140XL ships completely assembled, plumbed and filled. The user need only attach the heat exchanger to a free fan vent (140mm or 120mm) on the inside of the PC case and mount the waterblock/pump head to the processor. There's no silly software or USB connections to monitor pump speed or liquid temperatures.

Zalman LQ320 Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 03, 2014 - Frosty No.2742
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Zalman LQ320 self contained CPU water cooling system, like Zalman's other coolers of this series (LQ310, LQ315) is built by Asetek for use with a single 120mm fan.

Zalman LQ315 Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 03, 2014 - Frosty No.2741
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zalman released three water coolers in the hand of PC enthusiasts earlier this year, in this review Frostytech is testing out the LQ315 model - the middle child as it were. Like most water coolers on the market right now this system is designed and built for OEM use by Asetek.

Zalman LQ310 Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 02, 2014 - Frosty No.2740
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zalman's LQ310 is a compact self-contained liquid cooling system built on the successful Asetek watercooling framework. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single, 120mm, 2000RPM fan.

Coolermaster Seidon 120V Liquid Cooling System Review
Jan 02, 2014 - Frosty No.2744
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

UPDATED! Coolermaster's Seidon 120V is an economical all-in-one liquid cooling solution that's especially suited to small PC cases and media centers. The compact 120mm aluminum heat exchanger ships with a single 120mm fan, so it doesn't take up too much space and make mounting to a rear/top fan vent cumbersome.

Scythe Mugen 4 Heatsink Review
Jan 02, 2014 - Frosty No.2750
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Scythe Mugen 4 heatsink weighs 625grams and stands 157mm tall. The heatsink is built around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and has a footprint of 130x112mm. A 120mm PWM fan ships with the Mugen 4 heatsink, it rotates at 1400-600RPM and produces upwards of 41.9d dBA.

Noctua NH-U12S Heatsink Review
Jan 02, 2014 - Frosty No.2749
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Noctua NH-U12S heatsink is built around five 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 108mm tall aluminum fin stack. Where the heatsink interfaces with the processor, we find a beautifully machined nickel plated copper heat spreader.

NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid Cooling System Review
Dec 31, 2013 - Frosty No.2738
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the test bench today we have NZXT's Kraken X60, a large all-in-one CPU watercooling solution that's built around a substantial 312x140mm aluminum heat exchanger which supports two, 140mm fans placed side-by-side. The increased surface area of such a large heat exchanger may quickly shed heat to the surrounding environment.

Coolermaster Glacer 240L Liquid CPU Cooler Preliminary Review
Dec 31, 2013 - Frosty No.2748
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a preliminary review of the Coolermaster Glacer 240L self contained liquid cooling system. The Glacer 240L is an all-in-one liquid cooling solution built around a 240mm copper heat exchanger equipped with twin 120mm fans.

Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige Liquid Cooling System Preliminary Review
Dec 31, 2013 - Frosty No.2747
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a preliminary review of the Coolermaster Eisberg 240L Prestige self contained liquid cooling system. The Eisberg 240L Prestige is a large, enthusiast grade all-in-one liquid cooling solution built around a 240mm copper heat exchanger equipped with twin, 1600RPM 120mm fans.

Coolermaster Seidon 240M Liquid Cooling System Preliminary Review
Dec 31, 2013 - Frosty No.2746
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a preliminary review of the Coolermaster Seidon 240M self contained liquid cooling system. The Seidon 240M is a large all-in-one liquid cooling solution built around a 240mm aluminum heat exchanger equipped with twin 120mm fans.

Corsair Hydro H80i Liquid Cooling System Preliminary Review
Dec 30, 2013 - Frosty No.2745
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a preliminary review of the Corsair Hydro H80i self contained liquid cooling system. The Hydro H80i is a compact all-in-one liquid cooling solution built around a 120mm aluminum heat exchanger with two 120mm fans mounted on either side, in a push-pull configuration.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Liquid Cooling System Preliminary Review
Dec 30, 2013 - Frosty No.2743
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This is a preliminary review of the Zalman Reserator 3 Max self contained liquid cooling system. The Reserator 3 Max is a departure from the typical all-in-one CPU water cooler format commonly available.

NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid Cooler Review
Dec 29, 2013 - Frosty No.2739
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

UPDATED! The NZXT Kraken X40 is a small self contained CPU liquid cooling system based on the exceptionally popular Asetek platform. As with most all-in-one liquid coolers, the Kraken X40 is differentiated from its sister model - the Kraken X60 - by its thinner 140mm-sized aluminum heat exchanger.

Noctua NH-U14S Heatsink Review
Dec 02, 2013 - Frosty No.2734
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In this review Frostytech will be testing out Noctua's NH-U14S heatsink, a 170mm tall thermal solution built around six 6mm diameter heatpipes and featuring one 140x150mm fan called the NF-A15 PWM. The Noctua-branded NF-A15 fan features all kinds of fancy attributes designed to decrease noise, increase airflow, lengthen bearing life...

Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Heatsink Review
Nov 04, 2013 - Frosty No.2730
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Noctua's low profile NH-L9i heatsink stands 36mm tall so it will fit into the smallest of small form factor chassis. The NH-L9i is designed to cool Intel socket LGA115x (1155/1156/1150) processors only, which is a departure from the one-size-fits-all approach we're used to.

Raijintek Ereboss Heatsink Review
Oct 15, 2013 - Frosty No.2729
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Hyperbole aside, the Raijintek Ereboss heatsink is built around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which weave their way up from a nickel-plated copper base plate to a voluminous aluminum fin stack measuring 105mm tall and 112x140mm wide.

Zalman CNPS2X Low Profile Heatsink Review
Oct 14, 2013 - Frosty No.2728
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

This little heatsink from Zalman is called the CNPS2X and it looks like it should be found on an entry level videocard, motherboard chipset or possibly a miniITX motherboard.

Silverstone NT01-Pro Heatsink Review
Oct 11, 2013 - Frosty No.2727
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

What makes the Silverstone NT01-Pro heatsink stand out from the crowd is its relatively low stature; the whole heatsink is under ~111mm tall...

Raijintek Themis Heatsink Review
Oct 02, 2013 - Frosty No.2725
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

'Themis', as you're no doubt are already aware from your days in school, is the Greek goddess of "devine law." If you skipped school, you may have already met Themis in person... in a court room. Themis is the bronze lass holding the sword behind her back...

Raijintek Aidos Heatsink Review
Oct 02, 2013 - Frosty No.2724
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the test bench today is Raijintek's Aidos heatsink, a sub-compact tower cooler that stands just 137mm tall. The Aidos heatsink positions itself as an ideal CPU cooler for height limited computer cases or sub-95W TDP processors that really don't require big and heavy thermal solutions to get the job done.

Silverstone Argon AR01 Heatsink Review
Sep 26, 2013 - Frosty No.2723
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Silverstone's Argon AR08 is constructed around three beefy 8mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base of the cooler. Putting the heatpipes in direct contact with the top of the processor makes for a very thermally efficient path with a minimum of thermal joint resistance.

DeepCool Gammaxx S40 Heatsink Review
Jul 18, 2013 - Frosty No.2721
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

It's nice to once again encounter a heatsink that stands less than 150mm tall and doesn't feature some kind of complicated self contained water cooling heat exchanger... these days it's getting more difficult to find CPU coolers for compact computer systems.

Gelid Black Edition Heatsink Review
Jul 16, 2013 - Frosty No.2720
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

For adventurous computer enthusiasts seeking new and innovative heatsinks, Gelid's 'the Black Edition' heatsink offers pretty good cooling performance with a modest noise output at stock fan speeds.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
Jun 18, 2013 - Frosty No.2698
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Thermaltake's Water 2.0 Performer is a self contained liquid cooling system for Intel and AMD CPUs that's ready to go out of the box - no mess, no fuss. The only requirement you need to worry about is whether your PC case has a 120mm fan opening at the back of the chassis.

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Heatsink Review
May 22, 2013 - Frosty No.2662
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Noctua NH-L12 is a lower profile heatsink that stands 93mm tall and is a little over 130mm square.

Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 Heatsink Review
Apr 24, 2013 - Frosty No.2716
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Airflow is driven by a single 120mm PWM fan whose snow white 7-bladed impeller rotates at your basic 2200RPM to 800RPM. Noise output is moderate. Because computer enthusiasts tend to be picky bunch, Evercool have tossed in one extra set of wire fan clips.

DeepCool Neptwin Heatsink Review
Mar 27, 2013 - Frosty No.2713
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Like a tower heatsink on steroids, the Deepcool Neptwin heatsink incorporates two full-size aluminum cooling fin stacks, twin 120mm fans, six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a chunky 5mm thick copper heatspreader base plate - it's almost literally two heatsinks in one!

DeepCool Frostwin Heatsink Review
Mar 26, 2013 - Frosty No.2712
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The DeepCool Frostwin heatsink ships with two 120mm PWM fans that rotate at 1500-900RPM and move upwards of 55CFM each. According to Frostytech's real world sound measurements, the heatsink produces between 37-50dBA noise.

Zalman CNPS9900DF Heatsink Review
Mar 13, 2013 - Frosty No.2692
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Zalman's CNPS9900DF heatsink is a twin tower cooler that stands 154mm tall and is built around three 6mm diameter composite wick copper heatpipes.

DeepCool IceBlade Pro V2.0 Heatsink Review
Feb 28, 2013 - Frosty No.2710
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Deepcool's IceBlade Pro V2.0 heatsink stands 161mm tall and weighs a solid 981 grams. At the heart of this boxy heatsink are four 8mm diameter copper heatpipes, nickel plated along with everything else, including the aluminum fins.

Coolermaster Gemin II M4 Heatsink Review
Jan 23, 2013 - Frosty No.2709
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Coolermaster Gemin II M4 heatsink measures just 61mm tall, from the base of its exposed copper heatpipes to the tippy tip of its translucent vaneaxial fan. How does manage to squeeze in a fan and enough cooling surface area in a package so thin?

Corsair Hydro H100 Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
Jan 15, 2013 - Frosty No.2665
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Hydro H100 heatsink ships fully assembled, filled with a propylene glycol based coolant and plumbed. The waterblock is connected by 24cm of flexible FEP tubing to the heat exchanger which measures about 274x120x25mm in size. Two 120mm fans are included, these operate at 2600-1300RPM and create a fair bit of noise at full tilt.

NZXT Respire T40 Heatsink Review
Jan 08, 2013 - Frosty No.2707
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Driving air through the Respire T40 heatsink is a 120mm fan that rotates at 1800-1300RPM and moves upwards of 68CFM at full speed.

NZXT Respire T20 Heatsink Review
Jan 01, 2013 - Frosty No.2706
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

On the dock today is NZXT's Respire T20 heatsink. The Respire T20 stands 160mm tall, putting it in the class of full tower CPU coolers. At the heart of this 510 gram heatsink are three heatpipes; two 6mm diameter and one 8mm diameter, all exposed at the base for efficient heat conduction.

Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System Review
Dec 31, 2012 - Frosty No.2705
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Corsair have updated the waterblock design and given the Hydro H60 a new compact profile which hides functional changes to the integrated pump and improves mounting bracket installation significantly. All of this is transparent to the end user though.

Silverstone Heligon HE02 Fanless Passive Heatsink Review
Nov 14, 2012 - Frosty No.2700
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Silverstone Heligon HE02 is being sold as a passive heatsink for sub-95W TDP processors, so today on Frostytech we'll put this big, boxy, silent heatsink through its passive paces. No fans will be used in the testing, just good old noise-less convection cooling.

AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
Nov 09, 2012 - Frosty No.2699
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

AMD's FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink ships pre-filled and is no more difficult to install than a standard heatsink. The CPU cooler installs onto any AMD socket AM2/AM2+/AMD3/AM3+/FM1/FM2 processor using standard hardware, the liquid-to-air heat exchanger needs only a 120mm rear case fan cut out to hang from.

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review
Nov 05, 2012 - Frosty No.2697
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Two 120mm PWM fans come with the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro operate at 1200-2000RPM and produce moderate noise. The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro liquid cooling system installs onto AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors and Intel socket LGA2011/1155/1156 CPUs.

DeepCool Gammaxx 400 Heatsink Review
Oct 22, 2012 - Frosty No.2696
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Deepcool's Gammaxx 400 heatsink stands 162mm tall, putting in the class of full tower CPU coolers. At the heart of the 654 gram heatsink are four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base. The rest of the heatsink is a pretty standard rectangular aluminum fin stack, no fancy leading edges, shapes or punched out cooling fins.

Glacialtech Igloo 5761 Silent Heatsink Review
Oct 19, 2012 - Frosty No.2695
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Igloo 5761 Silent heatsink uses a familiar top-down-fan approach, with three 6mm diameter exposed base heatpipes conducting heat from the CPU to a small thin aluminum fin cooling stack. The cooling fins are topped off by a bright yellow 92x92x25mm PWM vaneaxial fan.

Zalman CNPS14X Lower Noise Heatsink Review
Oct 13, 2012 - Frosty No.2694
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

In any event, the stock Zalman CNPS14X heatsink comes with a single 120mm PWM fan nestled away in the center of two aluminum fin towers. The 120mm fan runs at 1350-900RPM and the two towers are connected to a copper base plate by no less than six, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes.

Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Ed. Ceramic Coated Heatsink Review
Oct 10, 2012 - Frosty No.2693
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Here's what Frostytech has been able to find out. The black ceramic coating on the Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Ed. heatsink is described as high thermal conductivity metal surface treatment by its manufacturer; SAU Applied Materials.

Glacialtech Igloo Pad Series R15 Laptop Cooling Pad Review
Sep 27, 2012 - Frosty No.2691
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

Laptop cooling pads are simple things, usually no more than an elevated surface on which to rest your notebook, with one or two quiet fans that direct a constant stream of cool air towards its base.

Silverstone Heligon HE01 Twin Tower Heatsink Review
Sep 13, 2012 - Frosty No.2689
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The PWM fan itself is non-standard, in that it's 38mm thick rather than 25mm and rotates at 800-2000RPM or 800-1200RPM depending on a small physical switch set into the frame. The Silverstone SST-FHP141-H fan is rated to move upwards of 48-171CFM air

Thermaltake Frio Extreme Heatsink Review
Jun 15, 2012 - Frosty No.2667
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Frio Extreme is a large twin tower heatsink with two massive 140mm fans and a commanding foot print of 150mm square! Standing 161mm tall and weighing 1.23 kilograms, the Frio Extreme is destined for full tower gaming cases with plenty of room to spare.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE White Heatsink Review
May 31, 2012 - Frosty No.2672
Category: Cooling / Heatsinks

The Phanteks PH-TC14PE's five, 8mm diameter copper heatpipes fan out from a thick nickel-plated copper base plate into two 115mm tall anodized aluminum cooling towers.

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