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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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Sun: 10/19/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
Another mini cube case hits our labs from Thermaltake. It's not an Urban or Element - this time we see the Core V1 Mini-ITX chassis. Come take a look now."
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Sat: 10/18/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"The list of improvements include the use of direct contact heat pipes to improve efficiency, as Cooler Master has successfully used on other models. The D92 uses dual 92mm 4-pin PWM fans in a push / pull configuration to effectively move the air through the cooler, and the offset design keeps the dead air space behind the fan hubs to a minimum. The mounting system for the new fans is also impressive, as are the retained mounting screws on the base. This certainly makes the installation a fast and smooth operation. The D92 also comes with a convenient 4-pin splitter cable so you can plug into one CPU fan header and control both fans.”


Fri: 10/17/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Gelid are one of the leading names in the cooling market, so much so that we extensively use their Gelid Extreme thermal paste in all of our CPU cooler benchmarks for a good reason; as do many other people around the world. Gelid do much more than create thermal paste however, and today we have the Gelid SpeedTouch 6 fan controller at our disposal. The SpeedTouch 6 is designed for those who want to get a better command on their system performance, allowing you to tweak fan levels for maximum cooling performance or minimum noise, while also monitoring internal temperatures of your system components; something that can prove vital for overclocking and maintaining a stable system. There are a fair few fan controllers on the market, so it can be quite tricky to find one that is suitable for your build. That being said, they’re often quite similar and a lot of the time it can simply boil down to aesthetic choices when you pick your fan controller. The Gelid SpeedTouch 6 does promise nice aesthetics thanks to a back-lit touch screen panel, but it’s also well equipped in general as it comes with long cables, six fan connectors, six temperature sensors and aluminium construction.
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° eteknix


Fri: 10/17/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Bigger is always better and Thermaltake keeps with that thinking with its Water 3.0 AIO (All-In-One) CPU cooler. Thermaltake expands it radiator system to an impressive 360mm's worth of liquid cooling. What is probably most impressive though is it does not have a ton of other generally useless blinky light features.
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Thu: 10/16/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"Swiftly coming back to the lager and fully tested fans, I was apathetic about the S12B. Unfortunately, it is in the middle of the road. It cools well enough, perhaps even very well considering its size, but it just doesn't stand out. Where the S12B fails to really catch attention, the larger redux fans steal the spotlight. What may have impressed me the most is the proximity to the A15 that the P14's came. Dealing out nearly identical performance with a lower price tag and older technology. Although, to be fair, the A15 is considerably more quiet. On that note, if there were to be any one flaw, it is that the redux fans are really not all that silent when stressed. The older redux fans were once replaced by quieter fans that had similar performance and it shows (if only the slightest bit). However, with that in mind, the noise that the redux fans make is still rather low in tone, pleasant to the ear like a gust of wind."


Wed: 10/15/2014Topic: Cases    PermaLink
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2014 could be the year of the small desktop. An ever growing number of motherboard manufacturers are introducing Mini ITX boards, and a lot of new cases are being put on the market. We thought this called for a new test on Hardware.Info of this form factor with a new test platform.

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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink

Noctua today introduced several new additions to its popular A-series of premium quality quiet fans. While the new NF-A9 and NF-A8 models succeed the award-winning NF-B9 and NF-R8, the NF-A4x10 5V is a dedicated 5V version of the renowned NF-A4x10. All models feature Noctua's proprietary AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels and come with full 6 years manufacturers warranty.

"The NF-R8 and NF-B9 have become well established references in the field of quiet 80 and 92mm fans and it took us almost 3 years of development to achieve consistently better efficiency", explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "We're very happy with how the NF-A8 and NF-A9 turned out in the end, they really push the limits in their fields."

Featuring all of Noctua's latest technologies such as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A9 and NF-A8 provide higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than their much acclaimed predecessors, which will continue to be available via Noctua's redux line.

Whereas the NF-A8 will be available in PWM (2200rpm max.), FLX (2000/1650/1200rpm) and ULN (1400/1000rpm) variants, the NF-B9 will be available as PWM (2000rpm max.) and FLX (1600/1250/1050rpm) models.

"Feedback on our NF-A4x10 40mm fan has been excellent, yet both end users and industry clients have asked for a 5V version", says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "Many devices such as network or storage solutions use 5 volt 40mm fans, so with the new NF-A4x10 5V, we now have a solution for these types of applications."

With its 5V operating voltage, super-quiet 17.9dB(A) noise rating and the included OmniJoin™ adaptor set that makes it compatible with proprietary fan headers, the NF-A4x10 5V is ideal for replacing noisy or broken 5V 40mm fans.

Like all A-series fans, the new NF-A9, NF-A8 and NF-A4x10 models come with integrated anti-vibration pads and a wide range of accessories such as anti-vibration mounts, extension cables and Low-Noise Adaptors. Their superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua's trusted premium quality make them an elite choice for the highest demands.

Prices and availability All the new models are currently shipping and will be available shortly. The manufacturer suggested retail prices are as follows: NF-A9 (PWM / FLX): EUR 17.90 / USD 20.90 NF-A8 (PWM / FLX / ULN): EUR 15.90 / USD 17.90 NF-A4x10 5V: EUR 12.90 / USD 15.90


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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Yet another Mugen arrives for testing. Scythe has revamped one of their best selling coolers to offer the Mugen Max. Come take a look at Chad's review."
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° tweaktown


Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
October happens to be one of my favorite months of the year since it marks the beginning of winter the season which is very kind to most electrical and electronic devices out there. For me winter means i can perform tests a lot easier not only because low temperatures in the lab are always welcome (especially when testing coolers) but also because we can achieve higher and more stable overclocks compared to the much hotter summer season (at least without having to worry about turning the AC on). Of course the arrival of winter doesn't mean people should feel free to "neglect" getting proper cooling for their systems (house temperatures are never as low as the ones outside after all) so we haven't really stopped searching around to bring all of you reviews of the most intriguing CPU coolers to hit the market and today with us we have the latest offering by our old friends over at Scythe called the Mugen MAX (SCMGD-1000).
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° nikktech


Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
In our comparison tables, you can find test results regarding 31 recent air and watercoolers. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right cooler. ?
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Thermaltake are back with their brand new CPU cooler; the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual. In the past they have released some excellent products geared towards gamers and overclocking enthusiasts, boasting good value, low temperatures and low acoustics. A near silent PC is always hard to put together and normally you have to sacrifice some of the cooling power to get the PC as quiet as you would like. This cooler is set to try and tackle both problems head on, focusing on silence whilst keeping the performance that we all desire. I’ve got high hopes for this cooler and with stiff competition coming from the likes of be quiet! and the AIOs that are on the market it will certainly be interesting to see how this stacks up against the competition.
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
"Recently we took a close look at DeepCool’s initial offering in the AIO cooler category, the Maelstrom 120. Released under their new moniker Gamer Storm we found that although it was a decent first attempt, it left us wanting in a few areas. Mostly we were hoping for just a little more performance. Well as it happens DeepCool also offers a Maelstrom 240 AIO. This unit is the big brother to the 120, and is nearly identical aside from having a larger radiator. Could this be the answer to the performance gap the 120 left us with? Read on as we take an in depth look at the DeepCool Maelstrom 240."
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Thermaltake are back with their brand new CPU cooler; the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual. In the past they have released some excellent products geared towards gamers and overclocking enthusiasts, boasting good value, low temperatures and low acoustics. A near silent PC is always hard to put together and normally you have to sacrifice some of the cooling power to get the PC as quiet as you would like. This cooler is set to try and tackle both problems head on, focusing on silence whilst keeping the performance that we all desire. I’ve got high hopes for this cooler and with stiff competition coming from the likes of be quiet! and the AIOs that are on the market it will certainly be interesting to see how this stacks up against the competition.
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Technology industry leaders Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers that’s liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Developed in collaboration with Intel and SuperMicro, Cherry Creek first featured live at the Supercomputing Conference 2013 and delivered 131.5 TFLOPS at only 74kW of power. Cherry Creek was cooled using CoolIT’s Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) system with an AHx35 pumping and heat exchanger component. This placed Cherry Creek 400th on the 2013 Top500 Supercomputer Sites list and 41st on the 2013 Green500 list of the world’s most energy efficient supercomputers at that time. This special computer is now housed in Switch’s Las Vegas SUPERNAP data center and available to UNLV researchers through SUPERNAP’s unique connectivity network. The Cherry Creek supercomputer gives the university and its research partners access to world-class computing power and provides for scientific discovery, the innovation of applications, and regional economic development efforts. The Cherry Creek supercomputer is seven times faster in processing data than the supercomputer currently used by UNLV researchers, owing to the combination of Intel® Xeon® processors, Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, and Intel® True Scale Fabric that Cherry Creek uses.
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Design-wise, the Cooler Master Hyper D92ooler Master Hyper D92 is a re-engineered Hyper N520, improving upon its design based on current system building concerns such as better RAM heatspreader clearance compatibility, better looks and improved efficiency.
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Tue: 10/14/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Managing the thermal performance of a graphics card is no easy task, manufacturers extensively research their cooling solutions in a bid to offer the best performance and value vs their competitors products. Most graphics cards are created equal; take the Sapphire R9 270X that we have here today, it features a chip that is pretty much the same as any other R9 270X, but it also features one of the best coolers in its class. The extra cooling performance that Sapphires’ Tri-X cooler gives, allows the card to be overclocked for increased performance. Overclocking can make the card more powerful, but this also means it’ll generate more heat and you’ll have to add a better cooler. By adding a better cooler you reduce the heat of the card and leave more room for overclocking and so the cycle continues. Overclocking is one reason for running a high-end cooler, but there are other benefits, as a more efficient after-market cooler can often run quieter than a stock cooler; lets not forget the fact that keeping your hardware from overheating can improve its lifespan. Today I’m going to be taking the NZXT Kraken G10 graphics card mount, which allows you to connect an Asetek water cooling unit directly to the GPU for improved cooling performance, and today we’re going to be doing that with the help of the NZXT Kraken X40 140mm AIO water cooler.
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° eteknix


Sun: 10/12/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Today we are going to take a look at a the Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 GPU Cooler, an aftermarket graphics cooling solution which is designed to improve the cooling performance of your graphics card, allowing more overclocking headroom while reducing the noise level.
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° kitguru


Sat: 10/11/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Today we are going to take a look at a the Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 GPU Cooler, an aftermarket graphics cooling solution which is designed to improve the cooling performance of your graphics card, allowing more overclocking headroom while reducing the noise level.
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Thu: 10/09/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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"EKWB drops another block on the market. This time we received the Supremacy EVO, in Clear CSQ form for testing. Here are Chad's full thoughts on it."

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° tweaktown


Mon: 10/06/2014Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Raijintek are still fairly new to the consumer market, but over the last couple of years they’ve come back again and again with products that offer award-winning performance at wallet friendly prices. Following the success of their CPU coolers, Raijintek are now moving into the world of graphics card cooling, starting with the Morpheus GPU cooler which we are reviewing today. The new cooler is compatible with many of today’s latest cards ranging from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti right up to the Nvidia Geforce GTX 780Ti, not forgetting of course the AMD ranges where it’ll find a comfortable home with everything from the older 78xx range, the R9 270 range and the high-end R9 290 range. It’s those higher models such as the 780 Ti and the 290X that are of particular interest, as these are high performance cards with very demanding cooling requirements; that should be some indication of how capable the Morpheus should be. Today I’ll be putting it through its paces on the Sapphire R9 270X Toxic, I’ve chosen this card due to it featuring one of the best coolers in its class and it represents the level of performance your average high-end consumer is likely to purchase.
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