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Noctua's low profile NH-L9x65 heatsink stands just 64mm tall and has a very compact footprint of only 95x95mm. The NH-L9x65 is designed to cool some fairly intensive Intel sockets, along with the full spectrum of AMD processors and APUs. Compact CPU coolers can be a little tricky to install, but Noctua long ago laid down the framework of an excellent motherboard mounting system,, so the NH-L9x65 is a breeze to work with. 

The Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U is a mid-sized heatsink designed specifically for lower noise cooling of Intel Xeon processors in 3U height computer/server chassis. It's compact stature makes it ideal for rack mounted computers in a recording studio, video editing suite, operations control center... The 920gram Scythe Fuma heatsink is constructed around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a pair of aluminum fin stacks that measure 104x130x37mm (HxWxD) in size. The heatpipes are liberally soldered to a chunky nickel plated copper base plate, this plate helps to more evenly conduct heat away from hot-spot ridden multi-core CPUs. While Scythe doesn't overtly market its heatsinks as DeepCool's Maelstrom 240 is a self contained CPU liquid 
cooling system consists of a dual fan, 240mm wide aluminum heat 
exchanger and combination pump head / skived copper waterblock. With Frostytech's synthetic thermal test platforms applying up to a 200W heat load, only we can accurately rank how the Maelstrom 240 liquid cooler stacks up
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Wed: 01/04/2017Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Sun: 01/01/2017Topic: Cases    PermaLink
The Cooler Master MasterBox 5t is a solid case with a new flare that allows you to truly "Make it Yours" in as many ways as you choose.
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Sun: 01/01/2017Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Technically speaking, the Coolermaster Ergostand III supports laptops with footprints up to 15" wide and 11" deep at an angle of 3.5°or as high as 50° vertical. At the rear of the unit is an integrated 4-port USB 2.0 hub which draws power from one of the notebooks' USB ports to power the hub and built in 215mm diameter cooling fan. The notebook stand has a metal mesh top so it's not always necessary to always run the fan, in many situations just having a little bit of airflow around the notebook base can be sufficient. When extra cooling is required, the large, quiet fan can be adjusted from 500-800RPM by virtue of the Ergostand III's dial fan speed control.

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Tue: 12/27/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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ENERMAX, the maker of high-performance PC hardware components, presents the ETS-T50 AXE series, the flagship air cooler equipped with 5x Ø6mm heat pipes. This high performance cooler lineup features 7 unique patents and supports 250W TDP.

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1. Patented Dust Free Rotation (DFR) technology for a self-cleaning solution of the fan and the radiator

2. Patented Pressure Differential Flow (PDF) design to increase 15% more airflow

3. Patented Vortex Generator Flow (VGF) design increases air convection in-between the fins

4. Patented Heat-pipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology improves thermal conductivity and removes the CPU hotspots rapidly

5. Patented Air Guide design with 360o rotatable grill for preferred airflow direction adjustment

6. Patented Twister Bearing fan technology for silent operation and longer lifespan

7. Patented Circular-type LED fan for the utmost eye-catching effect

ETS-T50 AXE, the high-performance CPU cooler, is available in two colors, black and white. The black T50 (ETS-T50A-BVT) comes with ENERMAX patented VEGAS fan with 3-color LED, featuring Thermal Conductive Coating (TCC) in black. On the other hand, the white T50 (ETS-T50A-WVS) with TCC in white incorporates with ENERMAX VEGAS fan with white LED.

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Tue: 12/27/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a new revision of its Kodati CPU Cooler. Scythe is one of the first manufacturers to announce a special solution to the market for the socket AM1 (FS1b). Users have finally the chance to exchange the stock AM1 CPU cooler against the much more powerful Kodati Rev. B. The new revision furthermore inherits the socket support to the common sockets from AMD™ and Intel™, which is very typical for Scythe products.

Scythe Kodati CPU Cooler aims specifically at the HTPC and Mini-ITX market, where size and weight is crucial. Thanks to its total heights of mere 34 millimeters and weight of 180 grams, Kodati Rev. B CPU cooler is able to fit to basically every compact system. This has been achieved by implementing the Stealth Fan Mounting Structure (S.F.M.S), where the pre-installed fan is located between the aluminum fin-structure and copper-baseplate. Fast heat dissipation is assured thanks to the two copper-heatpipes with 6 mm thickness. Users are able to control the supplied 80 mm fan in the range between 800 and 3.300 RPM thanks to the PWM support. The airflow varies between 10,2 and 42,2 m3/h (6,0~24,82 CFM), depending on the fan speed. The specified noise level during operation starts at inaudible 8,2 dBA and goes up to merely audible 32,5 dBA.

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The socket compatibility list features AM1(FS1b), AM2+, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+ from AMD™ as well as sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA 1155 and LGA1156 from Intel™. Scythe utilizes the Easy Installation with Screw (E.I.S) mounting system for Kodati Rev. B, which allows easy and solid screw-based mounting without the need of back-plates. All mounting clips as well as thermal grease and a manual are supplied with the Kodati CPU Cooler. Scythe Kodati Rev. B (Model No. SCKDT-1100) CPU Cooler is available as of today. Suggested retail price is set at 19,70 EUR (excl. Taxes).

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Mon: 12/26/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese manufacturer Scythe innovated the cooling market with it’s first Mugen CPU cooler in the past. The cooling-expert is introducing the new Mugen MAX, aiming for users seeking maximum performance for their PC system. Mugen Max has received various optimizations, such as the re-designed heatsink for increased performance and the shifted base-plate for improved compatibility to memory modules

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After releasing several compact mainstream models, Scythe now presents a real performance highlight. The performance increase of the Mugen MAX has been achieved by implementing a new heatsink-design and six highly efficient copper-heatpipes. Scythe has used an asymmetric layout for the hetasink, where the copper baseplate is slightly shifted. It allows the Mugen MAX to be used with RAM modules, which are equipped with very large heat-spreaders. In addition, it is no longer necessary to remove the CPU cooler to access the memory modules.

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Scythe Mugen MAX stands out with its low weight of only 720 grams (25,40 oz, without fan) in a market segment, where heatsinks easily go beyond 1.000 grams. Further surprising is that the overall dimension 145 x 86 x 161 mm (5,71 x 3,39 x 6,34 inch, without fan) is only slightly exceeding the one from Mugen 4. Hence assures, that Mugen MAX can be fitted into virtually every PC case available on the market. Scythe implemented the well-proven Three-dimensional Multiple Airflow Pass-Through Structure (T-M.A.P.S.) fin structure for its heatsink, which increases the airflow passing in between the fins. The distance between the fins has been increased to 2,6 millimeters (0,10 inch), resulting in reduced flow resistance and improved cooling performance at low fan speeds.

Almost every CPU cooler form Scythe has been supplied with an axial-fan, matching the designated purpose of the product. To match the wide purpose range of Mugen MAX, one 140-millimeter PWM model of the Glide Stream series has been bundled. Fan speed can be controlled conveniently by the PWM controller of the mainboard in a range from 500 to 1.300 RPM, which allows airflow between 63,5 and 165,1 m³/h (37,37 ~ 97,18 CFM). Hence allows it to operate virtually inaudible at 13 dBA at lowest speed or really silent at 30,7 dBA when running at maximum. Enthusiasts, seeking even higher performance are able to use the second fan clip set, which is supplied, to attach a second fan and create a “push-pull” constellation!

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Sun: 12/25/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
”As 2016 comes to a close, it is time for me to talk about the top three coolers. After reviewing many coolers throughout the year, the line blurs and it is really hard to pick, since they are all quite so good. None of them are bad, and it often comes down to price or maybe a certain color scheme that gets my attention. Testing coolers is fun - you get to see what the various manufacturers are doing to set themselves apart from each other. Sometimes it is a new pump design or maybe some new ultra-quiet fans. Fancy lighting effects seem to be the thing now, and I have to say I like every one I have seen. Regardless, let's take a run though the OCC Top 3 Cooler list for 2016 and see if any of them catch your eye.”


Sun: 12/25/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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The Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 is a sweet liquid cooler for your rig that performs very well as long as you do not run into any compatibility issues.

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Sat: 12/24/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese cooling expert Scythe announcing the third version of it’s “Grand Kama Cross” Top-Flow CPU cooler. New Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 is based on the same extraordinary X-Structure concept as the predecessor, allowing especially efficient cooling of both the CPU and the surrounding components such as VGA cards, VRMs or RAM.

Scythe engineers redesigned the Grand Kama Cross 3 with the goal to significantly improve the overall performance. Instead of using regular 6-millimeter copper-heatpipes, Scythe has exchanged the two copper-heatpipes in the center against two with 8-millimeter diameter. Fine-tuning the manufacturing process allowed to further increase the efficiency of the heat transfer between the copper baseplate and the copper-heatpipes. Another difference to the predecessor is that both the copper baseplate and the four copper-heatpipes have been completely nickel-plated for the Grand Kama Cross 3. The engineers have re-designed the two aluminum-fins blocks and fitted the fins with a special saw tooth tread design. The new design has lowered both the operating noise at higher fan speed ranges and the air resistance, resulting in improved cooling performance.

Grand Kama Cross 3 comes with a pre-installed 140 mm axial-fan from the GlideStream series. Thanks to its larger diameter and PWM-support, sufficient airflow between 29,90 and 97,18 CFM at noise levels from 12,5 to 30,7 dBA is assured. Fan speed can be adjusted individually according to the CPU temperature by the motherboard stepless in the range from 400 to 1.300 RPM. The special grooved blade design of the GlideStream 140 case fan benefits the top flow design of Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU cooler.

Even more easy and secure mounting is achieved thanks to the re-worked backplate-based mounting system. Further advantage is the support for latest Intel sockets, such as LGA1151, and LGA1150, LGA1155 as well as LGA 775, 1156, 1366, and LGA2011(v3). The list of compatible AMD sockets includes AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1and FM2(+). All the required mounting clips and screws are supplied with the Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3, as well as a wrench, screw driver, multi-lingual manual and quality thermal grease.

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Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler (Model No. SCGKC-3000) is available as of today. Suggested retail price is set at 36,50 EUR (excl. Taxes).

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Sat: 12/24/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese cooling expert Scythe expands the 120 mm case fan portfolio with the announcement of the new Slip Stream 120 DB axial-fans. The new line up includes five regular models with fixed fan speed as well as one PWM-enabled model. Special highlight of the series is the Dual Ball Bearing, which has been developed in Japan. Thanks to the new bearing an intense life span increase to 350.000 hours (MTBF) has been accomplished.

The successful “small hub & large fan blades” concept was initially introduced with the first Slip Stream series and is handed down to the Slip Stream 120 DB. Increased flow area and airflow could be achieved at the same fan speed, thanks to this concept. Slip Stream 120 DB lineup includes six different models, including a PWM-enabled version, which offers a wide fan speed range starting at 300 RPM and going up to 1.300 RPM. The regular models with fixed fan speed start with the 500-RPM model. This case fan operates at incredibly silent 7,2 dBA and assures steady airflow with 41,62 m³/h (24,50 CFM). A great combination between noise and performance is offered by the 800 RPM model, as it moves 68,24 m³/h (40,17 CFM) at really silent 10,7 dBA. Users requiring more performance or planning to use the Slip Stream 120 DB fans in combination with a fan controller are able to choose between the 1.200, 1.600 and 1.900 RPM model.

Scythe supplies four rubber vibration dampeners, to assure that the vibration from the fans are not transferred to the chassis. In addition to that, four regular mounting screws and a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter are included in the package.

The long life Slip Stream 120 DB fans are available as of today with the MSRP of 7,50 EUR (excl. Tax/VAT) for regular models. Slip Stream 120 DB PWM can be purchased for 10,00 EUR (excl. Tax/VAT).

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Fri: 12/23/2016Topic: Games    PermaLink
Zalman's ZM-K900M keyboard hides a huge range of hardware-controlled backlight and macro modes underneath an unassuming exterior. We took it for a spin to see whether this RGB LED-backlit mechanical marvel stands out in an increasingly jam-packed keyboard market.
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Thu: 12/22/2016Topic: Cases    PermaLink
Today we are going to take a look at the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. This is a case that incorporates style, modular design, as well as ease of use. Once the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t is available for retail purchase around December 22nd it will carry an MSRP of $249.99 as well as a 2 year limited warranty. Read on to see what makes this case special!
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Tue: 12/20/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
Thermalright's Macho Direct CPU cooler gets investigated under our cooling and sound tests to determine if it's worth buying or not."
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Fri: 12/16/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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EKWB are a well-known brand in the enthusiast PC market. Their custom watercooling gear looks amazing and is of top quality – but for a beginner, building a custom loop can be a daunting and confusing process. That is why EKWB have released their Predator 280 all-in-one cooler – it is an easy way to get custom EKWB components in your build at a reasonable cost.

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It even allows you add in your graphics card to the loop, too, thanks to the use of Quick Disconnect fittings.

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Following clear acrylic, carbon and brass HardTubes, the “Eisrohr” Satin tubes are the next step in HardTubes. The surface looks like ice, which fits the general “Eis” family. With the “Eisrohr”, you effectively change the look of your system. You can especially see its true effects after refilling the system. The water has the appearance of frosted ice. With clear HardTubes, when the system is lit by LEDs, you see the reflection of each individual LED very clearly. Not so with the “Eisrohr”. Instead, the light is diffused and you get a softer, better illumination.

Anyone looking for something extraordinary in their system needs to take a look at the “Eisrohr” Satin.

Available sizes: 80cm 16/12mm 80cm 13/10mm

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a new addition to the tower-design CPU cooler line-up. Scythe Byakko is a compact cooling solution with a total height of mere 130 millimeters, which fits in virtually every PC case. Great compatibility is assured thanks to the asymmetric alignment of the base-plate and the heatsink. Byakko is equipped with Scythes Slip Stream 92 PWM fan, offering a wide speed range for different purposes. User friendly and fast mounting of Byakko on both Intel® and AMD® Sockets is accomplished thanks to the supplied mounting clips.

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Scythe Byakko was designed with the aim to fit into most PC cases on the market and to offer maximum compatibility to tall memory modules as well as VRM heatsinks. All this is possible thanks to the compact dimensions of 102 x 130 x 84 mm (W x H x D) and the new asymmetric design of the heatsink. Three high-quality copper heatpipes with 6 millimeter diameter are connecting the solid copper base-plate and the aluminum fins-stack heatsink. Both the copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated in the final process, in order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality.

The new heatsink comes with a pre-installed Slip Stream 92 PWM (SY9225SL12M-P) axial-fan, which offers flexible speed range, starting at ultra-silent 300 RPM and going up to 2.300 RPM for best performance. This speed range allows steady airflow from 11,38 to 79,09 m³/h, respectively 6,70 to 46,55 CFM.

Byakko is equipped with a simple yet versatile mounting system, allowing secure and fast mounting process on various CPU sockets. The list of compatible CPU Sockets is long and covers all major sockets, such as the Intel® Sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 as well as the AMD® Sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+. The package includes all required clips for mounting, a user-manual as well as a package of thermal grease.

Scythe Byakko with the Model-No. SCBYK-1000 is available as of today on the European market with the MSRP of 20,50 € (VAT/Taxes not included).

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Thermaltake Technology, a global leader and innovator in the PC DIY market, and CoolChip TechnologiesTM, the pioneer and worldwide leader in Kinetic CoolingTM, today announced a partnership to introduce the Engine 27.

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“We at Thermaltake always believe that behind a good brand is a great product, and the better the product the better the brand. This is also the reason why we set our brand mission as delivering the perfect user experience.

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We believe CoolChip’s innovative technology is revolutionary and will enable us to continue to deliver the best products for our users. Although now we mainly focus on developing new liquid-cooling products, air coolers still play an important role in our product portfolio. Particularly, we applied Kinetic Cooling to develop the Engine 27 regardless of the compact fan design or the unique aluminum alloy made structure. We took every detail seriously to produce the best low-profile CPU cooler, eventually achieve our mission”, announced Kenny Lin, Thermaltake CEO and Chairman.

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"To make a perfect balance between cooling performance and noise level, forty fan blades are engineered to generate large volume of air passing through the heatsink at any angle. Additionally, the metallic blade rotation will create a centrifugal force on ambient air. In the meanwhile, the centrifugal forces will expel hot air so that heat can easily be taken away from the fan blades. Most importantly, this cooling technique can reduce the blade’s noise and vibration because hot air expelled will create a vacuum, and then fresh cooling air will be drawn in the heatsink. The Engine 27 is specially designed with metallic radial fins to accelerate the thermal transfer process. Especially, the radial arrangement with 119 fin design can minimize the gap between the fan and the fins, thus, hot air can be exhausted more rapidly and efficiently. "

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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"With the AXP-100H Muscle, Thermalright offers a slightly modified version of the HTPC “Value” cooler, which is aimed primarily at price-sensitive fans of compact coolers. The AXP-100H Muscle has been heightened a little bit in order to ensure, that it fits for example on the Asus “Republic of Gamers” Maximus VIII Impact motherboard, with its higher VRM-coolers.

Due to the higher distance between base and heat sink, the cooler is only 7 mm higher than its predecessor. Still, the AXP-100H "Muscle" is just 51 mm high (or 65 mm with the fan included). The most striking feature of this powerful cooler thus remains the particularly low profile. As such– due to the higher distance between base and heat sink. The compact cooler is predestined for HTPC systems or minimalistic work computers.

The design of the cooler is based on the proven "Downdraft" layout, which vertically deflects the airflow to the motherboard and thus also provides efficient cooling for the surrounding components. Six 6 mm heatpipes in combination with the special design of the 40 aluminum fins allow for a very good cooling performance for a cooler of its size.

Now available in the accessory category is the Narrow ILM mounting kit. It can be used for almost all our coolers – with the exception of the Macho Direct and the True Spirit 140 Direct. It’s compatible to narrow ILM Intel LGA 2011/2011-3 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM2/FM2+ motherboards.

Outstanding news have reached us in regards to the new True Spirit 140 Direct. After the first have been released, the cooler already has won a variety of awards. Hardwareluxx gave it the Price-Performance Award, Hardwaremax both the Gold and the Price-/Performanceaward. CrazyPC from Romania even rewarded the cooler with the “Hall of fame” award – which is only given to the best coolers in its price range. Gamezoom gave the HDT cooler its Price-Tip award. Additional awards came from Xtremesystems and Mod-Your-Case. Further reviews are expected to be posted shortly.

Both the AXP-100H Muscle and the Narrow ILM kit are now available in stores. The MSRP for the AXP-100H Muscle is 39.99 Euro, the Narrow ILM kit has a MSRP of 4.99 Euro. All prices including 19% VAT."

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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Japanese cooling expert Scythe presents the fifth version of the Mugen CPU Cooler, which has been fitted with significant improvements. The Mugen has been one of the most popular CPU coolers on the market for a long time. Scythe was able to ramp up the performance even further with Mugen 5 and at the same time equip the heatsink with a unique new fan. Supplied Kaze Flex 120 PWM fan features noise reduction rubber-insulators in the corners, dynamic fan speed range from 300 to 1.200 rpm as well as a brand-new Sealed Precision FDB bearing, allowing smooth and silent operation at all times.

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Scythe's engineering team took the user feedback and applied it on the revamped design of Mugen 5! The heatsink of the Mugen 5 is based on 6 high-quality all-copper heatpipes and a solid aluminum fin stack. Great compatibility to tall memory modules is achieved thanks to the new asymmetrical design of Mugen 5. The solid copper base-plate has been placed slightly shifted for this purpose, instead of centered. In addition to that, several layers of the fin stack on the back of Mugen 5 have been shortened, to further increase RAM compatibility. Mugen 5 can easily fit into most PC chassis on the market, thanks to the total height of only 154,5 mm. In order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality, all copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated.

Another highlight and big improvement is the newly developed Kaze Flex 120 PWM Fan. This fan model incorporates Scythe’s new self-contained liquid Sealed Precision FDB bearing, which reduces friction and wear significantly and offers average lifespan of 120.000 hours! This fan model supports PWM and offers flexible fan control from ultra-silent 300 RPM up to moderate 1.200 RPM. This speed range allows steady airflow from 28,2 to 86,93m³/h, respectively 16,6 to 51,17 CFM. The Kaze Flex 120 PWM Fan is equipped with rubber-insulators at the corners, which prevent the transfer of vibration from the fan to Mugen 5 heatsink, resulting in greater stability and lower noise levels. Mugen 5 comes with a second fan clip set, for users that prefer to use a push-pull setup with two fans.

Mugen 5 is equipped with the second generation of the Hyper Precision Mounting System (H.P.M.S. II). The small yet powerful improvements make the mounting process more user-friendly and simple at the same time. The preassembled metal mounting bar is used in combination with a solid backplate and assures solid and safe fit. Spring-loaded screws prevent uneven distribution of pressure. The Mugen 5 supports all important CPU sockets, including the Intel® Sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366 and LGA2011(V3) as well as AMD® Sockets AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1 and FM2(+). The package contains all required clips for mounting, two fan clip sets, long screw driver, user-manual as well as a package of thermal grease.

Scythe Mugen 5 with the Model-No. SCMG-5000 is available as of today on the European market with the MSRP of 40,50 € (VAT/Taxes not included).

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Thu: 12/15/2016Topic: Cooling / Heatsinks    PermaLink
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"Any normal case priced at $249.99 would be tough to recommend considering the competition, but the GENOME is different: it really is unlike anything I have previously reviewed.

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It has a lot in common with a barebones system, rather than merely an empty enclosure. This means a loss of control and flexibility, but it also translates into an easier build experience; and if the performance and cost make sense, I have no problem with a pre-configured solution like this. The GENOME provided a dead-simple build that looks great and performed admirably, and my only real complaint is a lack of front intake fans, as these will be essential to keep a powerful GPU cool (and GPU load noise down)."

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