Introduction SilverStone is a company that’s been around for 10 years, yet they haven’t quite developed a high level of brand recognition amongst consumers. Still, for those who know them, they sometimes make stand out products. One of their most famous products is the Air Penetrator fan. Silverstone also makes a wide variety of cases, CPU coolers, fans and even power supplies. They recently released their Argon series of CPU coolers which feature the AR01, AR02 and AR03, each having distinct blue-framed fans in a variety of sizes and heat pipe configurations. SilverStone was kind enough to send us their AR01 cooler to test out so let’s check it out! About SilverStone: “Founded in 2003, SilverStone is an established leader in its field, with an elite team of engineers; we started our quest of providing products that create inspirations. We have since expanded the lines of products as well as types of products we produce, giving our customers a wide selection of choices. With distribution centers in different areas of the globe, SilverStone products can be seen all over the world, not just for computer users but also for home entertainment use. Providing leisure with integration of advanced technologies that is functional and making them enjoyable to use. Here at SilverStone Technology, we continue to pride ourselves in providing the highest level of standards in designing and manufacturing computer enclosures, power supplies, and accessories. Our pu...
Introduction Do you ever find yourself suffering from sticky mouse cord syndrome? You’re just trying to move your mouse to dodge some bullets but your cord keeps getting hung up and getting you killed. Does your mouse pad lack the technology to utilize your ultra-low DPI for those massive long-range head shots? If so then CM Storm has some products that you NEED! Introducing the CM Storm Skorpion mouse bungee and the CM Storm Control-RX gaming surface. These two products from CM Storm (a division of Cooler Master) will solve all of your gaming problems! Read on to find out how! “Ever missed the perfect shot cause your mouse cord got stuck? Are you tired of mouse cord drag and pull? Do you constantly bend and move your mouse cord around, but don’t want to compromise and go wireless? Get the Cooler Master CM Storm Skorpion and make your mouse feel like its wireless! Don’t restrict your options to a few tiny wireless mice, use any mouse you want. No added delay, interference issues, higher weight due to batteries, and constant recharging and swapping batteries like actual wireless mice.” “The CM Storm Control-RX is a mouse surface designed for gamers that prefer low DPI settings. A smooth Lycra material gives your mouse a very enjoyable gliding experience. The thickness of the surface will make sure that your hand can rest comfortable for long gaming sessions. The bottom of the mouse surface is an anti-slip polyurethane that will make the mo...
Anyone who games knows how crucial it is to have great peripherals to give you the edge over your competitors. The gaming accessory market has exploded the last few years with tons of mice, mouse pads (or gaming surfaces as the're now known) and more, showing up everywhere you look. Sure, your shiny new 6-core CPU and top-level graphics card will handle the output end of things. But what about the input side of it? All that hardware does you no good when gaming with a $10 wally-world mouse and a dollar-store mouse pad. Enter CM Storm and their wide range of gaming peripherals. They were kind enough to send me over a Recon mouse, Skorpion mouse bungee and a Control-RX gaming surface to play with, and for this first review we'll be looking at the Recon Gaming mouse. Let's get to it!
When you think of CPU air cooling, one name tends to stand out immediately for their exceptional quality, awesome performance and unusual styling. That's right, we're talking about Noctua. Noctua has been known for creating performance air cooling solutions with exceptional reliability and attention to detail. They manufacture a wide range of CPU coolers and fans and have a product that fits everyone's needs. Noctua was kind enough to send us their new NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers to put through the wringer so let's get to it!
Laptops are becoming increasingly common these days. They range from tiny inexpensive netbooks to 17"+ high-powered quad-core gaming rigs. With the advancement of high-performance mobile computing power comes the necessary evil of heat that's generated by these components. The biggest drawback that laptops have in the cooling department versus their desktop brethren is cooling. Desktop computers have room for large cooling units that can easily dissipate the heat generated by the internal components. Laptops, however, need to cool their parts with limited space. Many companies offer stands to place your laptop on that provide additional clearance for airflow, and some even have integrated fans that help force fresh cool air into your hot laptop. Cooler Master has sent us their latest laptop cooler, the NotePal A200, to check out so let's get to it!
Deep Cool is a company that may not be too familiar to everyone, but they've been around for a while and have a long list of cooling products including: CPU coolers, notebook coolers, HDD coolers, GPU coolers and fans as well as several other accessories. You may recognize their other name - Logisys. Logisys sells case modding accessories such as cathodes, LED devices and other gadgets. Deep Cool was kind enough to send us their latest CPU cooler for review - the Gammaxx S40. We always enjoy reviewing CPU coolers, so let's get to it!
When you hear the name Gelid, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For most it's PC case fans. Gelid is known for some of the quietest PC case fans. However, they've also produced some thermal compounds, some VGA cooling units and even a case. Furthermore, they recently stepped into the realm of CPU cooling as well. They were kind enough to send us their new Black Edition CPU cooler to check out. Let's see if Gelid can include good performance, yet keep their quiet fan reputation in the same package.
Xigmatek is one of those companies that's been around for a while but still aren't a name most people use on a daily basis. They've got a long history of cases, CPU coolers, fans and accessories as well as power supplies yet they're not nearly as well-known as companies like Cooler Master, NZXT and Thermaltake just to name a few. This doesn't seem to stop them though as they make some pretty nice products. They were kind enough to send us their Prime SD1484 CPU cooler to review. Can this cooler from the little guy perform? Let's find out.
CPU coolers - we all know what they are and we all use them. Whether it be the stock cooler that came with your CPU or a high-end custom water cooling setup we all have one and we all need one. There's cooler that are cheap and relatively inefficient and there are coolers that are expensive and work exceedingly well. What about the happy medium? What about the best of both - price and performance? Enter NZXT and their Respire line of CPU coolers. They aim to give the best performance for the least amount of cash - but do the coolers meet those expectations? We've already looked at their T20 variant (insert link to that review here) and we're thoroughly impressed. Now we've got their Respire T40 here in the lab today so let's check it out!
We're all aware of Sapphire and their Vapor-X technology. They've been implementing said Vapor-X technology on video cards since the 3870 with great success. Can the Vapor-X technology be adapted for CPU cooling as well? It sure can...but will it perform the same way it does on their graphics cards? Well lucky for us Sapphire was kind enough to send us one of their new Vapor-X Universal CPU coolers to test out. So without further adieu let's take a look!
Air coolers are everywhere these days. They come in every imaginable shape, size and layout and offer varying price points and degrees of performance from "awesome" to "don't waste your money." NZXT is fairly new to the CPU cooler market, having released their first air coolers (the Havik 140 and Havik 120) just last year. Both received great fanfare and praise from their reviewers. NZXT decided to release a more budget-friendly set of air coolers dubbed the Respire series. Today we look at the baseline model, the Respire T20.