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NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup

AIO (all in one) liquid cooling units continue to gain popularity due mostly to the cheaper cost to performance ratio, as well as their leak-proof and low maintenance design. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a few manufacturers offered this type of cooling solution. Today we find a lot of AIO units flooding the market, and as you may already know, selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many different styles and types readily available. I am very excited today, because I will be putting three new units on my test bench from NZXT. The NZXT KRAKEN X31, X41 and, Kraken X61 AIO coolers. These three closed-loop liquid coolers are follow-up products to the Kraken X30 X40 and Kraken X60 that were reviewed last year. The NZXT X31 X41 and X61 have kept their same 120mm, 140mm, & 280mm respective CLC design; however, they now come with some new additions in the form of variable pump speed control, increased radiator thickness, and Cam software. Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about NZXT.



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Where are the 360mm AIOs?

Now before I begin, I want to clarify that it’s possible to find some new All-in-One units that have the 360mm radiators if I look hard enough. I’m looking for two manufacturers to have their units start popping up with some of the major retailers; particularly Newegg because buying from them is easy for me. So the real question is, “Where is the Cooler Master Glacer 360l and the Fractal Design S36?” I’m hoping to see those for sale at more websites soon, but until then, I want to share what it is that excites me about both of these units. The Cooler Master Glacer 240l already made a huge splash (pun intended) when it released. The powerful pump combined with an all copper/brass radiator put almost every other AIO to shame, but what really set it apart was the fact that you could easily expand it by adding a GPU block and start liquid cooling extra components. The 240l could typically handle a CPU and GPU before considering adding at least an extra radiator. The 360l brings all of the aforementioned features while adding an extra 120mm of radiator to keep things cool. It’s very likely that the 360l could handle a CPU and 2 GPUs in the one loop. The problem is this unit hasn’t gone for sale yet. Cooler Master announced it back in January, but has yet to announce any solid release date. All I have to say to Cooler Master is hurry and get this thing to the consumers! It sounds like an awesome unit that will add even more capacity to t...



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Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower Case

After all these years reviewing computer equipment, especially case reviews, it takes a lot to get me excited. There are not too many manufacturers that will spark my interest or kindle and light that fire inside of me. Today Phanteks has now moved to the top of my list as one of those manufacturers. Phanteks as some of you may already know has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions, with their high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this year took the industry by surprise when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis, a chassis specifically targeting the computer enthusiast and water cooling aficionado. Today will be looking at yet another offering from Phanteks: the Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower. The Enthoo LUXE is very similar looking to the coveted Phanteks Enthoo Primo, sporting many of the distinct features and designs of its predecessor which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, power supply shroud, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo LUXE is available in both a black and a white windowed version. The Enthoo Series is all about versatility, a spacious and clean interior and, of course, Enthoo is famous for making it very easy to build water cooling systems. Read on to see why this case has got me very excited. We are taking an up close and personal look into this new arrival from Phante...



Introducing the Kraken X31, NZXT’s First 120mm Based Liquid Cooler!

It’s time to take the plunge. Los Angeles, CA – The Kraken X31 takes our Kraken liquid coolers to new depths by reimagining our industry-leading 140mm platform in a smaller, more affordable 120mm package without sacrificing performance or the cutting edge hardware the Kraken has come to be known for. By utilizing a 120mm radiator, we’re able to increase the radiator’s compatibility to include cases that don’t support our traditional 140mm standard. The X31 radiator is also optimized to run on a single fan without losing static pressure, airflow, or performance. Extended tubing make installing the Kraken X31 a breeze, while our industry leading six year all-inclusive warranty keeps your rig performing reliably at top performance. The Kraken X31 includes the same state-of-the-art integrated variable speed pump that keeps noise to a minimum during use without sacrificing top end pump power in our X41 and X61. A single 120mm pressure-optimized PWM fan connects directly with the pump to give complete software control over your Kraken cooler. In addition to the cutting edge hardware and a robust warranty, our legacy Kraken Control software has been replaced by the Kraken+ module within our new software suite, CAM. Kraken+ allows you to control your Kraken X31’s fan speeds and other custom cooling settings directly from your PC or mobile device regardless of where you are in the world. The Kraken X31’s mix of performance, affordability, and reliability makes thi...



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XSPC DDC Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo – Review

XSPC has been known to bring attractive product to the market usually at an equally attractive price tag. These two factors have made them very popular over the last few years. Radiators, reservoirs, tubing and fittings all were released with a good amount of fanfare. None of those came close to the buzz created by the Photon D5 combo. The sturdy glass Photon was already an instant success and combining it with a strong D5 pump sent a strong message to everyone: XSPC has great minds at work. The sticking point was the overall size left some out in the cold wishing for a combo setup that could fit in the smaller chassis. Ok folks, we are here today to finally silence those that have been complaining, wishing or requesting loudly to XSPC after they released the combo Photon D5 Reservoir . You got your wish! XSPC decided to follow up the incredibly popular Photon D5 with a sought after DDC version. This will make many people happy, including me as I have been working on a lot of small systems lately. The smaller size, good head pressure and sturdy stain resistant glass has me excited to see what it can do and how well it can fit into a beloved small form factor case. Let us get started then.



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NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Speed Controller Review

As any system builder can tell you, the proper way to tune your system involves balance. Part of that balance which often goes overlooked by many novice builders is configuring your system fans; without proper airflow, your system might not be performing to its peak potential or might just be making a bit more noise than it needs to. Let us not forget that often times we find ourselves wondering how we are going to supply power to our fans without having to use motherboard headers and having all those unseemly cables running all over the place like so many cob webs. NZXT's Sentry line of fan speed controllers has been a staple for many system builders for several years, ranging in style from simple, mesh-style rheostat dials (varying resistor to control fan speed), to dual bay touch screen units. Here to serve another segment, as well as to update their lineup, is the Sentry 3. Offering 15 watts/three fans per channel, an increased size single bay touch screen, temperature probe, five total channels and an alarm monitor, can these features really create a more balanced build for you, or does this amount to nothing more than a bit of case bling? Before we find out, here's a bit about NZXT:



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Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler Review

Today's high demanding games can cause serious heat issues with improperly cooled graphic cards, so what do we do when they start to overheat? Look into water cooling? Not if your graphics card uses a non-referenced PCB. I'm in that boat; I picked up a few video cards without realizing they were non-referenced. The question is, what other options do we have in order to better cool the GPU and memory? Arctic has came up with a solution with the Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X), which is an upgraded air cooling solution that cools the GPU and memory utilizing 5 heatpipes and a custom rear heatsink.



ID-COOLING Booth Review @ COMPUTEX 2014

ID-COOLING Booth Review @ COMPUTEX 2014  Jun. 6, Taipei – ID-COOLING might be unfamiliar to many of you, but in fact they’ve been in cooling business for a decade, mainly developing OEM business for different purposes. During this Computex, ID-COOLING rolls out a full line of computer hardware products, ranging from CPU air cooling to aluminum Micro cases.  They made this astounding demo computer constructed by heatpipe and aluminum fins. Actually the wings you see are used as CPU and VGA cooling.  One fascinating product that intrigues us is the FI-REEX DELUXE CPU air cooler. The heatsink is composed of a vapor chamber, six heatpipes that directly connected with the vapor chamber sharing the same vapor cavity, two more U-shaped 8mm heatpipes and a set of shining nickel plated heatsink fins. Mounted with two 140mm PWM fans, this cooler is set to handle up to 300W. Other than the unique air cooler, ID-COOLING also present a full range of air coolers, including traditional tower heatsinks and low-profile cooler for small PC builders    Moving on, we spot their AIO liquid cooler prototypes: Frostflow 240S and Frostflow 120S. ID-COOLING claims to launch them in the market within two months with quite affordable prices.  Besides cooling, ID-COOLING also developed a Micro case line. The Silencer ITX case has pure aluminum housing. This case has no fan at all but a passive heatsink for the cooling, up to 45W processor. It supports Mini-ITX boards, two 2.5” HDD/SSD and...



Enermax ETS-N30 TAA CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Aftermarket CPU Air Coolers flood the market with many options and styles today. With the vast number of options, we know that competition is fierce. Today, we are going to be looking at the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU cooler that was designed for the mid-range users who aren’t looking to spend a great deal of money. The Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Air Cooler sports a 92mm blue LED fan with a copper based heatsink that not only looks good, but also fits the bill for those in a budget crunch. Let’s take a look at the Enermax ETS-N30 CPU Cooler and what is has to offer. Before we do that, let’s talk little about who Enermax is: Enermax Technology Corporation is a world-renowned PC Power Supply Unit manufacturer. Since our establishment in 1990, we provide power supply products and peripherals like chassis, cooler, fan and keyboard with excellent quality and have won recognitions of consumers around the world. ENERMAX products are recommended by worldwide reviewers, and certain were granted by iF, Red Dot, Good Design and Taiwan Excellence Awards. Those are proven evidence of our top-notch quality and design competency recognized by the professionals. To develop an intensive sales network and better service customers around the world, Enermax has set up branch offices in Germany, France, U.S.A., Japan and China. We also have service offices and distributors in countries across Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. Our farsighted R & D capability is our key str...



Fractal Design new Kelvin Series Water Cooling System

Fractal Design new Kelvin Series Water Cooling System Fractal Design is proud to launch KELVIN, a uniquely Expandable All-In-One water cooling series. Available in three different versions T12 (120mm radiator), S24 (240mm radiator) and S36 (360mm radiator). Simple to install, silent operation, powerful performance and easy expandability define the Kelvin Series. The silent high-performance ceramic pump is strong enough to support considerable expansion, should you decide to include GPU blocks and/or additional radiators in the same loop.  The Kelvin Series water cooling systems are constructed from enthusiast class components. Both the CPU block and the radiator are made from pure copper, for maximum performance and an increased product life span with zero maintenance required.  All modern CPU sockets are supported by the versatile, easy-to-use mounting kit. Key Features Kelvin T12, S24, S36 The strong pump and the full-copper construction places the Kelvin Series water cooling system ahead of the pack in cooling performance. Easily Expandable system. Just open it up to get the full benefits of custom water cooling, with the ability to add any parts you want to the loop. High pressure pump provides impressive water flow rates even when an additional CPU or GPU water block or an additional radiator has been added to the loop. All parts have fully standard G 1/4″ thread fittings for compatibility with the vast majority of enthusiast water cooling products. The tubes ...



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Enermax Liqtech 240 & Liqmax 120 CPU Cooler Review

All in one liquid cooling units are among the popular cooling solutions recently. With AIO units gaining popularity due to their cost to performance ratio, it doesn't come as a surprise. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a hand of manufacturers offered this type cooling solution. However, today we find AIO units flooding the market, and selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many readily available. Today are going to be looking at 2 units from Enermax that recently joined in on this market. We have the Enermax Liqtech 240 and Liqmax 120S AIO cooling units on the test bench. While choosing AIO units should be based on cooling performance, sometimes we find that aesthetics and software can be a deciding factor as well. Let's put both these units on our bench for testing today, but before we do that, let's talk about Enermax for just a moment.



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Big Release from Be Quiet! at Computex

Computex is finishing up and the hardware news is getting exciting. Be Quite!, a company renowned for their PSU and CPU Cooler quality, brought some pretty cool releases that are not only an improvement for their markets in Europe, but give consumers more items to choose from here in North America. The Straight Power 10 is a new PSU series that will finally be available in North America and the Pure Rock is a very nice looking budget CPU cooler, but the big release is a new computer case that will introduce Be Quiet! to the very competitive chassis market. Having a new PSU line up in North America is great due to the quality that Be Quiet! offers. The Straight Power series had only shown up in European markets but I’m sure the Straight Power 10 series will be welcomed warmly in North America. While the details may be sparse on the PSUs, the new CPU cooler has some very exciting connotations for the budget PC. Right now, the king of the budget CPU coolers is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ and the close second is the Hyper 212 Evo. These have great price to performance ratios, but they leave a little to desire in the noise and aesthetics departments. Each cooler has what looks like unfinished tips sticking out of the top and while the Evo fan looks slightly better, both are slightly plain while holding the Cooler Master reputation of being pretty loud at full speed. Be Quiet! is now introducing their Pure Rock cooler that is planned to release at $35.00. If this cooler o...



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NZXT Releases the Kraken X41/x61 and the Grid+

How do you make a great product better? Sometimes companies can redesign a product to squeeze every ounce of performance out of a design, release an updated model, then call it good. Or, a company can simply add a feature that makes an already great product even better. That’s exactly what we have today because NZXT just announced the release of the Kraken X41, x61 and the Grid+ that are all compatible with their new CAM software. As an enthusiast, nothing excites me more than writing about CPU cooling. This makes the release of new AIO coolers from NZXT all the more exciting, especially since the Kraken x60 had such a huge reputation. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any huge design changes with either loop. You still have a 140mm and 280mm rad with what looks to be the same power pump. On the other hand, NZXT did make some minor improvements that sound pretty good. The pump now has integrated speed control allowing the user to easily tone down the RPMs for quieter operation. This is great since controlling pump speed off a fan header isn’t the best and this can save a valuable connection on the fan controller. They also improved the fans to give a little better air flow but only the reviews will prove if these fans have better static pressure for the radiator. Combine all these features with the ability to control and monitor everything through the new CAM software and what you have is a system that you can monitor from anywhere anytime if you wa...



Corsair Hydro Series HG10 Unleashes Your GPU’s Hidden Performance

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the Hydro Series™ HG10 GPU cooling bracket, a powerful new accessory that gives gamers the opportunity to replace a stock graphics card cooler with any of Corsair’s Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers. The resulting upgrade unleashes the GPU’s hidden graphics performance by reducing GPU temperatures by as much as 50°C (122F), cutting down on droning fan noise, reducing GPU throttling, and boosting overclocking potential. In conjunction with the new HG10, Corsair also premiered new LED-infused versions of its award-winning Air Series™ SP120 and SP140 static pressure fans in five different colors — red, white, blue, green, or purple. Hydro Series HG10 GPU Liquid Cooling Bracket The HG10 offers full coverage for compatible reference-design GPUs, meaning it’s not just cooling your GPU itself, but the red-hot VRMs and VRAM on your card. After installing the HG10 GPU bracket, a PC enthusiast can mount any Corsair Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler (available separately) to chill their graphics card’s GPU (up to 50°C) and VRM/VRAM (up to 25°C) lower than stock temperatures. Don’t be afraid to push that overclock and extract every bit of performance from a graphics card — paired with a Hydro Series cooler, the HG10 can quickly dissipate large amounts of heat, and will reduce noise significantly compared to the GPU’s stock fan. The HG10 is a straightforward to install. With only an o...



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Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

Phanteks has been on the forefront in manufacturing thermal solutions. They are known for their high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this year took the industry by surprise when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing. They introduced the award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis, specifically targeting the computer enthusiast, and water cooling aficionado. Today will be looking at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower. This is a scaled down. budget version of the coveted Enthoo Primo. The Enthoo Pro is somewhat similar looking, sporting many of the distinct features and design cues of its predecessor. It includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, a power supply shroud, and a brushed aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro is available in both a windowed and non-windowed version; read on as we take an up close and personal look into this budget friendly chassis and see how it stacks up against its bigger brother.






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