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Fractal Design just got real ‘cool’!

Cool your system with a Kelvin T12, S24 or S36! Earlier this year, Fractal Design entered the liquid cooling market with the revel of the Kelvin Series. After final design and engineering tweaks, we are ready to present to you the precise, powerful and quality Kelvin T12, S24 and S36! The Kelvin water cooling is an open loop DIY system, a perfect option for those users looking for powerful water cooling with the benefits of a DIY system provides and the conveniences AIO systems deliver. Kelvin allows you to expand and improve the cooling for your system like the professionals. 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. Fractal Design has created a water cooling micro site to work as a tool to illustrate the key benefits and functions that make up the Kelvin units, provide general liquid cooling guidelines, tips and how-to videos to offer a resource to those looking for general or extra education. Fractal Design’s ...



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Bitfenix Pandora Small Form Factor Case Review

The Bitfenix Pandora will handle all your needs as far as hardware compatabilty, plus Its a classy features will blend in with most any enviroment. Although we love the LED screen, we would like to see Bitfenix upgrade the LCD to show system information which would be much more paractical.



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Noctua Fan Round Up: Phase II Review

Introduction Noctua is a name synonymous with the idea of a nearly perfect fan. Some would say they are too pricey, but most people who have owned one usually deem the cost worth the quality of the product. In fact, the only quibble I’ve seen consistently stick with Noctua fans is the color scheme. While beige and brown provide a unique aesthetic that clearly defines the brand, it hardly fits in most color schemes that builders decide on for their rigs. Just when all hope was lost that we would ever see anything different, Noctua decided to give us two new colors in their arsenal of fans; a grey scheme for the Redux line and a black/brown scheme for their Industrial line. Before we dive into the fans, let’s learn a little bit about the company behind the magic.



Phanteks PH-TC12LS/PH-TC14S CPU coolers launch

Phanteks PH-TC12LS/PH-TC14S CPU coolers launch PHANTEKS PH-TC12LS Walnut, California, November 26th 2014 Phanteks announces the release of the PH-TC12LS, a low profile CPU cooler. The PH-TC12LS comes equipped with the latest PH-F120MP PWM High Static Pressure fan designed to overcome airflow restriction caused by high fin density. Designed specifically for HTPC, the PH-TC12LS stands at only 47mm tall (74mm with fan) and compatible with 99mm small form factor case. The six 6mm C-type nickel plated heatpipes with the slim aluminium stacked fins delivers thermal conductivity more efficiently. The new design aluminium stacked fins are slimmer, resulting in faster heat distribution on the surface of the fins. To prevent premature failures and reliability,the PH-TC12LS uses Phanteks’ P.A.T.S technology to dissipate heat that generate within the case. With P.A.T.S, the PH-TC12LS can withstand of up to 200 degree Celsius. The PH-TC12LS includes the new seven blade PH-F120MP PWM High Static Pressure fan. The new fans are design to provide exceptional static pressure and airflow through the heatsink. The PH-TC12LS also comes with the Solisku Bracket, a easy to install bracket that allows for a direct contact with the CPU and compatible with AMD and INTEL sockets. For cases with limited amount of space, PH-TC12LS is a great choice. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS For more detailed data and specifications information, please visit our web site http://www.phanteks.com/PH-TC12LS.html PRICING...



CRYORIG Innovative Product Compatibility Tester Goes Online!

CRYORIG Innovative Product Compatibility Tester Goes Online! 27.11.2014, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, PC thermal solutions innovator is releasing a new Compatibility Tester. The CR Origami testing system allows users to print out and put together a origami structure that will reflects the fin size footprint, heatpipe height limitations for a CRYORIG product and platform of choice. This allows users to pre-test their system and see for themselves if CRYORIG fit’s or not. Taking only a four steps to make your very own CR Origami Tester, the Tester is the fastest and easiest way to answer questions like wither the R1 Universal will interfere with your RAM/PCI-E and many more compatibility related questions. The CR Origami tester is far more comprehensive than regular compatibility charts. The tester allows you to simulate how a CRYORIG product would fit in your system, allowing for pre-purchase planning. Besides using the CR Origami Tester, you can also always write to support@cryorig.com for any compatibility or system issues. CRYORIG’s R1 Ultimate Origami Tester CRYORIG’s R1 Universal Origami Tester CRYORIG’s C1 Origami Tester CRYORIG’s H5 Universal Origami Tester CRYORIG’s Offizielle Facebookseite About CRYORIG Officially founded in 2013, CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and Cooling market with a core team of seasoned veterans. The team’s resumes include experiences with renowned brands such as Thermalright, Prolimatech an...



ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II series

  ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II series   November 20th, 2014. Chino, California – ENERMAX rolls out the second generation LIQMAX All-In-One CPU liquid cooler series. LIQMAX II has 2 models: LIQMAX II 120S and LIQMAX II 240, the radiators’ length are 120mm and 240mm, respectively. LIQMAX II features a new cooling block with advanced impellers, ENERMAX patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) and the 2nd generation batwing fans with patented APS(Adjustable Peak Speed) triple RPM range setting function. LIQMAX II 120S and 240 TDP are rated at 320W+ and 350W+ respectively, and support the most modern CPU socket types, including LGA1150, LGA2011, AM3+ and FM2+.   High efficiency Cooling Block ENERMAX’s patented Shunt Channel Technology (S.C.T) is a dramatic improvement on thermal performance. This precise technique successfully boosts heat exchange efficiency by eliminating the boundary layers and increases the coolant exchange ratio. LIQMAX II continuously adopts this technology on the copper cooling base plate of the cooling block. Moreover, the advanced impellers enable increased pumping pressure strength to keep the smooth coolant circulation. The pump inside the cooling block is a ceramic beating pump, featuring high corrosion resistance, noiseless operation and exceptional durability with MTBF 50,000 hrs.  Patented Shunt-Channel Technology(SCT) cold plate     2nd Generation Batwing Fan Both LIQMAX II 120S and 240 include two 2nd generation batwing fans e...



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Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case

The multiple choices in the different areas for mounting HDD’s or SSD drives is a welcome addition and makes it so much easier to configure your build for not just looks but performance and water cooling options as well. This makes it a no brainer for anyone and everyone who is looking for a top notch full tower chassis with all the bells and whistles to go with it.



Noctua presents three new 92mm premium coolers

Noctua presents three new 92mm premium coolers Vienna, November 12th 2014 – Noctua today announced three new 92mm class CPU coolers. Whereas the NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models that suceed the popular NH-U9B SE2, the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve class-leading quiet cooling performance. “Providing a great balance between high efficiency and compact size, the NH-U9B SE2 is still one of our most popular models”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “The NH-U9S and NH-D9L stay true to this proven formula but now offer even better performance, better compatibility and PWM support for automatic fan speed control.” Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX. The NH-D9L features 4 heatpipes and is 15mm lower than classic 9cm coolers such as the NH-U9 series (110mm vs. 125mm), which doesn’t only guarantee full 3U compliance but also makes the NH-D9L ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor cases that have airflow paths par...



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LEPA LV12BK CPU Air Cooler

For the money spent and your someone that is not a heavy over clocker this is the perfect addition and solution to replace that hot running stock air cooler. We highly recommend the LEPA LV12 for your next purchase with an MSRP of just $44.00 USD, should be on everyone’s short list.



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bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

Introduction: One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! is at it again, entering the ring with a new middleweight contender called the Dark Rock 3. It is a single stack profile in a push configuration which is geared for those higher end rigs and gaming cases that offer very little space around the CPU area. Today we will be taking an up close and personal look at another addition to the bequiet! family of coolers. The Dark rock 3 is a single tower mid-size cooler that includes the same technologies we have seen in bequiet!’s larger builds with their wave contour fin designs. The Dark rock 3 sports a 190w TDP and smaller profile, done in the same dark nickel plating. Six high performance heat pipes are embedded within the block, along with bequiet!’s signature black aluminum top. All this is packed together in a smaller footprint. Read on and let us see how this middleweight contender stacks up against the competition. Can it pack a punch like its heavy weight bigger brother? We’ll find out! Our Thanks go out to bequiet! for providing us with our review sample. About bequiet: bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC. The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany bequiet! Products are convincing which...



Deepcool Captain Pump

Finally, DEEPCOOL takes the AIO Market to the Next Level

All-in-One Liquid CPU Coolers are great for consumers. They offer an overall superior performance to air coolers while costing significantly less money/labor than building custom water cooling loops. That’s why it’s such a shame that the market is saturated with carbon copies. One of the last great introductions to the market was the Cooler Master Glacer 240l, in that it offered a far more powerful pump and allowed the user to expand it by opening up the loop and adding GPUs to the mix. Now, DEEPCOOL has upped the bar even higher by bringing a unit that not only looks amazing, but has a number of superior design features compared to other units on the market. Please welcome the DEEPCOOL Captain 240! For starters, there is nothing wrong with having a unit that looks like a nuclear reactor. That’s no exaggeration. The block on the Captain 240 seriously looks like a nuclear reactor and it’s completely awesome! DEEPCOOL went with the standard gamer scheme with the outside pipe and fan blades sporting the red while the rest of the block, hoses and radiator are black. This will immediately fit in nicely with the Asus Republic of Gamers line as well as the MSI Gaming series products. Honestly, there isn’t an AIO in the market that puts this much effort into the aesthetics and the only one that can come close is the Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual. DEEPCOOL also managed to keep the design small enough so that clearance and case size won’t be any mor...



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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm LCS Review

Introduction In the last few years, the CLC (Closed Loop Cooler) market has taken a big jump in market share… but we have only seen a few unique designs due to a patent set by Asetek on its pump/block design. This has limited a number of manufacturers from producing similar designs without running into this patent issue. This leaves us with companies that are re-branding their coolers and all while, Asetek hasn’t developed anything new or really exciting recently. We have seen CLC coolers with the same designs ranging with 120mm, 240mm and even 280mm rads with thickness ranging from 25-50mm. While each maker has attempted to add there own flare to each of these designs, these units are all essentially the same or very similar. While the patent still has not changed, we are excited to see that Thermaltake took a leap forward in making a change in this arena and we have the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CLC cooler. The first and most notable performance change here is the larger radiator with support of 3x 120mm fans essentially making this the largest radiator of 360mm with a first triple 120mm CLC system. As we continue forward, we are going to give you the full details and we we are excited to see a change and can’t wait to see how it does. But, before we do that… Let’s talk a little about Thermaltake: Our Mission – Delivering the perfect user experience Every myth starts out as a dream, and at the beginning of every legend is a desire. T...



Scythe Tatsumi available as dedicated version for AMD™ and Intel™ sockets

Scythe Tatsumi available as dedicated version for AMD™ and Intel™ sockets 11.09.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling expert Scythe ads two new versions of Tatsumi CPU cooler to its portfolio. The most significant difference to the original version of the Tatsumi is that the “Type A” version comes only with the mounting clips for AMD based sockets and “Type I” with clips for Intel sockets. Mounting process for the sockets LGA775, 1150, 1155, 1156 and 1366 is now as simple as it gets thanks to the use of Push-Pins mounting clips. Both new versions of the Tatsumi offer great cooling performance for latest AMD™ and Intel™ processors at an affordable price. The black and white package differs from the original version, indicating weather it is an AMD™ or Intel™ version, in order to avoid mix-ups. Users with AMD socket based systems need to choose the “Type A” model and “Type I” for Intel socket based systems, to make sure that all required mounting clips are in the product package. In spite of its low weight of only 416 grams (14,67 oz, Type B, incl. fan) and compact dimensions 102 x 146 x 59 mm (4,01 x 5,78 x 2,32 inch, incl. fan), great performance above the market average is provided. Tatsumi CPU Cooler achieves efficient heat dissipation thanks to the utilization of latest technology developed by Scythe over a time period of more than a decade. The large nickel-plated copper-baseplate matches the CPU heat-spreader perfectly and tr...



Noctua expands A-series with new 92, 80 and 40mm fans

Noctua expands A-series with new 92, 80 and 40mm fans Vienna, September 10th 2014 – 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. “Fe...



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AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processor Review

  Introduction   We all know the woes AMD and their fans have been dealing with over the last few years so we will not be hashing that topic again. We will instead focus on the updated line for what they are, a place holder. They are designed to hold the interest of fans, budget shoppers and gamers until further notice. There have been no grand design changes that will suddenly put AMD on top of the performance heap. Instead, this is a product to cover those that have yet to make the switch from an older AM3 or AM3+ CPU or even a lesser CPU in the current AM3+ product stack. There is also a shift in how the FX series chips line up to the competition. We will move right into the overview and benchmarks that cover the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8 core CPUs.   Press Release   Introducing AMD FX Optimized for Power and Efficiency Multi-core processing is the future. Game engines are being designed to do more at a time; particle effects, physics calculations, light rays, and shadows are growing progressively more complex by the day. Large-scale computing now relies more on the overall throughput of parallelism than the singular speed of CPU cores. Today, AMD FX-Series CPUs return to push the boundaries of value to the high-performance desktop platform – introducing the speed-optimized 125W AMD FX-8370 and power-optimized 95W AMD FX-8370E and AMD FX-8320E processors. Featuring the “Piledriver” x86 core architecture, all of our new FX solutions feature...






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