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be quiet! – Pure Rock CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Over the last few years, be quiet! has developed quite a reputation for quality and performance. Now be quiet! offers quite a line up products from CPU Coolers, fans and even power supplies. Like their name implies, they have been praised because of how quiet there products are while still maintaining a superb performance standard. Today, we are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from them: the be quiet! Pure Rock. The Pure Rock is designed with the budget conscious consumer in mind, but with their well-known build quality behind it. We can’t wait to see what it brings to the table. The be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler offers a single tower design with 4 copper heatpipe, offering a simple yet aesthetically pleasing fit and feel. There isn’t a whole lot of flashiness or bling to the Pure Rock Cooler, but its simplistic design can fit well with many builders not looking to add too much flare. Today, we will put the be quite! Pure Rock to the test and see how well it stacks up to its competition. Before we do that… let’s talk about who be quiet! is: 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 is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solu...



Vardar vs. Gentle Typhoon. Is it a copy? Absolutely not!

True story of Vardar Over the last few weeks there was a lot of wind around (and through) our new Vardar fans. There were many comments made that Vardar series are just a copy of the Gentle Typhoon fans. Do they look similar? Maybe. Are they a copy? Absolutely not! We had a dream, for years, to design our own fans from the ground up optimized for liquid cooling without any compromises in performance and noise levels. Vardar fans are a result of a long and rigorous in-house development process. Members of our team had a background in industrial fan design with over 10 years of experience and that needed to be utilized. Unlike chassis fans which are built to provide high air flow, a good radiator cooling fan must generate high static pressure as well while generating least amount of audible noise. This is also the reason why Vardar ended up with the square shape – it ensures optimal performance in either pull- (suction) or push (pressure) regime without hydraulic losses. The fan itself is powered by a high quality industrial motor with double ball bearing which has actively cooled motor windings to allow better air flow and long lasting performance. We felt the need to upgrade the fan with dominantly popular PWM functionality, which stands for pulse width modulation, where the pulse is turning DC voltage on and off very fast. This allows active regulation of speed from your motherboard and better power efficiency. Gentle Typhoon was the market benchmark that we set to...



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Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan

Noctua launches NH-L9x65 low-profile CPU cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM fan Vienna, March 11th 2015 – Continuing its recent focus on premium grade cooling components for compact systems such as ITX based gaming or Home Theater PCs, Noctua today released its new NH-L9x65 low-profile cooler and a 4-pin PWM version of its popular NF-A6x25 60mm fan. While the latter adds PWM support for automatic speed control to the proven NF-A6x25 design, the NH-L9x65 is a taller, performance-enhanced version of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9 low-profile coolers. “Our NH-L9 coolers have become a default choice for customers seeking premium grade quiet coolers in the sub-40mm class, but with a height of only 37mm, their performance is inevitably limited”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “The new NH-L9x65 provides the increased performance necessary to cool high end CPUs quietly while still offering excellent case and component compatibility.” Due to its compact heatsink and the renowned 14mm thin NF-A9x14 PWM fan, the NH-L9x65 stands only 65mm tall (the same height as low-profile expansion cards), which makes it ideal for use in compact HTPCs or Small Form Factor cases that offer limited clearance for CPU coolers. With 65 instead of 37mm height and four instead of two heatpipes, the NH-L9x65 is more powerful than its smaller siblings yet retains their 95x95mm footprint, which guarantees 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility on Intel based ITX mainboards and make...



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Noctua NF-A9 and NF-A8 Fans Review

Introduction Noctua brought us something that might seem a little unexpected to those of us who know their fan reputation. At first glance, 80mm and 92mm fans appear to be somewhat of a waste of effort when larger fans are not only quieter, but provide better airflow as well. That’s until we remember that there are still server chassis’ and home theater PCs that can use exceptional cooling as well but lack the larger form factor cases. We’ll dive into the fans soon but before we do that, let’s take a word from the designer of our products today.  



Still keeping it cool at Fractal Design!

Venturi Series of fans are launched! Venturi Series Fans The Venturi Series of fans delivers high quality design and construction bringing forth a leading performance fan series with built-in rubber vibration dampening corners coupled with top quality electronics and materials. Venturi fans are ideal for high pressure or high airflow usage scenarios featuring detailed engineered elements that contribute to a low-noise yet a maximum performing solid fan. Venturi High Flow Series Fans The Venturi High Flow Series fans, HF-12 and HF-14, are optimized for low-restriction airflow environments, making them an excellent choice for computer case fans, or other low-restriction usage scenarios. Designed with a variety of performance-increasing and noise-reducing features, these fans can move an amazing amount of air compared to other fans at the same, minimal noise level. The HF-14 comes with two sets of solid vibration-dampening rubber corners: one for standard 140mm fan hole spacing (125mm) and one compatible with the standard 120mm hole spacing (105mm). The Venturi High Flow Series fans are ideal for those looking for a perfect balance between high performance and low noise built from sturdy, high quality materials. Venturi High Flow Key Features Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan Equipped with a counter-balancing magnet in the hub that reduces the axial tension on the bearing, further protecting the longevity of the bearing Dense...



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Noctua NH-D9L and NH-U9S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Noctua… When we hear the name Noctua, the first thing that normally comes to mind is the color brown. We all recognize this color as Noctua’s trademark design for its fans. However, we also have come to know that Noctua holds a strong place in the CPU air cooling category. The popular NH-D14 and NH-D15 model CPU Coolers are some of the top performing units available, and hang in there even with some of today’s top performing all in one water cooling units. But if you know anything about those monster heatsinks, they are massive in size and for anyone looking to fit them into smaller, more compact chassis, that is out of the question. It turns out that Noctua does offer a wide range of smaller coolers that can fit those needs, but you do sacrifice some performance due the smaller design. Today, we are going to be look at a 2 new coolers by Noctua that are meant to replicate its popular D15 twin tower design and a new single tower platform. If we have learned anything from Noctua’s quality and performance, we can probably expect to see the same great results, but we are gonna put these to the test and find out. So with that said, we proudly introduce the Noctua NH-U9S and the NH-D9L CPU Air Coolers. Before we move into the details of both coolers, let’s talk a little bit about who Noctua is: “Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink In...



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Raidmax Hyperion Form Factor MATX/ITX Gaming Case

The Raidmax Hyperion Mini-Tower Gaming Case is an entry-level case that is not only made for the cost conscious individual, looking for a small form factor chassis, but one that also offers you something to build on in return.



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The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!



CRYORIG Announces New QF120 Fan Line

CRYORIG Announces New QF120 Fan Line 12.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal solutions is releasing it’s new QF120 line of 120 mm PWM system fans. The new QF120 line features CRYORIG’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet™ system. Four strategically placed air intakes line up the corners of the QF120 fan frame, allowing the static pressure optimized fan blades take in extra air from the sides of the fan frame increasing overall air output. HPLN™ High Precision Low Noise bearing from the XF140 line makes a return in the QF120 Series for low noise performance. The fans will cover a wide RPM spectrum with PWM control, allowing users to fine tune it to their liking individually. Integrated rubber Vibration Absorbers also come preinstalled to absorb excess vibration. The QF120 will initially be released in three different models, QF120 Silent, QF120 Balanced and QF120 Performance. The QF120 Balanced features a moderate fan speed range from 330 to 1.600 RPM in order to offer good balance between performance, RPM and noise. The range is low enough for low noise use, and powerful enough for high load computing. The QF120 Silent features ultra low RPM speeds of 200 to 1.000 RPM with the minimum noise level of 5 dBA, virtually inaudible inside a PC chassis, while still pushing good airflow. The perfect solution for those who need near silence but still want their system cool and stable. The QF120 Performance at 600 to 2.200 RPM is extremely fast and extremely c...



CRYORIG Releases the compact H7 CPU Cooler

CRYORIG Releases the compact H7 CPU Cooler 12.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal peripherals has released the H7. The next step in CRYORIG’s H series heatsink, the H7 holds an even smaller footprint while keeping an extremely high performance efficiency. Keeping almost all award winning features from the larger H5 Universal, the H7 packs great value in it’s small size. Featuring series moniker HiveFin™ technology for better air management and also CRYORIG’s much renowned Zero RAM Interference design among many others, the H7 will also feature CRYORIG’s brand new QF120 Balanced 120 mm 330~1.600 RPM PWM fan with Quad Air Inlet™ technology. The CRYORIG H7 is the next piece in CRYORIG’s quest for PC thermal solution dominance. Targeted at entry and mainstream systems, the H7 brings affordability and CRYORIG innovation to the masses. With a total height of only 145 mm, the H7 is almost certain to fit 99% of all mainstream mid-tower cases. While Zero RAM Interference allow users to use any RAM of choice, with no compatibility issues period. With the H7, CRYORIG went back to the drawing board for an even simpler mounting system. The brand new X-Bar™ System needs even less individual pieces and even less steps to install. Literally install your H7 within minutes of opening up the box. Multi-platform support for both Intel™ and AMD™ is already included, and does not require separate parts. A dedicated backplate made from fiberglass augm...



Best of 2014

Best of 2014

Intro and Honorable Mentions With 2014 having come and gone, I’m sure all of us are greatly looking forward to amazing hardware coming in 2015. But one thing we get to see a lot of is the “Best of” everything that happened in 2014. So even though 2015 is looking very promising, we thought it would be great to look back through the year and do our very own “Best of 2014.” We decided on 5 news pieces, and 10 reviews that were considered to be the cream of the crop. Are you ready for the picks? Before we go into our official list, something always gets left out that just couldn’t be squeezed in with the leaders of the pack. Due to the overwhelming guilt we felt on a couple of really good articles that we just didn’t want to leave out, we decided to have some Honorable Mentions. Our first one comes from the news category, The Hardware Hound Presents: Windows 10, a Gamer’s Perspective. Honorable News http://www.pureoverclock.com/2014/10/the-hardware-hound-presents-windows-10-a-gamers-perspective/ Windows 10 made a big wave that increased the more that details about the upcoming OS were released. Windows 8 had become a pretty big disappointment and 10 was poised to fix many of those problems. Then Microsoft released the tech preview. The Hardware Hound took it upon himself to give Windows 10 a full blown try, and the results were surprisingly satisfying. Windows 10 made a good first impression and as such, Pure Overclock was ab...



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Corsair Debuts Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler and HG10 N780 Edition GPU Cooling Bracket

Corsair Debuts Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler and HG10 N780 Edition GPU Cooling Bracket CES 2015 — Las Vegas — January 6, 2015 — Corsair®, a world leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the all-in-one Hydro Series™ H110i GT , the company’s most advanced liquid CPU cooler, and a new Hydro Series HG10 N780 Edition GPU cooling bracket for NVIDIA® GeForce® 700 Series graphics cards. Hydro Series H110i GT Liquid CPU Cooler The Hydro Series H110i GT liquid CPU cooler pairs two 140mm fans with a 140×322 millimeter radiator to deliver extreme CPU cooling in the most processor-intensive applications or quiet operation when the PC is idle. The H110i GT also features a new generation, high-efficiency cooling block with a striking new look with logo inserts on the block and radiator. Integrated Corsair Link support provides monitoring and customization of built-in logo lighting, fan speed, pump speed. As with all Hydro Series CPU coolers, the H110i GT is completely self-contained, requires no maintenance or filling. 140mm x 322mm x 27mm aluminum radiator Two SP140L 140mm high static pressure fans Corsair Link support for customization and monitoring Sleeved wide diameter, low evaporation rubber tubing Support for Intel LGA 115x, 1366, 2011 and AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2 5-year limited warranty MSRP: $129.99 Hydro Series HG10 N780 GPU Cooling Bracket The Hydro Series HG10 N780 Edition GPU liquid cooling bracket allows users to adapt a Corsair Hyd...



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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL

Introduction: Phanteks has moved to the top of our list as one of the premium manufacturers. Phanteks has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions like high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this past year took the industry by surprise, when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, by introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis. A chassis that was specifically designed for the computer enthusiast, and water-cooling aficionado. Today what better way than to start our New Year but to have the pleasure of reviewing the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and what looks to be a scaled down and smaller version of the acclaimed Enthoo Primo. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports many of its distinct features and designs, which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, separate PSU area, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL is available in a satin black windowed version. Try imagining Primo, as it is anything but Mini, in a scaled down version, at a lower price. Without giving too much away the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL features support for dual operating systems, and for its small size at 260 mm x 550 mm x 480 mm (W x H x D) 10.2in x 21.7in x 18.9in is anything but mini. In addition, these dimensions looks to be more of a mid-size form factor then a mini. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports a very spacious clean interior, making it very easy to build both air an...



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SilverStone Ultra-Quiet 140mm and 120mm PWM Fans Review

Introduction The quest for silence is an ultimate goal among the elite of computer enthusiasts. Some people take this quest to the extreme in having fanless computers, but even the slightest airflow can be inaudible while making a huge difference in temperatures. That’s exactly where SilverStone comes into the picture with their new series of Ultra-Quiet PWM fans. Rather than trying to break airflow records, these tools are designed to operate at a such a low level that you won’t be able to tell if they’re spinning unless you look at them. Before we take a closer look at the fans themselves, let’s take a quick glance at the company of SilverStone.



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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