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SWIFTECH Keeps Reshaping the AIO Market for the Best with the Drive X2 Series

Companies that can take an amazing product and say it wasn’t good enough scare the daylights out of me! SWIFTECH gave me a heart attack. The H220-X and H240-X were the first coolers to really bring the AIO product to the level of a custom loop. The use of a high quality block with a custom quality pump and reservoir was bound to mean great performance. That wasn’t good enough for SWIFTECH however, so now they have improved the previous versions, as well as adding larger 360mm rads in the H320 X2 Prestige and H320 X2. The Drive X2 series comes in three different sizes and while the 240mm and 280mm units are pretty normal, it’s the 360mm unit that is adding a new selection to the previous versions. The H320 obviously caught my eye, especially since each variant still comes with a full brass/copper radiator. Most AIOs are built around aluminum rads which can keep cost down, but can certainly lack in the quality and performance the H320s can bring. Currently, the main differences between the Prestige and the regular version are some slightly better fans and fittings. Performance wise, there’s likely to be little difference, but expand ability should be a bit easier on the Prestige. The $215 price on the Prestige is expected, but I was pleasantly surprised with the $165 price on the regular H320 X2. Let’s look at some other key features that really set the Drive X2 series apart, some more than others. First, we have RGB lighting in the reserv...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



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AMD Displays the Brightest Display Future I’ve Seen at CES 2016

4k is all the rage these days. Everyone is trying to get a single GPU to be able to play 60 FPS on a 4k display with modern titles. But what if I told you that you really don’t need 4k? You’d probably be asking me to show you the red and blue pills as well. The reality though is that in spite of all the 4k resolution displays and high definition VR experiences I saw, the thing that impressed me the most was a simple 1440p display that was absolutely gorgeous to look at. Oh, and I got to find out about some new CPUs and stock coolers as well. Let’s start out with this notion of unnecessary 4k resolution. There are two main details in display technology that are integral to a better viewing experience and I’m going to try to sum them up as basically as possible, with the understanding that I was able to muster. First, the display has to be manufactured as HDR. Simply put, it means that the display gives the widest range possible from lights and darks. OLED screens are great at this because they can dim individual pixels, hence the “High Dynamic Range” (HDR), so darks and lights contrast well. Also, the TV has to be programmed to support HDR so that it can properly display it. If this sounds difficult, this technology is actually already part of numerous displays in production from companies like LG. However, there is one other key component. Most pixels are designed to create colors using the RGB spectrum, but this standard has been around...



BitFenix Introducing the Spectre Xtreme & Spectre Xtreme LED

Introducing the Spectre Xtreme & Spectre Xtreme LED (BitFenix Design Lab, January 14, 2016): With the introduction of dual frame design of the BitFenix Spectre Pro series we raised the standards of system fans to a new level. The new BitFenix Spectre Xtreme fans offer many features redefining the standards of cooling fans. Spectre Xtreme gives you the best performance and aesthetics using the latest in cooling fan technology and innovative designs. Cooling fans used in liquid cooling systems not only need to have a high airflow but also they need to be optimised for static pressure. The newly designed blades of the Spectre Xtreme not only look good but also improve the airflow of the fan to 66CFM while maintaining optimum static pressure. This makes the Spectre Xtreme fans an ideal choice for liquid cooling solutions. BitFenix Spectre Xtreme is engineered to provide an extremely silent performance. Use of high quality Fluid Dynamic Bearings have reduced the noise levels while increasing the efficiency and life expectancy of the fans. Carrying on the signature dual frame design of the Spectre series, the new Spectre Xtreme frame design provides a high level of noise dampening due to the use of TPU the construction of the frame. The result is a fan that can operate at different fan speeds from 950RPM to 2000RPM. The aggressively designed Spectre Xtreme comes in a wide variety of colours and options. The black Spectre Xtreme comes without any installed LEDs, while the Blu...



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DEEPCOOL Showed Us the Genome, Up Close and Personal

I’ve never been to CES. I haven’t even been to any sort of trade show in my life unless you can count going to a typical county fair, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count. To say that this was an experience doesn’t even begin to cover how much fun I had at this year’s expo, and to try and write one article so sum everything I saw isn’t even going to be possible. I saw some incredible components that are about to hit the market and the first batch of releases we’ll cover are from DEEPCOOL. The most impressive debut was the Genome case. The AIO market has gotten pretty saturated by copies at this point. When it comes to the system of mounting a pump on a block, then attaching that to a radiator, there’s only so much you can do to differentiate yourself. AIO makers are having to get more creative while still being able to provide a practical product and that’s exactly what I think DEEPCOOL did with the Genome. The liquid cooling system is completely pre-installed into the case to give the user a complete cooling setup, very similar to a custom loop. For those who’ve been afraid of diving into custom cooling for fear of ruining an expensive system, or even those who can’t afford a $300+ cooling kit, the Genome seems like a perfect fit. The standout feature of the Genome is obviously the double-helix reservoir in the front. That style looked absolutely amazing and I couldn’t help but stare at it as ...



DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016

DEEPCOOL Debuts GENOME at CES 2016[  2016-01-07 10:09:08 Author: DEEPCOOL Editor: DEEPCOOL - – It’s Not A PC Case, But An Extreme Liquid Cooling Solution Let’s make PC liquid cooling system simple PC enthusiasts have been suffering a hard case for years that it’s quite difficult for most of the PC consumers to build up an extreme liquid cooling system by themselves. To improve PC user experience is why DEEPCOOL comes up with the product. DEEPCOOL Genome is an integrated PC liquid cooling solution, consists of an ATX PC case and an extreme liquid cooling system. Integrated Pre-installed liquid cooling system, including a 360mm radiator, 3 PWM fans and a reservoir offers PC gamers not only cyclic great cooling performance but also an aesthetic design. Aesthetic liquid cooling system blends in the ATX case provides PC builders an integrative PC building experience. Optimized Amazing side window reveals the interior and ensures visible effect. Wider space and logical holes design offer a better cable management. Detail Innovative structure with separated functional areas provides extended support: Extra slots for vertical GPU installation (PCI-E extension cable is not included) Extended window reserved, supports longest 330mm Graphic Card ×2SLI Product video:https://youtu.be/WDhF9j-66G0 Available in January, 2016 MSRP: $249.99 USD Show Time: January 6, 2016 Show Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas For more information, please visit:www.deepcool.com



ENERMAX announces the all new D.F. fan series at CES 2016

ENERMAX announces the all new D.F. fan series at CES 2016 January 8th, 2016, Taoyuan, Taiwan –We are pleased to announce, for the first time at the 2016 CES, that ENERMAX is making a giant leap forward for the future fan product specification, the patented DFR (Dust Free Rotation) design. The concept of DFR design is to greatly reduce the dust of the internal PC system or the fan blade. The revolutionary DFR function allows the fan to spin in reverse action at the highest RPM set by the user for 10 seconds upon startup before it resume to the normal operation. In conjunction with ENERMAX’s patented DFR and Twister Bearing Technology for easy blade removal, the new D.F. Fan series[/quote] offers a total solution for self-cleaning: prolong the product lifetime and extend the intervals for fan and system cleaning maintenance. D.F.PRESSURE – keeps it innovative Based on our successful TwisterPressure series with incredible static pressure of 3.845mm-H2O; the new DFR embedded D.F.PRESSSURE not maintain this industry-leading performance, but with brand new APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) PWM side control configuration for maximum user safety and usability. This is truly an ultimate DIY fan choice for all types of PC chassis, CPU coolers and other indoor applications. D.F.VEGAS – light up the party The brand new D.F.VEGAS also adapted with the innovative DFR and Twister Bearing patents for an unsurpassed self-cleaning solution. The D.F.VEGAS can displays amazing 3 different l...



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Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fans and Chromax Accessories Review

Introduction Typically, nobody is supposed to run a piece of hardware outside of the way that it was intended to run. Of course, we make exceptions because we love to overclock things and see how much extra performance there is to be gained. So it may seem a bit strange to review something and only give it half of what it’s capable of. When you consider that the goal is silence in cooling, then it begins to make sense. NOCTUA just released a new series of industrialPPC fans that rate at 24V. While this can be useful for high end server environments that don’t care about noise as much, the benefit for everyday consumers is at 12V, the fans will run more silently while hopefully giving decent air flow. We’ll find out how well they do, but there’s one more huge thing that consumers have been waiting eons for. COLORS!!! That’s right. NOCTUA is finally giving consumers a broad range of colors to customize their fans beyond brown or beige (I suppose there were those grey colors too). Personally, all it took for me to fall in love with a NOCTUA fan was to see how it performed in person, but I totally understand people who don’t go in on one of them because of the color scheme. Now there are Chromax accessories that allow the user to customize each fan to have a splash of color that matches a build better, while still having the professional look that comes from having a NOCTUA fan over a flashy LED fan. We’ll see how those look in a b...



The small system cooling vanguard, ENERMAX ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler

The small system cooling vanguard, ENERMAX ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler   December 23th, 2015, Taoyuan, Taiwan – ENERMAX introduces a new ETS-N30II compact air CPU cooler to succeed the former version. The ETS-N30II is designed with a 9cm fan in side flow configuration. The asymmetrical heat pipe construction shifts the heat sink position and ensures perfect compatibility with extended dimensions of RAM. The heat sink incorporates ENERMAX’s patented VGF (Vortex Generator Flow), VEF (Vacuum Effect Flow) structure for advance thermal exchange ratio, and HDT (Heat pipe Direct Touch) to ensure rapid heat abortion from the CPU. All cutting edge designs along with a compact size of 137.2mm in height, support 150W TDP CPU, and perfectly fit in small chassis. Moreover, ETS-N30II is the optimal stock cooler replacement to cool your home and office desktop pc’s processor. Perfect RAM compatibility Small systems usually take Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX form factor motherboards, which has limited clearance for add-on devices. Example: Adding an advance cooler might restrict the RAM installation. The ETS-N30II finds the solution by ingeniously shaping the 3 x Ø6mm heat pipes in an asymmetric layout and shifting the heat sink toward the rear I/O area of the motherboard. This creates extra clearance not only for the fan to intake air, but also gives perfect RAM compatibility. The ETS-N30II gives no restriction on RAM height and enables 4-channel RAM setting. Performance cooling by comp...



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ARCTIC Releases the Liquid Freezer 240 and 120

Back in November ARCTIC announced that it was releasing two AIOs into the liquid cooling market. If you managed not to roll your eyes so hard that they popped out of their sockets, then you might be able to read on for a couple of details that might make this release interesting. Then again, because it’s essentially another Asetek re-brand, it may seem like a waste of effort. Still, there are two things I like about the Liquid Freezer 240 and 120 that I think might give the units a slight edge. Even though the units overall are standard CLCs, the first thing I noticed is that both come pre-sold with push/pull fan configurations. This is not a typical feature on AIO units but I like this for a couple reasons. First, push/pull can offer you around 5c difference in temperatures which is nice. The other factor is that the radiator is an extra thick 38mm one which means the push/pull will probably have more effect. On top of including the extra fans, ARCTIC also seemed to put a slightly new twist on the copper plate. Rather than have the liquid come in from one side through to the other, they have the flow coming directly into the center of the plate, the most likely spot with the highest heat transfer, and then go out both sides to flow out to the radiator. While the Liquid Freezers may not be the only ones doing this, I personally haven’t seen anyone else showcase this on their plates. These features are tiny, but they could lead to some impressive performance in ...



CRYORIG presents LUMI Edition and LUMI RGB+ Edition H7’s

CRYORIG presents LUMI Edition and LUMI RGB+ Edition H7’s 18.12.15 Taipei, Taiwan – 2015 has been another big and successful year for CRYORIG. With the launch of the acclaimed H7 and H5 Ultimate entry and mid-range coolers, robust line of CRYO-Pastes, the industry’s first color customizable heatsink accessory CUSTOMOD for R1, tiny but heavy weight performers C7 and M9i/a and finally CRYORIG’s first liquid cooling based A-Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers. In a gesture of gratitude cooling solution innovator CRYORIG is holding two special giveaway events, one for VIP members one opened to all. CRYORIG is giving away a total of 5 LUMI Edition H7’s and 2 LUMI RGB+ Edition H7’s. \ Based on the acclaimed award winning CRYORIG H7, the LUMI RGB+/LUMI Edition CRYORIG H7 is CRYORIG’s first prototype attempt at a LED lighted product. Contrary to the standard solution of just adding a LED lighted fan, CRYORIG chose to take a different path and light up the whole heatsink body. This route proved to be difficult and required additional custom-made parts through CNC to work. The end result is a unique and fresh new spin on what a LED lighted product can look like. CRYORIG will continue to test out different lighting methods and options to deliver more unique experiences for CRYORIG users in the near future. More About the CRYORIG H7 The CRYORIG H7 belongs to CRYORIG’s H-series of products, and is much acclaimed for it’s high performance, value and small size. Featurin...



CRYORIG Official Statement Regarding Skylake PCB Concerns

CRYORIG Official Statement Regarding Skylake PCB Concerns We at CRYORIG have the following information and statement to make, regarding the recent news and discussion regarding damaged PCB’s on Skylake CPU’s, which many in the industry believe is caused by abnormal heatsink mounting pressure during transportation of the PC system. First of all we want to assure users of CRYORIG products that currently no CRYORIG heatsinks have displayed this problem, either through media reports, third party sales channels or internal testing. CRYORIG heatsinks are fully compatible with socket 1151 processors, and follow specifications set forth by CPU manufacturers. But as a note of precaution we suggest users to lay their PC system flat (with the heatsink in a vertical position) whenever they are transporting their PC system. Based on the information and testing reports we currently have at hand, although CRYORIG’s own products did not show this problem, we have derived the following suggestions and insight into the Skylake PCB damage problem. From our observation the cause of the bent/damaged PCB is caused by the combination of two factors. A) High mounting pressure from the CPU heatsink mounting system, with no flexibility in the system. B) Increased directional force created by the weight of the heatsink and movement of the PC chassis. In the cases that have been reported by media, it holds true that these issues have only been observed in “Pre-Built” systems. These systems ...



Noctua introduces ‘chromax’ accessories

Noctua introduces ‘chromax’ accessories Vienna, December 2nd 2015 – Noctua today officially introduced its chromax line of anti-vibration parts that give users the option of colour-customising their fans to match individual build colour schemes. Available in red, blue, green, yellow, black and white, the chromax versions of NA-SAV2 anti-vibration mounts and NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads are ideal for colour-coordinating Noctua’s black industrialPPC fans with other components and popular build themes such as all black, black & white, black & red or black & blue. “The introduction of our redux and industrialPPC product lines marked a first step towards offering fans that fit in well with the typical colour schemes favoured by today’s overclockers and enthusiasts”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the new chromax line, we’re taking another step by allowing users to colour-customise their fans with red, blue, green, yellow, black or white anti-vibration parts.” Whereas the new chromax edition NA-AV2 anti-vibration mounts fit all types of Noctua fans, including redux models, the NA-AVP1 anti-vibration pads fit all NF-F12, NF-S12A and NF-A14 models and are ideal for customising fans of the black industrialPPC line. “When we introduced our industrialPPC series, we mainly had industrial clients in mind, but the fans have become surprisingly popular among overclockers and enthusiasts,” explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “The new NA-SAVP1...



Lian Li Announces The CB-01 CPU Water Cooling Block In The US

Lian Li Announces The CB-01 CPU Water Cooling Block In The US Lian Li Style and Craftsmanship Brought To DIY Water Cooling Enthusiasts November 5, 2015, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the CB-01 CPU Water Block. Manufactured by Lian Li in partnership with cooling experts from Overclockers, UK, a world-record overclocking team, this is Lian Li’s first water block ever. With their passion for quality materials, the CB-01 is made to the same exacting standards as Lian Li’s outstanding cases. The cold plate has a heart of solid copper in a nickel coating and a final layer of tin-cobalt for extra cooling, durability, and corrosion resistance. The top is a translucent acrylic block that visibly guides the cooling waters through the microchannels. The simple yet sturdy mounting fits virtually all modern and past motherboard sockets securely. For a bit of flare, there are holes pre-drilled for 5mm LED lights. Ultra Thin Microchannels for Targeted Cooling and Water Flow The CB-01 uses a standard G1/4” thread so most DIY water cooling components will easily fit the inlet and outlet ports. The inlet is deliberately offset against the outlet to allow the coolest water to enter the block in direct contact with the middle of the hottest CPU core. It then flows across the other cores and vents on the opposite side. The microchannels have an area of 32.2mm by 27.3mm but because they are contoured with precision grooves, they provide a greater ove...



CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers Released

CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Coolers Released   03.11.2015 Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, PC cooling solution innovator releases the much speculated and also anticipated A Series of Hybrid Liquid Coolers. First unveiled in June at Computex 2015, the CRYORIG A Series Hybrid Liquid Cooler or HLC has been under much speculation from the PC cooling market. The CRYORIG’s A40/A40 Ultimate and A80 HLC units are built on the base of Asetek’s 5th Generation Pump and CPU Cold Block technology with a small but obvious twist. With an additional adjustable and detachable Airflow fan, the CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%. This major drop in heat buildup effectively improves system stability, component lifespan and overall system temperatures. The CRYORIG A Series will come in three models based on radiator size, beginning with the A40’s 240 mm radiator, the A40 Ultimate with a 240 mm by 1.5” thick radiator and the A80 with a 280 mm radiator. Live demoed at Computex 2015 with a professional Flir E40 Thermal Imager, the CRYORIG A40 turned heads with it’s simplicity of innovation and effectiveness. With just one additional fan strategically angled and placed on top of the CPU block, the A40 fixed one of the most problematic issues of AIO liquid cooling products, stagnant heat build up around the CPU. CRYORIG’s proprietary Airflow Fan is also adjustable in both push and pull configurations, as wel...






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