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Corsair H110i GTX Review

Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the finer details of a PC component. We hope you enjoy the video, but let’s go ahead and jump into the written review of this Corsair unit. Corsair has been known for making silent CLC units. They usually sacrifice pump and fan speed to avoid some noise, but at the same time their units have managed to stay pretty high on the performance pile. Recently, however, the competition has been working harder and Corsair has had to start making units that could offer better performance over raw silence. This is where the GT and GTX line of coolers are coming from. The Corsair H110i GTX is trying to offer the best performance of any CLC on the market. Will it succeed? We’ll try and find out how well this unit measures up, but before we begin, let’s hear a brief word from Corsair themselves. Founded in 1994, Corsair has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market to one of the world’s leading providers of enthusiast-grade PC components and peripherals. Our groundbreaking technology and innovation can be found in our high-performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, PC cases, PC and CPU cooling solutions, and solid-state storage devices. Under the Corsair Gaming brand, launched in 2014, w...



Noctua NH-L9x65 Review

Introduction Noctua is renowned for their silent performance, but lately we’ve been seeing more products that fit into the small form-factor HTPC market over the ultra-enthusiasts monster performance market. This no doubt indicates a shift in less desire for the newest high end products and more demand for parts that “get the job done.” The NH-L9x65 is one such product. Here, Noctua is introducing a very nice, low-profile CPU cooler that fits the bill entirely for keeping an ITX style computer cool in it’s constrained case space. We know Noctua can make great coolers, but now we’ll see how well this small cooler stacks up. We’ll be finding out soon enough but before we start taking a closer look, let’s pause for a brief statement about who Noctua is and what they are passionate about.



CRYORIG Releases the M9i & M9a Ultra Compact Tower Coolers

CRYORIG Releases the M9i & M9a Ultra Compact Tower Coolers 16.09.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – PC thermal solution innovator CRYORIG releases the M9i and M9a, a compact tower cooling solution with three 6-mm heatpipes, True Copper Base and 92 mm 2,200 rpm PWM fan. The CRYORIG M9i/M9a is an entry-level tower heatsink that is both compact and affordable, but comes packing with material and tech comparable to CRYORIG’s other ultra high end products. Three 6-millimeter high performance copper heatpipes and a True Copper Base makes up the core of the M9i/M9a. Bucking the trend of removing the costly copper base in entry-level products, the M9i/M9a has all the same makings of CRYORIG’s other more expensive products like the H5 Ultimate. The True Copper Base improves heat conduction and contact area for all the heatpipes. Together with CRYORIG’s proprietary Jet Fin Acceleration System enabled aluminum fins, makes up for the high performance seen on such a small product. The M9 also safely avoids the RAM and PCI-E slots, completely avoids any RAM and PCI-E compatibility issues. With a total height of only 124,6 mm, it is also highly compatible with nearly all mid-tower ATX or Micro ATX systems. Following the steps of CRYORIG’s successful H Series single tower mid-range heatsinks, the M9i/M9a is CRYORIG’s first product out of it’s M Series entry-level line. Featuring three 6mm high performance copper heatpipes, the M9i/M9a offers 120 Watts of effect TDP cooling capacity....



Scythe announces third version of Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler

Scythe announces third version of Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler 16.09.2015, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling expert Scythe announcing the third version of it’s “Grand Kama Cross” Top-Flow CPU cooler. New Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 is based on the same extraordinary X-Structure concept as the predecessor, allowing especially efficient cooling of both the CPU and the surrounding components such as VGA cards, VRMs or RAM. Scythe engineers redesigned the Grand Kama Cross 3 with the goal to significantly improve the overall performance. Instead of using regular 6-millimeter copper-heatpipes, Scythe has exchanged the two copper-heatpipes in the center against two with 8-millimeter diameter. Fine-tuning the manufacturing process allowed to further increase the efficiency of the heat transfer between the copper baseplate and the copper-heatpipes. Another difference to the predecessor is that both the copper baseplate and the four copper-heatpipes have been completely nickel-plated for the Grand Kama Cross 3. The engineers have re-designed the two aluminum-fins blocks and fitted the fins with a special saw tooth tread design. The new design has lowered both the operating noise at higher fan speed ranges and the air resistance, resulting in improved cooling performance. <iframe width=”854″ height=”480″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cr6liq60VjY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Grand Kama Cross 3 c...



CRYORIG Releases the C7 Ultra Compact Cooler

CRYORIG Releases the C7 Ultra Compact Cooler 09.09.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – PC thermal solution innovation brand CRYORIG is releasing a new addition to it’s C Series line up and also it’s smallest cooler to date, the C7 compact cooler. First revealed in Computex 2015, the C7 is a low profile cooler with a max height of 47 mm. The C7’s 47 mm height also makes it only 2 mm taller than the Intel Stock Heatsink, meaning it will fit in almost all case designs. Despite it’s size, the C7 also packs a heavy dose of cooling with a total of 4 high performance heatpipes, phenomenal for it’s size. Fitted with a dedicated 92 mm 2.500 rpm PWM fan with CRYORIG’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet™ System for maximum airflow. The C7 effectively provides 25% more cooling capacity than stock heatsinks from Intel/AMD, while being up to 20% lower in noise. It’s 97 x 97 x 47 mm (WxLxH) dimensions also makes it compatible with the latest 1151/115x Intel boards and AMD offerings, with no interference with PCI-E GPU cards or RAM slots. The C7 was designed from the ground up to be a cooler that fits anywhere and with everything. With dimensions aimed at complying with the Intel/AMD CPU Keep Out Zone, the C7 can fit snuggly into almost all boards and also all PC-chassis including the lowest rising SFF cases. Aimed at being the best in it’s size category, with the help of CRYORIG proprietary manufacturing processes the C7 come with a total of four 6 mm premium performance heatpipes, someth...



Reeven Okeanos CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Reeven is a fairly new company that has been trying to prove it has what it takes in the computer hardware industry. I’ve already reviewed two products from them and both were incredibly good considering how new the company is. They also offer products that I felt were preferential to anything else on the market. Reeven is trying to do something special here and I feel like the Okeanos CPU cooler will help us unfold more of what their end game is going to be. However, the dual tower CPU cooler market is very competitive and even if a product shows that it can handle the heat, there has to be some very compelling reasons to make it the clear winner for a person’s system. Does the Reeven Okeanos have what it takes? We’ll find out soon enough, but first, let’s get a refresher about who Reeven is. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines includes the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, Cooling Fans,PC Cases and many other items. the target of our products will be a wide range of audience under our philosophy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that will withstand the highest demand I still can’t place my finger on what “Professional Quality Gears” means exactly. The world may never know.



The EK-Predator, Because it Feasts on Heat

We’ve seen quite a few AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Scratch that! We’ve seen a BUNCH of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Actually, let me try this again. We’ve seen an ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE AMOUNT of AIO coolers hit the market in recent years. Whether or not you think that’s an over exaggeration, the fact remains that many companies have tried to make their mark in the liquid cooling market. The problem is, very few coolers actually come close to accomplishing what a decent custom loop can do. However, that may begin to change because EK is deciding to try their hand at the AIO market, and they look like they’re doing it right. EK is going to have two variants of the Predator AIO Cooling unit, the 240 and 360. As you can already guess, one has a 240mm rad with the other running a 360mm rad. Normally, a 240mm might be a little small for expanding, but considering how thick the radiator is on this unit, adding a GPU or VRM heatsink to the loop should be just fine. With the 360mm I’m sure there will be plenty of cooling for some more extra components and adding radiators or reservoirs down the road should be a snap. This AIO is more of a cooling kit than it is an AIO, but at this point that is exactly why it seems like it will perform so good. Taking it from the level of an AIO though, let’s look at why it is the kind of unit that we should really consider buying. The pump and reservoir on the end of the radi...



DeepCool Gamer Storm TF120 Fan Review

Introduction If computer hardware had a trifecta, then a perfect score would be in the categories of performance, aesthetics and cost. It would be safe to say that you can usually score high in two categories, but you probably won’t get lucky with finding something that excels in all three. Costs aside, finding hardware that looks excellent while maintaining great performance can be hard as well. Today, DEEPCOOL has a new series of fans that look excellent for any gaming rig, but the real question is how well the 2-layer blade design will work in comparison to the old school single blade design. We’ll find out how the Gamer Storm TF120 does soon enough but first, let’s hear a word about the company behind the new design. Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, headquartered in Beijing, factory was established in Shen Zhen, Deepcool originally produced desktop, server coolers and cooling accessories. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into AIO liquid cooling products, chassis, power supplies.. Deepcool has built up its distribution network in about seventy countries all over the globe, by which end-users can purchase Deepcool products online or in their nearest local stores. With more and more media exposure and publication, such as awards from renowned websites and magazines like Tom’s Hardware, Tec...



Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel ‘Skylake’ platform (Z170)

Noctua provides free mounting upgrade for upcoming Intel ‘Skylake’ platform (Z170) Vienna, August 3rd 2015 – Noctua today announced that it will continue its tradition of supplying customers with its premium-class SecuFirm2™ mounting kits for novel platforms free of charge. While most Noctua heatsinks support Skylake’s LGA1151 socket out of the box, older models can be upgraded with the NM-i115x kit at no additional cost. “We’re determined to provide the best possible support to our customers and over the years, we’ve sent many thousands of mounting kits free of charge to users who wanted to upgrade to new platforms”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With Skylake just around the corner, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll extend this offer for LGA1151. Owners of older Noctua retail heatsinks that don’t support LGA1151 out of the box will be able to upgrade to the new socket free of charge!” Due to the spacing of the mounting holes being identical on LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155 and LGA1156, Noctua’s previous SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA115x also support Intel’s upcoming ‘Skylake’ platform. All current Noctua coolers already include SecuFirm2™ mounting systems for LGA115x and can thus be used on LGA1150 mainboards without any upgrades or modifications. Users of older Noctua retail models that don’t include a SecuFirm2™ mounting system for LGA115x ca...



ID-COOLING Releases the Hunter Duet AIO Cooling Unit with Two Integrated Pumps

The longer AIOs stick around, it seems that companies find more ways to try and “differentiate” themselves from the competition. You’re probably thinking at first glance that two pumps in one loop is just another hype train to sell units, but once you discover that the second pump is built entirely for a GPU, then everything begins to make sense. What ID-COOLING is trying with a built in CPU and GPU pump on the Hunter Duet is a good idea, but there’s one potential issue that could arise and only time will tell. The great thing about the AIO market is it’s introducing new ideas to consumers in ways that are much easier, and more cost efficient, than custom liquid loops. With the Hunter Duet, you have a much simpler method to introduce consumers to liquid cooling a graphics cards than on a custom loop. Normally, you would have to buy a properly fitted block and fittings that can cost almost as much as the entire ID-COOLING unit. The concept is great but there could be a potential problem that I hope the design team has taken into account. In my journey with trying to make the Cooler Master Glacer 240l work for my system, I came across a design issue that stemmed from how the pump and reservoir was designed. In short, the loop wasn’t balancing out the liquid pressure on both sides of the pump properly which would cause it to burn out prematurely (usually lasting 1-2 months tops). Due to the fact that one pump will be pumping directly into ...



Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction When it comes to the CPU Cooling market, we know that there are lots of choices out there. But with so many options, how do we know which one is the right one? There are many aspects to choosing the right cooler for you. First, you need to look at what’s important… Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: 1. What kind of processor or platform will I be installing? 2. Will I need something that can handle overclocking? 3. What size of cooler do I need for my mainboard and case? We all know that picking the right cooler is also pretty subjective, as there are a wide variety of styles to choose from. If you have landed on this page, then you are heading in the right direction. Looking at reviews and comparing test results is the first step to researching the right CPU Cooler for your setup. Today, we have the pleasure to introduce to you the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler. The Deepcool name has not been around for a long time. Unlike Cooler Master, Noctua, Thermaltake, Phanteks and other major mainstream brands, Deepcool is fairly new in this arena. We have only started to see them gain popularity in the last few years and we have to say that in this short time, they have grown quite a bit. The products we have seen from Deepcool are not only unique, but frequently offer outstanding performance. Will the Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler meet your needs? Today we are going to help you answer some of those questions. Let’s take a loo...



Best of Computex 2015

Computer hardware news is getting pretty stagnant as of late. It’s not that there isn’t new things coming out, it’s just most of the releases I’ve been seeing are hardly more that a slight revamp of what’s already out. That being said though, there are still some components that can turn heads and Computex brought us some intriguing devices that I feel are worth some honorable mentions. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 releases in components from Computex 2015. #5 LEPA EXllusion240 It’s going to be pretty apparent why this unit is last on the list. There isn’t very much that separates this unit from just about any other AIO on the market. The ability to add custom dye to the coolant is a neat feature, but isn’t anything revolutionary. The EXllusion240 may be expandable, but I haven’t seen anything that officially confirms that. The only thing that caught my eye is the massive 400w + TDP rating. That’s a huge thresh hold and while other coolers brag about great cooling performance, very few put a number like that on it. We’ll have to wait for some reviews to see how well LEPA lives up to it’s claims, but when all else fails, I would gladly like to break my previous records. http://www.lepatek.com/eng/newscontent/93/ #4 INTEL Z170 Motherboards For the last few generations, INTEL has been giving us minor improvements that involve fairly hefty price tags. About the only notable f...



Noctua at Computex 2015

Noctua at Computex 2015 Vienna, June 11th 2015 – At last week’s Computex Taipei trade fair, Noctua exhibited a wide range of its upcoming products and received the 1st European Hardware Award for its renowned NH-D15 dual-tower cooler. Ranging from fan and heatsink prototypes on custom designs for industrial clients to updates on its Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) project, Noctua’s line-up for this year’s show has received excellent feedback from the international press. Awarded best cooling product of Computex 2015 by Tom’s Hardware, the highlight of the Austrians’ line-up was the upcoming next-generation 120mm A-series fan, which will succeed the award-winning NF-P12 and integrates Noctua’s latest technologies in order to provide unprecedented efficiency across a broad range of applications. Featuring an ultra-tight 0.5mm tip clearance and a pressure/airflow (P/Q) curve that has been carefully fine-tuned for mid to high impedance applications, the new fan performs exceptionally well on CPU heatsinks and water-cooling radiators. Noctua also showcased a redux version of the NF-P12 that is going to be introduced at the launch of the new 120mm A-series fan, which is currently scheduled for Q1 2016. After updating their 92mm coolers and 14cm dual-tower model last year, Noctua gave the first preview of future updates to the renowned NH-U12 and NH-U14 single tower series. The fins of the prototypes are deeper than those of the current NH-U12S and NH-U14S, resultin...



Scythe releases Slip Stream 120 DB Fans with Dual Ball Bearing and long life span

  Scythe releases Slip Stream 120 DB Fans with Dual Ball Bearing and long life span 20.05.2015, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling expert Scythe expands the 120 mm case fan portfolio with the announcement of the new Slip Stream 120 DB axial-fans. The new line up includes five regular models with fixed fan speed as well as one PWM-enabled model. Special highlight of the series is the Dual Ball Bearing, which has been developed in Japan. Thanks to the new bearing an intense life span increase to 350.000 hours (MTBF) has been accomplished. The successful “small hub & large fan blades” concept was initially introduced with the first Slip Stream series and is handed down to the Slip Stream 120 DB. Increased flow area and airflow could be achieved at the same fan speed, thanks to this concept. Slip Stream 120 DB lineup includes six different models, including a PWM-enabled version, which offers a wide fan speed range starting at 300 RPM and going up to 1.300 RPM. The regular models with fixed fan speed start with the 500-RPM model. This case fan operates at incredibly silent 7,2 dBA and assures steady airflow with 41,62 m³/h (24,50 CFM). A great combination between noise and performance is offered by the 800 RPM model, as it moves 68,24 m³/h (40,17 CFM) at really silent 10,7 dBA. Users requiring more performance or planning to use the Slip Stream 120 DB fans in combination with a fan controller are able to choose between the 1.200, 1.600 and 1.900 RPM model. S...



Noctua presents two asymmetrical 140mm CPU coolers

Noctua presents two asymmetrical 140mm CPU coolers Vienna, May 18th – Noctua today announced two new additions to its portfolio of premium-quality, quiet CPU coolers with 140mm fans. Whereas the NH-D15S is a high-compatibility single fan version of the elite-class dual tower model NH-D15, the NH-C14S replaces the proven top-flow cooler NH-C14. Both the NH-D15S and NH-C14S feature an asymmetrical layout in order to avoid blocking the top PCIe slot. “140mm coolers have become the default choice for enthusiasts who seek superior cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent operation, but these tend to block the top PCIe slot on many current motherboards” says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the NH-D15S and NH-C14S, we’ve updated our successful 140mm dual tower and top-flow coolers with asymmetrical layouts that ensure the best PCIe compatibility.” Tailored to provide superior RAM and PCIe compatibility, the NH-D15S is an asymmetrical single fan version of Noctua’s award-winning flagship model, the NH-D15. Thanks to its asymmetrical design, the NH-D15S clears the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. At the same time, the single NF-A15 PWM fan setup and recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height. Users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for further improved performance in dual fan mode...






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