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XIGMATEK puts a Pump in the Middle of a Radiator!?!

Ah, Twitter! Sometimes news is hiding in the depths of media that is hard to find, but my feed gives me a glimpse that leads to an interesting discovery. In this case, XIGMATEK showed off some prototypes for some CLCs at Computex that went mostly under the radar. Sadly, I feel like these units should’ve made more of a splash than they did, but I suppose we can start trying to rectify this problem. Let’s see what a radiator looks like with a pump in the middle of it! There’s is very little about these units so far. I basically saw a tweet from XIGMATEK, that led me to a Tek Syndicate Facebook post, that further led me to an article Google translate put into English for me. Some people are likely to blame patents for this design and it could be the case in this instance. However, XIGMATEK could seriously be onto something with their design. First, fans inherently move air away from their centers due to the laws of physics. This leaves a bit of a dead zone as far as airflow is concerned. Having the pump located at the center point of the rad is a great way to utilize space that isn’t as efficient to begin with. While the amount of heat generated from pumps is unlikely to be a concern, personal experience has taught me that when the pump isn’t on the block, the block is much easier to install. Outside of the possible performance ramifications, the design can work well for appearance also. The lack of a pump on the block allows for some easier aes...


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...

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Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller and Euros 120mm Cooling Fan

Introduction Let’s talk about what building computers is all about to us enthusiasts. We can claim that it’s our love for new stuff, building or putting things together, or even the thrill of problem solving, but let’s be honest with ourselves. It’s all about control! Being able to control every aspect of our PC without any manufacturer telling us what we can or can’t do!!! All jokes aside, being able to control fan noise is a must in a high end rig and while certain motherboards offer decent fan control, sometimes the best solution is a good fan controller. With that, we’ll be looking at the Reeven Six Eyes II Fan Controller to see how well it measures up and while we’re at it, we’ll take a peek at the Euros 120mm Cooling Fan. Before we jump in though, if you’re like me, you may not have heard about Reeven so here’s a quick snippet about the company based in Taiwan. I’m not exactly sure what gears have to do with computer components, but I do appreciate professional quality. Let’s see how they measure up!


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.

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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.


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.


Enermax T.B. Vegas 120mm and T.B. Apollish 180/200mm Fan Review

When you look at most of the LED case fans out there, they're largely uninspired. Sure the lighting is solid on many of them, and some of them even offer up good cooling performance to match their look, but the lighting effect is ultimately the same: just a blob of light that looks like it could come from any manufacturer. While that may work for some system builders, Enermax has a solution for those of you looking for something a bit different than the rest. Enter the T.B. Vegas and T.B. Apollish fan lineup: coming in 120mm and 200mm sizes respectively, these fans feature not only some of the most unique case lighting you will ever see, but offer a degree of performance that you will be hard pressed to find in any other standalone LED fan. Let's see if these factors add up to be greater than the sum of their parts, shall we?


Phobya NB-eLoop Bionic Fan Review

When it comes to looking for fans for your PC, we know that the options are almost limitless. With the number of manufacturers and brands out in the open market, it can boggle your mind when it comes to finding the right one for your needs. However, today we are going to look at some uniquely designed fans from Phobya. The Phobya's NB-eLoop Bionic fans are uniquely designed in Germany and provide the highest standard of technology. The special Bionic fan blade rotor along with the NB-EKA 2 Drive and the NB NanoSLI 2 Magentic floating bearing are aimed to please enthusiasts looking for a superior product. These are not your normal $3 fas you can pick up at a local electronics store. These are specialized to provide the highest of performance satisfaction. Today, we get to put these on the test bench and show you how they perform in both noise levels (dB) and airflow (cfm). Let's dive in and take a look.


Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer and Extreme

Introduction Thermaltake is no stranger to the water cooling market having had the ProWater and the BigWater systems out for quite a long time now. They also got into the AiO cooler market with the Asetek-made Water units.Well Thermaltake has released their latest AiO coolers in the Water series – the Water 3.0 Performer , Water 3.0 Pro and Water 3.0 Extreme. The units are made by Asetek as are most of the market’s AiO units, but Thermaltake put their own touch on these for good measure. They were kind enough to send us both a Performer and an Extreme to check out so let’s get to it!   About Thermaltake: “The beginning of every myth and legend is about dreams and desire: the challenging, creative and combative features of Thermaltake Group create an exciting and fascinating user experience to share with everyone, while allowing users to enter a selfless state in terms of function and potential. Thermaltake Group’s 3 main brands: Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS and LUXA2 have been merchandising throughout the world, and have successfully established 6 business footholds in areas such as Europe, America, Oceania, Japan and China, with 95 regional distributors and over 4000 premium retailers. All product planning is orientated by observation of global PC peripheral market and understanding of consumer demands. Thermaltake creates direct contact opportunities with resellers and consumers by participating major global ICT exhibitions and trade shows e...


Noctua Fan Round Up

Since the beginning of the PC evolution, fans have been a critical component used for cooling. Through the many years, we have seen technology evolve, and as the design of fans advance we have many options today to choose from. Your traditional plain fan blade and housing may have worked great in the past; however many of today's consumers are now looking for quieter noise levels as well as better airflow. With those factors in mind, fan blade and housing design becomes all important. Today we are going to be looking at a product from Noctua. Noctua has built a solid reputation by supplying some of today's best performing CPU air coolers. We have several of Noctua's newest editions in their fan sector in for testing. It will be our pleasure to take a closer look at these new models and see what they have to offer.


Antec True Quiet 120 and True Quiet Pro 120

Antec is a name that anyone in the PC industry is familiar with. Their offerings include PC cases, fans, CPU coolers, laptop coolers, power supplies and the list goes on. Antec has recently added a whole new line of fans to their already impressive arsenal and it's called the True Quiet series. Antec was kind enough to send us a new True Quiet 120 LED and a True Quiet Pro to check out so let' get to it!


SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler

Introduction SilverStone is a company that’s been around for 10 years, yet they haven’t quite developed a high level of brand recognition amongst consumers. Still, for those who know them, they sometimes make stand out products. One of their most famous products is the Air Penetrator fan. Silverstone also makes a wide variety of cases, CPU coolers, fans and even power supplies. They recently released their Argon series of CPU coolers which feature the AR01, AR02 and AR03, each having distinct blue-framed fans in a variety of sizes and heat pipe configurations. SilverStone was kind enough to send us their AR01 cooler to test out so let’s check it out! About SilverStone: “Founded in 2003, SilverStone is an established leader in its field, with an elite team of engineers; we started our quest of providing products that create inspirations. We have since expanded the lines of products as well as types of products we produce, giving our customers a wide selection of choices. With distribution centers in different areas of the globe, SilverStone products can be seen all over the world, not just for computer users but also for home entertainment use. Providing leisure with integration of advanced technologies that is functional and making them enjoyable to use. Here at SilverStone Technology, we continue to pride ourselves in providing the highest level of standards in designing and manufacturing computer enclosures, power supplies, and accessories. Our pu...

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be quiet! – Shadow Rock Topflow CPU Cooler

The company be quiet! has been a big hit recently, we had the opportunity to review our first be quiet! cooler, the Dark Rock Pro 2, and today we have a chance to take a look at another cooler called the Shadow Rock Topflow. This cooler was designed to be quite different then your typical tower cooler. We wonder if the orientation of the cooler will perform better, or hinder its performance results. Today we are going to put it to the test and find out.

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Thermalright – True Spirit 120m CPU Cooler

Over the years we have seen hundreds of air coolers of various models and designs. From the smaller coolers to the larger twin tower coolers, performance is always a key factor when it comes to finding the right product. Today we are going to be looking to a new unique design by Thermalright. It is called the True Spirit 120m. Does it have the right aesthetic appeal and how does it stack up with some of today's coolers in thermal performance? That is what we will attempt to answer in our review today.

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DeepCool Neptwin CPU Cooler

Today we are going to look at a new CPU cooler by DeepCool called the Neptwin. CPU Cooler competition is fierce, and nearly every brand has some great products to offer. Of course, DeepCool's designers want to make their coolers stand out from the rest, and, while DeepCool is not a mainstream brand, they are striving hard to create a name of there own. Their unique and attractive aesthetic design does a good job of that. Of course, looks are only one part of your buying factor, and cooling performance is just as important. Can DeepCool's new Neptwin cooler match both good aesthetics and good cooling performance? We have a chance to put that to the test today.

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