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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...
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.
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.
The running trend today in top-of-the-line CPU cooling performance seems to be water cooling. If it’s not under water then most seem to think you’re doing it wrong and will never achieve properly high performance. However, there are those enthusiasts who would rather have peace of mind, knowing that they will never have to worry about one of the lines in a water cooling loop springing a leak or their pump failing on them, destroying their high performance rig. How do you gain maximum performance while minimizing the risk? Cryorig seems to feel they have a proper solution with the R1 Ultimate. Designed with the expressed intent of providing the strongest air cooled solution available, we are here to find out if it can provide the cooling performance the enthusiast craves without the mess and maintenance. First, here's a word about Cryorig:
Introduction Deepcool is a name that’s been around for some time now and we’ve reviewed their CPU coolers in the past with great results. They’ve added the Gamer Storm line to their brand focusing on high-end gaming coolers for both CPU and VGA. It’s from this new Gamer Storm lineup that our latest Deepcool CPU cooler came – the Lucifer. The Lucifer is touted as being a silent cooling powerhouse for today’s high-end CPUs and also as a completely silent passive solution to today’s mainstream CPUs. Deepcool was kind enough to send a Lucifer over for us to check out so let’s get to it! About Deepcool: Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers. Established in 1996, Deepcool originally produced desktop and server coolers for ODM partners. With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into desktop cooling products and laptop cooling accessories. Deepcool has built up its distribution network in over sixty 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 Pure Overclock, Tom’s Hardware, Guru3d, CHIP, etc., Deepcool now enjoys a good reputation among computer daily users, gamers and overclockers. We will always spare no effort to maint...
Raijintek is a name I'm sure most of you are not familiar with. They're a new company to the PC accessory market and have debuted four new CPU coolers - the Aidos, Themis, Themis EVO and the Ereboss - as well as some slim case fans. Raijintek isn't a company which started from nothing though. It's actually a collaboration between some Cooler Master and Xigmatek employees so the company has some serious collaborative knowledge. They also plan on expanding into the chassis and PSU market in the near future. They were kind enough to send me out their Ereboss CPU cooler to check out, so let's get on it!
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.
Xigmatek is a name well-known as a world leading innovator in PC thermal performance and peripherals. With so many advance innovations in today's tech world, we sometimes wonder, "do some of these slight changes in design from competitor to competitor really make a difference? Today we will be taking a look at Xigmatek's new line of PC fans and see if their unique designs answer that question. We are going look at 4 models, and each has its own touch of flare. We will be putting them to the test to see how they stack up to the competitors. We have the following models today: Xigmatek's XAF-F1253 (120mm Orange Blades), Xigmatek XAF-F1251 (120mm Black Blade), Xigmatek XAF-F1456 (140mm Blue Blade), and Xigmatek XAF-F1454 (140mm Smoked Blade). Before we dive into the essence of the XAF series fans, lets talk a little about Xigmatek.