Posts Tagged ‘Air Cooler’
I’m not saying Arctic’s new cooler is a Transformer, but I’ll admit that I sort of glossed over it when I saw news about it online. Let’s face it. Every company has some new reason that their latest product is great, but practical testing leads to gains that are virtually non-existent. Upon digging into what the features of the Freezer 33 eSports ONE cooler actually meant, I discovered that Arctic is onto some impressive design ideas here. Let’s talk about the fan first since the improvement is certainly impressive, but not as likely to make a huge change in practical cooling performance. Arctic developed a new motor that absorbs 95% of the vibration caused by being powered. Ideally, this will cut down on noise by a decent margin, particularly if the fan is well balanced. The larger benefit is in lifespan though, since the 4x longer service time allows Arctic to offer a 10 year warranty. The improvement that took a little digging into to see how it would work out was the new thermal coating. Optimized heat-dissipation is one of those marketing terms you start to let go in one ear and out the other, but this one has a pretty practical result. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo rates at 180w TDP for cooling, yet the Freezer 33 has a 200w TDP capacity. Only testing can prove anything, but the thermal coating looks like it’s having a solid practical benefit. Arctic is listing the eSports ONE at $30 on their site which is very impressive. Cooler...
Lately, one brand is making a real name for itself when it comes to superior air cooling performance, and that brand is be quiet!. The company be quiet! has entered the air cooling arena with high performance air coolers. Their Dark Rock series is a great example. The Dark Rock™ CPU coolers are now becoming category leaders, and the newly upgraded Dark Rock Pro 3 is being touted as even more powerful then its predecessors. The double-tower Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU cooler comes with two preinstalled quiet SilentWings fans that bring both high performance and quiet operation to your PC where it really counts. They are designed for both overclocked systems and demanding multi-graphics platforms. Read on to see if the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 with 250W TDP will offer the low temperatures and peak performance we are looking for in an air cooler.
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 The company called be quiet! might not be a name you’re familiar with, but you should be. They’re one of the top contenders in the market when it comes to power supplies and heatsinks with a “quiet” reputation. be quiet! is a German based company that has made some big noise in the European market and won quite a few awards. Today we will be reviewing the be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU cooler. The Shadow Rock 2 features 4x 8mm pipes, and an optimized 120 mm fan with PWM control. It will work with all current Intel and AMD processors. This CPU cooler comes in at a little under the $50 dollar mark, putting it in a price bracket with some very good coolers. Let’s see how it compares in our testing, but first let’s read a little bit about the company! be quiet!’s track record of offering technology enthusiasts products which focus on silence and innovation has earned them the honor of being the best selling power supplies in Germany for seven straight years according to market data from GfK.
When you think of CPU air cooling, one name tends to stand out immediately for their exceptional quality, awesome performance and unusual styling. That's right, we're talking about Noctua. Noctua has been known for creating performance air cooling solutions with exceptional reliability and attention to detail. They manufacture a wide range of CPU coolers and fans and have a product that fits everyone's needs. Noctua was kind enough to send us their new NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers to put through the wringer so let's get to it!
Deep Cool is a company that may not be too familiar to everyone, but they've been around for a while and have a long list of cooling products including: CPU coolers, notebook coolers, HDD coolers, GPU coolers and fans as well as several other accessories. Deep Cool was kind enough to send us their latest CPU cooler for review - the Gammaxx S40. We always enjoy reviewing CPU coolers, so let's get to it!
One name always comes to mind when you’re talking about superior air cooling performance. That name is Phanteks. Phanteks has become the light and heavy-weight champion in the air cooling arena with high performance air coolers, like their PH-TC14PE. Phanteks is again entering the ring with a new middle-weight contender called the Phanteks PH-TC12DX. It's a single stack profile in a push pull configuration. The PH-TC12DX seems especially geared for those higher end rigs and gaming cases that offer very little space around the CPU area. Today will be looking at this new addition to the Phanteks family of coolers. It carries the same technologies we have seen in Phanteks' larger coolers, their special P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies. The PH-TC12DX sports a smaller profile of just 126 x 57 x 157mm, a nickel plated copper block, four 6mm heat pipes embedded within the block, a blue, aluminum-finned heat stack and two 120mm white and blue PWM fans. All of this is packed together in a smaller footprint. Read on and let’s see if this middle-weight contender can pack a punch like its heavy-weight bigger brother.
CPU coolers - we all know what they are and we all use them. Whether it be the stock cooler that came with your CPU or a high-end custom water cooling setup we all have one and we all need one. There's cooler that are cheap and relatively inefficient and there are coolers that are expensive and work exceedingly well. What about the happy medium? What about the best of both - price and performance? Enter NZXT and their Respire line of CPU coolers. They aim to give the best performance for the least amount of cash - but do the coolers meet those expectations? We've already looked at their T20 variant (insert link to that review here) and we're thoroughly impressed. Now we've got their Respire T40 here in the lab today so let's check it out!
One of the several names that comes to mind when you’re talking about superior air cooling performance is Phanteks. Phanteks in a very short time has become a leader in the air cooling heavy weight arena, especially with their high performance gargantuan air coolers, like the PH-TC14PE for example. Phanteks is now entering the ring with a new light-weight contender called the Phanteks PH-TC90LS. It is a new arrival with a very low profile. It looks like it is especially geared for those small form factor gaming cases and HTPC builds we now see flooding the market. Its design seems to cater to the limited amount of space that they provide. Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing a new addition to the Phanteks family of coolers, The PH-TC90LS. It is a very small, low profile cooler with the same technologies we have seen in Phanteks larger builds, like their special P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies. The PH-TC90LS sports a low profile of just 95x95x45mm. It is made of a nickel plated copper block, with three 6 mm heat pipes embedded within the block, as well as an aluminum finned heat stack & a 90mm low profile white PWM fan. All this is packed together in a very small footprint. Read on to see if this light weight contender can score a knockout punch like its bigger brothers.
As more and more CPU coolers appear in today's market, the competition is fierce and looking for the right design can pose some challenges. The various options out there can make it hard to determine which cooler is the right one for you. Though many coolers are designed to look the same, not all are made to perform with exceptional thermal cooling power. Today we will be taking a look at the Phanteks PH-TC14CS-BK cooler. If you know the name Phanteks, it goes without saying that Phanteks makes some of the top performing air coolers on the market. We have seen coolers ranging from small to large, some with exceptional thermal properties, others not so much. All of these coolers use the typical single or twin tower designs, proving that being typical isn't always the best. The Phanteks PH-TC14CS-BK is anything but your typical CPU cooler design, the unique touches made by Phanteks really makes this cooler stand out. The Phanteks PH-TC14CS is designed in a horizontal position or in a "updraft floating balance", where fans are mounted on the bottom and top of the cooler. Will this design provide better thermal performance or will this design hinder it? As we take a closer look at this cooler we will soon find out.