Posts Tagged ‘cooling’
Today we're looking at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2, a mid-range performance graphics card that retails for around $260. We've been impressed with cards from HIS in the past, particularly those with the vaunted IceQ cooler, which has proven to be very impressive with low temperatures and noise levels. Can this card continue the trend? Lt's take a closer look at the HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 to find out.
Today's high demanding games can cause serious heat issues with improperly cooled graphic cards, so what do we do when they start to overheat? Look into water cooling? Not if your graphics card uses a non-referenced PCB. I'm in that boat; I picked up a few video cards without realizing they were non-referenced. The question is, what other options do we have in order to better cool the GPU and memory? Arctic has came up with a solution with the Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X), which is an upgraded air cooling solution that cools the GPU and memory utilizing 5 heatpipes and a custom rear heatsink.
Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the Hydro Series™ HG10 GPU cooling bracket, a powerful new accessory that gives gamers the opportunity to replace a stock graphics card cooler with any of Corsair’s Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers. The resulting upgrade unleashes the GPU’s hidden graphics performance by reducing GPU temperatures by as much as 50°C (122F), cutting down on droning fan noise, reducing GPU throttling, and boosting overclocking potential. In conjunction with the new HG10, Corsair also premiered new LED-infused versions of its award-winning Air Series™ SP120 and SP140 static pressure fans in five different colors — red, white, blue, green, or purple. Hydro Series HG10 GPU Liquid Cooling Bracket The HG10 offers full coverage for compatible reference-design GPUs, meaning it’s not just cooling your GPU itself, but the red-hot VRMs and VRAM on your card. After installing the HG10 GPU bracket, a PC enthusiast can mount any Corsair Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler (available separately) to chill their graphics card’s GPU (up to 50°C) and VRM/VRAM (up to 25°C) lower than stock temperatures. Don’t be afraid to push that overclock and extract every bit of performance from a graphics card — paired with a Hydro Series cooler, the HG10 can quickly dissipate large amounts of heat, and will reduce noise significantly compared to the GPU’s stock fan. The HG10 is a straightforward to install. With only an o...
The 2013 was an excitement and busy year for XSPC, the company introduced over a dozen new products from the new Photon reservoir, G1 Sniper M5 motherboard water-block, eye-catching compression fittings and the pump tops - just to name a few. Once again XSPC unleashed the third revision of the RX radiator series. The RX radiator series are the most popular radiator among the water-cooling enthusiasts for its value and performance. Consequently, its design technology is dated and today’s modern radiators from the competitors are surpassing the RX radiators. That’s brought us today’s review, we’ll analyze the new and improve version of the RX360 V3 radiator.
MSI CES 2014 – Overview This year we had the opportunity to meet with MSI at CES 2014 Las Vegas. We were excited to take a glimpse at what we can expect from MSI this year, but before we go over that, let’s cover something else first. Over the last few years, MSI has taken a leap in marketshare. We have seen this with their Gaming Series, their MPower line of motherboards, and with their Gaming and Lighting Series graphics cards. Their recent release with the NVIDIA and AMD line up really sparked a lot of interested with fans, and we hope to see MSI continue this trend in 2014. Thanks to MSI for spending time with us at CES! Now, let’s have a look at what we saw from MSI at CES 2014. We will first star off with MSI’s Intel line up. The Z87 Gaming and MPower series motherboards have been well received by consumers during the launch of Haswell. One item in particular which that sparked our interest was MSI’s new mITX format Gaming Series Z87 chipset motherboard. With the popular and growing demand of small form factor builds recently, we weren’t surprised that MSI started growing their Gaming series line up. Here is a glimpse at what we saw. We were quite impressed with the features this board offers. It also has great aesthetic appeal, which it shares with its bigger brothers the Z87M Gaming and Z87A Gaming Edition motherboards. The fact that it was shrunken down in size and now offers an on-board Wifi Adapter was a pleasant surprise. We ...
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.
The Enermax TwisterOdio 16" notebook pad is a great cooler with awesome sound.
Introduction Nearly every good-looking build project has two things in common, great cable management and a good cooling solution. These cooling solutions usually involve multiple fans in multiple locations. This requires a great deal of patience to insure clean cable runs. One of the easiest ways to get this accomplished is to use a fan controller. It will help you regulate the speed of the radiator or case fans separately and limit having to use cable splitters. One of the most commonly used controller types uses sliders because of the ease of use. Thermaltake has been making fan controllers and other cooling solutions for some time now, so I am not surprised to see them with a new model. The Thermaltake Commander F5 aims to offer a cost effective flexible and easy to use fan controller for the masses. Before we go any further, we would like to thank Thermaltake for sending the F5 for review and for being a market innovator during the last 13 years! Mission - While still a relatively young company, established in 1999, Thermaltake is built on unwavering will and dedication to address issues and innovate at the same time for computer enthusiasts and corporate users worldwide. - With strong support of Research & Development team standing behind the brand, Thermaltake is committed to never-follow but always-lead. - In past decades, the industrial and technological advancements in different fields have shaped the world we live in today and have also ...
Introduction: Sometimes you just get lucky and happen to find a well built case that fits within a tight budget, but also looks extremely good and includes features you would not normally find at a budget price. Today we might have a good example of that. I’m talking about a new arrival from Cooler Master, the N-200. This is the latest addition to Cooler Master’s brand new N Series compact ITX / Micro ATX mainstream cases. The Cooler Master N-200 comes with water cooling support and improved air cooling performance, wrapped in a subtle and simplistic design. It could be the case that may really meets your needs and leaves your wallet happier too. The N-200 from Cooler Master not only supports a 120mm radiator at the back, but is the first mini tower that supports installing 120mm or even 240mm radiators in the front of the case! Thanks to its all mesh front panel and two high quality Cooler Master Xtra Flo fans with large air vents, it boasts excellent cooling performance. Furthermore, despite its extremely compact size, the N-200 supports 160mm tall CPU tower coolers, and long high-end VGAs, (including the HD 7990). It even has support for four 2.5″ SSDs and three of 3.5″ HDDs. Read on as we take an up close and personal look at the Cooler Master N-200 Mini Tower to see if it is the affordable answer you are looking for. Our Thanks goes out to Cooler Master for providing us with the review sample. Here’s a brief statement from them....
Today we're looking at the Thermaltake Challenger Illuminated gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports bold styling and a couple unique features, in looking to cater to discerning consumers who want something more affordable than an expensive mechanical board. The Thermaltake Challenger Illuminated is a new variant of the original Challenger; this new model has an tweaked layout, more compact design, and a fresh look, while still retaining some of the features that make it unlike any other board out there.
Enermax has been well known for a while now, but lately they seem to be gaining even more traction with their line of CPU coolers, power supplies, fans and cases. Enermax has a long history of producing great looking and great performing CPU coolers. They just released two new versions of their popular ETS-T40 CPU cooler, the Black Twister and the White Cluster. Enermax was kind enough to send us their ETS-T40-BK Black Twister CPU cooler to take a look at 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.
When you hear the name Gelid, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For most it's PC case fans. Gelid is known for some of the quietest PC case fans. However, they've also produced some thermal compounds, some VGA cooling units and even a case. Furthermore, they recently stepped into the realm of CPU cooling as well. They were kind enough to send us their new Black Edition CPU cooler to check out. Let's see if Gelid can include good performance, yet keep their quiet fan reputation in the same package.
Xigmatek is one of those companies that's been around for a while but still aren't a name most people use on a daily basis. They've got a long history of cases, CPU coolers, fans and accessories as well as power supplies yet they're not nearly as well-known as companies like Cooler Master, NZXT and Thermaltake just to name a few. This doesn't seem to stop them though as they make some pretty nice products. They were kind enough to send us their Prime SD1484 CPU cooler to review. Can this cooler from the little guy perform? Let's find out.
NZXT with the Phantom 630 breaks tradition and continues to raise the bar for the entire industry with its new cutting edge features moving forward and ahead of the pack in every way.