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Corsair Should Step Up it’s Hydro Pro Cooling Game

Most of the time, we’re going to cover exciting releases that give buyers something to look forward to. On the other hand, we occasionally need to call out a product that doesn’t seem to be trying hard enough. Corsair has long been known as a leading manufacturer of CLC systems, being one of the first companies to add new features and performance levels to the market. CES 2018 introduced us to new Corsair Hydro Pro series coolers, but the design seems a tad underwhelming. The H150i Pro and H115i Pro are nearly identical. The former has a full 360mm radiator, but everything else about the design is identical to its 240mm sibling. To start with, it seems like it’s time for Corsair to bring their RGB fans to one of their CLCs. The grey color of the blades is so flat that I’d almost prefer them to be black so that they blend into a builder’s system who doesn’t want flashy parts. Corsair has plenty of units like this which also make the release feel bland. Next is the pump block design. If you love the Corsair logo, then it will work great for you. If you wanted literally anything other than another company logo shining at your face, you’re probably as underwhelmed as I am. On top of that, the light grey edge around the logo is such a poor choice of color. I can’t find words to say how I feel about this because while it isn’t a terrible color, it does so little to compliment any build scheme that I feel exhausted looking at ...



Looking for the Right Closed Loop Cooler for your NZXT Kraken G12 Bracket?

Ideally, a consumer is buying the NZXT Kraken G12 Bracket to take advantage of a CLC that’s not needed anymore after a CPU cooling upgrade. However, buying a G12 bracket with an affordable CLC is not bad idea when it comes to an effective cooling upgrade for your GPU. It will cost you a decent amount, but when you realize that several GPU blocks alone cost over $100, it’s not a bad option at all for some increased cooling. There’s lots of options that will work with the NZXT Kraken G12, but I personally think one CLC stands above the rest for an affordable GPU cooling solution. Disclaimer: the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 is not officially supported on NZXT’s site, but I’ll update this if/when I hear otherwise. The Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 is my favorite option for several reasons. For starters, the 120mm rad is a great size for compatibility in the biggest range of cases. The 140mm coolers would give you a bit more oomph, but some cases don’t support 140mm fans in the front. What makes the Liquid Freezer line such a good choice though is the extra thick radiator, plus two included fans. The extra surface area combined with the extra airflow is a deadly combination for giving your GPU some additional overclocking headroom. The biggest advantage though? An attractive $68 price tag on Newegg. There’s some CLCs that are a bit cheaper, but I don’t think the few dollars you save would be worth the performance hit. Ot...



Swiftech has a New Apogee AND a New Site

Certain products have to make massive changes to make it in the news list here, but custom cooling parts are sort of a requirement to cover. It’s a self-imposed rule, but cooling is kind of a big deal to most of us. Custom cooling is best, but sometimes we have to live vicariously through news posts until our 3 tax exemptions kick into high gear next year. Swiftech just announced their Apogee SKF water block and they also overhauled their site. The blocks are pretty straightforward. While the design elements are fairly similar, you can see some minor aesthetic variations from the SKF Standard ans SKF Prestige. Either way, both blocks look like a great fit for the build and with RGB lighting control, you can match your build scheme pretty easily. The big news seems to be a new 125 micron thick fins on the block, which should have an impact on cooling performance. The other thing worth pointing out is the fact that Swiftech overhauled their site. Do I dare say that it now looks…modern!?! I jest a little, but I can say it’s very refreshing to see the updated look when you first visit the page. Even if the news is more evolutionary in nature, it’s still some nice things going on from a great cooling company. When I cover the CLC market, it takes a lot to get my attention with how many carbon copies there are. The custom scene is a lot more narrow in it’s selection and when performance is already top of the line, even small improvements are pretty ...



Raijintek! Stop Being Awesome!!! Orcus 240 is the CLC Done Right

I love my fledgling custom loop on my main build, but there’s absolutely no arguing that the CLC is a much easier approach to maintaining CPU temperatures. Sure, my loop has intentions of adding GPUs at some point, but not only is that costly, it also requires blocks that fit a specific type of graphics card. CLCs will always add a simplistic method for putting a CPU under liquid and Raijintek might have the best design with their Orcus 240. Companies like Asetek and Coolit certainly revolutionized the industry by designing the pump to sit on top of the block. This led to some major problems though. For starters, there’s been plenty of copyright cases that have come out of it in the years past. Other manufacturers tried to come up with their own designs, but a pump on the block is a pump on the block. Regardless of how fair it seems, original designers are bound to say something about a perceived copy. The other issue that’s far more practical is that you end up with a big, bulky square you have to work with when trying to install the unit on the CPU. Most companies have streamlined this process, but you still end up with the vast majority of units having power cables coming right out of the block. Raijintek makes a perfect design choice by putting a pump on the hose. Think about it. If it’s on the block, it has to be small enough to fit between RAM slots and motherboard heat sinks. If you design it into the radiator, you can find a central dead spo...



This is How you Up the Ante! Deepcool Introduces Ark 90 Full Tower PC Case

The world of custom PCs is getting rather intriguing. Not too long ago, certain companies dictated what the new releases were going to be and innovation was a bit of a slow process. Today, there are dozens of companies trying to jump into the gaming PC market, but the problem with a lot of it is that so many of them are turning into carbon copies of the bigger companies. If you’re going to release a new product, make it worth while and if you need a good example, look at Deepcool. They just announced the release of the Ark 90 Full Tower case and this is how you shake up the market with a new design. For starters, I’m loving this aesthetic! It’s a perfect balance of clean, sharp angles with a splash of RGB color. It’s bound to have a broad appeal to all kinds of builders across gaming and professional spectrum. The Ark 90 also builds on the tradition of including a pre-installed CLC cooler that the Genome series started. In this case, we have a 280mm radiator attached to the Captain style pump block. If you’re looking for a perfect balance of fan noise and cooling, 280mm seems to be great for just CPU overclocking. Not only are the fans on the cooler RGB, but Deepcool has included an extra two fans to help with the cooling. These are features that really stand out to me, but I’m not saying it’s the perfect case either. I still have issues with the lack of a hinge/latch system with the glass panel and even though there’s severa...



Aigo Icy K4 RGB CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Aigo is most well known as the company I knew nothing about. While Asian consumer electronics companies are a little known passion of mine, I had my eye out for a particular aesthetic niche to fulfill. You know the one I’m talking about: RGB! I don’t have a lot of information about Aigo, so but I do know my lights. What’s interesting is how hard it is to find the CPU cooler that does it all. Some have RGB on the tower, but lacks lighting on the fan. Some have great RGB effects on the fan, but opt for the plain copper and aluminum finish tower. Aigo may be a name that none of us have heard, maybe even a bit too much of an off brand, yet they may be the only one who took RGB to the next level on CPU coolers. We’ll get into the review shortly, but you can also check out the video review below if video is your kind of thing.



Oh Boy! Enermax Showed me More Shinies

Enermax sent an email summing up everything they want us to pay attention to after CES. I already covered a lot of what’s here in our last post, but now we have better release windows and prices. For instance, the Saberay will be available this month and the price looks pretty nice at $160. A couple of more items that perked my interest was the inclusion of SleeMax cables to more lines of PSUs, which I think is an awesome thing, and confirmation that the LiqTech II does have the 450 L/h pump I mentioned earlier. Sure, this might be a lot of posting on Enermax, but I’m a big fan of their PSUs and coolers so post I shall! Right now, I think the Saberay is the perfect, all around case for various reasons. For starters, the easy access Tempered Glass panels are perfect for builders who get inside their cases a lot. Normally, I’d prefer full tower, but the Saberay looks to be so roomy that I don’t think it will make a difference that it’s technically a mid-tower. There’s tons of water cooling support, rather than needless amounts of HDD bays. Seriously! How many builders are putting 8 drive RAIDs in their personal gaming builds? Finally, I don’t believe there’s a more elegant looking case with amazing RGB lighting than the Saberay. I really love this case! There’s a couple of fans releasing as well. The T.B. silence has an interesting feature in that it will spin as low as 300 RPMs. It would be nice to see it in action, but ...



I’m So in Love with the Enermax Saberay and LiqFusion

Enermax is a crazy amazing company in my opinion. It’s always hard to review certain products because sometimes, price is a hard factor to ignore. If I could take 5 years to review a product, I could quantify quality much better, but in a short time period, it puts us reviewers in tight spots. Then again, there are products that just blow me away beyond imagination. So while I take a second to shed my tears for not being at the Enermax booth this year (#newborn), let’s dive into some amazing looking products with the Saberay, the LIQFusion, and a mining version of the MaxTytan. Oh Saberay, I’ve dreamed of you every day since the moment I first saw you in 2017! It may have taken a year, but it looks like it will be well worth the wait. For starters, Enermax puts a TON of space in a mid-tower design. I almost feel like it should be a full tower. The space available makes this design excellent for liquid cooling, custom or closed loop. The features I loved most about this case was the one latch, easy to remove panels. Enermax still has those, but you can see the big change that happened from 2017. Enermax added their 4 ring RGB fans to the mix. The lighting is absolutely gorgeous on these fans and it’s even better in this case. The best news is seeing an available date for 2018. The release can’t make it here fast enough! Next, we need to talk about CLCs and reconsider who makes the best looking unit. Before we do that though, let’s talk ab...



Phanteks Catch-Up: Enthoo Pro TG, Halos Lux Fan Frames, Glacier Reservoirs

Phanteks is a PC builder’s, pun intended, wet dream when it comes to computer cases. They represent quality, elegance, and amazing support for custom cooling loops. Last month, they announced quite a few products and I feel like you might want a heads up of what’s to come. Not only do we have a glass version of the Enthoo Pro case, but we also have RGB fan rings and innovative reservoirs. Tempered glass is almost a necessity for a case that’s as amazing as the Enthoo Pro series. Phanteks also has a special edition that gives you an extra fan and two of their RGB fan frames. The only issue I have is the lack of a hinge/latch system for the glass panels, which I feel is a necessary extra step for this caliber of case. Going back to the fan frames though, the Halos Lux are compatible with motherboard RGB headers so you can integrate the lighting with the rest of your system. This also allows RGB to be completely optional and match it to high performing case/radiator fans. Finally, the Glacier series reservoirs come in two sizes and integrate two fairly unique features. The inclusion of a heatsink to help mitigate heat retention is a cool concept, but may not add much to performance in practical use. The fan bracket however, is a great addition that makes installing the reservoir easy in just about any type of case. Check out the gallery below and you’ll get a good look at everything Phanteks released recently. You can also follow the links to see the f...



Deepcool Features Limited Edition Quadstellar and the Stellar Fryzen CPU Cooler

It’s official I think. Deepcool is the most futuristic feeling company in the business right now. Not only does the Quadstellar look like a spaceship, but the innovation of making it a “smart” case as well is a great time when the smart features help with cooling. Deepcool is going all out with releases of limited editions of their most innovative designs, but they also announced what could be the coolest CPU tower cooler I’ve seen to date. The Quadstellar Case, Ark 90 Case and Captain 240EX CPU cooler are all getting limited edition releases. The choice of a silver finish is really elegant, but I feel like orange accents will limit the appeal to a very specific audience. Hey, on the other hand, maybe a lot more people like orange than I know. This is a pretty good announcement where it stands, but the latest tower CPU cooler design they have is absolutely fantastic. The Fryzen has all of the RGB bling we’ve come to expect from Deepcool, but the design is specifically for AMD Threadripper, while also supporting AM4 sockets. Deepcool, I need one of these now! With all of these new announcements, I have such a mixture of emotions. I’m super excited about the news I’m seeing, but I can’t help but feel the waves of depression wafting over me because I’m not at CES this year. Hopefully next year will be a bit more open for me, but the product releases are certainly worth bringing to your attention, even if I have to do it fr...



A Noctua Fan Overview – 40mm to 200mm Varieties!

Noctua fans are known for their proven performance and reliability, as well as excellent acoustics and unique color scheme. Are they worth your buck? Find out what we think!



CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans

Quiet Cooling, In Any Color CORSAIR Launches New Range of Magnetic Levitation ML PRO RGB Fans Fremont, CA – November 16, 2017 — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components and today announced the launch of the new ML PRO RGB range of PC cooling fans. Building on the success of CORSAIR ML Series fans, which are equipped with magnetic levitation bearings to deliver almost frictionless operation, CORSAIR ML PRO RGB fans add four individually controlled RGB LEDs on the fan’s center hub, creating a vivid 360° blast of light and color. Enhanced by frosted fan blades and customizable with near-limitless options in CORSAIR LINK software, ML PRO RGB fans create a bright circle of custom-color-lighting that makes any PC standout from the crowd. Behind the lighting, ML PRO RGB fans retain the quality and performance that’s made ML Series fans a staple of high-end PCs and the most ambitious builds, with a magnetic levitation fan bearing that physically levitates the fan rotor to almost entirely eliminate bearing friction. The custom-designed fan rotor delivers the perfect balance between high static pressure and high airflow, while a low-noise tuned PWM control range means that, even at full speed, ML PRO RGB fans are incredibly quiet. Available in 120mm or 140mm sizes, ML PRO RGB fans are sold in three fan (120mm) or two fan (140mm) kits. Each kit includes both a CORSAIR RGB Fan LED Hub and Lighting Node PRO, unlock...



Noctua NH-S12L & NH-L9a-AM4 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

Are you in the market for a compact yet efficient heatsink for your next HTPC that happens to be Ryzen based? Perhaps the Noctua NH-S12L or NH-L9a-AM4 is for you. Read on for more info...



Noctua Introduces Chromax Line Fans, Cables and Heatsink Covers

Noctua has always been known for a professional look and a brown/beige color scheme. Rather than jump on the garish RGB LED craze, they decided to sharpen there aesthetic design by a more elegant color scheme on accessories. The expansion of Chromax on cables and heatsink covers is a fantastic idea that will certainly help builders beautify their builds in new ways. Check out the full press release below! Vienna, October 16th 2017 – Noctua today introduced the long-awaited chromax editions of its most renowned 120mm and 140mm fan models as well as chromax line cables and heatsink covers for its award-winning NH-U12S and NH-D15 series CPU coolers. All the new chromax line products allow users to colour-customise their Noctua cooling systems in order to match popular build colour schemes. “Noctua is an engineering-driven company: we pride ourselves on relentlessly tuning our products for maximum performance and quality rather than putting form before function, but of course we understand that many customers put an emphasis on build aesthetics these days,” explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “With the new chromax line fans, cables and heatsink covers, we now offer a range of products that’s ideal for those who care about looks just as much as about quality and performance.” Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12 and NF-S12A are among Noctua’s most renowned 140mm ...



Glow With The Flow – CORSAIR Launches Stunning New LL Series RGB fans

Many of you have certainly been “stunned” by all of the new RGB effects on computer hardware these days. By stunned I mean, blinded by dazzling rainbow lights to the point that you vision blacks out and your body freezes in place from the shock. As for me, well, I enjoy being stunned by a vibrant array of LED colors. Corsair has taken the next step by adding an internal ring of RGB glow to the LL series of fans. Sure, some people think the RGB is a bit much, but as always, I’m super excited by the effect the lighting has on the blades. When will someone get a full spectrum wave RGB LED 200mm fan? Fremont, CA – October 12th, 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming and PC components hardware today announced a new addition to its acclaimed range of RGB cooling fans, the LL Series. 16 Brilliant independent RGB LEDs encircle each LL series fan and its central hub (12 LEDs in the outer loop and four in the inner), all controllable using CORSAIR LINK software to create a stunning symphony of color. Choose from a huge variety of stunning customizable lighting effects and patterns using CORSAIR LINK software to make your PC standout like never before, or synchronize fan lighting to system temperatures for at-a-glance information. Designed to run as quiet as their colors are bright, each LL Series fan utilizes precise PWM control and low-RPM operation, so they’ll be seen, but not heard. Combining class-leading R...






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