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Enermax NEOChanger RGB Reservoir and Pump Combo Review

Enermax brings an excellent design to the reservoir scene with the NEOChanger. The quality and performance would make any custom liquid cooling loop proud, but the RGB lighting is a great addition as well. If you want a reservoir and pump combo, Enermax is a great place to start.



Lamptron CL420 – One Controller to Rule Them All!

Have you ever wanted hardware level control of your RGB lighting and fans? Lamptron has that. Have you ever wanted one controller to work with every proprietary connection for RGB and fans? Turns out they have that too with the CL420.



While we were Sleeping, Raijintek was Lighting it Up!

Raijintek isn't the biggest name in the computer component world, and that's a shame. They have excellent designs from elegant bench cases, to sharp looking CPU and GPU coolers. It doesn't seem to take long before they have a new product on their site that looks incredibly interesting.



NZXT Kraken G12 Graphics Card Cooling Bracket Review

Bringing easy liquid cooling a graphics card is a great idea. The NZXT G12 bracket isn't quite as easy as installing a CLC to a CPU, but it's certainly easier than building a custom cooling loop. The long flat design of air coolers hinders their performance, which is why the NZXT Kraken G12 can perform exponentially.



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

As if there wasn't enough cool things happening at Computex, Corsair took their fans and cases to a new level. With intricate RGB control, the lighting on their fans looked fantastic. Their concept computer cases looked great, but may not ever release. Water resistant keyboard? Yes please!



Phanteks Announces the new Glacier C350a CPU Water block for AMD Platforms

I knew Phanteks for their cases, but I didn't realize they had custom liquid cooling parts. I also didn't know that their C350a Water Block looked so amazing. Designed for the AMD platform, this component will make a great addition to a Ryzen system.



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Deepcool has well designed products that just look awesome! The Gammaxx GT CPU cooler not only has RGB, but a polished top that doesn't follow the trend of unfinished pipe tips. The Earlkase has an RGB variant as well, but the case also looks roomy to build in.



Swiftech Releases Bridges, 1080 Ti Blocks, and Apogee Drive II AM4

What's better than an SLI bridge for water cooling? An RGB one! Swiftech has those and new blocks for the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. Of course they didn't stop there. They also released a pump and block combo for AMD AM4 sockets, the Apogee Drive II.



Noctua Expands Their A-Series Fans, Including 200mm

Noctua really listens to their customers and works to bring requests to market. Of course, any fan or device has to meet rigorous quality standards first. They now have 200mm A-Series fans that will no doubt have silent performance.



Enermax’s Awesome RGB Reservoirs are Here! The NEOChanger

The NEOChanger looks great with it's RGB lighting. Not only can it be controlled separately, but it can also sync with motherboard RGB lighting. On top of that, the pump reservoir combo has several size options and the performance looks great for custom loops.



Deepcool Captain EX RGB: My Favorite Mini Nuclear Reactor Finally has Color Choice!

From the moment I first saw the Captain series of CPU coolers from Deepcool/Gamerstorm, it’s been my favorite design for a pump and block combo. Even then, the only thing I felt the design needed was RGB lighting to be complete. It turns out dreams really do come true because the Captain EX RGB looks like it just launched with availability coming next month. Outside of the RGB changes, everything else about the EX series is staying the same. We still have 120mm and 240mm rad options, while also staying in line with previous pump and flan flow specs. However, it looks like the unit will also include a single RGB LED strip as well. This is a fun surprise for people who enjoy lighting behind their tempered glass side panel. I’m still hoping that Deepcool will add 140mm and 280mm versions to the lineup, but I can’t help but be excited for these units to become available. Each unit will cost a decent amount, with the 120EX retailing for $99.99 and the 240EX going for $129.99. These aren’t the highest prices, but if you’re simply looking for performance then there’s several units that can give the Captains a run for their money. It’s when you start looking for the RGB options that these units get pretty competitive. Honestly, these units easily top my list for coolers I’d like to use in builds that cater to performance and ease of install, but still look excellent. Check out the link below for some extra details and we’ll kee...



Liquid GPU Cooling for the Masses? NZXT Releases the Kraken G12

CLCs (Closed-Loop-Coolers) are all the rage today and quite honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the performance and quality in a custom cooling loop, but CLCs make liquid cooling extremely easy for a wide range of builders out there. GPUs can also benefit immensely from liquid, but installing loops on video cards can be a bit trickier. It looks like NZXT is trying to help with the release of their Kraken G12 mounting kit. Not only does it look pretty simple, but the concept of turning a CPU cooler into a GPU one is a great idea, especially when it’s compatible with multiple products. The idea behind the G12 is genius when you think about it. NZXT simply designed a bracket that clicks on to the pump head, just like the one that typically comes with units like the Kraken. When you realize that many CLCs share the same OEM in Asetek or CoolIT, it makes sense that NZXT could pull this off. Top the unit off with a fan to help keep the rest of the video card components cooled down and you have a pretty simple way to put a high end graphics card under liquid. I’d still recommend using a Kraken unit with that awesome RGB mirror design, but you might be able to re-purpose an older CLC you have lying around. If you still want more details on the Kraken G12, check below for features, images and a link to NZXT’s site. The asking price of $29.99 seems like a pretty great deal as well. Let us know what you think in the...



Lepa NEOllusion RGB LED CPU Cooler Review

Can a CPU cooler have too much quality? Lepa makes an amazing tower cooler with the NEOllusion and the RGB lighting is one of the best in the business. That said, computer builders will certainly pay a steep price to add one of these units to their PC. It may be worth it in the long run.



Calyos Redefines what Fanless Means: NSG S0 Phase Change Cooling Case

Phase change cooling is all the rage for people who love to drool over things they know they can never afford. Still, that doesn’t stop us from posting an awesome product that’s in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign. Calyos is behind the design of the NSG S0, an extremely interesting case that uses phase change cooling to keep your CPU AND GPU cooled off. From the looks of it there’s also no need to insulate for condensation either. Based on the graphs, you get a fanless system that can cool on the level of upper tier liquid which is pretty incredible. The bad news is that an early bird special is still close to $600 to land one of these cases. Really, the pricing isn’t that terrible when you think about what’s being offered here. On top of that, users have the option to mount some fans at the bottom to effectively cool their system off even more. Is this the first step down a road that will offer phase change cooling to the masses? I suppose time will tell. We have a small gallery below if you’d like a closer look, but you can also follow the link to the Kickstarter page for more detailed information. If you help Calyos out and end up with one of these guys, pictures should definitely happen in the forums! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489140137/nsg-s0-worlds-first-fanless-chassis-for-high-perfo/#General



What is Xigmatek doing? (P.S. It’s good!)

Boy, howdy! I’m just catching up all the news this week aren’t I? Well, not all of it, but I do want to point out a couple of things Xigmatek is doing in the PC market. At first glance, you might think they’re just releasing basic copies of other designs, but each product I noticed had one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Prospect and the Scylla have one tiny detail that I think is revolutionizing the component market. Let’s look at the Xigmatek Prospect Chassis first. The front glass panel with the circular LED front fans is showing up more and more. The glass is nice, but we begin getting that carbon copy feel when we see this. That’s why it’s important not to miss where that PSU is located. It’s standing upward in the front of the case! This is something I really want to point out because it can do wonders for PC cooling. Xigmatek shows HDDs mounted on the bottom space where the PSU usually sits. However, if you replace that with some case fans, you have DIRECT cooling going to your GPU. I want this design to start catching on more. Second, I want to readdress the Xigmatek Scylla CPU coolers. I picked up on this a while back when I saw the news drop, but I’m glad to see that it looks like an official release now. The company decided to move the integrated pump into a spot on the radiator. Let’s think about this for a second. A closer look shows that the pump is taking up an effectively dead spot in the ...






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