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Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S CPU Cooler Reviews

Introduction Phanteks has recently started to branch out with more products to add to their already popular name; they have set a standard in the cooling market with some of today’s top performing air coolers. The quality and superb performance reputation they have built, helps keep the air cooling market competitive and creates a leveled playing field with other top contenders like Noctua, be quiet!, NZXT and Cooler Master. In the past, we have seen some pretty unique air coolers from Phanteks. With features from beefy tower style coolers to color matching heatsinks, Phanteks has a style that fits everyone’s needs. Today…we are going to be looking at 2 new coolers that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but have a price point that can fit anyone’s budget. We have for you today the Phanteks PH-TC12LS and Phanteks PH-TC14S.   About Phanteks “Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team is situated in the Netherlands and consists of creative researchers, designers and developers whose only desires are to bring the latest cutting edge technology to yo...



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Noctua NH-D9L and NH-U9S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction Noctua… When we hear the name Noctua, the first thing that normally comes to mind is the color brown. We all recognize this color as Noctua’s trademark design for its fans. However, we also have come to know that Noctua holds a strong place in the CPU air cooling category. The popular NH-D14 and NH-D15 model CPU Coolers are some of the top performing units available, and hang in there even with some of today’s top performing all in one water cooling units. But if you know anything about those monster heatsinks, they are massive in size and for anyone looking to fit them into smaller, more compact chassis, that is out of the question. It turns out that Noctua does offer a wide range of smaller coolers that can fit those needs, but you do sacrifice some performance due the smaller design. Today, we are going to be look at a 2 new coolers by Noctua that are meant to replicate its popular D15 twin tower design and a new single tower platform. If we have learned anything from Noctua’s quality and performance, we can probably expect to see the same great results, but we are gonna put these to the test and find out. So with that said, we proudly introduce the Noctua NH-U9S and the NH-D9L CPU Air Coolers. Before we move into the details of both coolers, let’s talk a little bit about who Noctua is: “Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink In...



 
 
 
 
 
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be quiet! – Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler

be quiet!, this wasn't a popular name that we have heard of in the past, but be quiet! has start to become a popular attraction as of recent. You may ask why? While be quiet! was started in 2006, they were primarily in the Power Supply Market, but it wasn't until 2010 that they started to break out of its shell and joined in with the CPU Cooling market. Today we have the opportunity to test out one of be quiet!'s new CPU Coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2 that has started to attract allot of attention and we are here to put this cooler to the test to see how it stacks up again the current competitors. Will this cooler work as it advertises? How is pricing? Availability? As you read on today we hope to answer some of those questions for you. So without going into much detail, lets dive in and take a good look at the be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler.



 
 
 
 
 
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Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler

Thermalright has set a foundation in the cooling world with a number of computer cooling solutions in the last decade and it comes as no surprise that they have some of the top performing CPU Coolers. Today we are going to be looking at the new Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler. One thing that comes to mind first is this cooler definitely stands out with its aesthetics. While the color choice by Thermalright isn't your typical user's first choice... we found it to be quite interesting. However beyond its aesthetic appeal, we are interested in taking a closer look at the SB-E X2 cooler to find out if it will live up to its name in the thermal solution world. The twin fan single slim tower design may not look like much, but we are looking forward to finding out if it will hold up to expectations. Let's find out!



 
 
 
 
 
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Thermalright – True Spirit 120m CPU Cooler

Over the years we have seen hundreds of air coolers of various models and designs. From the smaller coolers to the larger twin tower coolers, performance is always a key factor when it comes to finding the right product. Today we are going to be looking to a new unique design by Thermalright. It is called the True Spirit 120m. Does it have the right aesthetic appeal and how does it stack up with some of today's coolers in thermal performance? That is what we will attempt to answer in our review today.



 
 
 
 
 
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Xigmatek Dark Knight II – Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler

Today we will be taking a look at something new to the PC thermal world. Interestingly, for all the car enthusiasts out there, this may be something you have seen before. This is technology you likely have not seen in a computer on your desktop, but it's very possible you may have seen it in a heavily modded hot rod sitting in your driveway. We are going to be looking at a new CPU Cooler from Xigmatek. It's called the Dark Knight II - Night Hawk Edition Cooler. It uses what they call "stealth" technology which basically means the heatsink has been ceramic coated to provide additional thermal dissipation. This is first of its kind technology we have seen used on a CPU Cooler, and today we will see how it stacks up to its more traditional competitors. To talk a little more about what's in store, the Xigmatek Dark Knight II - Night Hawk Edition Cooler may look like your typical tower cooler available on the market; however, its thermal technology is a little more unique. The Ceramic coated aluminum fins along with a direct copper base design gets our imagination wondering just how well this cooler might perform. Before we move on, let's learn a little more about Xigmatek.





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