Posts Tagged ‘water cooling’
Introduction With Mini-ITX gaming systems on the rise lately, it’s no wonder why more and more manufacturers are getting into the Mini-ITX market. Cooler Master is a name that I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with. They have been around for a LONG time and make TONS of different PC-related goods including cases, CPU coolers, laptop coolers, keyboards, mice, headsets, and the list goes on. A year or two ago, Cooler Master came out with the Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX case that was small on size but big on room and features. Cooler Master has just released their latest Mini-ITX in the series, the Elite 130! The Elite 130 takes the base setup from the Elite 120 Advanced and removes the internal HDD bays in favor of 120mm water cooling support. It also adds in a unique drive mounting system to make up for it. They were kind enough to send us one to check out so let’s get it on the bench for testing! A little about the Elite 130 from Cooler Master: “One of the most compact, yet fully featured chassis for high performance M-ITX computing. Included is a large mesh front panel that offers reserved styling while allowing extreme airflow. It’s designed to fit in the most minute available desk space while supporting high performance hardware. Elite 130 supports: the largest VGAs from NVIDIA or AMD, 5 x HDDs and/or SSDs, a full-sized power supply, and even a thick 120mm DIY or AIO watercooling radiator.” – Cooler Master Le...
Introduction Gigabyte is one of those companies that doesn’t need an introduction. When it comes to their products their name speaks for itself. Gigabyte has been supplying us with quality products since 1986; producing motherboards, PC components, peripherals, complete systems and the list goes on. Today we have the opportunity to share one of their newest line of cases. The Sumo Omega is Gigabyte’s newest mid-tower case. Before we get started on the case, let’s start get reacquainted with Gigabyte. GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life, responding promptly and sonorously to consumer needs and desires.
If you’re a computer enthusiast, system builder or a heavy gamer, you’re more than likely running a high performance system with multiple video cards, an overclocked CPU, several HDD drives, and a beast of a power supply to power it all. The heat being generated has now become a big concern, so you’re contemplating taking the plunge, and putting your prized possession under water. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing several of XSPC’s products that are an integral part of the water cooling system. Read on as we dive in and take an up close look at two different styles of XSPC’s rotary fittings. The people at XSPC are gaming and overclocking enthusiasts who started XSPC over 10 years ago. They have a company vision of offering world-class cooling products that do not sacrifice reliability, quality, or quiet operation, while in the pursuit of ultimate cooling performance. As of today, XSPC’s product range has expanded to include everything you need to build the ultimate liquid cooling system. Our thanks go out to XSPC for providing us with our review samples.
Over the last few years NZXT has introduced a number of modern cases to the world and today we see NZXT continue that trend with the introduction of its new NZXT H630 "Shhh..." Chassis. The H630 Shhh... adds to NZXT's already large line of full tower cases, and today we get to take a close look at it. At a glance, the NZXT H630 has a simplistic design; however, it's been packed with a variety of options and features for today's PC Builders. Aestheically speaking, we prefer the simple, elegant designs over the crazy or dramatic cases, and the NZXT H630 fits that previous description. However, the H630 is more than just an example of simplicity. NZXT introduced this product to be a silent chassis as well. That is why they included the "Shhh..." advertising Moto. We are going to put that and everything else to the test to see what this case brings to the table.
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.
Today I have the pleasure of bringing you the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower case, designed by a company well known in Europe for their manufacturing and design of their legendary Green Nanoxia Nano-bearing fans and peripherals. Nanoxia has now entered the Enthusiast arena with a brand new arrival, called the Deep Silence 1. It is a modular mid-tower chassis with a simple but classic design. This innovative mid-tower chassis is the foundation for a whole new line of future products whose objective is to offer the perfect symbiosis of ideal system cooling and sensationally low noise levels in one package. They are also designed especially for use in high-end & gaming systems. In the course of the many years of developmental work by Nanoxia culminated in the Deep Silence 1, the focus was always on two requirements: minimize noise and minimize system temperatures. Substantial effort was invested to minimize the noise levels, yet still keep things cool. The side panels and top cover are fitted with specially designed, noise reducing insulation materials to minimize and absorb any noises. The solid front doors use sound absorbing materials that contribute significantly to the most effective noise reduction achieved by the Deep Silence 1. Also responsible for the quietness of the case are the three pre-installed Nanoxia fans of the brand new DS-Series. This most recent Nanoxia fan-series features a new impeller design, optimized for the best possible mix of silence an...
With the number of manufacturers designing more of today's cases with the extra "bling", we are seeing a lot of chassis with large side panel windows and fancy LED lights. It is sometimes nice to have a change of scenery by looking at something a little different. Today we have the chance to share our experience with BitFenix's new "Ghost" Chassis. The BitFenix Ghost is a chassis that was designed to be a silent computing tower but not sacrifice the cooling capabilities of modern systems and accessories. The sleek, smooth and glossy exterior finish has a simple yet elegant design that really stands out from the designs we typically see. While there are few fancy bells and whistles with the exterior aesthetics, the "Ghost" has features that will surprise even the most avid users today. As we dive into the essence of the BitFenix Ghost we will take a look at some of the special features that makes this chassis different from the rest.
At PureOC we are not only hardware junkies but we’re also water cooling addicts. It’s sad to see Danger Den ceased its operation. On the other hand, it is a joy to see another new water block released. Liquid cooling has become more popular these days in the PC cooling world, but if you’re not yet ready dive into the deep end of the water cooling pool by yourself, then let us take you there vicariously. Fans of Koolance might notice that the company recently launched the new flagship CPU waterblock. Continuing its two tones theme, the CPU-380 block is an innovative design which incorporates some of the most up-to-date water block technologies. The CPU-380 might be Koolance’s most eye catching CPU water block. It sports Acetal black and nickel plating, and is a dazzling compliment to any Intel or AMD motherboards. Koolance is no longer including both AMD and Intel mounting mechanisms in one-complete-package. The CPU-380 is now available in Intel or AMD version, the block is designated with a capitol letter “i” for Intel and “a” for AMD. Today we’re going to take a dive with the CPU-380I to find out how this new flagship waterblock stacks up against the other competitors.
As NVIDIA infiltrates the mainstream playground with its bang-for-the-buck GTX660 lineups, and the high-end GPUs are getting special treatment with liquid cooling, what happens if you own one of the mid range GPUs, like the GTX660Ti, and want a full coverage water cooled card? Sadly, you are out of luck. You have been left out in the cold without any support from full-cover water blocks, and you have no choice but to use the universal (GPU only) block. However, the universal GPU only water block has its own disadvantages. We’ll discuss this further in the review. The fact is, there are no full-cover or limited water blocks for the mid-range graphics card, even if you own the GTX660Ti series. Consequently, most Ti cards are non-reference PCB designs and water block manufacturers are reluctant to provide any blocks for non-reference design cards. However, if you are the owner of the Asus GTX660Ti DCII or GTX670 DC II series, then you are in luck today. There is only one manufacturer brave enough to offer the full-cover water block for this non-reference design card, and that is EKWB. Overclockers, gamers and water cooling fanatics, meet the EK-FC670 GTX DCII block. The EK-FC670 GTX DCII is particularly designed to support most Asus GTX670 and GTX660 DrirectCu II lineups. A full coverage block support single or multiple graphic card configuration that utilizes high flow and micro-fins to provide maximum thermal performance. Read on to find out what this...
Cooler Master is well-known for being innovative in both design and function. They seem to always look for ways to improve existing and new components, and today we will look at something a little different from them. It's great to see the creativity behind this next piece of hardware we are about to review. We are referring to the new Cooler Master HAF XB whose Chassis is designed to be both a regular PC Case and/or a Test Bench. The HAF XB is designed for those who are consistently changing out there hardware and can benefit from a test bench. As you will see shortly, we will share these details and the innovative ideas Cooler Master has put into the HAF XB. The sleek design and versatility might just leave you in awe. First, here's a little about Cooler Master.
I have been anxious to test the EK-Supremacy since the date it released. The Supremacy name piqued my interest because the name “Supremacy” reminds me one of my favorite action flicks – “The Bourne Supremacy.” It was about a ruthless and bad-ass assassin who could terminate anyone with a bat of an eyelash. Supremacy means to dominate, control, and that one is superior to others. EK claims the Supremacy outperforms its legendary Supreme HF block by 2°C, and has better hydraulic flow by 20%. Finally, I have my hands on the EK-Supremacy and today we’re going to put this water block in the ring with some of today’s top CPU water blocks to see how it defends against the other ruthless arse-kicking water blocks. Read on to find out what this new flagship cooling block is all about.
If you’re in the market for an enclosure to house all your water cooling gear, chances are you’ve considered the XSPC H1 Cube+. The H1 Cube+ is tailored toward the water cooling enthusiasts and modders. It has been one of the most desirable water cooling cases available. "Go big or go home" is sometimes the mentality of serious water cooling enthusiasts. The H1 Cube+ fits this description. It is a behemoth, standing 21 inches tall. It also has the hipline of 19 inches wide with an arm span of 24 inches deep. It is an enormous case, and offers plenty of real estate for radiators. The H1 Cube was introduced to the market in 2011 and it was XSPC's first journey into the PC enclosure segment. It was hit and miss for the first-born. However, a year later, their newest revision was reborn, which includes the plus (+) sign at the end of the name. It represents the new improved design of the Hive 1. The H1 Cube+ showed up at my doorstep in a box of 8 inches (20cm) tall by 67cm square. I find myself wondering how a huge case can fit into an 8 inch cardboard box. Ast it turns out the design is extremely modular and constructed from 100% aluminum. After assembly, the Cube+ can swallow whole XL-ATX motherboards and five 120mm radiators (3x Triple, 2x Dual, 1x Single) without any modding. Does that tickle your water cooling addiction? Read on to find out what the “Hive” is all about and if it improves upon the original.
Sometimes it's tough to search for that perfect chassis. Whether you are looking for design or functionality, finding the perfect case poses a number of challenges. We have the opportunity today to take a look at the new Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Chassis to see how close it comes to that "Holy Grail" of balancing looks and usefulness. We must say, the unique touches, in both form and functionality, that Cooler Master has added into the Stryker really caught our attention. As we move further into this review you will see why. Before we delve deeper into the versatility of this chassis we will talk a little about Cooler Master's design aesthetic with the Stryker Chassis.
We don't often write enough reviews on PC water cooling heat exchangers. Often referred to as radiators or rads. However when an intriguing product surfaces on the market, we will jump on it. In this article we will be talking about the new AX360 slim profile high performance radiator from XSPC. The water cooling pioneer has a long reputation of producing solid performing products at exceptional prices. The company has stepped up to the plate in recent years to unleash some very nice water cooling gear such as the Raystorm CPU water block, D5 Bay Reservoir series and high-end water cooling enclosures for the die-hard fans. The AX360 should be a welcome addition in a long line of great products.
Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce the new Lancool Dragonlord K Series K56N ATX-Mid-Tower case. Lancool is a subsidiary of Lian Li who manufactures the Dragonlord K series cases with a quality that exemplifies the Lian Li name. It brings the consumer an abundance of features such as modular design, tool-less retention, thermal solutions, and much more. Lian Li is a name well known in the manufacture of high end computer chassis, and they also manufacture some really great affordable gaming cases under the Lancool brand. The Dragon Lord K series from Lancool is one of many, designed for cost-conscious individuals who still want a great gaming case at a very affordable price. So, let’s take a good look at what I think is a great value for the money.