Certainly one of the most interesting aspects of this time of year is the inevitable posting of lists! All the listing and ordering of events, items, and achievements must bring the writer a sense of closure and completeness, but really who cares we just love reading these lists! Not wanting to leave you feeling short handed, ThinkComputers is excited to bring you our own twist on the yearly list. It was just a few years ago that the all in one liquid cooling solution really hit the market, but in that short time the AIO has now become a must have for the serious computer enthusiast. This past year ThinkComputers has reviewed many of them for you, some good, some not so great. Bringing the year to a close, we would like to present to you 2014’s best AIO coolers as reviewed by ThinkComputers. As it turns out there are exactly 3 AIO’s that earned a 10/10 score in 2014. While all three are exceptional coolers, there can only be one champion.
Often times we receive several items at the same time that a manufacturer would like us to review. Typically this occurs when a new line of products has been released or a major update has been done and today is exactly that. With the introduction of their CAM software, NZXT has released an updated version of most of their products featuring this new connectivity. Today we’ll be taking a close look at NZXT’s newest 120mm AIO, the Kraken X31. NZXT has some notoriously well loved and great performing coolers in their armory, let’s find out if their newest, smallest offering lives up to those same standards.
So what, and why the history lesson you ask? You’re here to read about computers and hardware of course. Well interestingly enough hardware powerhouse NZXT has reinvented their simple but popular Grid fan hub. Intriguingly this new version of the hub is has been titled the Grid+. Being such a simple object we are thoroughly curious what NZXT has done to “add” to the original Grid. Indeed is the new Grid+ worthy of this new moniker?
For several years now NZXT has been reaping the benefits of listening to the computer building/modding community and delivering products that they actually want. This in turn has led to one of the most loyal customer bases and served to increase the popularity of their brand. So NZXT has amassed what is essentially an all-star team of products ranging from power supplies to cases to CPU coolers and pretty much everything in between save for the bits that do the number crunching. Fortunately for us they haven’t let up yet. Today we will be checking out their newest offering in the AIO cooler category the Kraken X41. Follow along as we find out if this cooler deserves a starting position, or an eternal ride of shame on the bench.
Recently we took a close look at DeepCool’s initial offering in the AIO cooler category, the Maelstrom 120. Released under their new moniker Gamer Storm we found that although it was a decent first attempt, it left us wanting in a few areas. Mostly we were hoping for just a little more performance. Well as it happens DeepCool also offers a Maelstrom 240 AIO. This unit is the big brother to the 120, and is nearly identical aside from having a larger radiator. Could this be the answer to the performance gap the 120 left us with? Read on as we take an in depth look at the DeepCool Maelstrom 240.
If there is any line of products that I would say we here at ThinkComputers.org are most familiar with it would have to be Thermaltake AIO coolers. Over the past couple years we have reviewed nearly their entire line of products. Overall we have found them to be adequate to top level performers. And while their arsenal of self contained water coolers is formidable they have seemed to lack a stand out champion. You know a hands down performance winner across the board. And so I was certainly intrigued when we got our hands on Tt’s newest AIO entry, the Water 3.0 Ultimate. This triple 120 rad AIO is one of the first on the market and the largest AIO we have reviewed at TC. So does size matter? Follow along and find out if this can finally be Thermaltake’s all out performance champ.
If you haven’t heard of DeepCool by now we really can’t blame you. This start up out of Beijing, China has only recently started hitting shelves in the US. However, if you are an avid ThinkComputers.org reader you will no doubt have seen several excellent performing CPU coolers come across our pages from DeepCool. Since then DeepCool has really started to step up their game by branching into the case, power supply, and as you’ll see today, the AIO CPU cooler market. With the market so flooded with AIO’s, the hottest cooling item of today, can DeepCool’s Maelstrom 120 even make a splash? And can it possibly keep up with the years of R&D other companies have in the AIO spectrum? Read on to find out!
We might as well face it at this point, Cooler Master is on a roll. It seems like every other day the tech news has something to say about this or that new or innovative CM product. Everything from cases to keyboards, even a new mechanical key switch type. But all this kinda makes me wonder, are we just being hit with an exceptionally successful marketing scheme, or are these products really worth spending your hard earned cash on? Today we’ll be taking a close look at the Nepton 280L. This new CM AIO boasts a twin 140mm radiator amongst other features, and it’s time to find out if this is the real deal or simply another of the countless AIO’s ignore.
Phanteks has found itself in the enviable position of having some of the most highly regarded cases currently on the market. Their line-up of course begins with the Primo on top followed by the Luxe and bringing up the rear is the Pro. With these cases Phanteks has used a sort of modular design for certain parts. For example the SSD brackets; they all mount in the same way in all three cases. The difference being the type and quantity of brackets included, with the Pro you are limited to just one single drive bracket. This might be disappointing to you, but don’t worry, Phanteks has your back. Now available on most major computer component retailer sites is Phanteks full line of case accessories. Let’s take a brief look at what Phanteks has to offer.
So what do you do when you’ve made an awesome product that people love? Well if you’re a car company you would start tweaking and changing until you’ve created a monster GT performance version, or maybe go the other way and make a pure luxury model. Well it just so happens that Phanteks has created just such a product with their Enthoo Pro. As such, it makes sense that they would have developed a better more luxurious version of the Pro at the same time. Today we will be taking a look at the Enthoo Luxe, Phantek’s fancy version of the Pro and the true heir to the throne of the Enthoo Primo.
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