Welcome to Water Cooling 101 Episode 2! If you’re here we are going assume that you have more than just a passing interest in water cooling and are looking to get wet yourself. During this two stage article we will cover a couple of the most important aspects of water cooling. The first part will cover designing your loop. While we understand you must be excited to get going on building, you must first take your time and carefully decide how you want your loop to connect and flow. After we’ve decided on our loop design we will go over some of the most popular parts and components for bringing your dream system to life. Let’s get started!
Water cooling while extremely effective and often times beautiful to look at can be entirely overwhelming especially if you are new to the hobby obsession. Fortunately we here at ThinkComputers have your back! We will be imparting our years of water cooling knowledge and experience to you in a series we’re calling: Water Cooling 101. Follow along and we’ll help you pick out the best parts for you, show you how to install those parts, and have your own loop up, running, and free of air bubbles in no time. Welcome to Water Cooling 101!
When building an epic new rig we focus on the exciting main items like the motherboard, processor, ram, and of course the GPU! Often times that could leave you missing some important items when you actually start to put the build together. I feel one of the most overlooked items is the fan controller. Often times there is a solution included with the case, but if your build is deserving of the adjective “epic” then you will need more than the included controller or hub. Hoping to be there for you when you need plenty of power and specific control, NZXT is bringing to the market the third iteration of it’s very popular fan hub, the GRID+ V2. Follow along as we find out if this hub has what you need to keep your case nice and chill.
While I normally find myself in the pursuit of absolute performance – especially when it comes to cooling – for some PC enthusiasts that’s not always the case. Whether it’s space constraints or maybe a massive overclock is just not needed there is always a need for smaller CPU coolers. Today we’ll be taking a look at Silverstones TD03-E. This 120mm radiator based cooler is identical to the TD02-E we’ve previously tested aside from radiator size. Coming in with the same high quality design, fit, and finish let’s see if the TD03-E provides just the right amount of cooling performance that you need.
I’ve said it before and I guess I’m saying it again; I have reviewed a lot of AiO coolers. As the resident AiO guy at ThinkComputers if there’s a new closed loop product on the market it finds it’s way to me. As you might imagine I have seen everything from coolers that are basically bone stock, slap the company logo onto it and call it good, to very unique, well thought out and inventively engineered designs. It’s the later that keeps me going, because every once in a while a sample will come along that you can tell some love and creativity was poured into the design. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Silverstone TD02-E. While Silverstone is far from being a one-off boutique brand, their products in general carry a certain feeling of quality and pride in the design. Follow along as we find out if the TD02-E has the genes of its counterparts or if it’s simply a generic design with a logo slapped on as an after thought.
If there is one thing to be said about Beijing based hardware manufacturer DeepCool, it would be their tenacity for pushing the limits of their own design while creating new and inspiring pieces of tech. While company has been around and creating cooling solutions since 1996, it hasn’t been until recently that they have thrust themselves onto the global enthusiast stage. Since we have been reviewing their products we have moved from simple air coolers to the very steampunk inspired AiO that we are taking a look at today. The Captain 240 is the middle of their Captain line of AiO coolers and really sets itself apart with it’s aesthetics. Read on as we find out if the design is just a veneer or if this cooler really has what it takes to be one of the best.
Looking back into the not too distant past I can remember when the original Corsair H80 AIO cooler come out. I had started out my overclocking adventures a little while before that using an H70 and remember thinking how cool it would be to step up to the bigger more powerful H80. It had a much thicker radiator than my cooler and dual fans as well! Flash forward half a decade and here we are with the newest iteration of that cooler. While many things have changed, some things such as the dual fans and super thick radiator have stayed the same. The H80 was an excellent entry level cooler for those looking for higher performance back then; lets check out the latest version the H80i GT and see if the same is still true today.
We’ve looked at a large portion of AIO coolers from the Fremont, California based hardware manufacturer Corsair. This includes our most recent review the H110i GT which set the bar high as the best performing AIO cooler that we have tested here at ThinkComputers. Of course that isn’t the limit of Corsair’s capabilities as they offer a full line of coolers for all different needs. Today we’ll once again take a look a large AIO cooler, the 240mm rad equipped H100i GTX. Follow along as we find out if this cooler can go punch for punch with it’s highly successful bigger brother.
Now that Disney is in charge do they care about the things that have made so many of us into lifelong fans? Fast forward to April 16, 2015 and we have the release of the second official trailer to Star Wars Episode VII!
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