It has been quite a while since we’ve reviewed a product from Reeven so we were quite excited when they told us they would be sending over their flagship Okeanos (RC-1402) CPU cooler. This cooler features a pretty large dual tower design, two cooling fan, six hefty copper heatpipes, and a pretty sleek look. Reeven tells us that this cooler was designed with gamers and overclockers in mind so it should be able to handle some pretty hefty thermal loads as well. Let’s see if Reeven brings the entire package with the Okeanos.
Recently SilverStone blew us away by showing what the possibilities are from a design perspective with an AiO. We were so impressed that their TD02-E made our best of 2015 AiO list. While the cooler was aesthetically appealing it did leave something to be desired in the performance equation. Today we take a look at another cooler from SilverStone, this one wholly different altogether. Designed with tighter spaces in mind, follow along as we check out the TD02-Slim and find out if SilverStone was able to pump some extra performance into a much thinner form factor.
Be quiet’s Dark Rock line of CPU coolers are their high-performance line meant to handle the most extreme processors and thermal loads out there. While most of the coolers in the line are tower coolers there is one that is different, it is the Dark Rock TF. The Dark Rock TF or Dark Rock Top-Flow is a C-type cooler that features two powerful nickel-plated aluminum heat sinks and two 135 mm SilentWings cooling fans. Be quiet calls this cooler a compact cooler, but it is one of the larger C-type coolers that we’ve seen. It is supposed to offer one of the best performance-to-noise ratios in its class. Let’s get it installed and see what it can do!
Scythe has really made a name for themselves in the DIY PC cooling market since being founded back in 2002. Over the years they have had some really great CPU coolers, many which we have reviewed. The Ninja series has primarily been reserved for the top of the line coolers from Scythe and the cooler we have on the review block today definitely fits that bill. It is the Ninja 4, which is the 4th major revision of the famous Ninja cooler. This very large CPU cooler features 4 heatsink stacks, 6 heatpipes, and a 120 mm cooling fan. Can it compete with some of the other larger CPU coolers out there? Read on as we find out!
For the most part if you are doing a PC build fans come into play. Now typically your case will come with a few fans, but they are typically not enough. If you get into water cooling then you are going to want to get fans that are specifically made for water cooling, or have a high static pressure. Well Thermaltake has you covered with their new Riing LED RGB fans. These fans are made specifically for radiators and feature a LED ring that goes around the frame of the fan. This LED ring is RGB giving you 256 multi-colored options to choose from, so you can definitely match it to your build quite easily. Thermaltake is offering these fans in 120 mm and 140 mm versions that come in a single pack (1 fan) or a 3-fan pack. Today we have a 3-pack of the 120 mm fans, let’s take a look and see what they are all about.
Not that long ago we took a look at Noctua’s NH-D15S CPU cooler. It was a revised version of the original NH-D15 which was made to be more compatible with memory modules and PCI-Express cards. Well Noctua has done the same thing with their flagship C-type cooler as well. Today we are going to be checking out the NH-C14S, which is a new revision of the award winning NH-C14 that offers better memory clearance, an offset design that gives better clearance for PCI-Express cards, and offers both a low-profile mode and a high clearance mode. Will these changes affect how well the cooler performs? Or do we have another winner on our hands? Let’s get this cooler installed and see!
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.
When it comes to the “Big Boy’s” of air cooling cooling there are a few names that come to mind, but one that always comes up in discussions is Noctua. There are known for their massive air coolers and their distinctive brown fans. It seems every time we review a Noctua product we are impressed and each product is designed for a specific scenario. This time we have the new NH-D15S, which is much like the NH-D15 that we reviewed about a year ago. The main difference between the two is the NH-D15S has a new offset asymmetrical design that makes more room for memory and PCI-Express card compatibility. Noctua has also removed one of the two fans so you have a center-mounted 140mm cooling fan. The fact that you don’t have a fan on the front or back also helps with compatibility with memory modules. Will these changes affect performance or do we have another winner from Noctua? Read on as we take a look!
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.