I have to admit something; I hate top down air coolers. I can’t put my finger on what it is about them I so dislike. Perhaps it’s simply that they don’t tend to perform very well. Or maybe it’s just their strong dissymmetry that rubs me the wrong way. Whatever it is, something inside tells me to take a tower cooler over them any day. And so it is with great fear and trepidation that I present another air cooling product from German manufacturers, be quiet!, the Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1. Please follow along as I attempt to prove my instincts wrong., or right, as we find out how this cooler performs.
In every industry there is always at least one company that seems to always be on top. No matter what product they are releasing they always sell well and everyone seems to love them. Without a doubt one of these companies is Corsair. As an owner of one of the original Corsair AIO’s, the H70, I am very interested to see how far they’ve come over the years. Today we will be taking a look at one of their most recent AIO units, the H80i. At the mid-top end of Corsairs line and with so many AIO cooling units on the market, lets take this cooler for a test drive and find out where it falls when the heat is turned up.
NZXT has been using internal fan hubs in their cases for a while now. These fan hubs provide a central location to connect all of your fans, which makes things much easier. NZXT has just announced the Grid Internal Fan hub that allows anyone no matter what case they have to easily connect their fans to one central location. The fan hub supports up to 10 fans and is designed to fit in any case.
Coming to us from the frozen north of Scandinavia is a product from Fractal Design. The Adjust 108 is a 6 channel fan controller from this award winning Swedish company. The minimalistic controller looks great on paper, but how does it perform? Follow along as we test this controller and see if it’s up to par.
EK Water Blocks has unveiled their latest full-board motherboard water block, the EK-FB ASR Z77 Extreme11. This water block is made specifically for ASRock’s Z77 Extreme 11 motherboard. It is a complete liquid cooling solution for the board as it directly cools the Z77 southbridge (PCH), PLX PEX 8474 PCIe lane splitter, LSI SAS2308 control hub as well as power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module.
What if I were to tell you that there is a tube reservoir on the market that seals without threads cut into the acrylic? Would that be something you would be interested in? Well if so, then today is your lucky day. We are taking a look at the 240mm UV Green PrimoChill Compression Tube Reservoir (CTR), and it is just that.
Noctua has announces two new coolers in their award winning NH-U series of CPU coolers. The NH-U12S and NH-U14S are tower coolers and are made to be quiet. They feature a slim layout which is made to provide maximum RAM compatibility. Like most Noctua coolers they use the SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system and come with Noctua’s HT-H1 thermal compound.
When it comes to computer cases, power supplies and cooling products we do not see that many new companies popping up. Probably because it is such a competitive market to get in to. We have been hearing about a new company entering the market called Raijintek. They are said to be developing a new range of high end power supplies, cases and cooling products.
Let’s talk about air coolers! Ok specifically let’s take a look at a pretty massive air cooler from our German friends over at be quiet!, the Dark Rock Pro 2. This is a large twin heat sink air cooler aimed at the more performance oriented consumer. With claims of massive cooling power, why don’t we see if this dark cooler deserves a place in your rig, or if it should be outcast to the dark side of the moon.
Koolance has announced its full-coverage water block for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan video card. The VID-NXTTN utilizes a high-performance microfin (0.5mm) design made of solid copper with anti-corrosive nickel plating. The main block covers the CPU, memory chips and VRM. There is a black aluminum back plate included to cover the memory chips on the opposite side of the card. The card measures 6.75 x 4.50 x 0.75 in (17.15 x 11.43 x 1.91 cm) and weighs in at 2.25lbs.
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