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.
Evercool has announced a new entry-level CPU cooler, the HPR 9225EA. This is a tower cooled made up of 43 aluminum fins and two large 6mm copper heatpipes. These heatpipes make direct contact with the CPU and of course go up into the heatsink stack. The cooler includes a 92mm 2200 RPM fan that pushes 35.6 CFM of air with 26.3dBA noise. The cooler measures 118 x 97 x 73mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at around 400g.
One of the biggest selling points of Swiftech’s all in one cooler, the H220 is it’s claim to be a fully expandable liquid cooling system. By this they mean it is possible to add other cooling elements to the self contained loop. This would mean that for the price of only $139.99 USD you can buy for yourself the complete set of core components needed for a custom liquid cooling loop, something that would normally cost around $300. The main components include; a pump, a radiator, a block for the component you wish to cool, and a reservoir. Starting off from these items you can now easily add any other element from your rig to the loop. If their claim is true, the sky’s the limit, you can liquid cool anything from your gpu to your chipset, to your ram. Not keeping cool enough with just the 240mm radiator? Throw an additional radiator into the loop as well! Follow along as we explore how to work with a liquid cooling loop, and find out just what the limits of this “expandability” are.
Thermaltake has a new series of air CPU Coolers, which they are dubbing NiC. NiC stands for “non-interference cooler”. What that means is these coolers will not interfere with RAM installation in your system. For the longest time many CPU coolers would block your RAM slots or you would be limited to low profile modules. With these new air coolers Thermaltake eliminates that problem. The NiC series is comprised of the F3, F4, C4 and C5 coolers.
Long Beach, California based company Swiftech is known industry wide as one of the forefathers of liquid cooling. In 1999 they began developing peltier based cpu coolers for advanced overclocking which led Swiftech to begin working with liquid cooling solutions. Known today for their excellent quality water pumps, radiators, and liquid cooling blocks, Swiftech is easily one of the market leaders in the mainstream liquid cooling market. Until recently however, they have stayed out of the all in one (AIO) cooling solution game. Now, after 3 years of development, they have announced the H220. Aimed at the average user interested in liquid cooling but not yet ready to jump into a full blown custom loop, the H220 claims to be an affordable, adaptable, and silent cooling solution for all users. Follow along as we take the H220 through the gauntlet to see if it really is all it claims to be.
EK Water Blocks has released the EK-KIT L Series value orientated water cooling kits. These kits come as direct successors of EK’s own EK-KIT H30 Supreme LTX kits. There are three different kits, the L120, L240, and L360. The only difference between each kit is the size of the radiator and number of included fans. EK has created the EK-KIT L as a basic kit for users that seek a simple, yet quality and efficient all-in-one solution.
For whatever reason, whether it be the name Arcziel or the general round shape you see looking at this cooler installed, it absolutely makes me think of the Arc Reactor from Iron Man. You know, the fusion based device that keeps Tony alive and powers his techno suit of armor? And so it was with great anticipation of superhero like abilities that I opened and began testing this top down horizontal air cooler from Reveen the Arcziel 12!
Deepcool, the leading manufacturer of desktop CPU cooler, VGA cooler, DC case fan and Notebook cooler, officially released a new member for the well-known CPU cooler GAMMAXX family—GAMMAXX S40. The “S” in the name means to say small size, but this cooler also excels in cooling performance.
If you are a fan of extreme air cooling then I am sure you have heard of the Prolimatech Megahalems. They are by far some of the best air coolers around. The only thing that really sets them back is their price, at $70. To help save you money Prolimatech has released a new Basic line which is currently made up of 4 coolers (B81/B65/B48/B45).
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