“Be quiet!” is a premium brand maker of power supplies and cooling solution for your desktop PCs. As the name indicates, the company has a ten years experience in the field of noise-reduction and silence which makes its products the most silent on the market.
Reeven has launched the RC-1401 large tower type CPU cooler. The design includes the usual aluminum fin stack. The heat is transferred to it by a combination of two 8mm thick and a three 6mm thick copper heat pipes. The 8mm thick ones extend to the stack’s border, while the 6mm thick pipes are restricted to the central regions. The top most fin is covered. These heat pipes emit from a nickel-plated copper base indirectly, which comes in a mirror finish.
Last year Noctua released their NH-L9 series low profile CPU coolers. They were extremely small (37mm) and offered some pretty good cooling as well. Noctua is back with a new low profile cooler that they were showing at Computex. This cooler is just a little bit bigger at 65mm high, but still will fit in compact systems pretty easily.
Xigmatek carries on to initiate once again this time taking on Janus to be the name which hopefully would be heard for many years to come in the CPU cooling industry. Yes you got that right. Xigmatek has just introduced their low profile CPU cooler. This amazing machine is considered to be the world’s thinnest low profile coolers, varying at an incredible height of 60mm which can actually fit anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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