Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit
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Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit Review

So you’ve got yourself a brand spanking new PC on order and you couldn’t be more stoked. This time you went all out. The latest high end desktop processor, flagship motherboard, maxed out memory, m.2s galore, and you even managed to snag a pair of 1080 ti’s right out from under a crypto miner’s nose. But did you consider cooling when you put that parts list together? That processor has more cores than it knows what to do with and they run hot. Hot like Hawaii growing further out of the Pacific, hot like the forest outside LA last summer. For cpu heat like that there is no other long term solution better than a traditional water cooling loop. And therein lies the problem. Watercooling is a whole new level of technical parts and perceived dangers. Luckily manufactures have realized this; enter the kit. These boxes come complete with all the parts that you need to put together your first loop. The bonus being that you are guaranteed to have compatible parts and if you choose the right kit you get real quality parts that can be used for years to come as you expand and upgrade. Today we are taking a look at one of those kits, the Eissturm Gaming Kit from Alphacool. Alphacool are old pros in the watercooling game hailing from Germany so expectations are high for this 360mm rad equipped loop. Follow along as we find out just how cool this kit can keep your processor.

Raijintek AURAS 12 RGB Fans
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Raijintek AURAS 12 RGB Fans Review

Currently in the realm of RGB fans there are quite a lot of different options to choose from. We are continuing our exploration of those different options with Raijintek's AURAS 12 RGB fans. These are Raijintek's first RGB fans and they feature an O-type LED ring around the frame which has your RGB LEDs inside. You control the LEDs and the fan speed of these fans via the included controller box. Being only $42.99 for the 3-pack with the controller these fans are one of the more affordable options out there. Let's see if they are worth it!

Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler
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Raijintek Orcus 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

We’ve mentioned it before and it’s still true today, the AiO market is jammed full with competition making innovation a struggle for even the most experienced Engineers and R&D teams. Enter the Raijintek Orcus 240 all in one liquid cooler. Immediately you notice the cylindrical device attached to the tubing and know that something is different here. While most companies are sticking with the tried and true pump on block combo the German designed and Thai built Orcus 240 (thank you Raijintek for the simple name) took the pump and placed it externally on the tubing. This left space for a reservoir/flow meter on top of the block and of course you also find RGB leds everywhere. No doubt innovation was at the top of the bill for this cooler, but let’s find out what that nets Raijintek in terms of performance, ease of use, and quality.

Cooler Master MasterAir G100M CPU Cooler
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Cooler Master MasterAir G100M CPU Cooler Review

This year at CES we noticed a very interesting CPU cooler in Cooler Master's suite, it was the MasterAir G100M. The reason this cooler really caught out attention was the unique design and RGB lights. The cooler more or less looks like a UFO with some awesome lighting. Under the hood the G100M uses heat column technology that is 7X larger than normal heatpipes, a circular fin design, and a top-down air flow 92 mm cooling fan. The smaller size of the cooler also makes it very viable for mini-ITX builds. Let's get this cooler in our test system and see what it can do!

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Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler Review

Scythe is really known for their air CPU Coolers, and we've tested a good handful over the past couple of years. Today we are checking out their Grand Kama Cross 3, which has a very unique design. While the design is a little unconventional, it might actually turn out to be a very effective cooler. The unique design is what Scythe calls their X-Struktur design that makes use of two large heatsinks, 4 large 8mm-thick copper heatpipes, and a 140 mm GlideStream 140 PWM fan. Let's see what the Grand Kama Cross 3 can do!

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Corsair HD120 RGB Fans Review

Besides RGB LED strips the next big that you want to get to add some flash to your system is RGB LED fans. Corsair was one of the first to come out with RGB LED fans and currently they have four different RGB fan models to choose from. Today we will be checking out their HD120 RGB LED fans, which are designed as high static pressure fans with 12 independent RGB LEDs, 7 unique lighting modes, and a clear frame the really allows the LEDs to shine through your system. Corsair sent us the 3-pack kit with controller (CO-9050067-WW), so we have everything we need to get these fans installed and setup. Are these the perfect RGB fans for your next build? Read on and find out!

In Win Aurora RGB Fans
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In Win Aurora RGB Fans Review

It seems there are RGB fans everywhere these days, almost every company we know makes them. We have In Win's Aurora RGB fans up for review today. These fans are In Win's second forte into the RGB fan realm and it seems they have took a lot of time to get things right. The fans can easily be daisy-chained together, offer vibration dampening, can be connected and controller via an RGB header on your motherboard, or with the included controller you can customize them with In Win's application. On top of that the 3-pack, which we are reviewing today, comes with 2 RGB LED strips so you can really light up the inside of your system! Let's take a look at these fans and see what they are all about!

Corsair H115i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler
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Corsair H115i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler Review

We recently took a look at the Editor’s Choice award winning H150i PRO from Corsair. The cooler surprised us with improvements on all sides, from performance to aesthetics, it moved Corsair to the next level in all-in-one watercooling systems. While that cooler is certainly the flagship of the line there were revisions to the previous top dog, the H115i, as well. This 280mm radiator equipped unit features all the same catch phrases as it's new big brother minus some radiator surface area. Follow along as we find out what this versions updates do to improve the already good H115i!

Corsair H150i Pro
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Corsair H150i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler Review

It’s rather impressive that the company that basically introduced the all in one liquid cooler to us has also reinvented their product so many times and in so many ways since 2008. These days AiOs are standard and that standard has risen dramatically; especially over the past year. While performance will always be king, like it or not in the world of RGB everything, looks or rather the lack there of can kill. Checking a whole host of new boxes for the company, Corsair is introducing to the world the H150i PRO. This svelte new hydraulic system boasts a first ever for Corsair 360mm radiator as well as a new pump design equipped with of course, RGB LEDs. Follow along as we find out first hand whether this latest iteration is the future or a brief flash from the past.

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