ID-Cooling Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


ID-Cooling are a name that are quickly growing in popularity. Having had many years of experience building CPU coolers of their own in Eastern markets, as well as working as the OEM for many popular brands, they’ve proven that they know a thing or two about CPU cooler production and design. We’ve seen some great products from them in the past here at eTeknix, and ID-Cooling have shown us that not only can they compete in terms of cooling performance, they can also do it as very affordable prices, so we’re eager to see what the VC-Twin has to offer today.

Equipped with support for all major socket types, new and old, as well as a max TDP of up to 200W, it’s certainly ticking a lot of boxes in terms of compatibility. The cooler has a vapor chamber design, with five incredibly thick 8mm heat pipes, as well as two aluminium fin stack cooling towers. On top of that, you’ll find two high-performance fans, a 120mm and a 140mm, which overall sounds like some pretty promising hardware for great cooling performance, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what’s on offer.

The packaging doesn’t give much away in terms of design, but the aggressive fonts certainly imply it’s a high-end product.

A good amount of care has gone into the packaging, with thick foam surrounding all major components.

In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate and mounting kits, all the usual bolts and screws, fan clips, fan Y-splitter, as well as a simple installation guide.

The two fans are very nice, and ID-Coolings own design. Both feature PWM connectors and anti-vibration rubber mounts on the corners.

The black and red theme looks quite cool too, and should match the plethora of black and red gaming hardware that’s already on the market.

Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Arctic are well-known for their air cooling products, having made many great products over the years, but now they’re moving into new territory with the release of their first water cooler. The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is an AIO water cooler, which means its going to be super easy to install and will need virtually no maintenance, making it an accessible option for those who don’t want to tackle custom loop cooling. It may only be a 120mm radiator, but Arctic are promising big performance, which will no doubt come from the thick radiator design, the two high-quality fans and their high-end pump and block design.

“We fully designed the F12 fan with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software and optimized it for high airflow. From all fans tested in our air tunnel and anechoic chamber the F12 offers the highest airflow at a given noise level – by margin” said Arctic. “Dual low noise 120 mm fans mounted on opposite sides of the radiator provide a great airflow. First fan pushes air through the radiator, second fan pulls the air through it. Controllable with PST function to adjust the fan speed based on CPU temperature.” they added. “The Fluid Dynamic Bearing comes with an oil capsule that avoids lubricant leakage. Thus this bearing is as quiet as a sleeve bearing but comes with a significantly higher service life.”

120mm radiators are extremely compatible with a huge range of chassis products, but keep in mind that at 49mm thick, as well as two 15mm thick fans, you’re going to need good clearance to einsure a comfortable fit, although we suspect this will only be an issue for some SFF chassis types.

The cooler offers up support for all the latest socket types, and with an impressive max TDP of 300 watts, it’s going to be able to handy virtually anything you throw at it.

  • Intel Socket: 2011(-3), 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156
  • AMD Socket: AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+)
  • Max. Cooling Performance: 300 Watts
  • Recommended for TDP up to: 250 Watts

The packaging is nicely designed, with a nice clear image of the cooler on the front, as well as a good amount of technical data on the sides.

There are some performance figures here, but as is often the case, I’ll trust my own numbers in our benchmarks, which we’ll take a look at shortly.

In the box, you’ll find a backplate, Intel and AMD mounting brackets, the installation guide, and all the usual nuts and bolts for mounting the fans, radiator, and pump.

Both F12 series fans are Arctics own design, with FDB and PWM speed control. What’s interesting is that both fans have super long cables and each has a Y-splitter so that you don’t lose the use of a fan header.


Cooler Master Hyper 212X CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


The Cooler Master 212 series has long been regarded as one of the best CPU coolers on the market, making it an extremely popular choice for system builders. Is it the best performing cooler on the market? No, not really, but it’s been hard to compete with the kind of performance improvements it gives over stock CPU coolers, and it does it for a very reasonable price. Now, Cooler Master have taken their most popular cooler and made it better than ever, by improving the hardware, they’ve managed to give it a performance boost and reduce the noise from the cooler, and that’s obviously a very welcome improvement on a cooler that was already doing rather well.

“The latest in the extremely popular Hyper 212 series, Cooler Master’s Hyper 212X is based on the same patented CDC Quad heatpipe array as the 212 EVO but features several improvements that boost performance and further reduce noise. Thanks to our brand new Smart Engine and POM bearing, the 212X is incredibly durable and will virtually last a lifetime.” said Cooler Master

Equipped with four direct touch heat pipes, an aluminium fin array, improved fan blades, a new bearing and more, the 212 cooler has never been so good. So let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

  • High-performance Copper heatpipes with a fusion bonded copper powder wick.
  • Patented CDC technology – 4 direct touch heatpipes creating a gap-less contact surface
  • Aluminum Fin Array with New Tunnel Effect layout for improved heat dissipation.
  • 4th Generation Bearing – MTBF of 160,000 hours thanks to highly durable POM components.
  • Redesigned Fan-blades that create vortices to boost airflow without creating more noise.
  • Smart Fan engine – stops the fan when blocked to prevent damage, and automatically restarts the fan when it has been cleared.
  • Universal mounting system for all Intel and AMD platforms.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the cooler and some of the main features detailed at the bottom.

Around the back, a quick run down of some of the main specifications, but nothing we don’t already know.

In the box, you’ll find the cooler, the universal backplate and a small box of components.

The component box is really nicely laid out, with the user manual, some extra fan brackets, the mounting support and a handy pack for all the screws.

This little sorter box makes it super easy to see the components you need and even comes with a full tube of thermal paste, allowing for multiple applications of the cooler.

Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 & H600 Pro Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with many years of experience in creating chassis, cooler, power supplies and more.  With Antec having created so many products over the years, it’s more than likely you’ve owned a few of their components over the years, so it’s great to see them continue to push the limits. Antec has been a little behind in the cooling market recently, as their last range of Kuhler H20 products didn’t exactly capture the imaginations of the market, but their latest versions, the H1200 Pro and the H600 Pro look set to change that.

Maximum cooling thanks to large copper base plate and high-performance radiator

“To achieve the best results when used with overclocked processors, both Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with a large copper base plate that efficiently transfers heat from any AMD or Intel processor to the radiator. For maximum performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO feature a precisely constructed radiator with a 0.2 mm fin interval. The dimensions of the radiator are 275 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H1200 and 155 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H600.” – Antec

The new range features a 120mm and a 240mm slim radiator design, with an AIO (all in one) water cooling setup that aims to deliver high-end performance, flawless designs and best of all, wallet-friendly prices. Spec for spec, the latest Antec products are often half the price of their next big competitor, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep up with some of the more established AIO coolers on the market, especially at such competitive prices. If they can, then Antec are about to win over a huge part of the PC system building market.

Extremely quiet operation meets tremendous power

“Despite their excellent cooling performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO operate extremely quiet. This is due to the high-quality blue LED 120 mm fans that can reach up to 2,400 revolutions per minute. In addition, the enclosed pump impeller is near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this exceptional pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor, maximising cooling performance for any PC system. For clean cable management, the pump is powered by a SATA interface.” – Antec

High build quality for exceptional durability

All components used for the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO systems impress with their outstanding build quality and durability. The oil-free lubrication graphite bearing has a service life of up to 150,000 hours. The service life of the carbon metal crystalline ceramic axis is also 50 times longer than that of common models.” – Antec

We’ve got both models in the eTeknix office today and will be putting them head to head with each other, as well as a wide range of aftermarket coolers from many other brands, so it’ll be exciting to see how they perform. As you can see, both coolers come in a stylishly designed box, with a nice image of the product on the front and the main specifications, although I don’t think that lightning effect on the H600 is a feature, obviously.

The H1200 comes bundled with two lovely 120mm blue LED fans, each fitted with a standard PWM connector, anti-vibration screw holes and clear fan blades. It also comes bundled with a Y-splitter, so you only need a single motherboard header to connect them. The H600 comes with just one of these fans, which also means it doesn’t include the Y-splitter.

The fans are certainly of a nice quality and they’re Antec’s own design; having personally used a lot of Antec fans in the past, I have high hopes for their performance.

Both the H600 and the H1200 come with the same set of components, with the exception of the extra fan and Y-splitter for the H1200. You’ll find a universal backplate, AMD and Intel mounting brackets, a small tube of thermal paste, and all black fittings for the screws and other mounting hardware.

Both coolers come nicely packaged in protective cardboard, with durable plastic bag coverings on all major hardware, as well as some thick air pockets to help prevent any of it moving around in transit.

Antec Introduces Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO

All-in-one liquid cooling solutions are a great way to improve the cooling abilities past that of purely air-based CPU coolers and Antec just released two new of such models. The two new Antec all-in-one CPU coolers are the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and Kühler H2O H1200 PRO. These new Antec Kühler models should provide you with the best possible cooling abilities thanks to the use of quality components such as an extra-large copper base plate, the high-performance radiator, and the silent yet powerful fans included.

 

The Antec Kühler H600 and H1200 are close to identical with only the radiator length and tubing length to differentiate them. The H600 is a 120mm sized model with a tube length of 315mm while the Kühler H1200 is a 240mm sized model with a tube length of 348mm. Both Kühler models have a radiator thickness of 27mm.

Both the Kühler H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with the same large copper base plate that should transfer heat effectively from any AMD or Intel processor as the coolers are compatible with pretty much any socket. You can mount it on Intel LGA 775, 115x, 1366, and 2011 as well as AMD AM2 and all newer up to the current ones.

The radiator on the Kühler H600 PRO measures 155 x 120 and the H1200 measures 275 x 120mm, which is the room you’ll need to mount these. The radiators are constructed with a 0.2mm fin interval and together with the large base plate lay the foundation for the cooling abilities.

While you can mount any standard 120mm fans on these radiators, there already are some good ones included. Antec bundled their blue LED fans with the Kühler H600 and Kühler H1200 which spin with a speed of 600 to 2400 RPM and create a noise level of 16 to 25 dBa.

 

The enclosed pump impeller is said to be near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor. A fan header can’t deliver enough power to these coolers, so that is delivered via an SATA power connector instead.

The Kühler H2O H600 PRO comes with an MSRP of £39.99 while the H1200 costs a little more with its MSRP set to £59.99. Those are still very reasonable prices and I think these units should sell well. Antec did not reveal when then the new units will be available at this time.

We have just received our review samples here at the eTeknix office, so we’ll have the full reviews ready for you in a couple of days. Stay tuned and see how great these new Antec Kühler H20 can perform.

Silverstone Tundra TD02-Slim AIO Cooler Review

Introduction


The design team at Silverstone are the masters of ergonomics, something we’ve seen time and time again with their revolutionary space-saving chassis designs. Not only have they created some masterful chassis, but they also have a great range of cooling products that are perfectly designed for tighter spaces, such as slim fans, low-profile air coolers and slim AIO radiators. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Tundra TD02-Slim, a 240mm AIO water cooler with a total thickness of just 37mm, with the fans installed! This is going to be a great cooler for mini-ITX and Micro-ATX chassis designs where space is at a premium.

“Due to limited room in smaller cases, small form factor users are often left out of liquid cooling option, so SilverStone has released the Tundra TD02-Slim. Designed for small form factor PCs, this cooler has a radiator and fan combo of only 37mm thick, making it possible to fit into slimmer profile cases or giving more space in tight confines. By retaining many of the high-end features from SilverStone’s other liquid cooling models, the TD02-Slim also has great performance for the money and is a top choice for high performance but small PC builds.”

The cooler is well equipped, with a copper base plate, a 22mm aluminium radiator, high-performance pump, and two 15mm thick PWM fans. Of course, the cooler also comes with support for a massive range of socket types, ensuring compatibility with any modern system.

The packaging shows off a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the main spec, such as the slim form factor and the extensive socket support.

Around the back, much of the same information, just broken down into various international languages.

Virtually everything you need is included, such as a universal backplate, as well as a Y-split fan cable and a Molex adaptor should you not have any available fan headers on your motherboard.

The included fans look really nice, with a contrasting black and white theme. They’re obviously super slim, but with a large number of fins, they’re still going to be able to shift some serious airflow. The only minor gripe is the colour of the fan cables, but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

Fractal Design Kelvin T12 Expandable Pre-Filled CPU Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Fractal Design has won virtually countless awards over the years, many of them from us here at eTeknix. Their chassis products are some of the best made, best looking and best performing in the industry, and they continued that success with their power supplies, and more recently, their coolers. Their latest cooler, the Kelvin T12 looks set to take the AIO market by storm, not only is it perfectly suitable for AIO plug-and-play deployment, but it’s also expandable, much like a custom loop cooler.

The Kelvin T12 is certainly well equipped, with a thick-style 120mm radiator, high-quality Fractal Design branded fans, extensive socket support, a high-quality pump and much more.

General Specifications

  • Block/pump assembly measurements: 69*69*40 mm
  • Tubing Measurements: 320mm long, 11mm outer and 8mm inner diameter
  • Fitted with anti-kink coils for worry-free installation
  • Kelvin T12 Radiator Measurements: 46*132*163 mm
  • Thread class for fill port and all tube fittings: G 1/4″
  • Supported sockets: Intel: 775,1150,1155,1156,1366,2011,2011-v3; AMD: AM2,AM2+,AM3,AM3+,FM1,FM2,FM2+
  • Fans included: 2 pcs
  • Fractal Design Zero Thermal Paste ; 1 g syringe, sufficient for multiple mountings
  • Colors Available: Black
  • Net weight – Base unit only, not including mounting or fans: 1.1 kg
  • Net weight – Dynamic GP-12 PWM fan, per fan: 159 g
  • Net weight – Total excluding packaging and manual. Includes fans, mounting kit for all platforms, cooling paste (including packaging for the cooling paste) and adapter cable: 1.7 kg
  • Package dimensions – W x H x D: 350*250*151 mm
  • Package weight: 2.4 kg

Fan Specification

  • Fractal Design Dynamic GP-12 PWM fan
  • 500 – 2000 RPM
  • PWM control
  • Max air flow: 87.6 CFM
  • Max pressure: 2.30 mm H2O
  • Acoustical noise: 32.2 dB(A)
  • DC 12V, 0.20A

Pump Specification

  • Ceramic bearing
  • 2400 RPM
  • Voltage control
  • Maximum water flow: 72 l/h
  • Maximum pressure: 1.0 m H2O
  • Acoustical noise: 25.0 dB(A)
  • DC 12V, 0.27A

The packaging is the usual theme for Fractal and has a nice image of the cooler on the front of the box.

Around the back and the sides of the box, there are plenty of details on the main specifications and features, which we’ll take a closer look at in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find the user guide, a fan adaptor cable and Y-splitter, some high-quality thermal paste, as well as the Intel and AMD mounting brackets.

The fans are both Fractal Design’s own Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans; a very high-quality set of fans that should provide us with great airflow and low noise.

This may be an expandable unit, but it comes pre-built and pre-filled as an AIO unit. I wouldn’t normally look at a solution like this if I wanted a custom loop, but it’s certainly nice to have the option to expand it should you feel the need. The thick radiator looks great and its chunky design looks and feels durable. There’s a large copper base to the pump, which will provide excellent coverage to your CPU of choice.

The radiator is nice and thick, which will help it handle higher cooling loads. Along the base of the built-in reservoir, there’s a small stopper cap that can be removed to top up the coolant levels.

On the other end, we’ve got two G 1/4″ fittings, which are widely compatible with other cooling products, pipes, radiators, etc. The pipes themselves are very flexible and come with a coil that looks great, but also helps with overall durability and prevents kinks.

The pump is nice and compact and quite minimalist in terms of design; the gloss finish on the top is going to look great in any system.

The pump also features the same G 1/4″ fittings, meaning you’ve got more points you can expand the loop from and to.

You don’t have to look hard here to see that the build quality and finish on this cooler are exceptional, it looks stunning and everything looks premium-grade for every angle.

Scythe Releases Fuma Twin-Tower CPU Cooler

Scythe released a new cooler with a twin tower design which in itself isn’t anything new, but the new Fuma Twin-Tower CPU cooler comes with a few things that set it apart from other twin tower CPU coolers already on the market. The Fuma is able to deliver a great cooling performance and allows for setups to fit your system and needs with its fan position abilities.

With a height of just 149mm its highly compatible and should fit into most PC chassis’, and I don’t think we’ve had a twin tower cooler that low before. Most of them are above the 150mm which can create clearance issues in narrow chassis’. As the Scythe Fuma allows you mount a fan on either side as well as one in the middle, it also allows you to mount a total of three fans should you have enough clearance next to the CPU socket. I don’t know how much extra cooling a third fan would give, probably not much, but you have the option if you want to do it – maybe just for aesthetic reasons.

The Scythe Fuma comes with two Scythe Slip Stream 120mm PWM fans with 300 up to 1.400 RPM and there is a third set of fan clips included right away should you want to add a third. It has 6 copper heat pipes with 6-millimeter diameter and Scythe has soldered the heat pipes to the solid copper baseplate and the small cooler-block to increase contact area and maximize the heat transfer. Both copper heat pipes and copper-base-plate have been nickel-plated in a final step.

The Fuma weights a total of 920 grams with two fans, which isn’t as much as some other ones, but it’s still quite a bit of weight. It is compatible with pretty much any CPU platform thanks to the including mounting system.

The Scythe Fuma (SCFM-1000) CPU Cooler is available now for a suggested retail price of €39.00 plus taxes.


Phanteks Launches MP and SP Series Fans and PH-NDC Thermal Paste

Phanteks didn’t just release one product today, they have a total of three new ones lined up for us. Phanteks announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120, 140, and 200 SP Series as well as the PH-F120 and 140 MP Series Black Edition fans. On top of that, they are also ready with a new nanostructured thermal compound called the PH-NDC.

The SP fan series is designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges. The fans all have nine blades to be able to provide a better airflow. The bearing systems is called UFB and it stands for Updraft Floating Balance which is composed of MOSS and SCC. MOSS has an effective fan hub-blade ratio to achieve a dynamic balance, thus floating the axis for minimal air noise. SSC increases the bearing life span to ensure that the fan axis is consistently operating without mechanical noise.

The MP fan series is designed for the liquid cooling enthusiasts that need to overcome airflow restrictions from radiators with high fin density. The fans produce high static air pressure for a direct and focused airflow. The blades used in the MP fans are called MVB (Maelström Vortex Booster) and they are precisely angled to generate a silent yet controlled airflow. The downdraft vortex created allows for a greater amount of air passage which in return reduces the airflow turbulence across the surface of the blades.

Both new series of Phanteks fans are backed by a 5-year warranty and depending on the model, they will set you back between £9.99 and £14.99 each.

Phanteks’ new thermal compound is called PH-NDC and the diamond-like particles of the hybrid compound are non-electrical conductive, ensuring that your hardware stays safe. It is also silicon-free to provide long-term stability with an effective thermal cycling and low dry-out features. The PH-NDC has a thermal conductivity of 4.5W/m-k, a thermal resistance of 0.14°C cm2/W, and it is rated for an operating temperature between -40°C and up to 150°C. The compound comes with a 2-year warranty and will set you back £5.50 for a 4G tube.

Phanteks MP and SP Fan Specifications

ID-Cooling IS 50 & IS 40 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Picking a good CPU, GPU and motherboard is often where people put most of their focus, as well as the majority of their budget. Picking a good CPU cooler is important too, especially since an overheating CPU can lead to reduced component life expectancy, more noise from your system and even reduced performance. Of course, you don’t all need a high-end enthusiast cooler that costs north of £100, but it’s always worth finding the best cooler that’s suitable for your needs and budget.

The two latest coolers from ID-Cooling are not only budget friendly, but their low profile design also makes them extremely versatile, especially for those building small form factor systems such as LAN gaming PCs, HTPCs and much more. The IS 50 is the bigger of the two, offering up 130W TDP, as well as a larger fan to deal with more powerful hardware, which the IS 40 is designed for up to 95W TDP, features a smaller fan and a slightly lower price; we’ll be testing them both today. I think it’s obvious which is going to perform better, but keep in mind they’re not both designed to compete, but rather offer more options for those with compact system builds.

In the box, you’ll find a fairly straightforward mounting kit for AMD and Intel CPUs, as well as a spanner and a tube of thermal grease that’s handy for re-installations and maintenance. The mounting kit for both coolers is identical, so there’s no need to show you each separately.

Arctic Announces Semi Passive Freezer CPU Cooler

Arctic has released some impressive cooling solutions in the past, for both CPUs and GPUs. Their newest CPU cooler is the Freezer i32 or a32 depending on whether you’ll want to mount it on an Intel or AMD processor. The really cool thing about this CPU cooler is that it is semi-passive, like we’ve seen quite a bit on graphics cards lately. This effectively means that the fan will not spin up before it is actually needed.

The Freezer is using a 120mm PWM fan that won’t spin up for the first 40% of the scale and comes with quite a nice TDP rating for its size. This CPU cooler is able to keep up to 320 Watts TDP under control and keep an i7-4790K below 50 degrees under full load.

The slim size should prevent any issues with memory clearance or other areas around the CPU. The backplate is secure enough for transport and should keep everything in place in your LAN gaming rig too.

In case you have a system that runs continuously for 24/7, Arctic released the Freezer i32 CO which stands for continues operation. It is specifically designed for these kinds of systems in mind while still performing great and for a long time.

Feature Highlights

  • Improved cooling performance
  • German fan controller
  • Improved Bearing
  • Optimal compatibility through lower footprint
  • Transport safe due to a back-plate and a lower weight
  • MX-4 thermal compound included

The Freezer i32/A32 is now available for a price of £49.99 while the CO version costs a little more and is available for £59.99.

Enermax Released ETS-T40F Models and Test It Versus Coffee Boiler

Enermax had a very popular CPU cooler ever since they launched the original ETS-T40 about four years ago and now they’re following up on that with a new series of CPU coolers that should satisfy almost anyone. The new ETS-T40F comes in three version and the F suffix in the name stands for Fit and highlights the extra slim cooler.

The ETS-T40F only has 41mm depth, making it a good fit for almost any setup, no matter how tight it is. The cooler is using proven technologies such as vacuum effect flow, vortex generator flow, and direct touch heat pipes. Even with this slim 41mm heatsink, the ETS-T40F reaches a TDP of 200W which is quite impressive and the same level as the predecessor.

The first model in the series is the ETS-T40F-TB, and it comes with the very popular T.B. Silence 120mm fan that is extremely silent and comes with a wide RPM range from 800 to 1800 RPM. Even this low-noise bundled fan model comes with an extra RPM adapter to fulfill the requirements of ultra-silent PCs and it can take the fan level down to 400-900 RPM.

The second model is the ETS-T40F-RF and it comes with Enermax newly developed Winglet fan that measures 140mm that achieves an excellent balance between noise generation and cooling performance. It generates a significantly higher air flow than average 120mm case fans at low speeds while the special winglet blades reduce noisy air turbulence.

The third model is probably what you’d consider the premium model and it is the black ETS-T40F-BK. It is coated with a high-tech thermal-conductive finish which makes sure that the thermal resistance of the heat sink remains low. It comes equipped with the T.B.Apollish fan that has a patented LED ring that bathes your PC system in cool blue light. With 12 diodes, the LED technology guarantees extraordinary bright and intensive colours and with 800 to 1,800 RPM, the 12cm PWM fan has enough power to cool down strong gaming rigs.

Now, what was it about that coffee boiler I mentioned in the headline. Well, Enermax know they have created an awesome product with the ETS-T40F models. That means that they also needed something else to test it on to show what it can do. And what is closer to a nerds minds than coffee? Not much. Enermax measured how long it took for a 350W coffee boiler to bring water to boil first and then followed it up by a second attempt where they use the ETS-T40F to prevent the water from boiling. How effective that was can be seen in the video below. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s quite impressive.

The ETS-T40F series supports all current Intel and AMD platforms, that includes Intel LGA 775, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, and 2011-3 as well as AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+. The three models are now available for sale and the MSRP inc. VAT is set to 37.90 Euro for ETS-T40F-TB, 40.90 Euro for the ETS-T40F-RF and 44.90 Euro for the ETS-T40F-BK.

SilverStone Tundra TD03-Lite AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


We first reviewed the Silverstone TD03 just over a year ago, and I was thoroughly impressed with its build quality, performance and overall design. The TD03 is one of the best coolers in its class, but the only downside that I can see is that it was a little expensive; although you get what you pay for. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the TD03-Lite, a cooler that takes what we knew about the original, but for a much lower price and to reflect that, a few of the design features have been cut back to keep the cost down, offering the product to a much wider market, but has this had an effect on the performance? Let’s find out!

The specifications from the TD03-Lite are promising and the cooler comes equipped with a high-quality 120mm PWM fan, an aluminium 120mm radiator and copper contact block.

The packaging reflects SilverStones budget intentions, a brown box with printed decals, nothing fancy, but a box is just a box after all.

Everything comes neatly packaged in a custom shape carton, with separate compartments for all the major compartments and protective plastic over all sensitive hardware.

The included fan is a 120mm x 25mm design, with a black flat 4-pin PWM cable.

The fan features a 9-blade design and shaped edges to help better direct airflow, reduce noise and improve overall performance.

The included mounting kit supports Intel and AMD, comes with a universal backplate, Molex adaptor, all the required screws and a syringe of thermal paste.

The cooler is nothing too fancy, but it’s certainly presentable. It’s appearance isn’t much different from most 120mm AIO water coolers, with a black radiator, two thick hoses and of course, the CPU block/pump.

The radiator is a slim design, so it should be compatible with a wide range of system builds.The aluminium radiator is pretty straightforward in terms of design and the all-black design means it should easily blend into your system with ease.

The pump is the biggest changes here, the TD03 had a metal housing, while the Lite has plastic. It’s nicely finished and features a nice logo on the top with some small blue LED indicators just behind the logo for some added flair.

The Intel brackets are pre-fitted for a quick and easy installation, but a few screws are all that need to be tweaked to remove it and install the AMD brackets which were included in the box. The pump comes with a 3-pin header, so you’ll need two fan headers on your motherboard; one for the pump, one for the fan.

The copper contact plate is huge, so it should offer lots of coverage on a wide range of CPU types. It’s also well polished and this should help you get a nice uniform fit.

ID-Cooling SE 204K CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


ID-Cooling are a relatively new playing in the PC component market, having expanded from their China originals just two years ago to tackle the European market. A few weeks ago, we stopped by their booth at Computex 2015 to see what products they have on offer and I was pleasantly surprised to see they’ve got some competitive looking products to offer. Today, I take a much closer look as I test our first ever ID-Cooling sample, the SE 204K CPU cooler.

The packaging on the SE 204K is nicely designed, with an image of the cooler on the box, as well as a run down of the main specifications such as the 150W and its gaming theme; I think they’re referring to the black and red design.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. There are two sets of fan retention clips, a universal backplate, Intel and AMD mounting plates, a fan and a small tube of thermal grease.

The fan is really nicely designed. The black body of the fan is given some extra flair thanks to the red highlights, which also double as anti-vibration pads.

The fan has a 7 blade design which are custom shaped to help better direct the airflow and reduce turbulence. The 120mm fan has a hydraulic bearing and a PWM 4-pin connector.

The cooling tower is nice and slim, so RAM compatibility should be very high, even with the fan installed.

The black nickel finish looks great and overall build quality of the fin stack is very good and feels durable, especially so for a cooler of this size.

There are four 8mm heat pipes which pass through the cooler in a “U” shape, so we should see some impressive heat transfer from the 204K

The four 8mm heat pipes are soldered to the polished copper base, which should help further enhance the heat transfer process. The base plate is nicely polished too, so it’ll be easy to get a clean fit over your CPU.

Prolimatech All for Extreme Basic 81 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Prolimatech have been growing in popularity since they formed in 2008, offering a sturdy range of coolers for reasonable prices and that’s something that certainly caught my attention. Today is the first time I get to review a Prolimatech product, so I’m eager to see what all the fuss is about. Their new Basic 81, as the name would imply, isn’t anything overly fancy, but on the other hand, the Prolimatech range is branded “All for Extreme”, so rather than bargain bin performance, Prolimatech seem to be aiming for the bare essentials of high-end cooling, so it’ll be interesting to see what this cooler has to offer.

“The Basic Series offers competitive solid performance at a budget level price! They are designed to be affordable while still maintaining the reliable quality you’ve come to expect from us. They are an excellent option for replacing stock coolers in any system, for improved cooling, quieter operation, and even overclocking! Check out the 5 different models to find the perfect cooler for your hardware, be it small media centers to massive hungry processors!” – Prolimatech

There are six 6mm heat pipes on this cooler, which is a lot of heat pipe for a cooler of this size. One thing that is super important to point out is that this cooler is for Intel platforms only, sorry AMD fans, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.

  • Dual tower design offers massive cooling surface area.
  • Six high quality heat pipes for superior cooling.
  • Quick and easy installation.
  • Mounting Kit for Intel socket LGA 1156/1155/1150/2011.
  • Includes a PWM 120x120x25mm Double-Ball Bearing Fan for longer life ( 600 to 1600 RPM).

“The Basic 81 features six high-quality heat pipes and one PWM 120mm Double-Ball bearing fan. Its large size offers excellent cooling ability and is capable of providing intensive heat dissipation. Intel-compatible only.” – Prolimatech

In the box you’ll find an Intel backplate, mounting plates, high-quality screws, fan retention clips and a small tube of thermal grease.

The fan seems of a good quality and comes with an 11-blade design.

The fan comes with a double ball-bearing motor, so it should be reasonably quiet. There’s also a braided cable, although you can see the coloured cables on the back of the fan, these will be hidden once it is mounted on the cooling tower.

First impressions of the cooler are very good. The fin stack feels pretty durable and there’s clearly a lot of surface area on offer to help with heat transfer.

There’s a total of 6 heat-pipes with a “U” shaped design that has the pipes pass through each side of the cooling tower.

The cooler has a split design, with a channel through the middle to help with airflow. This means that the leaf and right side of the heat pipes cool relatively independent of each other.

The left and right side of the cooling tower has deep grooves cut into it, these are for the fan retention clips, which fix directly onto the sides of the cooler.

The top plate is very nicely finished with a polished top section and an embossed design; the design reminds me of the Transformers logo.

6 x 6mm is a lot for a cooler of this size, so I would expect performance to be pretty good. You can see the heat pipes give nearly 100% coverage of the copper base plate, so heat transfer should be pretty good.

The copper contact plate is polished to a mirror shine and is nice and smooth, which should mean a nice clean fit over your CPU.

With the fan mounted, the cooler is still quite slim, so ram compatibility should be high. Now, let’s get this thing mounted on our motherboard and put it to the test!

Fractal Design Launched Venturi Series High Pressure and High Flow Fans

Fractal Design launched their newest line of fans with the Venturi Series. The new fans come with built-in rubber vibration dampening corners and are ideal for high pressure or high airflow usage with low noise output.

The HF-12 and HF-14 Venturi High Flow Series fans are optimized for low-restriction airflow environments and for uses such as case fans and other low-restriction usage scenarios. The fans are designed with a variety of performance increasing and noise-reducing features.

The HF-14 also comes with two sets of solid vibration-dampening rubber corners: one for standard 140mm fan hole spacing (125mm) and one compatible with the standard 120mm hole spacing (105 mm).

Venturi High Flow Key Features

  • Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan
  • Equipped with a counter-balancing magnet in the hub that reduces the axial tension on the bearing, further protecting the longevity of the bearing
  • Dense, sturdy construction, made from high-grade glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic polymer with fan geometry that is optimized for a good balance between static pressure and maximum airflow, resulting in good performance in all usage scenarios
  • Aerodynamically shaped thin stator struts (including wire strut), mimicking the design commonly found on airplane wings, delivering correct angles allowing for air to easily pass through reducing noise and unwanted turbulence.
  • Stator struts are angled perpendicular to the blades, helping to reduce noise commonly emitted when the blades pass the struts. In effect, minimal noise that may be emitted will be constant and therefore almost inaudible to the ear.
  • Strategically placed notches near the fan hub on the trailing edge of the blades, further reducing and diffusing humming noise produced when the blades pass the stator struts
  • Includes a “trip wire” on the rear side of the blades, near the leading edge. The trip wire technology, also commonly found in airplane wing designs, introduces a microturbulent layer that helps to combat the elements that negatively affect performance. The presence of the trip wire overall provides a more efficient and quiet fan environment.
  • Delivers high precision due to high-grade materials used, permitting the distance between the blades and frame to be as small as 1.2mm, contributing to a higher performance fan
  • Featuring a powerful motor to maintain a reliable speed
  • Comes with a low-speed adapter, for reducing the speed without the use of a fan controller
  • Includes vibration-dampening corners, from solid high-quality synthetic rubber on the fans
  • 140mm fans come with an additional set of vibration-dampening corners are included that lends compatibility with 120mm fan mounts (105mm screw spacing). This enables the use of 140mm fans on many CPU coolers.
  • Screws pass through the rubber only, not through plastic, therefore eliminating the chance of noise derived from rattling when in use
  • Available in 120mm and 140mm fan sizes

The HP-12 and HP-14 Venturi High-Pressure Series PWM fans are optimized for high-restriction airflow scenarios, making them an excellent choice for usage on large heatsinks, on radiators, or in other highly restrictive scenarios. The HP series otherwise has the same great features as the HF series apart from the different usage scenario, including the adjustable corners.

Venturi High-Pressure PWM Key Features

  • Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan
  • Equipped with a counter pull magnet, that reduces the axial tension on the bearing
  • Optimized fan geometry as a high-pressure fan, delivering high-performance results in high restriction usage scenarios, such as in use with large heatsinks or water cooling radiators.
  • Dense, sturdy construction, made from high-grade glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic polymer
  • Featuring PWM control with a very wide speed range, starting at only 400RPM (400 +/- 100 RPM), ideal for CPU heatsinks or radiators, where the motherboard can control the fan speed based on the CPU temperature.
  • Aerodynamically shaped thin stator struts (including wire strut), mimicking the design commonly found on airplane wings, delivering correct angles allowing for air to easily pass through reducing noise and unwanted turbulence.
  • Stator struts are angled perpendicular to the blades, helping to reduce noise commonly emitted when the blades pass the struts. In effect, minimal noise that may be emitted will be constant and therefore almost inaudible to the ear.
  • Strategically placed notches near the fan hub on the trailing edge of the blades, further reducing and diffusing humming noise produced when the blades pass the stator struts
  • Includes a “trip wire” on the rear side of the blades, near the leading edge. The trip wire technology, also commonly found in airplane wing designs, introduces a micro-turbulent layer that helps to combat the elements that negatively affect performance. The presence of the trip wire overall provides a more efficient and quiet fan environment.
  • Delivers high precision due to high grade materials used, permitting the distance between the blades and frame to be as small as 1.2mm, contributing to a higher performance fan
  • Featuring a powerful motor to maintain a reliable speed
  • Comes with a 1->2 PWM signal splitter wire, for connecting additional fans to a single PWM header on your motherboard or PWM fan controller
  • Including vibration-dampening corners, from solid high-quality synthetic rubber on the fans
  • 140mm fans come with an additional set of vibration-dampening corners are included that lends compatibility with 120mm fan mounts (105mm screw spacing). This enables the use of 140mm fans on many CPU coolers.
  • Screws pass through the rubber only, not through plastic, therefore eliminating the chance of noise derived from rattling when in use
  • Available in 120mm and 140mm fan sizes

Thanks to Fractal Design for providing us with this information

Thermaltake Introduce Riing 12 and 14 LED Radiator Fan Series

Thermaltake has introduced their new Ring 12 and 14 LED radiator fan series. The new series of fans will be available as 120mm and 140mm versions and come in four colours.

The new blue, red, green and white fans use hydraulic bearings for silent operation and the fans also come with an anti-vibration mounting system. The LED ring maintains colour and brightness uniformly and helps you to bring that extra bit of style to your liquid cooling setup.

The 120mm version has a 1500 ROM (1000 with LNC) and a max air pressure of 2.01mm-H2O at an air flow of 40.6 CFM. The noise is rated to 24.6dBA maximum and the fans come with a 40K hours life expectancy.

The 140mm version spins a little slower at 1400 RPM and can provide a max air pressure of 1.58 mm-H2O at an air flow of 51.15CFM. The noise level is rated to 28.1 dBA and it comes with the same life expectancy.

The new Thermaltake Riing 12 and 14 LED Radiator Fan series will be available soon via Newegg and other retailers.

Thanks to ThermalTake for providing us with this information

Corsair Announced New H100i GTX and H80i GT AIO Coolers

Corsair has announced two new high-end water coolers to their already big line-up, the Hydro Series H100i GTX and the H80i GT liquid CPU coolers.

These two coolers are using the latest generation of Corsair’s cooling blocks for improved performance and decreased noise, and also have Corsair Link support for customizing the cooling performance, temperature monitoring, and colour adjustment.

The H100i GTX has a 240mm radiator while the H80i GT has a 120mm double-thick radiator. Both come with high-pressure SP120L PWM fans and are compatible with pretty much any CPU.

The two new coolers will be available sometime February and come backed with a five-year warranty. The H100i GTX 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler has an MSRP of $119.99 while the smaller H80i GT has a $99.99 MSRP tag.

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with this information

Reeven Justice (RC-1204) CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Reeven are still a fairly new company based in Asia that focus on cooling products and also fan controllers. It’s hard to find any Reeven products in the UK as they don’t seem to have any resellers over here, which is a real shame. The products really do look very nice and I think there is certainly a place for them here. It’s been a while since we have had any products from Reeven, almost 2 years, so it’s great to finally get some more to put on our bench and see how the company is evolving and expanding. We have been sent 3 of the latest coolers to come from them and we are going to look at the first one, the Reeven Justice, today.

The Justice is a mid-tier single tower CPU cooler made for 120mm fans. As you can see from the box the actual unit looks very nice, there are 6 heat pipes to take away the heat from the CPU to the tower and you also can get a sneak peak of the fan attachment clips which we will take a closer look at later. Also on the box you can see that the Reeven Justice will fit all of the popular Intel and AMD sockets.

Inside the box, which incidentally is very well packaged, we get this beauty of a cooler. The 120mm black and yellow fan is pre-attached and there is no need to remove it during installation so it is pretty much ready to go straight from the box.

Also in the box we have everything that is needed to attach the cooler to the motherboard and an instruction manual to help you along. There are also 4 more yellow clips, these are to allow you to add a second 120mm fan to the cooler using the nifty little attachment system if you wish. The clips just fit into the holes where the screws would normally go, then simply push onto the cooling tower. As well as all the fittings they actually give you a small spanner too. Now this is something you will need if you don’t have access to a long screwdriver, which will become more apparent shortly.

Here you can see the clips that I mention above a little better, such a simple idea and they work very well. As you can see, the fans are black with yellow blades and details, this is something that we see a lot with Reeven. They have obviously chosen these colours as their brand colours and stuck with them. They do look very nice, however they will struggle to fit many colour schemes which could put people off buying them. The fans have a max RPM of 1500 and a max static pressure of 0.067inchH2O.

Going back to the cooler we can see that there are six heat pipes leading away from the CPU contact plate. This should help disperse the heat more effectively as it allows it to travel away from the CPU and into the tower where it can be moved on by the fan. Again, the contact plate really does have a quality finish and looks superb.

Speaking of it looking superb, this is just eye pure eye candy. It’s not often that a cooler makes me think “wow” but with the Reeven products they have this amazing brushed aluminium finish which just looks amazing. It just oozes quality. Even the branding fits in with the design, which is something that isn’t always easy to do.

Fitting the cooler wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. It wasn’t hard by any stretch of the imagination, but there were certainly areas that could be improved. For instance, I use a long 15cm screwdriver which fits into my trusty ratchet driver which gives it an extra 6 or 7cm. Even with this I wasn’t able to screw the cooler down properly as my ratchet driver is a little too thick to get into the holes that are provided, I had to use the spanner which is provided instead. This did make things a little trickier as you can only do quarter turns with the spanner. This is something that shouldn’t be a problem at all. There are 2 ways to solve it instantly, first, they could lower the overall profile of the cooler, as it stands, it is quite tall. Even easier, they could make the holes a little wider. The main issue was that the larger part of my screwdriver (which is a standard ratchet driver that I see used regularly when building computers) was simply too wide for the small holes that are available to use; as said though, this isn’t a deal breaker. They do give you the tools to let you combat the issue and when it is fitted it does look superb.

As you can see, low profile RAM has to be used if you want the fan on the same side as the fan. This could cause issues if you are using RAM such as Corsair Dominator or similar. It’s also the same story if you were to buy a second 120mm fan for this cooler, you would be limited to low profile ram. This is always something you should consider when buying a CPU cooler. On most boards, only using 1 fan is perfectly fine with any RAM as you can just put the fan on the opposite side of your ram slots. In this picture you can also see my last little problem with this cooler, the gap between the fan and the tower. Due to the tool-less fan clips there is a rather large gap. This could mean that the air is escaping around the sides of the tower rather than going through the fins and doing its job. This could cause problems when testing, but we will see how it handles that later.

EK-Vardar Fans for Radiator Use Starts Shipping

It’s been about 3 weeks since EK Water Blocks introduced us to their first line of complete in-house developed fans, the EK-Vardar series, and now they’re available. The new fans are the result of a years worth of research and testing, picking just the right parts and generating the right layout to push as much air through radiators as possible with as little resistance as possible.

The fans get the name Vardar from the type of the cold northwesterly wind blowing from the mountains down to the valleys of Macedonia. It is a type of ravine wind, enhanced by a channeling effect while blowing down through the Moravia-Vardar gap, bringing cold conditions from the north to the Thessaloniki area of Greece. A fitting name for these fans.

These 120mm fans are available in 5 versions, the EK-Vardar with 1150rpm, 1450rpm, 180rpm, or 2200rpm and the EK-Furious Vardar with 3000rpm. The sound levels variate depending on model, but start at 23.7dBA maximum for the slowest and 42dBA for the Furious Vardar.

The Vardar series is using a 7-fin fan blade design and has a sealed-edge fan casing to prevent loss of airflow. The motor is double ball bearing with a lifespan of 50.000 hours and comes with PWM support.

Available now, the fans all come with an MSRP of €14.95 including VAT, except the Furious version that will set you back €16.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

Silverstone Creates 500W SFX-L Form Factor PSU with 500W Gold Rating

Sometimes small is just a little too small and Silverstone has introduced the SFX-L form factor for just this reason. Someone has to be the first to pioneer new standards and many SFF enclosures have plenty of space to fit this extended SFX PSU; you should however check your specs two times before you order.

The new SX500-LG SFX PSU comes with an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating for the 500 watts of power it can deliver. The increased size of the PSU allows to use a 120mm over the common 92mm fans usually used in SFX PSUs. The use of a 120mm fan allows for both better cooling and a less noisy operation.

The fully modular layout allows for the easiest possible installation in those tight mITX cases and other small form factor enclosures. Further, Silverstone created all cables as flat arrays to keep the easy installation going. The included cable connections are two 6+2 pin PCIe, one 4+4 pin EPS, one 24-pin ATX, three SATA, two Molex, and one Berg/Floppy. Enough to connect and power a normal gaming rig, and your chassis doesn’t even have to support SFX power supplies as Silverstone ships this PSU with an ATX adapter bracket.

This is enough to connect and power a normal gaming rig, and your chassis doesn’t even have to support SFX power supplies as Silverstone ships this PSU with an ATX adapter bracket. The 80Plus gold rated PSU has a ±3% regulation and low ripple & noise performance for high stability and continuous 24/7 use with a 500w power output at a 40-degree operating temperature.

The new Silverstone SX500-LG PSU (SST-SX500-LG) should become available later this month.

Thanks to Silverstone for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Silverstone

Cryorig Unveils H7 CPU Cooler

Cryorig is a relative new player on the cooling market only being around for a little over a year, but it’s a company built by seasoned people. Now Cryorig has presented their second model in the H series after presenting us with the Cryorig H5 a couple of months ago. Now it’s time to make room for the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler.

When we say make room, that’s of course a figure of speech as the H7 comes with zero ram interference and a total height of 145mm that should make it fit most mid-towers. As the H5, the H7 is also built upon the HiveFin technology, a design that allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction while strengthening the structural strength of the fin stacks at the same time.

At the same time, the H7 introduces the new line of 120 mm QF120 PWM fans built with Cryorig’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet that is a system of four aerodynamic intake holes strategically placed on the four corners of the frame to increase the total air output. The new QF120 fans will also be released separately shortly after the H7 as Silent, Balanced, and Performance models. The Balanced version with the maximum fan speed of 1.600 rpm is the one included with the H7.

A really cool thing Cryorig is providing for their current models is the compatibility tester that you can download and fold origami style. Hold it onto your motherboard or into your chassis and instantly see if the clearance is enough for your components.

Thanks to Cryorig for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cryorig

Fractal Design Announces Kelvin AIO CPU Coolers

We saw the Kelvin AIO CPU coolers from Fractal Design revealed a while ago, and now they are done with the last tweaks and have the Kelvin series has been officially announced. It will be available in three sizes called the T12, S24 and S36 with 120mm, 240mm and 360mm radiators respectively.

One of the awesome things about this new series is that it uses standard two-part brass fittings and is expandable, a feature we see more companies approaching lately, and one that I welcome. It is still as easy to install and the silent high-performance ceramic pump should be strong enough to support considerable expansion. The specifications rate the Kelvin T12 able to cool 1 CPU and 1 GPU, the Kelvin S24 can do 1-2 CPUs and 1-2 GPUs while the Kelvin S36 is said to be able to cool 1-4 CPUs and 1-4 GPUs.

The Kelvin series use a full-copper CPU Water block design just as the radiators are made from pure copper. The use of a single material throughout the entire unit ensures that we don’t get any unwanted galvanic corrosion.

While these units all require zero maintenance, they do come with a fill port to top off the fluid should it ever run low, another good feature. The Fractal Design Kelvin series supports all modern CPU sockets by the versatile and easy-to-use mounting kit.

General Specifications:

  • Block/pump assembly measurements: 69*69*40 mm
  • Tubing Measurements: 320mm long, 11mm outer and 8mm inner diameter
  • Fitted with anti-kink coils for worry-free installation
  • Kelvin T12 Radiator Measurements: 46*132*163 mm
    Kelvin S24 Radiator Measurements: 30*124*275mm
    Kelvin S36 Radiator Measurements: 30*124*397mm
  • Thread class for fill port and all tube fittings: G 1/4″
  • Supported sockets: Intel: 775,1150,1155,1156,1366,2011; AMD: AM2,AM2+,AM3,AM3+,FM1,FM2,FM2+
  • Fans included: 2 pcs (3 pcs for the S36)
  • Fractal Design Zero Thermal Paste; 1 g syringe, sufficient for multiple mountings
  • Colors Available: Black
  • Net weight – Base unit only, not including mounting or fans: 1.2 kg
  • Net weight – SS-HP fan, per fan: 165 g
  • Net weight – Total excluding packaging and manual. Includes fans, mounting kit for all platforms, cooling paste (including packaging for the cooling paste) and adapter cable: 1.8 kg
  • Package dimensions – W x H x D: 350*250*151 mm
  • Package weight: 2.5 kg

 

Fan Specification:

  • Fractal Design Silent Series HP 120 mm
  • 800 – 1700 RPM
  • PWM control
  • Max air flow: 62.4 CFM
  • Max pressure: 2.33 mm H2O
  • Acoustical noise: 26.9 dB(A)
  • DC 12V, 0.18A

The three units should start selling this month and the MSRP is set to $99.99, $119.99, and $139.99 respectively.

Thanks to Fractal Design for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Fractal Design

Alpenföhn Brocken ECO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction and Packaging


Alpenföhn are a very well established name in the CPU cooling business, created in 2008, by EKL AG , they have been able to establish themselves in a very tough and competitive market. Alpenföhn concentrate solely on cooling, whether it its VGA, CPU or case cooling they have got you covered. They also have a small line of accessories such as fan controllers and thermal paste. With products such as the very successful K2- Mount Doom, the Brocken and Brocken 2 on their list you should always be expecting a good product.

Today we are going to be looking at the Alpenföhn Brocken ECO, basically a slimmed-down, cheaper version of the Brocken series. With a price difference of around £13 lets see if it doesn’t lose performance with the price loss.

The Brocken Eco comes with the Alpenföhn RockMount system which assures mounting options on Socket 2011, 1366, 115x, AM3(+), AM3, AM2(+), AM2 as well as FM1. platforms The rest of the Specifications can be found below.

The front of the box features an image of the cooler on some rather nice stressed wooden planks, its quite a contrast of two different materials and I like the effect.

The sides of the box boast about the fan that is included, a WingBoost 2. It explains why this fan is so good and what Wingboost technology is. On the opposite side, it has the dimensions for the heatsink without the fan attached.

Inside the box you will find the heatsink, the fan and a bunch of other bits, such as brackets for both AMD and Intel mounting, a universal backplate and all of the screws and bits you will need.

ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II AIO CPU Cooler

Enermax is getting ready to roll out the second generation of their Liqmax All-In-One CPU liquid cooler series. The Liqmax II will be available in two versions with either a 120 or 240mm radiator that are rated to 320W+ and 350W+ respectively and of course have support for all modern sockets.

The new cooling block uses advanced impellers and the Shunt Channel Technology to eliminate Boundary Layer and increase coolant flow momentum and thereby increase the cooling efficiency. The pump has a ceramic bearing, 2700 RPM and an MTBF of 50,000 hours.

Enermax also added the second-generation batwing fans with adjustable 3-step peak speed. The hardware button allows you to set the maximum speed to either 1200, 1600 or 2000 RPM while the minimum speeds stays at a constant 500. The air flow is rated to 27.7 – 58.3/75.5/96.0 CFM and the sound levels are 16 – 23/30/35 dBA.

No word on pricing yet, except that it may vary based on regions. It will however be available in mid-December, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Thanks to Enermax for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Enermax

LEPA Launches AquaChanger AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

LEPA has released their new AquaChanger All-In-One liquid CPU cooler series. The first two models in the series are based on a 120mm and 240mm radiator and support up to a TDP of 300W and 350W respectively.

The protrusive copper base strengthens the base sturdiness while deploying more coolant inside the unit. This helps to eliminate CPU hot spots efficiently together with the patented Central Diffusing Passage cold plate technology with its high-density micro fins. This method is said to accelerate the heat absorption from the CPU by 30%.

The outside of the Waterblock is inspired by race engines with a red LED line to indicate the power status and the rubber tubing is made from a 4-layer design that allows for maximum flexibility while preventing any sort of leakage.

To cool the radiators, LEPA used dual-convex blade PWM fans for their AquaChanger AIO cooler. These fans boost the down-force and create a high-volume airflow that is perfect for radiators. The fans have a rotation speed of 500 to 2300 RPM where they produces between 22.5 and 103.6 CFM of air flow while producing between 14 and 35 dBA.

The new AquaChanger AIO coolers are compatible with the latest AMD and Intel desktop sockets. No word on pricing or availability yet.

Thanks to LEPA for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LEPA

Xigmatek Gaia II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


When I think of Xigmatek, M-ATX and ITX cases such as the “Nebula” or the “Aquila” spring to mind. These are both really nice compact cases which are competitively priced. They don’t just do cases though, Xigmatek are a vastly expanding company with a large range of products credited to them, including power supplies, fans, a range of accessories and of course coolers.

Xigmatek are back with an update of their Gaia aptly named the Xigmatek Gaia II. The original Gaia was cheap, performed well for the price and was acoustically pleasing. Hopefully the Gaia II will be able to do the same.

As you can see from the specification below, the cooler supports a range of sockets for both Intel and AMD sockets. It comes with a 120mm 4pin PWM fan and features H.D.T technology.

The front of the box is very straight forward, it features an image of the cooler, the product name and also mentions its H.D.T technology which we will take a look at in a moment.

Around the back we have the product specifications including the coolers dimensions, fan details and weight. It also has plenty of contact details should you wish to get into touch with Xigmatek.

The sides of the box just reiterate what the front and back of the box say about the H.D.T technology and also shows the product details in different languages.

In the box you’ll find the cooler, the fan, an instruction leaflet, AMD and Intel brackets, and plenty of screws and knurled nuts to attach the cooler.  There is also sachet of thermal paste. I’m not a great fan of sachets of thermal paste, I would prefer syringes as they can be used again, a sachet can’t be resealed so has to be thrown after its first application. It is nice that Xigmatek include it in the box though.