Silverstone AR07 & AR08 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


SilverStone is back on eTeknix again today, with their new AR07 and AR08 CPU coolers. Both coolers are designed to be affordable, quiet, stylish and pack great value for money performance. We’re going to be putting both of them on our test bench today, and while we’re expecting the bigger AR07 to offer up better performance, we’re still eager to see what the smaller and more affordable AR08 is capable of.

“The Argon series coolers are designed to provide the best cooling solution for your CPU. To improve performance even further, unique and exclusive heatsink fin designs such as interweaving diamond edge and arrow guides are included. For users looking for a no-nonsense top performing cooler without the premium price, the Argon AR07 is the perfect choice.” – SilverStone

Both coolers come equipped with a triple heat pipe design and a high-quality fan tuned for silence. The AR07 has three 8mm thick pipes, a 140mm PWM fan and the AR08 uses 6mm pipes with a 92mm PWM fan.

Argon Series AR07

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø8mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 140mm PWM fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening

Argon Series AR08

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø6mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 92mm PWM fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening
  • Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 compatible

Both coolers come nicely packaged with all the main specifications detailed around the box, as well as lots of images showing the fan, fin stack, block, heat pipes design and more.

In the box, you’ll find fan clips, a universal backplate for Intel and an AMD bracket, mounting arms, 3M pads, as well as all the required screws and some thermal paste. Both coolers come with a very similar mounting kit, the only exception being that the AR07 comes with larger fan retention clips.

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.

SilverStone Releases Argon AR07 and AR08 CPU Coolers

SilverStone is ready with two new CPU coolers that should provide users with a great balance between silent operation and performance. The two new CPU coolers from the Argon series are called the AR07 and AR08 and they have close to the same features and specifications. There is only one difference between the two CPU coolers and that is the size. The Argon AR07 is a 140mm sized version while the AR08 is a little smaller with its 92mm width and fan size.

The Argon series of CPU coolers are designed to provide a great cooling solution for your CPU with their three 8mm thick copper heat pipes that are connected to the base using heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology. SilverStone also added unique and exclusive heatsink fin designs such as interweaving diamond edge and arrow guides that should help with the airflow and thereby performance.

The new fans used provide an even better airflow to noise ratio than predecessors and the Argo AR08 and Argos AR08 can quickly and quietly push the pesky heat away from your CPU and the surrounding motherboard area. The blue colour of fans might not be to everyone’s best liking, but the specifications look great.

The SilverStone Argos product pages didn’t reveal any rated TDP and neither did the press release about the new products, but since they are compatible with Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011/2011-V3 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2, they should be able to handle most. The Argos 07 has an airflow of 31.4 to 93.0 CFM at a fan speed of 800 to 1500 RPM. The Argos 08 has an airflow of 26.8 to 49.5 CFM at a fan speed of 1500 to 2800 RPM. Both are rated with a life expectancy of 40,000 hours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø8mm/6mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 140mm PWM (AR07) / 92mm (AR08) fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening
  • Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 compatible

The new SilverStone Argos AR07 and AR08 will be available on January the 28th for a recommended end user price of $39.60 USD for the AR07 and $33.66 USD for the AR08.

Noctua NH-C14S C-Type Premium Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua, one of most respected names in the cooling industry, are back once again with their latest cooler, the NH-C14S. Those of you who follow Noctua products will notice that the name is rather similar to another very popular Noctua cooler, the NH-C14. The new “S” model takes the award-winning design of the original and improves on it, or at least we hope it has! You’ll find a deeper fin stack and an even more efficient NF-A14 PWM fan.

At almost £60, the NH-C14S is certainly one of the most expensive air coolers on the market, but if previous Noctua products are anything to go by, we can expect one the best in terms of build quality, cooling performance and acoustics. So let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this new model has to offer.

Inside the very nicely packaged box, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to get yourself setup and ready to rock. Separate installation guides for each socket type, a collection of high-quality screws and bolts, AMD and Intel support brackets, a backplate, screwdriver, thermal paste, extra fan clips and a funky Noctua sticker.

First impressions of the cooler are certainly positive. It’s quite a large unit, giving it a massive amount of surface area, as well as allowing it to handle that lovely and big 140mm fan; both of which will help improve the cooling capabilities.

The fin stack is pretty tight, and the sides are bent to close them off, allowing the fan to better direct airflow right out the top of the cooler and over the heat pipes more efficiently.

The fan does come pre-installed out of the box, but keep in mind that you’ll be needing to remove it in order to install the cooler. The fan is typical Noctua, with the brown design that we’ve all come to love and/or hate. The fan clips are easy enough to use to mount and remove the cooler, and there’s a second set included should you wish to add another fan to the top side of the cooler.

The base plate is mounted directly below the fan and has a thick metal back section which should help further with cooling capabilities. The mounting screws are pre-fitted and sprung too, which should help greatly with the installation process.

There are seven heat pipes in total, all perfectly aligned to give full coverage of the CPU block, although the 7th comes from the thick metal backing on the top of the contact plate, which will help deal with even more heat.

The contact plate is huge and beautifully finished, which should give a fantastic covering over your CPU of choice.

The end of the cooler is nicely finished too, with a soft finish plate and a small Noctua stamp completing the design.

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

Scythe Announces Third Version of Grand Kama Cross CPU Cooler

Scythe have been hard at work on their somewhat unique looking Grand Kama Cross CPU cooler and the third revision of the cooler is available now. The previous Kama Cross CPU cooler was efficient and delivered a great performance, but it doesn’t compare to the new version.

Scythe’s engineers have redesigned all the vital aspects of the CPU cooler and created a great looking new cooler that promises some great performance thanks to refined processes. We already see the changes on the base plate and heat pipes, which both could be considered the main part of a CPU cooler. The main two heat pipes have been upgraded from 6mm to 8mm and the manufacturing process has been improved to allow a better transfer between the heat pipes and base plate. Both the base plate and heat pipes are full copper and are completely nickel-plated.

The next place where Scythe improved the cooler is on the actual fin design. The engineers have re-designed the two aluminum-fins blocks and fitted the fins with a special sawtooth tread design. The new design lowers both the operating noise at higher fan speed ranges as well as the air resistance.

Scythe added a 140 mm axial-fan from their GlideStream series to the new version. The larger size and added PWM support again helps to provide a better cooling at a lower noise levels. It can push between 29,90 and 97,18 CFM at noise levels from 12.5 to 30.7 dBA. The PWM is step-less in the full range from 400 to 1300 RPM.

Scythe packed everything into the Grand Kama Cross 3 that you’ll need to mount it, including tools. It is compatible with Intel’s LGA 115x sockets as well as LGA 775, 1366, and 2011(v3). Full AMD compatibility is assured too as they haven’t changed the cooler mount system since the AM2 socket.

The Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 is available now and best of all, it isn’t even expensive. You can get the Grand Kama Cross 3 (Model: SCGKC-3000) for a suggested retail price of just €36.50.

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.

Noctua Presents Two Asymmetrical 140mm CPU Coolers

Noctua announced two new CPU coolers for people who would like the improved airflow and decrease noise production that a 140mm fan has to offer, but at the same time worry about clearance space for RAM and PCI-Express slots. The two new fans are the NH-D15S that is a single fan version of the elite-class dual tower model NH-D15 and the second being the NH-C14S that replaces the proven top-flow cooler NH-C14.

“140mm coolers have become the default choice for enthusiasts who seek superior cooling performance for overclocking or near-silent operation, but these tend to block the top PCIe slot on many current motherboards,” says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “With the NH-D15S and NH-C14S, we’ve updated our successful 140mm dual tower and top flow coolers with asymmetrical layouts that ensure the best PCIe compatibility.”

The NH-C14S is the successor to the award-winning NH-C14 an it is an elite-class top-flow CPU cooler. Thanks to its deeper fin stack and the renowned NF-A14 PWM fan, the single fan NH-C14S provides similar quiet cooling performance to its dual fan predecessor while being even more versatile.

You have the choice whether you want RAM clearance or an extreme low profile cooler. With the fan installed on top of the fins, the cooler is compatible with RAM modules of up to 70mm height and with the fan installed underneath the fins, the total height of the cooler is only 115mm.

 

The ND-D15S is tailored for both RAM and PCIe compatibility thanks to the clearance gained from the asymmetrical single fan design.

The recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height and users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for even more performance in dual fan mode.

 

Both of the new CPU coolers come with Noctua’s trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, the proven NT-H1 thermal compound, and a Low-Noise Adaptors.

The NH-C14S is currently shipping and will be available shortly whereas the NH-D15S will ship sometime in June. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are €74.90 for the top flow NH-C14S and €79.90 for the tower NH-D15S cooler. Both come backed by a full 6 years manufacturer warranty.

NZXT Releases FX-140 V2 Cooling Fans Designed for Radiators

One of the hardest parts of building your own systems is the decision on what fans to get for it. While a lot might go for the default ones provided with whatever chassis you purchase, it might not be to everyone’s liking. Especially the liquid coolers want just the best of the best and NZXT has quite a bit of experience in that area.

NZXT has had quite a lot of experience with their Kraken series All-in-one liquid coolers and the latest series of X41 and X61 coolers have blown most competitors out of the way and they’ve grabbed a lot of rewards from reviewers as well. One of the things that make these coolers so good is the attached fan, the NZXT FX140V2 and just that type of fan can now be yours for any setup you want as they’re being released on their own.

 

The FX V2 series is a complete redesign of the previous generation pressure fan series and it creates effective and high airflow under the most restrictive environments. The fan is controlled by a pulse width modulation (PWM) that can be controlled by either your motherboard, fan controller, or NZXT CAM software. The FX140V2 has a max rotation speed of 2000RPM and allows for a much more gradual increase of speed over traditional voltage control.

High speed and lot of noise isn’t always what you’re looking for and the NZXT FX140V2 has you covered here too, still performing great at 800RPM and limiting the sound level to 20dB.

The NZXT FX V2 140mm fan will be available for purchase at retailers and e-tailers for £17.99 / €19.99 in June.

SilverStone Released FW141 and FW181 Slim Profile Fans

SilverStone has just released their newest fans for use where limited space is an issue. The FW141 and FW181 are the newest fans in the FW series that offers high-quality fans designed for optimal acoustic performance at an affordable price. The fans use a 4-pin PWM connector to allow supporting motherboards and fan controllers to adjust the speed and only have the fans running at a speed that’s necessary and the slim design prevents many conflicts as well as just create more free space inside your chassis. The two new FW models are equipped with P.C.F bearing (Powder Copper Fluid bearing) and come bundled with a speed reduction cable.

The FW141 is a 140mm fan with a slim profile of 13mm thickness designed for use on 120mm based cooler or radiator that have limited space. It has a speed between 800 and 1300rpm, an airflow from 32.5 to 74.6CFM, and a noise level of 19.1 to 34.2dBA.

The FW181 is an 180mm fan with a slim profile of 18mm thickness designed for use in limited space. It has a speed between 500 and 1200rpm, an airflow between 40.38 and 171.1CFM, and a noise level from 16.1 to 39.5 dBA.

Thanks to SilverStone for providing us with this information

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

Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Thermaltake are back with their brand new CPU cooler; the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual. In the past they have released some excellent products geared towards gamers and overclocking enthusiasts, boasting good value, low temperatures and low acoustics. A near silent PC is always hard to put together and normally you have to sacrifice some of the cooling power to get the PC as quiet as you would like. This cooler is set to try and tackle both problems head on, focusing on silence whilst keeping the performance that we all desire.

I’ve got high hopes for this cooler and with stiff competition coming from the likes of be quiet! and the AIOs that are on the market it will certainly be interesting to see how this stacks up against the competition.

As you can see from the specification below, the cooler supports all major socket types for both Intel and AMD. It comes equipped with two 140mm PWM fans and 0.4mm aluminium fin construction.

The front of the box features an image of the dual 14 CPU cooler and boasts support of up to 240w and low noise.

Around the back is a quick run-down on some of the major features, but we’ll be taking a closer look at those in a moment.

In the box you’ll find a universal backplate with thick foam padding, four fan clips, thermal grease, Intel and AMD mounting brackets, two low noise cables and an assortment of screws and bolts,

Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L All-In-One CPU Water Cooler Review

Introduction


The water cooling market offers up some very fierce competition these days, there are so many great products to choose from that it is becoming harder and harder to find a product that is best for your system. The overall quality and performance of all-in-one water coolers has been increasing steadily over the years and with every company trying their hardest to be the best it’s near impossible to buy a poor water cooler, so long as you stick with brand names such as Enermax, Corsair, Cooler Master, Antec, etc. Cooler Master have long been a popular choice for CPU coolers, many of their air and water cooling products have won awards year after year for their performance and that’s something we’re hoping to see reflected again here today. With a few rival products recently launched the Nepton does have some tough competition on their hands, but the Nepton has proven to be a great product before, and these new ones promise to be even better.

In the office today I have not one, but two new product from the Nepton range and I’ll be putting the new Nepton 140XL 140mm cooler and the Nepton 280L head to head to see what they have to offer, while also seeing how they stack up against the competition. Obviously we’re expecting the bigger, more expensive 280L to perform better, but we really want to find out how much better. When you’re out shopping for a new CPU cooler, it’s important to balance your budget and performance needs, perhaps you’ll discover that the 140XL is more than enough for your rig, or if you’re in the market for the 140XL, you might find out that you really need the bigger 280L.

Check out what Cooler Master had to say about their two latest products:

“The Nepton 140XL is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 140XL is using CM exclusive designed pump with effective waterblock. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + 38mm thick radiator also provide great cooling ability for over 300Watt heat dissipation, which enable user to overclock CPU to maximum performance.”

“The Nepton 280L is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 280L is using a CM exclusive designed pump with a highly effective water block. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + an extra large 280mm radiator provide substantial cooling power with over 300W heat dissipation, which enables users to overclock their CPU and maximize performance.”

With the 140XL costing around £75 and the 280L around £90, there is no doubt that these are high-end, premium grade products, so they’ll be competing with products from NZXT, Corsair and Enermax (to name but a few) for the money in your wallet, so let’s get right to it and take a look at what they have to offer and see which one would be best for your next system build.

Both of the coolers come nicely packaged, with plenty of details on the front of each box letting you know that they’re maintenance free, feature improved UltraFine Micro Channel CPU cooler blocks and durable tubing. The boxes are nicely laid out with protective plastic over the fans, radiator and pump.

All the fittings, brackets and other components are in a plastic pouch, keeping them safe in transit and preventing them from scratching up your new cooler.

In the box you’ll find all the fittings you could possibly need; a multi-socket back plate, fan Y-split cable, thermal paste, AMD and Intel mounts, spacers, screws and clips. This is the pile of components for the Nepton 140XL, but we’ll skip over the components for the 280L as they’re 100% the same.

Both the 140 and the 280 come with two identical 140mm fans. Both are high quality, nicely designed fans with black sleeved cables to help provide a clean overall design, while also featuring firm rubber pads on each corner to help reduce noise and vibration.

Aerocool DS Dead Silence 120mm & 140mm Fan Review

Introduction


Today I take my first look at a cooling product from Aerocool, over the last couple of years I’ve seen plenty of great products from the company with their chassis ranges, and more recently I reviewed their first entry in the DS Dead Silence range with the release of the Dead Silence Cube chassis, which won our Gamers Choice award. We absolutely loved the case and we’re hoping to see a similar attention to detail and performance with their newest product, the DS Dead Silence fans.

These new fans promise to be powerful and silent, it is as simple as that. Aerocool even think they have what it takes to beat out everything else on the market and they aim to do it quieter than brands such as be quiet! So to say that we are eager to put them through their paces would be somewhat of an understatement, if the DS fans live up to their expectations, we could see many system builders investing heavily in what Aerocool have to offer. Of course high performance is not the only thing system builders care about these days, and aesthetics can be a big selling point for many products, fortunately we know that Aerocool have gone all out on this front and created something a little unique to everything else on the market.

The fans are available in a choice of colours, Blue, Red, Black and White, come fitted with LED lighting and are available in either 120mm or 140mm format, which is more than enough to make them compatible with nearly all cases and coolers on the market today. The fans feature a new dual colour and dual material design that certainly looks unique, as well as a fish eye surface design that is said to minimize the air turbulence.

Specifications

  • Dimensions : 140 X 140 X 25mm
  • Net Weight : 190g
  • Gross Weight : 270g (Retail box included)
  • Bearing System : FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing)
  • Rated Voltage : 12V
  • Starting Voltage : >= 3.0V
  • Rated Current : 0.2A
  • Power Consumption : 2.4W
  • Power Connector : 3-Pin with signal cable
  • MTBF : 100,000 hours
  • Performance : 12V, 7V
  • Speed : 1000 RPM±10%, 700 RPM±10%
  • Air Flow : 64.8 CFM (109.8 m³/h), 39.8 CFM (67.5m³/h)
  • Air Pressure : 1.21 mm H2O, 0.74 mm H2O
  • Noise : 14.2 dBA, 10.8 dBA

Both the fans come nicely packed to give us a good look at their design, as well as featuring a quick run down of the major features and colour choices on the front of the packaging.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the specifications (listed above) as well as a list of the components included in the box.

In the box of the 140mm fan you’ll find a 7v extension cable, a molex to fan adaptor, four anti-vibration mounting plugs and of course the fan.

The 120mm edition comes packed with the same accessories as the 140mm.

GamerStorm Lucifer CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Deepcool are one of the biggest cooling companies in the world, and while they may not be the leading name here in the UK or America, they are still the largest cooling company in mainland China. The company has been around now since 1996 and literally started out with the company founder making products in his garage, a far cry from the 700 people the company now employs in its 20,000sqm factory.

“Ever since the stunning victory of Deep Blue, a program running on an IBM supercomputer, over Gary Kasparov, then world chess champion, in 1997, it has been clear that computers would be the most powerful tool of human being. At that time, we started our computer cooling business. We hoped our products could be as great as Deep Blue. With that in mind came the name Deepcool.” – Say Deepcool on their website.

From their inspiration, Deepcool have themselves gone on to help in the development of super computers like IBM’s Deep Blue, having provided the thermal solutions for two of the world’s top 500 super computers, something that has no doubt given them valuable insight in the world of high performance, and of course high-efficiency cooling.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Lucifer packs plenty of promising specs, with an aluminium construction backed up by a full-copper base, a large tower to provide great surface area for extra cooling, a low RPM (yet powerful) 140mm fan, high quality hydro bearings and more. so let’s stop mucking about and get a closer look at the Lucifer, because we really want to see what this thing can do!

The overall packaging is a little bland, but surprising the box for the Lucifer is rather huge, you would think there was a 240mm radiator in this box! We have a quick run down of the main socket support around the back, but no concerns here as all major AMD and Intel sockets are happily supported.

Everything you need is in the box, including a metal back plate and some beautifully chrome finished fittings and brackets, four fan clips (to mount two fans) and some plastic spacers.

Finally we have a basic setup guide, which was unfortunately a pain to follow, but it’s enough to get you though the installation if you know what you’re familiar with CPU coolers in general. There was also a 140mm fan in the box, but we’ll take a look at the on our next page.

Corsair GS800 (800W) Non-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Today we take a look at another power supply from Corsair and we have the GS800 (V2) “Gaming Series” power supply in for testing. The GS800 boasts 80 Plus Bronze Certification, a bucket load of connectors, a 3 year warranty and more uniquely customisable LEDs and plastic strips (though the strips are sold separately). The GS800 is in this regard one of the most unique PSUs on the market in that it allows you to customise its colour scheme. Though by default it comes with a blue LED and blue strip to match the blue sticker. The Corsair GS800 uses blue, white and red LEDs which you can see below. These are switched between by using the LED switch on the rear of the power supply, accessible from outside the case.

Other than that there isn’t that much else to discuss because this is pretty much an 80 Plus Bronze non-modular PSU with some extra bells and whistles. Let’s proceed with the testing and see how good the GS800 (V2) from Corsair performs.