Fortis 3 Malik Customs Edition CPU Cooler Officially Launched

The Fortis 3 HE1425 MCE is a large single tower design CPU cooler offering superb heat dissipation at an affordable price point. It’s engineered to achieve the perfect balance between airflow and cooling proficiency via five 6mm heatpipes which transfer the heat effectively to 38 aluminium fins. The company recently decided to add a more stylish aesthetic design and collaborate with Malik Customs, a world-famous system builder and hardware photographer. As you can see, the end result is spectacular and one of the more visually appealing air coolers I’ve seen in recent years. Not only that, the package comes with interchangeable colour plates, to better match your build’s theme. These are very easy to attach, and adds a great deal of flexibility to the cooler.

Here we can see the plates which contain ventilation holes to assist with airflow. It’s great to see a custom design being implemented which doesn’t effect on the heatsink’s cooling efficiency.

Key features: 

  • Malik Customs Logos and packaging
  • Dark nickel plated heatsink
  • Interchangeable top plates for color matching with other components
  • High-performance single tower CPU cooler
  • Asymmetric design for ultimate compatibility with RAM modules
  • 140mm PWM-controlled Sigma PRO fan for quiet operation
  • Secure and straightforward installation on Intel & AMD platforms including 1151 Skylake

Tech specs:

  • Dimensions (heatsink only): 125mm(L) x 125mm(W) x 158mm(H)
  • Dimensions (with fan): 125mm(L) x 140mm(W) x 158mm(H)
  • Weight (with fan): 820 g
  • Gross weight: 1466 g
  • Heatsink: 5 x Φ6mm heatpipes, 38 x aluminum fins
  • Fan: 140 x 140 x 25mm (with 120 x 120mm mounting holes)
  • Bearing type: HSB / Hydraulic
  • Fan speed: 500 – 1400 RPM  +/- 10%
  • Rated voltage: 12V
  • Rated current: 0.15 A
  • Air flow: 78,6 CFM @ 1400 RPM
  • Noise level: 8 ~ 22 dBA
  • MTBF: 50000h
  • Connector: 4-pin PWM

Compatibility:

AMD:

  • AM2(+)
  • AM3(+)
  • FM1
  • FM2
  • FM2+

Intel:

  • Intel LGA 775
  • Intel LGA 1150
  • Intel LGA 1151
  • Intel LGA 1155
  • Intel LGA 1156
  • Intel LGA 1366
  • Intel LGA 2011
  • Intel LGA 2011-3

The custom cooler comes with a 24-month warranty and costs 49,99 EUR / 1329,00 CZK / 209,00 PLN / 39,00 GBP including VAT. In the US, expect to pay $45.00 plus tax. Unfortunately, I can’t find any official distributors at this time, but I’m sure it will arrive in major stores in the next few months.

Cooler Master New Year New Cooler Competition

The new year is almost upon us and to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the good people of Cooler Master to help you welcome in 2015 with style. A great PC deserves a great cooler, so we’ve grabbed three of the most popular Cooler Master coolers to help you upgrade your rigs. We’ve got a Nepton 120XL and a Nepton 240 water cooling radiator, as well as the awesome Hyper 612 Ver.2 air cooler.

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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.