Gelid Antarctica Ultra-Quiet Tower CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Gelid are one of the most legendary cooling companies in the world and while you may not think of them first when you’re looking at a new CPU cooler, they’re the top choice for many system builders, enthusiast overclockers, and all of us here at eTeknix for our test benches, when it comes to Thermalpaste. Gelid GC-Extreme has been a popular choice for many years, and it’s with that in mind that we know that Gelid has a fair bit of knowledge when it comes to thermal performance in the PC market.

“The Antarctica comes with a 3D optimized heatsink that offers best-in-class thermal performance. The engineers of GELID Solutions especially designed a set of 5 power heat pipes, aluminum fins with improved profiling and an additional smaller heatsink with a copper core. These elements provide exceptional heat transfer from the CPU to the heatsink. Both heatsinks were created using precise software simulation and calculation during the development stage to ensure efficient air flow distribution at the lowest fan speed possible. The result, the Antarctica fully supports heat transfer of TDP 220W being paired with even very low-speed, virtually noiseless fans.” – Gelid

Their latest CPU cooler, the Gelid Antarctica, comes equipped with support for a wide range of CPUs, features a slim cooling tower to ensure it doesn’t conflict with motherboard VRM cooling or large RAM heatsinks, while being tall enough to provide great cooling performance. This is backed up by a high-quality 140mm PWM fan, which is designed to operate at low RPM, providing great airflow while maintaining whisper quiet performance. To make things even more appealing, it’s also backed up by a reassuring 5-year warranty.

“A silent 140mm fan with the intelligent GELID PWM (Pulse Width Module) control compliments the heatsink. The fan blades are optimized to deliver high air flow at low speed, and the newly designed PWM IC eliminates any clicking noise. The intelligent GELID PWM curve operates the fan in an extended speed range of 450 RPM to 1500 RPM, it constantly keeps the fan silent but accelerates speed whenever additional cooling is needed. With 2 sets of fan mounts, a second fan can be installed to improve the cooler’s outstanding performance even further. Additionally, the multi-award winning high performance GC-Extreme thermal compound is already included in the package.” – Gelid

The packaging is pretty straight forward, nothing too fancy overall, but a nice image of the cooler as well as detailing support for Skylake CPUs.

Around the back, we can see that the cooler supports a huge range of CPUs, right back to 775 and old AMD sockets. There’s also 2011 support, but you’ll need to purchase a separate bracket for it.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, as well as a bag of fitting components.

There’s a backplate for both Intel and AMD motherboards, two mounting arms, four fan retention clips, high-quality screws, a sticker and a very welcome tube of Gelid’s award-winning GC-Extreme thermal paste; the same paste we use for all our cooling reviews!

Pigeons With Backpacks Are Monitoring Pollution In London

The environment and technology are often seen at odds with one another, with the advance of technology coming at the cost of the environment. While green technology like solar panels get more efficient and generate more electricity with the same resources, people are worried about the pollution and issues we’ve already generated. In the latest attempt to alert people about pollution a selection of pigeons with backpacks patrolling London reporting on the pollution in their area.

The scheme was created by Plume Labs, a firm that focuses on tracking and reducing exposure to air pollution. The scheme, pigeon air patrol, see’s a selection of pigeons equipped with air sensors on their back measuring everything they need to help raise “awareness of this problem and helps Londoners understand the impact of pollution in an accessible, tangible and immediate way” as reported by Romain Lacombe, the CEO of Plume Labs.

Lacome states that “Air pollution is a huge environmental health issue, killing 10,000 people every year in London alone”, before mentioning that a similar system was being created that would allow humans to wear and track the air quality around them.

With the pigeons reporting the air quality around them by tweeting the information, the system is accessible to everyone. Tweeting your location to the account returns a report detailing the air quality in your area as well.

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.

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.

Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua is one of the leading cooling manufacturers in the world. Time and time again they’ve proven that they can deliver the highest quality products, with class leading and award winning cooling and acoustic performance. Of course, more often than not, this premium performance and quality come with an equally premium price tag, but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for.”

Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their flagship coolers, the Noctua NH-D15S. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the latest variant of their ever popular NH-D15. The key difference here, however, is that the “S” variant is designed to be extremely compatible, allowing fantastic support for motherboards with large VRM cooling, larger RAM modules and more, without sacrificing performance.

“Tailored to provide superior RAM and PCIe compatibility, the NH-D15S is an asymmetrical single fan version of Noctua’s award-winning flagship model, the NH-D15. Thanks to its asymmetrical design, the NH-D15S clears the top PCIe slot on most µATX and ATX motherboards. At the same time, the single fan setup and recessed lower fins guarantee 100% RAM compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height. Users who have sufficient room can also upgrade the cooler with either a 120mm or round 140mm fan on the front fin stack for further improved performance in dual fan mode. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-D15S forms a complete premium quality solution that combines dual tower efficiency with excellent compatibility and flexible upgrade options.”

Let’s take a quick look at the product video from Noctua for a closer look at some of the cool features on offer.

Equipped with support for all major socket types, as well as the ability to mount 120 or 140mm fans, an included low-noise adaptor, the award-winning NT-H1 thermal paste and more, it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes. The cooler also comes with a fantastic 6-year warranty, so Noctua clearly has confidence in the build quality.

The packaging is typical Noctua, nicely laid out and plenty of technical information on the sides.

The cooler is very well protected with some durable card and thick foam around all major components.

There’s a small component box separate from the cooler too, which contains everything you need to get it installed.

A good size tube of thermal paste, additional fan clips, AMD and Intel kits, a universal backplate and even a special screw driver!

Loon Copter – The Drone That Can Travel Underwater

2016 looks to be a big year for technology, with everything from hoverboards and drones making world news for all the reasons possible. Drones recently caught a lot of attention when the Federal Aviation Administration started a system that requires drone users to register. While most drones fly above the ground, doing everything from taking videos to delivering your shopping, it was only a matter of time until someone decided that the air shouldn’t be the only place that drones travel. Say hello to the Loon Copter!

Oakland University started the project in 2014, designing and creating a drone that did more than just fly. The Loon Copter is designed to travel not just above the ground but also in and even under water. After flipping 90 degrees, the drone uses the same blades that it uses for flying to then propel itself underwater. The drone can then resurface and fly again without any difficulty.

With a drone capable of doing all this, search and rescue could use them at sea (on calm days at least) to check for people both above and beneath the water without having to change out the equipment.

The first issue they will face though is getting a wireless stream of video from the drone while it’s underwater, something that normally requires a cable connecting the drone to its controller.

Selected as one of ten semi-finalists for the internal category at the 2016 Drones for Good Competition, what would you use an underwater drone for? Would you like to see a giant one that you can ride in?

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.

Peanut Shells Used To Design a New Air-Purifying Filter

A hot topic within society today is the quality of air that we breathe; major cities including London have found that pollution is quickly on the rise and this has led to the associated health problems for citizens. Air purification research is always advancing to the point whereby the research team at the centre for Advanced Biotechnology Studies within the National University of Mexico have developed an air-purifying filter that implements Peanut Shells.

Under the leadership of biotech expert Raul Pineda Olmedo, the team have found that the Biofilter specifically relies upon micro-organisms such as Fusarium fungi and Brevibacterium bacteria which typically grow in peanut shells. The research and studies have found that these microbes are able to absorb harmful substances in the air before converting them to carbon dioxide and water.

It takes 28 days before an effective amount of the organisms are able to colonize one of the filters. As yet, the only created prototype is in the form of a kitchen hood, however, the university hopes to further develop this project with the aim of bringing this innovation to market.

It is a fascinating insight into how a previously thought of disposable and ignored ingredient as in this case, could in fact be utilized in such a manner.

Enermax Introduces ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler

Enermax released some impressive cooling solutions over the years and they’re back with one more before New Year’s and introduced the new ETS-N30II side-flow CPU cooler. The new ETS-N30II is the second generation and where the previous model already scored great reviews and rewards around the web, the new one puts one on top with even better efficiency.

Enermax designed the ETS-N30II for use in small and compact systems and it is only 137.2mm high. The tiny CPU cooler comes with perfect RAM compatibility thanks to the asymmetrical heat-pipe design that shifts the whole thing a little to one side. Enermax opted for a 90mm RPM fan and despite the somewhat limited size of everything, the ETS-N30II still comes with a TDP support up to 150W. The three heat-pipes are 6mm thick and the cooler utilizes direct heat-pipe touch for the best cooling abilities.

Enermax applied several of their own patented technologies to bring you the best cooling performance in a compact size. The Vortex Generator Flow is generated by spoilers on the fins that lead the air to the back of the heat pipes too, instead of just hitting the front of them as on most coolers. It also features a closed air path in order to optimize the airflow. It prevents air flow from escaping to the sides before it reaches the entire heatsink.

This second generation ETS-N30 has a 3-degree improvement over the predecessor and it can keep your CPU 22 degrees colder than the stock cooler can do. Enermax also chose to include a fan RPM reduction adapter for those who don’t need as much cooling capability and rather would like a 25% reduction in the noise generation by reducing the speed from 800-2800RPM to 600-1800RPM.

Besides the basic model with a black fan, you’re also able to get the ETS-N30II with Enermax’s Twister Bearing LED fan that has a 160K hours MTBF and zero friction noise. The 12 blue LEDs can give a cool visual bonus to the overall system.

Enermax did not reveal pricing or availability at this time, but pricing should be very similar to the previous ETS-N30 model and availability should be very soon.

World’s First Smog Filtering Tower Is A Step Forward For Clean Air Tech

An air purifier is considered to be a common household appliance and is certainly not considered to be exciting; a seven metre (22ft) tall smog filtering tower on the other hand could potentially be a revolutionary step forward for clean air technology.

This giant ‘Honey I blew up an appliance’ is situated in The Dutch city of Rotterdam and has been imagined by Bob Ursem, a nano particles expert and Co-designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. The inner workings allow the skyscraper to “suck in dirty air like a giant vacuum cleaner, Ion technology then filters it, before returning bubbles of smog-free air through the tower’s vents”. The process is very efficient which allows the structure to clean 30,000 cubic metres of air every hour.

Testing in outdoor environments showed the filter was able to clean the air by 60%, to quantify this the measurements accounted for the share of nano particles removed.

The applications behind such a feat could in theory lead to implementations in countries which trade a booming economy for air quality, which is perfectly illustrated by the polluted smog in China where health warnings are a daily occurrence. A startling illustration of the scale of China’s pollution lies in the shutting of hundreds of factories and the removal of 5 million cars from the road in preparation for a parade, which saw the emergence of blue skies instead of dangerous toxic air.

There are limitations however, relying on technology as the sole response to an ever warming and toxic world is foolish, the root causes need to be tackled, which includes a reduction in pollution from manufacturing, transport and an end to the butchery of the Amazon Rainforest.

Furthermore, the filters which have been developed range from €1,600 (£1155.96) to more than €118,000 (£85,251.86), the developers of this tech have not disclosed the exact figure for the tower, but one would have thought it would be very costly.

A fascinating website by the name of the “world air quality index” provides an extensive data set on the levels of air pollution within many parts of the world, if you have a spare moment, it’s worth a look.

Thank you theguardian and waqi for providing us with this information.

Four Men Charged Over $1m MacBook Air Heist

It just goes to show the strength of Apple’s brand or pricing structure when criminals decide to plan to conspire in a robbery of expensive computers. Four men have been charged over the theft of approximately 1200 MacBook Air computers which have an estimated value of $1 million dollars (£660,000) and were thought to be in the process of being delivered to two high schools in New Jersey.

According to federal prosecutors, an individual by the name of Anton Saljanin was hired to transport the computers from a technology compound in Massachusetts to New Jersey on the 16 January 2014. Mr Saljanin reported to police that said delivery van had been stolen from a car park near his home where he parked it overnight. Sounds plausible, but for a few key details, firstly the gentleman in question claimed to have spotted the truck when driving along a highway by chance 27 miles away in Connecticut when out looking for the stolen vehicle. Police investigated this and ran tests before concluding that the truck “would not have been visible in the (Connecticut) Parking Lot to a driver passing by on Interstate 84”.

Further investigation by the FBI into Mr Saljanin phone records indicated that he in fact did not take the route in question when he claimed to have been searching for the truck; he was subsequently arrested along with his three alleged accomplices and charged with participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell the shipment of computers. It is also claimed that the four individuals sold at least a dozen MacBook Airs between January 2014 and April 2014 for between $500 – $800 dollars each, this is far below the retail price of around $1000 dollars per machine. Each person paid in cash and were handed the computer in brown cardboard packaging, this is certainly different to the well designed authentic Apple packaging.

What is evident is high-end tech products are a target for criminals with a propensity for theft albeit allegedly at this stage. It would have been ironic if Mr Saljanin had used an iPhone when police analysed it for phone data records.

Thank you ibtimes for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of the-anecdotes

G.Skill Demonstrates 4266MHz DDR4 Memory Kits

Breaching the 4GHz memory speed wasn’t enough for G.Skill, so they put two on top of that and showcased two new kits running at 4133MHz and 4266MHz. These speeds are something that we’d only get close to with the older DDR3 memory modules when cooled with LN2, but this isn’t DDR3 anymore.

That is a seriously impressive stock speed that G.Skill’s achieved with these new TridentZ DDR4 memory modules that are specially optimized for the new and 6th generation of Intel Core processors, Skylake, and the accompanying Z170 based motherboards. The two motherboards used in the demonstration at IDF 2015 were an ASRock Z170 OC Formula and an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero. The ASUS ran the slower of the two kits at 4133 MHz while the ASRock got the pleasure of showcasing the impressive 4266MHz DDR4 memory.

Both kits used had a total capacity of 8GB, distributed on two 4GB modules. There sadly weren’t any news on when the modules would be available nor what they’d cost, but I’m sure G.Skill will catch up on that shortly and release the relevant information. Until then, we can dream of having our own system with memory running at 4.3GHz.

“We are truly excited to demo such extremely high memory speed on live demo systems, since DDR4 4000+MHz speeds were traditionally only achievable under extreme overclocking on liquid nitrogen cooling,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL. “We see amazing performance potential for the new DDR4 memory technology on the newest Intel platform, and very excited to see where it will take us in the near future.”

Xigmatek LOKI II CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Xigmatek may not be everyone’s first thought when you ask them to name cooling manufacturer, but they’ve been around for many years, creating some incredible chassis products, CPU coolers and more. With that in mind, I’ve got high expectations of the LOKI II. Of course, this is only a budget friendly, and rather small CPU cooler, so it’s not about to break any world records. However, the budget end of the market is fiercely competitive and not everyone needs a super high-end custom loop water cooling system; actually, very few people do. What most people need is something that doesn’t suck as bad as the stock CPU cooler that came with their chip and more often than not, they don’t want to spend a lot of money.

As you can see, the LOKI II is quite a compact size cooler, so it may be suitable for a lot of SFF builds. It comes with three 6mm heat pipes, with a direct touch design and a 92mm PWM fan.

The packaging is simple enough, just a nice picture of the cooler, the specs on the other side and that’s about it really.

In the box, you’ll find the cooler, the fan, a universal backplate, fitting screws and washers, two fan retention clips and the Intel/AMD brackets.

The fan may be small, but it is still very nicely designed; it features orange fan blades, that look pretty funky and some sleeving on the cable.

The fan is a brushless fitting, with a 4-pin PWM connector.

The tower is tiny, but has a solid fin stack and a triple heat-pipe design which are U-shaped to pass through each side of the tower.

The sides are partially closed off, allowing airflow to be better directed through the fins and get heat away from the cooler.

The fan mounts on this side of the cooler and there’s a pair of grooves on the side to allow you to use the fan clips. The slim design of the cooler should also mean zero issues with ram modules.

A small Xigmatek logo on the top, looks pretty cool, but the cooler also shows some signs of being a little cheap here, but that’s not exactly a shock, because it’s priced cheap!

The heat pipes are direct contact and there’s a thick mounting block to help better dissipate the heat through those pipes.

Alton Towers Grinds to a Halt Again!

Things are going from bad to worse for the UK based theme park. Just a few weeks ago we heard the catastrophic news of the collision between two cars on The Smiler and now it seems Air has run into some problems and the monorail system also; leaving around 100 passengers stranded.

This all started in early June, when two carriages of the world famous ride, The Smiler, collided at 50mph following routine maintenance on the ride. This resulted in one carriage being sent out, followed shortly by another. The first ‘test’ carriage had then stalled, awaiting the inevitable doom for the passengers behind. The crash seriously injured 4 passengers, one of which required leg amputations to save her life.

After that date, multiple rides were shut down for ‘safety reasons’, all of which opened back up after thorough checks were made. To yesterday’s turn of events, another of the park’s main attractions, Air, suddenly stops working mid run, fully laden with passengers. Not only was Air affected, but one of the main monorail systems also stopped working, leaving around 80 passengers to bake in the record-breaking temperatures.

The faults are still under investigation, but one can only assume that the extreme heat played a part. Are you expecting to go to the theme park in the near future? Will you be requesting a refund? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to The Independent for providing us with this information.

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!

Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Cryorig are back on eTeknix once again today and I welcome them with open arms after their last product, the H5, walked away with our Innovation Award. Cryorig may be fairly new to the cooling market, but they’ve already got off to a great start thanks to their sleek designs and competitive prices. We even stopped by their booth at Computex to see what else they had to offer and things certainly looked promising for the brand.

The H7 certainly ticks a lot of boxes; support for most major socket types and limitless ram clearance are always welcome features.

The packaging is really nicely designed, giving the H7 a premium quality straight away.

In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate, fan retention clips, the manual, high quality thermal grease and interestingly, only four screws and four spacers for the mounting kit, suggesting a very simple installation process.

The cooler comes with a fan pre-installed out of the box, so the extra clips in the box are for adding an extra fan should you want to use a push-pull configuration. The fan is of a very good quality and looks stunning with those white fan blades and that colourful CR sticker in the middle. The fan also comes with anti-vibration rubber pads on all four corners, on both sides of the fan.

The fin stack is very well made, with their proprietary Hive Fin structure at the front, the fins change shape as they pass through the fin stack to create Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction. Cryorig says this will improve performance, as well as provide structural strength to the cooler. From handling it and inspecting it, I have to agree, the cooler does feel pretty robust and looks very well made.

There are three heat pipes in the H7, fitted with a U-shape design to give us three vertical pipes on each side of the cooler.

There is a black top plate and the pipes have been capped, further adding to the premium look and feel of the H7.

The cooler comes with the X-Bar quick mount system, which will allow for incredibly quick and easy installation and removal of the cooler.

With the brackets in this position, the cooler supports AMD.

Simply twist them into the next position and they support Intel; very easy!

EVGA Announce Titan X Hybrid

With Zotac teasing a custom hybrid Titan X yesterday, it seems that the ban has been lifted on the custom offerings of cooling solutions for the high-end graphics card.

The cooler will be an all in one unit, requiring little maintenance, you may have to clean dust from the fans and radiator every once in a while. It will feature a similar radiator to the AMD R9 295×2, equipped with a 120mm fan and wired into the graphics card itself rather than a motherboard header.

The actual cooling solution itself looks very similar to that of other reference design EVGA cards, a snug fit to the PCB length and a typical reference blower style fan.

The Titan X, as we know, is currently the most powerful single GPU graphics card on the market; however, the heat was a slight hindrance. This cooler aims to shave off around 30°c from the standard core temperatures thanks to the hybrid liquid and air cooling design.

EVGA will offer this graphics card off the self, but also offer the cooling solution separately for those who have already purchased a Titan X.

It’s about time NVIDIA lifted the ban on offering custom cooling designs. Would you be interested in buying this new cooling solution for your Titan X or would this now push you to purchase one? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Beoing Develops EMP Weapon

EMP, a term used to describe what was once a weapon only in film and books. Electromagnetic pulse weapons were imagined as a counter to electronic tools of warfare, or even everyday life. They were imagined to destroy or disable electronic devices, with no damage to people or property. This may no longer be just science fiction, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have successfully tested an EMP based missile with “little to no collateral damage”.

Named CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project), the missile is designed to be launched from an aircraft, and then fly a pre-determined flight path, emitting bursts of directed high-powered energy towards a target the device has proven that it can knock out multiple targets with no damage to the buildings they are in.

Hollywood has long been in love with the idea behind EMP’s, with movies such as Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, showing off how an entire country could be crippled by removing all those modern inventions and devices that we have come to love and rely on. With CHAMP’s reported success, EMP weapons may no longer be held to our screens and minds as Boeing are keen to continue testing and development with the hopes of deploying the device for active service as soon as possible.

You can see the video statement presented by Boeing below,

Thank you Boeing for providing us with this information.

Image Courtesy of the Daily Mail.

Amazon Drones Granted Patent

Amazon has been granted a patent for its previously announced, potentially still just theoretical, drone delivery system. The online retailer originally announced ‘Amazon Prime Air’, a plan to deliver the less valuable goods such as books, DVD’s and toilet paper; by utilising the drones. Since December 2013, it has been seeking authorisation from the US federal Aviation Authority to start testing the drones in the real world.

With the recent approval in the US, the drones have been limited to testing within the sight of the pilot; it has also tested this in Canada and has a development centre in the UK. This sounds like a work of Science fiction, but Amazon maintains that it aims to “get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less” with this system.

“As part of that wider process Amazon submitted a patent application in September 2014 detailing how the unmanned craft would talk to each other, share weather information and get packages to homes and businesses safely.

The patent has now been published, revealing new details about the system. They include:

  • Amazon drones could bring packages directly to your location, not just an address. “The current location of the user may be based on, for example, a determined location of a portable device (e.g., mobile phone) associated with the user, the location of the network utilised by the user when placing the order, etc.”

  • There will be several types and sizes of drone depending on the package being delivered.

  • The drones will attempt to avoid both humans and animals. “If it is determined that the navigation path and/or failure path intersects with a human and/or other animals, roads, walkways, etc., the navigation path may be altered to avoid the humans, animals, roads, walkways.”

  • The drone would use a range of sensors including cameras and infrared light to work out its path and find landing areas.”

The timing couldn’t be better, the FAA this week said it would grant test of unmanned helicopters to be used to spray crops and also give experimental approval to drones for use in journalism.

How do you feel about drone being granted? I look forward to having some of my small computer parts delivered this way, especially if they can do it in 30 minutes. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

AMD’s New Flagship GPU Will Fit in Almost Any System

Yesterday we were teased with a blurry shot of the new and upcoming AMD Radeon R9 390x card in its water-cooled version and we could see that it was very short. But just how short it is was revealed with a new photo showing the liquid cooled card pictured next to its 120mm radiator.

A card with this size will fit into pretty much any chassis, no matter how small as long as it allows for full height cards and a 120mm radiator with a fan. If the rumoured performance sticks as well and we get a card that can hold up to the current dual-GPU R9 295×2 and Titan X graphics cards, then AMD has a true winner that will blow users away.

The expected specifications are 4096 stream processors, 256 texture units, 120ROP unit, 4096-bit 1.25GHz 8GB HBM memory (bandwidth of 640GB/s) while we already know that it will have three DisplayPort 1.2a and an HDMI 2.0a port.

There will also be an air-cooled version that will be slightly longer and expected to only feature 4GB HBM memory. While we say longer here, it will still be significant shorter than the current Radeon R9 290x cards.

The new GPU chips will be slightly larger than the current generation due to the integrated memory, but in return it saves a lot more PCB space where the memory modules used to be located. All that’s left is basically the GPU and VRM.

Transcend Announces 256GB JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards

Transcend has a very long list of peripherals and parts designed for the different MacBook series, allowing you to seamlessly expand your storage and at times don’t even see that you did. The JetDrive Lite series of Expansions cards is now available up to 256GB to instantly expands the storage capacity of your MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air series.

Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific Mac notebook model and are optimized for the compatibility as well. The low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage. A 256GB model could for example store over 120,000 high-resolution photos or 64,000 MP3 files.

The Transcend JetDrive Lite expansion cards are made with top-tier MLC NAND and can deliver a transfer speed of up to 95MB/s reading and 60MB/s writing. This might not be world-record speeds, but it sure beats the Class10 SD cards that you can plug into most notebooks. Built-in error correction code helps to keep your files safe and the cards also feature sophisticated wear-leveling algorithm for a long lifetime. The cards themselves are also built to be completely resistant to both dust and water.

The JetDrive Lite 130/350/360 expansion cards are available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB while JetDrive Lite 330 cards are offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities. All Transcend memory cards come backed with a limited lifetime warranty.

CRYORIG Releases the H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

Air cooling is still used in most systems despite the ever-growing user base for liquid all in one solutions, and CRYORIG has just released their newest take on a CPU cooler. The new CRYORIG H5 Ultimate is built on the foundation of the popular CRYORIG H5, but kicks it up a notch with a bigger fan and higher TDP rating.

The new H5 Ultimate is using the larger XF140 fan that increases the TDP from 160 to 180 Watt and putting the proprietary Hive Fin system to work. The XF140’s airflow rating comes in at 76 CFM, which is around 17% more than the smaller H5 Universal. This kind of cooling performance is more than enough for almost all modern CPU platforms.

The H5 Ultimate features the acclaimed MultiSeg mounting system and fin structure with turbulence reduction system that makes it the strongest single tower solution CRYORIG has up to date and one well worth considering in my opinion. The black top plate for the heatsink gives the CPU cooler a great finish.

The H5 Ultimate is scheduled to be released this summer with an MSRP set at $46.99 USD in North America and €39.99 Euros in Germany. Other regions may vary in price and availability.

Bag of ‘Kanye’ Tour Air Sells for $60k on eBay

Ahhh eBay, that wondrous place where you can sell your unwanted possessions and make money. Well yesterday saw the auction end for a bag of air taken from a Kanye West show. Was about time all his hot air was used for something useful.

The budding entrepreneur ‘Stangeedon1’ was the first major lister of this baggie of air, now at least a dozen more have followed suit, hoping to cash in on the internets stupidity.

Where there’s Kanye, Kim isn’t far behind, promoting her husband’s ability to market nothing.

Now this isn’t the first time the internet has gone bonkers over something celebrity related; remember that apple that Britney Spears took a bite out of all those years ago? Yeah me neither. I wonder how long before cans of the stuff turn up?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

DEEPCOOL in stock at Amazon UK

 

After leaving OverclockersUK online store, DEEPCOOL has been out of the UK cooling market for a little while. This left a hole in most of us that loved the initiative designs and cooling capabilities of their products. Well now that hole can be filled with DEEPCOOL being restocked back in the UK through Amazon, HAZZAHH!

DEEPCOOL, what started off as a company producing high-end cooling solutions for laptops and PCs such as the Assassin series air cooler and Captain series liquid coolers, now produces some amazing products that are designed around keeping the inside of your computer icy cool; cases and power supplies being a few.

Let’s hope more competition in the UK market brings us more radical designs from EU companies.

Rumoured Ultra-Slim MacBook Air to Enter Production in Early 2015

A new rumour from Digitimes suggests that alongside the Apple Watch, Apple’s latest upgrade to the MacBook Air is due to enter production in early 2015.

The report says that component production is well underway, with the intention of the product entering production in the next few months. The notebook is to be produced by Quanta Computer and will feature Intel’s Broadwell processors. Those processors are supposedly key to its design too – the new machine will apparently be even thinner than the current MacBook Air and will go without a fan as part of its fan-less cooling system.

The laptop is projected to be released in mid-2015, with limited supply at first due to yield issues. Apparently it will come in Space Grey, Silver and Gold, making them the first MacBooks with alternative colour options in years. The MacBook Air has been an incredibly popular product for Apple, becoming their most successful computer. Its design spawned Intel’s Ultrabook initiative, leading to a number of Windows-based notebooks following the same ultra-thin, SSD-based design.

Source: Digitimes Via: MacRumors

‘Duet’ – App That Allows You to Use an iPad as an External Display Released

Duet, an app that allows you to use your iPad as an external display for your Mac, has just been released. The app was teased a few days ago, but now users have finally been able to try it out for themselves.

The app uses Apple’s standard Lightening cable to link your Mac with your iPad (or iPhone) and quite simply turns your iOS device into an external display. It can display in either a standard definition mode or in a ‘Retina’ mode, using the full resolution of your iPad or iPhone’s display.

I tested the app myself and it works pretty well. It streams the image to the iPad very smoothly in standard mode, while lag with the Retina mode can be encountered on some older Macs (I used a 2012 MacBook Air, iPad 3rd Generation and an iPhone 6 Plus ).

Duet is available now on the App Store for $9.99 for a very limited time, it will be $14.99 after that.

Source: MacRumors