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.

Argos Rolls out Smartphone and Tablet Trade-in Scheme

Argos, one of the UK’s latest retail chains, has launched a trade-in incentive to recycle unwanted electronics. The retailer plans to offer vouchers in exchange for tablets and smartphones. Each device will either be refurbished and resold or recycled to help protect the environment. Unlike existing schemes, Argos’ retail presence allows for a convenient, in-store quote without having to ship the item off to a company and wait 5-7 working days. However, I highly doubt Argos will be able to match successful second hand resellers like CEX who offer competitive prices versus the competition. Additionally, consumers can sell their unwanted items through a number of means including eBay, Gumtree, Facebook groups and local advertisements. Usually, even after fees, the eBay prices are significantly higher than any trade-in offer.

Companies are hoping to get the custom from people who feel uncomfortable on eBay or find it too time consuming. Perhaps, they don’t know how to photograph items or cannot answer technical details about an electrical product. Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility at Argos, said:

“As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices. Our new scheme in conjunction with Wrap offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.” 

It’s an interesting move and I’m fascinated to see how generous Argos’ trade-in prices will be.

Have you ever traded-in an old or unwanted item?

Thank you The Guardian for providing us with this information.

Social Media Users Can Find Almost Anyone, including the ‘Anonymous M25 Hero’

Social media users have great power when it comes to spreading news and they’ve done so once again by making sure that the anonymous M25 hero got to know how much his help was appreciated.

Gemma Elsey-Kail’s car had broken down on Friday on the M25 at the worst possible place – one without a hard shoulder. The woman was quite panicky as she tried to save herself and her baby from possible dangers of incoming vehicles.

That was when the anonymous Argos van driver pulled in behind her and blocked her and her car from other drivers, allowing her to get to safety. When the police arrived on the scene to secure the area, the driver continued his own tour. With everything that was going on, the woman totally forgot to thank the man properly and get his name – so she reached out over Facebook.

“I broke down on the M25 today in an area with no hard shoulder. I rushed to get my baby and 4-year-old onto the verge while cars and trucks were swerving all around us,” she wrote. “An Argos delivery driver pulled behind us using his visible lorry as a way of preventing anyone going into our car… I didn’t get his number in all the panic so hopefully this can somehow reach him. He was our hero today.”

The post was shared almost 20 thousand times and liked more than 130 thousand times. It also had plenty of praise for the Argos driver in the comments. The post also reached the Argo who managed to track down the driver to let him know about the massive social engagement over his actions.

The humble driver declined any interviews and didn’t want any further attention for his goodwill, while wishing to stay anonymous. Just one of those guys that restores a little bit of faith in humanity.

Thanks to BBC for providing us with this information

Argos Breaks Microsoft Surface 2 Embargo, Starts Selling Early

The Verge reports that the UK retailer Argos has been selling Microsoft’s Surface 2 to customers before the embargo date of October 22nd has passed. Apparently Argos were selling the Surface 2 as early as Friday October 18th, 4 days before the embargo, and the Verge was able to buy a Surface 2 from their nearest on Saturday October 19th.

Argos were only selling the Surface 2 (both 32 and 64GB models), not the Surface 2 Pro, Type Cover 2 or Touch Cover 2. Argos responded to the Verge story stating it was a mistake and that they had immediately withdrawn Surface 2 sales from their stores.

“We fully comply with embargos issued by our suppliers and have withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale with immediate effect. We are working with Microsoft to investigate this error as a matter of urgency.”

The Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 should all be made available from October 22nd.

Image courtesy of The Verge

Argos Launch Own-brand Budget Tablet Called MyTablet

Argos are quite late to the Android party, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing their own budget friendly device in time for the holiday season. This is just weeks after another UK retailer, Tesco, launched their own android tablet.

The 7″ device will retail for around £100, will run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and come pre-loaded with apps such as Angry Birds and BBC iPlayer. It will be available in both pink and silver, and the specs and style of the device are targeted right at the 8-13 year old market, as the devices also come pre-set with parental controls enabled.

While it may not be the best performing device ever with a 1.6GHz dual-core processors, a 1024 x 600 resolution LCD glass screen, 8GB of memory, Wi-Fi and BlueTooth, it isn’t exactly garbage either and it’s certainly a cheaper and likely more responsible option as a Christmas gift for a child than something like an iPad.

Branding is everything on this device as while it maybe targeted at a younger audience, it is still a capable device that falls in line with similar price products from the likes of Asus, Amazon, HP and more.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechRadar.