SilentiumPC Reveals Three New CPU Coolers

Those of you who are looking for a series of brand new CPU coolers that promise to offer decent performance without being too expensive will definitely be interested in SilentiumPC’s new offerings. These new CPU coolers are based on the brand’s Fera and Spartan series, and they do come with a series of improvements as far as performance is concerned, improvements that make them incredibly appealing in their price segments.

Starting off with the Fera 3 HE1224, we can tell you that it comes with a TDP of 180W and includes four Φ6mm high-performance heatpipes as well as a redesigned heatsink. What makes the Fera 3 HE1224 stand out is the fact that it features a very slim profile, even when it’s paired with a Sigma PRO 120 PWM-controlled fan. The Fera 3 can be installed in both Intel and AMD-powered systems, and it is accompanied by an extra pair of mounting clips for another 120mm fan, and by a Pactum PT-2 (5.0 W/m.k.) thermal compound.

As for the Spartan 3 series, we have the LT HE1012 and the PRO HE1024 models, each offering TDP values of 125W and 150W respectively. Both models are complemented by Sigma PRO 100 PWM-controlled cooling fans that measure 92mm. Below you will find a complete list of specifications for these new SilentiumPC CPU coolers. What do you think about them so far?

 

AMD Officially Launches Wraith and 95W Stock CPU Cooler

After debuting their new Wraith CPU cooler to the public back at CES last month, AMD has finally launched their new stock cooler. Based off a whole new design, the new stock cooler is reportedly  90% quieter than the previous solution. This is due to the 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent higher surface area as well a new thicker fan with an LED shroud. The new cooler will be shipping with the recently launched FX 8370 CPU only as it is a 125W solution.

In addition to the Wraith, AMD is also introducing new stock CPU cooler for their 95W products as well. Unfortunately, this cooler suffers from a bland title, being dubbed the “AMD 95W Thermal Solution” and ships with FM2 chips only for now. This is the first time we have seen this new cooler and it looks to be a new design as well, with only 2 heatpipes instead of the 4 found in the Wraith. The fan is also shroudless and thinner and comes in AMD red. It will ship with most of the higher end APU/Athlon chips, chips that were prone to throttling or noisy operation at times with the previous stock cooler.

It is nice to see AMD start addressing more of the less prominent aspects of their offerings. While the coolers might not always impact performance, they do shape consumer perceptions, especially if they are overly hot or noisy. Launching the new coolers now speaks to the confidence AMD has in Zen as otherwise, why spend money on making a new cooler?

AMD Unveils New Wraith Stock CPU Cooler @ CES 2016

Over the years, many designs for stock coolers have come and gone, with some good and others bad. Since the launch of AMD’s Bulldozer chips back in 2011, AMD has stuck to pretty much the same stock cooler design. While it’s not terrible, it hasn’t been that great, with high temperatures and noisy operation. To remedy this, AMD is launching an all new cooler, dubbed the Wraith.

With the Wraith, AMD is keeping the basic design, probably for compatibility reasons. Basic operation pretty much is unchanged, with what appears to be copper heat pipes leading away from a copper baseplate. The heat pipes curl around to an aluminium fin array that is cooled by a fan. Much has also changed as well, with the Wraith noticeably taller and beefier than it’s predecessor with a larger fin array. The fan is also improved with better sound characteristics and a black shroud with a lighted AMD logo.

AMD brings themselves one step closer towards parity with Intel who has been steadily improving their own coolers as well. The release of the new stock cooler comes perfectly in time for AMD’s new Zen architecture on 14nm FinFET. Ironically, Zen and the new 14nm FinFET process will likely reduce the heat load put out.

MSI Develops CPU GUARD 1151 to Protect Your Skylake CPU

Intel’s Skylake CPU brought a lot of joys to users since it was released, but it also brought along some trouble. We first found out about the inferior TIM used which made people delid their CPUs and it even lead to the development of the Delid-Die-Mate hardware with the one purpose of delidding CPUs. Then we heard about the issues with CPUs that actually bent under high pressure from large and heavy heatsinks as well as some that just weren’t aligned properly towards the LGA1151 socket, a much more serious issue. Most manufacturers of CPU coolers have been out and reassured their users which of their coolers are guaranteed to not create trouble, but some users might still want something a little more than just an assurance, they want a more secure mounting mechanism.

And that is just what MSI developed and they called it the CPU GUARD 1151. The press-release is very limited on information, but the item on itself is pretty self-explanatory. It is a new socket guard for your motherboard instead of the default one normally surrounding the CPU socket. The new MSI CPU GUARD 1151 strengthens the corners of the CPU, allowing it to withstand more vertical pressure.

This new CPU GUARD 1151 would be equally useful for delidders as well as those worried about their new valuable Skylake CPU bending. Whether it will be automatically added to some of MSI’s boards, being sold separately, and what the costs will be, that’s something that MSI didn’t reveal at this time.

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

Introduction


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

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

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

CRYORIG Releases the M9i & M9a Ultra Compact Tower Coolers

Cryorig’s latest two CPU coolers are actually just one that comes in two version to suit either an Intel or an AMD socket design. The M9i is logically for Intel and the M9a is for AMD. Cryorig took all the things they’ve learned from their bigger models and applied them to this new and very compact tower cooler.

The M9’s slim design has the big advantage that there aren’t any compatibility issues with your RAM and PCIe slots. Both are completely free from the cooler and allow you to place and compatible item without risk. The M9 is only 87 mm long, 102mm wide and 124mm high, making it compatible with almost any mid-tower type chassis.

The mounted fan is a 92mm RPM model with a speed of 600 to 2200 RPM. It is able to push an airflow up to 48.4 CFM at a noise level up to 26.4dBa. The Cryorig M9 is still able to provide efficient cooling for CPUs with a TDP up to 120W.

Both the base and heat pipes are pure nickel-plated copper, which is rare in this budget oriented market. A lof of manufacturers are switching to cheaper base plates to keep the price down. Cryorig opted to go for the full deal here and provide a product they can be proud off. The three heat pipes are 6mm thick.

The choice to make separate options available for AMD and Intel users helps to keep the price down and bundle great. The Cryorig M9 is targeted for a global release during September, beginning in Japan, Taiwan, South-East Asia, and the US. The European markets will get the coolers a little later and should be able to get it in October. The MSRP is set to 26.99 USD (-VAT) in the USA and 26.99 Euro (-VAT) in Europe.

CRYORIG Launches the C7 Ultra Compact CPU Cooler

CRYORIG is looking to expand its CPU cooler line with the release of the compact yet reliable C7 cooler. This particular product was unveiled initially during the Computex 2015 event, and it features a maximum height of 47mm. This makes it ideal for those of you who are planning to build compact rigs, as conventional aftermarket PC coolers usually require quite a bit more space by comparison. To put things in perspective, the C7 is just 2mm taller when compared to a stock Intel heatsink, which means that it will fit in pretty much any PC case without issues.

The C7 cooler includes four high-performance heat pipes complemented by a dedicated 92mm PWM fan that features CRYORIG’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet System. The fan runs at a maximum speed of 2500rpm and manages to deliver 20% less noise and 25% more cooling when compared to stock Intel or AMD solutions. Given these numbers, it’s quite obvious that this product was designed to be the best in its size category, and it probably is.

The CRYORIG C7 will be released in Japan, Taiwan, South-East Asia and the US this month while European clients will be able to get their hands on it in October. As far as pricing is concerned, this thing will cost $29.99 in the US and €29.99 (-VAT) in Europe.

Below you will find a complete list of its specifications.

  • Dimensions: L97 mm x W97 mm x H47mm
  • Weight: 357 g
  • Heatpipe: 6mm heatpipe x 4 units
  • Fin: T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.2 mm
  • Fin Pcs: 57 pcs
  • Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
  • RAM Height Limit: Limitless
  • Compatibility: LGA1151 (Skylake)/115X/FM1FM2/+AM2/+AM3/+
  • TDP: 100W

Fan (Model:CR-9215)

  • Dimensions: L92 mm x W92 mm x H15 mm
  • Weight: 62 g
  • RPM: 600 ~ 2500 RPM ±10 %
  • Noise: 30.0 dBA
  • Airflow: 40.5 CFM
  • Air Pressure: 2.8 mmH2O
  • Ampere: 0.2 A

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Xilence Performance C Series CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Finding the right cooler for your system can a tricky process. Do you stick with the stock cooler that came with your processor? Unless you got an OEM one that came without a cooler of course. Do you invest a small fortune in water cooling, a high-end air cooler, AIO unit or something specialist for a low-profile build? There are a lot of options out there and quite frankly, it’s easy to forget that many coolers are complete overkill for your needs, but it’s often still nice to have a great cooler regardless.

The latest coolers from Xilence are targeted at the budget friendly end of the market, perfect for workstations, desktops and essentially any system that isn’t overclocked to high heaven. That’s not to say they’ll be incapable of running on overclocked hardware, but we’ll find that out for ourselves in a short while.

In the eTeknix office today we have the Intel-compatible I402 and the Intel and AMD compatible M403, both offer a 92mm fan, the 402 will handle up to 130W TDP (despite the typo that reads 13W in the image below) and the M403 will manage 150W TDP. So let’s jump right in and see what these coolers have to offer.

I402 Features

  • Silent hydro bearing 92mm fan
  • Two 6mm copper heat pipes for better air flow
  • Fin Design for high airflow and efficient cooling of the CPU and surrounding components
  • Slight overhang of the fan avoids hotspots
  • Possible mounting of the fan on both sides of the heat sink
  • Suitable for all current LGA 115x INTEL sockets

M403 Features

  • Silent hydro bearing 92mm fan
  • Three 6mm copper heat pipes for better heat flow
  • Fin Design for high airflow and efficient cooling of the CPU and surrounding components
  • Slight overhang of the fan avoids hotspots
  • Possible mounting of the fan on both sides of the heat sink
  • Suitable for all current AMD and INTEL sockets

Both come nicely packaged with their main specifications detailed on the front of the box.

Same around the back, with each coolers full socket support listed; nothing worse than buying something which wouldn’t be compatible with your hardware!

Since the M403 is AMD and Intel ready, you’ll find a retention bracket, for AMD, as well as a pair of screw on mounting arms with pre-fitted screws. There’s also a mounting backplate and a small tube of thermal paste.

The Intel only I402 comes with a bracket and a tube of thermal paste.

Enermax Liqmax II 240mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Enermax are one of my all time favourite brands, as they’ve created some really unique chassis designs over the years, some stunning power supplies and most importantly to myself, their AIO water coolers still dominate the top of our charts, giving us some truly incredible cooling performance that would make you think twice about needing a custom loop. Their latest cooler, the LiqMax II 240mm All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler is certainly something I’ve been looking forward to testing, especially so given the performance of their LiqTech coolers and I’m eager to see how this one compares.

As you can see, the ELC-LMR240-BS as it is technically known, comes well equipped with a ceramic bearing pump, an aluminium radiator and a pair of high quality 120mm fans, which can operate right up to 2000RPM.

The packaging is really nicely designed, keeping in theme with many other Enermax products and features a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the major features and socket compatibility; you’ll also notice that this cooler is rated to handle up to 350W+ TDP, which is way more than you’ll likely ever use.

In the box, you’ll find two very high-quality fans, something I suspect will give the LiqMax II an edge over the competition. They come with very funky shaped blades, as well as rubber anti-vibration mounts on each side of all four corners.

Each fan comes with a slim black cable and a 4-pin PWM connector.

There’s a universal mounting plate included, as well as an arrangement of high-quality and rather nice looking screws and fittings. What’s also nice to see is that we’ve got a tube of thermal grease, rather than a sachet, which is handy for multiple applications, as well as a Y-split fan cable to help connect the two 120mm fans to your motherboard, as you’ll still need another header for the pumps 3-pin connector.

The radiator is pretty straight forward, with a standard 240mm design and a slim form factor.

The cooler is equipped with 300mm hoses, which should make it compatible with most large cases. The pipes are quite thick, so they’re not as flexible as some other coolers and that could make it tricky, although not impossible, to mount it in small chassis.

The radiator is nicely finished with a plate on the edge, as well as a small Enermax logo, so it should blend in with most system builds easily enough.

The pump is very nicely styled with a cool design on the top and a small Enermax logo in the middle.

The hoses are mounted on a swivel joint to allow easier fitting into your system.

There’s an Intel mounting kit pre-fitted here, but with just a few small screws you can remove it and fit the included (in the box) AMD mounting kit. There’s a huge copper contact plate on the bottom which is nicely polished; this should provide a good fit over your CPU of choice.

Noctua NH-U9S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua is one of the most recognisable cooling brands around and for those who don’t recognise the name, you will most likely recognise the colours. Noctua are famous for two things, extremely high-quality products and that beige/brown colour scheme; love it or hate it, you can always pick a Noctua out of a crowd.

“Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX. Combined with its 125mm height, this makes the NH-U9S a highly versatile solution with excellent case, RAM and PCIe compatibility. The included NF-A9 premium fan supports automatic speed control via PWM for outstanding quietness of operation and a second, optional NF-A9 fan can be added 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-U9S is a deluxe choice through and through.” – Noctua

It’s no secret that Noctua has made some truly amazing coolers over the years, offering products that are virtually as good as you can get before taking the leap up to a water-cooled solution; which isn’t ideal for every kind of build anyway. Their latest cooler certainly is set to take on the world of water cooling, but it does promise to be a premium quality solution for those who need a more compact cooler. Equipped with a 95mm fan, a compact cooling tower and a tight bundle of heat pipes, I’m eager to see how this little cooler performs!

Nicely designed packaging with all the major specifications you’ll need to know clearly labeled.

In the box, you’ll find everything comes meticulously packaged, with separate pouches for both Intel and AMD mounting kits, as well as the general components, extra fan clips and a syringe of Noctua’s award-winning thermal paste.

You’ll also find some nicely formatted and easy to follow instruction booklets for each socket type.

The cooler is very compact, yet surprisingly heavy; it may be small, but there’s a lot of metal here.

There’s a single 95mm Noctua fan included with the cooler, which comes pre-installed, although you will have to remove it to install the cooler. It’s a fairly typical Noctua fan in terms of design and naturally, it’s of a very high quality.

The 95mm fan mounts using two simple metal clips and comes with rubber coated corners to help reduce any vibrations.

The fin stack is tightly packed and the individual fins are quite thick and strong compared to most coolers. Since this is the “S” version, it clocks in with 95mm dimensions, compared to the “B” model, which is 120mm, this means that it’ll provide you with improved compatibility with chassis, motherboards and other components.

Despite its tiny size, the NH-U9S packs five copper heat-pipes to help move heat through to the aluminium cooling fins.

The copper base plate and the heat pipes come with a gorgeous nickel playing and the CPU contact plate is polished to a mirror shine.

Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Today I’ll be taking a look at the Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 CPU cooler, which I’ll admit straight away, it doesn’t have the catchiest name ever, but then again, I don’t know many people who’ve heard of Reeven, let alone Okeanos. Of course, all that could change soon enough, as this certainly isn’t our first Reeven review and it was only a few months back that we awarded our Editor Choice Award to the Reeven Brontes RC-1001 Low-Profile CPU cooler. We’ve seen a few products from Reeven over the years, some won awards, some didn’t, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary for any brand and, of course, I’m hoping to see an award-winning performance from the Okeanos today.

The Okeanos certainly comes well equipped, with support for most major socket types, a dual fan/dual tower design with a 140mm and a 120mm included in the box, six heat pipes in a unique 2 x8mm + 4 x 6mm layout. Hopefully, that mass of heat-pipes and fans will deliver some great performance during our overclocking tests.

The packaging is quite colourful and will no doubt appeal to a gaming crowd. Plus, the bright colours should look great in most gaming systems.

As I said before, the Okeanos comes equipped with two high-performance fans. The largest is a 140mm and the smallest a 120mm.

both fans come with black sleeved cables, a 4-pin PWM connector and a nine-blade design. The 140mm operates at up to 1100 RPM and the 120mm at up to 1200 RPM.

In the box, you’ll also find a universal backplate, a universal mounting bracket, two fan speed adapters for lower RPM/noise levels, six fan clips for up to three fans, the mounting screws, a spanner to help with any installation issues and a retention bracket for the cooler.

The design of the cooler is very nice, with two durable fin stacks that should provide an excellent amount of surface area to dissipate heat.

The stylish top plates add a premium quality to the cooler and it’s certainly a lot tidier looking than most towers, which just have the heat pipes jutting out of the top.

The cooler supports up to three fans. Of course, there’s a 140mm and a 120mm included, but there’s nothing stopping you from adding your own fans, or an extra 140mm on the other side for extra cooling performance.

There’s a total of six heat pipes on the Okeanos, with two 8mm thick in the middle and four 6mm pipes, all of which pass through each of the cooling towers and provide enough contact on the CPU block to cover the full surface of the CPU.

The contact plate is of a good size and has a bright and smooth surface to provide excellent contact with your CPU.

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.

Intel Skylake K-Series Will Ship Without the Boxed Cooler

Intel has geared up and is almost ready with their latest desktop processors from the Skylake family and we know quite a bit about the processors already. The latest news on this front is for those who plan to buy one of the unlocked 14nm CPUs, namely the Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700k, as they will be shipped without their own cooling solution.

Most enthusiasts and people who buy overclockable processors won’t be using the stock cooling solution anyway. While it isn’t bad, it’s just about enough for the processor. Third party aftermarket coolers are the solution and it is also what Intel recommends for these new Skylake processors.

Intel might be shipping these processors without a cooling solution and recommending a third-party cooler, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t offering one themselves, or actually two. There will be both an air cooler as well as an all-in-one liquid cooler, both with a TDW of 130W.

The new Skylake CPUs are expected to launch at the time of Gamescom 2015 according to DigiTimes, which starts on the 5th of August. Below is a chart of the expected lineup but it has to be noted that they’re also expected to support DDR3 memory and not just DDR4. Which you can use will depend on the motherboard you choose.

It is doubtful that the price reduction due to the boxed cooler will make up what you pay for a third-party solution or Intel’s own new coolers, but there will be savings and we can stop building forts with the stacks of unused Intel coolers.

Thank you WCCFtech for providing us with this information

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!

CRYORIG Reveal New a Series AIO Hybrid Liquid Coolers

Not every product is made the same, even tho it might have the same purpose and general purpose as others. Cryorig’s new All-in-One CPU cooler is a great example on this and it’s actually quite the clever design.

Liquid cooling is great for the components that actually are cooled by the units, but it leaves out the parts next to it that otherwise would have benefited from the generated air-flow.

To combat this and start the circulation in your system, Cryorig added an extra circulation fan to the pump area, combining the best of the two worlds.


Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan.

The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which way they want the Airflow Circulator to point at, be it RAM, GPU or VRM areas. The Airflow Circulator is a 3.000 RPM PWM control enabled 70 mm fan, that intelligently adjusts its RPM based on CPU temperature.

Cryorig A40/A40 Ultimate

  • Supports: Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 240 x 120 x 25mm (A40)/ 240 x 120 x 38mm (A40 Ultimate)
  • Fan: Dual 120 x 25mm 2.200 RPM PWM

Cryorig A80

  • Supports : Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 280 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan: Dual 140 x 25mm 1.850 RPM PWM

CYRORIG’s new A Series HLC units will be available sometime during the Summer.

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.

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.

Raijintek Triton AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


By now you have probably heard of Raijintek, established in Europe in 2013 they have gone from a small emerging company to a rather big name in a small amount of time. They already have a range of air coolers, such as the TISIS and the EREBOSS, a range of cases such as the AENEAS and the beautiful METIS and are looking to expand into power supplies and other products in the coming years.

Today we are going to look at the Triton, Raijinteks expandable AIO CPU cooler which has a few tricks up its sleeve. The Raijintek Triton supports all the popular socket types from both Intel and AMD. You can also see that we have a 12v pump, an aluminium radiator and a copper water block, all in the hopes to keep temperatures as low as possible.

The box for the Triton is really nice, it is quite “aggressive” with its font and an excellent picture on the front; it certainly makes it stand out. It has all the information you need about the cooler such as which sockets it fits and some nice pictures showing you what to expect inside.


Inside the box we get a nice bunch of brackets and fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. One of my pet hates with certain manufactures is giving a sachet of thermal paste rather than a syringe. The sachet can only be used once, meaning if you need to re-attach the cooler to upgrade the CPU or anything else, then you will have to purchase more separately, unfortunately Raijintek have opted to give us a sachet. It’s great that they do actually supply some paste, I just prefer to have more than one application.

You might also have noticed the 3 little coloured bottles, we will go into these a little later on, but they certainly make this cooler stand out from the crowd.

The two 120mm fans for the Triton are very simple looking indeed, this is excellent as they will fit almost any system, too many colours can put people off fans if they don’t match the rest of the system, so keeping to black and white is a great idea. The 1000 – 2600 RPM fans should work great with the 240mm radiator as they’re designed to provide a good amount of air pressure.

Raijintek have thought about this product a lot and to make sure you can balance between performance and noise, they have included this excellent little fan controller. When I opened the box I didn’t expect this and I wish I could get a box of these to work with other fans that I use; Such a simple idea makes a huge difference.


Before looking at the pump/rez combo, I want to show you the contact plate for it, this is a rather nice nickel plated copper which will ensure an excellent heat transfer from your processor to the fluid inside the cooler.

Now, let’s get onto this units party trick shall we? a new level of customisation for an AIO. As you can see below, we have a warranty void sticker over a G1/4 thread cap. This is to allow the use of the 3 dyes that are included with the Triton. I have been reliably informed that this sticker is to prevent novice users from opening the system, it will not void your warranty unless signs of misuse or excessive modification are detected, so using the dyes won’t instantly mean you cannot return the product. You will also notice from this picture that the inlet and outlet also have G1/4 threads, this is a very common thread size in custom water cooling, so this will allow you to easily expand the loop.


As you can see Raijintek give you 3 different dyes with their Triton cooler, Red, Yellow and Blue. This allows you to make a range of colours including green, purple, orange and more.


I chose the blue dye, and it is as simple as just adding as much as you like into the available port, less dye will give you a lighter blue, the whole bottle will give you the blue that you will see throughout this review.


With the full bottle we can see a really nice dark blue that really does change the whole look of the cooler; I really do like the idea of these dyes.

Another way that Raijintek make this cooler aesthetically pleasing, is by adding an LED into the CPU block, I can’t honestly say I saw it make too much difference, but I did test this cooler in the day time, after dark, it could change the look completely.

Installation for the Raijintek Triton is very easy, you just add the back plate to the motherboard using the screws and thumb nuts provided, you then add the front plate. Once you have done this, add the thermal paste and just simply attach the cooler to the front plate; simple!

When the cooler is in place there is plenty of space in between the RAM and the Triton meaning you can use RAM with large heat sinks if you like. So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!

CRYORIG H5 Universal CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


CRYORIG is a relatively new name in regards to cooling products and most of you won’t have seen the R1 Ultimate that was released last year. It was quite an impressive product especially as it was their first, however, it wasn’t very common in the UK. Most of the people from CRYORIG have previously worked for other large companies such as Phanteks and Thermalright so they do have a lot of experience even though they only officially founded in 2013. We hope that this experience isn’t wasted and that they bring us some more products that can bring even more competition to the cooling market.

CRYORIG have released two new coolers, the H5 and the H7. We have them both ready for our test bench and the first one we are going to look at is the CRYORIG H5 Universal.

The Box for the CRYORIG H5 is quite simple yet effective, it is a large picture of the cooler against a white background. It is clean, simplistic and a really nice design, it has product information on the sides of the boxes as well as links to their website which is actually very good. It has video tutorials on how to install the cooler as well as everything else you would expect to find.

Inside the outer box, we get this second box that protects the cooler and fan entirely. This is some excellent packaging from CRYORIG and shows how much they want to make sure the customer gets their product in good condition. It’s always nice to see products that are well packaged as if they care enough to pay for the extra, generally they will have the same mentality elsewhere.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. What isn’t shown on our spec below is the socket compatibility. This cooler supports the following sockets – 2011, 1366, 1150, 1155, 1156, 775, FM1/2, AM2+ and AM3+. This means it fits all of the popular sockets that we will see on the current market.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. What is really useful is the really long screwdriver that is at the top of the following picture. This allows you to install the cooler without any problems as you do need to put the cooler through the central holes. This is an excellent idea and it shows that CRYORIG have certainly thought about the end-user.

With the H5 we get a XT140 fan, this is an all-black fan with the CRYORIG logo in the center. It is interesting to see that this fan is 140mm x 140mm x 13mm. Yup, that’s right, its 13mm thick, this means that the overall width of the cooler is kept to less than 100mm meaning it shouldn’t cover any ram slots.

The actual cooler is beautiful, the CRYORIG design department deserve a pat on their backs, it’s gorgeous. It has a range of design features that we will look at in a moment, but as a whole package it just looks amazing. Sleek, clean, simplistic, beautiful; I think you get the picture!

The top of the cooler has a white plastic cover to hide any unsightly heat pipes. This is a nice change from most coolers and actually suits the cooler perfectly, the bottom of the cooler has matching covers to ensure that it looks universal.

Something else worth mentioning is CRYORIGs “Hive Fin” technology, again this looks great, but it is there to increase performance. CRYORIG claim that these fins compress the air making it move through the fins faster and increasing the rate that the heat moves away from the CPU. This is the first time I have seen this kind of technology so it will be interesting to see if it works as they say.

The contact plate for this cooler is nickel-plated copper and this along with the 4 heat pipes will help to ensure the heat is taken from the CPU and moved into the fins and then removed by the fan.

The installation method for this cooler is excellent. It is probably one of the easiest towers I have ever fitted. They use a patent pending “MultiSeg” quick mount system. This consists of a back plate that you add to the motherboard, you then just add 2 mounting bars and screw the 2 mounting screws that are already connected to the cooler into these bars. Below is a picture of the screws connected to the cooler which ensures you won’t lose them and as CRYORIG have included a 15cm screwdriver they are easily accessible; you should have this cooler fitted in minutes.

One of the big issues that people have with large coolers is that they usually overhang RAM slots meaning that you generally have to use low profile RAM. Due to the 13mm fan on this cooler though, there is no such worry, you have plenty of room to use large RAM such as Corsair Dominator Platinum.

So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!

Noctua Launches NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler and NF-A6x25 PWM Fan

Noctua’s colour choice is something that’s always up for debate, but no one can argue that they don’t make great cooling products. They aren’t strangers to cooling solutions for ITX based gaming systems or HTPCs and for just such they’ve just released the new NH-L9x65 low-profile cooler as well as a 4-pin PWM version of their popular NF-A6x25 60mm fan.

The NH-L9x65 is a taller and enhanced version of Noctua’s NH-L9 low-profile cooler. It should fit snuggly into almost any chassis with its 65mm height, which is the same height as a low-profile expansion card. With 65 instead of 37mm height and four instead of two heat-pipes, the NH-L9x65 is more powerful than its smaller siblings yet still retaining the 95 x 95mm footprint. No RAM or PCIe compatibility issues.

“Our NH-L9 coolers have become a default choice for customers seeking premium grade quiet coolers in the sub-40mm class, but with a height of only 37mm, their performance is inevitably limited”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “The new NH-L9x65 provides the increased performance necessary to cool high end CPUs quietly while still offering excellent case and component compatibility.”

The NH-L9x65 comes with the professional SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for both Intel and AMD, Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal compound and a 6 years manufacturer’s warranty. The cooler is currently shipping to resellers and should be available shortly for an MSRP of €44.90 / $52.90.

ITX based systems often lack the ability to mount ordinary 120mm fans and instead have options for 60mm and 80mm fans. The new PWM version of the NF-A6x25 sports Noctua’s custom designed NE-FD1 IC for fully automatic speed control via 4-pin fan headers and comes with a Low-Noise-Adaptor to reduce the maximum speed during PWM control from 3000 to 2300rpm

“With the trend towards highly compact, ITX based builds, 60mm fans are in demand again”, says Mag. Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO), “Since more and more ITX mainboards offer PWM speed control on the case fan header or even multiple PWM headers, we’re now providing a 4-pin PWM version of our popular, award-winning NF-A6x25 model.”

The new SSO2 bearing 60mm NF-A6x25 fan is packed with a full accessory kit and it’s also shipping to resellers now. The MSRP is set to €14.90 / $17.90.

Thanks to Noctua for providing us with this information

be quiet Pure Rock 120mm CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


By now I think everyone will have heard about be quiet! A company that is known to release excellent quality products such as PSUs, CPU coolers, fans and even recently a case. All these products are made with three things in mind – quality, performance and aesthetics. The downside to this is that the products are sometimes expensive, but they have always been most certainly worth it, as they include be quiet! fans, which have proven to be some of the best fans on the market.

Today we are going to look at the be quiet! Pure Rock, a budget 120mm fan CPU cooler for multiple sockets. It will be interesting to see how this product performs as it’s the cheapest cooler I have seen from be quiet! let’s hope that they haven’t compromised on the quality or performance.

The Box for the be quiet! Pure Rock follows the same pattern as all of the other be quiet! products we have seen. It has a very nice black background with some rather nice photos of the product. I like to see a uniform theme between products as it instantly tells you which brand the product is from and what to expect.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards. We can also see that this cooler comes with a be quiet! PURE WINGS 2 120mm fan, which is a 1,500 rpm 12v 4-pin PWM fan, which is very quiet.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. One thing that is missing is a tube or sachet of thermal paste. be quiet! have actually pre applied this to the cooler which for one time application, but if you make a mistake, or want to re-seat the cooler then you are going to have to purchase more thermal paste.

Included with this cooler is also this little spanner, this helps when you are installing the cooler. Using this tool you won’t necessarily need to take the fan off the tower to install which is always good.

As always with be quiet! products you get one of their excellent fans. This is a pure wings 2 and we know from previous experiences with these that they are an excellent balance between cooling and silence.

Now this is where we forget that this is actually a cheap product from be quiet! It looks just as good quality as their high-end, high budget models. I don’t need to say too much more on the aesthetics, pictures say far more than I could ever hope to, they just look beautiful.

The tops of be quiet! coolers are always finished excellently and this one is no exception. I think that having the caps over the 4 heat pipes is an excellent idea. I know be quiet! are not the only company to implement this idea, but they certainly do it well and it adds to the overall quality and finish of the cooler.

The underside is made of CNC machined copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this. You can also see that this cooler has 4 6mm heat pipes to help dissipate the heat.

Installation for the be quiet! Pure Rock couldn’t be easier, you simply add the back plate to the motherboard using the thumb nuts to hold it in place. You then use the same 4 thumb nuts to screw in the brackets for your desired socket type, once this is done you simply add the cooler and use the provided screws and holding plate to secure your cooler.

Once the cooler is fitted, the fan does very slightly go over the top of our RAM. This isn’t much of a problem as with the be quiet! Pure Rock you are able to move the fan to the other side of the cooler, but for those who wish to have it on the same side of the RAM or have motherboards with RAM on both sides of the cooler, then you will need low profile RAM.

So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!

XIGMATEK’s Dark Knight II CPU Cooler Announced

XIGMATEK has announced the imminent launch of the Dark Knight II SD1483 CPU cooler.

The aluminium fin-stack heatsink, available in frosty-white and matte-black, has ceramic-coated fins and heatpipes, which increases heat dissipation, plus a copper base from which 3 8mm heat pipes draw heat to the aluminium heat stack.

The Dark Knight II measures 120mm (W) x 50mm (D) x 159mm (H), with a 140mm XIGMATEK XAF LED fan, offering air-flow of 90.3 CFM, with a maximum noise output of 18dBA.

XIGMATEK is yet to reveal the release date or the price of the Dark Knight II.

Source: TechPowerUp

Gamer Storm Captain 240 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Deepcool was created 20 years ago and have been providing cases, power supplies, coolers and more ever since. With high quality and performance in mind, Deepcool have been a first choice for gamers, modders and overclockers and with such a wide range of products there is something that should suit everyone. Part of the Deepcool product line is the “Gamer Storm” range, as the name suggests this is a range geared towards the gamer with a range of really nice looking products from fans to AIO coolers.

One of the latest additions to the Gamer Storm range is the Captain 240, an AIO Liquid cooling solution that has been made to look good, run quietly and perform well. It is part of a wider range of Captain products, such as the single fan Captain 120 or the triple fan Captain 360. I’m really interested to see how this performs as it is one of the products I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on due to the very unique look.

The Box for the Gamer Storm Captain 240 is simple yet stylish, it has a nice background with some rather funky photos of the product. Unfortunately, our box got slightly damaged in transit, but the product inside is perfectly fine, which shows that not only does the packaging look good, it does its main job and protects the valuable items inside.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards and we can also see that we have a dual radiator and dual 120mm 600 – 2200 RPM PWM fans.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU block and the radiators, there are fittings for both AMD and Intel, you have everything you need to get started and you even have a case badge with the Gamer Storm logo on which is a nice little touch. Something else that is included is a fan hub, allowing you to use 4 PWM fans from 1 fan header. Usually with AIO coolers, you just get a simple Y cable, it’s really refreshing to see that Deepcool are spending a little more on these kind of accessories to give the user the best experience possible when using the Gamer Storm range.


The fans look great, they are a 120mm PWM fan which are built to last, they are dustproof and waterproof and even have a TPE coating which will not only protect the fan but will also dampen vibration between the fan and the radiator. The black and red theme is bright, yet not garish and will look great in many computer builds, especially when using ROG boards. The fan impeller is also detachable which is useful when you want to clean it.

Now, this is where this cooler really stands out for me, the “steam punk” design looks absolutely amazing. I can understand that people will either love it or hate it however as it does only suite a certain taste. The visible fluid adds something that we don’t see often on an AIO and the pump housing looks like some sort of reactor. It would have been nicer to have a darker red fluid, or for it to be less opaque, but then again the subtle tones of the design nicely bring it down from being too “in your face”

The underside is made of 100% copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this.


Installation for the Gamer Storm Captain 240 couldn’t be easier, you simply add the backplate to the motherboard, screw the brackets for your socket type to the pump then use the provided thumb screws to then attach the pump to the motherboard. It really is that simple. As a reviewer I remove the cooler numerous times throughout the testing stage to ensure a fair test, and this system made the whole experience pain-free. There is plenty of space between the CPU block and the RAM, even if we fit the Captain 240 with the tube outlets next to the RAM you still have enough clearance to use RAM with large heat sinks, so you’re certainly not limited to low profile RAM like you are with some standard coolers.


Once fitted and there is power to the cooler it really does stand out from the crowd. The reactor starts to glow red with a pulsating glow. I turned off my lights and watched this for some time as it is almost mesmerizing. It really shows that Gamer Storm had a vision in mind when creating this cooler as it looks superb. this is how it looks from directly above the cooler when the lights are turned off.

Have You Ever Used Nutella as Thermal Paste?

Ever run out of thermal paste and need something immediately? Look no further, Nutella to the rescue! Originally shared by CoolerMaster via their YouTube channel, and in honor of International Nutella Day (celebrated February 6th), this delightful spread works in a pinch! Now of course, this isn’t a completely serious solution, as pointed out by Geek.com, Nutella will eventually dry out which would negate what it’s being used for, but it also contains enough sodium that would cause corrosion at a serious level. As any seasoned PC enthusiast has seen on the web, or experienced first hand, the possibility of new bugs. and we literally mean bugs, might arise, or even worse, a real live mouse. At the end of the day though, it does make for a sweet solution to show off; should smell pretty good too.

Source: Gizmodo

Reeven Justice (RC-1204) CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ID-COOLING Announced IS-VC45 Vapor Chamber SFF CPU Cooler

Cooling SFF and other compact systems isn’t always an easy task and as such it’s great to see ID-COOLING releasing their newly developed Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler for Mini-ITX system, the IS-VC45.

Small form factor PCs get more and more powerful with each generation and along comes the need for better cooling solutions to squeeze out that extra performance and prevent thermal throttling. With a vapor chamber base to draw heat immediately from the processor, the tiny IS-VC45 is able to handle CPUs with TDP up to 130W. And it only measures 94×92×45mm so this cooler can fit into pretty much any mini-ITX systems just as easy as any stock cooler.

The IS-VC45 is built with high-density aluminium fins that are soldered to the vapor chamber base. It comes equipped with a slim 92mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan that has a variable speed between 600 and 2500RPM (14.0-33.0dBA) with PWM function.

The 330gram heavy cooler supports Intel Socket LGA1150/1155/1156 and Socket LGA2011 and comes with metal screws and backplate for secure mounting.

Thanks to ID-COOLING for providing us with this information

Fractal Design Kelvin S24 Expandable AIO CPU Cooler

Introduction


Fractal Design is one of those companies that always make me a little excited. Instantly I think of clean edges, simplistic looks, sleek style and quality. Fractal Design is a Swedish company which look to their Scandinavian roots to create not just quality products, but products that people actually want to look at. Cases such as the Define R5 White are a perfect example of what I mean, it looks great, yet it is also functional. As well as cases, Fractal Design also manufacture power supplies and now AIO water cooling products. The new Kelvin Series has a single, dual and triple fan coolers which all look stunning, but let’s see how they do on our test bench.

The Fractal Design KELVIN S24 box is quite a simplistic in design, yet it does look stylish, this is something that I expect that we will see throughout this review as we look at this product. The box has a nice picture of the product on a black background with a bright blue trim. There is information regarding the radiator and pump on the sides of the box as well as a bit of text from Fractal Design letting us know that the KELVIN S24 is expandable, cools well and is quiet.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards and we can also see that we have a dual radiator and dual 120mm 800-1700 RPM PWM fans.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU block and the radiators, there are fittings for both AMD and Intel, plenty of thermal paste, hex top screws and a hex key so you have everything you need to get started. You also get a fan adapter so that you can split your fan headers, this will allow you to run both fans from your motherboard as well as the pump.

Following the simple, yet stylish design again are the fans; they are a nice simple black and white design that look fantastic when they’re attached to the 240mm radiator. The blade design is simple and there is no branding on the front which means everything is clean and tidy. On the back there’s a little bit of branding and the Fractal Design logo as well as a bit of information about the fan.

Again, keeping it simple, Fractal Design has been able to make a pump and CPU block combo which looks stunning. This is something that I was really impressed with and my pictures just don’t do it justice at all. The Kelvin S24 is powered by an Alphacool DC-LT pump which is slightly worrying, they are renowned for being a little louder, yet they are cheap, powerful and of good quality overall. Using a pump such as this has allowed Fractal Design to make this AIO expandable. They have used standard G1/4 threads on both the radiator and the CPU block/pump, this is the most common thread you will find when doing custom water cooling loops, which means you can add more to the loop, such as a GPU, with ease.

The underside is made of 100% copper as is the radiator, which ensures excellent performance, as well as a little more eye candy.

The tubing on the Kelvin S24 is very soft and bendy so it’s no surprise that they have used an anti-kink coil to ensure that there are no blockages caused by any kinks. I do prefer softer tubing as it allows you to fit the cooler easier and with the addition of the anti-kink coil you shouldn’t run into any major problems when fitting it to cases that don’t allow you a shed load of space.

Installation is very easy, it’s just a case of using the correct bracket, connecting it to the pump using a nice nifty quick connect system and then just screwing it to the back plate that is provided. The fans are easily attached to the radiator with the hex key that is provided, with the screws having a hex top they are lower profile than most radiator screws and again this keeps everything looking very sleek and tidy. It’s nice to see that fractal design have thought about these little details as it does make the difference.

There is plenty of space between the CPU block and the RAM, even if we fit the Kelvin S24 with the fittings next to the RAM you still have enough clearance to use RAM with large heat sinks, so you’re certainly not limited to low profile RAM.