ASRock E3V5 WS (Intel C232) Super Alloy Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging


Today’s motherboard review lands right in the middle of everything. Not because it’s all over the place, but because it has a lot of usage scenarios and support for pretty much any setup. You could use ASRock’s E5V5 WS motherboard in a gaming system as well as in a server setup as both of those setups are fully supported, but its real area of operation is to act as the base for a powerful workstation.

The ASRock E5V5 WS uses an LGA 1151 socket and the board is compatible with both E3-1200 v5 processors such as the one I’ll be using later on in this review, but it also supports normal 6th Generation Intel Core processors – so basically the entire Skylake and Skylake-S line-up. As backbone behind the CPU that you end up using is the Intel C232 chipset that is perfectly tuned for workstation environments and a motherboard like this. Memory wise you can use normal DDR4 DIMMs as well as ECC UDIMM memory modules with a speed of up to 2133 MHz in the four DIMM slots with 15μ gold contacts for a total of up to 64GB RAM.

The gold contacts in the memory slots aren’t the only quality feature in this motherboard. The E3V5 WS motherboard is part of ASRock’s Super Alloy series and comes with premium 50A power chokes and is made of a high-density glass fabric PCB. It also features ASRock’s full spike protection that protects from sudden surges, lightning, and electrostatic discharges (ESD).

The network connection isn’t controlled by the average low-performance controller either and we find an Intel PHY i219LM controller on this motherboard. The Gigabit Ethernet controller supports Wake-On-LAN, supports 802.3az energy efficient ethernet and PXE. The Ethernet controller is one of the parts that is protected by the Full Spike Protection. The second part with protection is the USB. The ASRock E35 WS features two USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel and you can connect another four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports via headers. All of these are protected by the ASRock Full Spike Protection. The audio is also protected by this and we find a 7.1 channel HD Audio controller, the Realtek ALC892. It features Blu-ray audio support and uses ELNA solid audio capacitors. Last but not least, you also find legacy PS2 connectors for both your mouse and keyboard.

 

Internally we find good expansion options too. Since we are dealing with an Intel-based motherboard, we also get IRST for RAID setups across the six SATA3 6 Gb/s connectors. Supported modes include the normal RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 modes.

There are two PCIe Gen3 x16 slots that support both Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro workstation graphics cards as well as consumer graphics cards. There is also full support for the use of AMD’s CrossfireX technology for multiple graphics card usage. As I mentioned earlier, you can make a great workstation with this motherboard. There are three more PCIe Gen3 x1 slots available for further expansion and neither of them will be blocked by the use of two-slot graphics cards. Even with a CrossfireX setup, you’ll still have access to the three x1 slots.

Quality hardware and components are just one side of the story, we also need a good BIOS and proper software to have the best experinece. The E3V5 WS comes with both of those features too. The UEFI BIOS has the easy EZ mode dashboard besides the advanced setup pages, which contains multiple readings of the system’s current status. You can check the most crucial information of your system, such as CPU speed, DRAM frequency, SATA information, fan speed, etc.

Even better, you can reach the tech support purely from the systems BIOS, as long as the system has an internet connection. You can also install LAN drivers onto your windows installation directly from the BIOS.

The ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) technology allows you to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet access at specified times for your kids. Stay in control of their surfing times without yelling. This probably isn’t the most used function in a workstation system, but it could be used to shut down any connection attempts outside of office hours. Another useful feature is the USB Key function that can replace the password question when you log into windows. Do it by plugging a USB drive in instead.

The well-known ASRock XFast RAM and XFast LAN are also built into this motherboard. The XFast RAM feature allows you to fully utilize the memory space that otherwise can’t be accessed in 32-bit systems, among others. XFast LAN is a quality of service protocol that prioritizes the important traffic so you don’t have to wait for loading times. ASRock Live Update and APP Shop also help to make the maintenance easier.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers product page and can as such be subject to changes in future revisions of the product.

Key Features:

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Server-Grade LAN chip support
  • Supports the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 Processor & 6th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
  • Supports DDR4 2133 & ECC UDIMM memory modules
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 and 3 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3 and 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit, 8.1 64-bit, 7 32-bit, 7 64-bit, Server 2012 R2 64-bit, Server 2012 64-bit, and Server 2008 R2 64-bit support

Packaging and Accessories

A quality motherboard also deserves a great look package, and the E3V5 WS got that. The front makes no secret about the boards power.

On the rear of the box, you will find a detailed photo of the motherboard itself as well as feature highlights and specifications.

Inside the box is a user manual, a driver disk, two SATA cables, and an IO shield besides the motherboard itself.

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!

Gelid Zentree USB Charging Station Review

Introduction


As our lives increasingly revolve around portable and mobile devices – smartphones, tablets, wearables, and handheld gaming – so our homes become invaded by a tangle of accompanying cables. Thankfully, most devices – even with a proprietary connector on one end – are USB compatible, encouraging the rise of USB charging stations that can centralise the power needs of your many devices.

Unlike many other USB charging stations on the market, though, the Zentree from Gelid Solutions not only provides a single hub into which you can plug up to four devices, but also a series of nubs – the 3D Tree Array – covered by a removable green silicone rubber top, into which you can neatly stack your devices while they charge.

While the 3D Tree Array is the Zentree’s most visible identifier, the station’s real selling point is its Smart IC chip, which auto-negotiates the best power output for each device that is connected to it, and cuts off power to a device once its battery is full. Gelid boasts that the Zentree can charge four iPad Pros simultaneously in the same time it would take to charge one using the proprietary cable.

The Zentree has been specifically tested using Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch, a wide range of Android smartphones and tablets, plus the Pebble smartwatch, various Bluetooth headsets, and portable power banks. The kit includes four USB-to-Micro-USB cables, but any USB cable can be plugged into the four ports.

“Zentree provides a carefully designed docking surface, 3D Tree Array, which supports multiple gadgets of different sizes: iPhones, iPads, androids, tablets, phablets, smartwatches or really any other USB device. The top is made of a soft silicone rubber, it protects your smartphones and tablets from scratches and slip-off. The Smart IC, a core part of Zentree Charger Unit, auto-negotiates the best output charging power for your gadgets and ensures truly safe multi-device charging.” – Gelid.

Specifications

  • 4 Ports
  • 4A per Port
  • 48W total Power Output
  • Active Mode Efficiency: >87%
  • Dimensions (l)x(w)x(h): 224mm x 159mm x 95mm
  • Idle Power Consumption: 0.04W
  • Weight: 590g
  • Smart IC for Safe and Efficient Charging
  • Smart IC Auto-negotiates Best Charging Current for Your Device
  • Smart IC Auto Cuts Off Power when Battery is Full
  • Supports iPhones, iPads, Androids, Tablets, Phablets or Really any other USB Device
  • Individual Surge-protection
  • 3-Dimensional Tree Array
  • Non-scratching
  • Anti-slip
  • Seamless Cable Management
  • Eco-friendly Materials

Tested Devices

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Poweradd Pilot X7 power bank

Packaging and Accessories

Our review sample of the Gelid Zentree arrived in a plain, unbranded box.

Upon opening the box – revealing the Zentree’s bright green 3D Tree Array poking out of the packaging – I must admit that I was a little daunted, having no idea what the product looked like before I began the review process.

The Zentree includes an IEC C8 power cable, four USB-to-Micro USB cables, and two hooks with adhesive pads on the back. I was happy to find that the USB cables are flat, which is great for preventing tangles.

Gelid Launches GC-Pro Thermal Compound

Thermal compound is at the heart of every system, connecting those hard working parts to their cooling solutions in the best possible way. Gelid has just launched their newest thermal compound called the GC-Pro.

The Gelid GC-Pro thermal compound (TC-GC-PRO-A) is made from the purest thermal conducting materials and should offer outstanding thermal properties. The structure is produced on the nano-scale to make it fine enough to fill the smallest spaces more effectively than conventional materials. This in return should provide a more uniform thermal contact with enhanced heat transfer properties.

The GC-Pro thermal compound is created for professionals that want the best-in-class performance for the CPU, GPU, or chipset heatsinks. The compound is non-electrical conductive, non-corrosive, non-curing, non-flammable, and non-toxic and it also comes with a Gelid applicator.

Gelid GC-Pro thermal compound has a density of 2.8 g/cm3 and the tube comes with 5g content. The thermal conductivity is rated to 7W/mK and it has a viscosity of 170000. The new Gelid thermal compound should be available now for an MSRP of $6.99 USD or €6.20 Euro.

Is thermal compound important to you and which is your prefered one? Or do you simply use whatever comes with the CPU cooler you ordered? Let us know in the comments.

GELID Unveils Antarctica CPU Cooler

As part of the GELID Solutions GAMER product line, the new Antarctica cooler was designed to provide exceptional cooling performance for both Intel and AMD CPUs with a TDP of up to 220W. The cooler features a 3D optimized heatsink and 5 power heat pipes complemented by aluminum fins with improved proofing and a smaller heatsink with a copper core. All of these elements work together to ensure incredible heat transfer from the CPU to the heatsinks, both of which were made using software simulation and precise calculations.

The cooler is perfectly capable of functioning properly even with low-speed, silent fans. The heatsink is accompanied by a silent 140mm fan that boasts intelligent GELID Pulse Width Module technology. The fan’s speed ranges between 450 and 1500 RPM, and even though this speed changes dynamically depending on cooling needs, the fan always remains silent. The cooler can also receive a second fan, in which case its performance can increase even further. The package includes mounting clips for AMD CPU sockets such as AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 and FM2, as well as for Intel’s LGA 775, 1366, 1155, 1156, 1150 and 1151.

Co-founder and Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd, Gebhard Scherrer, had a few words to say about the GELID Antarctica CPU cooler:

“Our Antarctica CPU Cooler is a silent heat-killer. It’s forged to fulfill the requirements of the picky gaming enthusiasts and professional users. Perfectly balanced high performance, silent operation and multi-system compatibility, all the features many users have dreamed about now come true with the Antarctica.”

The cooler is available for purchase right now and costs €37.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of GELID.

Thermal Grizzly Thermal Paste Vs 6 Major Brands Review

Introduction


Finding the right thermal paste for your system is no easy task, as there are quite a lot of brands out there and from my experience, one person says “X is better than Y” the other says “Y is better than X”. In all honesty, pretty much any thermal paste on the market will likely be “enough” or give you reasonable performance, but that’s not what we’re looking to find out today. When it comes to squeezing every drop of performance out of your system, a few degrees can be the difference between a failed or a successful overclock. It can also be the difference between your PWM fans running in low or high RPM mode and a whole host of other factors.

We’ve been told that Thermal Grizzly was to up and coming king of the thermal paste market, and I’ve been a loyal user of the mighty Gelid GC Extreme for a long time now, so I’m eager to see if this new kid on the block can really perform better. Although, if it’s just as good as Gelid, I will not be disappointed. Putting one thermal paste head to head with another wouldn’t make for an interesting review though, so I’ve picked up some other popular favourites, from budget friendly to the premium choices; let’s find out which one is king!

Thermal Grizzly Kryonaugt

The newest thermal paste brand on our list and also one of the most expensive, clocking in at £15.95 for 11.1g. This brand is targeted at the enthusiast/overclocking crowd.

Akasa Pro-Grade 460

Akasa is a common choice for a lot of system builders and with just 3.5g in the tube and an average price of £6, it’s still expensive, but appeals to those building a few systems or for maintaining their own.

Noctua NT-H1

Notcua is known for their high-end engineering and their NT-H1 thermal paste has proven many times before that I can offer exceptional performance. It’s obviously targeted at the high-end and enthusiast market and will cost you around £7-10 for a small 3.5g tube.

Gelid GC Extreme

The popular choice for enthusiast overclockers around the world, Gelid is highly regarded for being able to deliver lower temps with their GC Extreme. You can pick up a smaller 3,5g tube for around £8 and a 10g mini-tub for about £22, making it noticeably more expensive than Thermal Grizzly.

Arctic Silver 5

This is one of the go-to brands of thermal paste for many system builders, it’s not “the best” but it’s still very good and has been on the market for many years. More often than not, you can pick up a 3,5g tube of this for just £5, making it very appealing to a lot of people.

EK Ectotherm

This one is new to me, I have heard of it, but I’ve never used it. It’s surprisingly affordable and will set you back about £5 for a 5g tub, making it a very attractive option and EK have a rock solid reputation in the cooling industry already.

Artic MX-4

Another budget friendly option from the legendary Arctic, costing just £6 for a 4G tube and much like Arctic Silver, it has long been a popular choice for system builders.

So there’s the competitors, a nice range of budget friendly options from a wide range of manufacturers,  some new, some old, some that have been around longer than time its self. There’s going to be some interesting competition here in terms of performance and prices, so there’s only one thing left to do, let’s fire this up on our eTeknix test bench and see who takes first place!

Gelid Launched Low Cost and Low Profile 1U Intel CPU cooler

Cooling is an important factor in compact builds such as SFF and 1U rack mounted systems, but it’s something that can be tricky at times. You either get something that isn’t very effective or you get something that is loud.

Gelid has just launched their newest cooler, the Polar, and it is designed for just this. It is a low-profile CPU cooler compatible with Intel’s LGA 1150, 1155, and 1156 sockets. The tiny cooler supports Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 processors with a TDP up to 65W.

The heatsink height is just 27mm, so it will fit almost any chassis and the fan is inserted into it and won’t take up any extra space. Speaking of the fan, it is a 75mm fan and it features an intelligent PWM Fan Control and has an RPM between 1400 and 2000. It is a silent ball bearing fan and it can push an air flow of 29.6/50.3 CFM/CMH.

The width and length are both 92mm so it shouldn’t interfere with any other components such as RAM or PCIe slots, nor power or fan connectors. The noise level is rated between 16 and 28.9 dBa.

It is rated for 50 thousand hours of lifetime and is backed by a five-year warranty. Best of all, the suggested retail price is just $14 USD or €12 Euro.

 

GELID Launches Slim Silence CPU Cooler for AM1

 

Just because you have a low-power AMD AM1 CPU doesn’t mean you don’t want it to be properly cooled, especially if it’s built into a tight space like 1U rack enclosure. GELID Solutions has the solution for this with their new low-profile Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler.

The Slim Silence AM1 cooler comes with a silent 70mm ball-bearing fan that provides a high airflow and has an intelligent PWM controller which only provides the additional air flow when it is really necessary. It measures just 26mm in height, which in return makes it perfect for any slim chassis with limited space.

Sound isn’t usually a thing people worry about when building rack computers, but since this cooler is just as suited for tiny SFF cases it would be great if it wasn’t too loud. And it isn’t thanks to the PWM fan. The sound levels are rated between 15 and 27.7 dBa depending on spinning speed.

“If you are looking for an AM1 aftermarket cooler we have it with PWM too“, said Gebhard Scherrer Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

The Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler comes backed by a five-year warranty and is really cheap at that. If you built a budget system on an AM1 platform, you don’t want to blow the build budget out of proportions with a pricy aftermarket cooler. The new Slim Silent AM1 cooler is available now and has an MSRP of just $11.00 in the US and €8.65 in Europe.

Thanks to GELID for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of GELID

GELID Launches Tranquillo Rev. 3 CPU Cooler

GELID Solutions has launched their newest CPU cooler, the Tranquillo Rev. 3. Well, as the name suggests it’s not really a new cooler but rather a revision. The predecessor scored great in reviews around the internet when it was released and our cooling editor had great things to say about it; now it is time for an update to make it even better.

“Our bestselling CPU Cooler gets an update. Both the heatsink and the fan have evolved and now you can even mount 2 fans to the heatsink“, said Gebhard Scherrer co-founder and Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd

One thing that wasn’t well liked on the Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU cooler, was the fact that it only allowed you to mount one fan on it. The option for a push-pull configuration was missing back then, but that is one of the things that GELID has fixed with the third revision. It uses the same 4 power heat pipes as its predecessor but the constellation has been updated and optimized to prevent potential conflicts from components on the latest motherboards. It will also allow for four-directional mounting on AMD sockets now with the new AMD clip.

The fan has been updated as well and it uses a hydro dynamic bearing silent 120mm fan with the intelligent GELID PWM (Pulse Width Module) control. This prevents the clicking noise which was caused by the PWM IC in the previous fan. The fan blades have been optimized as well and it runs at a speed between 750 and 1500 RPM to give a great air flow. The noise-level is rated to 12-26.5 dBa, that essentially is noiseless.

The Tranquillo Rev.3 comes with a tube of GC-2 thermal compound included and has mounting clips for AMD and Intel 775, 1366, 1155, 1156 sockets. It is backed by a 5-year warranty and is available now for a MSRP of $39,00 in the US or €29,00 in Europe.

Thank you GELID for supplying us with these information

Images courtesy of GELID

Gelid SpeedTouch 6 Fan Controller Review

Introduction


Gelid are one of the leading names in the cooling market, so much so that we extensively use their Gelid Extreme thermal paste in all of our CPU cooler benchmarks for a good reason; as do many other people around the world. Gelid do much more than create thermal paste however, and today we have the Gelid SpeedTouch 6 fan controller at our disposal. The SpeedTouch 6 is designed for those who want to get a better command on their system performance, allowing you to tweak fan levels for maximum cooling performance or minimum noise, while also monitoring internal temperatures of your system components; something that can prove vital for overclocking and maintaining a stable system.

There are a fair few fan controllers on the market, so it can be quite tricky to find one that is suitable for your build. That being said, they’re often quite similar and a lot of the time it can simply boil down to aesthetic choices when you pick your fan controller. The Gelid SpeedTouch 6 does promise nice aesthetics thanks to a back-lit touch screen panel, but it’s also well equipped in general as it comes with long cables, six fan connectors, six temperature sensors and aluminium construction.

The packaging is straight forward enough, just a simple shot of the product on the front and the specifications dotted around the side and back.

In the box you’ll find all of the components needed to get the controller up and running. There are four screws for mounting the unit in an optical bay, as well as all your power cables, fan cables and thermal probes.

Gelid SnowStorm CPU Cooler Released

Gelid are one of the biggest names in the cooling industry, their thermal pastes are some of the most popular among the enthusiast and overclocking communities, and their CPU coolers have often offered good performance for reasonable prices. Their latest cooler might not help you set any new benchmarking world records, but its compact heatsink design, which features three power heatpipes and a 92mm fan with PWM, will help keep your computer cool and quiet.

The SnowStorm CPU cooler has been designed with a unique fin architecture, which Gelid claim will distribute airflow equally around the heatsink. It features three direct touch heat pipes, which promise “unexpected cooling performance” and the PWM fan control is said to offer silent operation at low CPU temperatures.

Obviously not the greatest CPU cooler in the world, but for just 21 EUR and backed up with a 5 year warranty, the SnowStorm is looking like a great product for those on a tighter budget and I’m eager to find out how it performs in benchmarks, as Gelid coolers have proven reliable in the past.

Thank you Gelid for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gelid.

iSeries i49 Quiet PC Stand

iSeries i49 Quiet PC Stand


Insomnia i49: There are many regular attendees to Multiplay’s gaming festivals, both on the gamers front, but also in the exhibition hall. QuietPC is just one of the many regular vendors to show off some of the latest hardware on the market and their primary focus as the name suggests is on components the give the best acoustic performance there is.

Around the Satnd Skippy and his team have setup four systems each with a different cooling solution, ranging from silent fan assisted heatsinks, to closed loop water cooling systems and also fully passive heatsinks that can handle a TDP of 95W from Zalman.

Alongside the four systems there is also a select range of peripherals on show as well as some other cooling solutions.

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Stay tuned as we bring you more action from across the weekend, including a closer look at each of the stands in the exhibition hall as well as a look around the event. Also be sure to head over to our i49 live gallery where you can keep up to date with all the action as we see it: http://www.eteknix.com/insomnia-i49-summer-2013-live-gallery/

Gelid Slim Hero Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

Gelid Solutions are a company who’s products we review on a regular basis. They make some of the best value for money CPU coolers on the market, a great selection of fans to suit a wide variety of needs and probably the best thermal paste on the market – GC Extreme. Today we have something very innovative, if not majorly exciting, nonetheless it still fills an important market segment. The Gelid Slim Hero is a low profile CPU cooler that is aimed at the space constrained end user, the HTPC owner and someone who is also on a tight budget, wants good bang for their buck and likes a reasonably silent system too.

You can see the full specifications of the Gelid Slim Hero here on the Gelid website, but the basic jist of the design is four 6mm heatpipes, a slim 120mm PWM fan and a total height of just 59mm. The Gelid Hero is going up against other low profile CPU coolers like the SilverStone NT06 Pro and the Noctua NH-L12 that we have already reviewed here at eTeknix. Anyone that follows our reviews on a regular basis may also be interested to know we have a review of another low profile CPU cooler coming up soon, the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 – so stay tuned for that.

Anyway, back on topic, and the Gelid Slim Hero is going to be supporting all modern sockets except LGA 2011. In most circumstances this CPU cooler is going to be ideal for cooling low heat processors like Core i5 and Core i3 processors from the Sandy and Ivy Bridge generations. On the AMD side this CPU cooler would also be perfect for FM1 and FM2 APU powered HTPC and small form factor systems. What’s nice to see is that even though this is a budget conscious product, Gelid are still offering a 5 year warranty and include a tube of high quality GC2 thermal paste to help you get the most out of this unit.

Gelid Slim Silence A-Plus Low Profile (1U Server) CPU Cooler

Today we are taking a look at a CPU cooler that is very different to the types of CPU coolers we normally look at. We are examining the Gelid Slim Silence A-Plus. This is an ultra compact CPU cooler designed for AMD sockets AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2 that has been designed specifically for small form factor uses. The Slim Silence A Plus comes in at just 28mm high meaning it is perfect for 1U servers where the maximum total height per shelf is 44.45 mm which also includes the motherboard and RAM. It is difficult for us to test this up against many competitors because we know of very few – even the Noctua NH-L9a at 38mm high is too high for a 1U server. Despite this we will still be comparing this against the AMD reference stock cooler that is roughly 60mm high to get a grasp on what kind of performance the Gelid Slim Silence A-Plus offers.

This is only going to be a “quick review” so without any further ado let’s move on to the rest of the review.

Gelid Slim 12 UV and PL Blue 120mm Fan Review

When it comes to 120mm fans, we’ve all become used to the norm – which is that fans compete on noise level, cooling performance and aesthetics. However, today we have something quite innovative from Gelid. We have the Slim 12 UV Blue and Slim 12 PL Blue fans. Both are reduced width fans measuring in at 15.8mm instead of 25mm allowing for greater compatibility. The big question that most of you will want to know is does a thinner fan mean less performance? This is something will will now go on and answer for you in this review.

You can find the full specifications and details of each fan using the below links and images:

Gelid’s Slim 12 UV Blue and Slim 12 PL Blue fans both come identically packaged except with different names and details on the boxes as well as different specifications on the back, of which you can see the Gelid Slim 12 UV Blue packaging below.