Arctic Announces Freezer i11 CO CPU Cooler

Arctic is one of the most respected manufacturers of CPU coolers in the industry and provides astonishing products at a ridiculously low price point. Many consumers ditch their processor’s stock cooler for a higher end alternative due to the improved thermal dissipation and lower noise levels. Even at the CPU’s stock frequency, its beneficial to purchase a slightly better cooling solution. Clearly, you don’t want to go overboard though because modern CPUs such as Intel’s latest Skylake architecture are efficient at stock values. Arctic’s Freezer 7 Pro and Freezer 13 offer an astonishing price to performance ratio and rival products at a significantly higher cost. At around £15-25, both units are a great choice for the average consumer wanting to upgrade their system’s hardware.

Today, Arctic unveiled the Freezer i11 CO CPU cooler designed for 24/7 operation and provides up to 150 watts of cooling capacity. Not only that, the product is equipped with a premium Japanese dual ball bearing fan which reduces rotational friction and is significantly less sensitive to dust and high temperatures. When compared to standard models, the bundled fan lasts five times longer!

On another note, the 92mm PWM fan is more efficient due to fluidic analysis. In basic terms, this means the fan offers greater cooling performance at reduced noise levels. As you can see, the product has three direct copper heatpipes to ensure heat can easily dissipate fast to the fins. The cooler also features a very easy to setup and versatile mounting apparatus which enhances the user-experience. The mounting system is transport-proof which prevents any damage from occurring once your system is being moved. This is pretty important due to the advent of flexing on Skylake processors. The bundle comes with a tube of MX-4 thermal paste to apply a few re-applications.

Available now, the i11 CO CPU Cooler is priced at GBP £25.99 (incl. VAT).

Fortis 3 Malik Customs Edition CPU Cooler Officially Launched

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

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

Key features: 

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

Tech specs:

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



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


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

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

Thermalright Unveils “Macho Direct” CPU Cooler

The advent of affordable closed liquid cooling solutions has made many system builders switch from traditional air cooling to sealed loops. However, air cooling is generally cheaper, more reliable and significantly quieter compared to the Asetek competition. Clearly, many consumers dismiss them on the basis of aesthetics, but their price to performance ratio is difficult to beat! Thermalright has just announced their latest air cooling product which adopts a very unusual, if fairly comical name. The Macho Direct is the company’s first Heatpipe Direct Touch cooler and should provide great performance on a budget. 

The cooler also utilizes a unique aluminium fin design to reduce air resistance and maximize airflow. Additionally, the small gaps counteract the accumulation of air between the cooling fins to help with cooling performance. On another note, the concave formed heat pipes cool the CPU very effectively especially when you consider the product’s design. In terms of dimensions, the Macho Direct is 4 mm lower than the Macho Rev. B. This makes it possible to mount the Macho Direct in tighter cases where space is limited. At the same time, the weight of the Macho Direct with a fan mounted is reduced by 820g.

A TY 140 Black PWM-fan is included with the cooler. The fan is equipped with a low-wearing “Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing”. Thanks to the very low starting speed of just 300 rpm and the maximum speed of only 1,300 rpm, the black fan runs very silently at 15 – 21 dB(a) and is almost inaudible while running.  The Macho Direct will be sold exclusively by the Mindfactory AG in Germany with an MSRP is 36.99 Euro, incl. 19% VAT.

ID-Cooling Launches Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler

ID-Cooling has announced the Hunter VC-Twin CPU cooler which adopts a D-Shape dual fin-stack design and features twin thermal-grade anti-oxidation coated aluminium fin stacks. The heat is dissipated by five 8mm thick copper heatpipes which work alongside a vapor-chamber plate. This makes direct contact with the CPU and helps to reduce load temperatures. 

The cooler is bundled with two fans, a 120mm intake and 140mm conveyor which sits between the fin-stacks. Both fans are capable of PWM control to alter the RPM values. The 120mm operates between 800-1800 RPM and produces 60.7 CFM with a noise output range of 16.2-29.92 dBA. Additionally, the 140mm fan spins between 800-1600 RPM and reaches a maximum airflow of 76.8 CFM. In terms of noise, the 140mm fan ranges between 16.8-32.6 dBA. On this default setup, the maximum fan noise could become quite loud but should offer an excellent level of performance. Thankfully, PWM control allows you to alter the values to your individual taste.

When it comes to dimensions, the cooler measures a total of 123 mm x 153 mm x 160 mm (LxWxH) and weighs 1418g. The product supports every modern CPU socket on the market including LGA2011v3, LGA115x, AM3+ and FM2+. From an aesthetics standpoint, the cooler’s black heatsink and red accents on the fans look absolutely stunning. When combined with a traditional black and red gaming theme, the end result is superb.

Sadly, ID-Cooling hasn’t released a retail price yet, but we will certainly keep you updated when this information arises.

Silverstone Unveils Tundra Lite Series Closed Loop Liquid CPU Coolers

Silverstone has launched its latest update to the Tundra all-in-one liquid cooling series. The Tundra Lite or TD-Lite comes in two variants, a compact 120mm model and dual fan, 240mm version. Both units feature a 0.2mm micro-channel water block design which allows for enhanced heat dissipation. This is accompanied by a large 100% copper base which features an attractive blue LED indicator. The tubing is constructed from rubber and has a thick diameter to improve reliability and add flexibility. As you might expect the radiator is aluminium based and not copper to reduce production costs.

Each product is fully compatible with pretty much every socket on the planet including LGA775, 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-v3, AMD2, AMD3, FM1 and FM2. The bundled fans look remarkably similar to the highly regarded FQ121 but operate an RPM of 1500-2500. In terms of specifications, the fans are powered by a 4 pin PWM, hit a peak airflow of 92.5CFM whilst maintaining an acoustical noise of 18-35 dBA. When it comes to static pressure, the fans are capable of 3.5mm/H20. From the press release, it’s difficult to say what the exact fan structure is but it looks like a Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) SKU. 

Silverstone have assured me that the TD02-Lite and TD03-Lite will be in stock on the 13th July. The recommend end-user price which is subject to change and retailer margins is $64.50 and $83.44 excluding VAT. Notice term used there is VAT and not tax which is rather strange. VAT should apply to the UK region and perhaps it was a miscommunication in the press release and simply meant sales tax. Nevertheless, I’m surprised Silverstone has launched another water cooling revision considering the TD02-E and TD03-E are still relatively new. Perhaps the Lite refers to a new budget line and designed to take on the Rajintek Triton and other coolers around the £70 price point.

Scythe Introduces Ninja 4 CPU Cooler

Cooling expert Scythe announces the official successor of Ninja 3 Rev. B CPU Cooler; the Ninja 4. It comes with some major technical innovations, mainly the increased cooling performance while incredibly shaving 180grams off the product weight.

“Ninja 4 stays true to the core concept of the Ninja series, by keeping focus on passive and semi-passive cooling capabilities of the tower-cooler. To further underline this core concept, a new fan with additional features has been introduced. The GlideStream 120 PWM fan has been equipped with a special fan controller, allowing users to switch between three different fan speed ranges. Low mode has been tuned for extremely silent operation, where PWM control range varies from 300 to 800 RPM at virtually inaudible noise levels from 4,0 to 12,5 dBA. Medium mode suits most user purposes, as it covers a wider range from 300 to 1,150 RPM and offers the best performance to silence ratio. The last mode has been implemented for users seeking more performance, since it offers the maximum fan speed range starting at 300 and ending at 1,500 RPM. Supplied GlideStream 120 PWM fan has great influence on the Ninja 4 design in addition, thanks to its grey fan blades and black fan-frame.

Scythe has made modifications to the structural design of the Ninja 4, where total of six 6-mm copper heatpipes are aligned in one layer inside the copper base-plate. Both the base-plate and heatpipes have been nickel-plated in addition. Thanks to this setup and further adjustments, total weight has successfully been reduced by 175 grams to 905 grams, while increasing the overall performance at the same time. Users seeking further improvement of performance or silence are able to mount another 120 mm case fan thanks to the second supplied set of fan clips.

Ninja 4 utilizes the back-plate based Hyper Precision Mounting System (H.P.M.S) for firm mounting and easy installation procedure. The socket compatibility list features AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+ from AMD as well as sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011 and 2011-v3 from Intel. All mounting clips, one screwdriver, two sets of fan clips as well as thermal grease and a manual are supplied with the Ninja 4 CPU Cooler.”

The Scythe Ninja 4 is available as of today with a MSRP of 37.50€ ex. TAX.

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

Mushkin Announced New Ridgeback Heatsink Design

Most manufacturers just adapted their old and proven heatsink design to their new DDR 4 memory, but not so Mushkin. They have created the new and elegant looking Ridgeback heatsink for the Blackline and Redline memory modules.

The new heatsinks are cut from aircraft-grade aluminium and each module is hand tested and validated on motherboards from all major manufacturers. The Ridgeback DDR4 modules naturally feature XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup with Intel X99 platforms and the latest Core i7 processors.

Seen below is the current Redline design that while being efficient, isn’t the most beautiful to look at. The new design is a welcome addition to otherwise great memory modules.

The new Ridgeback DDR4 modules are officially scheduled to launch within Q1 2015.

Thanks to Muskin for providing us with this information

Cryorig Unviels Their Massive H5 Universal Tower Heatsink

Cryorig has unveiled its latest cooling solution, the H5 Universal tower heatsink, boasting the Hive Fin design that allows for turbulence reduction of airflow, as well as the Jet Fin Acceleration used for faster hot air exhaust.

The manufacturer states that the H5, which is similar to the high-class R1 Universal, will be equipped with Cryorig’s XT140 slim profile fan for zero ram interference on Intel and AMD platforms and fits perfectly in the mainstream range of cooling solutions.

The H5 Universal tower heatsink uses the XL Surface Area, having its surface area extended to the back, achieving the best cooling ration compared to other dual-tower coolers and heatsinks. Also, with a height of just 160 mm, it is stated that the cooling solution will fit perfectly into almost any mainstream PC chassis rig.

Four pure copper heatpipes having 6 mm in diameter form the heatsink, while the nickel-plated baseplate consists out of pure solid copper and uses the Heatpipe Convex-Align technology which focus the heatpipes on the center of the CPU.

Cryorig is said to be introducing the industry’s first step-by-step video guide, helping users easily install their cooling solution correctly and effortlessly. The animated guide is said to be separated into individual steps for easy viewing and access, allowing users to watch and repeat each step as required. The guide is said to also be available for mobile devices through Cryorig’s website.

The H5 Universal tower heatsink is said to be released in August in Asia and September in North America and Europe, having Cryorig stating a €34,00 / $46,99 recommended price tag for the cooling solution.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Guru3D

Galaxy Launches 6 GB Variant of its GeForce GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has just launched another NVIDIA variant of GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame graphics card, bearing the GF-GTX780-E6GHD/SOC model name, featuring the company’s white PCB signature and performance-oriented cooling solution.

In terms of specifications, the card comes with 6 GB if memory, having the rest be similar to the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition released in July last year. The 6 GB variant also comes with a big factory overclock, having the core GPU clocked at 1019 MHz compared to the original variant clocked at 863 MHz and its boost speed capped at 1071 MHz compared to 928 MHz from its predecessor.

The GDDR5 memory apparent has been left untouched, having it clocked at 6008 MHz as the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF. Other aspects of the 6 GB GTX 780 HOF variant include the 28 nm GK110 silicon architecture, offering 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384-bit memory interface. The graphics card also features a 10-phase VRM, drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The graphics card is said to feature a dual-BIOS configuration as well, having the toggle switch located near the I/O bracket. The card offers four display outputs, having two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one Display Port configuration, while its cooling solution features a Hybrid Vapor Chamber which directs heat to a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the help of four nickel-palter copper heat pipes. The heatsink is then ventilated by a pair of 90mm fans, having the base-plate with heatsink fins cooling the VRM and memory.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Silverstone Argon Series AR04 Ultra Low Profile CPU Cooler Review


While we have a lot of love for huge, powerful and overclocked gaming rigs here at eTeknix, it’s not always the best way to approach each system build. Sometimes you need to wind back the scale of your system and go for something compact and sleek, and that’s where products like the Silverstone AR04 comes into play. Designed for ultra-low profile chassis designs, the AR04 is ideal for compact builds such as HTPCs , integrated systems used for advertising, NAS builds and even low-power office systems. There are many reasons why you may need a slim chassis or suffer an internal height restriction, especially on M-ITX Slim motherboards and it’s for these systems that Silverstone have designed the AR04.

Silverstone have proven time and time again that they know how to make a great products, and while I’m not expecting this to be anything incredible, I’ll still be looking for the same attention to detail that we’re used to seeing from Silverstone. This cooler being built to a design that is small and compact will no doubt impact its cooling performance, as it’s tiny and has a tiny fan, so it’s hardly going to blow us away in terms of performance. Of course it wasn’t designed for heavy overclocking, it was designed to get the job done where space is limited, so as long as the performance is reasonable, we could have a great value product on our hands.

The Argon series cooler stands at just 23mm tall, features two direct contact 6mm heat-pipes, a custom 80mm fan and is suitable for Intel LGA1150, LGA1156 and LGA1155 CPU’s up to 65w. Currently the cooler will set you back around £29.99 and that means it is a little more expensive that other slim Silverstone coolers, but this one is just that little bit slimmer than most others.

It comes in a compact box which details the main specifications (see above) and that it is suitable for Intel Thin Mini-ITX boards, DH61AGL & DQ77KB.

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.


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:

BeQuiet Product Updates At CeBIT 2013

We have a sit down with Aaron from BeQuiet to see what’s new in their product lineup. Three new items are on show this time round with a non-modular PSU, entry level fan and new heatsink.

Following the trend that was set last year, we can only sit and have a beer with Aaron during the busy day as he takes us through the new items that are on show in the Planet Reseller at CeBIT.