D-Link DXE-820T Dual Port 10Gbase NIC Adapter Review

Introduction


Among our recent upgrade to 10 Gbit networking here in the eTeknix review section wasn’t just the awesome 12-port smart switch that we saw a little while ago, D-Link also supplied me with a DXE-820T dual-port 10 Gbit Ethernet Network card to be able to connect with the switch in full speed. After all, what good does a 10 Gbps switch do when my test rig doesn’t have the same kind of performance.

The D-Link DXE-820T is a dual-port 10 GBASE-T RJ-45 PCI Express high-performance adapter designed for the high-speed PCI Express bus architecture. This adapter offers the increased bandwidth needed in modern environments as well as being a reliable and functional PCI network card. It has been specifically designed to allow throughput at rates up to 40 Gbps, thus eliminating the bottleneck that exists with current 32 and 64-bit PCI bus architectures.

The DXE-820T requires a PCI-E v2 x8 or x16 slot for enough bandwidth, but you don’t need to provide any extra power connectors or other things besides your network cables, naturally. The card is capable of a transmitting distance of up to 100m with Cat 6A or higher in 10 GBASE-T mode and up to 100m with Cat 5 type cables in Gigabit mode. This makes the placement of the switch a lot easier.

The DXE-820T features TCP, UDP, and IP checksum offloading functionality, which transfers the checksum processing tasks from the computer’s own CPU and onto the network card itself. The DXE-820T’s ability to handle the checksum processing means that the CPU’s processing power can be used for other tasks while still achieving 20 Gbps network speeds. It also means that the network card needs some extra cooling in the form of an active fan as well as a passive heatsink.

The adapter also features an onboard screening of 802.1Q VLAN tagged Ethernet frames, allowing you to assign multiple subnets to each server and isolate devices within each VLAN from the rest of the network for better traffic control and security. With support for advanced features such as 802.3x flow control, jumbo frames, and SNMP for network management, the DXE-820T can easily interoperate with your current networking equipment.

With two ports at your disposal, you can increase the network throughput even further than the 10 Gbit per second on each port. With Smart Load BalancingTM, the DXE-820T can configure multiple adapters to work as a team, sharing traffic and ensuring data reliability. This both creates a faster network and provides fault tolerance resulting in a stable and efficient network.

The low profile design allows the deployment in space restricted areas and D-Link also included a low-profile slot cover right away. The card itself is powered by Broadcom’s BCM57810 chip.

The card naturally supports Jumbo Frames for optimized setups and it allows for values up to 9K. The DXE-820T is compatible with all major operating systems with drivers available for both user systems and server systems such as Windows Server 2012 or Solaris 11.

Feature Highlights

  • High-Speed data transmission at rates up to 40Gbps allow for seamless data transfer.
  • 10GBASE-T technology supports distances to 100m over CAT6A or better copper cable.
  • Advanced Features: 802.3x flow control for traffic management, 802.1Q VLAN tagging for increased security, and checksum offloading to reduce CPU processing burden.
  • Bandwidth Management: NIC partitioning enables administrators to manage bandwidth for greater network efficiency.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The DXE-820T NIC card comes in a very neutral box that only really reveals that we have a D-Link product inside. But it’s a network card and it isn’t like you would put the box in the display after installing the card anyway, so simply is good.

We do find a little sticker on the rear of the box that reveals what is inside, the model number along with serial, mac address, and hardware version.

There is both a driver disk and a quick installation manual inside the box, and D-Link also included a low-profile bracket for use in small-form-factor systems. Everything you need to get going with that extra speed.

Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noctua NH-D9L Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Notcua, the PC cooling markets masters of sublime build quality and ultra-quiet performance, are back on eTeknix once again today. I’ll be taking a look at their new NH-D9L cooler, and while it may seem a little small and not particularly special, it’s certainly got a few promising features that I’m looking forward to testing.

Despite the compact design, measuring just 111mm tall! The D9L features a dual tower design, yet still provides perfect clearance for RAM modules, as well as keeping clear of any PCIe expansion cards. It’s small enough to fit in a mini-ITX system build, but for the more professional hardware enthusiast, it’ll be perfect for 3U systems too. Noctua build quality is world-famous, and to support their confidence, the D9L comes with a whopping six-year warranty! That’s confidence in their products right there.

“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-D9L forms a highly compact premium package for space-restricted applications.”

For a quick overview of the coolers features and design, check out this lovely product video from Noctua.

Equipped with support for all major sockets and then some, as well as a form factor that will support a vast amount of system and motherboard configurations, including some server deployments, high-quality build materials and a premium grade fan, this little cooler is already starting to sound quite exciting.

The box is typical Noctua, nicely designed, with a brown and white colour scheme, and technical/performance data plastered on every side of the box.

The box is nicely packaged, with lots of protection around the cooler and a separate box for additional components.

In the component box, you’ll find everything you need to get the cooler installed on all major Intel and AMD socket types. There’s a tube of high-quality thermal paste, extra fan clips and even a screwdriver, which are certainly welcome additions.

Noctua NH-C14S C-Type Premium Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua, one of most respected names in the cooling industry, are back once again with their latest cooler, the NH-C14S. Those of you who follow Noctua products will notice that the name is rather similar to another very popular Noctua cooler, the NH-C14. The new “S” model takes the award-winning design of the original and improves on it, or at least we hope it has! You’ll find a deeper fin stack and an even more efficient NF-A14 PWM fan.

At almost £60, the NH-C14S is certainly one of the most expensive air coolers on the market, but if previous Noctua products are anything to go by, we can expect one the best in terms of build quality, cooling performance and acoustics. So let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this new model has to offer.

Inside the very nicely packaged box, you’ll find absolutely everything you need to get yourself setup and ready to rock. Separate installation guides for each socket type, a collection of high-quality screws and bolts, AMD and Intel support brackets, a backplate, screwdriver, thermal paste, extra fan clips and a funky Noctua sticker.

First impressions of the cooler are certainly positive. It’s quite a large unit, giving it a massive amount of surface area, as well as allowing it to handle that lovely and big 140mm fan; both of which will help improve the cooling capabilities.

The fin stack is pretty tight, and the sides are bent to close them off, allowing the fan to better direct airflow right out the top of the cooler and over the heat pipes more efficiently.

The fan does come pre-installed out of the box, but keep in mind that you’ll be needing to remove it in order to install the cooler. The fan is typical Noctua, with the brown design that we’ve all come to love and/or hate. The fan clips are easy enough to use to mount and remove the cooler, and there’s a second set included should you wish to add another fan to the top side of the cooler.

The base plate is mounted directly below the fan and has a thick metal back section which should help further with cooling capabilities. The mounting screws are pre-fitted and sprung too, which should help greatly with the installation process.

There are seven heat pipes in total, all perfectly aligned to give full coverage of the CPU block, although the 7th comes from the thick metal backing on the top of the contact plate, which will help deal with even more heat.

The contact plate is huge and beautifully finished, which should give a fantastic covering over your CPU of choice.

The end of the cooler is nicely finished too, with a soft finish plate and a small Noctua stamp completing the design.

D-Link DXS-1210-12TC 12-Port 10GBASE-T Switch Review

Introduction


As a review site, we need to keep our testing equipment above or at least on the same level as the hardware that we test in order to provide you with relevant reviews and in that regards we’ve just upgraded our network test are with new 10 Gbps equipment. Among the new devices is the D-Link DXS-1210-12TC 10 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch that I’m taking a closer look at today.

In order to test this switch I need two systems with 10 Gbps capabilities and four CAT7 cables and below you see all but the one network card as that is onboard in one of my test systems. In my opinion, we have been stuck at Gigabit level for way too long and 10 Gigabit Ethernet is slowly starting to make an entry. It is starting to become more affordable which allows SMBs and enthusiasts to enter an area of the market that previously was limited to enterprise and large corporations.

D-Link’s DXS-1210 series is composed of several 10 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switches and they are a cost-effective 10 solution capable of servicing a wide range of network needs in any business. Some of the switches in the series focus primarily on SFP+ connections which aren’t optimal for my test scenario. I still test a lot of normal Gigabit equipment and my switch needs to stay compatible to those. Luckily D-Link also has this one with eight 10GBASE-T RJ45 ports and two 10Gbps SFP+ ports. Additionally, since it has two combo ports for use with either RJ45 or SFP+ connections.

The DXS-1210-12TC uses a default 19″ rack format which makes it easy to deploy in server cases and D-Link also included rubber feet in case you should run in placed on a desk or shelve somewhere. The 10GBASE-T copper ports utilize RJ45 interfaces and support 10 Gigabit speeds over CAT6a/CAT7 LAN cabling for up to 100m. That makes it easy to deploy no matter how far apart your systems are. The 10GbE fiber ports can be connected to other 10GbE ports with low-cost Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables or with SFP+ optical transceivers over multimode or single mode fiber optic cabling.

D-Link made sure that there’s plenty of overhead when it comes to transmission capabilities in the DXS-1210-12TC. It is capable of up to 240Gbps switching capacity, double what is needed, and has a maximum packet forwarding rate of 178.56 Mpps.

A device like this will naturally consume quite a bit of electricity as it has to perform flawlessly at any time and needs the power to do so, but D-Link applied their Green technologies in order to improve on this area without sacrificing operational performance or functionality. The DXS-1210-12TC features smart fans that don’t run at full speed when it isn’t needed, internal heat sensors that monitor and detect temperature changes in order to adjust the fans. The switch can also toggle ports into sleep mode automatically and it is built with hardware parts that in themselves are energy-efficient. The DXS-1210-12TC will still draw between 42.65 watts in standby mode and up to a maximum of 90.81 watts.

Feature wise you’ll find anything you’ll want in a smart switch starting with a complete lineup of L2 features. The DXS-1210-12TC supports port mirroring, Spanning Tree Protocol, and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP). DXS-1210 switches also support Auto Surveillance VLAN (ASV), and Auto Voice VLAN, which are best suited for VoIP and video surveillance deployments. The DSCP markings on Ethernet packets enable different levels of service to be assigned to network traffic. As a result, these voice and video packets take precedence over other packets. In addition, with bandwidth control, network administrators can reserve bandwidth for important functions that require a larger bandwidth or might have high priority.

The DXS-1210 series also features an extensive list of safeguards against traffic flooding and other malicious attacks. It supports 802.1X port and host-based authentication as well as external RADIUS server authentication. It also features Access Control List (ACL) for enhanced network security as well as ARP spoofing prevention. The DHCP server screening feature can also detect rogue DHCP server packets from user ports in order to prevent unauthorized IP assignment.

 

Maintenance is an easy job when it comes to the DXS-1210-12TC smart switch where it also features a few extra functions to make the admins life easier. It includes loopback detection which is used to detect loops created by a specific port and automatically shut down the affected port. There is also a cable diagnostic feature that’s primarily designed to rapidly discover errors and determine a cable’s quality.

The switch has a smart discovery protocol built in which makes it easy to set up and manage through D-Link’s Network Assistant Utility and it will detect all switches within the same L2 network. This allows extensive switch configuration and basic setup of discovered devices, including password changes and firmware upgrades. The switch also supports D-View 7 and Command Line Interface (CLI) through Telnet. D-View 7 is a network management system that allows for the central management of critical network characteristics such as availability, reliability, resilience, and security.

Feature Highlights

  • Green Technology
    • Power saving via the following features: Link Status detection, LED Shut-Off, Port Shut-Off, System Hibernation
  • Security Features
    • Access Control List
    • IP-MAC-Port Binding
    • Clientless MAC/Web access control
    • D-Link Safeguard Engine
    • Port Security
    • ARP Spoofing Prevention
  • Intuitive Management
    • D-Link Network Assistant Utility or Web-based GUI
    • CLI through Telnet
  • Advanced Features
    • Auto Surveillance VLAN
    • Loopback Detection
    • Cable Diagnostics
    • Static Route
    • LLDP/LLDP-MED
    • Auto Voice VLAN

Package and Accessories

Equipment like the D-Link DXS-1210-12TC smart switch doesn’t need a fancy package, it is what is inside that matters.

There is a small sticker in one corner of the box that shows what is inside and the feature highlights.

Inside the box are several leaflets about security and conformity as well as a Getting Started Guide and a Driver and Manual disk.

Included is a mounting system for use as a 19″ rack unit as well as four small rubber feet for those who wish to use it placed on a surface. Screws for the 19″ mounts are included too and so is a cable tie system for the power cord. You wouldn’t want to jank that out by accident.

Naturally there’s also a power cable for the region where you purchased the switch. The switch supports from 110V to 240V, so the only difference here is the plug on one end.

Report Suggests High Pressure CPU Coolers Can Damage Skylake Processors

Intel’s latest architecture requires a new LGA 1151 socket and features an enhanced pin count. Additionally, the CPUs are built on a 14nm manufacturing process. Some of you might remember that Skylake retail samples do not ship with a stock heatsink which raised concerns about temperatures. Thankfully, Skylake is very efficient with improved thermal dissipation. Here we can see the difference in size between Intel’s official Skylake heatsink and the previous generation.

However, according to PCGamesHardware.de, CPU coolers exhibiting high pressure mounts could damage the 1151 socket and Skylake CPUs. One theory suggests this is due to Skylake’s reduced thickness which makes the CPU flex under pressure due to a lack of mechanical stability. Therefore, any cooler which adopts a hefty clamping force is capable of pushing the CPU into the socket and damaging both the motherboard and CPU pins.

This is clearly a very worrying turn of events, and PCGamesHardware contacted a number of cooler manufacturers to see clarification. Here’s is a complete rundown of the replies:

Scythe:

“The company Scythe EU GmbH announces that on several coolers from its portfolio, a change of the mounting system for Skylake / plinth is made ​​1151stAll coolers are in fact generally compatible with Skylake sockets, but it can in some cases result in damage to CPU and motherboard when the PC is exposed to stronger shocks (eg shipping or relocation). To prevent this, the pressure was reduced by an adjustment of the screw set. We will send the new set of screws you also like to charge. Please send your request via email tosupport@scythe.com or use the contact form on our website(http://www.scythe-eu.com/support/technische-anfragen.html).”

Noctua:

“Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems are subjected to prior to the release of new platforms an extensive compatibility testing. It could be determined with reference to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) no problems. Also on the part of our customers and our specialist resellers and system integration partners we have no reports of any problems. Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems access (with the exception of some more compact models of the L-series) for generating the necessary contact pressure on coil springs back, which allow a certain degree of flexibility both in terms of tolerances in the height as well as the case of vibrations or other forces. Compared with conventional spring-less installation systems where pressure is produced exclusively by the deformation of the mounting brackets, so can reduce the mechanical load on the CPU, and motherboard socket and any damage can be prevented by excessive force.”

EKWB:

“All EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy Series CPU Water Blocks – Including the latest -MX and -EVO variants – are fully Complying with Intel Socket imposed H3 (LGA-1151) Mechanical force limitation. The clamping force, created by our PreciseMount spring loaded mounting mechanism, is well within the allowed mechanical limitations. The design of PreciseMount itself Prevents over-tightening and damage to mechnical Possible Either socket or the CPU packaging.

Older generation of (physically) compatible LGA-1151 Water Blocks with classic, undefined clamping ForceType mouting mechanism such as Supreme LTX – requires special attention When attaching the water block. As a result the use of search Waterblocks is not recommended with the LGA-1151 socket CPUs.”

Today, we received a statement from ARCTIC about their CPU cooler range and the effect it has on Skylake CPUs and 1151 motherboards:

ARCTIC:

“With this official statement we would like to assure that ARCTIC coolers are not affected by these problems and thus fully Skylake compatible. All ARCTIC CPU Coolers complies concerning the released sockets with the mechanical specification from Intel. With our coolers there are no problems on Intel CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake) for LGA 1151. Depending on the parcel service drop heights of over 2 m can not be excluded. Therefore we recommend regardless of the CPU used to carefully evaluate the dispatch and the packaging used and to possibly mount larger and heavier CPU coolers by the end user.”

While this is far from ideal and illustrates a major flaw in Intel’s production, cooler manufacturers should be able to complete thorough testing and judge the probability of damage occurring. Thankfully, many have released statements pretty quickly, and it remains to be seen how much force is actually needed to cause damage. Currently, it seems like the issue is only effecting coolers with a very heavy mount point. As a result, there’s no need to panic but this is something which needs clarification from Intel and further research.

Do you use a hefty air cooler or water cooling setup?

Noctua Introduce 24V Industrial Fans

It’s not every day we report about fans, there’s something boring about the parts considering that a huge proportion of PC users have at least one in their system. The technical jargon can get some people to dunk their heads in the sand and plump for the one with the flashiest colour or simply the cheapest price. But for those who are serious about cooling and the longevity of the high-performance parts inside the case, high-quality fans are a must!

Noctua is probably the biggest name in air cooling, producing some of the most iconic fans in dreadful colours and today it announced four new offerings into the IndustrialPPC line up, all in 24V variety.

“The launch of our industrialPPC line has allowed us to expand our base of industrial clients as we’re now able to provide solutions for highly challenging environments and to meet much higher demands as far as airflow and pressure performance are concerned”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “Since many of our industrial clients work with 24V, we’re now offering extra versions for 24V applications.”

Even though the fans have been designed for 24V Industrial applications, they run at a maximum of 3000RPM in 24V and 1700RPM in 12V. They can be lowered further by the use of PWM, so if you really wanted to spend the 29.90€ price tag, you won’t have to worry about noise or trying to figure out how to power these bad boys.

If the price tag wasn’t enough to put you off, take a look at the product pages below.

NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM

NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM

NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM

NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM

Noctua is 10 Years Old Today!

Noctua has revolutionized the cooling industry over the last 10 years and won over 6000 award from leading hardware websites. Their no-compromise approach helped to create iconic coolers such as the Noctua NH-D14. This flagship model reigned supreme for many years and still competes with today’s closed-loop liquid coolers.

On another note, the company’s wide range of fans are constructed from years of research and development while offering the consumer an unrivaled 6 year warranty.  Whether you’re after the ultra fast industrialPPC models or cheaper Redux fans, anything with the Noctua brand oozes quality. The company’s CEO discussed their 10 year anniversary and said:

“Our products have come a long way since we launched our first cooler in 2005 and our first fan in 2006, but we’re still driven by the same passion to create the best quiet cooling solutions money can buy.”

“It makes us proud that there are still a lot of people out there who use Noctua coolers that are eight, nine or ten years old and who have updated the mounting kit several times in order to make them compatible with the latest hardware,”

“I think this is a great example of what we are trying to achieve when we strive to combine premium quality products with premium quality service!”

“Fan technology has seen significant progress since the very first NF-S12, but it’s a great testimony to its design and the reliability of our SSO bearings that there are still thousands of them being used today. It’s our methods that have evolved since the development of the first S12, not our goals,”  

“While our current fan developments are infinitely more complex and elaborate than 10 years ago, even our most ambitious project of introducing fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation is still following the same idea of continuously pushing the envelope in performance-to-noise efficiency.”

“Last but not least, we would like to use this anniversary as an opportunity to say thank you to our loyal customers,”  

“We’re proud that we have managed to win the hearts of so many enthusiast users around the world over the last 10 years and we’ll be honoured to keep supplying you with state-of-the-art quiet cooling equipment for the decade to come!”

This is a momentous occasion and we want to thank everything Noctua has done for the PC cooling industry. Without their expertise and attention-to-detail, the quality of fans might not be what they are today. Furthermore, I’m fascinated to see what products they have in store throughout the next 10 years.

ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-2T8R (Intel C612) mATX Server Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging


The motherboard that I am taking a look at today is a little bit special as it is considered to be the first mATX motherboard featuring Intel Xeon E5 V3 series with LGA 2011-3 single socket. The ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-2T8R isn’t just a rarely seen form factor in this category, it also packs a huge punch and plenty of features such as quad-channel DDR4 memory support, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet, dedicated IPMI, and native support for up to 16 storage drives.

Just because you decide to create a motherboard in the mATX form factor as ASRock Rack did here, doesn’t mean that you can’t add plenty of features to it. It’s all about using the available space properly. You get a total of eight SATA3 ports that are powered by the Intel C612 chipset and on top of that you get another eight SAS3 12Gbps ports thanks to the added LSI 3008 RAID controller. If that isn’t enough for you already, then you have plenty of possibilities to expand that with two PCIe Gen3 x16 and one PCIe Gen3 x8 slot.

The networking is a little bit special on this board as it comes with dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet thanks to the Intel X540 network controller. These ports are still RJ45 and backward compatible with normal RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet components. The ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-2T8R also features a dedicated IPMI 2.0 connection based on a Realtek RTL8211E controller that allows you to manage all your servers from a single connection, locally or remotely.

Four DDR4 DIMM slots with quad-channel support allows you to use this motherboard for memory-hungry applications and while the QVR list only has up to 16GB modules so far, you should also be able to use 32GB modules in this motherboard and get up to 128GB memory to support Intel’s latest Xeon E5 processors.

Overall, with the high performance processor, storage, and network all together in a mATX motherboard, the EPC612D4U-2T8R is perfect for the compact storage solution such as mid-range servers, web 2.0 storage servers, and other warm data servers. It also fits snugly into ASRock Rack’s previous released storage solution 1U12L-C612D4U, and currently has EPC612D4U, EPC612D4U-2T, EPC612D4U-8R and EPC612D4U-2T8R for customers’ selection.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers homepage and are as such subject to change in possible future revisions.

Key Features

There is always something that sets each and every motherboard apart for the rest, sometimes it’s in features and other times it is the software. On this motherboard, it is most likely the Network and storage capabilities as well as the form factor.

  • UATX 9.6”x9.6”
  • Single Socket LGA 2011 R3 Intel Xeon processor E5-1600/2600 v3 series
  • Supports Quad channel DDR4 2133/1866 RDIMM/LR DIMM/NV DIMM, 4 slots
  • Support 8 SATA3 by C612 and by 8 SAS3 LSI 3008
  • Supports 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x 8
  • ASPEED 2400. Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and Dedicated LAN (RTL8211E)
  • Supports Intel Dual 10GLAN by Intel X540

Packaging and Accessories

A server motherboard doesn’t need to come in a fancy box with flashy images and slogans, and that is why we don’t get that here. The EPC612D4U-2T8R comes in a simple black box with a little graphic and basic keywords.

The rear of the box doesn’t provide much more information either, but it will tell you a little bit about ASRock Rack as a company.

I really like that ASRock Rack also packed the motherboard properly like seen below. It provides that extra bit of protection during the transport from factory to end-customer over a motherboard that’s just loosely packed into a cardboard box.

Besides the motherboard itself, you’ll find an IO Shield, driver disk, and manual along with six SATA3 cables inside the box. It is nice to see a printed manual come along as it will help a lot with the basic task of finding the headers and pins you need to set it up.

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.

Supermicro X10SDV-F Xeon D-1540 SoC Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging


The motherboard I’m taking a look at today is a little something special. It is a tiny board yet it packs a punch that is worthy of a large right hook. The Supermicro X10SDV-F is a Mini-ITX motherboard with an onboard Intel Xeon D-1540 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor and lot of other goodies to go along with it. The Intel Xeon D-1540 is an octa-core processor with sixteen threads. It runs at 2GHz with a boost of up to 2.6.GHz. You will also need a lot of RAM to go along with that kind of CPU and that isn’t any problem for this tiny Supermicro board. It supports up to 128GB DDR4 memory with its 4 DIMM slots. You also get six high-speed SATA3 ports, a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, a full speed PCIe Gen3 x16 slot and two Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. The bigger brother of this board is called the X10SDV-TLN4F which also features two integrated 10 Gigabit Intel Ethernet ports for those that need even more connectivity from a tiny board. Further, you get two USB 3.0 connectors on the rear I/O while USB 2.0 is provided via two headers. The remote management with a dedicated Realtek Ethernet port and built-in Aspeed graphics solution for maintenance and setup is another great feature and one that shouldn’t be missing on a server-grade motherboard.

There isn’t much you won’t find here. You can also choose whether you want to power it via a standard 24-pin power header or rather use 12V connectors depending on your power supply options. With a thermal design of just 45 watts TDP, the CPU can be passively cooled, but it is recommended that you cool the chassis properly.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers homepage and are as such subject to change in possible future revisions.

Key Features

There is always something that sets each and every motherboard apart for the rest, sometimes it’s in features and other times it is the software. On this motherboard, it is most likely the SoC and up to 128GB DDR4 memory support in this form factor.

  • mITX
  • Intel Xeon D-1540 SoC with 45W TDP
  • Up to 128GB DDR4 ECC Memory
  • ATX and 12V Dual power abilities and low power consumption
  • Dedicated IPMI Remote Management and SuperDoctor 5
  • 6 SATA3 ports, M.2 slot, USB 3.0 on-board, Dual Intel i350-AM2 Gigabit LAN
  • PCI-E gen3 x16 slot

Packaging and Accessories

As reviewers we don’t always get the retail package on these products as we simply don’t need them and the companies wish to get the products to us as fast as possible for review. In this case, I got the motherboard in a simple OEM box without any accessories. Normally however the motherboard includes two 57.5 cm flat SATA cables and a standard I/O shield.

Gigabyte MU70-SU0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging


Intel’s C612 chipset brought along a lot of improvements for the workstation and server platform, not just support for Haswell-EP Xeon E5 processors, but also DDR4 memory support at full speed. Today I’m taking a look at one of Gigabyte’s many great server solutions and while most people aren’t that familiar with Gigabyte’s server-side of things, I can assure you that it is a quite impressive line-up. This is the first time we’ve taken a look at a server motherboard, and while we’ve analysed workstation type boards, you will see us opening up our site to a lot more content revolving around servers, their components and everything in between. With that in mind, I’m pleased to start our new server motherboard review section off with a feature packed, small but mighty motherboard from Gigabyte; the MU70-SU0.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers homepage and are as such subject to change in possible future revisions.

Key Features

There is always something that sets each and every motherboard apart for the rest, sometimes it’s in features and other times it is the software. On this motherboard, it is most likely the 12 RAM slots that you can run at full speed at the same time.

  • Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 V3 & E5-2600 V3 product families
  • 12 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 4 x GbE LAN port (Intel I210)
  • 9 x SATA III 6Gb/s
  • 1 x mSATA slot
  • 1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0 headers
  • 1 x internal USB 3.0 port
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller

Packaging and Accessories

The box follows a very simple design and is perfect for the market it’s aimed at. There is no need for fancy artwork like we’re used to on consumer motherboards.

The rear of the box gives a little detail about 3 key points that are important to a board of this caliber including reliability, availability, and serviceability. These are all major factors for any IT admin needing a reliable product with quality components that is easy to set up and maintain.

Latest Noctua Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Noctua has come out swinging at this year’s event. They’ve brought along their latest and greatest products, as well as a range of new and upcoming products.

Many of their existing products are quite popular, but as Noctua look to promote their new hardware, they’ve moved their old lines to the Redux category, which means they’ll keep manufacturing them and they’ll even be cheaper!

Their new prototype fan is particularly special, obviously it promises greatly improved performance, but look how tight those fan blades are from the frame! Virtually no space is wasted.

Their new U-type coolers, which will feature the new prototype fans once they are complete, now feature 6 heat pipes instead of five, improved layout for 100% ram compatibility in single fan mode, increased surface area of 50% for 120mm and 30% for 140mm and more improvements.

Here’s something cool, ANC fans! The fans use a small PCB at the back of the fan, as well as a microphone and a small magnet that can oscillate the fan blades like a speaker. This reduces the noise you can hear from the fan. There’s still a lot of development to be done, and the fans will no doubt be expensive, but the concept alone is pretty awesome.

Tired of that brown finish? How about some custom colour corners.

Skylake mounting kits, already available free of charge from Noctua!

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.

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

Noctua Presents Three New 92mm CPU Coolers

Noctua has announced three new 92mm premium class CPU coolers. The new NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models while the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three new models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve the best and most quiet cooling performance.

The NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heat pipes provides an even better cooling performance than the previous generation and at the same time improves compatibility. The NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX variants.

The NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U are basically the same cooler and only variate in the supplied mounting system. They feature 4 heat pipes but have the same footprint as the NH-U9S. with a height of just 100mm thanks to the integrated fan mount, these new coolers are fully 3U compliant as well as ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor (SFF) cases that have an airflow path parallel to the motherboard.

All three new CPU coolers are backed by a 6-year warranty and come with Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal compound included. The shipping to retailers and shops has started, so availability should be now or very soon. The MSRP is set to €54.90/$59.90 for the NH-U9S, €49.90/$56.90 for the NH-D9L while the NH-D9DX i4 3U will set you back €56.90/$59.90

Thanks to Noctua for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Noctua

Noctua NH-D15 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua are one of the best CPU cooler manufacturers around, their CPU coolers have pushed air cooling to new highs over the last few years and most importantly, their NH-D14 was and still is one of the best on the market. The rule generally goes that if something isn’t broken, it doesn’t need fixing, but the NH-D14 is getting a little older now and the competition from companies like be quiet! and Thermaltake (to name but a few) means that Noctua have to do something to stay relevant. The NH-D15 is based on the NH-D14 design, but brings with a it a few tweaks and improvements that Noctua hope will help them compete with many of the newer rival products.

Noctua are a premium brand, and as a consequence, their products are often quite expensive. Price around £75 the NH-D15 costs about the same as most mid range AIO water coolers, many of which offer some pretty incredible performance figures in terms of CPU cooling and overall acoustic performance, so there is no doubt in my mind that the NH-D15 has got its work cut out. That being said, there may be a lot of benefits to water cooling, but the same is true of air cooling, not forgetting that fact that there are still those loyal to air cooling, or that are too afraid to dabble with liquid cooling. On top of all that, not all chassis have room for a radiator, so it will be very interesting indeed to see how the NH-D15 stacks up against its air and water cooled rivals, especially within such a premium price bracket.

All major socket types are supported, the only tricky part being that this cooler is pretty large, clocking in at 165mm tall with the fans mounted and a weight of up to 1320g should you have all the fans installed, so you best check your chassis has clearance or you may not get your side panel back in place.

The packaging is nicely design and features a quick run down of the major features on the front, as well as the full technical specifications down the right side (see above)

In the box you’ll find even more boxes, as every component is neatly packaged and protected.

In the Intel mounting box you’ll find a back plate with screws pre-fitted, two support bars, some spacers, screws and bolts, as well as a pair of easy to follow installation guides.

The AMD box contains a few screws and two support bars.

The main components box has some high quality thermal grease, rubber fan mounting pegs, four fan mounting screws, a Y-split fan cable, two low speed fan power adaptor cables, two fan mounting clips, a Noctua chassis sticker and finally an L shaped screw driver.

The both of the included fans are typical Noctua, with their unique blend of brown and cream colours. Both fans measure 140mm and features rubber and vibration mounts and a 4-pin PWM braided cable.

I can’t say I’m a fan (no pun intended) of this colour scheme, but perhaps Noctua will release a revised edition that includes their new black and grey fans.

Noctua Reveal Their New NH-D15 Elite-Class CPU Cooler

This week sees the legendary Noctua return to form with the introduction of their new flagship CPU cooler, the NH-D15. Built on the basis of the legendary NH-D14 which took the industry by storm, the new cooler looks set to tweak and improve on almost every aspect of its older brother.

“Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heatsinks”, explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we’re not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we’re proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14.”

Noctua’s NH-D14 has received more than 350 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines, making it one of the most successful premium heatsinks ever built. With its expanded layout and dual NF-A15 fans, the NH-D15 further improves the D14’s much acclaimed quiet cooling performance. Of course the real test here will be when we get our hands on one and put it through its paces, but Noctua have rarely disappointed in the past, so we’re expecting great things from the D15.

Compared to the NH-D14, the NH-D15’s fin-stack has been widened from 140 to 150mm and its heatpipes are now spaced further apart, which allows for a more uniform heat distribution over a larger surface area and thus contributes to the NH-D15’s superior efficiency. Thanks to its recessed lower fins, the NH-D15 provides 64mm clearance for tall memory heatsinks in single fan mode, making it compatible with most high end RAM modules on the market. The NF-A15 premium fans supplied with the NH-D15 support PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation. 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-D15 forms a complete premium quality solution that represents a deluxe choice for overclockers and silent-enthusiasts alike.

The NH-D15 will be available by mid-April at suggested retail prices of EUR 89.90 / USD 99.90.

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Thank you Noctua for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Noctua.

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler Review

It has been a long time coming, but finally the king has graced us with its presence! The Noctua NH-D14 was released back on November 2nd 2009 and it has been the benchmark for high performance air coolers ever since that day. Despite that we’ve never actually gotten around to producing a review of this amazing cooler. So I asked Noctua if they could provide us with one and they duly delivered. With us pushing forward and testing so many CPU coolers it is easy to get lost in the mountain of numbers but what easier way to make it through than with some Noctua NH-D14 results as a signpost.

You may be thinking, this review is a bit late, isn’t it kind of pointless? Well not really I’d say. Firstly we are reviewing the NH-D14 SE2011, or the “Special Edition”. This was released back on November 2nd 2011 – exactly two years after the original Noctua NH-D14 came to market making it around 18 months old. The changes are minimal but it brings LGA 2011 support and some improved fans. Nonetheless the NH-D14 has never been more relevant for high performance CPU cooling and to this day it still probably outsells every other dual tower CPU cooler on the market. That said I think you’ll agree that it’s about time we gave the Noctua NH-D14 a thorough going over to show you why most enthusiasts regard this as the best air CPU cooler on the market. And let’s face it with the NH-D14 selling by the boatload, with Noctua struggling to produce them fast enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it last for at least a few more years before a successor is introduced.

Furthermore if that hasn’t made you excited enough then we’ve also opted to add a third fan, an NF-F12, and see how the NH-D14 performs under triple fan testing!

PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 Passive Graphics Card With 120mm & 140mm Fan Review

Passively cooled components are becoming ever more in demand these days as people are looking for quiet solutions that are still high performance. Recently we took a look at one of those as we reviewed Powercolor’s HD 7850 SCS3 passively cooled graphics card and if you haven’t already seen that then we encourage you to check that review out here. However, we had some feedback about the product with readers and Powercolor themselves enquiring whether we could test it with fans to show how effective the heatsink design really is. Today we are going to do exactly that as we put the PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 through its “thermal paces” in passive mode, with a 120mm fan and with a 140mm fan.

We will be using a Prolimatech Vortex 12 Blue LED Fan at 1200RPM for the 120mm fan test and a Noctua NF-A14 ULN fan at 800RPM for the 140mm fan test. This way we have high performance fans but tamed at an RPM that most users would still find very quiet or near-silent which is what you will really want if you’ve bought a passive graphics card and just want to give it a little extra “helping hand” with airflow.

But without any further ado let us proceed and take a look at the temperature and noise results!

Computex: Noctua Developing 200mm, 90mm and 80mm A Series Fans

Noctua’s A-Series fans are known for their excellent cooling performance and trademark Noctua acoustic performance and they include the NF-A15 PWMNF-A14 PWMNF-A14 FLXNF-A14 ULNNF-A9x14 PWMNF-A6x25 FLX and the NF-A4x10 FLX. At Computex Noctua have revealed plans to extend the A-Series to three new sizes; 80mm, 90mm and 200mm.

All three fans feature the same key features of the Noctua A-Series such as the Flow Acceleration Channels, AAO-Frame, inner surface microstructures, stepped inlet design, integrated anti-vibration pads and the high quality SS02 fan motor bearing.

As far as I am aware the yellow “colour” is just because these are prototype designs that have yet to be finished so I am sure they will still come in the trademark Noctua brown and beige. Noctua didn’t announce availability but hopefully they will be arriving by the end of the year.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Detail Project Redux, Coming Q4 2013

At Computex Noctua told us about “Project Redux” although they didn’t actually disclose that much information.  They told us it will bring Noctua fans in “streamlined, accessibly priced packages”. Whether that means they are developing a new range of cheaper fans, a range of different colours, a range of new sizes…who knows. The demo fan they used for “Project Redux” definitely wasn’t following the traditional Noctua design and it appears to drop some features like the anti-vibration rubber pads, the brown/beige colour scheme and stepped inlet design in favour of a lower cost design. Certainly cheaper fans that drop a few features are going to be a welcome change from Noctua’s normally premium price point.

Obviously Project Redux  is to do with fans but what do you think Noctua’s Project Redux is going to be about?

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Display Industrial Fans And They Are Black!

At Computex Noctua have been showing off something quite different, that is Noctua Industrial fans. Typically we’ve seen Noctua cater for both the enthusiast market and the enterprise market. On the enthusiast side we have a whole selection of fans and CPU coolers like the NF-A15 PWM and NH-D14 and then on the enterprise side we have products like the NH-U12DO A3 and the NH-U9DX i4. Yet these enterprise products from Noctua look very much like the consumer products but with some marginal tweaks. Now Noctua are taking another step forward with their Industrial fans which are purpose built industrial products.

Noctua’s new industrial fans will come in 120mm and 140mm sizes and feature 2000+ RPM designed for heavy duty industrial applications and professional uses. They are constructed from rugged fibre-glass reinforced polyamid and have IP52 class water and dust protection. Noctua are also offering up to IP66 and UL certification on request. Noctua have told us these fans will be available in Q1 of 2014. I myself find this design looks pretty awesome, maybe on the consumer side this is the start of black fans from Noctua? Who knows.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Show 92mm D-Type CPU Cooler

If there’s one thing Noctua haven’t really catered for yet, its high performance CPU coolers that are relatively small. Noctua make a lot of low profile CPU coolers (such as the NH-L9i, NH-L12 and so on) and then larger performance orientated CPU coolers (such as the NH-U12S, NH-U14S and so on) yet there is nothing in between, although both their low profile and high performance options do great for their respective sizes.

At Computex Noctua are showing us something that looks set to fill this gap, the 92mm D-type CPU cooler prototype. As the name clearly suggests it uses a 92mm/90mm fan for cooling and features a full mini-ITX compatible 95 by 95mm footprint. The heatsink design appears to be loosely based off the NH-D14 heatsink except smaller. On mini-ITX systems this CPU cooler will not intrude on PCI Express lanes or RAM slots. Currently the model is in prototype but I am hopeful we may see it by the end of the year.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Unveil 65mm L-Type Low Profile Cooler

If the Noctua NH-L9 series of CPU coolers was just too small for your needs at 37mm then you’re in luck because Noctua are releasing essentially what is a bigger version for those people where space is still an issue but you’d got a bit more room than 37mm and would like a bit more performance as a result. At Computex Noctua have showed us the 65mm low profile L-Type CPU cooler which is just 65mm high. It is 95mm by 95mm wide and so offers 100% RAM Compatibility and PCI Express card compatibility on mini-ITX motherboards.

It is great that Noctua have foreseen the main use of their product as they design it to ensure compatibility. The include fan is a NF-A9x14 PWM fan. Noctua did not announce a release date as this design is still a prototype but hopefully we will be seeing it soon because with Haswell mini-ITX is only going to get more popular.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Revises NH-L9i and L9a Design Compatibility

Noctua’s NH-L9 series of CPU coolers includes the NH-L9i and NH-L9a with one targeted at AMD sockets and the other at Intel. We’ve actually reviewed the NH-L9i and found it to be an excellent CPU cooler for the form factor.

At Computex Noctua have been showing us their design revisions to these CPU coolers. At just 37mm you can see why there is a need to maximise design compatibility as space is of the essence. Both the L9a and L9i versions have been revised. The Noctua NH-L9a has been revised to include an alternate mounting kit for those AMD motherboards which don’t follow AMD specifications. We actually already detailed this revision here a while back. The next revision, for the NH-L9i, involves Noctua modifying the heatsink to provide more clearance for tall capacitors as a select handful of motherboards had capacitors too high for the previous design.

Any current users of the NH-L9a can get the free mounting kit upgrade if they are using a non-compatible motherboard on the old mounting system.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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Computex: Noctua Show 140mm D-Type Cooler Coming In Q4

The NH-D14 has long been the benchmark by which premium air CPU coolers have been measured. Yet we have seen very little from Noctua in the way of improvements or redesigns of the Noctua NH-D14 in years. Now they are finally addressing this with something of an ND-D14 successor. The 140mm D-Type CPU Cooler is based on the NH-D14 heatsink design but has been modified to have a widened fin stack and expanded heatpipe layout. Furthermore the fans have been upgraded to a pair of the rather epic NF-A15 PWM fans, which we have reviewed here.

The fins have also been recessed to allow for full RAM compatibility in single fan mode, that is without the front fan. That said you could probably take the front fan and move it to the rear so that you are still taking advantage of it. Noctua have told us this new CPU cooler is scheduled for Q4 of this year, that’s October onward, so look out for this one as I am sure we will have a launch review ready for you guys.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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