We test and review the CoolIT ALC Vantage. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. No need to full em up, nope .. seat them, secure them activate them and you are good to roll. The latest model comes with a LCD screen that enables user-selectable control profiles with a display capable of 6 colors and 4 orientation settings. The Vantage A.L.C. provides good performance, reliability and a great feature set. Read article
It has been a topic of much discussion, the liquid metal based LMX CPU cooler from Danamics. With actual liquid metal inside a heatpipe loop, which is circulated by a electromagnetic pump creating flow inside the CPU cooler, touching the aluminum heat fins which are armed with two fans to quickly and easily get rid of heat. Stuff from the future? Hmm, nope... we test the real thing. Read article
A short while ago CoolIT introduced their ALC ECO. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. They looks nice and performs adequately as well. It almost sounds too good to be true at 75 USD right ? Well, CoolIT certainly will make an impression with the ECO as this article will show you. Read article
Zalman also took note of the global crisis and is very aware of the fact that not everybody can spend 80 EUR on a CPU cooler these days. With that in mind the went back to the drawing board, trying to uphold the quality standards their other cooler have, then came up with a new design, stripped away the more flashy and gimmicky items and bingo, a new child was born, a more budget-minded version of the say CNPS 10X Extreme, the Performa. But is it any good ? Read article
The Cogage Arrow is a CPU heatpipe based cooler hints very much towards the IFX-14 but has been reshaped and modeled in the form of an arrow. Next to that we see a clever mounting system and heaps and heaps of space to use any kind of fan on there, including 140mm fans, if you desire to do so of course. And before you get confused, Cogage is a daughter brand of Thermalright. Let's find out how well it performs. Read article
We review the Thermalright Venomous-X CPU cooler. A cooler with great looks, excellent performance and some very clever innovations. A cooler that is compatible with Intel LGA sockets 775, 1156, and 1366. The cooler is ready for the upcoming Nehalem Gulftown based processors (six-core) and also comes with something new, called the 'Pressure Vault Bracket', allowing you to decide how much pressure the cooler should have on top of that expensive processor of yours. Read article
Zalman recently released a new series of CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System ) heatpipe based coolers. The new 10X coolers include five nice big heatpipes being cooled by a grotesque120mm fan. The PWM Fan comes with RPM Control which allows you to fine tune the cooler to your specific cooling requirements. And all that in a nice design and not too huge (in dimension) sized cooler. We will put two out of the three to the test namely the CNPS10X Extreme and CNPS10X Quiet. Both coolers impressed us a lot. Read article
It is called the Noctua NH-D14 premium cooler -- but as I like to call it ... the Big Ben. Noctua had to go back to the drawing board and came up with the NH-D14 premium CPU cooler. It is a six heatpipe dual radiator design to improve both cooling performance and noise levels. Obviously what catches the eyes is that dual radiator uneven design with a 140mm fan sitting smack down in the middle of the cooler.
Time change, progress is made and anno Q4 2009 it's time for Gelid Solutions to release their second mid-range consumer level CPU cooler. Their latest creation comes in the form of a tower cooler called Tranquillo -- as in tranquilizer we suspect. Read article
The collaboration of Asetek and Corsair resulted in a product called the Hydro Series H50, a liquid CPU cooler. A simple to install all-in-one kit that has good looks, decent performance, is not noisy... and remains affordable. This kit is 100% enclosed, doing away with the need for refilling or messy coolants being a danger to your computer's internal parts.
There aren't that many companies out there that offer liquid cooling products which you can purchase separately. There's a handful of them. One of them is the German based Alphacool. Recently they introduced a new CPU block called the Alphacool HF 38 Niagara. This new water-block is designed for Socket 1366 processor, aka Nehalem aka Core i7. A high-end liquid cooling CPU block priced fairly. Let's check it out. Read article
Cooling is a pretty hot topic, and as such we'll be testing the latest CPU cooler from Titan. The Titan Fenrir is another mainstream heatpipe based cooler and a pretty reasonable one also, 17dBA operation, 160W thermal load, universal socket support, PWM function, four 8mm heat pipes, and a 12cm fan. Oy not bad .. let's check it out to see where it stands in terms of price versus performance. Read article
Today another new cooler sees the light, Well new ... It's actually the Hyper 212 cooler we reviewed a long time ago that is being updated. The updated 212 is now called the Hyper 212 Plus and it will be Cooler Masters first of many LGA1156 and LGA1156/1366 compatible coolers to come. Again we spot DHT as in Direct contact heat-pipes, dual fan cooling options and new PWM fans are now included into this cooler design. Overall, it has become a new cooler completely, but is it any good ?
We test the new CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler. Though the cooler will not be high-end performance wise, it can still manage the latest Core 2 Duo and Quad processors really well, and sure, overclocked as well. This new TX3 also supports the upcoming Core i5 processors from Intel based on Socket LGA 1156. Typically this would not be a massively interesting release of course, however... with a sales price of only 14.95 EUR/USD let's face it... the dynamic certainly changes for the better. Read article
Though the new Hyper N520 CPU Cooler is in all respects in the basis a heatpipe cooler like many others, it is unique. You'll spot a lot of aluminum convection fins mounted to no less than 5 6mm copper heatpipes. To top that off Cooler Master engineered the product with not one but two 92mm cooling fans in mind. This way they could keep the CPU cooler design a little smaller, yet create a lot of airflow. The end result is pretty interesting looking and performing end product, though not the most silent model it cools quite well and is tagged with a very decent price. Read article
We test the Gladiator MAX CPU cooler from OCZ. The Gladiator MAX I based off the same principle as the Vendetta series, the Gladiator Max uses the same method of copper heat pipes, by making the heat pipes contact the CPU directly, that's dubbed HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch). Read article
Here we test the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid. An all aluminium high design chassis with built in liquid cooling and software controllable fans and pump. The RA X10 series is next to being a efficient and aesthetically pleasing chassis also very hip in terms of innovation. See, the X10 series has what Ikonik calls a SIM module. The "SIM" version offers the System Intelligent Management PCB and functionality along with a full compliment of case fans. The stuff that makes your toes curls really. Read article
Recently Zalman introduced the CNPS 9900 LED fan. An all new heatpipe based cooler with not one, but two heatsinks. The fun part is, it just looks really extraordinary as in-between the two heatsinks, an actual LED lit 120mm ventilator is located. Yes The cooler has been split down the middle, moved away from each other to make room for that fan integrated into the center of the heatsink. Read article
In this article we test the Alphacool NexXxoS XP HIGHFLOW Core i7 CPU water block. We will apply a nearly passive water-cooling kit to it and observe installation and temperatures. Since we could take a Core i7 965 processor up towards an overclock of 4 GHz we'd say this ia a very succesful product from the guys over at Alphacool. Read article
A single self contained water-cooling based unit, that is very easy to install, looks downright sexy and even performs quite adequate as well. It almost sounds to good to be true at 79 USD right ? CoolIT definitely achieved to pull this one off and recently placed this product into the market. You know what? It's gonna be a hit for sure. Read article
A test on the CoolerMaster Aquagate MAX. This system is designed to be used inside your computer case for a completely self-contained system. If you are looking for a liquid cooling system to use for your performance computer the Cooler Master Aquagate Max may be just what you need.
Dual 1200mm radiator, excellent looking reservoir and 400 liter/h pump, nice thick tubing and a very glossy water-block. A very interesting fact is .. it's not very expensive. Read article
The unit submitted is the Artic Cooling Freezer Xtreme, which can cool the latest AMD and Intel processors. Something changed on the design though, as they did something pretty radical. They shaped this four heatpipe based product in an "U" form and then placed the ventilator right smack down in the middle. It's but interesting none-the-less. The new Freezer Xtreme will feature an unique twin tower design and it will be able to achieve a stunning 160W of cooling capacity. Read article
Recently Gelid silently introduced their thermal paste and silent design fan, a couple of weeks ago they however launched their Gelid Silent Spirit, as you can guess a heatpipe based cooling solution which we'll put to the test. Read article
Today we review five heatpipe based coolers from Noctua, CoolerMaster Z600, Tuniq, OCZ Vendetta 2, Coolink. Over the past month or six several new heatpipe based coolers where introduced onto the market. And I already can disclose this .. not one single cooler was doing a below average result. So for this test I decided to go a little more extreme. We'll crank up the usual system requirements a notch by using a fairly high-end PC as we take a Core 2 Duo Q6600 Quad Core processor and then overclock it to 3600 MHz to see how well these coolers still do. Read article
Now this review was delayed a little, yet a couple of weeks ago OCZ launched a heatpipe based cooler called the Vendetta. We have done a lot of heatpipe CPU cooling reviews already and quite frankly the market is a little saturated .. yet in this price-range, OCZ might have a little success in their hands ... Read article