If you are looking to extract the most performance out of any given processor you need it to stay cool. It doesn’t matter if you go with Air, Water, or even Phase Change you still need some thermal interface compound between the cooler and the CPU. Maingear has been using the mother of all TIM’s in their custom builds and now they are making available for everyone. Is this really the best TIM money can buy? Legit installs it into one of our high end water cooled rigs to find out.
Today we look at the H20-220 Edge HD liquid cooling kit by Swiftech. The Swiftech H20-220 Edge HD kit is not like the sealed all-in-one kits we have looked at in the past. It is expandable and upgradeable. Join us as we see how Swiftech’s H20-220 Edge HD Kit does against the top sealed kits available today on our Intel X79 test system with the Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor.
Today we take a look at the flagship GPU cooler from Deepcool, the Dracula. The Dracula is part of Deepcool’s Gamer Storm line and is designed for those that want some serious cooling performance. This GPU cooler is massive and takes up four PCI slots when installed. Join us today we put the Dracula on the notoriously hot running NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 to see how it handles the heat compared to another aftermarket cooler.
We discovered that Maingear is showing off a new product called ‘EPIC T1000′ here at the FX GamExperience for the very first time. Maingear informed us that brought this Phase Change Metal Alloy (PCMA) to the retail market for enthusiasts that want to try something different when it comes to CPU cooling. This is a product that requires doing a reflow procedure, so you need to know what you are doing. Read on to check it out!
Xigmatek was started in 2005 with the idea of producing quality products at an affordable price in the case & cooling market. Today, Xigmatek has a new batch of products to the table with the XAF Series of case & cooling fans. Today we have the chance to look at the XAF-F 140mm series of cooling fans from Xigmatek; take a look as we judge them based on advertised specifications and performance.
Today we have a roundup of 9 CPU coolers, both water and air, for the new Intel LGA2011 socket. Coolers that we will be looking at came in from Coolink, Corsair, Intel, Noctua, NZXT, and Zalman. These coolers range in price for the budget minded and over $100 for enthusiasts. Join us and see how all the coolers stack up and handle the new Intel Core i7-3960X processor. We will declare a winner based on both price and performance.
Noctua, an industry leader in cooling solutions which focuses on silent performance, has brought a new model of their style of fans to the market with the Focus Flow moniker. Focus Flow products are focused on airflow and static pressure while still maintaining silence with Noctua’s brand new SSO2 bearing, NE-FD1 PWM IC and iconic styling with vibration dampening rubber mounts. Read on to see how this fan performs.
Did you know that the new Intel Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7 processors do not come with a cooling solution of any sort? Instead, Intel is now selling a closed-loop water cooler and cost-optimized heat sink/fan combination separately, allowing enthusiasts to pick between two options from Intel or a host of other third-party products. Today we will be looking over the new Intel RTS2011LC water cooler and seeing how does against a high-end air cooler on the new Intel Core i7-3960X CPU.
Are your NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 or GTX 570 running hot and loud? Overclocking potential limited? Koolance, a company well known for water cooling, has the answer with a full coverage water block that is just dead sexy. Legit drops this on one of our recently reviewed GTX 570’s and sticks it into one of our under water systems to see if it performs as good as it looks.
Back in 2006, Zaward implemented a patent for dimpled surfaces on the impeller of a cooling fan, and followed up with the release of their Generation 1 Golf Fans to the market. The distinctive shape of the GOLF FAN has become a trademark of Zaward products and has been reused by companies like Sharkoon & Rosewill with cooling fans, heatsinks, and power supplies. Today we get to look at the brand new Generation 3 Golf fans from Sharkoon and test their performance for ourselves!
Today we are looking at a new offering from a company you might not have heard of before, Phanteks. There has been some buzz about their first HSF offering, the PH-TC14PE. It is a twin tower twin 140mm fan CPU air cooler. Join us as we see how well the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU cooler handles our Intel Core i7-930 test system and if its worth of the buzz that brought it to our attention.
When AMD launched the Zambezi-FX processors this week based off ‘Bulldozer’ core architecture the realized that these 8-core 32nm processors might need enhanced cooling. To solve this situation, AMD decided that with the FX Series CPU’s they would have an option for a retail boxed processor that includes a self contained water cooler rather than the typical air cooler. This is the first time AMD has ventured into offering a water cooling kit for the public and we have it on the test bench!
Today we are looking at the newest addition to the Corsair Hydro Series, the Hydro Series H100. The Corsair H100 offers the best performance of any liquid cooling kit offered by Corsair since it uses a dual 120mm radiator! Since it is a bit larger than normal kits you will need to use it in PC cases that provide mounting capability for a standard 240mm radiator. Join us as we put the new Hydro Series H100 through the paces on our Intel Core i7 test system.
NZXT is a rather new contender to the cooling market, with just in the past year’s time releasing both a new fan series and a new CPU cooler. Today I’ve had a chance to look at and extensively use their new FX-120LB, FX-140LB & FS-200LB-RLED fans. We’ll find out if NZXT has what it takes to contend in the cooling market, what they have done in the case market and find out if these fans are really worth your buck.