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Noctua NF-A12x25 Fan Review

Today we examine Noctua’s new fan, the NF-A12-25. After more than 4.5 years of development and seeing prototypes throughout that time, the new fan has finally been released. The NF-A12-25 uses different build materials to increase rigidity which allows for tighter tolerances, specifically in regards to the distance between the blade and the frame. Noctua says this design is said to help with increased static pressure and airflow which makes this fan a good candidate for mounting to a radiator. We put the fan to the test against our test suite to gauge performance and see how the new fan fared against other similarly sized fans.
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Silverstone Heligon HE01 Heatsink Review

Heligon HE01

Today we look at the tandem tower Silverstone Heligon HE01. Although this heatsink has been available for a while, it is our first chance to put it to the test. We will first look at the cooling performance of the stock single-fan configuration and then see if this heatsink performs any better with two fans instead of one. Read More

AMD Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600 and StoreMI Review

Today I have the follow-up review of the Ryzen 7 2700 and the Ryzen 5 2600 CPUs. These are AMD’s lower wattage versions of the new Pinnacle Ridge eight and six-core CPUs. As mentioned in the Ryzen 7 2700X review, AMD has successfully raised the clock speeds, lower latency, and improved memory speeds/compatibility with its updated Zen+ architecture. I’m sure this is going to show in the Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 5 2600 as well since all four CPUs are based on the same Global Foundries’ 12LP process. Read More

ADATA XPG SX8200 M.2 SSD Review

ADATA launched the XPG SX8200 in late March this year. It’s built around their second generation 64 layer 3D NAND Flash and it’s their fastest consumer SSD to date. I just happen to have one of these drives here today and we’ll see just how fast it is using our usual array of testing. Read More

G.Skill Sniper X 2x8GB DDR4-3600 CL19 Memory Kit Review

G.Skill has recently released Sniper X DDR4 memory series. As with any new memory kit, we are interested to test it and see how it performs. G.Skill sent us a 16GB dual channel kit specified to run at DDR4-3600. It’s also the highest current speed of the Sniper X memory kits. The Sniper X is designed for gamers and computer enthusiasts so DDR4-3600 speed lands in the higher end of the sweetspot. Let’s take a look at specifications, features, and performance of the tested kit. Read More

Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE Heatsink Review

Arctic has released the newest iteration of the high-performance inexpensive heatsink, the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE. This is a direct contact (more on that term) 120 mm heatsink with four 6 mm heatpipes. You would expect that such a heatsink would fall far behind the six-heatpipe 140 mm expensive monsters you will find for sale from other OEM’s. But that expectation is incorrect. Let us explore the surprising world of the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE. Read More

Cooler Master H500P Mesh Case Review

Cooler Master is well known in the PC community. Whether you are a budget builder, avid gamer, or an elite overclocker you have undoubtedly purchased some of their products. That’s because Cooler Master has had their hands in nearly every aspect of computer hardware for more than 25 years. For this review they have provided us with the improved mesh variant of the Mastercase H500P, an enthusiast level, mid-tower case with style and tidiness in mind. I will turn the proverbial screws to find out where they have hit their mark and where they have missed. Read More

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