Cooling

Noctua NF-A12x15 Fan Review

Noctua has released a new 15 mm thick, named the NF-A12x15. It is designed to fit in skinny places and to provide relatively high static pressure. They faced challenges getting a fan this thin. For example, “For the 12cm NF-A12x15, a steel-reinforced motor hub and brass axle mount are being used in order to assure the required stability despite the fan’s 15mm thin profile.” Remember, Noctua guarantees their products out to six years and to make a thin fan last that long took some work. They also never made a fan this thin. As our press contact commented, “All of the new models are new form factors for us.” So let’s have a look at this, the newest entry into the slim fan derby: Read More

Noctua NF-A20 Fan Review

As of May 2017 Noctua released its NF-A20 fan as the NF-A20 FLX two-speed fan and the NF-A20 PWM variable speed fan. Noctua has been working on a 200 mm fan for years – it first showed a 20 cm prototype in 2013 at Computex, so this month will be exactly four years. They had to have been working on it before that, to make a prototype, but only now has Noctua released their 200 mm fan. As their press relations person said, “We really had to put our backs into this one to make it happen. It’s so easy to build a 200mm fan that spins, but so hard to build one that performs, doesn’t feel flimsy, and will spin for more than 10 years…” Were the results worth it? Let’s see! Read More

Thermaltake Riing 14 Premium Fans Review

The Thermaltake Riing 14 LED RGB TT Premium Edition 3-Fan Pack is an eyeful to see. These fans offer ring shaped LED’s in 256 colors. The kit was designed for radiators. We will look at these fans as fans. We will also look at the software that gives us those 256 colors, as well as controlling the fan
speed. Read More

Thermalright Macho 120 SBM Review

The Thermalright Macho 120 SBM is the latest evolution of their Macho heatsink. It began its life as a passively cooled mass of fins. Then TR put a 140 mm fan in front of it. With the SBM heatsink, the Macho fin stack has shrunk a little bit, to 130 mm, and it uses a 120 mm fan to push air through its fins. Does the Thermalright Macho 120 SBM cool well? Is it all posturing, or can it keep your CPU cool? There is only one way to find out. Let’s do it! Read More

Aqua Computer Cuplex Kryos NEXT CPU Water Block Review

It has been a long time since we reviewed a CPU block here at OCF. But that will have changed after today! Aqua Computer has released another CPU water block in its long running Cuplex series (started in 2001) named the Cuplex Kryos NEXT. This product aims to improve on the last generation Cuplex Kryos and and help keep Aqua Computer well placed in the market. Get comfortable in your chair and let’s see what the Cuplex Kryos NEXT has to offer! Read More

Silverstone 120 mm PWM Fans Review

Silverstone 120mm fans

We have arrived at the second part of the Silverstone fan review (part 1 was the review of 140 mm Silverstone fans). 120 mm fans can be used as case fans, heatsink fans and radiator fans. These are all PWM fans so they can be used in all three applications. Because they can be used in all three, we test them in the three kinds of situations. If it sounds like a lot of testing, it was. But now we know where these Silverstone fans fit into the 120 mm universe. So let’s get out our telescopes and start looking. Read More

Case Fan Roundup: Twenty Three 120 mm Case Fans Tested

Case fans

Case fans are supposed to cool your case. As use in this review, a case fan is a fixed-voltage fan. Today we might want to call them non-PWM fans. These fans are “set ‘em and forget ‘em” fans. Except that some of you insist on using fan controllers to vary the speeds of your fans. Imagine that! Well, in any case (in any case – get it?) we’re going to look at more than twenty case fans. I say “more than twenty’’ because I can’t count. We have more than 30 fans and settings that we will be looking at today. If you are interested in counting actual fans, be my guest. Read More

Silverstone FQ141 & FW141 140 mm Fans Review

Silverstone makes a number of fans. They have done so for years, and their designs are always interesting. Silverstone sent a number of fans for review. Today we will look at the 140 mm fans. One is voltage controlled. The others are PWM, with great flexibility. How well do these three models do their jobs? Let’s see. Read More

PWM Fan Roundup: Twenty-Four 120 mm Case Fans Tested

PWM fans

PWM fans are used for lots of things now. A PWM fan can be used as a case fan, as a heatsink fan, or as a rad fan. AIO coolers simply expand the playing field for PWM fans. So I have collected twenty-four fans here for review in our 2016 case fan roundup. Read More

Noctua NF-A6x25 5V 60mm Fan Review

Noctua has released the NF-A6x25 5V fans. Unpacking the numbering system a bit, that means they are 60 mm fans that operate at 5 volts. They come as 3-wire voltage-controlled and 4-wire PWM fans that are 25 mm thick. Cute little ol’ things, you say? Well, as we see smaller and smaller form factors, this kind of fan should find great use. So let’s check out these little fans and see how they do. Read More

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