Cooling

Enermax 120 mm APS Fan Review

In July, 2013, Enermax announced that they had updated their fans with new three-position “APS” switches, which allow a user to select one of three peak speeds. This, in essence, allows you to buy three fans in one. Today we will be looking at three of these fans: the T.B. Vegas Quad, the Cluster Advance, and the Everest Advance. Are these truly advanced fans? Are we really looking at nine fans masquerading as three? Let’s see. Read More

Lamptron FC5V3 Fan Controller Review

Lamptron has re-worked the FC5 fan controller yet again, and now we sit at version three. This latest iteration drastically increases the LED color choices, controls up to six fans, and also has temperature probing capabilities. With modern motherboards able to control fans and many cases including this as a built-in future, what makes a fan controller worth the added expense? Lamptron thinks they have the answer to that with the FC5V3. Let’s take the FC5V3 for a test run and see if we think they have the answers too! Read More

EVGA GTX 780 Classified Hydro Copper Waterblock Review

On the heels of our recent review of EVGA’s GTX 780 Classified graphics card, today we’re going to take a look at an eagerly anticipated accessory for said card – the Hydro Copper Waterblock. As we all know by now, overclocking Kepler-based graphics cards can be limited by GPU temperature and power target limits. This especially holds true when higher voltages are applied to the GPU. In an effort to take away the worry of reaching the maximum temperature threshold while overclocking, and at the same time appease the water cooling crowd, EVGA has made available the Hydro Copper Waterblock. Read More

be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Heatsink Review

be quiet! has recently been moving into the US market, and we have had the chance to check out both PSUs and heatsink from them. This time, we have another be quiet! heatsink to test out, the Shadow Rock 2. Let’s see how it compares to its siblings and the other heatsinks in the testbed. Read More

Noctua NH-U14S Heatsink Review

Noctua has recently released two new heatsinks into their U series, the NH-U12S (120 mm) and the NH-U14S (140 mm). We’ll be looking at the latter, which is the their top-of-the-line heatsink in the U series and its only superior in Noctua’s line-up would be the NH-D14. Read More

Noctua NH-U12S Heatsink Review

Noctua is known for quiet fans and some would say an unorthodox color scheme. They’ve managed to power past their color choices though and have built a reputation as one of the premier cooling manufacturers on the market today. The heatsink we’re looking at today is in their silent series, the Noctua NH-U12S. Read More

Gelid GX-7 vs Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev.B Heatsink Review

Today we are looking at two different heatsinks in a head to head battle to decide which performs better, the tower, or the top-down cooler. Each seem to have advantages, with the tower cooler moving the heat toward the back of the case very quickly, and the top-down cooler helping cool motherboard components at the same time as the CPU. Read More

Zalman LQ320 All-In-One Water Cooler Review

All-in-one water cooling solutions are a highly sought after product for those looking to get into the water cooling game at an affordable price. As I’m sure most of our readers know, Asetek built all-in-one water coolers span across many different manufacturers and price ranges. Zalman’s latest Asetek built offering comes in the form of the LQ320, which sports a larger radiator than it’s little brothers – the LQ310 and LQ315. So, let’s have detailed look at this all-in-one solution from Zalman and find out if we have a viable option for your hard earned dollar! Read More

Zalman CNPS10X Optima CPU Cooler Review

Today, we have an opportunity to review a budget minded CPU cooler from Zalman’s CNPS10X line of heatsinks. The CNPS10X product line has been kicking out coolers for a few years now, but their latest one (and today’s review sample) is the one they call Optima. The word optima is plural for optimum, meaning we should see optimum performance in more than one area. Knowing Zalman like we do, these areas are undoubtedly thermal performance and quiet operation – no big surprise there! Read More

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