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The name “Kaze Master” means “Wind Master.” The Scythe Kaze Master Flat II is a 5.25” bay device that you put in the front of your case. The Kaze Master Flat II allows you to monitor four temps in Centigrade or Fahrenheit and individually control the speeds of four fans. The Kaze Master Flat II shows you the speed of each fan in RPM. Is it the right controller for you?

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Recently we had a chance to look at a couple of EK products. I reviewed their 295×2 waterblock,and just a few days ago Lvcoyote reviewed their Supremacy EVO CPU waterblock. Both of those products performed quite well during their reviews. Today, we have a complete custom kit from EK, which they call the EK-KIT X240. This kit comes with a 2×120 mm double thick radiator, their DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition pump, the Supremacy Clean CSQ waterblock, and all the parts needed to complete a full custom loop. Today, we will put it through its paces and see how it fares!

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Well known for their top performing water cooling products, EKWB is normally the go-to company when you want the best water cooling components there are. While they quite often bring new video card and full-board motherboard water blocks to market, it’s not as frequent we see a new CPU water block released. If you’ve been waiting for a new CPU water block from EKWB, the wait is over. Their new Supremacy EVO water block hits our test bench today, and we’re excited to see what this new offering has in store for us. So, let’s not waste any more time and get right to it!

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Good day OCF readers! Today, you are going to get a nice treat with a follow up article about the AMD R9 295×2 I reviewed. This time, its about getting it properly cooled. Part of that equation is with enough radiator, but an even more important part is the water block that cools it. EKWB was kind enough to send us their EK-FC R9-295X2, as well as their backplate so that is half of it… and I have more radiator than what came with the R9 295×2. I expect some good things out of this cooler (and card) since it actively cools the VRMs and the memory. Let’s take a look at see how it worked out!

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Lamptron has long history of providing enthusiast level fan controllers, and they were kind enough to send along their latest and most powerful controller to date… the CF525. This beast offers a no frills approach to a massive amount of power – 60 watts per channel to be exact. Lamptron readily admits the CF525 is complete overkill for the vast majority of computer enthusiasts, but that didn’t stop them from producing the most powerful fan controller on the market today. So, let’s take a look at this super high performance fan controller and see what Lamptron came up with!

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Expandability, replaceable G1/4 fittings, and a transparent reservoir are terms not usually associated with all-in-one CPU water cooling kits. Swiftech aims to change the way you think when considering an all-in-one cooler and provides all those options and more with their newly released H220-X CPU liquid cooling kit. The Swiftech H220-X has a lot of innovative and unique features your standard re-branded Asetek units just can’t match, and we’ll explore these feature in detail today. The Swiftech H220-X aims to provide extreme thermal performance at an almost inaudible noise level, so let’s find out how they did!

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Once known only for being a supplier of quality power supplies, Enermax has expanded their product line over the past several years. They now provide cases, cooling products, and a host of peripherals to computer enthusiasts. Today, we’ll be looking at their latest all-in-one CPU water cooler, the Liqtech 240 HP. This all-in-one CPU cooler is armed with Enermax’s unique water block and a 240 mm radiator, but how well does it perform? Let’s take it for a spin and find out.

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Big Top! Step right up and prepare to be amazed! A grand light show awaits your senses! Tonight we shall be experiencing Enermax 180 mm fans with Blue LEDs, with Red LEDs, and with four LEDs of splashing, flashing color! And to up the ante, there is a switch on each fan to select any of three speeds! And to top it off, these fans are affixed to their frames with “Vortex” swirl airfoils that straighten the flow coming from the fan. Step right up and come inside!

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One of the fastest growing segments in the PC building arena is anything having to do with small form factor. So much so in fact, SFF enthusiast level products have begun to explode on the scene. EVGA has seen the popularity of SFF builds and has offered up their Hadron mini-ITX cases with a host of accessories to compliment them. Back in November, we published a review on the Hadron Air; and our editor, MattNo5ss was impressed enough to give it our stamp of approval. Today, we’ll revisit the Hadron series of cases, but this time the newly released Hydro version will be under the microscope. EVGA also sent along the optional Hadron Hydro water cooling kit, so we’ll introduce you to that as well.

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EK Waterblocks (EKWB, or just EK) really needs no introduction in the water cooling world. They are a stalwart in the water business and produce lots of good products. While Swiftech may be more well known to those outside the niche, EK has built itself up to be just as viable a solution, from the reservoir, through the pump, block and radiator; including the fittings that bind them all together. Today, we will be looking at their full water cooling kit, the EK-KIT L360. It comes with, quite literally, everything you need to water cool your processor.

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