Posts Tagged: air cooling

Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 Pro Case Review

Be quiet! have introduced a flagship case designed to hold any system, be it air-cooled or water-cooled. The Pro version is the new launch. It has a piece of tempered glass in place of a standard side panel. It also contains LED strips to light up your system. It has highlight stripes in four colors – Black, Silver, Orange, and White. This is a big complex case. Is it all worth it? Let’s dig in and see! Read More

Cryorig R1 Ultimate Heatsink Review

Cryorig has an “ultimate” heatsink for us: the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. This heatsink is full of advanced technology, and it uses two 140 x 25 mm fans and tandem fin-stack towers. Ultimate, indeed. But does all of this give us the ultimate in cooling experience? Only one way to find out. We will explore the heck out of this heatsink. Read More

Enermax COENUS Case Review

Enermax introduces an inexpensive case, the COENUS. Where did they get that name? According to Wikipedia, “Coenus (in Greek Koῖνος; died 326 BC), a son of Polemocrates and son-in-law of Parmenion, was one of the ablest and most faithful generals of Alexander the Great in his eastern expedition.” With a warrior’s helmet in the logo, they were clearly referring to that kind of excellence. Is this case “one of the ablest?” Let us see. Read More

Cooler Master N600 Case Review

Cooler Master is known for affordable cases that provide excellent airflow, with the potential for more airflow if you add fans. The N600 is a new Cooler Master case that has a number of promising features. Let us do a deep dive and explore this case. Read More

Noctua NH-L12 Heatsink Review

Whether they are for HTPC’s or simply for taking up less room on the desktop, products designed for slim form factor cases are in high demand. CPU heatsinks for cases like this typically blow air down on the motherboard, cooling not only the CPU, but the various components on the motherboard as well. Noctua has responded with five down-blowing CPU heatsinks. This review will focus on the middle model, the Noctua NH-L12. As usual for Noctua heatsinks, it is designed for flexible fan mounting. The fans are controlled by your motherboard through silent PWM circuits. Read More

Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Case Review

The Lancool First Knight PC-K63 looks to be an air cooled dream, as it boasts two 140mm LED front fans, two 140mm top-mounted fans and a 120mm LED rear-mounted fan. Plus, it’s completely tool-less. Read More

Corsair A70 Heatsink Review

After reviewing the H50 and H70 low cost liquid cooling solutions that Corsair is selling, I became curious about how well their other cooling solutions perform. Besides the above mentioned units, Corsair is also selling the A50 and A70 tower style heat sinks. The A50 seems to be budgeted at the lower end of the premium cooling scene and the A70 looks like it is being marketed more at the high end scene, in competition with the likes of Thermalright, Prolimatech and Noctua. Read More

Thermalright Shaman Review

We have a GPU cooler here which has the “World’s First” moniker attached to its resumé, the Thermalright Shaman. The 8 heatpipes justify this moniker, and it has at least 2 more heatpipes than any other GPU air cooling solution out there. As time permitted over the past couple of weeks, I’ve used my GTX 460 1 GB to test the Shaman against Prolimatech’s MK-13 and eVGA’s “External Exhaust” stock cooler. Today, we take a closer look at the the heatsink itself and its performance. Read More

Corsair Hydro Series H50: Is It High-End Air?

I have seen it talked about on the forums that the Corsair Hydro Series H50 low cost water cooling system is equal or better than high end air, with some heated discussions taking place at time from people arguing for or against that statement. So, since Corsair was kind enough to send us an H50 system for testing, I decided to see if the H50 can equal some of the best air cooling solutions on the market. Read More

Thermalright Releases New Fanless Heatsink: HR-02

Thermalright has recently brought to market a huge new ‘fanless’ CPU heatsink for most sockets including 775, 1156, 1366, AM2/3, and 939 called the HR-02. The HR-02 is touted as having the cooling capacity to be able to run fanless. According to, who is one of the few sites that has had a chance to review this piece, there are several design implementations that help this monster achieve that bold statement. Read More