Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2013 - 08:14 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tower cooler, noctua, nh-u, air cooling
Noctua has launched two new single-tower air coolers in the NH-U series. The new NH-U12S and NH-U14S slim tower coolers come in both 120mm and 140mm sizes respectively. The air coolers are slim-enough to be installed in most system configurations, even with tall RAM heat-spreaders in use.
The Noctua NH-U12S is an updated version of the company's NH-U12P-SE2 cooler. It features a 45mm thick tower heatsink paired with a 120mm NF-F12 fan.
On the other hand, the NH-U14S is Noctua's first air cooler sporting a 140mm fan. The cooler is 52mm thick, and is compatible with Intel's enthusiast LGA 2011/X79 platform. Further, it uses NF-A15 140mm fan that provides ample cooling power at lower RPMs (which means less noise, ideally).
Both the NH-U12S and NH-U14S air coolers include Noctua's SecureFirm 2 mounting system, NT-H1 thermal compound, and PWM-controlled fans. Users can also attach the low-noise adapter to reduce the maximum fan speed from 1500 to 1200 RPM should they value quiet operation over maximum performance. Noctua is supporting both air coolers with a 6 year manufacturer warranty.
Both the 120mm NH-U12S and 140mm NH-U14S will be "available shortly" according to Noctua. The NH-U12S has an MSRP of $64.90 USD (59.90 EUR), while the larger NH-U14S is priced at $79.90 USD (69.90 EUR). In all, they appear to be decent air cooling options, and Noctua has demonstrated quality support in the past (such as the free Haswell mounting kit upgrades for older HSFs). Personally, I'm interested to see how the 140mm unit performs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2012 - 07:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: lepa, vortex, casino, chopper, air cooling, 120mm
Lepa has released three new 120mm fans, the plain looking Vortex designed for those who simply like good cooling, the flashy Casino with 18 blue LEDs for those preferring to show off and the low speed Chopper which has a pair of red and blue LEDs for those wishing to create various moods in their case. All performed quite well in Hi Tech Legion's testing, beating the stock fans the NZXT Switch 810 case came with. Read on to see which one would best suit your needs.
"The Lepa Vortex 120mm fan, Casino 120mm fan, and Chopper 120mm fan are designed to maximize cooling while maintaining silent operation. The Vortex is designed without LED lighting for those who want a simple fan. The Casino 120mm fan has 18 blue LEDs installed in it creating a spiral lighting effect with various modes including the ability to turn off the LEDs. The Chopper is a low speed fixed RPM fan that has 2 LEDs (in blue or red depending on model) to create a dynamic cycling lighting effect."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AZZA Genesis 9000W Review @ OCC
- be quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller @ Pro-Clockers
- Aerocool Touch-2000 Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Aerocool X-Vision Fan Controller @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Pro Water Cooling Kits Review @ OCIA
- EKWB EK-Supremacy CPU Water Block and Custom Kit @ weakTown
- AeroCool Sixth Element Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Antec Eleven Hundred @ Kitguru
- Xigmatek Midgard II Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com
- Raidmax Agusta @ LanOC Reviews
- Cooler Master Storm Stryker Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- MSI Barricade Case @ LanOC Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX tower @ Hardwareoverclock
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2012 - 09:58 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: quiet, pc case, noise cancellation, noctua, fans, air cooling
Enthusiast PC fan manufacturer Noctua has announced a partnership with RotoSub to produce fans with active noise cancellation technology. They two companies have already developed a prototype chassis fan that uses fan blade modulation and a series of stationary blades in addition to the moving fan blades to improve performance while keeping the noise down. The noise canceling fan prototype will be shown off at Computex 2012 in Taipei next month (booth J1312 in Exhibition Hall 1F).
In a recent press release, RotoSub and Noctua have announced a “strategic partnership” to develop and market a line of Noctua fans with a new noise cancellation technology from RotoSub. The technology in particular is called the RotoSub Acive Noice Control (R-ANC). It uses phase cancellation principles to cancel out the annoying hum (or whine in those smaller server fans that sound like jet engines) given off by the fans. The fans do this by slightly modifying how the blades spin using proprietary algorithms (hopefully they will release more information on exactly what is going on there), and by including physical features like the stationary set of fan blades behind the moving set of blades.
The prototype Noctua NF-F12 fan that will be on display at Computex 2012.
Mårten Oretorp, RotoSub CTO stated that the company is aiming to achieve 80% more airflow and 120% greater static pressure than the Noctua NF-F12 fan by incorporating the company’s ANC technology. Noctua is licensing the RotoSub technology, which is claimed to deliver better noise-per-performance ratios than can be accomplished by physical aerodynamic improvements alone.
Further, Noctua CEO Roland Mossig stated “it has always been our goal to push the boundaries of acoustic optimisation and this partnership will allow us to reinforce our technology leadership in the field of premium grade PC cooling equipment.”
RotoSub hasn’t detailed the algorithms but they do have hints of information on their page including a video demonstration of the fan and an animation that shows the “anti-sound” being generated by the fan itself to cancel out the annoying fan noises that it produces. The video can be seen below.
It is an interesting concept, and I hope that it works. While moving to watercooling has cut down on the number of fans I’m using in my desktop, it is still not anywhere near what I would call quiet. Stay tuned for more information once the prototype is shown off at Computex 2012.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 1, 2011 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: phanteks, air cooling, PH-F140TS, PH-TC14PE
Over at eTechnix you can catch a review of two cooler from Phanteks, who have just entered the enthusiast cooling market. They sport some impressive acronyms like P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-oxidant Thermal Shield) and C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) to describe their coolers and their fans have UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearings. Part of that alphabet soup means that the coolers can come in a variety of colours apart from black or bare metal. Their Phanteks PH-F140TS is a 140mm fan sold separately which can be mounted with noise reducing screws or attached to a PCI slot with the included adapter. The PH-TC14PE is a 1250g dual tower heatsink that can use up to three of the 140mm fans and provides some very competitive cooling. Phanteks seems to be a name we will be hearing more about and seeing near the top of cooling shoot outs with some of the other big name coolers.
"Today we will be reviewing the 140mm Phanteks PH-F140TS fan. The 9 bladed F140TS is designed for use with CPU coolers and as a case fan. It uses an UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearing which should ensure low noise and a healthy lifespan hence the low 19dbA acoustic rating and greater than 150,000 hours MTBF. Offering a rated speed of 1200RPM (+/- 10%) and whopping 78.1 CFM of airflow, this is one fan that we definitely are keen to observe in action. The fan comes in 4 different colours; red, blue, orange and white guaranteeing compatibility with every type of case and colour scheme."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler @ Metku.net
- Enermax ETS-T40-TA CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Gemin II S524 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
- Zalman CNPS7X LED CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Hyper 612S @ XSReviews
- Water for Processors: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid-Cooling System @ X-bit Labs
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Corsair H80 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Zalman ZM-SF2 Case fan @ Rbmods
- NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller Review @ OCC
- SilverStone EC03 USB 3.0 PCIe Card and Front Bay Panel @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Carbide 400R @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Spire Savit 6005B @ XSRevies
- Three Mainstream System Cases: Thermaltake Element G, AeroCool XPredator and CoolerMaster HAF 922 @ X-bit Labs
- Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E Evolution Case Review @ Ninjalane
- ThermalTake Chaser MK-I Review @ OCC
- Sentey Burton - GS-6500 @ Computing on Demand
- SilverStone TJ08-E Micro-ATX Chassis @MissingRemote
- Lian Li PC-90 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers