Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2012 - 09:58 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: silentmaxx, passive cooling, hsf, cpu cooling, cooler
Having a silent system without fans is a noble goal, but CPUs generally need at least one. A new heatsink from Silentmaxx called the TwinBlock is designed to passively cool processors up to approximately 100W. Supporting sockets 774, 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 on the Intel side and 939, 940, and AMD 2/3 for AMD processors, it is compatible with just about any processor. The TwinBlock is, in a word, massive. Weighting in a just over 3 pounds, the heatsink measures 210mm (B) x 135mm (D) x 160mm (H) mm. It features a copper base with 10 heatpipes that connect to two aluminum fin arrays.
Interestingly, FanlessTech pointed us to a new computer build – the Fanless I-850 Gamer – that the company is planning to use the passive heatsink with to create a silent gaming PC. The PC can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E processor and up to either an AMD 7970 or NVIDIA GTX 670 graphics card. The processor is cooled using the TwinBlock cooler while the GPUs are using custom coolers that should only kick on the fans over long gaming sessions or folding. The Fanless I-850 starts at 1279,00€ for the base configuration.
It is possible to buy just the heatsink, however. The Silentmaxx TwinBlock cooler can be yours for about $120 USD (€ 99.90 inc. VAT). More photos of the cooler are available below, and you can read more about the cooler on the SilentMaxx website.
Introduction and Features
Enermax has a well earned reputation for delivering reliable power supplies, enclosures, and other accessories to the PC enthusiast market. Their new Platimax Series includes five power supplies ranging from 600W to 1200W. We will be taking a detailed look at the Platimax 1000W power supply in this review. All Platimax power supplies are certified to deliver 80 Plus Platinum efficiencies and feature modular cables and quiet operation. Ecomaster is the authorized US agent for Enermax branded products.
Enermax Platimax 1000W PSU Key Features:
• 89Plus Ready: World's leading modular cables PSU series with 89-94% efficiency @ 20-100% load. Compliant with 80 Plus Platinum standard.
• ErP Lot 6 Ready: Helps system meet ErP Lot 6 2010 (<1W at standby mode) with high efficiency +5vsb circuitry (with ErP Lot 6 enabled motherboard).
• High Compatibility Ready: Single rail +12V output highly compatible with various types of high-end graphics cards at full-load operation.
• 24/7 @ 50°C Ready: Non-stop industrial class performance at 50°C ambient.
• World Ready: 100-240 VAC universal AC input with Active PFC for Global usage.
• C6 & Hybrid Ready: Maximum compatibility with C6 & Hybrid states of current and future CPU & GPU generations by Zero Load design.
• DXXI Ready: 100% 6+2 pin (8P) PCI-E connectors to support new generation DXXI graphics cards.
• Future Ready: 12P modular design to support upcoming new CPU & GPU 10P and/or 12P connectors.
• Server Ready: SSI PSDG support for latest Intel Core Extreme/i7, Xeon and AMD Opteron and SLI or CrossFireX and downward compatible with EPS12V v2.92, v2.8.
• HeatGuard: Keeps PSU fan running for 30-60 seconds after shutdown to dissipate the remaining system heat and prolong system life.
• SafeGuard: Industry leading multiple protection circuitry for OCP, OVP, DC UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP, and SIP.
• SpeedGuard: World's leading patented fan control starting with unmatched 550 RPM to a maximum of 1500 RPM for optimal cooling and minimum noise.
• CordGuard: Fixing the AC cord tightly to receptacle to avoid accidental shutdowns of your PC.
• Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology: Technological breakthrough using a staged dynamic transformer array for extremely high efficiency with the most durable and stable output at any load.
• Twister Bearing Fan: 13.9cm Twister bearing fan with low noise and long lifetime (100,000 hours MTBF, Patented).
• 100% 105°C Japanese Electrolytic Capacitors: Highest component standards for maximum durability and stability.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2012 - 07:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Frio Advanced
At 161x131x121mm (6.3"x5.2"x4.8") and 46g short of a kilogram Thermaltake's Frio Advanced is a big chunk of heat conducting metal. The size does lead to one oddity, the two fans are 130mm which may make modders a little unhappy as it will be hard to find alternative fans of the same size. The heatpipes directly contact the heatspreader on your CPU but thanks to a new design they do not solidly connect with the body of the heatsink, as FrostyTech explains in their full review. In the end we have a heatsink on the good side of average, perhaps a little loud with fans on full speed but well worth considering if your case can fit it.
"Thermaltake's Frio Advanced heatsink stands 161mm tall and weighs upwards of 954 grams, it is rated to heat loads of 230 Watts by the manufacturer. The heatsink ships with two 130mm PWM fans arranged in a push-pull configuration that rotate at 2000-800RPM. Behind each fan shroud is a 110mm tall aluminum fin tower connected by five U-shaped, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base. Thermaltake's Frio Advanced heatsink is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 CPUs."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- Lian Li PC-TU200 @ LanOC Reviews
- Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Round 4: Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Deepcool Fiend Shark CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review @ HCW
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer AIO @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro AIO Liquid Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Water 2.0 Pro Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro and Performer CPU Coolers Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair AF and SP Series Fan Review @ OCC
- Bitfenix Spectre Pro & Pro LED Fan Review @ Neoseeker
- Sharkoon T28 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-tower Case Review @ TechwareLabs
- Lian Li PC-V355-B Mini Tower @ Tweaktown
- XION XON-980-BK ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Aerocool Strike-X Advance @ techPowerUp
- AZZA Genesis 9000 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Xilence Interceptor Pro @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2 @ HardwareHeaven
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition Chassis @ Kitguru
- Lian Li PC-V700-B Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced mini ITX Case @ Pro-Clockers
- Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance C70 @ Kitguru
- AZZA Genesis 9000 Case Review: Building It Every Way @ AnandTech
- Xigmatek Elysium Super-Tower Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 16, 2012 - 04:21 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: prolimatech, megahalems, hsf, cpu cooler, anodized blue
Popular processor cooler manufacturer Prolimatech has offered its Megahalems cooler for a couple of years now, and it has seen several revisions. The latest modification seems to be purely aesthetic – and I can’t say I’m opposed. Despite my (irrational?) fear of large heatsinks ripping a chunk off of my motherboard, I do find them impressive. A new Megahalems was spotted by Fanless Tech that sports an anodized blue finish that is quite sleek looking.
We don’t have any details beyond the images, but it is reportedly a Megahalems Revision B with a glossy blue finish. The Megahalems Rev. B is of course the company’s answer to Intel’s socket 1156 processors (though it is also compatible with socket(s) 775, 1156, 1366, and 2011). It weighs 790 grams – approximately 1.74 pounds – and measures 158.7mm tall and 74mm wide. It can further support a 120mm fan for active cooling, and it sports six heatpipes. Needless to say, it is rather large and packs quite a bit of air cooling potential. (We reviewed the original Megahalems awhile back, and came away impressed).
I can only speak for myself here, but this is one giant air cooler that I wouldn’t mind risking my motherboard for (what can I say, they used my favorite color ;) ). What do you think of the Prolimatech prototype? Check out more photos over at FanlessTech.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2012 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: window, corsair, Carbide 300R
Corsair's new $100 Carbide Series 300R with a window is a great choice for anyone who wants a case with some nice features but doesn't want to spend too much money. Able to fit long video cards and large heatsinks and a serious amount of 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays which are not only tool-less but are also convertible to 2.5" bays for SSDs. You can fit a half dozen 120mm or 140mm fans for air cooling and as there are 7 expansion slots this makes a great home for multi-GPU systems. Read the PR below and head to Corsair for the tech specs and purchasing information.
FREMONT, California — July 12, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that the Carbide Series™ 300R Compact PC Gaming Case is now available in a windowed version.
First released in January, the Carbide 300R PC case has won accolades for its compact, streamlined, builder-friendly design. The new Carbide Series 300R windowed version of the case features a side window that gives PC builders the ability to demonstrate their modding skills while also showcasing internal PC components, such as Corsair's PC performance-tuned Vengeance® DDR3 memory, GS Series™ power supplies, Hydro Series™ CPU coolers, and Air Series™ cooling fans.
The Corsair Carbide Series 300R: a compact expression of Corsair's gaming PC philosophy
Great gaming systems begin with a great case, and the Carbide Series 300R provides a remarkable number of in-demand features in an attractive, compact chassis. Builder-friendly features include three tool-free optical drive bays and four tool-free hard drive bays with integrated 2.5" SSD compatibility. There's room for high-end GPUs of up to 450mm in length, and the matte black interior incorporates Corsair's innovative cable routing system that helps keep wires and cables out of sight for a clean look and improved airflow. The 300R comes with intake and exhaust fans, with room for five additional fans including dual side-mounted fans for direct GPU cooling.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2012 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SP-850M, silver power, PSU, 850W, 80 Plus Bronze
Silver Power have been making PSUs for quite a while, though they've not received much press lately which changes with their new SP-850M PSU. Their simian logo is all over this semi-modular power supply, which has four 6+2 PCIe power connectors for multiple GPU rigs as well as a nice selection of SATA power. OC3D was nicely surprised by the efficiency of the PSU, while rated for 80 Plus Bronze their testing showed results more appropriate for an 80+ Gold rated PSU. OC3D are not fans of the silverback, but love the actual PSU once they realized they could run it at 983W all day long.
"It's been a few years since the angry ape first made its debut on OC3D, now it's finally back for some second helpings."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Seasonic X-Series 750 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair GS800 V2 800 W @ techPowerUp
- Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 850 W @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Silencio 650 @ Kitguru
- Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 750W Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- LEPA G1600-MA 1600 W @ techPowerUp
- Xigmatek Tauro 700W Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Xigmatek Tauro 700-watt Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Rosewill CAPSTONE-550MM Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W Power Supply @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500 Watt Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
- FSP Aurum Xilenser 500 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair GS800 V2 @ OC3D
- 350-450W Roundup: 11 Cheap PSUs @ AnandTech
- Seasonic S12II Bronze 430 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2012 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Vengeance C70
OCC feels that the Corsair Vengeance C70 bears a resemblance to an ammunition case but at the same time it is a fully functional computer case. At 501mm x 232mm x 533mm it is large enough to fit an ATX motherboard and two 240mm radiators if you remove the lower drive cage. For air coolers, there are three 120mm fans included which provide quite reasonable cooling for your CPU and components. Check out the case review here.
"Overall I honestly can't complain about anything on this chassis. It is roomy, it is quiet, and it cools well. The military-inspired looks may not be for everyone but I definitely like the "no compromise" styling for function over form. The side panel clamps are a dream to work with (no more sore fingers from thumb screws!) and the handles on the top of the case make moving it a simple matter. The case itself is relatively lightweight despite its all-steel construction, which only adds to its portability."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance C70 @ techPowerUp
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Full-Tower @ Bjorn3D
- Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Lian Li The Hammer PC-90 Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Sentey Halcon GS-6050 II Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review: Corsair For the Masses @ AnandTech
- SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution @ Phoronix
- Diablotek Abyss White ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Xigmatek Gigas @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Case Review: Something is Lost in the Process @ AnandTech
- 3R System L700 Eclipse Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- BitFenix Prodigy @ techPowerUp
- Antec ISK110 VESA Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ Techgage
- CM Storm Stryker Chassis @ Kitguru
- Aerocool Strike-X One PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case Long-Term Review @ ModSynergy
- Antec Bias LED Lighting Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- Lepa Vortex PWM Fan @ TechwareLabs
- Deepcool UF120 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro - CPU Liquid Cooler @ Funky Kit
- Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Deepcool Frostwin Review @ OCC
- Cooler Master GeminII M4 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Zalman CNPS14X Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- MSI IN-602 Stealth Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Noctua NH-L12 L-Type Low-Profile Cooler Review @ OCIA
- Spire TherMax Eclipse III "TME III" CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2012 - 05:45 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: sandia, impeller, heatsink, cooling, cooler, air bearing
A white paper by Sandia National Laboratories caught the attention of the media last year with big claims for high performance cooling. The researchers had claimed to invent a new type of heatsink based on a impeller design that was allegedly 30% more efficient at heat transfer while being smaller and quieter than traditional air coolers.
Dubbed the Sandia Cooler, the team has come up with an updated prototype that is nearly ready to come to market. Shown off in a recent video, the cooler is a small heatsink based on three relatively simple parts. A stationary disk acts as the base and area that comes into contact with the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of a CPU. Then, a spinning array of curved fins resembling an impeller design is spun up by a small motor mounted in the center of the cooler.
During an industry day, they reportedly signed two license option agreements with two companies to bring the product to market in the areas of solid state lighting (LEDS, et al) and computer hardware cooling, implying that it is getting closer to a final product that it was last year.
Interestingly, the cooler uses an “hydrodynamic air bearing” such that the spinning part of the cooler is spun up to 2,000+ RPM such that the top part separates from the bottom stationary part and rides (they use the analogy of a car hydroplaning) on a very thin layer of air. (Update: as KngRider noted, there is still some friction from the motor spinning the upper part of the cooler, however.) That thin layer of air is what facilitates heat transference from the stationary part to the spinning fins. It does raise questions of efficiency, however. How a layer of air is more efficient than thermal interface material, for example. Reportedly, the air bearing is not an issue that will impact cooling performance but it is a difficult concept to grasp considering TIM and metal-to-metal contact has always been touted as the best cooling situation.
Sandia explains that cool air is drawn into the center of the impeller as heated air is forced outwards through the spinning fins, which reportedly enables efficient heat transfer. In the video, they demonstrate that it is capable of being extremely quiet (nearly silent) despite spinning at an extremely fast rate – the noise in the first part of the video is due to the prototype motor that is not covered. They claim that the final design will use a brush-less motor that will be much quieter.
It’s an intriguing design because of its simplicity and form factor. It is reportedly able to cool more efficiently than some of the best air coolers on the market, which use such techniques as heatpipes that come into direct contact with the CPU IHS, larger fin arrays, and multiple fans. Compared to those coolers, the Sandia prototype is much smaller and simpler in its construction.
The company has further released a white paper (PDF) and has an area of its website dedicated to more information on the Sandia cooler. While I cannot vet the fluid dynamics they detail, it certainly looks good on paper. I’m excited to see this come to market and whether or not it will live up to its promise of more efficient (and quiet!) cooling. It could be an important asset in cooling computer hardware in everything from desktops to server rooms. Also, it might just be the advancement that air coolers have been looking for as far as the next jump in performance – more than simply adding additional heatpipes or fins (and dealing with weight, size, and diminishing returns as a result) can do alone.
I’ll say that I’m skeptically optimistic on this one, but I do hope that it’s the real deal. What do you think of the impeller cooler? Does it appear promising?
Introduction and Features
SilverStone Technology was one of the original manufacturers to enter the HTPC case market and they continue to offer one of the largest selections of HTPC enclosures available today. SilverStone currently offers 18 different HTPC enclosures spanning three different series including the Crown, Grandia and Lascala series. In addition to designing premium HTPC enclosures, SilverStone has a long-standing reputation among PC enthusiasts for providing a full line of high quality computer chassis, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories.
(Courtesy of SilverStone)
The Crown Series CW02 HTPC chassis that we will be taking an in depth look at in this review is a beautiful enclosure capable of housing a full, high-end gaming system or media server and provides internal storage for up to six HDDs and comes with a built-in multifunction LCD display and remote control. The all aluminum alloy CW02 features elegant styling and is available with either a black or silver (clear) anodized finish, which is sure to blend in and compliment your other high-end, audio-video equipment.
Over the past several months I have received several inquiries from readers asking about a HTPC enclosure that is capable of housing a high-end gaming system or multi-media server. As one reader wrote; "I'm looking for a large, high quality HTPC case that will let me install my dual purpose gaming system and media server. It needs to have plenty of room for a full size ATX mobo, dual graphic cards, a large PSU, good case cooling and at least 5 internal 3.5" drive bays (four HDDs and one SSD)." At first glance it appears the CW02 may be just what this reader is looking for. Later on, we are going to install a high-end gaming system (water-cooled Intel i7 CPU, dual GTX680 graphics cards, 1000W PSU, and 12 Terabytes of storage space) into the CW02 enclosure; this should be fun.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2012 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: coolermaster, TPC-812, heatsink, heatpipes
Heatpipes have been in vogue for a while now, but once long ago it was vapour chambers which made for the best heatsinks, a fact which CoolerMaster has not forgotten. Their new TPC-812 shows one of the reasons that heatpipes took over, as the vapour chamber never starts to show promise until the second fan was added. The extra surface area from the combination of vapour chamber and heatpipes benefits from the increased airflow but at the cost of additional noise, whereas many heatpipe only coolers will not show the same level of improvement. On the other hand they provide better cooling with only one fan making them the choice of people with sensitive ears. X-bit Labs were not terribly impressed and suggest that maybe the vapour chamber should stay forgotten.
"CPU coolers have finally sported something new in their design. Although, I think, it would be more correct to say that it is more of a well forgotten old, rather than something completely new. Maybe it was a mistake to give up the vapor chamber technology a while back? Let’s find out with the help of the new Cooler Master cooler."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Enermax ETD-T60-VD Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler @ KitGuru/A>
- Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Noctua NH-I12 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
- Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Alpenfoehn Matterhorn PURE CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler @ Kitguru
- Coolermaster HAF XM @ Rbmods
- Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Review @ OCC
- Lian Li PC-TU200 @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone Fortress FT03 Mini Case @ Kitguru
- Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Quiet Chassis Review @ Techgage
- MSI Stealth Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Version Full Tower @ Tweaktown
- LEPA LPC302 Mid-Tower Case Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Silverstone Kublai KL04 @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Cosmos II @ Techspot
- Lian Li PC-A55 Case Review: Unfortunate Name Befits the Design @ AnandTech
- Bitfenix Shinobi XL: mild-mannered powerhouse @ Hardware.Info
- BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis @ Kitguru
- CM Storm Stryker Video @ OC3D
- Cubitek ATX ICE Case @ Kitguru
- CM Storm Stryker @ techPowerUp