The Silent Base 800 may Be Quiet!, but the orange trim certainly isn't

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2016 - 05:16 PM |
Tagged: be quiet!, Silent Base 800

Lee reviewed the Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 back on my birthday but since that feels like so long ago and since there are so many cases on the market it seems worth revisiting.  As this is the first time [H]ard|OCP has reviewed a case from this manufacturer, they are looking at it with fresh eyes instead of comparing it to the 600 model.  At 495x266x542mm (19.5x10.5x21.3") it is large enough to fit just about any component you might want and with seven slots it is great for multiple GPUs. [H] was impressed enough to grant a Gold Award to the 800, not just for the acoustical and thermal performance but also for the flexibility of the drive cages.  If you gave the case a pass previously, perhaps ponder a peek.

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"With a company name like be quiet!, you likely know what to somewhat expect. This German company strives to build some of the best designed computer chassis on the market. Its new Silent Base 800 series case certainly looks good on the outside. How does it perform when it comes to being cool and quiet?"

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EKWB Unveils Nickel Plated Monarch Ram Heatspreaders To Water Cool Your Memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2016 - 09:40 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, overclocking, liquid cooling, EKWB

The guys over at the Tech Report spotted a rather shiny product coming out soon from EKWB. The company is adding a nickel plated memory heat-spreader kit can be used to replace your existing heatspreaders and hook into a RAM waterblock like EKWB's own Monarch X2 to allow you to liquid cool your memory and add it to your custom cooling loop.

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These new modules are similar to the existing black modules, but have a nickel plated finish that is particularly shiny (see the photo below). Each kit includes the parts to replace the heatspreaders on two memory modules. Thermal pads are used to facilitate heat transfer from the memory chips to the CNC'ed aluminum heatsinks.

Users can then screw a memory waterblock (EKWB specifies the Monarch X2 Acetel/Nickel) to the top of the replaced memory heat-spreaders. Heat is then transferred from the heatsinks to the block and finally to the water loop.

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The new Monarch modules are available now for $34.99. The Monarch X2 waterblock adapter is a further $38.99 if you want to water cool the DRAM. Note that the existing black anodized heatsinks are a bit cheaper at $29.99.

The heatsinks certainly look nice, and while I can see reasons to liquid cool them for aesthetics or to play around with extreme overclocking water cooling your memory using them will get expensive in short order considering you need to buy both kits for every two memory DIMMs (I hope you don't have X99 with all slots populated heh).

If you really want to cool all the things and add a bit of 'bling' to your system look no further!

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Manufacturer: EVGA

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Earlier this year we reviewed the EVGA 750W GQ power supply and found it to be a worthy addition to EVGA’s already plentiful power supply lineup. Today we are taking a detailed look at another member of the GQ series, the 650W GQ. It’s always nice to be able to compare different models of the same series for consistency. The GQ series is aimed at price conscious consumers who want good value while still maintaining many of the performance features found in EVGA’s premium models. The GQ Series contains four models ranging from 650W up to 1000W: the EVGA 650 GQ, 750 GQ, 850 GQ and 1000 GQ.

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All of the GQ series power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency and feature modular cables, high-quality Japanese brand capacitors, and a quiet 135mm cooling fan with a fluid dynamic bearing. The GQ series power supplies are NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire Ready and are backed by a 5-year warranty.

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EVGA 650W GQ PSU Key Features:

•    Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, with up to 90%/92% efficiency (115VAC/240VAC)
•    100% Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
•    Quiet 135mm Fluid Dynamic bearing fan for reliability and quiet operation
•    ECO Intelligent Thermal Control allows silent, fan-less operation at low power
•    NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire Ready
•    Ready for 4th Generation Intel Core Processors (C6/C7 Idle Mode)
•    Compliant with ErP Lot 6 2013 Requirement
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    5-Year warranty and EVGA Customer Support

EVGA was founded in 1999 with headquarters in Brea, California. They continue to specialize in producing NVIDIA based graphics adapters and Intel based motherboards and keep expanding their PC power supply product line, which currently includes thirty-eight models ranging from the high-end 1,600W SuperNOVA T2 to the budget minded EVGA 400W power supply.

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(Courtesy of EVGA)

As you can see in the table above, EVGA currently offers six different variations of 650W power supplies. Let’s get started with the review and see how the 650 GQ compares to the 750 GQ.

Please continue reading our review of the EVGA 650W GQ PSU!!!

Manufacturer: Reeven

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Courtesy of Reeven

The Reeven Four-Eyes Touch Fan Controller is a new revision of their existing four-channel controller, integrating a touch-based interface into the design. The Four-Eyes controller is housed in a metal enclosure that fits into a single 5.25" drive bay. With an MSRP of $49, the Four-Eyes Touch Fan Controller makes a good match for any enthusiast build.

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Courtesy of Reeven

The Four-Eyes Touch has a front screen divided into seven distinct sections, all touch capable. The upper four sections are tied to individual fan channels each supporting up to a 2.5A fan with total power provided of up to 30 watts. The lower right section controls the unit warning sound and display temperature with the lower left used to set the display to one of seven colors. The lower middle section is used to set the fan speed, you simply swipe your finger across the section to increase or decrease the active channel's fan speed.

Technical Specifications (taken from the Thermaltake website)

Model Number RFC-03
Dimensions (W)148 x (H)42 x (D)100mm
DC Input DC5V & DC12V
DC Output 3.7V ~ 12V (±10%)
Output Ampere 2.5A per Channel
Temperature Range 0 ~ 99C
Fan Speed Range 0 ~ 9990rpm
Weight 200g

Continue reading our review of the Reeven Four-Eyes Touch Fan Controller!

Manufacturer: CRYORIG

Introduction and First Impressions

The CRYORIG C7 is a compact air cooler for Intel and processors, designed to fit anywhere a stock solution will. Standing just 47 mm tall, and featuring a footprint close in size to an Intel stock cooler, CRYORIG claims this ultra-compact design will still outperform the stock solution.

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An attractive design, the C7 is further sweetened by a $29.99 retail, which places it in a favorable position in the compact CPU cooler market. Designs like these are rarely useful for enthusiasts, but there it certainly a need for good aftermarket options when overclocking isn't a consideration. There was a time when the stock Intel cooler was sufficient for many basic builds, and for some that may still be the case. But if you've spent a little more to get higher performance, a better heatsink can certainly help; and if you're an enthusiast, the stock cooler was never adequate anyway (even before Intel stopped shipping it in K series CPUs).

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In this review we'll find out if this small cooler can deliver on its performance promise, and see just how much noise it might make in the process.

Continue reading our review of the CRYORIG C7 Ultra-Compact CPU Cooler!!

NZXT Kraken X31; midget beastie or large squid?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2016 - 04:05 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, Kraken X31, AIO

The NZXT Kraken X31 is smaller than its cousins, the radiator is a compact 120x30x155mm and uses a 120mm fan to move heat.  NXZT seems to offer proprietary controller software, called Cam software, but once you read the difficulties [H]ard|OCP had obtaining and using the software you will see why they recommend sticking with SpeedFan.  The performance is not quite as effective as most 140mm or 280mm coolers but on the other hand it operates at a significantly lower volume, 40.9dBA at most.   If you are looking for a decent performing and quiet cooler then check out the full review.

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"NZXT is also moving some of its AIO cooler strategy into the realm of making it smaller and more efficient. The Kraken X31 ticks that checkbox plus a few others, such as software control, variable pump speed, 16 inch tubing leads, and a six year warranty. (Place your own "Release the Kraken," joke here.)"

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Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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There has been growing interest in recent years in quiet computing with more users looking for components that will help them build a quiet PC. Thermaltake’s new Suppressor F31 Silent ATX mid-tower chassis is aimed squarely at this audience. Thermaltake has been around since 1999 and is a well-respected name in the PC industry. They offer a full line of cases, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories.

The Suppressor F31 chassis is available with or without a side window and comes in black. Thermaltake also offers several other variations in the Suppressor line, which include the Suppressor F31 Power Cover Edition (large baffle located over the PSU area) and the Suppressor F51 Mid-Tower case (slightly larger chassis capable of mounting an Extended-ATX form factor motherboard). We will be taking a detailed look at the Suppressor F31 Window ATX Mid-Tower Chassis in this review.

The Thermaltake Suppressor F31 is wider than most mid-tower enclosures (250mm/9.8”) and incorporates sound dampening panels on the front, top and both sides. Note: the Window version replaces the left side panel sound dampening material with a large acrylic window. The top panel has three separate sound dampening panels that can easily be removed to make room for additional case fans or a top mounted liquid cooling radiator. The Suppressor F31 comes with two quiet case fans installed: one 120mm intake on the front and one 120mm exhaust on the back.

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The roomy chassis offers numerous options for adding more case fans (up to nine total) for increased airflow as well as several options for installing liquid cooling systems of various sizes (single, dual, and/or triple fan/radiators). All of the potential fan locations are designed to mount either 120mm or 140mm fans. The front panel can mount one 200mm fan and the top panel can mount two 200mm fans if desired.

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(Courtesy of Thermaltake)

Suppressor F31 Window ATX Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
•    Mid-Tower ATX enclosure (HxWxD, 497x250x515mm, 19.5x9.8x20.3”)
•    Large clear acrylic side window (also available without a side window)
•    Supports ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards (F51 supports E-ATX)
•    Extremely quiet case for noise sensitive applications
•    Sound dampening panels on front, side, and top
•    Easily removed dust filters on front, top and bottom panels
•    Two included Thermaltake fans (120mm intake and 120mm exhaust)
•    Numerous cooling options for adding fans and/or liquid cooling
•    (2) USB 3.0, (2) USB 2.0 and HD audio jacks on the top I/O panel
•    Three internal 3.5” hard drive / 2.5” SSD trays
•    Three optional 3.5”/2.5” drive mounting locations behind mobo tray
•    Two external 5.25” drive bays
•    Tool-free mounting for all 3.5” internal and 5.25” external drives
•    Up to 278mm (10.9”) clearance for graphic cards
•    Up to 420mm (16.5”) for long graphic cards (with HDD cage removed)
•    Up to 180mm (7.1”) of space for tall CPU coolers
•    Price: $99.99 USD

Please continue reading our Suppressor F31 case review!!!

Arctic Cooling doubles up with the Liquid Freezer 240

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2016 - 03:36 PM |
Tagged: arctic cooling, Liquid Freezer 240, AIO

Arctic Cooling has expanded their AIO CPU cooler lineup with the Liquid Freezer 240, which will fit on any modern AMD or Intel CPU.  As with the smaller Liquid Freezer 120 the CPU mounting bracket locks into place, making the install a breeze.  When [H]ard|OCP strapped it onto a CPU overclocked to 4.4GHz they were quite pleased to see this cooler take top spot, 69.7C under full load.  It was rather quiet as well, 41.7dBA is very acceptable for such a powerful cooler.  Pricing is equally impressive, $100 for the best AIO cooler they have tested.  No wonder it picked up a Gold Award.

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"Arctic Cooling claims its new Liquid Freezer 240 is "Extremely Powerful yet Quiet," "Designed for Extreme Cooling Performance" and that it has "Optimal Heat Dissipation." This All-In-One CPU cooler has a 240mm radiator that is poised to do great things with a stock Push/Pull 4-fan configuration and excellent cold plate."

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Rosewill is breaking away from their previous reputation as a bare bones PSU supplier

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2016 - 01:40 PM |
Tagged: rosewill, Quark-550, modular psu, 550W

Rosewill have grown from providing what were inexpensive PSUs with little to no extra features into something much more interesting for those who do not need a 1000W PSU.  The new Quark-550 that [H]ard|OCP recently tested is a good example, it is fully modular, it has a single 12v rail with a capacity of up to 45A and internal components from both Nippon Chemi-con and Rubycon.  Once strapped to their torture bench, [H]ard|OCP saw decent results, in line with the competition for stability and efficiency but as the unit retails for $100, roughly $20 higher than other comparable units it did not receive an award.  If you find it on sale it is still a good choice for a mid-range build.

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"Rosewill was a Newegg "house brand" that has broken out to other retailers and you might have seen its name on all types of products. Today we are seeing what Rosewill accomplishes when it brands a 550 watt "Platinum" PSU. The 550W PSU market is crammed with competition...good competition at good prices."

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Manufacturer: Corsair
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Introduction and First Impressions

The Corsair Carbide 400C is a mid-tower enclosure that offers a very large window to show off your build through a side panel that’s also a hinged, and latching, door.

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With the Carbide 600 series Corsair introduced a new full-tower enclosure with an understated style, and some very nice features. The matching 400 series offer a slightly smaller version of these enclosures, with a few changes. These new Carbide 600 and 400 series cases offer both noise-reducing quiet versions (600Q, 400Q), as well as clear side-panel versions (600C, 400C). We recently looked at the full-tower Carbide 600Q, which performed well from a thermal standpoint, and, to a greater extent, with noise output.

The case we’ll be taking a look at today is the mid-tower cousin of the Carbide 600C, and this 400C drops the larger enclosure’s inverse ATX design in favor of a standard layout, but retains most other aspects of the design. Corsair’s 400 series duplicates many aspects of the larger, and more expensive, 600 series full-tower enclosures, and are priced $50 less. From the outside the 400C looks like a slightly smaller version, but once inside there are some notable differences.

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The Carbide 400C does not offer the noise dampening of the 400Q, dropping in favor of a large window and hinged, latching door. This tradeoff has allowed Corsair to market both version at the same price point, leaving it up to the consumer to decide where their priorities are. As mentioned, the 400 series are not simply smaller version of the 600C/600Q, as the internals are quite different. For instance, the PSU mount (and plastic shroud covering it) moves down to the case floor with to o400 series, and there are no 5.25-inch bays this time.

Beyond the changed layout, this clear version will likely differ from the results we saw with the 600Q. Thermal performance might be affected by the ATX layout, but the lack of insulation could mitigate this. Another factor is the noise output from a “C” version, which would presumably be significantly louder than the very quiet 600Q previously tested. We’ll cover all of that - along with build quality and ease of installation - in this review.

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