Manufacturer: Noctua

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Noctua is a well respected manufacturer in the highly competitive CPU cooler space, offering products optimized for high efficiency and low-noise. The newest members of their S series coolers, the NH-D15S and NH-C14S, are based on known designs tweaked for maximum compatibility to ensure proper fit on your hot new Haswell, Haswell-E, or Skylake supported motherboard. Both coolers come standard with Noctua's SecuFirm2™ mounting mechanism, ensuring a secure mount between the cooler and CPU.

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The NH-D15S CPU cooler is a dual tower cooler with a single fan sandwiched between the two radiator towers. The unit can support a maximum of three fans, but may suffer compatibility issues with certain motherboards when used outside of its default single-fan configuration. Noctua designed the cooler with their typical hybrid approach, combining a copper base plate and heat pipes with aluminum finned cooling towers. The base plate and heat pipes are nickel-plated for looks and to prevent corrosion. At an MSRP of $89.99, the Noctua NH-D15S comes with a premium price to match is colossal size.

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The NH-C14S CPU cooler is single radiator cooler in a horizontal orientation with a single fan. The radiator's horizontal orientation gives the cooler a lower height in comparison to a cooler with the traditional veritical radiators while maintaining equivalent cooling performance. In typical Noctua fashion, the NH-C14S combines a copper base plate and heat pipes with aluminum finned cooling towers for an optimal hybrid cooling solution. The base plate and heat pipes are nickel-plated for looks and to prevent corrosion. The NH-C14S also retails at an MSRP of $89.99.

Continue reading our review of the Noctua S series CPU coolers!

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Manufacturer: be quiet!

Introduction and Features

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Be Quiet! is a well-respected brand, particularly in Europe, for PC power supplies and they are continuing to expand their product offering to include high-end ATX mid-tower enclosures. Be Quiet! introduced the Silent Base 800 mid-tower case last year and they have released the Silent Base 600 mid-tower case in 2015. As you might expect, the Silent Base Series is designed for very quiet operation while still offering excellent performance and cooling. We will be taking a detailed look at the new Silent Base 600 Window enclosure in this review.

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The Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 ATX Mid-Tower enclosure isn’t quite as tall as the Silent Base 800 (2.5” shorter). It comes in three different color schemes (Black/Black, Orange/Black, and Siler/Black) like the 800 and is available with or without a side window. Our review sample is the black-on-black model with a window.

The Silent Base Series is targeted towards users looking to build a quiet high-end gaming or multimedia system. The Silent Base 600 comes with two Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 fans (140mm intake and 120mm exhaust) pre-installed along with numerous options that support additional fans or liquid cooling if desired.

The Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 offers the perfect symbiosis of noise prevention and cooling performance, good usability, and an extensive capacity for high-end hardware.”  

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Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
•    Mid-Tower ATX enclosure available in three different color schemes (with or without a side window)
•    Supports ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
•    Innovative construction assures excellent cooling efficiency and air circulation
•    Easily removed dust filters on front and bottom panels
•    Sound dampening mats used on front panel and both side panels
•    Anti-vibration decoupling provided for fans, HDDs and power supply
•    Double-glazed side panel window provides superb soundproofing
•    Two included Pure Wings 2 fans (140mm intake and 120mm exhaust)
•    Three-speed fan control switch
•    Removable top panel, with top fan mounts pre-drilled for dual 120mm or 140mm fans
•    Excellent cooling and low noise levels with up to six fan mounting locations
•    Front: 140mm fan included (upgradable to dual 120mm or 140mm)
•    Top: Dual 120mm or 140mm
•    Rear: 120mm fan included
•    Bottom: 120mm or 140mm
•    (2) USB 3.0, (2) USB 2.0 and audio jacks on the front panel
•    Three internal 3.5” hard drive bays
•    Three internal 2.5” SSD mounting locations
•    Three external 5.25” drive bays
•    Tool-free mounting for all 3.5”/2.5” internal drives
•    Up to 294mm (11.6”) clearance for graphic cards
•    Up to 413mm (16.3”) for long graphic cards (with HDD cage removed)
•    Up to 170mm (6.7”) of space for CPU coolers
•    MSRP: $119.99 USD ($109.99 without side window)

Please continue reading our Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 case review!!!

Choose your own pump, the Monsoon Modular Reservoir System

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2015 - 04:51 PM |
Tagged: water cooler, reservoir, Monsoon Modular Reservoir System, Monsoon

As you can see in the picture below the Monsoon Modular Reservoir System requires some assembly before it can be used but once you have set it up you will have a unique looking reservoir.  The clear tube that holds your cooling liquid is perfect for those who want to build a case with fluorescing or just coloured liquid to match the theme of your mod.  The fact that you can choose your own pump motor, keeping size in mind, will also appeal to modders and quiet computing fanatics, you will not be stuck with one that does not meet your need.  The kit Modders-Inc ordered ran them just under $70, not the cheapest reservoir on the market but within reason for their target audience.

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"Of the all the reservoir types available in the market, the tube res has always been preferred mainly due to its large visibility and ease of installation. However, for the most part the design hadn't changed much until a couple years ago compression style reservoirs emerged into the market. Monsoon has developed their own compression style reservoir that has just …"

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Source: Modders Inc

Lian Li Announces CB-01: The Company's First CPU Water Block

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2015 - 09:28 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, water block, liquid CPU cooler, liquid cooling, Lian Li, CPU Water Block, CB-01

Computer component manufacturers often diversify their offerings to stay competitive, but it's still surprising to see Lian Li enter the CPU cooling market - and with a water block, no less!

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The CB-01 is the company's first water block, and it features support for all current sockets from Intel and AMD. Lian Li is emphasizing style and build quality with the new block, which adds support for LED lighting as well.

“The cold plate has a heart of solid copper in a nickel coating and a final layer of tin-cobalt for extra cooling, durability, and corrosion resistance. The top is a translucent acrylic block that visibly guides the cooling waters through the microchannels. The simple yet sturdy mounting fits virtually all modern and past motherboard sockets securely. For a bit of flare, there are holes pre-drilled for 5mm LED lights.”

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CB-01 Features (from Lian Li):

  • Lian Li style and craftsmanship in a CPU water block
  • Copper heat sink with nickel and tin-cobalt plating
  • G1/4” thread size
  • Cold plate area 60×60mm
  • Thinly cut microchannel with area of 32.2×27.3mm
  • Supports all Intel sockets: LGA 1366/2011/1155/1156/775
  • Supports AMD sockets: AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2
  • 5mm LED mounting

Availability is listed as “coming soon”, and no MSRP was announced.

Source: Lian Li

CRYORIG Announces A-Series Hybrid Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2015 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: water cooler, liquid cooler, CRYORIG A80, CRYORIG A40 Ultimate, CRYORIG A40, CRYORIG, cpu cooler, closed-loop, AIO

CRYORIG has a new take on the venerable closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, addressing concerns about the temps of surrounding components on the board by including a reversible fan which mounts to the CPU block.

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“The CRYORIG’s A40/A40 Ultimate and A80 HLC units are built on the base of Asetek’s 5th Generation Pump and CPU Cold Block technology with a small but obvious twist. With an additional adjustable and detachable Airflow fan, the CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%.”

There are three models in the series, with a standard 240 mm width A40, the A40 Ultimate which features a thicker 1.5-inch radiator (38.5 mm vs. 27.5 mm), and the 280 mm A80.

The company has released this slick video to demonstrate the difference this additional fan makes:

It’s an interesting concept and certainly any airflow over motherboard components it better than none, though I am slightly worried about increased noise from the 70 mm pump-mounted fan providing the hybrid cooling.

The new coolers are being released in Japan on November 5, with “mid-to-late November” promised for worldwide availability.

Source: CRYORIG

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W, for when you need 8 PCIe power connectors

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2015 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: PSU, Toughpower, thermaltake, ToughPower Grand 1200W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

The Thermaltake Grand series has been around for quite some time and has just been refreshed with a new model and a new price.  The PSU has a single 12V rail, capable of delivering 100% of the wattage at 100A which makes sense for a kilowatt class PSU which has eight 6+2 PCIe connectors.  It is rated at 80 Plus Gold which [H]ard|OCP's testing showed was essentially accurate, their test bed just snuck under the rating at 100% load.  With a 7 year warranty and a $240 price tag it is right in the middle of the pack for PSUs of this power, not perfect but certainly OK.

If you don't need a 1000+ watt PSU then you should revist Lee's review of the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU.

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"Thermaltake is back with a new 1200 watt fully modular PSU. We have used Thermaltake power supplies on our test bench literally for years with excellent results. However the Toughpower line has not always been the best value out there, but today we see a 1200 watt PSU with revised pricing."

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Enermax's slim new air cooler, the ETS-T40Fit-RF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2015 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: enermax, ETS-T40Fit-RF, air cooling

If you are using a motherboard with very little clearance between the CPU socket and the DIMM slots then you have to choose your CPU cooler with care.  Enermax has designed a cooler specifically for those motherboards, the ETS-T40Fit-RF which is 140x67x165.5mm (5.5x2.6x6.5") which should be thin enough for even the tightest of spaces.  [H]ard|OCP tested the coolers performance and were not particularly impressed by the cooling ability, however the cooler is very quiet and at $45 it is a decent choice for a low cost system which will be situated in a place where quiet performance is needed.  Check out their full review here.

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"Enermax is back again today with a new CPU air cooler that looks to conquer size and noise once again. Enermax calls this a "Compact side flow air cooler for 100% RAM compatibility." Does a fan size bigger than the heatsink surfaces and its "side flow air" give us better performance than those we have seen previously?"

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Manufacturer: AMD

Four High Powered Mini ITX Systems

Thanks to Sebastian for helping me out with some of the editorial for this piece and to Ken for doing the installation and testing on the system builds! -Ryan

Update (1/23/16): Now that that AMD Radeon R9 Nano is priced at just $499, it becomes an even better solution for these builds, dropping prices by $150 each.

While some might wonder where the new Radeon R9 Nano fits in a market that offers the AMD Fury X for the same price, the Nano is a product that defines a new category in the PC enthusiast community. It is a full-scale GPU on an impossibly small 6-inch PCB, containing the same core as the larger liquid-cooled Fury X, but requiring 100 watts less power than Fury X and cooled by a single-fan dual-slot air cooler.

The R9 Nano design screams compatibility. It has the ability to fit into virtually any enclosure (including many of the smallest mini-ITX designs), as long as the case supports a dual-slot (full height) GPU. The total board length of 6 inches is shorter than a mini-ITX motherboard, which is 6.7 inches square! Truly, the Nano has the potential to change everything when it comes to selecting a small form-factor (SFF) enclosure.

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Typically, a gaming-friendly enclosure would need at minimum a ~270 mm GPU clearance, as a standard 10.5-inch reference GPU translates into 266.7 mm in length. Even very small mini-ITX enclosures have had to position components specifically to allow for these longer cards – if they wanted to be marketed as compatible with a full-size GPU solution, of course. Now with the R9 Nano, smaller and more powerful than any previous ITX-specific graphics card to date, one of the first questions we had was a pretty basic one: what enclosure should we put this R9 Nano into?

With no shortage of enclosures at our disposal to try out a build with this new card, we quickly discovered that many of them shared a design choice: room for a full-length GPU. So, what’s the advantage of the Nano’s incredibly compact size? It must be pointed out that larger (and faster) Fury X has the same MSRP, and at 7.5 inches the Fury X will fit comfortably in cases that have spacing for the necessary radiator.

Finding a Case for Nano

While even some of the tiniest mini-ITX enclosures (EVGA Hadron, NCASE M1, etc.) offer support for a 10.5-in GPU, there are several compact mini-ITX cases that don’t support a full-length graphics card due to their small footprint. While by no means a complete list, here are some of the options out there (note: there are many more mini-ITX cases that don’t support a full-height or dual-slot expansion card at all, such as slim HTPC enclosures):

Manufacturer Model Price
Cooler Master Elite 110 $47.99, Amazon.com
Cooltek Coolcube  
Lian Li PC-O5 $377, Amazon.com
Lian Li PC-Q01 $59.99, Newegg.com
Lian Li PC-Q03 $74.99, Newegg.com
Lian Li PC-Q07 $71.98, Amazon.com
Lian Li PC-Q21  
Lian Li PC-Q26  
Lian Li PC-Q27  
Lian Li PC-Q30 $139.99, Newegg.com
Lian Li PC-Q33 $134.99, Newegg.com
Raijintek Metis $59.99, Newegg.com
Rosewill Legacy V3 Plus-B $59.99, Newegg.com

The list is dominated by Lian Li, who offers a number of cube-like mini-ITX enclosures that would ordinarily be out of the question for a gaming rig, unless one of the few ITX-specific cards were chosen for the build. Many other fine enclosure makers (Antec, BitFenix, Corsair, Fractal Design, SilverStone, etc.) offer mini-ITX enclosures that support full-length GPUs, as this has pretty much become a requirement for an enthusiast PC case.

Continue our look at building Mini ITX systems with the AMD Radeon R9 Nano!!

Corsair Introduces Carbide 88R Micro-ATX Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2015 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: micro-atx, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide 88RR, carbide

Corsair has introduced a new enclosure that delivers solid looks, a roomy internal layout, and a low $49.99 MSRP.

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The Carbide Series 88R is a micro-ATX enclosure that offers plenty of room for cooling inside, with dual 120 mm fan mounts up front and on top of the case along with the 120 mm rear fan. There's a 5.25" bay as well for your optical drive needs, and while the open layout doesn't leave a ton of room for storage there is still space for a pair of 3.5" hard drives - with mounts for two SSDs as well.

With 383 mm of GPU clearance even the longest graphics cards will fit, though CPU (up to 150 mm) and PSU (up to 160 mm) support is reduced compared to the typical mid-tower. The Carbide 88R measures 378 x 198 x 440 mm (HxWxD), and weighs 3.65 kg.

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The $49.99 price point is very attractive, and the Carbide 88R looks very good for a budget offering with a nice brushed finish front panel and a large side window to show off your build. So when can you buy one? Availability, sadly, was not announced.

Source: TechPowerUp
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Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features

Introduction

Thermaltake is expanding their Digital Power Supply (DPS) lineup with the introduction of the new Toughpower DPS G Series, which includes six models ranging from 450W up to 1050W. We will be taking a detailed look at the Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU in this review. Note: the new DPS G Series is a new line and is different than the Toughpower DPS 750W/850W/1050W models, which use the basic DPS App software. All DPS G Series power supplies support Thermaltakes new comprehensive suite of Smart Power Management (SPM) software. Thermaltake has also introduced four DPS G power supplies in their Smart Series, the Smart DPS G 600W/650W/700W/750W  

Thermaltake’s new DPS G Series power supplies incorporate an embedded digital controller, which enables them to communicate with the Smart Power Management software to monitor and record various functions of the PC and power supply. Some of Thermaltakes competition (notably Corsair) has offered “digital” power supplies for some time. Even though Thermaltake may be coming a little late to the party, they appear to have done their homework and continue to expand the software, which now includes a full suite of digital monitoring, recording and analysis software to support the Toughpower DPS G Series power supplies.

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The Toughpower DPS G 850W power supply features fully modular, flat-ribbon style cables, 80 Plus Gold certification for high efficiency, is Haswell and ErP Lot ready, and supports multiple graphic adapters with six PCI-E connectors.

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Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU Key Features:

•    850W continuous DC output (up to 50°C)
•    Embedded digital controller communicates with Thermaltake’s SPM software
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, at least 90% efficiency under 50% load
•    Fully modular cables for easy installation
•    Flat ribbon-style, low profile cables for a clean installation
•    Single high-current +12V output (70.8A/249.7W)
•    Dual ball bearing 140mm fan for reliability and long life
•    High-quality Japanese made electrolytic capacitors (105°C)
•    ErP Lot and Haswell ready
•    NVIDIA SLI ready with six 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Safety Protections : OVP, UVP, SCP, and OPP
•    7-Year Warranty
•    MSRP for the Toughpower DPS G 850W: $199.99 USD

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