Seven brown new fans from Noctua

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2018 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: sfma1, noctua, NF-P12 redux, NF-A12x25

Noctua have released seven new fans across three product lines, the NF-A12x25 family, the NF-P12 redux family and a single NA-SFMA1.   The naming scheme helps you determine what their function is, the PWM models for fan controllers, ULN are the ultra low noise fans and the FLX allow you to choose between two adapters to balance your cooling and noise levels.

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These new fans are built from Sterrox liquid-crystal polymer to add strength and stability to the fans even at high speeds and rotation as well as Noctua's self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearings.  The NF-A12x25 series are designed to be able to provide enough static pressure to be effectively used on radiators when paired with the SFMA1 adapter, as well as being used as an air cooler.  Those with sensitive ears should look to the NF-P12 redux series with three models rotating at 1700, 1300 or 900RPM, ranging from 25.1 dB(A) down to 12,6 dB(A).

The NF-A12x25 will retail for $29.90US, the NF-P12 redux for $13.90 and the NA-SFMA1for $11.90.  Check out the full PR below.

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Vienna, May 2nd 2018 – Noctua today presented its much-anticipated next-generation 120x25mm A-series fan and the complementary NA-SFMA1 adaptors that allow it to be used on 140mm based watercoolers. The new NF-A12x25 is the first fan made of Noctua’s novel Sterrox® LCP material and integrates the company’s latest innovations in aerodynamic engineering in order to achieve an unprecedented level of quiet cooling performance. While the NF-A12x25 becomes the new flagship model in the 120mm range, the classic NF-P12 will be reissued in the streamlined, more affordable redux line.

“The NF-A12x25 is our most advanced fan today. We’ve spent more than 4.5 years developing it and it’s been easily the most thorny, intricate development project we’ve completed so far,” explains Lars Strömbäck (Noctua CTO): “In order to achieve our goal of surpassing our renowned NF-F12 and NF-S12A, we went for a completely different approach and had to use a tip clearance of only 0.5mm, which poses various new difficulties in manufacturing.”

Whereas the award-winning NF-F12 and NF-S12A are specialised solutions that are either optimised for maximum static pressure or maximum airflow, the new NF-A12x25 follows the approach of Noctua’s A-series in being a true all-rounder that yields superb results in all types of usage, regardless of whether it’s in low-impedance, airflow-oriented applications such as case cooling, or high-impedance, pressure-demanding scenarios such as on heatsinks and watercooling radiators. In practice, the NF-A12x25 not only outperforms the renowned NF-F12 on 120mm based watercooling radiators, but combined with the new, optional NA-SFMA1 adaptor frames, it also offers better efficiency than many 140mm fans on 140mm based systems.

One of the cornerstones of the NF-A12x25’s next-generation performance is its record tight tip clearance (distance between the blade tips and the inside of the frame) of only 0.5mm. This highly ambitious design helps the NF-A12x25 to work more efficiently against back pressure, such as on heatsinks or radiators, by reducing leak flows through the gap between impeller and frame. Manufacturing a fan with such a small tip clearance is extremely delicate and was only made possible by Noctua’s new Sterrox® liquid-crystal polymer (LCP) material, which features extreme tensile strength, an exceptionally low thermal expansion coefficient and excellent dimensional stability.

“We have never put so much research and effort into a single fan so far, both on the level of fine-tuning the aerodynamic construction and on the level of materials and manufacturing,” says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO): “Many challenges had to be overcome, but now we’re proud with the end result and confident that the NF-A12x25 will become a new benchmark for premium-quality quiet 120mm fans.”

The NF-A12x25 will be available in a 4-pin PWM version for automatic speed control, 3-pin FLX version with Low-Noise Adaptors for three different speed settings as well as a near-silent 3-pin ULN (Ultra-Low-Noise) version. As the NF-A12x25 becomes the new flagship model in Noctua’s 120mm range, the classic NF-P12 moves to the streamlined, more affordable redux line. It will henceforth be available in 1700 and 1300rpm 4-pin PWM versions as well as 1300 and 900rpm 3-pin versions.

 

Source: Noctua

Apexgaming's 850W PSU; decent price, decent power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2018 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: Apexgaming, ag-850m, 850W, modular psu

Apexgaming is not top of mind when considering the purchase of a PSU, but with a 10 year warranty it seems worth seeing how it fares on TechPowerUp's test bench.  On paper this fully modular PSU is capable of providing its full 850W to its single 12V rail, or it can provide 25A to the 3.3V and 5V if you somehow have a component which would require such exceptional power.  Overall, the quality of power provided is acceptable, but not top notch, which makes sense at it's $110 price point.  TechPowerUp also noted some issues with the fan, which you can read about in detail here.

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"The AG-850M is made by Solytech and belongs to Apextechusa's new Apexgaming PSU line. It has a capacity of 850W, a fully modular cable design, and is backed by a ten-year warranty. On paper, everything looks good; however, in real life, things are not always at their best."

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Source: TechPowerUp
Author:
Manufacturer: FSP Group USA Corp.

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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The latest Hydro PTM power supply lineup sits right in the middle of FSP’s top-tier Premium Series and currently includes three models: 750W, 650W, and 550W. FSP Group Inc. has been designing and building PC power supplies under their own brand since 2003 and they are the OEM for many other big name brands. The three standard Hydro PTM power supplies are not water-cooled as the Hydro name might imply, but the FSP Hydro PTM+ 1200W PSU is. We will be taking a detailed look at the PTM 650W Platinum model in this review.

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FSP designed the Hydro PTM Series to operate cool and quiet thanks to Platinum level efficiency and a high-quality 135mm FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing) fan. The units feature all modular cables and are designed to deliver tight voltage regulation with excellent AC ripple and noise suppression. All Hydro PTM Series power supplies incorporate high-grade components like all Japanese made electrolytic capacitors and come with changeable side stickers (Blue, Red, or Green) and they are backed by a 10-year warranty!

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FSP Hydro PTM Series PSU Key Features:

•    550W, 650W or 750W continuous DC output @ 50°C
•    High efficiency, 80 PLUS Platinum certified =92%
•    Complies with newest ATX12V v2.4 & EPS12 v2.92 standards
•    100% Japanese made electrolytic capacitors
•    Quiet 135mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan
•    Powerful single +12V rail design
•    Fully modular with flat ribbon-style cables
•    Multiple 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors and VR ready
•    Protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP and OTP
•    10-Year Manufacturer’s warranty
•    MSRP: $124.99 USD

 

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Here is what FSP has to say about the Hydro PTM 650W PSU:

FSP’s Hydro PTM power supply series features 80 Plus Platinum rated efficiency and are fully modular. They are an excellent choice for high-performance PCs, thanks to the fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fan and Japanese electrolytic capacitors. These highly reliable power supplies are perfect for gaming enthusiasts and overclockers.

Please continue reading our review of the FSP Hydro PTM 650W PSU!!!

be quiet looks to knock out Noctua

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 12, 2018 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: be quiet!, dark rock pro 4, air cooler

The new Dark Rock Pro 4 is not messing around, 1.13kg of blackened aluminium standing 162.8x136x145.7 which makes it slightly smaller than Morry's mighty Noctua NH-D15 which helps when installing it in tight places.  The performance does not seem to have suffered at all however, TechPowerUp's review shows it a match to the mighty cooler and it produces less noise as well.  For just about $90 this is well worth looking into, as the mounting hardware has improved as much as the ability to move heat away from your CPU.

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"be quiet! looks to recapture the high-end air-cooling crown with the new and improved Dark Rock Pro 4. It is a dual-fan, dual-tower design that will certainly turn a few heads. However, it won't be due to noise. Silent and powerful, this new challenger looks to dethrone Noctua's NH-D15."

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Source: TechPowerUp
Author:
Manufacturer: Enermax

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Enermax is an established player in the PC peripherals market with a full line of power supplies for enthusiasts, gamers and professionals alike. The Platimax DF Series currently includes five models: 1200W, 1050W, 850W, 600W and 500W. They all feature Platinum level efficiency and come housed in a relatively compact chassis, measuring only 160mm deep. The Platimax DF Series includes Enermax’s latest D.F. (Dust Free Rotation™) fan technology, which works by briefly spinning the fan in the opposite direction to keep dust from building up on the fan blades.

All of the Platimax DF Series power supplies incorporate fully modular cables and feature Japanese made 105°C electrolytic capacitors, a 140mm Twister-bearing fan with semi-fanless operation and they come backed by either a 10-year (1200W, 1050W, and 850W) or 5-year (600W and 500W) warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the Platimax DF 850W power supply in this review.

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Enermax Platimax DF 850W PSU Key Features:

•    850W Continuous DC output at up to 50°C
•    80 PLUS® Platinum certified for high efficiency
•    Enermax patented Dust Free Rotation™ fan technology
•    Multi GPU support with six PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors
•    Fully-modular cables
•    Dedicated quad +12V rails (70A/840W combined)
•    140mm Twister-bearing fan (160,000 MTBF)
•    Semi-fanless operation (below 30-40% load)
•    Japanese made electrolytic capacitors 105°C
•    Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input (100 to 240 VAC)
•    Safety protections: OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, SCP, OTP, and SIP
•    Zero Load Operation ready
•    2013 ErP Lot 6 ready
•    10-Year warranty
•    MSRP: $249.99 USD

Please continue reading our review of the Platimax DF 850W PSU!!!

Need to cool off? Get naked with the Ncore V1

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2018 - 03:09 PM |
Tagged: ncore v1, watercooling, NudeCNC, Kickstarter

[H]ard|OCP offered a preview of NudeCNC's frameless waterblock, the NCore V1 before it launched it's Kickstarter.  Since that preview, the Kickstarter has launched and perhaps more importantly [H] got their hands on a V1 prototype to test. They compared it to the XSPC RayStorm Pro, without springs, so they could get a comparison on performance and flow rates. The cooling results were almost exactly the same, both the flow rate and temperature which was a little disappointing considering the performance NudeCNC has claimed.  Read through the article for their thoughts on why this is and what the future holds for the NCore.

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"The Ncore V1 is a prototype CPU water block for custom built PC cooling loops. It has a couple of big draws when it comes to enthusiast features, namely it is a direct-die cooler, and the other feature is that no mounting hardware is required. We have put the Ncore V1 through some cooling and have results to share."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Introduction and Case Exterior

The Meshify C - TG from Fractal Design is a high-airflow ATX case design with some added style from its unique angled front panel. Throw in a tempered glass side panel and a pair of pre-installed Dynamic X2 GP-12 120 mm fans and the $89.99 price tag looks pretty good - but how did it perform? We'll find out.

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Having reviewed a few Fractal Design cases in the past three years I have come to expect a few things from their enclosures: solid construction, intelligent internal layouts, and excellent cable management. As to style, their cases are generally understated, and the Meshify's black color scheme with a tinted glass side certainly fits the bill - though the angled front mesh design catches the light and does add some visual interest.

More than a single enclosure, Meshify is now a dedicated line from Fractal Design, with a new Meshify C Mini for mATX/mITX motherboards, as well as variants of this Meshify C including a model with a solid side panel (the standard Meshify C) and one with dark-tinted glass (Meshify C - Dark TG). Regardless of which model you might be considering, they share a common design focused on high airflow (with a full compliment of filters), flexible storage options, and maximizing component space within their compact dimensions.

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Continue reading our review of the Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass case!

Manufacturer: Noctua

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Courtesy of Noctua

Noctua is a well respected manufacturer in the highly competitive CPU cooler space, offering products optimized for high efficiency and low-noise. Their latest release for AMD Ryzen processors offer good stock performance at minimal noise levels. The cooler's minimalistic dimensions also ensures broad compatibility with AM4-based systems. Unlike other members of the Noctua cooler line, the L9a-AM4 uses a proprietary mounting system, not the standard SecuFirm2™ mounting mechanism. With an MSRP of $39.99, the NH-L9a-AM4 comes at a premium price for its performance goals.

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Courtesy of Noctua

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Courtesy of Noctua

The NH-L9a-AM4 CPU cooler is single radiator cooler placed in a horizontal orientation with a single included fan. The radiator's horizontal orientation gives the cooler a lower height in comparison to a cooler with the traditional vertical radiators while maintaining equivalent cooling performance. In typical Noctua fashion, the NH-L9a-AM4 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.

Continue reading our review of the Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 CPU cooler!

Introducing CORSAIR iCUE; A Corsair Interface

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2018 - 04:34 PM |
Tagged: corsair, iCUE, far cry 5

Corsair have announced early access to their new iCUE RGB control software which allows you to control the eminations coming from your Corsair keyboards, mice, headsets, fans, coolers and PSUs from one central location. 

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It also lets you monitor the performance of various components in your system, including fan and pump speed adjustments in a comprehensive and customizable dashboard.

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The launch of the iCURE software is tied to the release of Far Cry 5, if you have spent at least $150 on your RGB addiction, on Corsair branded peripherals you may be eligible for a free game key.  iCUE also comes with over 30 preset lighting patterns for Far Cry 5 to really get you into the game, or at least to broadcast what you are playing to anyone with line of site on your machine.

Check the full PR below.

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FREMONT, CA, March 27nd, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the early access launch of its new unified software, iCUE. Bringing together the full range of CORSAIR products into a single intuitive interface, iCUE powers everything from CORSAIR keyboards, mice and headsets to fans, coolers and PSUs.

iCUE users can instantly synchronize RGB lighting across all their compatible CORSAIR products with a single click, monitor system performance from a customizable dashboard, and control hardware temperatures with in-depth fan and pump speed adjustment. At the heart of everything CORSAIR, iCUE offers intelligent control, with unlimited possibilities.

With industry-leading RGB lighting control, iCUE makes it easier than ever to light up your PC. Synchronize lighting across your whole setup with just one-click, explore dozens of easy to customize lighting presets or dive into multi-layer lighting effects that mesmerize and amaze. From smooth transitions, to dynamic waves and ripples, iCUE’s lighting control goes beyond the keyboard to light up your entire setup.

iCUE offers much more than just lighting customization, with a breakthrough partnership between leading publisher Ubisoft and CORSAIR bringing more than 30 automatic in-game lighting effects to Far Cry 5. Each effect has been co-developed with a deep level of integration to further immerse players in the world of Hope County, so whether you’re exploring, fighting for your life, or just watching the world go by, the lighting of your entire CORSAIR setup will dynamically reflect your actions in-game.

iCUE also offers incredible control customization, with sophisticated macros and key remaps that change the way you work and play. Every single key or button on compatible CORSAIR keyboards and mice can be remapped or fully re-programmed to give you an in-game advantage or productivity boost. Assign a complex spell combination to a single key press to streamline MMOs or add a multi-function image-editing shortcut to a familiar shortcut to make After Effects easier. With iCUE it's your choice how you control your system, with no online login or account required to save and load profiles.

For the first time from CORSAIR, iCUE combines peripheral, hardware and system monitoring into one interface, with support for a wide range of CORSAIR CPU coolers, fans, PSUs and DDR4 memory. Controlled from a customizable dashboard that provides an at-a-glance recap of your entire system, it’s easy to track hardware temperatures, memory speeds and system loads, all from one place. Users can then easily tie lighting and fan speed profiles to not just system temperatures or loads, but specific programs, powering up cooling for demanding games, spinning down for silence when watching a film, or changing lighting color to warm to high temperatures.

CORSAIR iCUE launches immediately in Early Access alongside Far Cry 5, allowing gamers to experience in-game lighting effects from the first day the game is available. To celebrate, CORSAIR webstore customers who spend more than $150 on qualifying RGB products will receive a free copy of Far Cry 5. See www.corsair.com/far-cry-5 for full details.

 

Source: Corsair

Please don't lick the fusion cells to cool them; pick up Enermax's LiqFusion instead

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2018 - 07:02 PM |
Tagged: enermax, liqfusion, watercooler, AIO

Enermax's LiqFusion 240 AiO watercooler is a fair sized piece of equipment, measuring 120x272x53mm with the fans installed and sports 400mm tubes to allow a variety of mounting possibilities.  The cold plate is compatible with any modern Intel or AMD CPU; [H]ard|OCP tested with a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.9 GHz at 1.475 volts.  The end results show this to be an impressive cooler, with only a small handful able to best it.  The price is a bit high, then again you have to pay extra for four rings of RGB on your cooler.

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"The new Enermax LiqFusion is an All-in-One liquid CPU cooler packed with unique features and desirable options. It has an exclusive RGB-sync waterblock, flow indicator, ceramic bearing pump, as well as a serviceable design, but how well does it cool our highly overclocked Ryzen test system?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP