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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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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Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Features

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Introduction

Corsair is a well-respected name in the PC industry and they continue to offer a complete line of products for enthusiasts, gamers, and professionals alike.  Today we are taking a detailed look at Corsair’s latest flagship power supply, the AX1600i Digital ATX power supply unit. This is the most technologically advanced power supply we have reviewed to date. Over time, we often grow numb to marketing terms like “most technologically advanced”, “state-of-the-art”, “ultra-stable”, “super-high efficiency”, etc., but in the case of the AX1600i Digital PSU, we have seen these claims come to life before our eyes.

1,600 Watts: 133.3 Amps on the +12V outputs!

The AX1600i Digital power supply is capable of delivering up to 1,600 watts of continuous DC power (133.3 Amps on the +12V rails) and is 80 Plus Titanium certified for super-high efficiency. If that’s not impressive enough, the PSU can do it while operating on 115 VAC mains and with an ambient temperature up to 50°C (internal case temperature). This beast was made for multiple power-hungry graphic adapters and overclocked CPUs.

The AX1600i is a digital power supply, which provides two distinct advantages. First, it incorporates Digital Signal Processing (DSP) on both the primary and secondary sides, which allows the PSU to deliver extremely tight voltage regulation over a wide range of loads. And second, the AX1600i features the digital Corsair Link, which enables the PSU to be connected to the PC’s motherboard (via USB) for real-time monitoring (efficiency, voltage regulation, and power usage) and control (over-current protection and fan speed profiles).

Quiet operation with a semi-fanless mode (zero-rpm fan mode up to ~40% load) might not be at the top of your feature list when shopping for a 1,600 watt PSU, but the AX1600i is up to the challenge.

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(Courtesy of Corsair)

Corsair AX1600i Digital ATX PSU Key Features:

•    Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for extremely clean and efficient power
•    Corsair Link Interface for monitoring and adjusting performance
•    1,600 watts continuous power output (50°C)
•    Dedicated single +12V rail (133.3A) with user-configurable virtual rails
•    80 Plus Titanium certified, delivering up to 94% efficiency
•    Ultra-low noise 140mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) fan
•    Silent, Zero RPM mode up to ~40% load (~640W)
•    Self-test switch to verify power supply functionality
•    Premium components (GaN transistors and all Japanese made capacitors)
•    Fully modular cable system
•    Conforms to ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 standards
•    Universal AC input (100-240V) with Active PFC
•    Safety Protections: OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP, and OPP
•    Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 200mm (L)
•    10-Year warranty and legendary Corsair customer service
•    $449.99 USD

Please continue reading our review of the AX1600i Digital PSU !!!

All in the wrist? Fingering your Threadripper's TIM

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | March 9, 2018 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: amd, Threadripper, tim, ryzen

If you are looking for advice on how to install and cool a Threadripper. [H]ard|OCP have quickly become the site to reference.  They've benchmarked the majority of waterblocks which are compatible with AMD's big chip as well as publishing videos on how to install it on your motherboard.  Today the chip is out again, this time it is getting a manually applied TIM facial.  Check out Kyle's tips on getting ready to coat your chip and the best way to spread the TIM to ensure even cooling.

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"AMD's Threadripper has shown to be a very different CPU in all sorts of ways and this includes how you install the Thermal Interface Material as well should you be pushing your Threadripper's clocks beyond factory defaults. We show you what techniques we have found to give us the best temperatures when overclocking. "

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Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and First Impressions

Launching today, Corsair’s new Carbide Series 275R case is a budget-friendly option that still offers plenty of understated style with clean lines and the option of a tempered glass side panel. Corsair sent us a unit to check out, so we have a day-one review to share. How does it compete against recent cases we’ve looked at? Find out here!

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The Carbide 275R is a compact mid-tower design that still accommodates standard ATX motherboards, large CPU coolers (up to 170 mm tall), and long graphics cards, and it includes a pair of Corsair’s SP120 fans for intake/exhaust. The price tag? $69.99 for the version with an acrylic side, and $79.99 for the version with a tempered glass side panel (as reviewed). Let’s dive in, beginning with a rundown of the basic specs.

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Continue reading our review of the Corsair Carbide Series 275R Tempered Glass case!

NZXT Launches Two New Kraken AIO Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, Kraken X72, Kraken M22, watercooler

NZXT announced two new AiO watercoolers, the $100, 120mm Kraken M22 and $200, 360mm X72.  They both feature RGBs and NZXT's infinite-mirror effects and are compatible with HUE devices and NZXT's CAM software to give you control over your coolers lightshow.  You won't be able to pick them up until the middle of the month but you can take a look at the details below.

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The Kraken M22 has a single 120mm Aer P fan, specifically designed to work with a radiator and for those fully addicted to adding colour to your machines you can purchase trims in a variety of colours.  As a member of the M series, this model does not have built-in fan controls or liquid temperature monitoring, but is compatible with a wide variety of fan controllers.  The CAM software will still provide you with CPU temperature and pump speed information.

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The X72 is somewhat larger than the M22, as it is the first 320mm cooler NZXT has created.  The radiator is cooled by a trio of the 120mm Aer P fans and should be able to tame even the hottest of CPUs on the market.  This model does feature a built in fan controller as well as the features which the CAM software suit offers, as well as a newly designed pump. 

Hopefully we will see reviews of these two coolers appear as we approach the official launch date.

Source: NZXT

Look ma, no hands! The Ncore V1 waterblock; no frame and no lid

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2018 - 01:41 PM |
Tagged: LGA 1151, Intel, watercooler, Ncore, V1, waterblock

If you delidded your LGA 1151 the chances are you are overclocking and are looking for even more efficient ways to move heat away from your processor.  [H]ard|OCP just took a look at a unique new prototype from Ncore that might be the solution you are looking for.  The waterblock lacks a mounting frame, sitting directly on top of the CPU socket and using the socket locking mechanism to secure it to your processor.  A KickStarter for this cooler will begin on April 1st, for now you can check out the video showing you how the cooler mounts as well as a teardown.

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"Ncore is a prototype water block that has made its way to us for testing, and it is interesting enough for use to give it some test bench time. This V1 model of the Ncore uses the LGA 1151 socket to mount it to your delidded Intel processor. This block is tiny compared to almost any other air or water cooler on the market. Let's see what it is about."

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