HEATKILLER is not the latest superhero, unless you're running a Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2018 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: water cooler, Threadripper, HEATKILLER IV Pro, amd

You may not see WaterCool.de mentioned frequently in reviews unless you are deeply into watercooling.  They have been producing impressive products for quite a while now and the HEATKILLER IV Pro is no exception.  [H]ard|OCP's tests showed it to be equal in performance to the best they have seen.  If you don't like the clear look of the cooler [H] reviewed the waterblock also comes in copper and copper with nickel plating as well.  See the cooler in action here.

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"WaterCool.de does not mess around when it comes to water cooling enthusiasts computers for well over a decade now. Many of us have been waiting with bated breath for Watercool's entry into the Threadripper cooling market, and it finally is with the HEATKILLER IV Pro. We compare it to five other water blocks."

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Manufacturer: BitFenix

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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BitFenix is a relatively new player in the PC power supply market. Formed in 2014 and based in New Taipei, Taiwan, BitFenix started their PC hardware business with a focus on power supplies, cases, lighting accessories, and LED fans targeted towards enthusiasts, gamers and modders. They currently have four different power supply lines: the Formula Gold, BitFenix BPA, Whisper M, and the Fury. The Whisper M series includes five models ranging from 450W up to 850W. We will be taking a detailed look at the BitFenix Whisper M 850W power supply in this review.

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The BitFenix Whisper M Series power supplies are all modular and certified to comply with the 80 Plus Gold standards for high efficiency. They feature all Japanese made capacitors, a 135mm fan with a FDB, and come backed by a 7-year warranty.

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BitFenix Whisper M 850W PSU Key Features:

•    850W Continuous DC output at up to 50°C
•    80 PLUS Gold certified for high efficiency
•    Fully-modular cables
•    Dedicated quad +12V rails
•    135mm Cooling fan with FDB
•    Intelligent Fan Control for quiet operation
•    Japanese made capacitors
•    Complies with Intel ATX12V v2.4 and Haswell C6/C1
•    Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input (100 to 240 VAC)
•    Safety protections: OCP, OVP, UVP, OPP, SCP, OTP, and SIP
•    No Load Operation (NLO)
•    2013 ErP Lot 6 ready
•    7-Year warranty
•    MSRP: $119.99 USD

Please continue reading our review of the BitFenix Whisper M 850W PSU!!!

Manufacturer: Primochill

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The newly released Vue Coolant is the latest coolant product from Primochill, offering one of their most unique products to date. Their Vue Coolant shows as a solid color at rest and fractalizes when in motion, creating a random visualization with your water loop under power. The coolant is water based and tested by Primochill as safe for any same metal copper based loops, as well as safe to use with acrylic components. Currently, Primochill offers Vue coolant in a large variety of colors all with an MRSP of $24.95 for a 1 quart container.

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Courtesy of Primochill

One of the coolest properties of Primochill's Vue coolant is its fractalization properties when in motion. The fluid shown is at rest on the left and in motion on the right. Notice how random patterns emerge in the right bottle, forming unique visuals. The visualizations are caused by particles in suspension in the coolant itself.

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Courtesy of Primochill

Primochill currently offers their Vue coolant in the 18 colors shown, ranging from dark red (Crimson) to Yellow with even more colors promised in the future. They have ensured that the Vue coolant will fit in almost any system build imaginable with their broad color palette.

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Courtesy of Primochill

To best prep an existing system and cooling loop for use with their Vue coolant, Primochill developed System Reboot. You simply add the bottle's contents to a gallon of distilled water and run it through your loop for up to 24hrs. It was designed to remove any residue or staining from your system components, leaving them like new. Primochill designed this cleaning agent specifically for Vue system preparation because of the Vue coolant's fragile nature when exposed to other coolant compounds.

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Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and First Impressions

NZXT has proven to be willing to adapt and innovate in the competitive DIY PC space, introducing their own software control suite (CAM) to control cooling and lighting effects in 2014, and this year launching their first motherboard. We have have seen CAM in action with products like the Kraken AiO liquid CPU coolers, which required the software to fully unlock their potential - both thermally and visually (RGB) speaking, and it's an integral part of the new H700i enclosure.

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“The H700i showcases NZXT’s vision for modern PC building. This premium mid-tower case features a unique CAM Powered Smart Device that digitally drives RGB lighting and fan performance. You can effortlessly control RGB lighting and fans, while Adaptive Noise Reduction optimizes your build’s acoustics through machine learning and ideal fan settings. Includes four integrated Aer F fans and two RGB LED to enhance the aesthetics of your build as seen through the H700i’s stunning tempered glass panel.”

Now that NZXT has brought that CAM software feature-set to enclosures beginning with the H700i mid-tower we have for you today, we will pay close attention to the way the integrated "Smart Device" - a module that controls fans and lighting - fits into the usual thermal/noise equation. OEM systems from the likes of Dell with their Alienware desktops have used similar dedicated hardware for cooling and lighting control, and it's interesting to see this enter the DIY space. How important is software control of cooling and RGB effects to you? That depends, of course, and partly on how easy it is to use.

We will take a close look in and around this new enclosure, and while it’s on the test bench we will see how the stylish H700i stacks up with thermal and noise results vs. some other recent cases - and test the H700i both with and without CAM software optimization to see what sort of difference it makes in practice. Let’s get started!

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Why are you looking at FSP like that? Watercooling your PSU is safer than lasers in your eyeballs!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2018 - 07:30 PM |
Tagged: Hydro PTM+, 1200w, modular psu, fsp, 80 Plus Platinum

If you run the FSP Hydro PTM+ modular PSU in Boring Mode then it is limited to delivering a mere 1200W of 80 Plus Platinum power.  If you use it as it is intended however, the addition of watercooling allows 1400W of power to flow out of this PSU and you won't even see the fans start to turn until you hit 50% load. 

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If you order in time, the first 500 units come with sleeved cables as well as a Bitspower AiO kit, including pump, radiator, and 120 mm LED fan.   Even if you miss out on the limited edition, you will still get R's, G's and B's to illuminate your water feature.   Check out the PR below for more details on this very unique $700 product.

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FSP, one of the leading manufacturers of power supplies in the world is pleased to announce its newest advanced power supply, the Hydro PTM+. After its initial unveiling at Computex 2017, where it received massively positive response from hardware fans and PC gamers, the Hydro PTM+ 1200W is now ready to be built into PC gaming rigs across the globe. The Hydro PTM+ was developed in cooperation with Bitspower to create a unique liquid cooled power supply that excels at its efficiency, power rating, and thermal performance. With liquid cooling enabled, up to 1400W of power can be delivered, but when power demand is below 50% loading the Hydro PTM+ remains passively cooled, remaining completely silent. On top of the fantastic power delivery and unique cooling solution, the Hydro PTM+ fits any gamers’ needs, by also offering good looks. With ASUS Aura sync certified RGB lighting inside the unit and fully modular design with ribbon cables, the Hydro PTM+ is the first PSU that truly combines power, cooling, and aesthetics.

Limited Edition - 500 Units Only!
As a unique opportunity for liquid cooling and modding enthusiasts, FSP and Bitspower have prepared 500 limited edition units with amazing extras. The first 500 units will get high-quality FSP sleeved cables as well as a Bitspower AiO kit, including pump, radiator, and 120 mm LED Fan. The regular Hydro PTM+ and limited edition does not include coolant for those that want to integrate this solution into their custom systems.

High quality Japanese components, up to 1400W power
Internally, the Hydro PTM+ is made of only the best components. Feature 100% Japanese made E-caps, which provide reliable power and have a prolonged lifespan over other alternatives. The design, is based on a single 12V rail with a DC-DC module for supreme efficiency and voltage stability. This allows for the extremely high 92% efficiency rating, 80 PLUS ® Platinum certification, and various protection schemes such as over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection. When power- demand, and temperature rises, a single 135 mm FDB fan can cool the entire unit and starts spinning up at 30% load. Enabling liquid cooling allows the Hydro PTM+ to deliver an additional 200W, up to 1400W and the fan to remain inactive up to 50% system load. Hydro PTM+ modding contest FSP has invited global famous case-modders to display the power of liquid cooling. With this unique approach, modders can liquid cool their CPU, GPU and PSU into some of the most creative systems ever created, with performance to match their looks.

Availability
The FSP Hydro PTM+ is now available at a MSRP of $699USD

 

Source: FSP Group

I think I'm a clone now, Thermaltake's Core G21 and View 21

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2018 - 03:15 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, core 21, view 21, tempered glass

The only difference between the Core 21 and View 21 is the front panel, the Core G21 sports a matte grill while the View 21 offers a smoky glass front panel.  This makes it somewhat easier for [H]ard|OCP to review both cases at once.  They both offer extensive cooling options, the front can house your choice of to two 140mm fans, three 120mm fans, or a radiator between 120mm to 360mm in size.  The top of the case can support a 120 or 140mm fan, the bottom another 120mm fan in addition to having an intake for your PSU, neither can support a radiator, however the rear can accommodate a 120mm fan or rad.  $70 is a decent price for a case sporting tempered glass, however [H] did feel Thermaltake should have included more than just a single fan in the package.  Get the full details here.

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"This is a two-for-one review: Thermaltake's Core 21 and View 21 Tempered Glass Edition cases are identical aside from the front panel. Both cases feature tempered glass panels that show off your build, and we'll find out what difference the drastically different front panel designs have on case performance."

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More Threadripper watercooling? How about Enermax's new Liqtech all in one

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2018 - 01:54 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, Threadripper, LIQMAX II 240, enermax, amd, AIO

Carrying in what is becoming almost a specialty, [H]ard|OCP have reviewed Enermax's new AiO watercooler for AMD's Threadripper.  The LiqTech TR4 280 is the third AiO cooler designed specifically for AMD's new chip, with a 240 and 360 model already on the market.  In their testing it became clear where the TR4 280 sits in the market, not providing much more cooling than the smaller 240 model but generating less noise than either of the other two models.  In fact it was the quietest according to their dB chart, which is contained in their full review.

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"ENERMAX has been the most aggressive company when it comes to cooling AMD's Threadripper CPU with an easy to use and affordable All-In-One system. Today we are reviewing its THIRD socket TR4-specific AIO. It's previous offerings have been extremely solid and we think that Enermax has stayed on point."

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Manufacturer: EVGA

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Small size, big performance – the new Supernova G3 Series power supplies are based on EVGA’s popular G2 series but come in a smaller chassis measuring only 150mm (5.9”) deep. The G3 Series uses a 130mm cooling fan with a hydraulic dynamic bearing for quiet operation and EVGA claims the G3 units offer even better performance than the original G2 models. The Supernova G3 Series is available in five different models ranging from 550W up to 1000W. We will be taking a detailed look at the Supernova 750W G3 power supply in this review.

•    EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 ($99.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G3 ($109.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G3 ($129.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G3 ($149.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W G3 ($199.99 USD)

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The Supernova G3 series power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency and feature all modular cables, high-quality Japanese brand capacitors, and EVGA’s ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System which enables fan-less operation at low to mid power. All G3 series power supplies are NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire Ready and are backed by either a 7-year (550W and 650W) or 10-year (750W, 850W and 1000W) EVGA warranty.

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EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G3 PSU Key Features:

•    750W Continuous DC output at up to 50°C
•    10-Year warranty with unparalleled EVGA Customer Support
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, with up to 90%/92% efficiency (115VAC/240VAC)
•    Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
•    Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
•    Quiet 130mm hydraulic dynamic bearing fan for long life
•    ECO Intelligent Thermal Control allows silent, fan-less operation at low power
•    NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire Ready
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Heavy-duty protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, and OTP

Please continue reading our review of the EVGA 750W G3 PSU!!!

1000W of unLinked Platinum power from Corsair, the HX1000

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2018 - 01:47 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, corsair, hx1000, 80 Plus Platinum, kilowatt

Corsair's HX series of PSUs have been around for a while now, Lee recently reviewed the 850W Platinum model, but for some only a kilowatt will do.  [H]ard|OCP is the place to check out that member of the family, the HX1000 Platinum. This model retails for the same price as the HX1000i, which is compatible with Corsair's Link software and from the test results the HX1000 is a better PSU overall.  Drop by to check out their review of the "best 1000 watt plus PSU" they've seen from Corsair in the last seven years.

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"The Corsair HX1000 computer power supply is, you guessed it, rated for 1000 huge watts of power delivery to your enthusiast system build. All of this comes in rated at extremely high efficiency, while being fully modular, all Japanese capacitors, and boasting "extremely tight voltage regulation." Let's put all that to the test."

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Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Introduction and First Impressions

The Define R6 marks the sixth generation of the Define series, and Fractal Design’s flagship ATX case now sports a cleverly-designed tempered glass side panel and a redesigned interior. Does the new R6 again define the ATX mid-tower market? We’re about to find out!

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Looking at the front panel alone it would be very difficult to tell the Define R6 from its predecessors, as it still has the trademark solid front door panel, nicely finished here with aluminum. 5.25-inch drive support is down to a single bay, but it is there if you need it for an optical drive or fan controller - though the Define R6 also includes a new PWM fan hub (more on that later on).

The most obvious change to the design is the tempered glass side panel, which makes sense considering that has been the biggest industry trend of the past couple of years. Fractal Design does it a little differently than you’ll see elsewhere, however, with a pop-in design that makes screws optional. The Define cases were already very clean and simple externally, and this implementation of a glass side panel fits that aesthetic perfectly.

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Improvements such as the third-gen ModuVent top panel and additional storage and cooling capacity from the redesigned interior make this release a bigger upgrade than it might at first appear, and in this review we’ll go over the case inside and out to see how this latest Define enclosure stacks up in this ever-crowded market.

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