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.


"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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Source: [H]ard|OCP
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!


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.


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.


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.


"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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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Seasonic

Introduction and Features



Seasonic’s updated power supply lineup now includes the new PRIME Titanium Fanless model that can deliver up to 600W. The SSR-600TL is one of the latest members in Seasonic’s popular PRIME series. This new flagship PRIME fanless model boasts 80 Plus Titanium certification for the highest level efficiency.  

Sea Sonic Electronics Co., Ltd has been designing and building PC power supplies since 1981 and they are one of the most highly respected manufacturers in the world. Not only do they market power supplies under their own Seasonic name but they are the OEM for numerous big name brands.


The Seasonic PRIME 600W Titanium Fanless power supply features Seasonic’s Micro Tolerance Load Regulation (MTLR) for ultra-stable voltage regulation and comes with fully modular cables, all Japanese made capacitors, and is backed by a 12-year warranty.


Seasonic PRIME 600W Titanium Fanless PSU Key Features:

•    Fanless operation (0dbA)
•    600W continuous DC output
•    Ultra-high efficiency, 80 PLUS Titanium certified
•    Micro-Tolerance Load Regulation (MTLR)
•    Excellent AC ripple and noise suppression
•    Fully modular cabling design
•    Multi-GPU technology support
•    Conductive polymer aluminum solid capacitors
•    High reliability 105°C Japanese made electrolytic capacitors
•    Ultra-Ventilation honeycomb structure
•    Dual sided PCB layout
•    High capacity +12V output
•    Active PFC (0.99 PF typical) with Universal AC input
•    Protections: OPP,OVP,UVP,SCP,OCP and OTP
•    12-Year Manufacturer’s warranty

Here is what Seasonic has to say about their new PRIME Fanless PSU:


The PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless utilizes the fanless technology, which eliminates the fan noise completely, ensuring truly quiet operation. The unit not only is rated to be 80PLUS Titanium efficient, but it also has the highest power output on the fanless power supply market at the moment. The power supply is ideal any situations that demand silence from the equipment. The high quality components inside and the innovative circuit design result in clean and stable power output. The fully modular cables allow for better cable management in the computer case.

Seasonic employs the most efficient manufacturing methods, uses the best materials and works with most reliable suppliers to produce reliable products. The PRIME Series layout, revolutionary manufacturing solutions and solid design attest to the highest level of ingenuity of Seasonics’s engineers and product developers. Demonstrating confidence in its power supplies, Seasonic stands out in the industry by offering PRIME Series a generous 12-year manufacturer’s warranty period.”

Please continue reading our review of the Seasonic PRIME Fanless PSU!!!

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 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.


" 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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Tech Talk

Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: BitFenix

Introduction and Features



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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.

Continue reading our review of the Primochill Vue Coolant!

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.


“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!


Continue reading our review of the NZXT H700i enclosure!!

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.

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


Source: FSP Group