Items tagged with cooling

Next to power supplies, computer case fans are arguably the least glamorous part of a PC build. Granted, some ship with flashing LEDs, and there was a time when laser cut fan grills were all the rage, but for the most part, they just sit there largely unseen, spin around all day long, and thanklessly keep your computer parts nice and chilly, or least prevent them from overheating to the point of failure. That's what they're supposed to do, anyway, and some of them can't help but be obnoxiously loud. Fractal Design's new Silent Series R2 fans, on the other hand, are designed to quietly cool your... Read more...
NVIDIA made waves in the GPU market when it finally launched Kepler last week, and now EVGA is looking to make a splash by announcing the "immediate availability" of its GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper graphics card. Actually, like all GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards, EVGA's Hydro Copper variant is currently out of stock, but we suspect that will change soon. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the specs. The main attraction here is the pre-installed Hydro Copper waterblock, which you can also order separately for $160 direct from EVGA. This is a full-cover end-to-end waterblock with a chrome... Read more...
Totally silent computing isn't exactly the Holy Grail of PC enthusiasts, but it is a worthy challenge that carries just as much geek cred as overclocking. Companies are making it easier to get the job done. Take Sapphire, for instance, which just announced what it claims is the "first totally silent card to embody all of the features of this new generation of products based on the revolutionary new GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture from AMD." More specifically, Sapphire just rolled out a passively cooled Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. The Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate uses a passive heatpipe and... Read more...
PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the waterblock is able to keep the GPU cooled to below 50C even under full load. The waterblock comes pre-fitted with high-flow 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch fittings (barbs) with captured O-rings to prevent leaking. As for the card itself, PowerColor took the liberty of... Read more...
ORIGIN PC announced the FROSTBYTE 360 maintenance free liquid cooling system. Using the FROSTBYTE 360, ORIGIN's professional overclocking teams have reached speeds up to 5.2GHz on multiple cores. The system features silent pumps and a high efficiency triple 120mm radiator. Other key features include a micro-channel copper CPU block, 360mm high efficiency copper radiator, and an embedded temperature sensor. Origin is offering its ORIGIN PC GENESIS system with the FROSTBYTE 360 for a starting price of $1,599. ORIGIN PC Now Offering Overclocking up to 5.2GHz in a New More Affordable Liquid Cooling... Read more...
MSI this week announced a handful of its own brand Radeon HD 7950 graphics, including the R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC, which brings more to the gaming table than just a funktastic model number. Sharing the spotlight with AMD's 7950 GPU is a custom air cooler MSI claims is up to 10 percent chillier and produces 13.7dB less noise than the reference heatsink under full load. To achieve that level of cooling performance, the Twin Frozr III heatsink battles thermals with a dual 8cm fan design and two 8mm "Superpipe" heatpipes that whisk heat up and away from the GPU. A special fan blade design takes care... Read more...
NZXT is into options; its new Source 810 chassis (available in black or white) is designed to offer gamers a bevy of different ways of easily configuring their preferred cooling setup, from liquid cooling to a slew of fans to a more quiet setup with the vents closed. The case offers support for 280mm radiators (the top 5.25-inch plates comes out to make more space) and up to ten 140/120mm fans. The fins on the vents can be closed or left open, depending on your desire for airflow or noise reduction. Inside, there are plenty of ways to route cables and maximize airflow. There are ten cutouts for... Read more...
Using its new Phase Change cooling system (set to be available yet this quarter) and its professional overclockers, ORIGIN PC now offers the GENESIS system with a ridiculous 5.7GHz overclock. The Phase Change Technology can allegedly chill the CPU out as low as -40 degrees C. The above is a pretty cool (pun intended) bit of news, but ORIGIN is sweetening the deal--all of its deal, really--with 24/7 technical support for its customers. Starting today, the service is free and lasts for life. According to ORIGIN, “Any time customers have a question about a game, application, or hardware component;... Read more...
Named for a mean-sounding deity, iBUYPOWER’s Erebus GT is the latest rig in the Erebus series and features a reduced size and reduced price without sacrificing features. Cooling is a major focus of the Erebus GT, with a top fill port, a reservoir that is accessible via the front panel, three radiators, and 13mm tubing capable of pumping 4.5 gallons per minute. For better airflow, the hard drive cages are removable and sport mounted fans, and the case features a unidirectional air flow design for 2500W of rated heat dissipation. Those looking professional overclocking can also take advantage... Read more...
Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of liquid coolers positioned as high-end alternatives to traditional heatsink+fan combinations. This has been particularly true in the boutique market, where a number of manufacturers now offer liquid coolers in one form or another. Corsair has a full line of liquid coolers; we've reviewed the company's H80 and H100 here and compared them to Intel's own liquid cooling solution as well as an ultra-high end model Maingear sent over. This last entry is specifically designed for integration into the company's systems rather than as an aftermarket... Read more...
You know a computer case means business when it warrants naming an entire PC line after it, and that's what you have with Maingear's SHIFT chassis. Designed in conjunction with Silverstone, the SHIFT computer case is the centerpiece of not one, but two full blown system configurations featured at Maingear, including the "The SHIFT" (for consumers/enthusiasts) and "The Quantum SHIFT" (workstation). But what if you're not in the market for a brand new system and just want the case? Too bad, so sad, up until now. Maingear tells us there's been so much interest in the standalone chassis that they've... Read more...
Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of liquid coolers positioned as high-end alternatives to traditional heatsink+fan combinations. This has been particularly true in the boutique market, where a number of manufacturers now offer liquid coolers in one form or another. The kits we're looking at today are a far cry from the water coolers enthusiasts have been building for years. DIY water coolers typically involve separate reservoirs and external pumps. The systems we've tested contain significantly less fluid and use small pumps directly integrated into the cooling block. Integrated... Read more...
Anyone who's opened a PC before knows it's quite common to find dust bunnies inside, even though dust and electronics don't exactly form a great duo. In an effort to help reduce the dust inside of one's case, Lian-Li is equipping all of its cases with easy-to-remove twist motion air filters. These washable air filters work with Lian Li and other manufacturers' 120mm and 140mm fans. The PT-AF12-3B and PT-AF14-3B washable air filters have been shipping on Lian Li cases since September, but you can also order them separately as a spare part. Announcing PT-AF12-3B and PT-AF14-3B Washable Air Filters... Read more...
Corsair continues its wet and wild run into the world of liquid CPU cooling with the introduction of its new Hydro Series H40 and H70 CORE coolers. Both are supposedly easy to install and require zero maintenance, two big advantages self-contained liquid coolers have over the roll-your-own variety. Sitting on the entry-level end is the H40. This closed-loop cooler supports most modern AMD and Intel sockets (AMD AM2, AM3, and FM1; Intel LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, and 775). Both the cold plate and radiator are made of aluminum, and a 120mm fan helps keep things chilly. For those who need a little... Read more...
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