System Cooling

gigabyte-xtreme-gaming-xtc700By Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

While many enthusiasts love their water cooling setups, there’s still a lot of love out their for air cooling. Even here at eTeknix we have most of our rigs running on air coolers, such as the Noctua NH-D15, and they’ll run circles around many of the AIO coolers on the market, and they’ll run quieter too. Gigabyte knows this, and that’s why they’ve set out to create their own high-end air cooler, which not only promises great cooling performance, but also quiet acoustics and a competitive. The XTC700 comes well equipped, with dual 120mm PWM fans, which feature a unique blade design for optimal cooling/acoustic performance. The big star of the show, however, is the cooling tower, which packs in three extra thick 10mm heat pipes, giving the cooler a max TDP in excess of 200W! Add to that the custom top plate, RGB lighting and support for all major modern sockets, and you’ve got enough reasons to get excited about what this cooler can do.

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nzxt-aer-rgb-fanBy Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

“RGB ALL THE THINGS!” has certainly been the unofficial motto of the tech industry this year, and while some may be getting tired of the lack of new products, unless you count the 2015 models with new lighting, I’m honestly loving every bit of it. We can’t expect rampant innovation with every hardware generation, so this year we went sideways and made things colourful. When it comes to creating a unique and aesthetically pleasing desktop environment, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have options. This is where the new Aer RGB 120 and 140mm fans from NZXT come into play!

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nzxt-x42-x52-x62-liquid-cpu-coolerBy Brian Nyhuis @ Legit Reviews

It has been a while since we’ve had a chance to take a look at NZXT cooler, but in the past, we’ve been highly impressed with their products. Quite frankly, there hasn’t been a whole lot of innovation in the CPU cooler market, because it’s just tough to improve on something that’s already awesome. Instead, we see a lot of manufacturers adding visual improvements to the coolers to help make them stand out, but this really only helps for those who have windowed cases. Today we’re going to take a look at a trio of NZXT Kraken coolers, called the Kraken X42, X52, and X62. These coolers are updated version of the already successful X41 and X61 with a little added flare and were released just this past November.

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msi-core-frozr-l-coolerBy Antony Leather @ Bit-Tech

It’s a crowded market out there but there’s always room for something snazzy or a good performer, especially when it comes to cooling. We’ve seen a number of new liquid coolers hit the market, but rather than join that fray, MSI, which is better known for its graphics cards, laptops and motherboards, has joined the air-cooled party instead with the rather smart looking Core Frozr L.

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cryorig-a40-a40-ultimate-aioBy Sean Sinha @ Legit Reviews

Cryorig and their products are becoming quite familiar to Legit Reviews readers, as we’ve taken a look at quite a few of their offerings since coming to market in 2013. Our general take on Cryorig has been that the company offers great PC cooling solutions for a variety of situations, in addition to offering solid customer service and technical support. Cryorig is still a young company that is trying to grow in a competitive market, but so far they have done a great job in appealing to PC enthusiasts. We’ve used the Cryorig Amazon store to order their products with success. Only time will tell if Cryorig can continue to grow in the competitive PC cooling market, but they’ve gotten off to a wonderful start and they continue to expand their offerings to PC enthusiasts. Today Legit Reviews looks at the Cryorig A40 and A40 Ultimate AIO Hybrid Coolers.

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ek-xlc-predator-280-aioBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

EK has released three new models in the Predator range, this round with a 280mm Predator series liquid cooler as well. We will test that Predator 280 on a Core i7 4790K processor and will add a GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X from MSI as well to the all-in-one liquid cooling loop. The end result is awesome as, even overclocked, our graphics card would not even pass 45 Degrees C. The nice thick radiator, proper tubing and an excellent water-block that is pre-filled and fitted is downright terrific.

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be-quiet-silent-loop-aio-cpu-coolerBy Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

Be Quiet! is one of the biggest names in the cooling business, offering up multi-award winning air coolers that have long been some of the best performing and quietest coolers on the market. While the company has expanded their ranges over the years to include high-end power supplies and even chassis, they’ve never bothered to follow the trend for water cooling, at least that was true until today.

The new Silent Loop series comes in three sizes, 120mm, 240mm and 280mm, featuring all the usual attention to detail we’ve come to know and love from be quiet! and that gives us a lot of hope that these new coolers will be some (if not the) best coolers in their respective price ranges.

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cooler-master-masterliquid-maker-92By crazyeyesreaper @ TechPowerUp!

In today’s review, I will be taking a look at the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92, a dual-fan, all-in-one liquid cooler. At first, it seems to redefine what to expect from an AIO. The radiator and fans are mounted much in the same way as a tower cooler. I will give Cooler Master credit here since this is definitely an interesting design. It may not be pretty, but definitely is interesting.

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scythe-fuma-cpu-coolerBy Ron Perillo @ Modders Inc.

Heatsink designs are driven by the fundamental principle that a larger surface area equates to better heat dissipation than a smaller area. Factoring in componential consent, modern aftermarket CPU tower heatsinks had to get creative to compensate and dial-in the efficiency needed, hence the rise of dual-tower cooler designs. By isolating the two ends of the heatpipe set into two separate fin arrays, the active cooling fan can cool faster due to the smaller area. Dual-tower design also results in better performance with two fans since it is pushing cool air into relatively the same fin array size rather than relegating one of the fans to simply pulling hot air. This dual-tower design is utilized in one of Scythe’s latest tower cooling solution called the Fuma.

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cooler-master-masterliquid-240mm-aioBy Peter Donnell @ eTeknix

Cooler Master have made some seriously good CPU coolers in the past, the clue is in their name, “cooler” and “master”, so one would think they’re pretty good at that whole cooling thing! With their seemingly endless popularity in the air cooling market, such as the legendary 212X, as well as their high-quality AIO coolers, we have been eager to see what they come up with next. Introducing the MasterLiquid series, which features their own unique FlowOp technology, a 100% Cooler Master designed pump, a new radiator design, brand new fans and more, the MasterLiquid is one of the most interesting AIO coolers we’ve had in the eTeknix office for a long time. We’ve got the 240mm model in for testing today, which features an aluminum radiator design, and comes with two very high-quality 120mm fans which promise low noise and good airflow for the MasterLiquid.

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