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June 16, 2016

E3 2016: Phononic Unveils Hex 2.0 Thermoelectric Cooler

When choosing consumer CPU cooling technologies, there aren’t exactly all that many options in the marketplace. For most users, an air cooler or an all-in-one watercooling loop is likely going to be your best option. Until now. The Thermoelectric cooling experts at Phononic is looking to change up the game with the introduction of their Hex 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU cooler.

From the outside, the Hex 2.0 looks fairly typical as it uses your standard twin tower design with a 92mm Sanyo Denki San Ace 92 fan sandwiched in between. At the front of the unit, there’s a 6-pin PCIe power connector, a 4-pin fan header and a microUSB port which should be the [...]

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June 4, 2016

Computex 2016: Phanteks Unveils Enthoo Elite Premium Chassis, New GPU Block for GTX 1080

Rounding up our coverage of Computex 2016, we had a chance to stop by the Phanteks suite, to check out some of their latest innovations and gorgeous chassis designs. The company had a lot to show us, including the all-new Enthoo Elite, premium chassis and the company’s first foray into liquid cooling with the brand new G1080 water block built for the GeForce GTX 1080. Phanteks also made some interesting updates to some of their other cases, which we’ll detail below.

Phanteks Entoo Elite – $699 Ultra Premium Chassis

First off we have the amazing Enthoo Elite, which you might recall was originally shown off as a prototype at this year’s CES, at the time [...]

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May 31, 2016

PowerColor Shows off Next-Gen LCS Liquid Cooling Solution

With the fairly immanent launch of next-generation Radeon graphics cards, PowerColor is stepping their game up with a new line of “LCS” liquid cooled graphics cards. While the company did not have any specific GPU models on display, they did have a prototype of the new liquid cooling solution, which seems to be developed in partnership with DEEPCOOL. The new LCS cooler consists of a large 360 x 120 mm radiator, with full braided hoses that break out into both a full cover, copper water-block and a CPU block, which means this AIO cooling solution can be used to cool both the GPU and CPU, which is fairly impressive.

Taking a look at the design language, we [...]

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January 7, 2016

AMD Shows Off New Quieter “Wraith” Stock CPU Cooler

AMD just released a demo showcasing its all-new redesigned stock thermal solution to be bundled with upcoming CPUs. The new heatsink, which AMD dubs Wraith, is a massive improvement over the current stock offerings and features a four copper heat-pipe design.

Taking a look at the video demonstration provided by AMD, we can see — or rather, hear — that the new Wraith cooler is considerably quieter than the AMD stock cooling solution, thanks to a larger, slower fan, combined with the larger surface area of the newly designed four copper heat-pipe heatsink. This allows the cooler to push more air at a lower speed, while still dissipating as much, if not more heat [...]

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January 6, 2016

CES 2016: Swiftech Unveils Drive X2 and Drive X2 Prestige All-in-one Liquid Cooling Kits

Swiftech announced the release of two new All-in-one liquid cooling kits. The Drive X2 and Drive X 2 “Prestige” series AIO cooling kits extend the customization which Swiftech originally started offering with their previous H220 and H220-X AIOs.

The new products feature an completely redesigned radiator+reservoir+pump combo which consists of a large clear acrylic tube-shaped casing, which displays the inner workings of the system’s pump. The radiator comes in three sizes: 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm in length. The kit also includes Swiftech’s all-new Apogee XL2 CPU waterblock which features a chrome-coated copper base plate and a redesigned housing [...]

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March 27, 2015

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 HYBRID Equips GTX 980 with AIO Water Cooling

All-in-one CPU cooling has become huge over the past few years and naturally a number of vendors have begun offering all-in-one liquid coolers for GPUs as well. These all-in-one GPU liquid coolers combine an all-in-one liquid cooling unit for the GPU die along with with traditional air based coolers for the VRAM, PWMs, and other components. While it’s still a relatively niche market, big name vendors such as NZXT’s Kraken G10 and Corsair’s HG10 have been on the market for quite some time, and even AMD jumped into the mix using a similar solution for their flagship Radeon R9 295×2.

Not to be outdone, EVGA is now jumping into the bandwagon with [...]

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January 14, 2015

CES 2015: Cooler Master Talks Restructuring Plans, 3D Vapor Chamber, CoolChip Partnership

2014 has been an unusually quiet year for Cooler Master. The computer component and peripheral giant who typically launches at least five to ten products every quarter hasn’t really made a whole lot of noise over the past year. As such, we were a bit curious to find out what happened to such a prominent force in the industry, so we took a quick trip to the Cooler Master CES suite to talk to Marketing Manager, Rajiv Kothari.

When we arrived at the Cooler Master suite this year, the suite was unusually clean, uncluttered, and relatively quiet. Here we met up with Rajiv, who spoke to us for a good hour about Cooler Master’s plans for the new year. As usual, [...]

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December 18, 2014

Asetek Wins Patent Infringement Suit Against Cooler Master

Ever since Asetek was granted patents back in 2012 for the AIO (All-in-One) watercoolers that are so common in the computer hardware market today, Asetek has been aggressively pursuing their competitors for patent infringement and according to a recent announcement by Asetek, it appears that there might just be some legitimacy to their claims.

This morning, Asetek announced that they’ve scored a legal victory against CMI USA, Inc (Cooler Master USA, Inc.) which establishes that Cooler Master had been infringing on Asetek’s U.S. Patent No. 8,240,362 and 8,245,764. Cooler Master “…stipulated to infringement of Asetek’s U.S Patent No. [...]

 
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December 19, 2012

Phanteks Launches PH-TC12DX Series CPU Cooler

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Phanteks launches PH-TC12DX, a U-Type dual tower heat-sink with four 6mm heat-pipes allows for optimal airflow and cooling. PH-TC12DX’s 6mm heat-pipes are linearly aligned and developed to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance. Incorporating P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies, PH-TC12DX delivers better heat dissipation and heat transfers. PH-TC12DX includes dual PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans to allow for higher performance and/or silent operation.

 

Features Patented. P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) will greatly increase the cooling performance and reliability while deflecting other thermal radiation from other heat [...]
 
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November 1, 2012

NZXT Releases The Kraken!

 

Since the introduction of the closed loop all-in-one liquid CPU coolers a couple years back, more and more companies are jumping into the market with their takes on a constantly evolving product. The brand new Kraken series is NZXT’s induction into this field and they have packed some serious performance punch to tip the scale in their favor compared to the other contenders.

The Kraken X60 and X40 are the two coolers kickstarting this upcoming lineup and both are the first of their kinds. The larger flagship X60 will be the first 280mm all-in-one liquid CPU cooler while the smaller yet still powerful X40 will be the first [...]

 
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October 5, 2012

BitFenix Introduces Recon White Fan Controller, Spectre Pro White LED Fan

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With the influx of white PC chassis reaching the market, users have been asking for white-themed versions of BitFenix accessories. Today, BitFenix is pleased to announce the Recon White fan controller and Spectre Pro All White LED fan series – two perfect additions to any white-themed system.

Recon White

Sporting an Arctic White SofTouch bezel and a bright white LED touchscreen, Recon White looks fantastic in virtually any white case. The world’s first Internet-connected fan controller, Recon White enables users to connect to it using smartphones, tablets or laptops via the Internet. Five fan channels offer plenty of connectivity for [...]

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September 17, 2012

Phanteks Releases Ultra Low Profile PH-TC90LS CPU Cooler

Press Release Phanteks introduces PH-TC90LS, a new ultra-low profile thermal radiator. With growing demands for cooling in constraint spaces, the PH-TC90LS has a slim profile and provides efficient cooling. Enthusiasts with HTPC’s or multimedia cases can achieve maximum cooling while maintaining quiet performance.

The PH-TC90LS is 27mm tall (45mm with fan) and compatible with small form factor cases with a 45mm clearance. The three 6mm Heat-Pipes are aligned to ensure optimal cooling. The three copper heat-pipes are embedded for better contact and performance. The PH-TC90LS is made to ensure it has the least amount of air and thermal resistance. To prevent mechanical [...]

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