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September 2, 2012

ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid GPU Water Cooler Review

Water Cool Your GPU

A couple years ago Corsair came to CPU cooling market with the Corsair Hydro H50 all in one CPU water cooler, which provided computer enthusiasts with a way to easily install a water cooling system without the knowledge, hazards, difficulties, and costs of building a fully custom water cooling setup. Because of its ease of use and its relatively good performance, several years later Corsair along with a multitude of companies introduced a variety of these all-in-one water coolers. Now, the market for these products seem to be expanding at an exponential rate.

While the CPU cooling market is currently saturated with companies trying to get into the [...]

 
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August 28, 2012

NZXT Havik 120 and Havik 140 CPU Cooler Review

Wreak Havik

Back in 2004, NZXT started out as a computer case manufacturer based out of Los Angeles, California producing some very innovative cases such as the NZXT Nemesis, NZXT Guardian, NZXT Gamma, etc., and with their success in the computer case market, they’ve recently branched out quite a bit to cover a wide variety of computer related products such as CPU coolers, power supplies, case accessories, notebook coolers and more.

Today, we’re going to be reviewing a couple of NZXT’s offerings from their Havik series of CPU coolers, the Havik 120 and Havik 140. Both CPU coolers have quite a solid reputation among the hardware enthusiast community [...]

 
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July 28, 2012

Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master’s Vertical Vapor Chamber

20 years ago back in 1992, Cooler Master started out as an OEM CPU cooler manufacturer after realizing a strong demand for CPU cooling with the emergence of the PC market. For years that’s all they did; however, with the continued success of their innovative cooling designs, they began expanding into the world of computer cases and, as of late, have even gone into the gaming peripherals and mobile accessories markets as well. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of Cooler Master’s newest and most innovative CPU cooler designs, the Cooler Master TPC 812.

Coming from a long history of innovative Cooler Master CPU [...]

 
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July 9, 2012

NZXT HUE Review: One Size Fits All RGB LED Case Lighting

One Size Fits All RGB LED Case Lighting

Since 2004, NZXT has been bringing all kinds of unique and innovative case accessories, cases, and CPU coolers to the enthusiast/gamer markets. One such case accessory of course is case lighting, which is probably one of the easiest ways to give your windowed case a brand new look.

This is why today, we’re going to be taking a look at NZXT’s latest case lighting kit, the NZXT HUE. The HUE, unlike most LED lighting kits on the market, is a fully customizable RGB (Red Green Blue) LED light strip. Because the HUE uses LEDs to produce lighting, it allows the HUE run cool and be very power efficient while still being able to pump [...]

 
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July 7, 2012

Cooler Master X6 Elite CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master X6 Elite

For nearly 20 years Cooler Master has been making some of the most well known computer performance peripherals and accessories on the market. It seems that lately they’ve put a lot of focus into their peripherals department, but today we’re going to be looking at one of their latest CPU coolers, the X6 Elite.

The X6 Elite features six 6mm heatpipes, a 120mm fan with the ability to add another fan later in a push/pull configuration if you desire to, and a unique angled stance which we will talk a little more about later on. Cooler Master has priced the X6 Elite at just $42.99, and has included a two year warranty should anything [...]

 
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August 30, 2016

SSD Optimization Guide for Windows 7

How to Optimize your Solid State Drive (SSD) to Maximize Performance

So I hope most of you guys and gals have by this time switched your OS boot drive to a SSD, or Solid State Drive. One of the big things that comes with switching to something like that is ensuring that you’re getting the absolute maximum performance out of your SSD. After all, you did spend a ton of money on one.

This is why we’ve created our first SSD optimization guide where you’ll find the top tips, tricks, tweaks, and modifications that will allow you to get the absolute most from your new SSD.

Without further ado, let’s hop right [...]

 
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July 3, 2012

Spire TherMax Eclipse III CPU Cooler Review

Never heard of Spire? It may be time to…

Back in 1998, Spire started out as an OEM PC hardware manufacturer, but recently, they’ve been starting to work their way into the enthusiast grade computer accessories market. Their lineup currently includes power supplies, chassis, and of course, cooling solutions – most of which you probably never heard of before. That’s why today, we’re going to be looking into their TherMax Eclipse III, or TME III for short. The TherMax Eclipse series has proven to be a reliable cooling solution in the past, but with only a single fan it was definitely fighting an uphill battle against coolers [...]

 
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June 8, 2012

Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review

Noctua Goes *Ultra* Low Profile

Since 2005, Noctua has been producing some of the most well known cooling products in the PC accessory market. Their most well known products are quiet fans and very large CPU coolers designed to be used by extreme PC enthusiasts who want to get the absolute most out of their air cooling solution. Today however, we’re going to be looking at something a bit smaller and a bit more compact from Noctua – the NH-L12 Low Profile CPU cooler, which is catered towards smaller form factor PCs such as mITX, mATX, HTPCs, etc. While there are similarly styled coolers on the market (even some from Noctua), most of those don’t go as far to cater to [...]

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