Up until the release of Sandy Bridge processors back in early 2011, overclocking was something generally reserved for only the most hardcore gamers and enthusiasts who wanted to push their systems to the limits. Overclocking required countless hours of tinkering and testing, which was generally a bit too complicated for mainstream users.
With the release of Sandy Bridge however, the landscape of overclocking has really changed dramatically. Significant overclocks may now be had with simple motherboard overclocking buttons or 5 minute adjustments in the BIOS, which greatly simplified the once complicated and confusing task.
With overclocking [...]
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For those who aren’t familiar with the name Phanteks, you should be. Prior to the middle of last year, Phanteks wasn’t even a name in the CPU cooler industry – in fact, they didn’t really even exist. However, as their first product, Phanteks introduced the PH-TC14PE, which is the best air cooler we’ve tested to date. Coming from a completely unknown company as the time, I was extremely impressed.
Ever since I reviewed what I now call the “big daddy cooler”, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, I’ve been looking forward to the release of Phanteks’ next cooler, so it’s [...]
We recently reviewed ARCTIC’s new flagship GPU cooler, the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme 7970, and along with that, ARCTIC also gave us the opportunity to check out their new flagship Freezer CPU cooler. What’s interesting about the new Freezer CPU cooler is that they’ve introduced two SKUs of the exact same cooler, whereas one, the i30, is compatible with Intel sockets only while the other, the A30, is compatible with AMD sockets only. Considering most people don’t really need the mounting brackets for both Intel and AMD sockets when purchasing a new CPU cooler, I think this is a pretty wise move by ARCTIC to create less unnecessary [...]
Gelid makes differentiating between their coolers easy by splitting them in to two categories: silent and gamer. The silent category usually sports a simplistic design and silent operation, while the gamer category sacrifices noise level for fancier looks and more robust cooling.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Gelid GX-7 CPU Cooler. This cooler is listed under the gamer category, and is therefore designed to have much more cooling potential with a little less attention paid to operational noise. The cooler itself comes with seven 6mm heatpipes and a beautiful blue, LED lit, 120mm Wing fan.
CPU coolers are a dime a dozen. Go to any specialty computer shop and you’ll find a variety CPU coolers from tons of manufacturers. On the other hand, GPU coolers are actually quite rare, with the number of companies actively producing coolers in the single digits. One of these companies is ARCTIC, who’s one of the top producers of GPU coolers on the market.
Today we’re going to take a look at the ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme 7970. As the name implies, this GPU cooler is designed for AMD’s new flagship graphics card, the Radeon HD 7970; however, this will work for a number of other older [...]
It seems like there’s a new cooler on the market every time I turn my head. I mean, even the CPU giants like Intel and AMD have their own all in one liquid cooling solutions nowdays. With all these coolers floating around, it can be dizzying trying to choose the right one. However, anyone who’s familiar with CPU coolers will know that each cooler has differences. There’s are always companies out there that release the most forward thinking, most innovative designs and those who make coolers that seem like they’re based off a reference design somewhere.
Luckily for us, we’re going to be [...]
Congratulations! After a month of skimping out on snacks and beer, you’ve finally saved up enough money for a reference AMD Radeon HD6970 graphics card. After the initial unboxing and tears or joy, you start up a fragfest in Battlefield 3 and gaze in awe at the massive performance increase over your old 8800GTX.
But as you continue playing, you realize that not all is jolly and well. The card with the stock fan settings run crazy hot, yet the sound of the the fan at 100% sounds like a jet engine in your room. So, you’ve decided enough is enough! How about an aftermarket heatsink? I mean, your CPU cooler has [...]
HONG KONG, 4th January 2012
Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions reveals its first tower case of its GAMER product line. This completely black painted 0.7mm steel ATX / Micro-ATX tower case is designed for gamers and includes a long list of features:
As thermal specialist GELID Solutions certainly offers solid cooling options for this case and provides locations for up to 8 fans. Two silent 120mm fans (rear and front) come preinstalled with the case. The case even enables to mount a 80mm or 120mm fan with a max. 15mm thickness onto the side panel. The DarkForce supports a 120mm or 240mm radiator at the bottom of the case and offers 8+1 slots for [...]