Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935: Lego chassis

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935: Lego chassis

Large chassis have become a rarity in our offices. The reasons for that are few, but the main “culprit” is the advent of mobile devices in computer market. The number of hardware enthusiasts who handp...

HTC One Max: HTC in the world of phablets

HTC One Max: HTC in the world of phablets

After the excellent HTC One, it was logical for HTC to sail into waters of large smartphones. As was the case with Sony Xperia Z and Z Ultra, HTC One Max is, basically, an enlarged HTC One, although t...

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: Intended for the overclocking elite

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: Intended for the overclocking elite

As soon as some time passes without ASUS giving their competition a “homework”, we can safely expect an avalanche of exclusive products. This time it's the new motherboard which will make most of over...

Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4: Friends forever

Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4: Friends forever

The best motherboard doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that has the most of everything, simply because some of us don’t use a great number of capabilities that a device has. True, we would all pr...

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Smartphone with the biggest screen

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Smartphone with the biggest screen

Only two years ago, when Samsung started a new trend of producing smartphones with big screens with the Note model, everybody thought that nobody wanted to use a phone that big and that concept doesn’...

ASUS RAIDR Express SSD: Beating records at all costs

ASUS RAIDR Express SSD: Beating records at all costs

Sometimes, it’s not possible to make the fastest device of a certain kind in the most elegant ways. Simply, it requires breaching the borders of the comfortable, so the result of the desire to reach t...

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Noctua NH and NF: Total Cooldown

Quality has its price, but some products simply don’t justify every cent of investment. When you hear that dust cooler costs 60 euros, you might think that it’s too much, when you can get a whole processor for that amount of money. Still, in case you can afford a decent CPU which you plan on overclocking, the last think you need is to lose your never over noise. Newer generations of Core i7 processors, such as 2600K, 3770K or 4770K, and even Core i5 models have pretty high TDP, and same goes for AMD equivalents. Despite that, these processors hide an incredible amount of power in terms of unlocked multiplier, so it’s possible to obtain clock rate of over 4,5 GHz with very little effort.
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Noctua fans: Silent giants

Quality of Noctua products is unparalleled in terms of cooling systems, and they offer a large variety of their products. Their products fulfill the needs of most of the customers, and three models that we’re about to review confirm that. At first look, they are very similar, even their designations are nearly the same, but their purposes are different. Their designations are as follows: NF-A14 ULN, NF-A14 FLX and NF-A15 PWM.
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Cooler Master TPC 800: A new generation of coolers

Innovation in the cooler domain doesn’t really happen that often in the proper sense of the word. The copper base/parts were certain advancement, as were the heatpipes that were added later on. The Peltier cooling method may have been the greatest innovation at one point, but it turned out to be a dead end for commercial viability, with the few Peltier-based coolers that actually launched receiving a lukewarm welcome on the market. Vapour chamber was the next step, and although it’s nothing more than a modified, bloated heatpipe, it managed to become very popular. However, it was also a clear indication that not much is going to change in the cooler world for some time, with most companies working on perfecting the existing design rather than developing a new one. Cooler Master have decided to at least cause a crack in the mould if not entirely break it, with their latest model called TPC 800, which is the first to bring a vertical vapour chamber.
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and TX3 EVO

 

thumbAs far as accessible coolers of decent performance go, we’ve been enjoying the company of Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 and Hyper TX3 models for a while now. The first mild redesign of both these models happened two years ago, with Cooler Master opting for the same, well-balanced cooling bodies, but this time, with heatpipes lying directly on the CPU.
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Cooler Master Hyper 612S: Quiet Performance

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Cooler Master has designed Hyper 612S as a CPU cooler with very good performance, but not at the expense of noise, or better yet silence. The cooler arrived in the recognisable packaging, containing the usual mounting clips for all CPU sockets, as well as a detailed manual, which is something that we always salute. Besides that, there was also room for a decent thermal paste, rubber buffers used when mounting the cooler to an AMD socket, and an extra set of plastic fan holders and the accompanying rubber buffers, so that the amount of vibrations is reduced to the minimum.

 

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Cooler Master Turbine Master: Turbo-ventilation

TurbineMaster_intro2.jpgImageYou can never have enough enclosure fans, especially if the enclosure is situated on the floor and plays the role of the perfect dust magnet. On the other hand, bad coolers are only likely to present an additional dust accumulation location, and if they aren’t particularly quiet either, you’re in for a treat. Fortunately, Cooler Master’s more expensive models are nothing of the sort, and one of those is Turbine Master.

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Fenrir's EVOlution

Fenrir_intro2.jpgImageAlthough its price/performance ratio made the original Titan Fenrir a very good CPU cooler, many fans of transparent side panels, enclosure neons and component modification have had negative remarks on its looks. The main issue was the colour of the cooling body, which is “generic” grey, which compelled the visually dissatisfied modders to paint the coolers and thus lose their warranties. Noise (or lack thereof) was another selling point of this cooler, but those who wished for absolute silence expected it to perform even better in this regard, which, again, left the most demanding of users dissatisfied. In order to amend this situation, the boys at Titan decided to present a new variant of this popular model, and so the model Fenrir EVO was created.

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Cooler Master Vortex Plus: A Vortex of Good Cooling

CMVortexPlus_intro2.jpgImageSummer approaches, slowly but steadily, and with it an increased interest of PC owners for better cooling for their electronic pets. Regardless of whether a particular user is a fan of overclocking or not, a high-quality CPU cooler is always an interesting topic before hot summer months arrive, and it’s of special significance to provide good, but quiet cooling for a home theatre (HTPC) computer, which, on one hand, mustn’t have an audible noise output, and on the other hand, usually isn’t positioned in a very well-cooled place, so increased heat output is to be expected.

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9-Way CPU Coolers Roundup

9-Way_CPU_Cooler_Roundup_intro2.jpgImageWe all like that our rigs are well taken care of and safe. Components inside the chassis are emitting heat and good cooling system will guarantee longevity and pristine condition of system as a whole. Most of us start thinking about better CPU cooler when summer heats has already arrived. A lot of users keep their rigs overclocked 24/7 and this can be a problem when temperatures during summer months raise. This can result in overheating of some components and in worst case scenario some of those components can be irretrievably damaged. In most cases CPU is the biggest problem, because default (box) coolers that came with CPUs are not too efficient. So, what cooler to choose? We are offering you a little bit longer answer to that question, but we reckon that it will be worth reading.
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Cooler Master Hyper TX3 vs. Cooler Master 212 Plus

cooler_master_hyper_tx3_212plus_intro2.jpgImageOne by one CPU cooler manufacturers have adopted new concept of building heat-pipe coolers: heat-pipes are in direct contact with CPU heat spreader. This solution has proved to be very efficient, or at least more efficient than traditional heat-pipe coolers. Cooler Master, as one of the leading companies on cooling solution market, has also adopted this new trend and as result of their efforts we can present you two new models from Hyper series: TX3 and 212 Plus.
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