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Segotep RexGB fans 1200 – A Quick Review

Firstly, a disclaimer. While it may seem like this review comes about a bit too soon after my ‘RGB can be ok’ rant, this review item was not a sample provided by the manufacturer, and thus the rant was not just me redacting my opinions so that I could get a freebie. I legitimately purchased this product for my own use, and have chosen to review it. I just wanted to play with shiny glowy things, ok? With that out of the way, on to the review. So, you’re building that awesome system to please your eyes and blow your …
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Thermal Paste – A Roundup, Updated

Physics is a fair but harsh mistress. For while the heatspreader on your CPU – and the base of your CPU cooler – may look smooth, flat and able to make perfect contact, this is far from the case. Microscopic surface imperfections present on all metallic surfaces work against the movement of energy, by preventing proper contact and thus reducing the efficiency of heat transfer. And while this can be improved with better machining (and in extreme cases, careful lapping of the surfaces), us mere mortals must suffice with the use of thermal paste to bond surfaces together. Especially when one considers common convex …
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Reeven Vanxie – Sufficient Cooling

After the recent reviews of two of Reeven’s other products, the call from our community came out – they want to see how Reeven’s smallest cooler, the Vanxie, performs. Today we have that cooler on our SFF test bench to see how it performs. The main competitor, the Noctua L9A, has already been through the gauntlet, how will the Vanxie compare? As an aside, I applaud Reeven for their (amusingly) honest marketing for this cooler. From their specification that the cooler is for SFF systems, to the following quote from the page on their website; Sufficient Cooling Cooling efficiency in …
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Reeven Brontes – Another Eye on Performance

In Greek mythology, Steropes, Brontes and Arges are three siblings decended from Gaia and Uranus (stop giggling, you in the back). They were the blacksmiths to Zeus, Poiseidon, and other gods. In this case, however, Brontes is a 59mm tall CPU cooler from an relatively unknown brand – Reeven. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines include the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, cooling fans, PC cases and many other items. The target of our products will be a wide range of audiences under our philosopohy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that will …
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Reeven Steropes – One Eye Towards Performance

In Greek mythology, Steropes, Brontes and Arges are three siblings decended from Gaia and Uranus (stop giggling, you in the back). They were the blacksmiths to Zeus, Poseidon, and other gods. In this case, however, Steropes is a 60mm tall CPU cooler from a relatively unknown brand – Reeven. REEVEN is a newly established international manufacturer of PC related products. REEVEN’s product lines include the best quality of advanced CPU coolers, cooling fans, PC cases and many other items. The target of our products will be a wide range of audiences under our philosopohy “Professional Quality Gears”, for products that …
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Noctua’s NH-U14S – Not As Large as the NH-D15

While we are a community formed around the idea of small, space-efficient designs, once again, a bigger cooler may be the best option for your build, be it for performance or to ensure low noise levels. While the NH-U14S is smaller than the recently reviewed NH-D15S, it should still offer great performance, enabling satisfaction of the above requirements. The Noctua NH-U14S can be used in single fan and, with the addition of a separately purchased NF-A15 fan, dual fan modes. To see how the cooler performs, continue reading. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] The Noctua NH-U14S HEATSINK SPECIFICATION Dimension (with fan) L52 …
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Noctua NH-U12S, Mid Range Masterpiece

So, after looking at one of Noctua’s largest coolers, it was time to look at something (slightly) smaller from their product range.. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] The Noctua NH-U12S HEATSINK SPECIFICATION Dimension (with fan) L45 mm x W125 mm x H158 mm Weight (with fan) 755 g Weight (without fan) 580 g Heat pipes Copper heat pipe (x5) Fin Material Aluminium x 50 fins Mounting plate Copper nickel plated RAM Height Limit 65mm TDP 100-140W AMD, varies with Intel. More information here.  Replaceable Fan Yes FAN SPECIFICATION Dimension L120 mm x W120 mm x H25 mm Connector 4 Pin PWM Rated Speed …
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Is Bigger Better? Looking at the Noctua NH-C14S

Recently, we looked at Noctua’s NH-L12, one of the more premium downdraft style CPU coolers. The NH-L12 does have a larger cousin though – the NH-C14S, a behemoth downdraft cooler designed for high wattage or quiet systems. Featuring support for 140mm fans, this cooler should offer substantial cooling performance, albeit with a significant size increase. Of course, sometimes sacrifices must be made, and in this review, we will see if it is really worth it to go bigger. Downdraft cooling is my personal preference over tower coolers, due to the simple side benefit of active board cooling. Even with modern technology, …
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Noctua NH-D15S, A Bit Sideways

Sometimes, you just need to go big or go home. Maybe you like to overclock or you’re like me and run a high wattage AMD FX chip. For these scenarios, large air coolers or water cooling kits are the only effective options. For those interested in air cooling, Noctua has multiple large coolers for just this use case. Today we’re featuring the NH-D15S. This twin tower heatsink is rated by the manufacturer as being able to cope with a 220-watt TDP which is enough to handle the “just plain crazy” AMD FX-9590. I mentioned performance as a prime driver for serious cooling, …
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Passive Cooling – An Experiment

One of the major issues we come across when building our Small Form Factor systems is cooling. There just never seems to be enough space to cool our systems efficiently and quietly without investing major effort, or considerable expense. With proper design and creativity, however, good cooling can be had. And it was with this goal in mind that I was very intrigued upon re-discovering SlipperySkip’s ‘Ayr’ passive cooled SFF HTPC. SlipperySkip’s all-wood build was based around a Gigabyte Z77N-Wifi M-ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i3-3225, a 150w Pico-PSU and a Silverstone Heligon HE02. The CPU choice here is important, as passive cooling is …
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High End Downdraft – How Does the Noctua NH-L12 Compare?

Sometimes, downdraft cooling is the best option for a SFF build. Tower coolers don’t cool memory, chipset or any other board components particularly well. Downdraft coolers also have the added advantage of being able to act as an intake for slimmer cases – enabling you to use one less fan – making for a quieter system. Noctua has many downdraft style coolers, but the NH-L12 is one of their largest, second only to the not so small NH-C14S (which can hit 142mm tall!). The NH-L12 is a dual fan cooler, which includes both a NF-F12 PWM and a NF-B9 PWM fan. …
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NH-D9L – Mini Tower for your Mini Tower

Sometimes, you just need a tower cooler. Maybe the airflow design of your case needs front to back cooling, or maybe you just need to get the heat out of the top of the chassis. The problem we come across in the world of SFF is that a full sized tower cooler will quite likely not fit! In walks the Noctua NH-D9L, a shorter tower cooler that will fit in a lot more cases than the usual 120mm or bigger towers. Featuring a single 92mm fan, the NH-D9L will of course not outperform it’s larger brethren, but with the included …