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Redux and Industrial PPC, Not Your Usual Noctua Fans

Noctua’s fans have been produced in the same shades of Coffee and Cream since the company launched in 2005, much to the chagrin of many within the PC enthusiast community. While some saw the colours as a distinct brand, and thus a signature fitting for a premium product, many saw the colours as not particularly eye-pleasing, if not generally incompatible with the colours used in other components. Still, Noctua held to its trademark livery for quite some time, showing that they were focused more on performance than aesthetics. Recently, though, Noctua has launched two new styles of fan: the Industrial PPC and Redux product …
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Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 – A Slim Competitor

When it comes to cooling, fan thickness seems to be a standard that manufacturers almost never stray from, with the vast majority of coolers going with 25mm fans or bust. However, with the Scythe Slim Silence, and now the Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12, that fact has slowly been changing as the performance of thin fans improves, and enclosures begin to necessitate such tighter profiles – indeed, with modern fan motors and blade designs, good performance is still possible even after shaving 10mm (a full 40%) off! Today, then, we are looking at Prolimatech’s own slim fan offering, the Ultra Sleek Vortex 12. …
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Noctua Fan Roundup

Noctua has been producing high-end fans since the company’s inception in 2005, and today we’ll be looking at – count’em – four of their products, which will form a basis of a standard testing kit for future cooler and chassis reviews. Today, we have on our review bench the NF-P12 PWM, NF-A9 PWM, NF-A8 PWM, and the tiny NF-A4x10 FLX. These products all have high quality construction, some premium touches, and feature many of Noctua’s famed design and engineering features. So, let’s dive in! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] NF-P12 PWM Firstly, we will look at the NF-P12 PWM. This 120x25mm fan is Noctua’s ‘mainstay’ fan, …
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Prolimatech Samuel 17 – Goliath’s David?

Continuing our current trend of CPU cooler reviews, today we are looking at the Prolimatech Samuel 17! This particular CPU cooler has been around for years, but it’s unavailability in certain markets (I have never seen it listed for sale in New Zealand!) has lent it a certain ‘holy grail’ status in the SFF cooling world – which is a bit of a shame, since the 6 heatpipes and dense fins that compose its design enable great cooling for the size, at least on paper. Speaking of ‘holy grail’, though… what’s with the name? From Prolimatech: In the Old Testament of …
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Premium SFF – The Noctua NH-L9x65

Having already investigated Noctua’s NH-L9a – an ultra-low profile unit designed for AMD sockets – we turn our attention today to the NH-L9x65, a top-down cooler that (comparatively at least) adds some height in exchange for improved acoustic and thermal performance. This 65mm high cooler is claimed by Noctua to be compatible with any motherboard layout that uses the supported sockets, which is good news, given the challenge many have with fitting CPU coolers in most SFF builds. The Noctua NH-L9x65 HEATSINK SPECIFICATION Dimension ( with fan ) L95 mm x W95 mm x H65 mm Weight ( with fan ) …
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The Noctua NH-L9a – Luxury in uSFF

In the world of CPU coolers, one name stands out as the ‘premium’ brand in the minds of most PC enthusiasts – Noctua. Today, then, we’ll be looking at one of their SFF-orientated coolers, the NH-L9a. The L9a is designed exclusively for AMD sockets (and thus compliments the NH-L9i, designed for Intel platforms), and the 37mm-high profile of the unit is claimed to be compatible with essentially any motherboard layout that has the supported sockets. For a SFF builder, this is good news, since finding a compatible cooler with the right performance characteristics can be among the most challenging parts of designing a build. We’ll …
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Scythe Kodati Rev B – HTPC Master

The Scythe Kodati is an interesting product. Although I’d never heard of it until very recently, it was launched in mid-2014. This tiny unit piqued my interest as an option for uSFF builds – it’s 34mm height is similar to the height of standard RAM modules and thus would fit in all but the smallest of cases. Today we look at this minute cooler. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] About Scythe From Scythe’s Website: Selected PC Parts for DIY PC Experts Scythe Co., Ltd., (Registered and incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally started its business operation in Japan’s famous “Akihabara Electric Town” located in …
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Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B – Big Name for a Small Cooler

One of the standard CPU cooler options when it comes to building a SFF system is the the Scythe Big Shuriken 2, and this comes as no surprise: the cooler has been around for a while. The low-profile nature of the otherwise generously-sized design means it can fit in a plethora of enclosures that are otherwise height-restrictive above the motherboard, all while providing performance characteristics that are closer to those of large tower-style coolers. A recent revision of the Big Shuriken 2 – Rev B – added support for LGA2011 and 2011 V3 sockets. As such, we’re taking advantage of this …
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A Battle for the High End – Scythe Ninja 4

With the predominance of small CPU coolers we’ve looked at recently, I thought I’d break it up a bit and review something a bit… bigger. The Scythe Ninja 4 is definitely not a small cooler, but the benefit of its massive size comes in the form of cooling performance that can deal with higher wattages and overclocks – or, alternatively, the ability to run at ultra low fan speeds and provide excellent acoustics as a result. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] About Scythe From Scythe’s Website: Selected PC Parts for DIY PC Experts Scythe Co., Ltd., (Registered and incorporated in Tokyo Japan) originally …
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CRYORIG C7 – A New Contender Appears

The CPU cooler market sees near constant releases of new products – and yet, not much seems to be aimed at the Small Form Factor market segment. Because of this, we were quite excited to see a new contender arrive recently, in the SFF space: the CRYORIG C7, a 47mm tall, quad heatpipe, 92mm fan cooler with some unique design elements. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] About CRYORIG “After a few years of working with other brands, the CYRORIG team decided to strike out on their own in 2013. Aimed more towards enthusiasts rather than the OEM or general consumer market, they are …
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CPU Coolers – An Introductory Roundup

Any good review website needs a solid test bench for reviewing hardware. Now it’s time to introduce ours. It does not yet have a name, and it’s a bit camera shy, but it does the job well. Specifications The test bench currently includes the following hardware; Gigabyte 970-D3P Motherboard Phenom II 555BE @ 3.2GHz 8GB Crucial DDR3-1600 Value RAM (single DIMM) Hitachi 60gb 2.5″ 5400RPM SATA HDD (temporary!) EVGA GT240 1GB Thermal Master 420W Power Supply Aluminium Test Bench Chassis [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Now on to the coolers. Zalman CNPS8700CU-LED This cooler is made entirely of copper, and features 2 …