CoolingReviews

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 …