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Scythe KazeFlex low-profile fan review.

We would like to thank Scythe for providing us with a review sample of their KazeFlex 120mm Slim fans. Without their generosity, this review would not be possible. Scythe, the heavy hitting underdog of the HSF world, has once again hit us with another surprise entry into the SFF market with their low profile 120mm fan linup. At just 17mm thick, it will be interesting to see how they compare to the competition. Packaging The packaging is compact and straightforward. All the specifications you could ever want to see on a fan are listed in great detail on the back. …
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Noctua presents NH-U12A premium class 120mm CPU cooler

Comment: We had a quick look at Noctua’s new coolers at Computex 2018 – including a prototype for this very cooler. With 140mm cooler performance in a 120mm cooler form factor, this was exciting news for us in the SFF world! Using a denser fin stack, as well as the new generation Sterrox fans, the cooler offers some hefty cooling. We can’t wait to see reviews for this cooler to see if the numbers stack up! Discuss in the forum here. The press release: Press Release: When a new post is marked a such, the content is copied verbatim from …
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Noctua’s Sterrox – The Next Generation

Evolution in the fan space is slow. We’ve reached the era of incremental improvements, whilst the core design of fans stay the same. None of the crazy early days experimentation is found nowadays, sounding a death knell to the likes of tip magnetic drive, and even the pure Sandia designed CPU cooler. Instead, small improvements are made (notwithstanding RGB, because that’s an entirely different story), in pursuit of a better cooling device. Material tech is the route chosen by Noctua for improving their fans in this instance, eschewing the fan frame changes shown by DeepCool, CryoRig et al. Better materials …
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Xigmatek Launches the Prodigy ST1266 Downdraft Cooler

Xigmatek has launched the Prodigy ST1266 downdraft style CPU cooler. Measuring in at 67mm tall, and 126 mm wide by 120mm deep and is rated to cool up to 150 watts! The Prodigy ST1266 supports sockets LGA2066, LGA2011(v3), LGA115x, AM4, AM3(+), and FM2(+). Made up of an aluminium base with six 6mm copper heatpipes directing heat to the typical aluminium fin stack, the cooler should perform on par with other coolers in this product area. The fan included with the cooler is a black and orange 120mm x 15mm fan, spinning between 800 to 1,500 RPM, and is rated for 56.9 …
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Noctua releases the slim 120mm NF-A12x15 fan

Noctua first showed off a prototype slim 120mm fan at Computex 2014, and at each Computex since they’ve shown off iterations of the design, but not this year. This year, Noctua has instead officially announced the fan, now designated the NF-A12x15 PWM and NF-A12x15 FLX (for the PWM and voltage-controlled variants respectively). So instead of prototypes, we will be taking a look at production versions of the fan at Computex this year, in person! 120 x 15mm fans are nothing new, but the reason I’ve been especially looking forward to Noctua’s take on the form factor is their SSO2 bearings (a modified FDB). All the …
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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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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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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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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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Gentle Typhoon PWM 120mm Fan Launched

The casemodder’s beloved Nidec-Servo Gentle Typhoon fans are now available in a new 4-pin PWM version. The fans are now on sale at ModMyMods, with more retailers hopefully coming soon. Priced at US$19.99 per unit, these 120 mm fans offer up to 58.5 CFM of air-flow, with speeds ranging between 550-1,850 RPM, with claimed noise levels no higher than 26 dBA. Nidec-Servo claims the fan features a unique impeller design that puts out noise of the frequency that blends with typical ambient noise (and is less noticeable), and the fan has double vibration-reduction structures that minimize vibration transmitted noise. Check them out on this page. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] UPDATE: …