Cooling

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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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 …
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More AMD Zen and Wraith Info Released

AMD’s Wraith stock cooler, previewed here, and another redesigned cooler, have been launched today. The new coolers will be included with many of AMD’s new FM2+ processors and APUs, as well as some current lines. AMD claims the new cooler offers near-quiet cooling, at 39dB. I suppose that one is a matter of opinion. AMD states that the new design delivers 34 percent more airflow and 24 percent more surface area for heat dissipation than its predecessor. “The new high quality, robust thermal solutions from AMD for select processors provide a great out-of-the-box experience at no additional cost to the consumer,” said …
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Reports That High Pressure Heatsinks Can Damage Skylake

Intel’s new Skylake processors are in the news again, and not for a good reason. According to PCGamesHardware.de, high pressure or mass coolers could damage the CPU package and/or socket. As you can see in the image above, the substrate of the processor package is significantly thinner, and being made of glass fibre (as are most PCBs), it can flex significantly more than the previous, thicker, packages. The pressure of a hefty cooler could push the CPU package into the socket and damage the pins! The fact that Intel’s Skylake processors do not ship with a stock cooler may exacerbate …
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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 …
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DeepCool Launches a New SFF Cooler

Deepcool has launched a new CPU cooler under their Gamer Storm branding, aimed at SFF builds! Here’s a preview:   Low-Profile Design Based on the concept of designing a SFF cooler for Mini ITX boards, the overall dimension of GABRIEL is 120X118X60mm with a 20mm thick fan included. The low-profile design ensures the widest compatibility.   Four Heatpipes & Nickel Plating GABRIEL consists of a copper base with four copper heatpipes soldered and aluminum fins. The full set of heatsink is nickel plated in order to keep away from oxidization to ensure a long lifespan.   ‘Silent’ PWM Fan GABRIEL …