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Noctua NH-U12A heatsink review. Will it SFF?

We would like to thank Noctua for providing us with a review sample of their NH-U12A heatsink. Without their generosity, this review would not be possible. Fresh off the heels of our NT-H2 Thermal Paste shootout, we have a compelling new heatsink from Noctua, the NH-U12A. This model is more compact than some of Noctua’s larger offerings but offers unparalleled performance for its size due the quality of fans being used. It’s still a little on the larger side and may not fit in most of our cases but for those that have the room, you may not find a …
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SilverStone’s PCIe to M.2 Range Expands

TechPowerup recently revealed that Silverstone has launched two of their PCIe to M.2 adapters – the ECM23 and ECM25. While we saw these at Computex 2018, it’s great to see them finally ready for retail. The ECM23 is a stylish interpretation of the concept, with an included heatsink. The card uses a full length x16 slot – although only x4 lanes are wired in. Supporting 2230, 2242, 2260 and 2280 M-Key M.2 form factors, the ECM23 supports all PCIE AHCI/NVMe SSDs – SATA variants need not apply. The ECM25 is the no-nonsense variant, fitting in an x4 slot (or larger). …
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EK releases M.2 SSD heatsinks

PRESS RELEASE: A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing a passive heatsink for M.2 NVMe Next Generation Form Factor SSDs. Although it’s not a water cooling part, it is a much needed aesthetical and functional heatsink for many PC owners. It is not a secret that M.2 NVMe SSDs can overheat …
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Akasa Venom RG prototype ITX case, SFX/SFX-L PSUs, and more

While wandering the floors of Computex this sharp-looking Mini-ITX case immediately caught my eye, especially when I saw whose booth it was in. This is the prototype Venom RG case from Akasa. While Akasa has the Venom line of gaming products, most of their cases though are aimed at the industrial market so I was quite surprised to see this premium-looking Mini-ITX case from them. The exterior design is very clean, with thick silver aluminum panels and a steel frame. In fact, the front is so clean that there isn’t even any front IO present, including the power button! According to …
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SilverStone’s new Argon AR11 49mm LP cooler

Rounding out our coverage of SilverStone’s booth from Computex 2017 is a new addition to the Argon series of CPU coolers, the Argon AR11 low-profile heatsink. The heatsink is about 94mm x 97.5mm (including the tips of the heatpipes) in width, but the height measures in at exactly 49mm excluding the tops of the fan mounting screws. The air pusher that will come with the AR11 is a 92mm x 20mm PWM fan that attaches to the heatsink with four screws. So swapping the fan with a shorter one to reduce the overall height is just a matter of using appropriately shorter …
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CRYORIG at Computex 2017

During Computex 2017, we had the opportunity to visit CRYORIG’s booth, full of aluminium, copper and wood! Ever since Computex last year, we’ve been looking forward to seeing CRYORIG’s Taku case in the flesh. For those that are unfamiliar, the Taku is a unique combination of monitor stand and PC case, with the base model coming replete with wooden feet (an unusual material in the enclosure space, to say the least). As such, it’s certainly piqued our interests, as it has simply been something we haven’t seen from a manufacturer before, both functionally and aesthetically. Given this, and given that CRYORIG …
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CRYORIG Reveals New R5 Cooler and Cu Line of Performance Enhanced Coolers

PRESS RELEASE: A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! PC Cooling innovator CRYORIG, is announcing two new CPU cooling projects ahead of Computex 2017. The CRYORIG R5 high-end single tower and the Cu Series of Copper Fin enhanced coolers. The R5 and Cu Series will both make their debut in the coming Computex 2017 from May 30th to June 3rd …
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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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SilverStone releases the NT09-115X low-profile CPU cooler

Today SilverStone has announced the NT09-115X, a 45mm tall CPU heatsink for Intel LGA 1156/1155/1150/1151 processors with a TDP of 65W or less. The heatsink itself is a fairly basic extruded aluminum affair like the stock heatsinks but instead with sturdy-looking spring-loaded screws to attach the heatsink to the motherboard instead of the sometimes frustrating plastic push-pins that Intel typically uses. The mounting screws thread into an included backplate that is intended to reduce motherboard warping. The fan is a custom 92mm PWM fan but the mounting holes for it appear to use the same spacing as a 80mm fan. While I would have …
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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 …