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Gelid Icy Vision Graphics Card Cooler

Gelid Icy Vision Graphics Card Cooler

Today we are going to talk about cooling efficiency and acoustic performance of another universal solution for graphics accelerators.

Koolance CPU-370 Water Block

Koolance CPU-370 Water Block

Koolance, one of the top companies in the water cooling industry has recently introduced the successor to it's CPU-360 water block with the new CPU-370 CPU water block. The CPU-370 water block looks very much like the CPU-360 but we all know that looks aren't everything. The CPU-370 water block comes with a price tag right around $85 which is similar to the other high end CPU blocks. Today we will be testing the capabilities of the CPU-370 in comparison with an EK HF with an Acetal top and a $70 price tag. Keep reading to find out how well Koolance's new CPU-370 will perform compared to the competitors.

Xigmatek AEGIR cooler

Xigmatek AEGIR cooler

The Xigmatek AEGIR is a full-featured mainstream cooler and we are pleased to see it raising the high-end of the mainstream bar. The AEGIR  performed well throughout all of our tests, and could even handle the fully loaded i7 930 @ 4.0GHz while keeping it below 90c degrees. This is quite impressive performance, especially for a cooler in this price class, even without a 2nd fan attached. Analyzing the testing results reveals that the AEGIR still has more potential.

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler

EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler

The Superclock is a nicely built CPU cooler that is easy to install and has looks that are subtle yet flashy at the same time. When it comes to performance the EVGA Superclock HSF performed as well as the Zalman CNPS11X at 4GHz and that is rather impressive not only from a performance standing, but also because the Zalman costs almost $30 more as it costs $79.99. In order to get the performance numbers seen in this review EVGA went with a 120mm fan kicking out 84CFM and that is the trade off for this CPU cooler...

Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink

Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink

The Auras Shagon ARC-118 heatsink is built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 50x100mm aluminum fin stack. The heatsink features an exposed heatpipe base and utilizes a single 2400-1000RPM 92mm PWM fan for all its cooling needs. Since this heatsink is equipped with a 92mm fan, noise levels tend to be moderate at stock speeds and whisper quiet at minimum RPM. Total heatsink foot print is 101x88mm, its weight is 460 grams.

Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 CPU Cooler

Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 CPU Cooler

We are testing today the Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2, a CPU cooler with two tower heatsinks, four heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Check it out!

Evercool Transformer 3 Heatsink

Evercool Transformer 3 Heatsink

In this review Frostytech will be putting the Evercool Transformer 3 heatsink through its paces. The Transformer 3 is a tower-style heatsink which stands exactly 160mm tall. The cooler comes with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at speeds of 2200RPM to 800RPM, though a second fan can added to the rear if desired. Four white vibration absorbing rubber posts are used to reduce vibrations from the fan motor to the heatsink, extra fan posts are supplied. The heatsink stands 160mm tall, is 130mm wide and 78mm deep with the single fan.

Water Cooling The Silverstone Temjin Series TJ11

Water Cooling The Silverstone Temjin Series TJ11

Aerocool X-Vision Fan Controller

Aerocool X-Vision Fan Controller

The new X-Vision is of Aerocool's simpler models, but still remains very functional and looks great. It provides the user with five channels of controls, capable of delivering up to 8 watts on each. Additionally it has thermal sensors to monitor temperatures in whatever location you put them, per-fan RPM readout and the voltage they are running at. For fan regulation options, the X-Vision has the ability to adjust fan speeds manually or by system temps based on the thermal sensors. This may be your next fan controller, so come on in to see if it has what you're looking for.

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink

Thermaltake Jing Heatsink

Thermaltake's Jing heatsink, a dual fan tower style cooler that comes in a bright shade of nuclear green. The green is supposed evoke nature and 'Jing' supposedly means 'wind' in Mandarin. The heatsinks' twin 128mm fans spin at 800-1300RPM in a push-pull orientation and create a modest amount of noise according to our real world sound measurements.

Weighing a hefty 920 grams, the Thermaltake Jing stands 161mm tall and installs onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3+ processors.

Aerocool Strike X Fan Controller

Aerocool Strike X Fan Controller

The Aerocool Strike X is a touchscreen fan controller with five channels and five thermometers. Let's check it out.

Thermal Compound Roundup - June 2011

Thermal Compound Roundup - June 2011

Following up on our Thermal Compound Roundup - May 2011 review, we are adding five more thermal compounds to our roundup, for a total of 25 different models from Antec, Arctic Cooling, Arctic Silver, Biostar, Cooler Master, Coolink, Deepcool, Evercool, Gelid, Noctua, Prolimatech, Scythe, Shi-Etsu, Spire, Rosewill, Thermalright, Thermaltake, Titan, Tuniq, Xigmatek, and Zalman. In this review we will determine if certain products are superior to others. We will also try an "alternative" thermal compound to see if it works.

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink

Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Heatsink

Xigmatek's SD1283 Gaia heatsink comes with a one 120mm PWM fan that operates at speeds of 1500RPM to 800RPM. The fan is mounted to the aluminum cooling fin tower with four vibration absorbing rubber posts, a second fan (not included) can be mounted to the rear of the heatsink since additional fan posts are included. The heatsink stands 159mm tall and has a footing of 120x77mm. It's a little less than exciting when great thermal performance is virtually assured by the 120mm fan/tower fin/HDT combination. Provided the heatsink is well made, some exposed heatpipe tower heatsinks are most definitely not.

Heat Column Cooler: Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec

Heat Column Cooler: Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec

Everything new is well forgotten old – this could be a good description of how Noiseblocker NB-TwinTec came into this world. Read our new review for more details.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler

Cooler Master are a brand that we are very familiar with at eTeknix and have always been a company that we have focussed on to see what they come up with in the future. Whilst the future is bright, we can't but help look back at the past at a slightly older product, though even as it's not the newest swanky thing on the market, it still holds its own by offering an amazing cooling product at a low price, especially when compared to its rivals.

We can only be talking about the much talked about Cooler Master V8, which gets its name and styling from the famous engine, without all the noise that a V8 engine is famous for. It incorporates a large heatsink design with a fan sandwiched between it and is suitable for the latest and greatest CPU sockets on the market. For complete control over the CPU cooler an included PWM fan control gives complete silence when needed and extreme cooling if that's your bag.

Based on the awards this cooler has obtained, it seems to live up to all of the hype above but how do we get on with it after we've looked at the likes of the Noctua NH-C14 mammoth cooler. Will we be let down or pleasantly surprised?

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