Although the gearhead legions appear to be moving in droves to liquid cooling, there’s still plenty of value in large air-coolers. You don’t need to remap your case airflow to accommodate them, and there’s no chance of them peeing all over the inside of your computer someday. Depending on your setup, however, even a nice air cooler can meet its match.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
The movie Die Hard was so awesome it spawned a wave of imitators that all had just one distinguishing difference—Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard on a boat, Die Hard in a nursing home, etc. And so it is in the world of air coolers: We have dozens of skyscraper aluminum coolers with just one standout feature, and on the Silverstone Heligon HE01 the standout feature is its super-thick 14cm fan. It’s so big that Silverstone had to shave off a sliver of the cooler’s right appendage to make room for it, giving the cooler an asymmetrical look that resembles a tennis player’s arms.
YOU'RE FORGIVEN if you’ve never heard of Phanteks. After all, the company only makes one heatsink, though it comes in four colors, and it’s only been out since last fall. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE consists of a nickel-plated copper heatsink and five thick heat pipes, rising through two sets of anodized aluminum cooling fins in orange, blue, red, or plain ol’ aluminum.
Fans of Austrian engineering might notice that the PH-TC14PE looks a lot like Noctua’s NH-D14. They’re almost exactly the same (massive) size and follow the same basic design. The TC14PE’s box even says “Designed in Europe.” But, see, it’s totally different, because the Phanteks cooler has five thick heat pipes and the Noctua has six smaller-diameter pipes. The Phanteks’ colored fin stack is a tiny bit shorter than the tips of the Noctua’s heat pipes and around a tenth of an inch wider. Also like the Noctua, the Phanteks cooler can interfere with the RAM slots on some motherboards. We couldn’t install it at all on a microATX Rampage IV board, and we had to use RAM without towering heat spreaders on our P9X79 Deluxe board in order to install the Phanteks.
Adobe last month said it no longer intended to take on HTML5 with its Flash platform across mobile browsers, hailing the former as the “best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” It also made it clear that the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook was going to be its last for mobile browsers. But following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Adobe announced it would also be releasing a minor update in December to add Flash and AIR support to the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) device, which did not support these technologies at launch.
Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly important battleground in the Web wars, one in which Adobe's Flash Player and HTML5 will fight most of their skirmishes. Adobe today announced its prize fighters in Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, both with support for full hardware accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics.
Apple’s snub of Adobe Flash has had no impact on the latter’s popularity among other smartphone and tablet vendors. If anything, it has probably whetted their appetite for the Flash Player. According to Adobe, at the end of 2010 there were more than 20 million smartphones with Flash 10.1 - the first truly mobile-optimized version of the software. But if you think that’s impressive, then get ready for the bigger, more impressive numbers that await you after the jump.
Do you hate Adobe AIR? I sometimes do. While the applications based on Adobe's framework can be pretty neat to use, there's something about their similar look and shared frameworks, not to mention features, that just can just drive me up the wall. Plus, every new Adobe AIR-based application has to be installed and run through Adobe AIR itself. While it's a handy way to make sure that you're running the most up-to-date version of the application, the Adobe AIR platform isn't very conducive to portable use. Actually, you can't stick AIR-based applications on a USB key and run them at all--the host computer would still need Adobe AIR for these apps to function.
That's but one minor complaint about the AIR platform. There are more, but this week's freeware roundup isn't intended to be a slam on these Adobe apps. Rather, I'll be taking a look at some of Adobe AIR's more popular applications and offering up unique freeware alternatives that don't require use of the AIR platform to work. Not all of the listed applications will support portable use out-of-the-box, but you can use the popular Mojopac Free program to store and access all of these apps on any USB device of your choosing.
Put your trigger-finger on the uninstaller button for Adobe AIR, then click the jump!
Novell's Mono Project released version 1.0 of Moonlight today, an open-source platform that allows Linux users to view Microsoft Silverlight-based content and applications. Delivered as a Firefox extension, Moonlight comes alongside the release of the Microsoft Media Pack, a Firefox extension that gives Linux users access to Microsoft-endorsed media codecs. This opens up the door for playing all Silverlight-compatible media (including MP3, WMA, and WMV files). According to Novel, Moonlight should work with all major Linux distributions, including openSUSE, Fedora, Red Hat, and Ubuntu.
But if you think that this is going to put a dent in Adobe Air's market share, you're in for a treat. Click the jump to see just how much Adobe's runtime environment is winning the platform war against Microsoft's Silverlight!
Without a doubt, the MacBook Air is one of the niftiest-looking laptops we've ever tested. But he smallest notebook we’ve ever tested comes with sacrifices - the MacBook Air makes serious compromises to maintain its petite profile.