Laptop coolers aren't hard to find. They're littered all over the place, both online and in brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, but the majority of them are fairly basic and intended for general purpose notebooks. Not all, however, as evidenced by Cooler Master's new SF17, the latest addition to its Strike Force Series of laptop coolers and gaming hubs. Specially designed for gamers, the SF17 has a strengthened mesh that can withstand big and heavy laptops up to 19 inches.
Zalman is planning to launch a pair of CPU coolers in the second quarter of 2013, one of them a closed-loop liquid cooler unlike any you've ever seen before, the company told us at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It's called the CI Water Cooler, which is an updated version of the company's CNPS LQ Series of self-contained liquid coolers. The other is a fanless block.
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.
The GTX 680 and AMD Radeon 7000 series cards that showed up this year run cooler and more efficiently than cards from previous generations, but hey, they're still powerful pieces of technology; pumping out those kinds of polygons puts out some high temperatures. If your new GPU has been running a bit hot under the collar, you'll be happy to hear that a pair of new cooling solutions from Arctic can help you beat the heat. And if you haven't been able to spring for a new GPU in 2012, that's okay; these coolers support a vast array of cards from both Nvidia and AMD.
Sometimes, you don't want to hear about a CPU's manufacturing process, or its cores, or the strength of its integrated graphics. Kidding! Of course you want to hear about all that. What you don't want to hear is the sound of a heavy-duty fan trying to keep your heavy-duty proc from getting hot under the collar. Enter this amazing all-copper beaut of a heatsink from Nofan. It's massive, it's purdy, and it's silent.
There are precious few things we'd turn down if they're offered for free, like the flu, jail time, and handerpants. Cooler Master is offering none of those things, but the company is giving away LGA2011 brackets to owners of its Hyper 212 Evo and Hyper 212 Plus air coolers so you can upgrade to Sandy Bridge-E without factoring in the cost of a new cooling solution.
Ladies and gentlemen, overclockers and enthusiasts, meet the Frio Advanced, a big and bulky cooler that incorporates some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies while still preserving the greatness of its predecessors, according to Thermaltake. Among the improvements to the Frio Advanced are extra welding points acting as headt collectors on the heatsink.
Noctua seems to understand that a grumpy customer isn't always a repeat customer, and if you want to keep buyers coming back, throw them a bone every once in awhile. Better than a bone, Noctua is giving away NM-I2011 mounting kits to Noctua cooling customers so they can port their existing heatsink/fan solution to Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) platform.
Enermax brought an assortment of buzz words and phrases when announcing its new ETD-T60 series of down-flow CPU cooling solutions. We're talking about terms like Vortex Generator Flow, Vacuum Effect Flow, and Auto Adjustable Pressure technology, two of which Enermax says are patented. The result of all this science book banter is a "breakthrough" in air cooling and thermal resistance down to 0.12C/W.
Antec, best known for its high quality power supplies, has teamed with OEM liquid cooling specialist Asetek to build and market a new line of self-contained liquid coolers. The first of these is the KÜHLER H2O series, another all-in-one design that requires no maintenance on the part of the end user.
"Antec's global reach and excellent reputation make them an ideal partner to bring Asetek's next generation of sealed liquid cooling technology to the DIY and system integrator markets," said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. "From a technical perspective, we are delighted by the new levels of performance, quite operation, and just plain fun features that partnering with Antec is bringing to the new KÜHLER H2O series."
This is primarly a marketing partnership, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Asetek has a history of churning out solid liquid coolers, but they've mainly been relegated to boutique system vendors. With the Antec label, DIY builders will have easier access to these coolers.
Asetek also builds Corsair's Hydro H50 and H70 series.