Life is short, play dirty. It's a motto we'd love to see Nike implement in a new sports shoe, maybe one with a steel tipped shank on the front or soles made of flubber. In a more literal sense, playing dirty describes how we use (and sometimes neglect) our PCs. Are you rocking any fan filters? You should be, whether it's one of Lian Li's new removable and washable filters, or ones you've constructed on your own à la MacGuyver.
There's a definite trend in CPU air cooling design, one that has cooler makers gravitating towards increasingly bigger heatsinks. The idea is to provide more surface area for heat to dissipate, and we've seen some air coolers that are as big as a softball. NZXT's new Havik 120 moves in the opposite direction and is essentially a shrunken version of the company's Havik 140 cooler.
Corsair can add another memory overclocking record to its belt, this latest one set using the company's Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 RAM. Using a liberal amount of liquid nitrogen, Corsair employee and avid overclocker Jake "Planet" Crimmins cranked the frequency all the up to a mind numbing 1733.8MHz, which is equivalent to DDR3-3467.
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.
Case fans are in the running for the least appreciated PC component. They're not often glamorous or sexy, but without fans, your big and burly desktop system is little more than a vertical oven for your hot running PC parts. Even if fans don't get the attention they perhaps deserve, there's still some innovation going on by those who build them, like BitFenix, which just announced its new Spectre Pro Performance Fan Series.
MSI is banking on you needing a new CPU cooler when you upgrade your platform to Intel's LGA 2011-based Sandy Bridge-E platform, and Thermaltake knows you'll need a new motherboard. With that in mind, these two new BFFs hooked up to bundle MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard with Thermaltake's Frio Advanced CPU cooler in a single package.
You don't have to be flippin' nuts to dunk your PC parts in mineral oil (maybe a little), you just need a good game plan and the right equipment. To that extent, boutique system builder Puget Systems is a pioneer of sorts in this field of alternative cooling and has been experimenting with mineral oil since May 2007. The mad scientists at Puget built a DIY kit for mineral oil enthusiasts in 2008, and today they're announcing a new revision, the Aquarium PC V4.
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.
Zalman's latest approach to air cooling is to pound away at the problem of heat building with three -- yes, THREE -- 120mm Long Life Bearing fans with blue LEDs. The triple fan configuration comes standard on Zalman's new CNPS12X, a hulk-sized air cooler measuring 151mm (L) x 132mm (W) x 154mm (H) weighing 1kg, or just over 2.2 pounds.