cooling http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/234/ en Palit Releases Passively Cooled KalmX Series Graphics Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/palit_kalmx_gtx_750_ti.jpg" alt="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" title="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />Pursuing a noise-free gaming experience</h3> <p>Palit isn't a name you see bounced around too often in the U.S., though if you dig around online, you can find the company's products scattered about. <strong>Two of Palit's newest offerings fall under its new KalmX Series of silent graphics cards</strong> -- GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti. Both of these Maxwell cards sport Palit's new passive cooler for a 0dB solution (provided there's no electrical noise).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.palit.biz/enews/event/worldwide/GTX750_Kalm/Palit-GTX750_Kalm-en_01.php" target="_blank">KalmX cooler</a> consists of two nickel plated heat pipes that snake through a "vast volume" of nickel plated fins to keep the GPU and RAM from overheating. There's also a copper base.</p> <p>No external power is required for either card, which is really a testament to Nivida's Maxwell architecture than anything else. The <a href="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2377" target="_blank">750 KalmX</a> and <a href="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2378" target="_blank">750 Ti KalmX</a> are almost identically spec'd with base and boost clockspeeds of 1,020MHz and 1,185MHz, respectively. However, the 750 features a memory clocksspeed of 2,505 MHz to achieve memory bandwidth of 80.16GB/s, while the 750 Ti's memory runs at 2,750MHz for 88GB/s of bandwidth. There's also a slight difference in TDP -- 60W (750 Ti) versus 55W (750).</p> <p>Palit didn't say when these cards will be available to purchase or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014#comments Build a PC cooling geforce gtx 750 ti graphics card Hardware kalmx palit silent News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28176 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D Mid Tower Focuses on Cooling Graphics Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/corsairs_obsidian_series_450d_mid_tower_focuses_cooling_graphics_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_obsidian_series_450d_angled.jpg" alt="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Angled" title="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Angled" width="228" height="213" style="float: right;" />Dual front fans give graphics cards a steady stream of cool air</h3> <p><strong>Corsair just expanded its Obsidian Series of computers cases with the 450D</strong>, a mid-tower chassis sporting a familiar brushed aluminum design but with increased attention on airflow. There are two 140mm AF140L intake fans behind the aluminum mesh grill on the front that provide direct airflow to where a graphics card would be, and a rear 120mm AF120L fan to expel hot air.</p> <p>If more cooling is needed, there are five additional fan mounts throughout the chassis. Alternately, you can go the liquid cooling route with room for up to a 360mm radiator in the roof (not many mid-towers support radiators that large), a 280mm radiator in front, and a 240mm radiator on the floor. In other words, you have options to play it cool.</p> <p>"From day one, our Obsidian Series has made our case lineup a force to be reckoned with." said George Makris, Product Manager at Corsair. "With Obsidian 450D we've now added a mid-tower case that has outstanding air cooling capabilities, but can house lots of water cooling parts, too."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/450d_airflow.jpg" alt="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Airflow" title="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Airflow" width="620" height="549" /></p> <p>Other features include dust filters throughout, modular and tool-free 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive mounts, two front mounted USB 3.0 ports, thumbscrews for the side panels and seven expansion slots, center-post standoff to hold the motherboard in place during installation, cable routing holes, and rubber grommets.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oUYAiq-mQ1s" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Corsair's <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/obsidian-series-450d-mid-tower-pc-case" target="_blank">Obsidian Series 450D</a> will be available in April for $120 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/corsairs_obsidian_series_450d_mid_tower_focuses_cooling_graphics_cards#comments 450d Build a PC case chassis cooling corsair enclosure Hardware obsidian series News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:31:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 27514 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2014: Zalman Suite Tour [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_zalman_suite_tour_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zalman_fan.jpg" alt="Zalman Fan" title="Zalman Fan" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Funky fresh fan, heatsink, and case designs</h3> <p>We all love fast hardware -- burly graphics cards, oodles of RAM, multi-core processors -- but one of the unsung heros is cooling. Crucial as it may be to a stable running machine, cooling isn't always glamorous or sexy. That being the case, it was refreshing to see a few vendors showing off new fan designs, including <strong>Zalman</strong>, which brought to CES a crop of cooling (and case) products.</p> <p>Gordon made it over to Zalman's booth where he was able to see its brand new FX70, a passive heatsink with heatpipes and crinkled fins. Why crinkled? It allows Zalman to increase the surface area of the fins for superior cooling capabilities without taking up a ton of space in your case. If you need additional cooling, you can mount fans to either side. Here's a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X9Fq50R3xLs" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Zalman also showed off a brand new fan design with blades that look like thunderbolts. The big feature, however, is a button on the front of the fan that allows you to select your fan speed. Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1HHfSSqEQac" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Before exiting Zalman's booth, Gordon caught on camera a couple of new cases. One is a prototype mini ITX case that's rather large for the form factor, but is intended for enthusiasts who want to use a small mobo but run a lot of hardware. The other case is the Zalman Z15, a bigger chassis with some nifty controls on top. In addition to fan speed controls, you can open up flaps on the top of the case for additional cooling. Take a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/d1F5Fg7ebzk" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_zalman_suite_tour_video#comments Build a PC case ces2014 chassis cooling enclosure fans Hardware Peripherals Zalman News Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:09:10 +0000 Paul Lilly and Gordon Mah Ung 27048 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2014: Enermax Suite Tour [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_enermax_suite_tour_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/enermax_psu.jpg" alt="Enermax Digifanless PSU" title="Enermax Digifanless PSU" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />Fans, fans, and more fans (and a fanless power supply)</h3> <p>Things can get crazy at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but one company that kept its cool is Enermax. We mean that literally, folks. <strong>Gordon stopped by Enermax's booth</strong> at the show to see what the company brought to show off, and the answer is fans. Lots of fans, some of which lit up and reacted to sound. On the flip side, Enermax also brought with it a fanless power supply that's 80 Plus Platinum certified.</p> <p>Gordon is a confessed LED freak of sorts, and if you are too, you'll get a kick out of this 39-second video of some 30 LED fans spinning and reacting to Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child." Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bKjXKLcPTm8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Enermax also had on display its new Twister Pressure fan with a rated airflow of 79.96 CFM at just 1,800 RPM. It only puts out 25 dBA, which is roughly equivalent to a low whisper. Have a look/listen:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZI-U0Rw-vgI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Lastly, Gordon got a chance to play with the Enermax Digifanless power supply. It's rated at 550W, has no fan, and is 80 Plus Platinum certified. It's also digital so you can track vitals such as wattage and how efficient it's running. In the video, Gordon fires up Furmark with the PSU powering a dual graphics card system. See what happens here:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/stj-hNYnkT8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_enermax_suite_tour_video#comments Build a PC ces2014 cooling Enermax fans Hardware power supply PSU News Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:40:33 +0000 Paul Lilly and Gordon Mah Ung 27040 at http://www.maximumpc.com Powercolor Reinvents the Cooling Fan Using Double Blade Technology http://www.maximumpc.com/powercolor_reinvents_cooling_fan_using_double_blade_technology2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/double_blade.jpg" alt="Double Blade" title="Double Blade" width="228" height="118" style="float: right;" />Better airflow, less dust</h3> <p>Arguably the least sexy part of any PC build or component is the cooling fan. Sure, some are flashier than others with colorful and/or specially curved blades, LEDs, and variable speeds, but it's not something most people get excited about. Powercolor may change that by introducing its patented thermal solution called "Double Blades." Using Double Blade technology, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/powercolor"><strong>Powercolor</strong></a> promises increased cooling performance and less wear and tear on the fan due to dust.</p> <p>Just as it sounds, Double Blade technology involves adding a second, smaller fan blade to each larger one. The purpose is to centralize airflow and ultimately improve thermal performance.</p> <p>"This exclusive design adds an extra fan blade attached to the original one; the extra fan can absorb airflow into the center and increase airflow up to 20 percent compared to the traditional thermal design," <a href="http://www.powercolor.com/us/News.asp?id=1191" target="_blank">Powercolor says</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/traditional_double_blade.jpg" alt="Traditional vs Double Blade" title="Traditional vs Double Blade" width="538" height="274" /></p> <p>In addition, Powercolor says its Double Blade design can prevent dust from depositing at the bearings and settling at the bottom of the fan, prolonging the life of both the fan and the videocard, assuming these end up on GPU coolers.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/powercolor_reinvents_cooling_fan_using_double_blade_technology2013#comments cooling double blade fan Hardware powercolor News Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:59:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 26299 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cooler Master Announces SF17 Laptop Cooler for Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_announces_sf17_laptop_cooler_gamers2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cm_storm_sf17.jpg" alt="CM Storm SF17" title="CM Storm SF17" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Designed especially for gaming laptops</h3> <p>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 <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/cooler_master"><strong>Cooler Master's</strong></a> 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.</p> <p>A single 180mm adjustable turbine fan provides active cooling for the laptop. <a href="http://coolermaster-usa.com/press_release/sf17/sf17.html" target="_blank">According to Cooler Master</a>, it's "engineered to provide unprecedented airflow" to keep laptops running at optimal temperatures, though the company didn't go into any real detail regarding its fan design.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/cm_storm_sf17_top.jpg" alt="CM Storm SF17" title="CM Storm SF17" width="516" height="365" /></p> <p>There's an LED lighting strip, four different height adjustment options, a rubber handle, built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub, fan speed dial, and grooved sides to help route cables.</p> <p>The <a href="http://mobile.coolermaster-usa.com/sf-17/815" target="_blank">CM Storm SF17</a> is available now from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-SF-17-Ergonomic-Settings/dp/B00E5AEITU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1375829029&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=B00E5AEITU" target="_blank">Amazon for $56</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_announces_sf17_laptop_cooler_gamers2013#comments cm storm Cooler Cooler Master cooling laptop notebook sf17 News Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:07:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 26125 at http://www.maximumpc.com Koolance EXC-800 Chills Your Liquid Cooling Setup for $1,400 http://www.maximumpc.com/koolance_exc-800_chills_your_liquid_cooling_setup_1400 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/koolance_exc-800_thumbnail.jpg" alt="Koolance EXC-800 Chiller" title="Koolance EXC-800 Chiller" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Keep calm and cool on</h3> <p>Would you scoff at the notion at paying $1,400 for a recirculating liquid chiller? If so, then <a href="http://koolance.com/exc-800-portable-800W-recirculating-chiller" target="_blank">Koolance's EXC-800 portable 800W chiller</a> isn't for you. For those who don't mind spending a small fortune on big time <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/cooling"><strong>cooling</strong></a> performance, Koolance will take your money in exchange for the EXC-800, which offers four configurable temperature methods, including the option to lock liquid to ambient temperature to avoid condensation.</p> <p>It can also lock temps to an external K-type thermocouple sensor, though you'll need to provide your own. What it <em>does</em> come with is an integrated Koolance PMP-500 pump with a maximum coolant output of 2.9 gallons per minute. You can adjust the pump speed with 10 level increments while keeping an eye on the pump impeller speeds in RPM, coolant flow rate in LPM/GPM, and condenser fan speed in RPM.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/koolance_exc-800_chiller.jpg" alt="Koolance EXC-800 Chiller Angle" title="Koolance EXC-800 Chiller Angle" width="620" height="561" /></p> <p>If you don't plan to fixate your eyeballs on the chiller at all times, there's audio alarm you can configure based on temperature. There's also a relay trigger around back that can be configured as NO or NC and adjusted based on temperature.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/koolance_exc-800_chills_your_liquid_cooling_setup_1400#comments cooling exc-800 Hardware koolance liquid cooling News Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:09:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 26078 at http://www.maximumpc.com Phanteks Enthoo Primo Chassis Will Hit the Market Next Month http://www.maximumpc.com/phanteks_enthoo_primo_chassis_will_hit_market_next_month766 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/enthoo-primo_27.jpg" alt="Enthoo Primo" title="Enthoo Primo" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Seems to have the makings of a very “cool” case</h3> <p>Phanteks has so far limited itself to manufacturing PC cooling solutions, but very soon it will have its very first PC case on the market in the form of the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/phanteks_previews_stealthy_enthoo_primo_chassis_hidden_drive_trays2013" target="_blank">Enthoo Primo</a></strong>. To this end, it has now divulged all the vital product details it chose to withhold last month, when it teased its impending entry into the world of PC cases through a couple of short preview videos.</p> <p>Given the company’s background in cooling, it is no surprise that the Enthoo Primo promises “extreme cooling capacity,” with as many as 16 fan mount locations. What’s more, it will ship with five Phanteks PH-F140SP140 mm fans. There is no dearth of water cooling options either.</p> <p>“Phanteks’ Enthoo Primo features a unique PSU thermally isolated location, multifunctional cable/reservoir cover, exclusive brackets, and massive cooling potential,” the company said in a press release earlier this week. “With the PSU located in the back of the case, this allows for a cleaner look and better cable management.”</p> <p>Here are the <a href="http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Primo.html" target="_blank">Enthoo Primo’s detailed specs</a>:</p> <ul> <li><em>Dimension: 250mm x 650mm x 600mm (WxHxD)</em></li> <li><em>Form Factor: Full Tower Chassis</em></li> <li><em>Material(s): Aluminum Faceplates, Steel Chassis</em></li> <li><em>Motherboard Support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB</em></li> <li><em>Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone, LED Switch, Reset Switch</em></li> <li><em>Side Window: Yes, split-window design</em></li> <li><em>Expansion Slots: 8</em></li> <li><em>Power Supply Slots: 2</em></li> <li><em>Drive bays: </em> <ul> <li><em>External 5.25": 5</em></li> <li><em>Internal 3.5": 6 (2x 3 HDD cages)</em></li> <li><em>Internal 2.5": 12 (2x 3 HDD cages + 2x doublestack SSD brackets ) *expandable to 3x</em></li> </ul> </li> <li><em>Cooling: Up to 16 fan mount locations (120/140mm)</em></li> <li><em>Water Cooling: 5 different installation areas for slim and thick radiators varying from single to quad (120mm and 140mm form factors)</em></li> <li><em>Clearance</em> <ul> <li><em>Graphic card</em> <ul> <li><em>257mm (reservoir bracket installed)</em></li> <li><em>277mm (reservoir bracket installed w/o cover)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></li> <li><em>350mm (no reservoir bracket)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></li> <li><em>390mm (HDD cages in front position)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></li> <li><em>515mm (no HDD cages)</em></li> </ul> </li> <li><em>CPU cooler: 207mm</em></li> <li><em>Cable management: 30mm</em></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>The Enthoo Primo will hit the market next month with an MSRP of $249.99 and a five-year limited warranty.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dU1yMvkdsyY?feature=player_embedded" width="620" height="340" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/phanteks_enthoo_primo_chassis_will_hit_market_next_month766#comments Build a PC cooling enthoo primo Hardware pc case phanteks News Sat, 03 Aug 2013 02:42:17 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 26059 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Issues Simple Fix for NUC Overheating http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_issues_simple_fix_nuc_overheating2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nuc_gordon_mah_ung.jpg" alt="Gordon Mah Ung with NUC" title="Gordon Mah Ung with NUC" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Revised design should stop the NUC from freezing up due to heat</h3> <p>Intel's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/intels_next_unit_computing_htpc_and_raspberry_pi_compared_video321"><strong>Next Unit of Computing</strong></a> (NUC) is an intriguing device. The NUC is a mini PC built around an incredibly small 4-inch by 4-inch by 2-inch chassis that Intel would like to see become the standard for miniature systems that pack a punch. Though it's small, it offers residence to a 1.8GHz dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Core i3 processor, two SO-DIMM RAM slots, mSATA SSD slot, and a built-in Wi-Fi card. That's a lot to cram into such a tiny device, and as it turned out, first generation models had a problem with overheating.</p> <p>We figured out that if you remove the built-in Wi-Fi card, which sits right on top of the mSATA SSD, the system would work just fine without freezing up or any other hiccups. We've also had success using SSDs with SandForce controllers, though it can be hit or miss.</p> <p>Apparently Intel has devised a better solution. First spotted by <a href="http://www.fanlesstech.com/2013/07/intel-uses-passive-cooling-to-fix-nuc.html" target="_blank"><em>FanlessTech</em></a>, there's a Product Change Notification (PCN) for the NUC, <a href="https://qdms.intel.com/Portal/SearchPCNDataBase.aspx" target="_blank">#112432-00</a>. The primary reason for the PCN is the addition of a 9.5mm thermal pad on the bottom cover of the NUC to improve the thermal design. From what we can tell, it's there to prevent the overheating that we and others experienced.</p> <p>Whether or not it fully solves the problem, that's something we're anxious to find out.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_issues_simple_fix_nuc_overheating2013#comments cooling Hardware intel mini pc next unit of computing nuc overheating News Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:38:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 25981 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Attaches Cooling Guarantee to Tri-Fan GeForce GTX 780 OC Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_attaches_cooling_guarantee_to_tri-fan_geforce_gtx_780_oc_edition2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_780_gtx_oc_box.jpg" alt="Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC Edition" title="Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC Edition" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />High end graphics card keeps its cool.</h3> <p>It's only been a day since Nvidia announced its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_780_benchmarks"><strong>GeForce GTX 780</strong></a> graphics card and as expected, the GPU maker's hardware partners are coming out of the woodwork with custom cooling solutions. We saw it with <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/evga_launches_new_double_ball_bearing_cooling_solution_dubbed_acx2013">EVGA and its ACX Cooler</a>, and today Gigabyte is giving us a glimpse of its GeForce GTX 780 OC Edition (<a href="http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4621#sp" target="_blank">GV-N780OC-3GD</a>) graphics card with the latest Windforce 3X dual-slot cooling design.</p> <p>Gigabyte "guarantees gamers an insanely fast, smooth, and whisper-quiet gaming experience," adding that its card is <a href="http://www.gigabyte.us/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1209" target="_blank">further guaranteed</a> capable of dissipating over 450W of heat.</p> <p>The Windforce 3X chills the GeForce card using three ultra quiet PWM fans, two 8mm copper heat pipes, four 6mm copper heat pipes, and a RAM heatsink. According to Gigabyte, it's 25 percent better than a stock cooling solution. It also looks pretty gnarly, so there's that.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_windforce.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Windforce" title="Gigabyte Windforce" width="620" height="298" /></p> <p>Cooling aside, Gigabyte's OC Edition card bests Nvidia's reference design with faster clockspeeds. The GPU runs at 954MHz base and 1,006MHz boost, versus 863MHz and 900MHz, respectively. Memory is untouched at 6,008MHz effective (1,502MHz).</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/gigabyte_attaches_cooling_guarantee_to_tri-fan_geforce_gtx_780_oc_edition2013#comments Build a PC cooling geforce gtx 780 OC edition gigabyte graphic card Hardware nvidia Video Card windforce 3x News Fri, 24 May 2013 15:40:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 25605 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA Launches New Double Ball Bearing Cooling Solution Dubbed ACX http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/evga_launches_new_double_ball_bearing_cooling_solution_dubbed_acx2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_acx_cooler.jpg" alt="EVGA ACX Cooler" title="EVGA ACX Cooler" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />How EVGA's high-end GPU keeps its cool.</h3> <p>Nvidia and its hardware partners are all about the GeForce GTX 780 launch, but that's not the only thing on tap from <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/evga"><strong>EVGA</strong></a>. The GPU maker is introducing a totally new <a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00746/#ACXCooling" target="_blank">ACX Cooler</a> with a double ball bearing design that's more efficient at dissipating heat than the company's previous coolers. A large part of the increased cooling performance is due to the 40 percent increase in heatsink volume, allowing for a 15 percent reduction in GPU temperatures.</p> <p>EVGA didn't just pay attention to cooling the GPU, but also the surrounding components that make up the card. The ACX Cooler features a reinforcement baseplate that helps maintain a straight PCB (printed circuit board), which helps lower mosfet temperatures by 7 percent and memory temperatures by 15 percent.</p> <p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u69/acx_explode_view.jpg" target="_self"><img src="/files/u69/acx_explode_view.jpg" alt="EVGA ACX Cooler Explode View" title="EVGA ACX Cooler Explode View" width="620" height="326" /></a></p> <p>Perhaps the most impressive upgrade is that EVGA is using high quality fan blades that are 700 percent stronger and weigh 25 percent less when compared to competitors' dual fan designs, the company claims. By EVGA's math, that makes them 20 percent more efficient by requiring lower power levels. And that dual ball bearing design we touched on earlier? EVGA says they have a 12-year lifespan.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QfJXW9PzGrM" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Here's a look at the cooler on EVGA's upcoming GeForce GTX 780 graphics card:</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/evga_geforce_gtx_780.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 780" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 780" width="620" height="408" /></p> <p>Stay tuned to this space as we currently have the card in our lab for testing and will release benchmarks soon!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/evga_launches_new_double_ball_bearing_cooling_solution_dubbed_acx2013#comments acx cooler cooling evga geforce gtx 780 Hardware News Thu, 23 May 2013 15:12:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 25594 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Keep Cool Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/article/daily_deals/newegg_daily_deals_keep_cool_edition <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_h80i.jpg" alt="Corsair Hydro Series H80i" title="Corsair Hydro Series H80i" width="300" height="194" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154280/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="Newegg" title="Newegg" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deals:</strong></p> <p>Summer is just around the corner, which means hotter temperatures all around. Worried your PC might get a little too hot under the collar? Then check out today's top deal for a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181031&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-Fan-N82E16835181031-_-0521&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">Corsair Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler</a> for <strong>$85</strong> with free shipping (normally $115). This self-contained water cooler offers the cooling benefts of H2O but without the risk or hassle of a full blown water cooling setup.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-Fan-N82E16835103055-_-0521&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">Cooler Master V8 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler</a> for <strong>$48</strong> with free shipping (normally $60; additional $10 mail-in rebate) </p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-Fan-N82E16835181010-_-0521&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">Corsair Hydro Series H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler</a> for <strong>$60</strong> with free shipping (normally $65)</p> <p><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181008&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-Memory-Fan-N82E16835181008-_-0521&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">Corsair CMXAF2 Fan &amp; Heatsinks</a> for <strong>$30</strong> with free shipping&nbsp; (normally $31)<br /><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835704001&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-Memory-Fan-N82E16835704001-_-0521&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank"><br />Corsair CMXAF1 Fans</a> for <strong>$26</strong> with free shipping (normally $27)</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/daily_deals/newegg_daily_deals_keep_cool_edition#comments cmxaf1 cmxaf2 cooler master v8 cooling corsair Daily Deals daily deals hydro series h50 hydro series h80i Newegg Tue, 21 May 2013 15:31:15 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 25579 at http://www.maximumpc.com NZXT Takes Another Stab at the Sentry Mix Fan Controller http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nzxt_takes_another_stab_sentry_mix_fan_controller2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sentry_mix_2.jpg" alt="NZXT Sentry Mix 2" title="NZXT Sentry Mix 2" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Sometimes the sequel is better than the original.</h3> <p>Truth be told, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/nzxt"><strong>NZXT's</strong></a> original Sentry Mix fan controller was kind of ugly. The general design wasn't bad, but the big grey sliders stuck out like a sore thumb on any black themed case. NZXT's new <a href="http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/129-sentry-mix-2-fan-control.html" target="_blank">Sentry Mix 2</a> improves upon the original with a better aesthetic design and PWM-ready connectors, giving users of all types (mainstream, gamers, and overclockers) fine grain control over a variety of fans.</p> <p>The Sentry Mix 2 offers six channels, each of which is fed 30 watts of continuous power. To change the fan speed speed, simply slide the dial up or down.</p> <p>It's not particularly fancy nor does it seem complicated from what we can tell. It's basically an improved version of the original with a mesh-black faceplate, glossy black sliders, and integrated color LED lighting with five different colors to choose from.</p> <p>The Sentry Mix 2 will be available soon for $30 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nzxt_takes_another_stab_sentry_mix_fan_controller2013#comments accessories cooling fan controller Hardware nzxt sentry mix 2 News Thu, 09 May 2013 16:38:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 25512 at http://www.maximumpc.com Thermaltake Introduces Water 3.0 Liquid Cooling Systems http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/thermaltake_introduces_water_30_liquid_cooling_systems2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/water30extreme.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme" title="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Liquid cooling made easy.</h3> <p>Just as you can configure and build your PC from scratch, cooling enthusiasts can also piece together a custom liquid cooling solution, provided they have the requisite cash and experience. For everyone else, self-contained liquid cooling systems are the next best thing, offering similar benefits but for less money and far less risk. Enter <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/thermaltake"><strong>Thermaltake</strong></a>, one of the more active players in the LCS market, which just <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/content.aspx?id=3730" target="_blank">announced</a> a trio of new cooling products.</p> <p>Sitting at the top of Thermaltake's LCS totem pole is its new <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002065" target="_blank">Water 3.0 Extreme</a>, The Extreme uses a specially designed 240mm large surface radiator with two (or more) 120mm double curve fans to dissipate heat and keep things cool. It has a full copper plate base and comes with fan control software to monitor and customize a range of parameters, including liquid temperature, CPU temperature, fan speed, and pump speed.</p> <p>Sitting one notch below is the <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002064" target="_blank">Water 3.0 Pro</a>. It uses a double-thick radiator (49mm) cooled by up to two 120mm fans and is aimed at users who don't have enough space to install a Water 3.0 Extreme but still want high-end cooling performance.</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002063" target="_blank">Water 3.0 Performer</a> is the same as the Pro, only smaller (the radiator measures 27mm). Thermaltake says it's a good solution for first-timers new to liquid cooling.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/thermaltake_introduces_water_30_liquid_cooling_systems2013#comments Build a PC cooling Hardware lcs liquid cooling system Peripherals thermaltake News Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:45:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 25446 at http://www.maximumpc.com NZXT Puts Cooling and Cable Management on the "Grid" http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nzxt_puts_cooling_and_cable_management_grid2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_grid.jpg" alt="NZXT Grid" title="NZXT Grid" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />NZXT's Grid is an affordable 10-port fan hub with a twist.</h3> <p>Anyone can be a master at cable management, it just takes a little patience, planning, and careful execution. That doesn't mean it's easy. Some of today's cases come with more fan mounts than you have fingers to count, and if you take advantage of all that air cooling potential, cable management can quickly get out of hand. That's where <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/nzxt"><strong>NZXT's</strong></a> new <a href="http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/grid" target="_blank">Grid 10-port fan hub</a> comes into play.</p> <p>The Grid is a fully enclosed, low-profile box that lets you install up to 10 fans in virtually any location. It comes with a 200mm Molex to 3-pin power adapter, 200mm 3-pin female-to-female adapter, two 200mm 3-pin male-to-female extensions, and five black zip ties.</p> <p>"When NZXT introduced the integrated fan hub to its Switch 810 and Phantom 630 cases, it raised the bar for the entire industry in terms of cable management capabilities. Now, NZXT brings its versatile fan hub to the mass market with a streamlined, sleek design," NZXT says. "Capable of powering up to ten fans, the NZXT Grid lets you saturate your case with fans while maintaining superb cable management. With white LED indicator lights and included fan extension cables, the Grid ensures the inside of your case looks just as good as the outside."</p> <p>That's really all there is to it. There's something to be said for simplicity, and equally enticing is the price tag, which is just $12 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/nzxt_puts_cooling_and_cable_management_grid2013#comments cable management cooling fan controller grid Hardware nzxt Peripherals News Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:57:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 25368 at http://www.maximumpc.com