Here at ProClockers, we take computer cooling seriously. We have a growing library of Cooling Reviews including cpu cooler reviews, notebook cooler reviews, and computer case fan reviews. Cooling is a crucial part of overclocking a system, so we will be sure to let you know what to buy and what to avoid when cooling your new rig. You can also find reviews on fan controllers, water cooling kits, gpu cooling, and other computer cooling accessories.
All in one (AIO) liquid CPU cooler have massive gains in popularity since their release. Due to the number of units available, companies have taken it upon themselves to try and create products that are set apart from the field. Swiftech was one such company. When they released their original H220/H320 coolers, they sought to differentiate it from other AIO's by allowing it to support additional liquid cooled components such as graphics cards, chipset, and/or additional radiator(s). The H220/H320 proved to be quite popular and soon Swiftech released their successors, the H140-X/H220-X/H240-X. This series expanded on the original idea even further. The newer Apogee XL waterblock was added, the pump was moved to the radiator, and a windowed reservoir was added. Like its predecessor, the newest integration also proved to be quite popular. That brings us to today and the release of Swiftech’s third generation AIO, the Drive-X series.
In a market flooded with all in one cpu coolers, it can be over whelming trying to decide what one is right for your system. There are so many factors in take into consideration. What brand, length, width, fin density, pump rpm and noise are just some of the factors one must think of when making a decision. Do you go with an all in one cooler, or go all out with a custom loop? Although a custom loop offers the best performance, putting one together can be intimidating. For this reason, many people steer clear of building custom loops. Is it possible to get the performance of a custom loop, from an all in one? With their 400 watt TDP, EXllusion 240, Lepa may say so. But are all these expandable aio coolers just a fad, or a great way for someone to get into the DYI cooling market?
The KOMODO R9 FuryX ECO features the same full PCB coverage design as the rest of the KOMODO series. The water channels have been optimized for optimum flow rate and better thermal performance. A precision CNC machined copper base plate is plated with chrome versus the more commonly used nickel plating. The housing is precision CNC machined out of clear Acrylic. An optional backplate is also available. If all that didn’t sound attractive enough, Swiftech has taken it even a step further and install the thermal pads at the factory to make installation as easy as possible.
Chassis fans in enthusiast level builds are more than just hardware that provides the essential cooling and ventilation for your system, these are also added to complete the appeal of the build. Gone are the days of plain black chassis fans, enter in the LED lighted and color theme inspired chassis fans today. NXZT is known for its modern-looking and sleek case designs. NZXT carries a black and white brand color which they gladly adopt with their chassis fans as well. Today we will be looking at one of their new additions, the NZXT FN V2 120mm fan.
Proper airflow within a computer case is very important to keep all the components running cool and at safe temperatures. Surely adding fans in the chassis for ventilation and exhaust does that but if you want a more scientific approach to only use the optimal power based on how much cooling is required to reduce power consumption and noise, a fan controller is needed. Today we will be looking at one from NZXT, the Grid V2+ Digital Fan controller.
We've been reviewing some fans from Noiseblocker recently. After the eLoop B12-P and Multiframe M12-P, today we will be looking at the NB-BlackSilentPRO PL-PS 120mm fan. Unlike the previous two models we reviewed that were rated at 2000RPM, this fan is only has a maximum of 1500 RPM +10%. Hence, the fan is also engineered for silence just like the two previous models we reviewed. Let us see how the BlackSilentPRO PL-PS would perform as we look at it today.
The Reeven Four Eyes Touch fan controller is 5.25 bay device can control up to 4 channels of fans, with RPM monitoring. It also has 4 channels of temperature monitoring. This is all packaged up in a design with a futuristic feel.