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The ISGC-300 from Thermaltake is the biggest of the five coolers under this series. The ISGC-300 is based heavily on the commonly used tower design. Granted the tower arrangement offers the best cooling to date when it comes to air and the ISGC-300 should fall in there with this belief. But what else the cooler offer is a new take on fan and fan blades. All new fan motor and redesign blades is what the ISGC series is all about. And we get to take our first look at one.
The new Aurora Micro is a lightweight portable version of the Premium. It is ideally meant for someone that does not have room for a regular-sized keyboard or maybe even for a HTPC build that you are planning on. Enermax describes it as the ideal Office keyboard. No matter what you decide to use it for, you can believe that it is rich with extra features.
For many, Coolermaster is the only choice for computer cases and cooling products. I am a big fan as well. Some may not know it, but they offer more than desktop components and cooling. They have ventured into the world of laptop cooling as well. We saw this in the Choiix review we did a few months ago. A perfect fit for netbook cooling. We enjoyed reviewing it, but with the explosion of laptop sfales in past few years cooling products for portables are becoming an important need. Coolermaster realizes this and developed the NotePal X2 cooling pad. Is it enough to cool the beast that I work with everyday? We will see.
Jetway has contacted us to see if we would like to take their HZ01 and put it on our test bench. Always wanting to do business with a new company I would not turn them away. The HZ01 is based on the ATI 790GX boasting all the features we discussed earlier, but also some surprises as well. The first thing we saw that was unique about the HZ01 is that it utilized SO-DIMMs DDR2 vice standard 240 pin DIMM. Yes, you heard it right laptop ram. PC6400 of the 200-pin variation. Another Jetway feature is G.P.I. Just what does this mean? Well, you will have to read on.
For those who require fast data transfers, the ExpressCard 34 Ultra is a nice substitute for the usual flash drive. The Card offers tremendous speeds. In fact, we have never seen speed like this from a flash drive. How does an advertised 115MB/s read and 65MB/s write sound? Not too bad, when you need your data in a hurry. The ExpressCard 34 Ultra SSD could be the ultimate data storage, but what if you don't have a expresscard slot? The card comes with a mini USB jack to connect to any PC or MAC. Well, that's enough for an introduction. Lets take a closer look at the Filemate.
The 212 Plus is the larger brother of the TX3, though there are several differences between the two. The 212 Plus is aimed at the individual who is looking for a little bit more performance, but doesn't want to give up the bank to do it. Coolermaster accomplished this by giving the 212 Plus more surface area and four heat pipes to conquer the dreaded enemy named heat. We know this is enough to outperform the smaller brother, but is it enough to compete against the other big dawgs on the market?
The new Baram from Thermolab has all the signs of being one of the better coolers on the market. It has five heat pipes, support for dual 120mm cooling fans and even the what I believe to be the proper size and weight. The Baram is compatible with current CPU sockets from Intel and AMD, except for socket 1366. What impresses me the most is the build quality of the cooler. Will size and build quality make this a good performer? We will see.
The case is the Phoenix Neo, which is a remake of the older Phoenix released about three years ago. The front of the newer model has been slightly redone to a more modern look. The Neo seems aimed at the gamer looking for a fresh, new stylish look, while still being functional. The total opposite of gaming cases we have seen from Coolermaster, Antec and Silverstone. Speaking of functionality, one of the key features of the Neo is the huge 25cm monster fan on the side panel. Lets take a closer look at the new Phoenix Neo.
The Aeolus is Enermax's attempt to bring high performance cooling to laptops. When I say high performance, I refer to the massive 250mm cooling fan the cooler is built around. Yes, you heard it right, 240mm. This has to be the largest fan on a laptop ever. Besides the fan, the Aeolus shares the same theme we saw in the Aurora keyboard. Smooth and flowing aluminum is the binding structure that supports the cooler. When I first read the specifications on the cooler, I thought it would look grotesque because of a over-sized fan. Yet, the aluminum brings the cooler back down to earth and in a fashionable way.
The CNPS line takes chances in idea and design, especially when it comes to the new CNPS9900 cooler. Not that I am not a fan of the typical flower design we have seen from Zalman, but there is a time when one must move forward. With the competitive nature of the market, this is most definitely true with cooling technology. The new cooler keeps the usual heat pipes we're accustomed to seeing, but the fins surrounding the pipes are now split in half, resulting in two half coolers with a PWM controller in between them. But is this semi-new look enough to be fitted in your plans for your next rig build? We shall see.
Today's review sample was originally a pretty good cooler in its earlier days. The Mugen cooler was a favorite of many reviewers that had the pleasure of reviewing it. Performance was right there with the Noctua NH-U12P, Tuniq Tower 120 and many others we regarded as very good coolers. However, the new version is not only compatible with the new Intel i7 processor, but is heavier, taller and comes with a better performing cooling fan. Is it enough to put it at the top of the list with the likes of the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme and the new Zalman CNPS 9900 LED? We shall see.
Another company that is not as popular in the U.S. as it is in Asia is allowing us to review their tower design cooler. Evercool is the one of the largest cooler manufacturers in Taiwan. Regardless of their lack of popularity in the U.S. looking around the net I saw several reviews about their previous and they all performed pretty well. Not in order to make a bigger name for themselves here in the U.S. Evercool sent us two of their newest coolers, the one we will presenting to you today is the Transformer 4. This new cooler is capable of handles all the newest processors from AMD and Intel as well as each's older processors. And with the dual fan setup the Transformer is looking to be a cool to be wrecking with. And look good doing it.
I'm zigging today when you expected me to zag. Up for review is the Orbitsound T3 portable battery powered personal stereo speaker with airSOUND. Yes, I know. This isn't a power supply or case review. Don't let yourself feel too disheartened. I have a case review waiting in the wings, but I took time off from that once I got my hands on the T3. Orbitsound is an UK-based company and the T3 is just one of their offerings that sport airSOUND� single-point-stereo technology. Before we can get into the review some explanation is necessary about airSOUND and what it does. What better place to find it than Orbitsound's web site.
Besides looks features is another tough and rough area to conquer and keep the price decent. The integrated fan LED controller, one/two hand carrying handle and the solid black interior are just a couple of options that users will like for the $100 asking price of the Scout. The Scout does offer some cable management features as well but due to the shorter narrower design there isn't a lot of outlets for cables to exit to the rear of the case. This may not be a large deal breaker due to the fact this is more of a LAN case and I don't see many having to buckling down too many cables because of the lack of components they may use in the case.
But some of you are not into the extra large cases as they tend to take up too much room so Coolermaster decided to capitalize on the success of the HAF 932 and develop a smaller version entitled the HAF 922. Even with the reduction in size the 922 still gives us two massive 200mm fans in the front and top of the case. And if you think because the unit is smaller you have to sacrifice drive space. Then you are wrong. The 922 offers five 5.25" and six 3.5" drive bays. And if that wasn't enough you still have support for standard sized ATX motherboards. The HAF 922 does give the would-be buyer a lot of options like its bigger brethren but it is right for you? Read the next following pages to find out.
Thermalright's new offspring is Cogage. Cogage is targeted at gamers, mainstream users and moderate overclocker. Cogage opens with two coolers: TRUE Spirit which we are reviewing today and the MST-140. Each of the coolers are aimed at two different users. The Spirit which looks pretty similar to the original Ultra-120. And is geared to cool your overclocked CPU while the MST-140 is aimed at the person that is in need of a cooler for tight spaces like HTPC and SFF boxes. Even though the Spirit and the Ultra-120 look similar they do have their differences. What are they? Read on and find out.
The cooler was the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer. The Hammer is one of those coolers that when you first see it you could not but think how does this thing compete with the big boys like the Coolermaster V8 and Thermalright T.R.U.E. Well that is what I thought anyways. And to think about how well the HDT-S1283 has done at a budget price you would think this monster would be a Top Ten cooler killer. The Hammer is based on the Heat pipe Direct Touch, or HDT for short, technology. To explain this in a brief sentence, the heat pipes come in direct contact with the IHS of the processor for more direct cooling. We will get more into that later in the review. So, you have to read a little more to see what this cooler and HDT is all about.
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