End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review we will showcase the thermal performance of some popular stock CPU coolers, including the controversial aftermarket Intel BXTS15A and the highly touted AMD Wraith, marketed as offering 125W of near-silent cooling and the equivalent of a $30 freebie. We also included one of the most popular mainstream coolers available, the Cooler Master EVO 212, as a baseline comparison against aftermarket solutions.
When Swiftech offered to provide us with the materials to build a full custom loop, we couldn't resist.
Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2013
Corsair launches a true successor to the venerable Obsidian 800D.
Dustin Sklavos on 9/24/2013
We revisit SilverStone's mainstream micro-ATX enclosure to test its newest revision.
Dustin Sklavos on 9/20/2013
The successor to the H2 arrives, but it breaks NZXT's winning streak.
Dustin Sklavos on 9/13/2013
LEPA Technology (closely related to Enermax) is launching two 80 Plus certified power supply lines along with a non-80 Plus certified budget line.
The GM-MaxGold power supplies are certified 80...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/9/2013
The chassis used in the SilverStone Raven RV04 returns in its premium model: does it ameliorate the existing issues or exacerbate them?
Dustin Sklavos on 8/29/2013
Corsair fires a shot across the bows of Nanoxia and Fractal Design with a $99 silent enclosure.
Dustin Sklavos on 8/25/2013
One of my most used cases of last year is the Bitfenix Prodigy (my family own three between us), and Dustin gave it an Editor's Choice award back in...
Ian Cutress on 8/14/2013
Work in this industry for long enough, and the word "innovation" will grate like glass in your eardrums. Every so often, though, a case comes along that merits it...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/10/2013
Rosewill returns with a case that they claim is bigger and badder than our in house favorite, the Thor v2 and priced to compete with their own super tower...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/2/2013
A few of you have asked for it, and I certainly wanted it, and now it's here: all of our case testing data with the current set of testbeds...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/29/2013
Some time ago we did a roundup of radiator fans and found that the Enermax Magma turned in remarkably impressive thermal performance for its acoustics. I'd heard rumblings here...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/28/2013
While cases north of $100 tend to offer the best performance and features, $99 and under is a place where vendors can aggressively innovate and differentiate between one another...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/22/2013
With the 530 model, NZXT continues to fill out their product line with a Phantom for every season and price tag. But is the 530 the Phantom they and...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/18/2013
Corsair's cases have been defined by excellent ease of assembly, solid watercooling support...and middling air cooling performance. The Air 540 is a completely different beast, though, and it looks...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/3/2013
A string of delays have kept the most radical entry in SilverStone's already unconventional Raven series from making its debut, and even now it's only materializing in limited quantities...
Dustin Sklavos on 6/20/2013
On the Rosewill stand for 2013 we were shown a few interesting cases, plus a competitor to the Corsair AX1200i.
The main case I particularly liked was the new Rosewill...
Ian Cutress on 6/4/2013
Closed loop coolers are only growing in popularity in the industry, and this month we have all three models of Thermaltake's latest revision in for testing.
Dustin Sklavos on 5/31/2013
A year and a half ago, we reviewed Lian Li's PC-TU200, a decent but flawed portable enclosure. Has Lian Li improved on that design with the PC-TU100?
Dustin Sklavos on 5/29/2013
For many users who have gone to a large LAN event, taking stock of all the crazy PC builds is part of the experience. Some users modify the...
Ian Cutress on 5/14/2013