Today we're taking a look at horizontal CPU coolers from Reeven, Phanteks, and Noctua. Although horizontal CPU coolers are likely to always remain a niche market relative to their tower-style brethren, the continued growth in and shift to smaller form factor PCs has given them a higher profile among system builders as of late. Sometimes you cannot just buy the best cooler for the job for the simple reason that it will not fit into the system. This is particularly true for compact and/or narrow cases, especially those meant for ITX systems and horizontal placement. With the majority of typical CPU coolers being tower-type constructs, it is difficult to find one that fits inside compact case designs.
To that end we've grabbed a few horizontal...
LEPA is basically an offshoot of Enermax, created by Ecomaster – the US distributor for Enermax PSUs (or at least that’s how I understand it). They were sharing a...
Jarred Walton on 1/14/2014
Walk into Enermax’s CES suite and the first thing to greet you is a wall of quietly humming fans with blue LEDs, with a custom controller cycling through patterns...
Jarred Walton on 1/14/2014
OriginPC is a boutique PC system integrator with a twist: they ship their systems in gigantic wooden crates designed to kill reviewers like Dustin (RIP). The past couple of...
Jarred Walton on 1/9/2014
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Most development in home computers veers towards the ultra large (high impact gaming machines for...
Ian Cutress on 1/2/2014
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Ian Cutress on 12/20/2013
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Ian Cutress on 12/18/2013
Seasonic and HashFast Technologies announced that they have signed an agreement for Seasonic to produce power supplies for HashFast’s Bitcoin mining systems.
Seasonic is one of the oldest and most...
E. Fylladitakis on 10/25/2013
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