Month: August 2012

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

The Phanteks PH-TC14PE bears a suspicious resemblance to the renowned Noctua NH-D14, with a similar construction, shape, and even mounting style. If immitation is the greatest form of flattery, Phanteks is head over heels in love.

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Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB vs. Samsung 830 Series 128GB

In a contest of high-end consumer SSDs, the SandForce-based Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB takes on Samsung 830 Series 128GB which uses Samsung’s own MCX controller and Toggle NAND chips.

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GELID GX-7 & Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Coolers

The GX-7 and Tranquillo Rev.2 are GELID’s high-end and mid-range CPU coolers, respectively. The Tranquillo has a modest design and fan while the GX-7 is packed with heatpipes and sports a fancy high speed blue LED model.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC

The ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II OC graphics card has it all: big performance, low power consumption, a very efficient and quieter cooler, and a extravagant price.

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Corsair Force GS 240GB: SandForce with Toggle-Mode NAND

The Force GS is the cream of the crop of Corsair’s Performance line of SSDs. Though based on the common SandForce SF-2281 controller, it utilizes fast Toggle-mode NAND chips to power past the competition.

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Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

A WD Red is essentially a Caviar Green with TLER support, headparking disabled, 1TB platters, a three year warranty and 24-7 support. It is Western Digital’s attempt at a budget Enterprise drive optimized for NAS and RAID environments.

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SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Case

The SilverStone TJ04-E carries the same “Evolution” designation as the impressive Temjin TJ08-E micro-ATX tower, but this ATX tower fails to match the performance of its smaller predecessor. Addendum 8 Aug 2012: Manufacturer’s feedback on final page.

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Ivy Bridge 3770K IHS removal and results

The high core temperatures of Ivy Bridge CPUs have been a lively topic for debate since the new Intel chips were released. Poor quality TIM has been deemed the culprit. SPCR forum member graysky put this idea to the test by removing the integrated heat spreader from his i7-3770K to try a proven, high quality

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be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

The be quiet! Dark Rock 2 is a big tower CPU cooler with an odd 135 mm fan. Unfortunately, our sample has trouble living up to its German manufacturer’s name. Note: Addendum on final page (8), 1 Aug 2012.

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