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The so-called liquid metal thermal compounds are well regarded for their heat conductivity, but they come with extra hazards. They are thus not the best choice for novice or nervous PC DIYers. This fact is illustrated very clearly by a graphics card sent to overclocker Roman “der8auer” Hartung, which was in a very... Read more...
An unbranded NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 built into a blower-style cooling shroud has been put through a handful of tests by a PC enthusiast. Redditor BottleneckEvader shared a variety of images of the graphics card, a few sys-info screenshots, and a pair of 3DMark tests. His summary is that this 2-slot curiosity might... Read more...
Frore Systems' mission is to cause "a revolution in active device cooling." The firm has a presence at the CES 2023 and its new AirJet cooling seems to have impressed seasoned tech analyst Patrick Moorhead with its solid state cooling technology, promising a "2x improvement in device performance while operating in... Read more...
Noctua has started 2023 by addressing the no-show of its next-gen 140mm fans. In a tweeted update on the situation, it admitted that there has been "an unexpected production level issue," which will cause a "significant delay" to the availability of these highly anticipated cooling components. Thus, the previously... Read more...
The vapor chamber of an AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX has been sliced open in an attempt to uncover any obvious flaws in its design. Again, the protagonist in this mystery overheating RX 7900 XTX tale is Roman “der8auer” Hartung, the expert overclocking YouTuber whose vapor chamber investigations we reported upon... Read more...
Overclocker der8auer reckons "AMD is in BIG trouble," after completing a series of tests on a batch of Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics cards. Just before Christmas, we reported on AMD confirming it had started to investigate Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT temperature spikes, or GPU/hotspot temperature deltas, but it looks like... Read more...
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 launch precipitated some of the greatest—yet gargantuan—graphics cards we had ever seen. However, back in November we saw a Chinese graphics card maker showcasing renders of an RTX 4090 with a blower-style cooler, and NVIDIA reference specs. Now, photos of what look like shipping versions... Read more...
I don't know who needs to hear this, but mixing table salt with your thermal paste to cool your PC processor (or any component) is a bad idea. Most people wouldn't even consider it (I hope, anyway), but lest there be any doubt, cooling company Noctua explained why the combination is an ill-advised one after a TikTok... Read more...
AMD's AM5 socket and Ryzen 7000 processors retain compatibility with CPU coolers designed for Socket AM4. This presents a problem, because the LGA-style socket is much slimmer than the PGA style used on Socket AM4, so using the same coolers meant building Socket AM5 CPUs with extremely thick heatspreaders. Despite... Read more...
AMD's Socket AM5 is a notable improvement over Socket AM4 in that it's impossible (or at least, much more difficult) to accidentally yank your CPU out of the socket when you're changing heatsinks. However, it does have its own share of annoyances. Chief among them is the cut-out design of the CPU IHS, which could... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 7000 series processors based on its Zen 4 architecture have a very unusual design to their integrated heatspreaders (IHS). If you're not careful, the notches on the sides of the IHS can trap thermal paste that squeezes over the edges. For folks who want to keep their new CPU squeaky-clean, Noctua has a... Read more...
Fractal Design has discovered a manufacturing issue affecting half a dozen of its all-in-one liquid CPU coolers that could cause temperatures to rise above expected levels. In response, the company has temporarily halted sales of the affected AIO coolers pending a redesign and issued a voluntary recall out of an... Read more...
When AMD formally revealed Socket AM5 for its next few generations of desktop processors, it made the bold statement that CPU coolers for Socket AM4 would be compatible with the new socket. By now, we've got the parts in hand and are well-aware of the reality of the matter, which is that Socket AM4 CPU coolers are... Read more...
Renders of a GALAX branded NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card have been shared online. The spill occurred hours after GALAX took to Twitter with a 'New Serious' teaser, hinting that it has intentions to expand its Serious Gaming/SG graphics card series. Of course, the upcoming card is going to be a GALAX GeForce... Read more...
TeamGroup has launched what it claims is the world's first M.2 form factor solid state drive (SSD) equipped with an industrial grade vapor chamber cooling solution, the N74V-M80. The pitch is that porting vapor chamber cooling over to M.2 SSDs is an effective way to prevent performance-robbing heat buildup. Because as... Read more...
Have you heard the rumors about how hot and power-thirsty next-generation GPUs are going to be? Of course you have, because we've been covering all of those rumors and leaks for months. This story isn't about that. Instead, we're going to talk about the latest rumor, which claims that the reference design for NVIDIA's... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, extreme overclockers have found frustration with Intel's latest LGA socket and it's ILM (Integrated Loading Mechanism) because it bends the CPUs ever-so-slightly, creating an air gap in the middle and preventing proper thermal transfer. It's not really a problem for your run-of-the-mill... Read more...
GeIL is laying claim to launching the world's first DDR5 memory kit with active cooling. Its new Evo V DDR5 memory kits come with a sort of industrial looking heatsink with a pair of minuscule RGB fans positioned in the top left and right corners. According to GeIL, this dual-fan cooing system "drastically" increases... Read more...
Corsair is rolling out a handful of new all-in-one liquid coolers under its Elite banner, including the H150i RGB Elite, H115i RGB Elite, and H100i RGB Elite. Unlike some of Corsair's older models, these coolers all come with the necessary hardware for Intel's LGA 1700 socket for its Alder Lake platform. They also... Read more...
Piecing together a custom liquid cooling setup can be intimidating. Throw hardline tubing into the mix and it can be downright scary for first-time builders. While it's not going to become mainstream any time soon, Corsair is attempting to make the process easier for new and experienced users alike with a couple of... Read more...
Just about anyone who builds PCs is well aware of the shortcomings of stock coolers. They're functional enough, but they don't always cool particularly well and they can be irritatingly-noisy while attempting to do it. Intel revised its stock cooler design for Alder Lake; by all accounts, the redesign was an... Read more...
Like practically every PC component, speed gains in solid state drive (SSD) storage come at the expense of heat output. And just like your CPU and GPU, that also means cooling plays a critical role in both peak and sustained performance. So far we've been able to get by with passive cooling solutions (heat shields)... Read more...
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