Vapour chambers and heatpipes work on the same principle, the difference is that vapour chambers are planar thermal devices that conduct heat in two dimensions. The two 19x3mm vapour chambers on the Coolermaster TPC-812 heatsink are double-stacked (one vapour chamber on top of three heatpipes), much like the Xigmatek Aegir. Since vapour chambers are planar devices this represents a more efficient application that piling tubular heatpipes on top of tubular heatpipes. Coolermaster's TPC-812 is the first CPU heatsink to pass our test bench employing both vapour chambers and heatpipes in one package.
When the Intel Z77 chipset was announced, MSI were quick to jump on board with a range of boards including the Z77A-G43, Z77MA-G45, Z77A-G45, Z77A-GD55 and the board we’re looking at today; the Z77A-GD65. The GD65 is the top Z77 board from MSI, and while from the offset it seems to offer some strong features, it also comes with an attractive price tag at $189. With this being an MSI board, and our experience generally sits with other manufacturers, we are extremely keen to see what this is capable of in terms of performance.
With the NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition, NZXT went directly to the fans and asked them what colors they wanted their cases. Voting took place, and the top four color combinations have come to life as the NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition. We took a look at the NZXT Phantom 410 upon its initial release and found it to be a truly excellent case all around. The Phantom 410 SE is a mid-tower case with clean cut lines that are designed by Johnny Hou at NZXT in his trademark styling, right at the cutting edge, while making an elegant impression. To add to this, NZXT has added top quality finishes to the Phantom 410 SE in gunmetal/black trim, black/white trim, black/orange trim and white/blue trim to make for an excellent housing for a truly showpiece build. In addition to great aesthetics, all of the features of the Phantom 410 have been held over.
The Hydro H100 heatsink ships fully assembled, filled with a propylene glycol based coolant and plumbed. The waterblock is connected by 24cm of flexible FEP tubing to the heat exchanger which measures about 274x120x25mm in size. Two 120mm fans are included, these operate at 2600-1300RPM and create a fair bit of noise at full tilt. Corsair's Hydro H100 is a no fuss, self contained CPU liquid cooling solution for use on Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM3/AM2/FM1 processors.
The Z77H2-AX Motherboard from ECS has gold accents all over the place, comes with a clean design and the offered hardware bundle should be enough for most users; regarding the software which ships with it, most is in trial version mode and we would have preferred to see more which could have added value to the product like THX TruStudio Pro. The UEFI interface can be used with ease, except the RAM section, which is more difficult to use compared to the one found on ASRock motherboards.
The moment many of us have been waiting for the past decade is finally here and so Diablo III by Blizzard is has arrived in its retail form (the beta was good but not quite tweaked). In any case because this was an event unlike most (we did wait for almost a decade) i was hoping i could review something related with it today as i did yesterday with the SteelSeries Diablo III headset but unfortunately since there aren't that many Diablo III branded peripherals out there yet this just wasn't possible. Instead today we will be taking a look at one of the latest midi towers to hit the market by Antec, the GAME ONE.
The GeForce GTX 670 is based on the same architecture used by the GeForce GTX 680, called “Kepler,” is manufactured under the new 28 nm processor, has a dynamic overclocking technology, and supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification. The only differences between the GeForce GTX 670 and the GeForce GTX 680 are the core clock (915 MHz vs. 1,006 MHz) and the number of graphics processors (1,344 vs. 1,536). The memory configuration is the same. EVGA is releasing five models based on the GeForce GTX 670: The stock model (USD 400), the SuperClocked model (USD 420), the FTW model (USD 440), the stock model with 4 GB of memory (USD 470), and the SuperClocked model with 4 GB of memory (USD 490).
Today we're looking at a version from Inno3D. This is a company we haven't heard from in ages and for the most part it's probably got to do with the fact that NVIDIA have been fairly quiet up until a month ago. Today, though, the GTX 670 we're looking is part of the iChill series, a line that's been around for a while and has always impressed us.
Today we take a look at Corsair's top of the line entry into the mechanical keyboard market, the Vengeance K90. With Cherry MX Red switches, 54 fully programmable "G-keys", multimedia controls, and laser etched backlit keys, let's see if this fully featured board will be able to stomp the competition.