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Noctua Presents New Chromax Line Fan and Heatsink Accessories

Noctua today presented new fan and heatsink accessories as part of its chromax line that allows colour-configuring Noctua products in order to coordinate them with individual build colour schemes. Complementing the existing NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads in black, blue, green, red, white and yellow, the new NA-SAVP1 chromax.grey anti-vibration pads are a perfect fit for the light and dark grey colour scheme of Noctua's 140 and 120mm redux line fans. The new NA-HC5 chromax.black.swap, NA-HC6 chromax.black and NA-HC6 chromax.white are add-on heatsink covers for the popular NH-U14S, NH-U14S TR4-SP3 and NH-U14S DX-3647 CPU coolers.

"We've seen an overwhelming customer response to our chromax line that allows users to customise the visual design of their heatsinks and fans in order to create unique, individual builds that impress with subtle, classy colour accents rather than overblown lighting effects," says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). "With the new pads and heatsink covers, we're expanding our offer, giving customers even more possibilities for colour-coordinating their fans and enabling NH-U14S users to customise their coolers."

Thermalright HR-22 Plus Black Heatsink Pictured

Thermaltake is ready with an all-black version of the HR-22 Plus CPU heatsink. This monstrosity, pictured next to a 350 ml soda can for scale, can handle processors with up to 65 W TDP without needing a fan, and over 200 W with up to two 120 mm fans mounted in push-pull fashion. The black variant features anodized aluminium fins and nickel-plated copper fins. The fin-stack consists of 35 large indented and punched fins through which eight 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes pass, which indirectly pull heat from a nickel-plated copper base. Measuring 150 mm x 120 mm x 159 mm (LxWxH), the heatsink alone weighs 1.12 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability, but apparently this variant is available in China.

EK co-develops a heatsink for the Intel Optane 905P M.2 SSD

EK Water Blocks, the premium computer cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing a passive heatsink for the M.2 version of the Intel Optane 905P NVMe SSD. The passive heatsink ensures lower operating temperatures which expands the lifespan and improves the sustained performance of the drive. It ensures that the Intel Optane 905P NVMe SSD operates at its maximum possible performance by preventing thermal throttling during heavy workload cycles.

The 905P Intel Optane Drive uses around 9.35 W of power under load, which is challenging to dissipate without a dedicated cooling solution like the EK-M.2 Intel Optane Heatsink. The cooling performance of this solution by EK is achieved via thermal pads that transfer heat to the aluminum heatsink that is finned for a larger dissipation area. The design of the heatsink ensures that it is easy to install, it is low profile, easily reusable and aesthetically not intrusive.

SilentiumPC Announces Spartan 3 PRO RGB HE1024 CPU Cooler

The European brand SilentiumPC presents the new Spartan 3 PRO RGB HE1024 as a cost-effective alternative to stock CPU coolers, which is intended for professional system builders and DIY projects on a budget. This extremely compact and lightweight cooler utilizes four 6 mm Heatpipes and aluminum heatsink for excellent cooling performance and oversized Sigma PRO RGB 100 PWM-controlled fan for quiet operation.

Its new RGB Illumination system lights up the fan with stunning yet discreet colors and effects. All the major motherboard RGB systems are supported, including Asus Aura, ASRock RGB LED, EVGA RGB and MSI Mystic Light as wells as manual control via the included Nano RGB controller, making the Spartan 3 PRO RGB a ready-to-go RGB solution.

SilverStone ECM23 is an M.2 Riser+Heatsink Letting You Slot-in Your Drives Like Cartridges

The ECM23 from SilverStone is one of the more interesting M.2-PCIe SSD risers to come out in recent times. It looks like a game cartridge from 1980s, and slots into one of your PCI-Express x16 slots, which it then uses to wire out an M.2-2280 M-key slot with PCIe x4 wiring. The riser itself has x16 interface, but beyond x4, all the other lanes are blank, and only serve to add retention, since the riser doesn't feature an add-on card bracket to hold it in place. The main PCB has no logic of its own, other than link/activity LEDs for the four PCIe lanes.

It's more optimal to use drives with all their hot components on one side, since that side has access to the chunky ~40 g main heatsink. Heat from the other side is drawn from a copper mesh printed on the PCB, which supposedly conveys it to the back side, which has an aluminium back-plate, which bolts onto the main heatsink, sandwiching the PCB and drive in the middle. Measuring 105 mm (W) x 11 mm (H) x 44 mm (D), the ECM23 weighs 52 g (excluding the weight of your drive). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Cooler Master Announces the Wraith Ripper for 2nd Generation Threadripper

Cooler Master, a global leader in computer hardware and peripherals manufacturing, announces the Wraith Ripper, the official air cooler for the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper desktop processor, as part of an exclusive partnership with AMD. The Wraith Ripper is designed, specifically, to keep the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper cool under the most strenuous conditions and manage up to 250W TDP.

Arctic Announces Market Availability of New Alpine Passive Series Heatsinks

Dark, reliable, affordable - these are ARCTIC's new CPU coolers, the Alpine AM4 Passive and the Alpine 12 Passive. Both passive coolers are available now and provide silent cooling for the AMD AM4 platform as well as for PC's with an Intel 115X base. The active coolers in other Alpine series will likewise be replaced with newly developed models during the course of the year.

The Alpine AM4 Passive and the Alpine 12 Passive operate fanless and completely silent, yet they are powerful enough to cool all compatible CPUs up to 47 watts. The black anodization of the aluminum heat sink is not just an optical improvement: the heat dissipation of the heat sink is also increased through anodic oxidation.

Arctic Intros AMD-friendly Alpine Passive AM4 CPU Heatsink

When Arctic launched the Alpine 12 Passive earlier this week, we wondered why the company couldn't make it AM4-friendly by simply aligning its mount-holes for the AMD socket. Its answer is the new Alpine Passive AM4. This heatsink is slightly bigger than the Alpine 12 Passive, measuring 99 mm x 99 mm x 70 mm (as opposed to 95 mm x 95 mm x 69 mm), and has rectangular mount holes corresponding to the AM4 socket.

The bump at the base appears to be more pronounced, too. If that's not all, it's also heavier, at 557 g, versus 508 g of the Alpine 12 Passive; and yet, its TDP rating remains unchanged - recommended for 35W TDP chips, with 48W being the thermal limit. Your AMD Ryzen choices matching those requirements, for now, are limited to the Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE, with their TDP rated bang at 35W. The heatsink features a pre-applied slab of MX-5 compound. The heatsink could be priced around $15, and like its Intel-friendly sibling, is backed by a 6-year warranty.

CRYORIG Announces Frostbit M.2 Cooler and C7 RGB for Computex 2018

Ahead of Computex 2018 CRYORIG announces new M.2 cooler Frostbit and RGB enhanced C7 RGB CPU Cooler. CRYORIG's Frostbit is not only the industry first aftermarket M.2 NVMe SSD cooler with dual heatpipes, it allows full adjustment of the Secondary Heatpipe and large volume Heatsink. The C7 RGB is based on CRYORIG's award winning ITX cooler C7, with a 12v RGB lighting enhanced 92 mm fan. Both products will be shown at CRYORIG's Computex booth at Nangang Exhibition Hall I0527.

Jonsbo Intros NC-2 Memory Heatsink for RGB Heathens

The price-gap between basic DDR4 memory modules that even lack heatspreaders, and "premium" modules with RGB LED-studded heatspreaders, can be rather big. For those who'd prefer to pick up cheaper memory modules and light them up on the cheap, Jonsbo has come up with its second-generation RGB LED custom memory heatspreaders, with the NC-2, a successor to the NC-1 series from last year. A pack includes two units, for dual-channel memory setups. Each heatspreader consists of two brushed aluminium plates meeting on top, through which a chunky RGB LED diffuser peeks out.

The NC-2 features 256-color RGB LEDs, and comes in two variants based on control. The first variant is a "color" variant, or the "dumb" variant, which gives you limited manual control over pre-loaded lighting presets. The second, slightly pricier variant, is the "smart" variant, which takes input from ASUS Aura Sync RGB, over a standardized 4-pin header, giving you software control. Measuring 141 mm x 8.5 mm x 43 mm (WxDxH), each heatspreader weighs roughly 114 g. The NC-2 series starts around 80 RMB ($13 USD) for the basic variant, and around 120 RMB ($20 USD) for the Aura Sync-capable variant, which is a bargain, when you consider that RGB-enabled memory kits can be 20-30% pricier than basic ones that lack RGB lighting.

AMD Updates Warranty Policy on AMD Processors and Aftermarket CPU Coolers

A few days ago, a Reddit user came onto one of AMD's support pages and found some pretty disturbing information regarding the use of aftermarket cooling solutions. According to the FAQ, users are voiding the warranty on their AMD processors if they don't use the included stock heatsink. Given the seriousness of the situation, the matter was immediately brought to AMD for clarification. In their defense, they have stated that the information in the FAQ is outdated, and the wording doesn't accurately describe the terms of the warranty with modern processors. Therefore, AMD got right on the task and has since updated the FAQ. To not make a short story long, users are free to use aftermarket CPU coolers as long as these heatsinks are capable of properly cooling the processor within AMD's TDP specifications.

CRYORIG Releases Full Copper C7 Cu Heatsink

After nearly a year from first announcing the Cu line of full copper coolers PC cooling innovator CRYORIG is now releasing the C7 Cu copper enhanced SFF ITX cooler. The C7 Cu is built from the award winning C7 architecture with one obvious upgrade, the extravagant use of copper for the whole heatsink body. By exchanging for a full copper build from aluminum has allowed the C7 Cu see improvements of up to 15% in thermal performance. The increased thermal performance without increased size is a key advantage of the C7 Cu especially in ultra compact SFF/ITX builds where space is limited.

Aimed at solving the space limits of Small Form Factor ITX systems, the C7 Cu was set with the task of further improving performance but without increasing size or fan speed. Utilizing higher thermal conductive materials was the only answer for the C7 Cu. Copper is nearly twice as thermal conductive as aluminum but nearly three times as expensive. That's why copper is normally only used on the most thermal critical components such as heatpipes and heatsink base plates. With the C7 Cu, CRYORIG has swapped out the aluminum elements of the C7 with pure copper. Thermal performance gains are close to 15% when compared to the original C7.

ADATA Shows off XPG Storm RGB M.2 SSD Heatsink

Thermal throttling is a big problem for M.2 NVMe SSDs, with drives losing up to 30 percent in sequential transfer rates when overheated. ADATA, with an M.2 SSD product spanning nearly all price-points, is taking the issue of throttling heat-on with its XPG Storm RGB M.2 SSD heatsink. The cooler consists of a chunky aluminium heatsink with coverage area for M.2-2280 drives, a tiny lateral-blower fan, and a cooler shroud with RGB LED lighting. ADATA claims the heatsink reduces temperatures by up to 25 percent.

Its RGB LED lighting supports standard headers, and can be controlled using standardized software such as ASUS Aura Sync RGB, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light RGB, etc. Unfortunately, the heatsink appears to add Z-height that makes it unfit for M.2 slots located between PCI-Express add-on card slots. At best they're suited for boards with M.2 slots above the topmost heatsink, or just south of the PCH heatsink. The heatsink relies on adhesive thermal-pads and its installation is tool-free

SilverStone Intros TP02-M2 Heatsink for M.2 SSDs

SilverStone rolled out the TP02-M2, a heatsink for 80 mm-long M.2 SSDs (M.2-2280). This chunky aluminium heatsink is 1 cm tall, and weighs a little over 16 g. In addition to a 3 g-ish adhesive thermal pad, it would have added close to 20 g of weight onto the various soldered components of your drive; but SilverStone is clever enough to include two silicone bands that strap the heatsink onto the drive, offloading some of that weight. The heatsink was tested by its designers to significantly lower temperatures of NAND flash chips and controllers, which pose performance penalties on faster NVMe SSDs. The company didn't reveal pricing.

EK is Releasing More Color Options for M.2 NVMe SSD Heatsinks

EK Water Blocks, the Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing new passive heatsinks for M.2 NVMe Next Generation Form Factor SSDs in multiple color options! The popularity of the existing Black and Nickel plated M.2 NVMe heatsinks clearly indicated the need for more color options, so here they are! It is not a secret that M.2 NVMe SSDs can overheat very easily and be affected by thermal throttling, thus losing performance. The EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink can lower the SSDs operating temperature by 7 to 30°C.

The design of the heatsink ensures that it is easy to install, it is low profile, easily reusable and aesthetically non-intrusive. Simple clips ensure that the heatsink is very easy to install and to re-use if the SSD is upgraded. The ribbed surface of the heatsink acts as a very effective passive cooler, as well as aesthetic cover. Its simple design ensures a sleek, non-intrusive look that can be easily combined with any aesthetical requirement of the user. The compact design makes it highly compatible so that it does not interfere with other components. EK Water Blocks are offering the new EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink in red, blue, green and purple variants. The gold variant will be available within two weeks of time.

ADATA Releases the XPG STORM RGB M.2 2280 Active-Cooled Heatsink

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the XPG STORM heatsink add-on for M.2 2280 drives. STORM features an aluminum heatsink and with a fan. It can be easily affixed to any compatible SSD to provide powerful cooling. Lower SSD temperatures promote more stable storage and system performance, in addition to the XPG-styled STORM heatsink with its colorful RGB lighting contributing to attractive, gaming-themed PC setups.

Lower temperatures complement high speeds
While M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs are currently the fastest on the market, their high data rates also mean considerable heat buildup. Without a heatsink, accumulating heat can compromise performance and accelerate SSD aging. STORM includes an aluminum heatsink that fits on any M.2 SSD without causing overhead issues. Together with the heatsink, STORM uses a fan to circulate cool air and reduces temperature by at least 25% when compared with bare M.2 SSDs.

Silicon Power Releases DDR4 UDIMM With Heatsink Jacket

Silicon Power releases its DDR 4 UDIMM memory module with a newly designed heatsink jacket. The memory module DDR4 Unbuffered DIMM is compatible with the Intel Haswell-E platform and X99 series motherboards as well as with the Intel Skylake platform and 100 series motherboards. It is made for gamers and multimedia professionals who rely on fast data transfer rates that ensure smooth gaming or work sessions with 17GB/s of bandwidth.

The new heatsink element provides effective cooling for a reliably running system while adding fierce design to top off the user experience. The DDR4 UDIMM is made of selected original memory modules and is 100% factory-tested to guarantee high stability, durability, and compatibility. Backed by lifetime warranty, it comes with complete service and technical support.

Intel X299 Platform Called a "VRM Disaster" by Overclocker der8auer

It would seem Intel's X299 platform is already having some teething issues, with user "der8auer" of overclocking fame claiming the platform is essentially a complete "VRM disaster." In the video in which these claims are made, he levies the blame to both Intel and the motherboard manufacturers "50/50." For Intel's part, he blames them for the short product launch which was pulled in from August to June, giving the motherboard manufacturers in der8auer's words "almost zero time for developing proper products."

In the video, der8auer elaborates to basically claim a completely lack of consistency among the quality of VRMs and their heatsinks in various manufacturers. In his first test, he takes a CPU that is known to do 5.0 GHz and on a Gigabyte Aorus branded mainboard found himself unable to even hit 4.6 GHz with dangerously high VRM temperatures. He goes on to blame the heatsinks on the VRMs, going so far to call the Gigabyte solution more of a "heat insulation" device than a cooler, as a simple small fan over the bare VRM array did many magnitudes better than a simple standard install with the stock VRM cooler attached. After an MSI-branded board did similar, it became clear this was not an isolated issue.

Noctua Chromax Edition Fans and Heatsink Covers Detailed

Noctua is renowned for its conservative and restrained styling, with a focus instead on effective cooling performance and low-noise. Wading through a swamp of psychedelic RGB multi-color LED-lit fans, cases, coolers, and pretty much everything else; we found Noctua taking a careful step towards "colors," without all the light and sound.

The Chromax Edition variants of its popular fans NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12, and NF-S12A come with colorful, user-replaceable accessories for the fan-frame and cables, which let you add just a bit of color, without lighting it up. These are high-quality user-swappable anti-vibration pads for the frame mount-holes (which are typically brown). Chromax Edition Noctua fans include four sets of anti-vibration pads - red, blue, green, and yellow; while the frame itself is kept black to stay neutral to the color. Optionally, you can also purchase color-matching sleeved fan cables.

Noctua Unveils Prototype Large Socket Heatsink for Xeon and Opteron Chips

Noctua unveiled a prototype fin-stack heatsink for very large CPU socket types, such as Intel Socket P (LGA3647) and AMD SP3, powering chips such as Intel Xeon Phi "Knights Landing," and upcoming AMD Opteron SP3 32-core SoCs. There will be 3U and 4U versions of this heatsink, supporting NF-A9 (92 mm) and NF-F12 (120 mm) fans. The heatsink is just a very large aluminium fin-stack, to which heat drawn from the base is fed by seven 8 mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes.

Noctua Adds a Splash of Color With the Chromax Heatsink Covers

Noctua is adding a splash of color with the unveiling of Project Chromax, a company initiative to develop products with color elements. The first of its kind is a line were colorful rubber spacers or their fans and now has been expanded to include heatsink covers. These devices strap onto your heatsink fin-stacks, and give the coolers your choice of three colors: red, yellow or white. Initially, Noctua will launch heatsink covers for the NH-D15S and the NH-U12S coolers.

Aqua Computer Unveils KryoM.2 PCIe Riser, Heatsink, and Block for M.2 SSDs

M.2 SSDs offer enormous fast transfer rates but the downside is they can also become quite hot. When the temperature reaches a critical point the M.2 SSD starts to throttle which results in a reduced performance. The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has addressed this issue with the high quality PCIe 3.0 4x card kryoM.2 which can be also equipped with a passive heat sink or water block.

The kryoM.2 uses a multilayer PCB with gold surface where the individual layers are connected to each other to optimize the thermal management. To ensure a good quality and reliability the connector for the M.2 SSD comes from Amphenol, the PCIe contacts are plated with hard gold and the circuit paths are impedance controlled.

GELID Announces the Tranquillo Rev. 4 CPU Cooler

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils the latest version of the multi award winner Tranquillo. The Rev. 4 Tranquillo is a product of GELID Solution SILENT product line. The engineers of GELID Solutions have improved the last Rev. 3 Tranquillo in almost every aspect. Like the original design the Rev. 4 Tranquillo uses 4 power heat pipes and a unique heat pipe constellation but also comes with a number of new technologies implemented to achieve higher cooling performance.

The Rev. 4 Tranquillo features the Heatpipe Direct Touch Technology, a direct thermal connection between CPU core and heat pipes. The new heatsink is also improved with the Unique Heatsink Shape Technology, the result of precise software simulations and calculations which makes the air flow resistance of the new heatsink much lower. The Stacked Soldered Heatpipe and Fin Technology provides the best quality of soldered joints between heatpipe to fins and ensures the most efficient heat transfer inside the new heatsink.

EKWB Announces EK-RAM Monarch Modules

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is expanding its EK-RAM Monarch Module family. Existing black variant is now also available as a Nickel plated version. The EK-RAM Monarch Module is a heatsink adapter which allows virtually any (DDR-)SDRAM memory module (of any generation) to be liquid cooled in conjunction with EK-RAM Monarch series water blocks.

Each heatsink consists of two separate plates while the DIMM memory module is sandwiched in between. Heat transfer between the memory module and aluminium heatsink adapter is ensured by the use of an enclosed thermal pad. EK-RAM Monarch Modules set contains two (2) EK-RAM Monarch Module Adapter heatsinks. Each of these items are made of CNC machined high quality aluminium and feature nickel finish (Nickel) or black anodized finish (Black).

Thermaltake Launches the Latest Riing Silent 12 CPU Cooler

Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has unveiled the latest Riing Silent 12 CPU cooler, designed for use with high-end RAM and motherboards. Riing Silent 12 is with PWM function which allows the motherboard to run the fan precisely at its necessary speed. This guarantees the required cooling and minimizes the noise level.

A 120mm fan fitted to enhance the airflow produces impressive cooling performance with an optimized 11 fan-blade design. Hydraulic bearings for silent operation guarantee ultra-low noise. The patented LED ring maintains color and brightness uniformity, and the lighting effect is visible from all sides and angles. Available in two models: Riing Silent 12 Blue CPU cooler and Riing Silent 12 Red CPU cooler.
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