Month: April 2015

Bitspower Summit EF CPU waterblock

Introduction It has been a while now, but the first Bitspower product review is here. Aside from EK, Bitspower is probably the fastest growing company in the watercooling industry and for good reason too- their fittings in particular have become the benchmark for comparison, and have since diversified into providing waterblocks for a lot of…


Swiftech Helix140-PWM 140mm fan

Introduction With 120mm fans getting all the love so far, I figured it was time to change it around and test out some 140mm fans as well. After all, if you believe manufacturers they all seem to have 140mm fans that can beat most 120mm fans at their game. In order to make this happen,…


Phobya G-Changer 480 V.2 radiator

Introduction Along with the ST30 480mm radiator, I also got a Phobya G-Changer quad 120mm radiator in the mail. The G-Changer has gone through a lot of iterations, with the V.2 being the latest. It is also now the closest it has ever been to the Alphacool UT60. That should not be a surprise considering…


Alphacool NexXxos ST30 480mm radiator

Introduction I have had my share of quad radiators in here before, in both 480 and 560mm size and most of them have been double thick (38-40mm) or more. With more and more people looking at stealth rads in the 30mm thickness or less to fit into SFF/m-ITX builds, I wanted to take a look…


Noctua NF-S12A FLX 120mm fan

Introduction After having taken a look at 3 fans from Noctua before (NF-S12B Redux, NF-F12 IPPC-2000 PWM and NF-F12 IPPC-3000 PWM), I wanted to get my hands on one of their retail units. I had covered the NF-F12 in two IPPC formats so going about with the same in a retail version did not make much sense…


EK FB Asus x99 Rampage V Extreme Monoblock

Introduction Love it or hate it, the fact is that Asus motherboards get the most love from waterblock manufacturers. For this particular board (Asus x99 RVE), there are full board (VRM + chipset) blocks from EK, Bitspower and Watercool to go with a full cover kit from Bitspower (motherboard + CPU) and then there are…


XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir V2

Introduction Given how many watercooling parts have been coming in here recently, I wanted to set up a test bed for them. Knowing how I have to keep taking things into hotboxes and/or sound labs, it could not be a fixed case itself and being compact was key. As much as I am an advocate…


Blacknoise NB-eLoop B12-4 120mm fan

Introduction Following up with the review of the NB-eLoop B12-1, I figured I would change things up a bit and go with the other extreme next. The NB-eLoop B12-4 is the high speed king in the Noiseblocker eLoop series, and has an advertised max RPM of 2400! Given how the B12-1 performed, let’s thank Blacknoise…


Blacknoise NB-eLoop B12-1 120mm fan

Introduction Blacknoise is one of those companies that invests resources into a single area and develops products accordingly. They have been around for a while now making fans for retail and industry use alike, with the Noiseblocker range being the most popular of the lot. When I had given serious thought to doing a quad…


XSPC Raystorm CPU waterblock

Introduction When I had first approached XSPC last year, it was regarding their Raystorm CPU block and their RX V3 radiator. While the latter got covered (along with a few other XSPC radiators), I was told that the Raystorm Pro would be a better idea when it comes out. I was completely ok with that…