Monthly archives: June, 2015

EK Vardar F4-120ER 120mm fan

Introduction Let’s keep this short and sweet. The Vardar 120mm fans have been fantastic from what we have seen here, and the F4-120 especially has been one of the fans I recommend. It had a nice PWM duty cycle, the RPM response curve was mostly linear and it excelled at airflow/noise on a radiator. In…


Phobya Nano-G 14 PWM Black Silent Edition 140mm fan

Introduction As more and more high speed, high performance 140mm fans get to the market, the attention given to the < 1200 RPM fans is growing less. But these are still the more prevalent in the retail market and, paired with a good radiator, can be a well performing combination for cooling at low noise…


Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 560 radiator

Introduction No, this is not the Nemesis 560 GTX (which was indeed reviewed already here) and neither is this an old radiator that is no longer sold. While Hardware Labs has introduced a lot of new radiators in the past couple of years (and yet more coming soon too!), those that still serve a purpose…


Silverstone FM181 180mm fan

Introduction Here we are then- the 5th and final of the 180mm fans at my current disposal. As much as the SST-AP182 impressed me, it was a power hog and required a dedicated knob controller to keep under, well, control. It also wasn’t really radiator optimized. The FM181 on the other hand was built with…


Silverstone AP182 180mm fan

Introduction “The power of house fan in your PC” is what you read on the packaging. I scoffed at it the first time I saw it- never again though. Silverstone, as we saw with the FW181, has a lot more incentive to develop 180mm fans than most others owing to the unique nature of some…


Phobya G-Silent 18 PWM 900 RPM Slim 180mm fan

Introduction We know that Phobya is the house brand for Aquatuning, who in turn work closely with Alphacool. Until a few months back, they (along with Magicool) were the only ones with 180mm size radiators and thus they also had the most incentive to get 180mm fans to retail. Most of their current offerings are…


Silverstone FW181 180mm fan

Introduction When you think of 180mm fans, you inevitably think of Silverstone. For what seems like forever now, they have incorporated support for 180mm size fans and radiators into several of their cases and have backed up this support with 6 different 180mm fans that are currently available. While some are designed for airflow as…


EK-Coolstream XE 480mm radiator

Introduction Another day, another new EK product launch. Whatever they are using for this productivity, can I get some of it as well please? This time we see what some would associate as the direct successor to their XTX lineup of radiators. At first glance it would not be hard to assume as such, with…


Cablemod aftermarket PSU cable kit

Introduction By now you may have already seen the name Cablemod, especially if you were in the market for aftermarket (heh) PSU replacement cables. They came out of nowhere really with mass produced individually sleeved replacement cables, as opposed to extensions, for 3 of the most popular PSU series from Corsair, EVGA and Seasonic last…


EK-Fan 180 PWM 180mm fan

Introduction “180mm fans? What for? Who buys them? It’s such a small market!” That’s precisely why I am doing this. No one really has tested out 180mm fans and radiators, and it does not take me long now that I have a set protocol for testing fans and radiators. This is part of a multi-fan…