Month: August 2015

Phobya UC-1 Extreme CPU block

Introduction We took a look at the Alphacool XP3 Light earlier this month and noted that it was a decent performer but it could benefit from a price cut given the circumstances. Phobya works very closely with Alphacool, and when I first saw the block in person I thought it was perhaps based off the XP3 Light itself….


Heads up: Product recall for EK-Vardar 140 (F2, F3, FF4)

Source “Hello guys, I must inform you that following a couple of RMAs we realized the Vardar 140 batch has serious quality issues so we had to stop all sales and will be informing all customers of the following situation: Product recall for EK-Vardar 140 (F2, F3, FF4) EAN# Name 3831109867570 EK-Vardar F2-140 3831109867587 EK-Vardar…


Noctua NF-A14 IPPC-3000 PWM 140mm fan

Introduction This is the highest speed 140mm fan I currently have in my possession and credit to Noctua for having brought high speed fans like this to the retail market intentionally or otherwise. You see, the industrialPPC lineup was never really intended for case/radiator cooling in the PC DIY market but thanks to Noctua’s good…


EK Vardar FF4-140 140mm fan

Introduction EK has 4 models in their Vardar 140mm fan lineup, and this is the highest speed version. It’s called Furious for a reason, and attempts to be a high performance retail 140mm fan option. This is also where we will see if that massive motor hub on the 140mm Vardars has an appreciable deadspot,…


Noctua NF-A14 IPPC-2000 PWM 140mm fan

Introduction The last Noctua fan tested here was the NF-A14 FLX which was very impressive overall, and left us wanting more. As with other flagship fans, Noctua makes sure to offer the NF-A14 in a multitude of options- be it rated speed or control option. The FLX was rated at 1200 RPM, and we now…


Noctua NF-A14 FLX 140mm fan

Introduction I have been hearing very good things about the NF-A14 for what seems like ages now, second only to the NF-F12. There is no denying that Noctua makes some very good air coolers and fans for that application, but the NF-F12 fell short on more air flow restrictive scenarios such as a radiator. Thanks…


EK Vardar F3-140ER 140mm fan

Introduction After the Vardar F1-140 and F2-140, it’s time to take a look at the F3-140ER. This is quite possibly the most anticipated fan out of the entire lineup from EK owing to the extended control range and also the all black color scheme of the fan frame and impeller. We saw in the case of the…


EK Vardar F2-140 140mm fan

Introduction Now that we have seen how the Vardar F1-140 is, let’s go up a rung on the lineup ladder and meet the Vardar F2-140 is. This is rated at 1600 RPM, making it faster than a huge majority of retail 140mm fans already and this is just the 2nd of 4 fans here! Thanks…


EK Vardar F1-140 140mm fan

Introduction When I first got my hands on a pre-production model of the Vardar F3-140ER over two months ago, all I wanted to know was when would it be out for retail sale and how much it would cost. It was definitely a long wait, but they are finally released and out for retail purchase…


Alphacool NexXxos XP3 Light CPU waterblock

Introduction The Alphacool XP3 Light came out in 2011-2012 but, as of the date of this article, it remains Alphacool’s latest CPU block and is their solution available in retail markets. As with most CPU blocks, the XP3 comes in multiple different versions ranging from acetal tops to plexi ones to even metal tops, and has…