Today we take a look at the newest cooler from Noctua. This time Noctua is showing the Small Form Factor users some love with their new NH-L12 extra low profile CPU cooler. The NH-L12 is a low-profile cooler for Small Form Factor cases and HTPC environments. Join us as we see just small this cooler is and how the new Noctua NH-L12 performs. The NH-L12 from Noctua was a little surprise for me. I felt the little guy wouldn’t hold up to the heat. It did, and for users that have a smaller/narrower case and not interested in the least to overclock then the NH-L12 would be rather perfect. Top it off with Noctua’s 6 year warranty and awesome build quality, the NH-L12 has win all over it...
This is it people, summer is once again finally upon us and although the weather is getting hotter and hotter each day that goes by as usual people seem to be ok with that and focus mainly on going to the beach to get the usual skin tan while watching whatever it is they like to watch most. Unfortunately the summer period is also the worse period of the year for everything related with technology from cars, machines in general and electronics including our precious computer systems. Because of that Thermalright just released their latest and perhaps most powerful CPU Cooler to date, the Silver Arrow Extreme which we've been testing for the past week (we are also the first ones worldwide to thoroughly test it).
The ASUS P8Z77-V sits dead in the middle of the new V series, sporting top quality components across the board and a plethora of truly useful features. While the ASUS P8Z77-V boasts many enthusiast class qualities, such as DDR3-2600 capabilities with T-Topology, tri-SLI/Crossfire and quad GPU capable PCIe 3.0, LucidLogix VirtuMVP, Smart DIGI+ VRM with dual processors and Intel and Asmedia SATA III and USB 3.0 controllers, it also offers great usability and features for other segments. Built in Wi-Fi b/g/n with access point capabilities and ASUS’ new Wi-Fi GO! with DLNA server capabilities and remote device capabilities make the P8Z77-V a natural fit for entertainment. To add to this, 7.1 audio with optical out features DTS enhancements, and HDMI/Display Port/VGA/DVI outputs make the P8Z77-V a multimedia powerhouse.
Today PCSTATS has a real treat for you - the ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Golden motherboard! Every metallic surface on this board is gold plated so it's got quite the 'bling' factor going for it. The reason for all the gold is that 2012 is the year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac calender, making this a very auspicious time. ECS's Z77H2-A2X motherboard is built around the Intel Z77 chipset and primed for Intel's 22nm 3rd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Ivy Bridge' processors.
In this review Frostytech will be testing Coolermaster's Hyper 212 Evo heatsink, an exposed heatpipe base tower cooler. Heatpipe direct touch, or exposed heatpipe base heatsinks are dead common these days because the technique has proven so effective. Particularly among the current crop of processors which feature integrated heat spreaders.
I've sometimes thought that Intel tries too hard with its enthusiast level motherboards. The Extreme series, which is what Intel seeds reviewers with when new CPUs are introduced, tend to "shout" with prominent skull logos, POST code readouts, POST sequence LEDs, and other bling, but in my experience they fall down badly on features and performance. So you can understand that I wasn't expecting too much from the DZ77GA-70K motherboard. But I was in for a surprise.
The Fractal Design Arc Midi is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Arc Midi supports ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and have place for eight 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review.
The Frio Extreme follows a trend that we are seeing around here regularly. And that is using two towers of fins to add to the overall surface of the cooler to better perform on an overclocked processor. Just recently we tested the Phanteks TC14PE which was an outstanding cooler but we really wanted to see if the Frio Extreme could take it down as one of the best coolers we have tested this year.