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A research team at the department of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Texas at Arlington has published a very interesting paper in the world renown journal, Nature. The team successfully created a chip that cools itself down to -228C at room temperature. No liquid Nitrogen or Helium was used or any sort of external cooling measure.

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New Breakthrough in Electronics Cooling Technology

This works by building quantum wells into the chip itself. These wells work as filters that only allow extremely cool electrons to pass through them. This means that engineers can build transistors that operate under exceptionally low temperatures. Quantum wells can be summarized as tiny gaps between two semiconductors, Silicon in this instance. Only electrons with very specific characteristics would hit this filter and pass through it while all other electrons would bounce back.

“We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature. Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath” said Seong Jin Koh who led the research effort.

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Hardware

Introduction

The Austrian based cooler manufacturing company, Noctua, is a name renowned by several enthusiasts and overclockers in the PC industry. Emerged back in 2005, Noctua has become one of the most respected cooling product manufacturer in the industry with their legacy products such as the highly acclaimed Noctua NH-D14. Released back in 2009, the NH-D14 hit the market like a wild fire offering superb cooling performance on the most high-end Intel and AMD processors with its dual heatsink stack design which several cooling product makers have followed since.

Noctua, at their core are a desktop-centric manufacturer aiming to deliver specialized coolers with incredible cooling performance and low noise output that has won the hearts of many enthusiasts since 2005. Looking at the current state of the desktop PC market, the OEM shipments are constantly declining while there is still a boom in the DIY market which Noctua aims to deliver high-end products for. This decline in the PC market has been due to the emergence of compact and portable devices such as smartphones and tablets which don’t require a high-end cooling solution nor do casual users need to overclock. So one asks, why is there a need for high-end coolers when all they want to do is browse the internet and watch movies. The only thing such bulky coolers will do is output more noise which would be a let down for the product itself.

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Hardware

So it’s quite obvious that MSI got too excited about their new Twin Frozr V cooler design and decided to give us a taste. The all new Twin Frozr V cooling features a unique look with a blend of red and black. The aggressive style resembles MSI’s latest gaming series of motherboards.

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MSI Teases Next Generation Twin Frozr V Cooling

The new cooler features dual 100mm propeller blade fans designed to suck in cold air and blow it on quite a large heatsink assembly carrying 5 heatpipes. The new design will continue to utilize MSI’s dust removal technology which works by letting the fans spin in the opposite direction for a few seconds once the computer is turned on to remove any settling dust.

The heatsink we’re told is very similar to the one used in the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X Lightning cards but MSI opted to equip it with a dual fan setup rather than three fans like we saw with the Tri-Frozr Lightning design. This got me quite excited thinking about the prospect of  where MSI could take their new Lightning cooler designs. I have to point out that both of these images are 3D renders and the eventual product might actually end up slightly different. Fear not however everything will be revealed in a weeks time.

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Hardware

Austria based manufacturer, Noctua well known for its cooling solutions and fans has added several new coolers and CPU fans to its already existing range of impressive solutions. These include an entirely new Tower cooler, an update to it’s compact CPU cooler and an entirely new flocked surface fan range. Recently, the company had also launched two new fan series with additional updates possible through accessory kits. These included four variants of its Redox line of fans designed for home and enthusiast users and its Industrial PPC line designed for more advanced cooling performance and ingress protection.

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Manufacturer DeepCool has finally listed its first integrated water-cooling system. It is a part of the company’s GameStorm series and is called the Water Element 120K. The system uses a cold row ball bearing, 120mm thin fan. The integrated water-cooling system is listed finally after a delay of five months since its launch at this year’s CES ’14. The device is a replacement in the GameStorm series and is the first of it to come in the black color. The product will be available from 28th May and can be purchased for $ 299.

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WaterElement 120K Comes With a Life Expectancy of 120,000 Hours – Speed Is 2800 +/- 10%.

DeepCool’s WaterElement 120K has several features which make it a quality product. The RPM of the water pump in the device is 2800 RPM with variances of around 10% expected. The WaterElement 120K promises durability with a life expectancy of 120,000 hours. In simple terms, this is expected to give the WaterElement 120K a life expectancy of around 14 years, which is an impressive claim. On the surface of the cooler, there is a GameStorm logo. This can also serve a second purpose of housing built-in LED lights for the device. The WaterElement 120K also includes support for almost the entire range of Intel’s boards supporting LGA. Support is included in the product for LGA 1366 (discontinued), LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E/EP, Ivy Bridge E/EP, EP – Xeon), LGA 1156(discontinued), LGA 1155 (Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge) and most importantly the LGA 1150, which is to be the socket used by upcoming Broadwell. It is also currently used by the Haswell series of processors.

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Word on the street is that Galaxy will soon make a watercooled addition to it’s Hall of Fame premium card series. The HOF series was launched by Galaxy in 2010. It consists of cherry picked reference GPUs with design upgrades to achieve greater performance specifications. According to Galaxy, the cards have been solely designed to enter the 3D Mark Hall Of Fame. HOF cards are generally air-cooled and this is what makes the appearance of this waterblock interesting. It now most likely means that a watercooled HOF will be released somewhere in the near future.

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Waterblock in Traditional White Galaxy HOF Design. Can Cover Entire PCB.

Courtesy of our friends over at chinadiy.com, we have been able to get our hands on some pictures of the waterblock. It is rather elegantly designed, with the main portion of the waterbody being white. Only the metal plate with the model name is in metal. The color choice of the card falls in line with the HOF. However, that is the only thing that it sticks to. This reveal marks the first watercooled GPU of the HOF series. The body, as we can see in the picture above is quite large. This will allow the waterblock to be fully covered, in addition to efficient cooling of the GPU. Also, this complete covering of the PCB also ensures that the graphic card will remain stable during performance intense operations. This is because the memory and power supply components will also be covered and give more room for overclocking.

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Noctua today has launched two new fan series to cater towards performance conscious and budget conscious customer. The Austrian company is well known for its air cooling solutions and catering of all sectors of the market. The two new fan series introduced are the Redux line of fans and the industrial PPC (Protected Performance Cooling) lines. The Redux, according to the company, reissues the company’s present models and presents them in more streamlined, affordable packages. The industrial PPC on the other hand is designed for more advanced cooling performance and ingress protection.

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Four variants of Redux and Industrial PPC Launched. Company Claims to Target Customers Not Aimed at Before.

The Redux range of fans release comprises of both 4-pin and 3-pin versions of the company’s NF-P14, NF-S12B, NF-B9 and NF-R8. These models come in 140mm, 120mm, 92mm and 80mm respectively. The Redux fans as shown above come in two shades of grey. This is customary of the company which generally releases its products in dual shades, to keep aesthetics in mind, since this range is eventually designed for regular customers. “Our new product lines allow us to address audiences we have not been able to reach in the past. Coming at about 3/4 of the price of our standard models, the redux line is ideal for all those looking for a more affordable entry into the world of premium quality quiet cooling.” -Mag. Roland Mossig, CEO Noctua. Taking the P14 Redux (1500 PWM), the unit has many features exclusive to Noctua. Having a square 140mm frame, the nine blade impeller on the fan provides coverage to a variety of applications including CPU coolers, water-cooling radiators and tight-grilled fan cases. It also comes with company’s signature Vortex Control Notches, which reduce overall fan noise. More information about all the variants of the range can be found here

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I normally do not cover P.Rs but this one deserves an exception I think. To the well experienced hand, Noctua coolers have something of a legacy. These coolers use an extremely minimalistic design and delivered top notch performance on Air, all the while remaining surprisingly silent. One such cooler was the NH-D14 which is now nothing less than a legend in the air cooler hall of fame. It took Noctua three full years to develop a worthy successor to the NH-D14; the NH-D15, which debuts with a six year warranty. And it goes without saying that it has very big shoes to fill.

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NH-D14 succeeded by the Noctua NH-D15 Dual Tower Air Cooler

I will begin with the differences between the NH-D14 and NH-D15. The heatpipe count remains the same, i.e. six. The finstack is now wider by 10mm which corresponds to a total of 150mm. Height and width are 165mm and 135mm respectively, each having received a 5mm increase. The fins on the lower side have receded and now give 64mm clearance in single fan mode. Nf-A15 PWM fans are added with a range of maximum 1200 rpm or 1500rpm depending on the PWM controller or LNA. Here is what the CEO of Noctua had to say:

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Gadgets

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Christmas gift ideas:

- SPIGEN SGP Screen Protector for iPhone:

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Games Hardware

After ripping the PlayStation 4 apart and getting familiar with the hardware composition of the system, here comes the Xbox One teardown. Xbox One teardown shows that the console is build more like a PC from the inside, with every component being separately placed at a fixed location in the metal case. The console build up is a bit different than that of PlayStation 4.

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Xbox One Teardown Reveals A Huge Cooling Fan And A Replaceable Hard Drive

Xbox One is a huge box apparently made with keeping a very little concept of style in mind; On the other hand we have PlayStation 4, a fairly slim and sleek and rather a styled console. Both the consoles pack some powerful hardware and to have a look at the inside components of the Xbox One, iFixit have taken the console piece by piece just like PlayStation4.

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A PlayStation 4 user who got his console on the launch date decided to take some infrared shots of it to check how stable is the PlayStation 4 heat regulation. The images capture the temperature of PlayStation 4 placed at different positions and performing different tasks.

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Have A Look At These Thermal Images To See How Stable Is PlayStation 4 Heat Regulation

Overheating is one of the scariest nightmares for electronic industries. It causes many troubles in the development and manufacturing of electronic problem. Gamers from any platform are well aware of the unpleasant effects of overheating. Console gamers are also really concerned about the problem when it comes to all-day-long gaming because whether it is a PC or any of the consoles available in the market, overheating can cause some major damage.

Apparently the only thing that console gamers care about for now are the next-gen consoles and with PlayStation 4 already launched, tons of reports about the merits and demerits of the console are coming in. To check the how true the PlayStation 4 overheating reports really are, a user took out his thermal camera to put PlayStation 4 heat regulation on test.

iChill GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid
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The GTX 780 along with the GTX Titan are Nvidias Flasghip Graphic Cards, and for good reason. The 780 is basically a cut down version of GTX Titan and the GTX Titan is, well the GTX Titan. Recently Inno3D Announced Two GTX 780s. Though we were expecting the iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 x3 Ultra (wow that’s a mouthful) the iChill GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid came as a very welcome and pleasant surprise. Both of iChill’s GTX 780 are factory over clocked and will be one of the most powerful Single-Chip gaming solutions available.  In fact Inno3D claims these beauties will be faster than a stock GTX Titan!

The iChill GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid

iChill GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid
Featuring a Hybrid Air and Watercooling solution this beast of a Graphics card will offer nearly Half the temperatures compared to stick GTX 780 and almost negligible sound output, whil at the same time giving highly stable factory over clocked performance, though at these low temps, Gaming enthusiasts could attempt to further over clock.

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iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid

We already got the word that NVIDIA gave the greenligt to their AIB partners to manufactuer their custom variants of the recently released GeForce GTX Titan GPU. Computerbase over at the CeBIT 2013 have unveiled that Inno3D could possibly be the first to offer a fully custom version of the GeForce GTX Titan GPU with their latest creation, the iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid.

Inno3D Offers Monstrous Cooling WIth iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid

Inno3D’s iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid uses the same ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid cooler that has been available and fits on the Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 680 flagship GPUs. ARCTIC has now added further compatibility of their cooling solution to the GeForce GTX Titan and hence Inno3D which have a partnership with ARCTIC in offering GPUs with their cooler under the iChill branding have released the iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid.

Not much has changed design wise with the iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid, it uses the reference design heatsink with just a ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid cooler strapped on top of the GK110 core except that this wasn’t possible with the GeForce GTX 690 since NVIDIA didn’t allow it. The GeForce GTX Titan reference model which looks alot like the GTX 690 and costs a hefty $1000 has been given the greenlight to be custom made by AIBs which is a good thing but these custom models would just keep adding on the cost for an already expensive yet awesome GPU.

It was also revealed that the iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid is a factory overclocked model since the Accelero Hybrid cooler offers great cooling performance to the GPU itself but Inno3D didn’t mention them yet. It could be possible that the clock speeds (reference 837/876 MHz) can be clocked at around 950/1000 MHz mark given the cost of the cooler and the GPU itself. Inno3d didn’t mention pricing nor availability of the iChill GTX Titan Accelero Hybrid.

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Hardware

The Black Edition

Press Release – Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils its high end The Black Edition CPU cooler with the multi award-winning Slim 12 PWM and Silent 12 PWM fan. The cooler is a product of GELID Solutions GAMER product line.

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Hardware

PH-TC12DX

Phanteks launches PH-TC12DX, a U-Type dual tower heat-sink with four 6mm heat-pipes allows for optimal airflow and cooling. PH-TC12DX’s 6mm heat-pipes are linearly aligned and developed to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance. Incorporating P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies, PH-TC12DX delivers better heat dissipation and heat transfers. PH-TC12DX includes dual PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans to allow for higher performance and/or silent operation.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler



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