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Ivy Bridge 3770K IHS removal and results

CPUs|Motherboards | Site News
The high core temperatures of Ivy Bridge CPUs have been a lively topic for debate since the new Intel chips were released. Poor quality TIM has been deemed the culprit. SPCR forum member graysky put this idea to the test by removing the integrated heat spreader from his i7-3770K to try a proven, high quality TIM, and later, lapped both the IHS and the heatsink base to check for any further cooling improvements. His systematic, empirical testing is well worth reading.

be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

Cooling
The be quiet! Dark Rock 2 is a big tower CPU cooler with an odd 135 mm fan. Unfortunately, our sample has trouble living up to its German manufacturer's name. Note: Addendum on final page (8), 1 Aug 2012.

ADATA XPG SX910 128GB Solid State Drive

Storage
The ADATA XPG SX910 SSD is yet another in a long line of andForce-based solid state drives, but it has a few extra benefits to differentiate it from the masses.

Slashgear reviews AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC

Slashgear posted a review of AVA's Gaming PC, a quieter variant of which recently received a SPCR Certification as a Quiet PC. Forum discussion link.

Enermax ETS-T40: Direct-Touch Heatpipe Cooler

Cooling
The Enermax ETS-T40 tower CPU heatsink/fan is equipped with an impressive looking mounting system, a surprisingly smooth sounding fan, and an affordable price. Unfortunately the one thing missing is great performance.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

Cooling
The Thermalright HR-02 Macho takes the design elements that made its predecessors excellent low noise coolers and successfully combines it with the massive size of a modern high-end heatsink.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile Heatsink

Cooling
Cooler Master's GeminII M4 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Scythe Big Shuriken 2. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the M4 is only a half-hearted compliment.

SilverStone Precision PS07: Budget MicroATX Tower

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Precision PS07 is a more affordable version of the Temjin TJ08-E microATX tower case. The Temjin's enormous 18 cm intake fan has been replaced with two 12 cm models in the PS07. What difference does this make? A lot.

SpeedFan: A Guide to Universal Motherboard Fan Control

Cooling | Fans|Controls
SpeedFan is a free, but extremely powerful and customizable sensor monitoring and fan control utility that works with a huge range of motherboards. Our comprehensive guide walks you through the complex configuration and allows you to unlock the full power of this enduring software utility, a favorite of SPCR for years.

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC

SPCR Certified Silent PCs | Complete|Mobile Systems
The first SPCR Quiet Certified PC from AVADirect Custom Computers features a GTX560 Ti graphics card along with an Ivy Bridge i7-3770k CPU in a system that's quiet doing ordinary tasks and ramps up only moderately at full GPU/CPU load.

Reeven Kelveros & Arcziel CPU Coolers

Cooling
Reeven, a relatively unknown PC cooling company, looks to make a name for themselves with a pair of oddly named heatsinks. The Kelveros is a classic tower heatsink with direct touch heatpipes while the Arcziel is a traditional, but rather tall down-blowing model.

Lian Li PC-Q18: The Perfect Mini Server Case?

Cases|Damping
The Lian Li PC-Q18 is a slightly slimmer PC-Q08 tweaked to focus on its usability as a mini-ITX server. The changes include a four drive SATA backplane, an improved hard drive and side panel mounting system.

Thermalright Archon SB-E 15cm Fan CPU Cooler

Cooling
Thermalright goes in a slightly direction with the Archon SB-E, an unusually tall and wide 8-heatpipe cooler with an equally unusual 15 cm fan.

Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

Cooling
The Scythe Big Shuriken 2 is a high performance CPU cooler in a low profile package, looking to improve upon the performance of its popular predecessor. The Reeven Vanxie is almost comically small by comparison, a tiny low profile offering for use in ultra compact cases.

Fans from Noctua & Corsair at Computex 2012

Cooling | The Silent Front
At Computex 2012 last week, there were two fan developments worthy of serious note for SPCR readers. The first and more revolutionary of the two is an Active Noise Cancellation fan project from Noctua, with partner RotoSub. The second is from a more unlikely source, Corsair, of memory, PSU and case fame.