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Intel’s incoming Core i9-9900KS, a new top-end CPU which is expected to launch later in October, has apparently already been purchased by a Redditor and overclocked with impressive results – hitting 5.2GHz just on air (in other words, with no fancy liquid cooling solution).Apparently the chip was mistakenly listed – and errantly sold – by a retailer in the Czech Republic.AMD vs Intel: which processors are better?The Redditor admits to being a “total OC [overclocking] noob”, and using just air cooling – a Noctua NH D15 – overclocked the CPU to 5.2GHz over all cores with the voltage set to 1.36V, while benchmarking in Cinebench R20.Assuming this is genuine, it seems to be an impressive indicator of the overclocking potential of the Core i9-9900KS.The chip recorded a result of 5,356, and as Tom’s Hardware notes, a stock 9900K hit 4,984.
Perhaps one of the most long-awaited products has finally arrived for enthusiasts.Noctua coolers now have the option for black 120mm and 140mm fans with colored interchangeable anti-vibration pads.The chromax line offers red, yellow, green, blue, black, and white pads for fans as well as colored cabling in straight and Y-configurations for three and four pin PWM fans.Heatsink covers are also available for the NH-U12S and NH-D15S coolers in black, white, or customizable color configurations.Noctua has finally recognized that many enthusiasts are just as concerned with looks as they are raw performance."With the new chromax line fans, cables and heatsink covers, we now offer a range of products that’s ideal for those who care about looks just as much as about quality and performance," said Noctua CEO Roland Mossig.
Adding to its line of iconic brown fan CPU coolers, Noctua has introduced the NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S for Ryzen processors.Both coolers focus on slimness for use in HTPCs and other small form factor cases.The NH-L9a-AM4 measures in at 37mm tall, while the NH-L12S comes in at 70mm including its fan.Noctua claims that the NH-L9a-AM4 is compatible with all RAM and PCIe accessories and will not block the installation of other hardware.The latter cooler will not block RAM that is up 45mm tall by moving the fan to the top of the heatsink.Since both coolers are targeted at small builds where noise may be of great concern, a low noise adapter is included with each.
However, with their impressive size and overwhelming presence, it steered some users away in search of a different option.Even I was stunned at its presence in my very large NZXT H440 case and in some NZXT cases (like the C230 or Guardian 921RB) the CPU coolers wouldn’t fit at all.In an effort to grab more of the computer enthusiast market, Noctua has made slight variations in both of these models: removing one of the two cooling fans, decreasing their presence, and dropping the $99 price tag.For more details Event Management video 
In mid-July, a Reddit discussion sparked anger among a multitude of PC enthusiasts, precipitated by a supposed degradation in fan quality in the wake of Noctua moving its fan-manufacturing operations from Taiwan to China, but independent tests have found no appreciable differences between models made in the different factories.Reddit user Kendalf had purchased three Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans to add to the two (same manufacturer and model) already in his system.Upon inspection, Kendalf noted the trio of new fans was made in China where previous Noctua products he owned were made in Taiwan.Kendalf made it clear he isn't interested in the politics between the countries, etc.'so long as the products are the same high quality that Noctua is known for,' which sounds fair.However, the user made a bullet-point list of various understandable concerns on Reddit and asked for feedback from Noctua.
When AMD unveiled Threadripper as being the enthusiast implementation of its Epyc server processor platform, it revealed the many-core design as a very different package to its mainstream Ryzen family.While architecturally speaking Threadripper is effectively Ryzen with more cores, the physical processor itself is based on multiple dies on a single package - making it considerably larger than Ryzen.A larger processor means a larger heatspreader, and a larger heatspreader means that many heatsinks and coolers designed for the smaller Ryzen processors and the AM4 socket simply aren't suitable for use with Threadripper and its X399 platform.Noctua is, naturally, aware of this, and its answer is simple: Threadripper- and Epyc-compatible variants of its most popular coolers, featuring an enlarged baseplate to make full contact with the chips' larger heatspreaders.'A high-end platform usually calls for high-end cooling solutions, and that's precisely the case with AMD's new Epyc and upcoming Ryzen Threadripper ecosystems,' claimed Roland Mossig, Noctua's chef executive, during the announcement.'We have therefore customised our award-winning NH-U14S, NH-U12S, and NH-U9 coolers so that users can enjoy the performance and quietness of these proven premium heatsinks on the new AMD platforms.'
In this group test, we evaluate three of Intel’s latest processors and four of AMD’s new Ryzen chips to see which deserves a place in your next rig.Meanwhile, a higher clock speed (measured in GHz) will make single-threaded software feel snappier and most games perform better.Those are the two key factors, but there’s plenty more to consider.Price is important too because it’s no good wasting money on a chip that’s overpowered.High-end chipsets will support multiple graphics cards, numerous USB ports and better storage hardware, whereas more affordable chipsets and their corresponding motherboards will be more restrictive.That’s fine if you’re only building a modest gaming rig, but no good if you want to use numerous peripherals, several hard disks and expand the machine in the future.
For the first time in a long time, you’re able to build a compelling 4-core, 8-thread gaming PC that’s overclockable without spending a small fortune, thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPUs.Toss in the fact that all Ryzen chips can be overclocked, even on mainstream AM4 motherboards, and that AMD includes a Wraith cooler with the 1500X (unlike Intel’s fanless K-chips) and suddenly 8-thread gaming is a lot more affordable than it used to be.To prove it we’re going to build a solid all-AMD gaming PC that costs $850 and delivers a top-notch 1080p gaming experience.CPU cooler: Don’t expect to reach those lofty XFR heights with the RGB-less Wraith Spire stock cooler that AMD ships with the Ryzen 5 1500X, though.If you want to delve into the dark art of overclocking, consider snagging a third-party cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ($30 on Amazon) or the Noctua NH-D15 ($90 on Amazon).Gigabyte’s AB350 Gaming 3 packs some particularly nice touches despite its affordable price.
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setup has technically been possible for a while now but I’ve never been all that interested in the various compromises necessary to make it a reality.Instead, I’ve defaulted to a simple formula for peace and quiet that consists of an oversized Cooler Master Cosmos II case, a massive Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 heatsink with slow-turning fans, a passively cooled low-end video card and a “quiet” power supply.With a new build looming and my desire for a truly fanless chassis persisting, Kickstarter may have just let me to my next case.
Taengo0 loves their headphones, and this silver, dual-display workspace alongside three pairs of really good headphones is proof positive.The whole setup is clean and good looking, but those headphones are the star of the show although the PC over there looks beautiful too.Here s another shot, face on of the whole workspace, so you can see the headphones and the PC on the far right.As for the specs of the computer and the displays, he notes over at Imgur and Reddit, both of which are linked below :Monitors: DELL U2515H vertical , U3415W ultrawideHeadphones: Audeze LCD-3, LCD-X, Sennheiser HD800
Recently I was looking to double check the accuracy of a CPU cooler from Noctua, mainly for my own curiosity as well as part of our ongoing process to ensure we are only selling high quality parts to Puget customers.When we qualify a new product to be a fit for our product line, everyone is emailed all of the details about the product and given a chance to offer opinions or concerns as part of the process.I had some concerns based on a combination of the pictures of the product and the manufacturers' specifications not quite lining up in my mind.Guest author Richard Falk works for Puget Systems, a boutique builder of gaming and workstation PCs.Heatsinks use either copper, aluminum, or a combination of the two in order to move heat from the base of the cooler through heatpipes to the heatsink.A liquid cooling system essentially applies the same idea but replaces the copper heatpipes with tubes filled with a thermally conductive liquid that is pumped to a radiator.
A Reddit user has spent more than $3,000 designing and manufacturing a custom small form factor PC case, which is the highlight of a build that's extremely powerful yet extraordinarily compact.Lukasz Dyjakon, an Australian who wanted the best possible compact gaming system, used the services of Protocase to create a custom PC enclosure for his powerful components.Measuring just 30 x 30 x 10 centimeters, the entire build is barely larger than an Xbox One console, which features relatively compact dimensions of 33 x 27 x 8 centimeters.This system is much, much more powerful than an Xbox One though.The case manages to cram in two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition cards in SLI, using the blower design to intake air from the right side and vent it out the back.The other side features the CPU, an Intel Core i7-6700K, along with 32 GB of DDR4, two SSDs for more than a terabyte of storage, and a slim Noctua cooler.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
The difference is that these ports are all the latest standard — the HDMI, for example, is HDMI 2.0b and supports all the newest gizmos like High Dynamic Range video output and 4K at 60 frames per second.It s a similarly powerful choice for 1440p; with the GTX 1080 being the first in a new generation of graphics cards and also the first of the year alongside AMD s imminent Radeon refresh — code-named Polaris and Vega — we re also moving to only running graphics tests both at 1440p and 2160p 4K Ultra HD, 3840 2160 resolution .Nvidia has sold its first-run Founder s Edition cards to its potential buyers on the strength of its craftsmanship and design, and it absolutely is a beautiful piece of technology — as much as a graphics card can be.The GTX 1080 is partial to a bit of overclocking, too.Nvidia s claims about performance have, for this particular card and this particular generation of cards, been significantly massaged to make it sound more powerful than it is — which is a pity because it s already so powerful that it doesn t need any superfluous marketing on top of that excellent hardware performance.But then there s the price tag to consider.
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