Motherboard ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (LGA1150 Platform) Review

Intel Z87 platform is masterfully penetrating into all global markets. ASRock is the company that has already managed to introduce a set of products based on this platform, including Z87 Extreme6 model. The very board is supposed to be an advanced solution for enthusiasts, containing all necessary for specific usage attributes: POST-indicator, a powerful VRM system with a massive heatsink, and a lot of other facilities mentioned below.

Design and Layout

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm dimensions. Its top side accommodates a large number of components, while the reverse side revels in three driver-doublers (ISL6611A) of CPU power rails only. Intel Z87 chipset is cooled down by a voluminous heatsink. A couple of additional ASM1061 controllers are soldered right to the system logics; they allow for the usage of up to ten devices with SATA 6 Gb/sec connectivity interface. The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 graphics core. …

SilverStone Expands the Tundra Lineup with Two Liquid Coolers

SilverStone has entered the market with a pair of small-sized liquid coolers which replenished the lines of Tundra family. The TD02-Slim and TD03-Slim are targeting mini-ITX chassis, showing compatibility with the majority of modern platforms: AMD FM1, FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+, Intel LGA775, 115x, 2011, 2011-3, 1366. The new-comers will be available since late September at the price tag of about $73 & $96 (depending on the model).

SilverStone TD02-Slim features a sleek aluminum heatsink with 278x227x124 mm dimensions and a pair of fans, mounted side by side. At the same time, SilverStone TD03-Slim houses less voluminous heatsink (159x22x124 mm) and the fans are mounted on the different sides of the radiator.

The hardware also includes a large copper base for a more efficient heat dissipation, a pair of rubber hoses (310 mm in length) as well as a waterblock (39.2 mm in height) with an integrated pump. In addition, there is blue activity LED.

The implemented 120-mm …

Low-Profile Cooler Noctua NH-L12 Review

Noctua, an Austrian developer and supplier of high-end cooling systems, is well-known for the design of versatile products which are able to satisfy the needs of any consumer, starting from average home users and finishing with devotees of overclocking. The recent Noctua creation is the low-profile CPU cooler destined to be employed in HTPC systems and other compact chassis. This cooler is characterized by the horizontal localization of radiator that allows its installation into a quite narrow casing. At the same time, the model is efficient enough to manage high-performance advanced processors.

Design and Framework

Noctua NH-L12 is notable for the classic design and framework. It features 150x128x93 mm dimensions (with two fans) which barely speak of low-profile form factor. NH-L12 is compatible with different CPU sockets, including Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, LGA 2011/1366/1156/1156/775. This cooler consists of horizontal radiator, four copper heat pipes which pierce …
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