Cougar Vortex Fans: the Secret of Success

Nowadays a lot of hardware developers employ Vortex fans from Cougar in the design of various PC components, including CPU coolers and graphics cards. Such demand is primarily explained by an elaborate approach to the fans' framework construction. Profound testing is not the last thing to contribute to the company's success. Indeed, since the launch date in 2011, Vortex line has been enjoying great popularity throughout the world and, especially, on American and European markets.



Therefore, Cougar has designed unique fan impellers that ensure a balanced correlation between such parameters as static pressure, noise level and airflow. The implementation of aerodynamic elements on the internal part of the frame in combination with the grooves on the impellers are able to promote for an improved airflow focusing; this is achieved due to the acceleration of airflow in edge area.


All Vortex fans are based on a hydrodynamic bearing that provides for the prolonged lifetime and …

Water-Cooling System EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX Review

Water-cooling systems have been always supposed to be an efficacious means of managing hot temperatures within PC chassis. EKWB, a Slovenian manufacturer of cooling equipment, currently supplies not only fluid-cooling components separately (waterblocks, fans, heatsinks, etc.), but also the entire kits as ready-made solutions to be integrated within PC enclosures. Not so long ago the company introduced a flagship kit, EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX, that belongs to the high-end solutions and involves all necessary details for hassle-free employment.



Delivery Kit


EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX is delivered in a large cardbox that consists of several sections with a comprehensive kit of water-cooling elements. One can find here a voluminous heatsink with a set of fixing screws, three 120 mm fans, a pump fixing kit, a waterblock, an expansion tank, branded TUBE Masterkleer hosepipe (2 meters in length), eight nickel-plated compression fittings (EK-PSC), and 100 ml of coolant …

Greeting Affordable Brix GB-BPCE-3350 Mini-PC from Gigabyte

Gigabyte has surfaced a budget-oriented mini-PC of Brix series, entitled Brix GB-BPCE-3350. The new-comer is designed on Intel Apollo Lake CPU (14 nm) and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 graphics core. The Intel Celeron N3350 operates at 1.1 GHz frequency but might be overclocked up to 2.4 GHz (TDP – 6 W). The GPU runs at 200-650 MHz frequency.



Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350 comes with a pair of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory modules which operate at 1866 MHz frequency (maximum of 8 GB). Storage subsystem is introduced by a single SATA III port and microSD card-reader. The availability of a single M.2 2230 slot ensures the model’s expansion facilities. Initially, this slot is occupied by Wi-Fi + Bluetooth adapter (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168).


To continue, this mini-PC employs a couple of controllers – Realtek ALC255 & Realtek RTL8111HD – which take care of audio and network subsystems. The front I/O panel offers a pair of USB 3.0 ports, one D-Sub port and one 3.5-mm …
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