Release roundup: New coolers and old motherboards

With the Computex trade show barely three weeks away, the flow of new releases from Far Eastern hardware makers is starting to slow. Still, a handful of notable announcement hit our inbox this week:

  • ASRock Takes Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs to Z68, P67 and H67 Series Motherboards! This announcement isn’t about new products, but about upgrades to existing ones. More specifically, ASRock says it’s added support for Ivy Bridge processors to its Z68, P67, and H67 motherboard families. All users need to do, apparently, is grab the latest BIOS releases and drivers from the company’s website. ASRock has put up a handy one-stop download area here.
  • Cooler Master unveils low-profile Geminii M4 cooler. There’s nothing very lofty about the Geminii M4, be it from a size or a price standpoint. (Cooler Master quotes a $29.99 MSRP.) The cooler’s low vertical profile is its main attraction, though. Despite featuring three direct-contact copper heat pipes and a 120-mm fan, the Geminii M4 is only 2.3 inches tall. That’s partly thanks to the fan, which is thinner than most, at only 15 mm. Another part is the heatsink itself, whose aluminum fins don’t take up much vertical space and sit quite close to the socket. The end product looks quite capable, and I’m sure folks building small-form-factor home-theater PCs will be interested.
  • Thermaltake announces the long anticipated Water 2.0 all-in-one LCS Series. On the other end of the spectrum lies Thermaltake’s new Water 2.0 LCS Series, a new family of self-contained liquid coolers designed for serious enthusiast builds. There are three of ’em: the Water 2.0 Extreme, which has a huge radiator with room for two 120-mm fans side by side, and the Water 2.0 Pro and Water 2.0 Performer, which are single-width models and can accommodate one 120-mm fan on either side. The Pro’s radiator is slightly thicker than the Performer’s—49 mm vs. 27 mm—but the two coolers otherwise appear identical. Thermaltake uses the same socket mount on all three, as well, with support for all modern Intel and AMD sockets.

It’s nice to see Cooler Master not charging an arm and a leg for the Geminii M4. HTPC gear—cases, especially—is all too often overpriced, which can detract from the appeal of the whole HTPC concept.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    [b<][i<]Old[/i<] coolers.[/b<] I bought and fitted a dozen Gemini M4 coolers to one of the renderfarms last month. I wasn't aware they were "new" even then.... They are marginally taller than a Scythe Shuriken B, but unlike the Shurikens, they don't have cheap, nasty fans that have forums full of complainants (such as myself) saying that they leak oil and sieze up within a few months. This is why I bought a dozen M4's.

    • highlandr
    • 7 years ago

    Super stoked about the ASRock update – I had heard no news on whether my Z68 Pro3-m would support IB, and I had lost hope…

    Now to save up for a new CPU!

    • unmake
    • 7 years ago

    If there were really any worthy competitors to the Scythe Shuriken, Prolimatech Samuel 17, or Thermalright AXP-140 – wouldn’t they ever get mentioned in discussions of best HTPC/ITX coolers? I’d love to see something that’s $20-$30 and provides equivalent cooling and sound level, but nothing by Thermaltake has /ever/ gotten a recommendation from that crowd.

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    Thank you Cooler master…….this is a excellent value for all users, if for no other reason then to not have to deal with those nasty Intel push pins. This one looks to be all bolt down, and fits everything but LGA 2011.

    [url<]http://computer-takeaway.co.uk/PC-components/cpu-coolers-cooler-master-gemin-ii-m4-review.html[/url<] CPU Socket: Intel® LGA1366/1156/1155/775, AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 I'll bet you they will be on sale for less then $20.......I'll take two please 🙂

    • FuturePastNow
    • 7 years ago

    Cooler Master maintains its position as the best value in heatsinks. That Gemenii (why two i’s?) M4 is a direct competitor to the Scythe Big Shuriken… for 3/5 the price.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      Why two “i-s”?

      That’s so easy, the word gemini means twins, aka 2.

      2 i-s are used in Roman numbers to represent the number 2 (roman = II). So it’s a word play, or rather a mathematical word play.

      GeminII

    • vargis14
    • 7 years ago

    Looking forward to reviews on Thermaltake’s new Water 2.0 LCS Extreme 240mm setup compared to the coarsair H100
    Radiator Dimension : 270 x 120 x 38.3 mm for thermaltakes design,corsairs radiator is only 27mm thick so i am very curious to see how much of a difference 11.3mm of extra rad thickness improves cooling.The pumps have pretty much the same specs RPMs and voltage usage.
    I think it would be a worthy upgrade to my 120mm water setup that lies between the corsair c50 and c60 setup.
    Plus it will fit perfectly in my Haf 922.But i don’t think it will fit with a push pull setup but i could always have the pull fans mounted om the top of the case and use the USB powered adjustable 120mm orange Ttake fans with the pretty grills as pull fans .
    I have one of Thermaltakes 80mm usb powered adjustable fans with a nice silver knob/dial on my new HTPC.I had to mount it to the outside of the case since the gateway sx2855 slim tower has no room whatsoever inside to mount a 80mm fan.But is has a nice grill designed side panel that lined up perfectly and it look quite good.
    Also upgraded my celeron g530 cpu a 2.4ghz sandy dual core with a i3 2120 3.3ghz dual core with hyperthreading for free:)
    How,well just got 2 new gateways for 329$ at my work for us techs and i took the i3 and put my g530 in no can tell the difference hehe.Before you all say i am stealing i allready saved them 800$ since the dell g630 pentium setups they were going to get cost over 700 each they owe me:) plus my systems i told them to get had 6 gigs memory over 1 stick of 4 gb and 1 TB hd over a 250 gig HD and a H67 chipset over a dell h61.Opps almost forgot to add the gateways have built in wireless the dells do not.Dell is a ripoff.

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    2.3 inches tall… so what’s that to everyone else that isn’t American?

      • RickyTick
      • 7 years ago

      Nearly 60 mm, but I’m guessing your post was rhetorical.
      [url<]http://www.metric-conversions.org/length/inches-to-millimeters.htm[/url<]

      • Peldor
      • 7 years ago

      2.4 quarters tall.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://www.google.com/search?q=2.3+inches+in+mm[/url<]

      • Squeazle
      • 7 years ago

      About 1/8th of a duck.

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      2,3 inches.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      2.54 cm/inch * 2.3 inches

      • 5150
      • 7 years ago

      10 inches.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=2.3in+in+cm[/url<]

      • sluggo
      • 7 years ago

      who cares

        • Duck
        • 7 years ago

        Me.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      A reason to search the answer on google? Maybe an insult to the majority of mankind that operates in metrics? Or perhaps an attempt to keep values in smaller numbers because some people can only understand so much? Or…. O.O [mind blow] they are trying to fold the very fabric of the universe and create a minuture black hole with a 2,3 inches diameter [/mind blow]?

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      10 seconds.

      • stdRaichu
      • 7 years ago

      The proper answer for people who used both Imperial and SI units is 0.29 millifurlongs, and getting that answer only took about two microfortnights.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      2.3 inches = 0.00029040404 furlongs

      • demani
      • 7 years ago

      About a quarter of a hand.

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