The case looks a little cramped - but it's incredibly silent and well ventilated.
We took a few minutes on the show floor today to go visit our friends over at Arctic Cooling. Many of you are familiar with the AC line of products, particularly the awesome Freezer CPU cooler. With such a great name for both CPU and GPU cooling, we were pretty excited to see what the company had in 2008 to add to its line-up.
First on the list is a new GPU cooler, dubbed the Accelero Xtreme. It is made for all of the high-end GPUs (Nvidia 8800 series and AMD 38xx series), and features a massive heatsink with four heatpipes. The sink goes across the entire length of the card and takes up three
slots. It cools via three smaller-diameter soft-mounted fans that run really
quietly, even at load. The three fans provide a more even cooling than one fan blowing across, the length of the sink, improving cooling by a reported twenty degrees over the reference coolers.
Also introduced this year is an update to the Freezer CPU line, called the Freezer Xtreme (catching a pattern here?). The major selling point of this is that it's a bit lighter than the older models, weighing in at a mere 650g. However, due to some redesign, cooling performance is actually increased
, helped by a whopping eight
heatpipes off of the contact block. It is still cooled by a 120mm fan, this time soft-mounted with a rubber grommet setup to reduce overall vibration and noise.
This year will be the first for the company to release a PSU, the Fusion 550RF, which will undoubtedly end up on Richard's test bench soon - it's a 550W system that is 80+ certified (performance is between 82% at low loads and 86% at full load). It is cooled by an 80mm soft-mounted fan, but the design is a little unique - the fan is mounted on the front of the PSU instead of the back, which should reduce audible vibrations significantly.
Finally (and most exciting), the company has released a new case (Silentium T Eco 80) that is complete with the PSU mentioned above. It's actually already out in select spots in Europe for a mere 130 Euros, and will reach the US this year for $150 USD. The design throws ATX convention to the wind, putting the PSU at the front-bottom of the case. It is, of course, designed to work with other AC products, but it does so very
well - an 8800GT SLI system was cooled passively
with core temps at load of only 53 degrees. No joke, we've got the pics to prove it.
You can look for all of the products to be hitting shelves at the end of the first quarter, and we'll have a review around that time. The case has already been added to Joe's (over)workload, so we'll be seeing that sooner since it's available for those of you in Europe right now.
Do you have a thought on the releases? Are you a fan of AC products to begin with? Tell us your experiences in our forums
. And check out the pics below!