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CoolIT can continue making custom AIO CPU liquid coolers for Corsair

In the middle of Asetek Holdings Inc. Vs. CoolIT Systems legal battle over a patent infringement associated with closed-loop liquid cooling units, Corsair got stuck in the eye of the storm as it had few models made by CoolIT. Due to the issue at hand, the court eventually decided to keep a motion for partial summary judgement involving CoolIT OEM Corsair AIO units. What is not known until now is that the partial motion summary judgement has concluded in Corsair's favour.

 

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On August 2012, Asetek signed up a licensing agreement with Corsair for AIO liquid cooling units. In the agreement, Asetek gave a non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive license with no sub-license clause. CoolIT defended itself saying that Asetek cannot sue them for infringement of US patents no '362 and '762 because CoolIT was making the so-called 'infringing products' for Corsair on their request. Asetek argued, pointing out that Corsair actually purchased 'off-the-shelf' CoolIT liquid cooling hardware in its ready-made form. The questioned models from Corsair were the H60, H80i and the H100i.

 

The California court however was skeptical of Asetek's claims that these were off-the-shelf models. Though, initially CoolIT approached Corsair of a retail channel partnership collaboration, Corsair wanted to pick a particular combination of radiators and fans to have a different product. Many specifications were changed, such as lengths of the tubes, the thickness of the radiator and even the size of the fans bundled with these AIO coolers. For example, Corsair H60 changed about 35% of the components for H60, whereas H80i and H100i had 46% and 46% changes. CoolIT also said that the 3/8 rubber tubing, barbs and radiators were specifically made for Corsair, and was not used in its brand or with others.

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US Patent office grants a GPU liquid cooling patent to Asetek

Asetek made an announcement recently that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent on its 'thermal interposer liquid cooling system' design for video cards.

 

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Well before the announcement AMD signed up with Asetek for enabling liquid cooling solutions for its AMD Radeon R9 295X2 video cards with an intention to have lower noise output, lower temperatures and also enhanced cooling in comparison with air cooling counterparts.

 

The founder and CEO of Asetek said,"As seen in the recently announced AMD Radeon R9 295X2, the graphics cooling market is one that we see as having tremendous growth potential for our desktop business". He continued,"We continue to see increasing interest from GPU and video card manufacturers due to increased power use and demands for lower acoustics. Given this interest, it is possible that the GPU cooling business could rival our CPU cooling business in the coming years."

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GIGABYTE's incredible WINDFORCE, capable of cooling 600W of GPU heat

Computex 2014 - Something I hunted down at Computex this year was GIGABYTE's WINDFORCE cooler, which has been amped up from the previous 450W-capable model to an incredible 600W of air-cooling goodness.

 

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GIGABYTE had slapped its new WINDFORCE onto NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK GPU, something you can see above.

 

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The fins on the fans have grooves on them, allowing for improved airflow.

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Lian Li's DK-02X puts two PCs in your desk, looks gorgeous

Computex 2014 - Lian Li is a company that has always had my attention, but when a company crafts one of the best PC desks I've ever seen, allowing not one, but two PCs to be installed - you have my full and utter attention. I present to you, the Lian LI DK-02K.

 

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As you can see in the shots above, the DK-02K is a true work of art. Two full PCs can be built into the desk, with the ability to install 8 x 3.5-inch HDDs on one side of the chassis, and another 9 x 3.5-inch HDDs on the other side for a total of 17 HDDs! The body is made from aluminum, while the legs are made from iron (and are extendable). It weighs a huge 45kg (or 100lbs), can take 8 x 120mm fans, all sorts of motherboards, and GPUs up to 400mm in length.

 

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Noctua Reinvents the Heat pipe - Cooler CPUs Coming

Noctua is always looking to push the boundaries of CPU coolers. Some may think this is like reinventing the wheel but luckily the company is talented enough to push the established methods to new heights.

 

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Enter Noctua's latest Skunkworks like project, flat plane heat pipes for vertical integration.

 

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When heat pipes are bent the inner diameter shrinks causing a bit of a bottleneck, although small. By placing the heat pipes vertically Noctua can fit several more, and place in closer to the actual heat source.

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Noctua Shows Prototype Hardware at Computex 2014

Computex 2014 - Each year I make it a point to meet with Noctua at Computex. Since the company doesn't attend many shows each year, it's nce to get to see upcoming hardware coming from the company. We also get to see our old time friend Jakob whom we have a great relationship with. This year the company went all out with several prototype products on display.

 

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One of my favorite products was this small, 2u capable coolers with dual 60mm fans.

 

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Moving down the prototype list, the company designed two offset coolers that leave room for VGA and other large PCI devices in the top slot next to the cooler.

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Noctua displays new series of fans and coolers at Computex 2014

Computex 2014 - Noctua's booth was bursting at the seams with new cooler technology, as per usual, at Computex 2014. Noctua is a premium cooler supplier that offers coolers not only for consumer applications but for server cooling as well. They also offer a wide range of industrial application fans and other goodies.

 

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Noctua is working on a new larger fan to be used in case cooling, such as the large side fans we see on a lot of computer cases. The new A-Series fans come in sizes off 80, 90, and 200mm. They feature optimized bearings, optimized acoustic optimization and integrated anti-vibration pads. Thee large 200mm fan is very robust, and its solid construction doesn't bend or flex like other large fans on the market.

 

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It's always nice to see the TweakTown logo out and about at shows, and Noctua even had a dedicated card with the opinion of our resident CPU cooler guru Chad Sebring. To paraphrase Chad on the NH-D15; "...how can you deny an air cooler that tops all the others on the charts, and does it with less noise than all the rest."

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MSI tease its beautiful new Twin Frozr V cooler

Computex 2014 - While it's not much; over at the MSI booth we saw the company showing off the heat sink prototype for its next generation Twin Frozr cooler the Twin Frozr V. To the right you can see that it's going to be come in under the Gaming Series as you'd expect and use MSIs Propeller Blade Technology.

 

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Looking in a bit closer we can see the massive heat sink that will sit over the core and what looks to be a total of six heat pipes coming out of the card. You can see based on this design it will of course be a dual fan setup and surely an improvement over the current Twin Frozr IV cooler. We can't deny, though, that the current Twin Frozr IV is one of the best VGA coolers on the market. It will be interesting to see just what kind of improvements the latest version brings to the table when released.

Fractal Design expand case line up with Node 804 and the X5 Series

Computex 2014 - Hanging out with Fractal Design at their Grand Hyatt suite we got a chance to see first hand the new X5 series of cases which brings with it four new models expanding what is already a very strong lineup of cases that hit at an aggressive price point.

 

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The 3500 and 3500W; a wide body variant both are ATX Mid Towers while the 2500 is a slimmer Mid-tower while the lineup is finished off with the 1500; a compact mini tower supporting mATX. Along with that line up; we also got a chance to check out the new Node 804 in it's very square design. Supporting both Micro-ATX and mITX; this very cool looking case is due to hit soon.

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