NZXT Alpha

We’ve been privileged enough to review a fair portion of the NZXT case range, with the Lexa Blackline, Rouge, Hush and Duet all receiving solid results and accolades. Now I have another case from the gamer enclosure constructors; the NZXT Alpha.Sold under the tag-line of ‘Simple yet powerful’ it slots into the budget class case segment. Featuring tool-less drive mounting, steel chassis and GTX support, it should make for a good enclosure for your build.

Tuniq TX-2

When you decided to buy a new cooler, you forgot the heatpaste didn’t you? You ended up with the stock generic white stuff that does the job, but hardly excels. Well today I have a product to help you lower the all-important CPU temperature for overclocking bliss; the Tuniq TX-2 heatpaste.Made from non-metallic elements, this paste boasts a zero electrical conductivity and low thermal resistance. Let’s see how it performs.

Noctua NT-H1

Heatpaste is probably the least interesting part of any PC build, but a very much necessary part. Heatpaste sits between your CPU IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) and the base of your heatsink, ensuring that the conductivity remains high enough to keep your CPU at a working temperature.For as long as I can remember, Artic Silver has remained the market leader, selling their tubes of silver by the thousands. However, today I have a pair of challengers ready to take AC’s throne. In this review I cover the Noctua attempt; NT-H1 which features instant performance (no curing time) and zero electrical conductivity. Let’s see how it shapes up against the old dog.

Noctua NF-P12

The last time I was privileged enough to get my mitts on some Noctua branded fans, I had to make up a new word to describe how quiet they were. Continuing this fashion of ultra quiet fans, Noctua have released the awkwardly named NF-P12 fan which builds on the success of the previous blade spinners we’ve seen, and adds some more fins and interesting notches.Hopefully I’ll have to rack my brains for a new word for this brown and peach number…

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium

Cooling for your CPU has slowly moved away from the bizarre shapes and sizes hoping to remove an extra degree or two, and shifted to tower coolers which naturally sit above motherboard surface components and provide much more surface area for heat to be lost.The ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 is no different, and it’s built by a company that have shown their silent coolers to be more than adequate in the past. The quiet 120mm fan and glossy metal finish make this an attractive choice.

Razer Lachesis

When I heard that Razer were releasing a new mouse, I knew it would be something special. Considering my last insight into a Razer mouse – the Death Adder – left me with a near-perfect gaming mouse, it’s not too much to expect something even better to come from the doors of Razer.The Lachesis returns to using a laser to track your movements rather than the previously much-hyped 3G infra-red sensor the Death Adder uses. With more buttons and increased DPI lets see how Razer’s latest model performs.