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X-1 Cooler

MAXIMIZE YOUR XBOX ONE’S PERFORMANCE NOW!

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Whether you’re using it for video games or as part of a media center power house, the Xbox One can certainly deliver. There are plenty of reasons to love the Xbox one. It’s a truly next-gen system with hi-definition visuals. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Certainly, the Xbox One has its shortcomings as well. The most noticeable, one you’d be most likely hear from number of users, is how loud it can potentially get.  The fan hits higher rpms to dissipate heat as much possible, because the Xbox one will generate more heat during heavy loads of operation or during an extended time of play. Overheating is one of the biggest concerns whether it be for PC or Console gaming.

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The X-1 Cooler is specifically made to complement your Xbox one. We used the same technology from our PC hardware into this product. Antec is known to manufacture various hardware parts, but notably excels when it comes to Quiet Computing. The powerful fluid dynamic bearing cooling fan efficiently and quietly draws hot air away from your console, directing it to the rear exhaust vent. This in turn promotes better airflow even in cramped entertainment centers. And you don’t really want a loud Xbox one during your 8+ hours Breaking Bad binge on Netflix over the weekend do you? It will also allow you to wait until your significant other or parents is/are asleep to sneak downstairs and get in a few rounds of CoD without getting in trouble.

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So how will the X-1 benefit you? The X-1 Cooler is tested to reduce console temperature by 30%. Also features a pass through USB so you don’t have to worry about losing a slot. The non-skid top platform will allow you to rest your controller or any other accessory right on top of your Xbox one without worrying about covering the top exhaust fan. I have heard some people play as much as 7+ hours of game time a day and this Xbox cooler will definitely help prevent overheating and may even lengthen your console’s lifespan. Also, if you are planning to stream (or already a streamer on Twitch), streaming requires you to play countless hours in a day and will surely strain the console at some point in time. You don’t want your frame rates to be dropping in the middle of a gun fight do you? So focus on your K/D ratio and don’t worry about your system overheating or dropping frame rates from slowing down your games.The X-1 got you covered.

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Planning a DIY project? Thinking of dismantling your Xbox One and changing the fan yourself? Well don’t! It’s just too risky and you might unintentionally damage your Xbox. It’ll also be tricky and will for sure void your warranty. This is a better and smarter option for the time and effort you’ll spend “modding” your Xbox. So if you worry about your Xbox One fan waking the neighbors or just want to get the maximum performance out of your console, then check out this X-1 Cooler, it will definitely help reduce your console noise problem and reach its maximum potential.

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Choosing the right cooler for you

Last blog, I talked about liquid cooling options for your PC and how it’s a good idea to upgrade to maximize your PC’s performance. Now, I’ll provide a few tips on how to go about choosing your all-in-one liquid cooling.

Air Coolers vs. Liquid Coolers – Recap

The thing about all-in-one coolers is that they have smaller thermal range and nonlinear cooling performance as compared to air coolers. That means that when your CPU is on an idle state, liquid coolers will generally produce higher temperatures than competitive air coolers. However, when put under heavy loads – like during long gaming sessions – liquid coolers can produce lower temperatures than the same air coolers that outperformed them at idle. This is due to liquid coolers having a different thermal performance curve compared to air coolers.  Always remember this when comparing all-in-one liquid coolers with air coolers.

What Liquid Cooler should I choose?

First, I’m not going to tell you which cooler you should choose. There are so many different choices for a lot of different applications and purposes, that it’s better if I guide you to the information and resources that let you make the best choice for your system.

The main question to ask yourself before getting an all-in-one cooler, is what do you need it do to? Yeah, it sounds simple enough – duh, cool my CPU – but there is more to it than that. Does the cooler need to enhance the appearance of your system? Does it have to cool a performance or gaming rig? Or do you just want a more silent computer?

So as you can see the question is simple enough, but this is the very first question you need to ask yourself before investing in this kind of product. Once you’ve determined what you will need your cooler for, it’ll be easier to narrow down which cooler best suits your needs. There are a lot of different vendors that offer sealed liquid cooling, from Cooler Master to NZXT and it can get overwhelming when it’s time to choose one.

 

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120mm all-in-one cooler

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240mm all-in-one cooler

Choosing the right size for you

It’s now time to choose, do you get the 120mm radiator? 240mm radiator? Do you want software control? If you’re not planning on doing a lot of heavy overclocking, I would suggest sticking with the entry level model, which most likely is a 120mm radiator. But don’t fret, doesn’t mean you can’t maximize an entry level cooler’s performance. By having a push and pull configuration, you can dissipate heat more efficiently. This kind of setup can even handle a long period of heavy gaming; only downside to this is that it will create more noise since you’ll be running two fans together. So if you’re aiming for quiet computing, nothing too fancy, 1x fan on a 120mm radiator should do the job. Now if you’re shooting for more of a performance rig, 240 mm radiator is better than 120mm radiators by a significant amount as it theoretically has double the surface area of a 120mm rad. And it’ll be quieter too, the fans doesn’t have to spin as fast to keep the CPU cool (especially if you upgrade the fans).

 

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Construction

Construction of the cooler is one of the important aspects you’ll need to check out as well. How long the product will last you and how it will perform will be based on these two key things. A well built cooler will last you for years to come, even after you upgrade your CPU (almost all coolers are compatible with all cpu sockets) you’ll still get a use out of your liquid cooler. When it comes to rads, first thing that you should always look into is whether it’s made of aluminum or copper. What’s the difference? Normally aluminum would be better because of its ability to dissipate heat away heat faster, but is prone to corrosion over time (at a faster rate than copper). With copper, it will absorb the heat better than aluminum, but won’t be as easily dispersed.

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One more thing I should mention about rads,  it’s also important to know about fin counts. Radiators are typically classified with FPI (Fins Per Inch); means that for every 1″, there are ‘X amount’ of heat dissipating fins. 7-11 FPI are the common low and high FPI models are at around 20-30 FPI. This is important to understand as it directly relates to the radiator’s performance (more FPI = higher cooling potential)

 

 

 

 

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User Interface

Features

Features are very important when it comes to your cooler performance. Like a mentioned before some includes a software control that allows you to maximize your coolers performance. Some features a plug and play, which basically allows you to install it once and it will regulate itself without you having to anything else. I would definitely look into the ones that allows software control, it saves you time and also gives you a full control over your cooler without having to go to you BIOS.

 

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Research!

Next is to do research! It’s very important to do your own research; google is your best friend. Newegg has a lot of really helpful review regarding these kinds of products, actual customer reviewers. But if those aren’t informative enough, there are tons of reviews sites you can find around the internet, for me I always turn to tom’s hardware. The forum community is really helpful and supportive. Look around for reviews or feedbacks to that one particular brand you are looking to buy. There’s so many of them it kind of feels repetitive, but at least doing the research will put things in perspective and will allow you to make an educated selection.

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Room Temp

Computing Environment

Lastly, another consideration to look into, which is not usually mentioned, is the ambient air temperatures. For example, if a room is at 65 F, the air moving over the heat sinks is twice as efficient in removing heat as if the air is at 75F. So if you look at it this way, the efficiency in air cooling compared to the ambient air temperature curve is not liner but exponential. This comes with huge fall-offs above 75F when it comes to efficiency. In that situation, it’ll be better to cool with liquid when in a warm/hot ambient environment. Reason behind this is because build up in heat is slower in liquid (heat transfers to liquid more efficiently), also warm air will cool the liquid a lot faster than cooling a metal heatsink. So if you have a NH-D14 on a 18.5 DB level installed in an ultra high performance rig that’s in a relatively warm environment, it’s going to eventually sound like a Lamborghini Gallardo, revving up for a quarter mile race compared to a water cooled system.

 

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Air Cooling Mode

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Water Cooling Mode

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Aquarium Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like I said before, in the end it’ll be up to you to decide whether water cooling is more beneficial to you or if you’re doing it just because, then by all means go for it! You can even to to the extreme and your rig under water, you make the call.

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Liquid Cooling For All

When it came to building my first rig, my goal was to put together something that could turn on and not fry within 24 hours of use. Though trembling and sweating as I installed each component, I let out a big sigh of relief when the power LED turned on and my loading screen came up. So when Justin Chou came to me with the challenge of installing my first liquid cooler, I just about fainted.

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Upgrade!

Upgrade to water cooling now!

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Standard CPU Heatsink

Standard

For many years, air cooling is the standard in cooling computer components from overheating. Helps get rid of excess heat and lengthens your systems lifespan considerably. Because of this long time span, the idea of cooling your rig had enough time to evolve into various types, styles and sizes. Some methods I’m referring to are submerged cooling, open chassis cooling, custom water loop cooling, or all in one water cooling. Like any other technology, there will always be a newer, performs better than the old. I’ll only focus on one component that I feel like needs the highest priority when it comes to cooling, the CPU.

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Next level cooling

Some users might argue that it may not be necessary to purchase a new CPU cooler that it’ll be just a waste of money. But you should always consider upgrading the stock cooler, even if it’s with just another air cooler. Stock coolers tend to perform poorly compared to larger sized air coolers with more efficient fans. But there is a draw back on that as well; large CPU coolers tend to stress out your motherboard because of their weight. And on top of that, dealing with dust build ups won’t be a fun process either. To solve this problem, I would highly recommend liquid cooling. I know what you’re thinking, water inside my system = bad news. There are two kinds of water cooling set ups; one way is a fully custom water loop that you’d have to put together all the parts yourself. This method isn’t recommended to just anyone, configuring this kind of setup takes time and experience; it’ll also require high maintenance in the future. Then there’s the more “set it and forget it” route, which doesn’t require years of experience to install while drastically improving your CPU’s heat performance. I’m referring to All-In-One water coolers. You only need to install it once and won’t require maintaining it constantly in the future. It’s the ideal route to take if you’re looking to explore and get into water cooling. The liquid used is a low conductive mixture that loops from the radiator to the CPU block which dissipates heat faster than air cooling does. Not only will the CPU run cooler at idle and under load, but it will also improve the overall airflow of the system by giving you tons of space to work with. Not to mention, it will reduce the noise coming from your computer considerably.

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Easy Installation

User Friendly

Because of the difficulty of building a system with a full water loop set up, we at Antec released our Kuhler H20 series, pre-built liquid coolers which are now known as Closed-loop liquid cooling systems. The pump, reservoir, tubing, radiator and a fan is all part of one system and doesn’t require the end user to assemble anything. These systems are pre-filled and ready to go; all you really need to do is mount it in your chassis and turn it on. These have relatively low maintenance requirement will last a long time. If you don’t have the time to get into complex liquid cooling systems, I recommend upgrading to closed loop coolers, it’ll bring get you the joy of liquid cooled system at a fraction of a cost and step away from the traditional air coolers.

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Leakage

Concerns

One of the major concerns on these AIO coolers is leakage. Leaks are very rare, especially on closed-loop systems, but they do happen. All users must be aware of this and take precautions to avoid this. At times, they occur when installation instructions are not properly followed. For example, bending the tubing too much can cause cracks which will turn into leaks. Using longer screws than intended can puncture a radiator core during the mounting process. Or it could be just bad batch of parts, quality control issues or other manufacturing defects. Having that said, don’t be discourage! Those will never happen to high quality AIO liquid coolers; I highly recommend doing research before purchasing one. Bottom line is if you’re not prepared to deal with this low-risk factor of liquid cooling system, then it’s best to stick with air cooled components, but you will be missing out with all the benefits I mentioned from water cooling.

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Why upgrade?

Generally the reasoning behind a water cooling system is not so much to improve your overclocking capabilities and break records any time soon. But to lower the temperatures to a more comfortable level under load, as well as reduce noise significantly. I’ll be honest, to some users, the only reason they upgrade to water cooling is that liquid coolers just sounds and looks “COOLER” than a standard air cooler. It is mainly used for aesthetics, showing off the components insider their rig through windowed side panel. I have no problem with that, if you worked hard on it, might as well show it off right? So there’s always two sides on everything, liquid coolers have the “cool factor” side and of course the superior performance and benefits overall. Bottom line is, it’s much better to cool with liquid coolers because the heat builds up slower in liquid (heat transfers more efficiently to liquid than air) and it’s faster to cool CPU blocks with liquids than air.

Kuhler 1250: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209080

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