Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs: Increased Thermal Load

With Coffee Lake, Intel has recently released its eighth processor generation. As part of the launch of the new generation of processors, a new chipset the Z370 has also been introduced.

While CPU coolers as offered by ARCTIC are still compatible thanks to the same mechanical socket, switching to the new Coffee Lake Processors requires a new mainboard due to its new chipset.

Motherboards with older chipsets (like Z270 / H310 / H370 / B360) are no longer compatible with Intel Coffee Lake processors despite the mechanically identical socket.

Up to 100 Watts extra load

The German magazine c’t examined four new motherboards with the chipset Z370 in a test in issue 23/2017. They discovered that in their default settings all motherboards overclock and operate the processors outside Intel’s specifications. The following mainboards were tested:

  • Asrock Z370 Extreme4
  • Asus PrimeZ370-A
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Intel’s restrictions regarding the turbo boost (concerning, for example, power supply and multipliers) are circumvented by all tested motherboards and result in a significant additional thermal stress.

In the case of Intel’s latest flagship model, the i7 8700K, it can lead to an increased power consumption of up to an additional 100 W. This causes a noticeably elevated temperature of the processor and requires a cooling solution that can cover this power peak.

Even if Intel officially states a TDP of 95 watts for the current top model 8700K, when using one of the mentioned motherboards under full load, a cooling solution for up to 180 W may be necessary. Alternatively, the default overclocking has to be deactivated in the BIOS.

 Powerful CPU Cooler necessary

We advise all users of Intel’s Coffee Lake and their K CPUs to pay attention to this extra thermal load via overclocking when choosing their cooler, or alternatively to disable the automated overclocking in the BIOS.

For the sake of the environment: ARCTIC changes to Online Manuals

We at ARCTIC have always felt committed to environmental protection and think “green”. As a carbon neutral company, we fully offset our greenhouse gas emissions through investments in renewable energy projects and recycling. In addition to the continuous optimization of the packagings of our products, we are always looking for new ways to live up to our responsibility to the environment. For this reason, we have been doing without printed manuals since this year.

Instead, we provide regularly updated user manuals in many languages on our website. The instruction manuals are always conveniently available anywhere and anytime and can be found on the respective product pages under “Support”.

Online Manuals can be found on our product pages

All products come with a QR sticker. Once affixed to a place of your convenience, the QR code leads the user directly to the product manual.

Included with each product: cards with a QR code for the manual

The positive feedback shows us that our customers perceive and support the conversion to online manuals. We are happy and motivated to continue our search and implementation of new measures to further contribute to enironmental protection.

ARCTIC at the Gandalf Roadshow 2017 in Sweden

HEJ SVERIGE! After an early start at 04:00 in the morning at the end of September, our colleagues Dina and Jehona arrived in Gothenburg in good spirits and in anticipation. It wasn’t for holiday though. Dina and Jehona had a full program during the roadshow with presentations in three cities ahead of them and they had packed a variety of our products.

Dina and Jehona at the Gandalf Road Show in Sweden

The start of the roadshow of our distributor Gandalf was in Gothenburg, the second station was Malmö and the last stop was in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The goal was to present ARCTIC personally, to get in direct contact with our Scandinavian customers, to meet new sales partners and to show the extensive ARCTIC product portfolio.

After a rainy arrival in Gothenburg, Dina and Jehona first opened their weather apps because they had hoped to see Sweden by the sun. Luckily this happened in the further course of their journey. They went on their way to the venue and took the train and taxis to collect some impressions from Sweden.

The welcome was very warm and first discussions with other event participants were already made during lunch. Various ideas about products and branches were exchanged.

Afterwards, they were present at our booth, presented ARCTIC and our various products and answered numerous questions. The constructive feedback directly from our customers was very valuable to us as we made new contacts.

The procedures were the same all three days of the event. In addition to a few lectures and a joint dinner, the exhibitors presented their products at their mobile stands.

ARCTIC Products at the Roadshow in Malmo / Sweden

The three days of the roadshow weren’t monotonous though. After all, every day Jehona and Dina went to another, interesting city in Sweden. The harbor town of Gothenburg, the romantic Malmö and the unique Stockholm; Dina and Jehona would have liked to explore all the cities extensively, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time. But they decided that they will go back to Stockholm at least one more time.

On all days there was a very harmonious and entertaining atmosphere – the drink vouchers which offered wine and swedish beer among other beverages certainly contributed to the atmosphere 🙂

As a conclusion, it was an all-round positive experience for Jehona and Dina to be at this professional and interesting roadshow.

How to cool AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors?

The Ryzen Threadripper is the new CPU from AMD for high-end systems – which possibilities do you have to efficiently cool a CPU with up to 16 cores?

Up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 4,096 pins, 64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR4 RAM and 180 W TDP: The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper are very powerful CPU and with sufficient reserves even for demanding tasks.

The physical dimension of the Threadripper alone show the need for a powerful cooling solution. With the mentioned 4,096 pins the CPUs are significantly larger than other processors for private use.

Due to the size the new SocketTR4 was developed with its own chipset, X399. Cooling solutions, which still fit on equally new AMD AM4 socket, can’t be mounted on sTR4 Mainboards.

With prices starting at 800 EUR, the CPUs are not a bargain, but they are among the most powerful processors a home user can currently buy. Threadripper Processors promise excellent performance in particularly when multiple CPU Cores are needed, e.g. for gaming, video rendering, and other demanding applications.

But how to cool such large and powerful processors effectively?

Adjusted CPU Cooler needed

Because of the larger design, conventional CPU air coolers, which are compatible with AMD’s AM4 Socket and are designed for regular Ryzen processors, won’t fit the sTR4 for Threadripper CPUs.

Threadripper CPU coolers can, however, usually also be mounted and used on Ryzen processors in the AM4 socket.

Due to the high performance and the resulting high heat level of about 180 W TDP, AMD conducted extensive tests to check the compatibility of the cooling solutions available on the market.

The list of AMD certified Tthreadripper CPU coolers can be found here.

Threadripper CPU Cooler from ARCTIC

Since we are a close partner of AMD, a mounting kit for our CPU coolers of the Liquid Freezer series are provided with each Threadripper CPU. This allows the Liquid Frezer 120, Liquid Freezer 240 and Liquid Freezer 360 to be used to cool Threadripper CPUs.

ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

Threadripper certified: The new ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

If, on the other hand, you prefer regular air cooling for Threadripper, we recommend our newly developed Freezer 33 TR. It is designed for CPU with a TDP of up to 200 W.

The Liquid Freezer 240, 360 and the Freezer 33 TR are also certified by AMD as a cooling solution for Threadripper Processors.

So if you are interested in the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and wonder how it can cool it effectively and quietly, we from ARCTIC provide powerful yet silent Threadripper CPU Cooler.

 

Compact but strong – ARCTIC presents Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO

COMPACT BUT STRONG – ARCTIC PRESENTS FREEZER 12 AND FREEZER 12 CO

Semi passive and virtually silent Tower CPU Coolers for small systems

With the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO, ARCTIC now offers two compact CPU coolers, which are multi-compatible and also suitable for the AMD Ryzen AM4 socket. The successors of the Freezer 11 series convince all along the line with regards to noise level, cooling capacity, mounting versatility and transport-proofness. As semi passive coolers, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO also work extremely efficiently as the fan only starts up at a PWM signal with 40 % pulse width.

The fan runs only when it is actually needed, i.e. with increased CPU utilization. In combination with the vibration absorption rubber mounts of the fan, this leads to almost silent operation even at its maximum cooling performance of 150 watts. The 92 mm fan provides an improved air flow, three double sided direct touch heat pipes and 45 aluminum fins ensure an optimal heat dissipation and an excellent cooling power. Unlike the predecessor Freezer 11 series, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO are multi-compatible and fit Intel sockets as well as AMD AM4.

The Freezer 12 CO is specifically designed for continuous operation. With its high-precision dual ball bearing, the cooler lasts five times as long as other coolers with standard bearings.

Main Features Freezer 12 / Freezer 12 CO
• Compatible with Intel & AMD socket
• Passive Operation up to 40 % PWM
• Improved airflow for more efficient cooling performance
• Offset heat pipes ensure optimal heat dissipation
• Improved fan controller made in Germany
• Anti-vibration rubbers for quiet operation
• Installation in all four directions possible
• Transport-proof mounting with backplate
• MX-4 thermal paste included

For the sake of the environment, ARCTIC provides the manuals for the new product line online only:
Freezer 12 | Freezer 12 CO

EXTENSIVE COMPATIBILITY WITH AMD RYZEN
The bulk of our CPU coolers is already compatible to the
AM4-socket. An overview is available on our Website.

15 Years of Expertise

ARCTIC does not only play in the top league of the cooling specialists ever since, ARCTIC initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs and left a distinct mark. In 2001 the Swiss engineer and company founder Magnus Huber has determined to fight against loud computers – today, the still privately-owned company with locations in Germany, Hong Kong and the USA offers one of the world’s largerst ranges of CPU and GPU coolers. Maximum compatibility, first-class performance and lowest volume convince enthusiasts in over 45 countries around the globe. With the competence of an unique expert knowledge from 15 years of (pc) noise minimization ARCTIC is building out its portfolio through high-quality sound products and office equipment.

                 

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Summer Feeling at the Office – Cool Gadgets against the Heat and for Good Mood

You’re caught up at the office, although the sun is shining and it feels like the rest of the world is on vacation? Never say die! With our tips you’ll get the summer feeling to the office.

Summer for the Eyes

Anyone who wants to get the summer to the office best starts with the look. Why not surround yourself with some summery accessories? Postcards, flowers, shells – there’s no limit for your imagination. To look at a cool retro beach poster definitely caters for a better mood than scrolling through holiday photos of your friends on Facebook while you work on budgets and reports instead of relaxing at a pool.

Beach Poster

Shells, bright colors – There are many ways to enjoy summer

Refreshing Breeze

If you’re brooding in the office, a table fan with USB connector can provide some cooling on hot days. Through the USB power connection, the small cooling fan can be easily and quickly connected to any computer or laptop. And with a summery design in bright colors, you get a little splash of color in the dreary workday.

table fan with usb connection ARCTIC Breeze

Cool down at the office – with a colorful table fan

Summer Feeling for the Ears

What can’t be missing in the sunshine, of course, is a real summer hit. With mobile speakers that can be connected to the phone as well as to the computer, the happy go lucky music can be enjoyed anywhere.

ARCTIC S111 Mobile Speaker in green

At the office or in the park – mobile speakers are a perfect summer gadget

Fast Cooling

You have an unused USB port on the computer free? Then a USB refrigerator puts it to the perfect use. It can keep a tin of 0.33 l cool – directly at the workplace, thus avoiding unnecessary strenuous exercise such as going to the big fridge in the kitchen. The literally cool gadget cools a can within five minutes to 8.5 degrees Celsius. With some skill the small fridge can even be built by yourself.

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From Headphones to Chargers – Gadgets to Sweeten Your University Day

Students can gear up for success with the help of gadgets perfect for the budding scholar. Whether you’re counting down to graduation, or you’re still green around the edges, these devices will help you make the most of your collegiate experience. We’ve searched high and low for the perfect gadgets for students to make your academic year complete. Of course, we keep the demands of the student budget in mind and only suggest affordable gadgets between $15 and $150.

guide for gadgets at university and college

Find the best gadgets to sweeten your university day

Give Your Day its Special Soundtrack

With headphones, boring journeys and waiting times have gone the way of a dodo. Enjoy your favourite music, new charts or classics with Bluetooth and wired headphones while waiting for the bus or walking to college.  Thereby, you can replace the urban noise through rich sound. Powerful bass and clear treble intensify your musical experience without neglecting the sound clarity.
Moreover noise cancelling headphones are great when your roommates apt to do obnoxious things. Here, wireless headphones are great for studying, sleeping or simply blocking out your roomie’s horrid taste in music. And the best is that most BT headphones are affordable for students.

ARCTIC Wireless headphones

Replace noise and shorten wating times with rich sound

Never Lose Power in Lectures

There is literally nothing worse than having your phone go dead halfway through your day and not having any way to charge it, leaving you with nothing to do but pay attention to the lecture. With smart multi port chargers, you can charge up to 5 devices simultaneously as fast as possible. Your classmates will thank you!
Thanks to the IC technology from ARCTIC, the connected device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) is detected and charged with high speed. The multiple charging hub is not just clever, it is also safe. A whole series of protection mechanisms like overvoltage protection and short circuit protection make the charger extremely safe and protect your equipment from any damage.

ARCTIC Smart Charger 8000 USB Charging station

Charge your smartphone and tablet during lectures with multi port chargers

Be Smarter – Use Smartpens

The most extravagant (yet highly useful) item on our list is the smartpen. Taking notes during class — even with the most rapid-fire professor — just got a whole lot easier. The smartpen may look like your average pen (it’s about the size of a Sharpie), but it also packs in a voice recorder and up to 2 GB of storage. So far so good, but here’s the really cool part: not only does the the pen remember everything you’ve written in digital form , it also keeps track of whatever was being said while you were scribbling a detail — just tap a word to hear all of what your professor was saying at that particular moment.

Handy and Funny – The Best Gadgets for the Office

The monitor is positioned to low, the coffee is cold, there is cable clutter everywhere – the office can be full of annoying trifles. Here, cool, handy and funny office gadgets can be the solution to brighten up your workday.

The Perfect View with Monitor Arms

How dangerous is it to sit in front of the computer screen? According to a Microsoft study 86% of all respondents who work more than three hours a day on the PC suffer from pain. Where desk and chair are not sufficient, adjustable monitor arms provide comfort and adaptability. The height adjustment and flexibility bring the monitor in the ideal position thus allowing optimal posture. Moreover, dual-monitor arms expand the viewing area and make different applications available parallely. The two monitors not just facilitate the work but also increase the productivity by 35 percent as the Fraunhofer Institute discovered.

ARCTIC Z2 Pro Dual Monitor Arm

Enhance your overview with a dual monitor arm

No Clutter and Full Power with Desktop Chargers

With all of the USB-powered devices we have to charge throughout the day, a dedicated USB charging station can be a real life saver. Using a multiple USB desktop charger can reduce clutter on your table and makes it easier to keep multiple devices charged at the same time. When choosing a desktop charger it’s important to consider the number of USB outputs it offers, the rating of each, and the total output of the device. New desktop chargers use IC technology that lets them recognize the attached device and automatically deliver the correct amount of power.

ARCTIC Smart Charger 8000 USB Charging station

Avoid clutter and power your devices with a charging station

Creativity and the Perfect Overview with Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards can revolutionize business communication. An interactive whiteboard is a whiteboard that lets you project PC screen images onto it. That way it lets you operate the PC right from the board surface. Information and images from the whiteboard can be sent, saved, printed out and expanded on. This contributes to smooth, easy-to-understand presentations and is ideal for meetings in which websites are displayed, images are shown and additional information is written while meeting.

Jolly Times with Funny Gimmicks

Of course, not all the time at the office is serious and full of working. There should always be some time for fun. Therefore, there are not only handy, but lots of funny and nerdy office gadgets. Those gadgets also make the working space more personal and entertaining. E.g., USB beverage warmer and coolers keep your favorite beverage hot or cold. The USB device plugs right into your computer for power so it is completely portable. Also, stamps can get quite funny. “Like”, “Dislike” or “WTF?” stamps show your thoughts on documents and projects, when you can’t find the confidence to say what you’re really thinking or when words just aren’t enough.

USB coffee mug for the office

Keep your coffee warm with an USB heater

Make a Present to Your Loved Ones – The Gift Guide for Music Lovers

It’s the season for giving! As the days get colder and shopping lists get longer, things can get a little overwhelming. The Xmas shopping season is in full swing, already. Especially shortly before the holidays, everything can get a little hectic. That’s why we put together the perfect gift guide with ideas for music lovers.

Sound Gift Guide by ARCTIC

Perfect Gifts for Music Lovers

For the Vinyl Junkie

With vinyl record sales rising over the last few years, odds are that there’s an old-school vinyl fan in your life. Between new bands releasing music on vinyl, and old classics getting polished up with new mastering technologies, music lovers of all ages are hopping onto the vinyl bandwagon. If you don’t have the money to buy a new record player, a record can be a nice gift. Online marketplaces, records shops and special flea markets offer a great variety of old and new vinyl records for little money.

For Those on the Move

Wireless headphones allow the listeners to cut the cord, avoid cable clutter and experience the freedom of listing to their favorite music on the go. This experience is perfect for everybody with a busy lifestyle – like students on their way to university or business travelers. The handiest BT headphones are equipped with a microphone and multi-function controls allowing users to answer calls and manage their music with ease.

ARCTIC P604 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless BT Headphones – Perfect for People on the Move

For Listening at Home

If your friends and family members don’t use headphones, but still love music, a new speaker for their tablet or smartphone can be the perfect gift. The new speakers come with a surprising punch for their small size and have a great battery life. You can get the speakers equipped with either a robust Bluetooth connectivity or an auxiliary 3.5 mm jack to connect older devices. On the most current Bluetooth speaker versions, you can also expect built-in track controls and speakerphone calling.

ARCTIC S111 M Mobile Speakers

Mini Sound Cube for the Perfect Sound at Home

Make a Present to Your Loved Ones – The Gift Guide for Gamers

It’s getting colder. It already smells like Xmas cookies and the city is decorated with lights and ornaments – it’s holiday season! And that means it’s also time to start thinking about gifts for people you care about. For some of them it can be a pain to find the right present. But if you have some gaming fans and PC enthusiasts on your shopping list, you don’t have to look any further for the best gifts – just use some ideas from our gift guide for gamers.

Merch – Show Your Love for Your Favorite Games

Plushies, action figures, backpacks, shirts and mugs – there is a never ending list of cool merchandise for all kind of PC games.  If your budget is a little tight, you can do nothing wrong with a fan article of your loved one’s favorite PC game. Sure, it won’t expand his gaming repertoire or enhance his playing experience, but it will definitely conjure a smile on his face.  Also, there are some cool fan articles and merchandise that are also quite handy. A cool and colorful Pacman lamp will brighten up the day every time it’s turned on. And thanks to a cool hoodie or jumper with a game logo or nice geeky quote on it, there is no feeling cold during winter days.

Let Your PC Stay Cool as a Winter Day

PC gaming systems develop quite some heat. If you don’t want to hear your gamer friend complaining about it, a cooling solution can be a nice idea for a Xmas gift. Try to find out which component he wants to save from overheating.  Also ask which brand he has for his graphics card and CPU to get a compatible cooler. Also it’s good to know whether he prefers air cooling, water cooling or perhaps a hybrid model. No matter how small or great your budget is, you will find a compatible solution. And one thing is for sure – a new CPU or GPU cooler will be his highlight for Xmas.

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 120

Liquid CPU cooler – the perfect gift for gamers

Best View and Best Sound

For the best gaming experience, a good gaming headset and an ideal monitor setup are important. You surely can make a gamer happy with a new and stylish headset. Here, it’s a nice idea to select one with a design that reflects his gaming preference. E. g. for military games, a gaming headset camouflage design is a nice idea. You could also look for a headset in his favorite color.
To get the best overview while playing a video game, two or even three monitors are the best. To set them up, monitor arms are a good option. If the monitor arm also has a USB hub, the gamer can easily plug in his keyboard, mouse or even a desktop fan to stay cool during the excitement of gaming.

ARCTIC Z3 Pro tripple monitor arm

Get the perfect overview while gaming with monitor arms

Play Offline

You want to get your gamer friend away from his PC? You try to share his love for video games, but don’t get the hang of it? Present him with a board game version of his favorite PC game on Xmas. From World of Warcraft over Starcraft to the Zelda themed Monopoly – there are lots of different parlor games that are based on video games.