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Raijintek Announces Pallas and Zelos CPU Coolers

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Raijintek announces two new low-profile CPU coolers.

Raijintek has introduced two new CPU coolers, Pallas and Zelos. The Pallas CPU cooler is intended for higher-end systems, while the Zelos cooler is only intended to be used on mid-range systems.

The Pallas is a C-style CPU cooler with an aluminum heatsink to which heat is fed through six 6 mm heat pipes. It measures 153 x 150 x 68 mm and carries a 140 mm fan. The fan can spin at speeds ranging from 650 to 1400 RPM and will make no more than 28 dBA of noise. It has support for most modern CPU sockets, including Intel's LGA1150 and LGA2011 sockets, as well as AMD's AM3+ and FM2+ sockets.

Zelos, on the other hand, is a smaller cooler which measures 94 x 93 x 44 mm. Its aluminum fin stack is fed heat through three 6 mm heat pipes, and is cooled by a 90 mm fan which can spin at speeds between 800 and 1400 RPM. At full speed it'll make about 20 dBA. It works on all the sockets the Pallos fits on, except the LGA2011 socket.

Raijintek has priced the Pallos CPU cooler at €39.90 and the Zelos CPU cooler at €17.90, translating to $54 and $24.25, respectively. Availability is to be expected 'soon.'

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    amk-aka-Phantom , January 21, 2014 6:40 AM
    To be honest, I shrug in confusion every time I read news about new CPU coolers from companies I never heard of. Most enthusiasts will buy from known brands - Cooler Master, Corsair, NZXT, whatever. Non-enthusiasts won't change their CPU cooler at all. Can some explain to me why so many companies think it's such a good idea to produce this kind of stuff? (I'm a PC gamer, and am not complaining - more competition, healthier [to an extent] market, but I genuinely can't comprehend this.)
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    Marcus Lewis , January 21, 2014 7:12 AM
    Well if it reviews favorably vs the established brand name leaders, i.e, it cools better at the same (or lesser) price point, I for one would buy one as a gamer / PC enthusiast.However I get your point, in that if they show equal performance as the established players, unless their offering is particularly aesthetically pleasing or significantly cheaper, I'd just stick to the known brands as well.
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    teknix360 , January 21, 2014 8:32 AM
    As someone who has only recently got into the building my own PC thing, I would probably buy from an unknown because I don't have any loyalties with the "known" brands. (Not to mention the horrible experience I had with one of the "known" brands...)
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    Sangeet Khatri , January 21, 2014 9:50 AM
    For silence, nothing beats Noctua. Though, the first pic looks like a Noctua NH-L12i ripoff with the change in fan of the colour. Similarly the 2nd one resembles the Noctua NH-L9i
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    thundervore , January 21, 2014 9:56 AM
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    As someone who has only recently got into the building my own PC thing, I would probably buy from an unknown because I don't have any loyalties with the "known" brands. (Not to mention the horrible experience I had with one of the "known" brands...)
    Buying from an unknown brand can swing both ways when it comes to warranty. Companies can just pop up and disapear in an instant leaving you with a product with out support.Even reptuable companies have issues selling products due to warranty. There is a reason most peopl by Corsair AIO coolers over others. If you had to choose between a 5 year warranty crom Corsair, a 2 year warranty from NZXT or a laughable 1 year warranty from CoolerMaster brand name aside its a no brainer.
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    teknix360 , January 21, 2014 10:32 AM
    Warranties are worthless. For example, Crucial is a known brand. I bought one of the m4 SSDs. It fritzed out almost a year to the day. Having researched the problem online, I am not alone with this issue (after a certain number of writes, the drive has problems). It has a 3 year warranty, yet Crucial refused to replace or even repair the product despite my multiple attempts to get them to honor the warranty. They said since it works sporadically, that it is not defective. That I should just keep reinstalling Windows after every time the drive corrupts all the data. So, known companies, really, are just as reliable as the fly-by-night's in my opinion.

    I'm not suggesting go out and buy some really unknown brand for something that really counts. You should use your common sense and read reviews and stress tests. For example, I would never buy an OCZ SSD despite their cheap prices and good performance because look at the failure rates! Yet many enthusiasts did, and many reputable hardware sites even recommended their products. And for a lot of consumers, it ended up being a very bad decision. (But then again look where my "go with a trusted company" decision got me.)

    But for something relatively cheap like a CPU cooler or a fan where you can easily monitor its performance and replace it if needed, I don't think you should let biases keep you from considering a new brand. After all, every brand was new at one point. And competition is good for consumers. Just my opinion, of course! :) 
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    qlum , January 21, 2014 10:55 AM
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    As someone who has only recently got into the building my own PC thing, I would probably buy from an unknown because I don't have any loyalties with the "known" brands. (Not to mention the horrible experience I had with one of the "known" brands...)
    Buying from an unknown brand can swing both ways when it comes to warranty. Companies can just pop up and disapear in an instant leaving you with a product with out support.Even reptuable companies have issues selling products due to warranty. There is a reason most peopl by Corsair AIO coolers over others. If you had to choose between a 5 year warranty crom Corsair, a 2 year warranty from NZXT or a laughable 1 year warranty from CoolerMaster brand name aside its a no brainer.
    On the matter of warranty I can say that NZXT is fairly nice, they send me a replacement fan for my phantom in a 5 minute support chat. and later when my case discolored by letting it in the sun too much replacement of the plastic panels also only cost me €10 outside of the warranty period. So they do seem pretty reasonable.


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    Warranties are worthless. For example, Crucial is a known brand. I bought one of the m4 SSDs. It fritzed out almost a year to the day. Having researched the problem online, I am not alone with this issue (after a certain number of writes, the drive has problems). It has a 3 year warranty, yet Crucial refused to replace or even repair the product despite my multiple attempts to get them to honor the warranty. They said since it works sporadically, that it is not defective. That I should just keep reinstalling Windows after every time the drive corrupts all the data. So, known companies, really, are just as reliable as the fly-by-night's in my opinion.

    I'm not suggesting go out and buy some really unknown brand for something that really counts. You should use your common sense and read reviews and stress tests. For example, I would never buy an OCZ SSD despite their cheap prices and good performance because look at the failure rates! Yet many enthusiasts did, and many reputable hardware sites even recommended their products. And for a lot of consumers, it ended up being a very bad decision. (But then again look where my "go with a trusted company" decision got me.)

    But for something relatively cheap like a CPU cooler or a fan where you can easily monitor its performance and replace it if needed, I don't think you should let biases keep you from considering a new brand. After all, every brand was new at one point. And competition is good for consumers. Just my opinion, of course! :) 


    I hope this won't happen to my crucial m4, but if it does at least I have the store that gave me the 3 year warranty to still possibly honor the warranty even if the manufacturer doesn't. At least on the matter of harddrives/ssd's I know hitachi where my external hard drive showed similar problems was pretty fast on just sending a replacement, I even doubt if they actually looked at the thing.
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    copy_run_start , January 21, 2014 4:51 PM
    Quote:
    To be honest, I shrug in confusion every time I read news about new CPU coolers from companies I never heard of. Most enthusiasts will buy from known brands - Cooler Master, Corsair, NZXT, whatever. Non-enthusiasts won't change their CPU cooler at all. Can some explain to me why so many companies think it's such a good idea to produce this kind of stuff? (I'm a PC gamer, and am not complaining - more competition, healthier [to an extent] market, but I genuinely can't comprehend this.)


    First, if they can get their products into the hands of reviewers and on sites like Toms Hardware, then they get recognition.If people see the product and it gets good reviews, then it gets bought. Brand loyalty is nice and all, but I'll jump ship if something better comes along, with regard to price and performance. I think EVGA and Nvidia are awesome, I really do. I've had a ton of great experiences with EVGA customer service. That being said, when the R9 290 came out, I bought it right then and there. It was just a better card for the money.

    With regard specifically to these CPU coolers, I don't think you fully comprehend what they're all about. There are VERY few 140mm fan CPU coolers that will take up the same vertical space or less than with Raijintek is offering here. Cooler Master has their GeminII, which I have in my HTPC. Go out there and try to find a fan with a 140mm cooler, six heat pipes, and 68mm height. Then tell me about there being "too many" better, more established options.
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    cypeq , January 22, 2014 5:04 AM
    There is absolutely nothing wrong in competition... I don't like parallel heatsinks coz I think they screw with the airflow, and spew heat on parts that don't need that.
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    ohyouknow , March 3, 2014 12:23 PM
    Nice and dandy but... when is this stuff coming to N.A.?