Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2013 - 09:01 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: quickfire xt, mechanical keyboard, gaming, cooler master, cherry mx red, cherry mx green, cherry mx brown, cherry mx blue
Cooler Master has launched its new CM Storm QuickFire XT mechanical keyboard that joins the existing QuickFire Rapid under the company's CM Storm branding.
The QuickFire XT is a full-sized 104-key mechanical desktop keyboard measuring 17.3" x 5.2" x 1.1" (440 x 132 x 29mm) and weighs 2.43 lbs. The keyboard features a slim design with a matte black finish. More importantly, the keyboard uses Cherry MX switches with laser-etched key caps and an embedded steel plate in the keyboard body for added durability.
Cooler Master bundles six alternative key caps, a key removal tool, and a detachable USB cable with the QuckFire XT.
Other features of the QuickFire XT include NKRO (N-Key Roll Over) in PS/2 mode as well as 1ms rated response times when used in USB mode. Media functions are handled by the dual-function, well, function keys, and the Windows key can be disabled when in "GAME mode."
The mechanical keyboard uses Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Green, or Red keys. It appears as though only the Blue and Red switches are available right now, however. The following chart details the switch options and corresponding Cooler Master model numbers.
|Cherry MX Switches Used||Storm QuckFire XT Keyboard Model Number|
|Cherry MX Blue||SGK-4030-GKCL1-US|
|Cherry MX Brown||SGK-4030-GKCM1-US|
|Cherry MX Green||SGK-4030-GKCG1-US|
|Cherry MX Red||SGK-4030-GKCR1-US|
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2013 - 02:48 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: computex, notepal u2 plus, mobile, laptop cooler, laptop, cooler master, computex 2013
Cooler Master has released a new notebook cooler called the NotePal U2 Plus that is the latest model in the NotePal U-series. This cooler supports up to 17" laptops and allows you to move the two included fans for optimal cooling (ie, actually put the fans over the vents).
Other features of the NotePal U2 Plus include raised feet that lift up your laptop at a slight angle to make long typing or gaming sessions more comfortable, according to Cooler Master. The cooler feet also aid in cable management by allowing you to loop your long cords around the included hooks. Finally, the NotePal U2 Plus can attach to your laptop and be carried with along using an elastic strap and the cooler feet to hold your notebook in place.
The new Cooler Master notebook cooler is available now with an MSRP of $29.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2013 - 03:43 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: cooler master, n200, n400, n600, atx case
PC case and cooling manufacturer Cooler Master has launched a slew of new cases, including the N200, N400, and N600 cases. The new N series spans from Micro ATX to full tower cases. All three cases are black with mesh fan grills with front IO that supports two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio ports.
The N200 is the smallest of the three cases. It is constructed of steel (with a plastic front bezel) and measures 202 x 378 x 445mm. The N200 case can host mini-ITX or micro-ATX motherboards, up to two optical drives, four SSDs, and three hard drives. The case comes with two Cooler Master XtraFlow fans, but it can also fit a thin 240mm radiator in the front of the case if you remove the SSD drive bays. A 120mm rear fan rounds out the cooling options. It supports CPU HSFs up to 160mm tall.
The N400 is a bit larger at 190 x 426 x 501.4mm. The mid-tower case can support full ATX motherboards, 320mm long GPUs, and up to eight 120mm fans. A maximum of eight hard drives and seven expansion cards are also supported. Cooler Master provides two XtraFlow fans with the case.
Cooler Master’s N600 rounds out the new case series. The case measures 207 x 455 x 520mm and is constructed of a plastic polymer. In addition to the included XtraFlow fans, the case can accommodate up to 8 more 120mm fans. It has a removable hard drive cage that allows gamers to use graphics cards up to 430mm GPUs. A 240mm water cooling radiator can be installed in the top of the case as well. The N600 has a large mesh front panel that allows for front intake fans.
According to TechPowerUp, the Cooler Master N200 will be available in Europe later this month for 33 Euros while the larger N400 and N600 cases will be available in June for 42 Euros and 67.5 Euros respectively. Those prices work out to about $43 for the N200, $55 for the N400, and $89 for the N600, though that could change a bit as there is no word on official US pricing yet. Personally, I'm not a fan of the aesthetics, but at least the prices aren't terrible.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 12, 2013 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, Storm Stryker, XL-ATX
If you need a case with space consider this member of the Storm family, the CM Storm Stryker XL-ATX case. At 250x605x578mm (9.8x23.8x22.8") it will not fit under every desk but will hold a significant amount of hardware, you can fit up to 13 drives depending on the configuration of the HDD cages and it sports 9 add-in card slots on the back. With fans on both the top and the bottom of the case, you could easily attach a radiator to the case or make do with great airflow if you do not desire to watercool. Modders Inc was not only impressed by the brilliant white finish, they could not find a single bad thing to say about this case.
"The modular hard drive case setup was a great bonus to find when diving further into the case. These features, plus the fan controller, cable grip holder, and all the included fans that provide a constant flow of cooling air through the case really makes the CM Storm Stryker a well desired case."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- CM Storm Scout II Advanced Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Cougar Spike Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced Review @ Hardware Canucks
- CaseLabs Merlin SM8 Full-Tower Customizable Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R2 XL Chassis @ eTeknix
- Cougar Challenger Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- In Win G7 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Centurion 6 @ techPowerUp
- Antec GX700 Case @ Kitguru
NZXT Phantom 630 @ Hardware.info
- NZXT Kraken X60 280mm AIO CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- NZXT Kraken X40 140mm AIO CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Hydro Series H110 @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Seidon 120 XL Watercooler Review @ Ninjalane
Cooler Master Seidon 240M Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Aerocool Shark 120mm Evil Black Edition Orange LED Fan @ eTeknix
- Noctua NF-S12A FLX, ULN and PWM Case Fan @ eTeknix
- Noctua 140mm/150mm Case Fan Roundup Review @ OCC
- SilverStone NT06-PRO CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Evercool Venti (HPQ 12025) CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-PRO C-Style CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermalright AXP-100 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2012 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, corsair, Chieftek, cooler master, zalman
The 600-700W range is very popular with enthusiasts who either have a pair of fairly powerful GPUs or a single top of the line GPU, as they don't quite need a kilowatt class PSU. X-bit Labs put together a roundup which features 9 PSUs from Corsair, Chieftek, Cooler Master and Zalman some modular and some with permanently connected wiring. It was the Corsair TX650 which received the Recommended Buy award though Cooler Master came close to winning as well. Some of the other models fared poorly thanks to the lack of proper voltage regulation or in one case fan regulation. Check out the full review here.
"We would like to talk about nine power supply units from the most popular 600-700 W wattage range, which represent six different series of devices from four manufacturers: Chieftec, Cooler Master, Corsair and Zalman."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- In Win Commander III 600 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Professional Series AX760 and AX860 @ Kitguru
- Silverstone Zeus 1350 W @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Toughpower XT Platinum 1275W 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- Seasonic Platinum Series Fanless 520 W @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone Strider Gold ST55F-G Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- BeQuiet Straight Power 580w @ XSReviews
Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 07:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SpeedRXL, Skorpion, input, gaming mouse, cooler master, CMStorm Recon
While it might not instantly make you a better gamer, these three products from Cooler Master probably won't hurt your performance. The CMStorm Recon is an ambidextrous gaming mouse with DPI ranging from 800 to 4000 and sports integrated memory allowing you up to 5 profiles and 36 macros; you also get colour changing LEDs. The Speed RXL is a felt mouse mat of 45 x 35cm (17.8 x 13.7") and 5mm thick so you will get a lot of mousing space as long as your desk is big enough. Last is the Skorpion which is perfect for anyone who has lost a deathmatch because their mouse tail got in the way. It's tripod like shape and arching tail should keep that mouse cord from interfering with your fragging ... assuming that is actually a thing. Check out Neoseeker for more on all three Storm products.
"Today we're bringing you a review of three CMSTORM gaming products for PC gamers. The centerpiece of our trio is the CMSTORM Recon mouse featuring grip-coated body that fits both left- and right-handers, a high-performance Avago sensor, onboard memory and customizable LEDs for the (relatively) low price of $40. Complementing the performance mouse is the Speed RXL performance mouse pad made of felt, and the Skorpion mouse bungee designed to help keep that mouse cord clutter under control. Plus, it looks like an abstract representation of a scorpion. Our review focuses on the performance of the CMSTORM Recon, but we do use all three products together to see what sort of experience Cooler Master hopes to deliver for gamers looking to upgrade their mice."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Mouse & Mouse Pad Review @ Hardware Canucks
- ROCCAT LUA Tri-Button Optical Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master Storm Recon Optical Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- SteelSeries Diablo 3 Peripherals @ LanOC Reviews
- Ozone Xenon Gaming Mouse Review @ eTeknix
- Epic Gear Medusa Gaming Mouse Review @ XtremeComputing
- Tt eSPORTS Theron Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Steelseries Kana Counterstrike: GO Edition @ Funky Kit
- Mionix Sargas 900 Deskpad @ XSReviews
- Mionix Ensis 320 @ XSReviews
- Func Surface 1030 XL Gaming Pad Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cooler Master Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee @ Tweaktown
- AZiO KB505U Large Print 3 Color Backlit Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E.7 Keyboard Review @ eTeknix
Introduction, Design And Features
The gaming keyboard market seems to rigorously follow a common rule of consumer products - more is more. If a keyboard is for gamers it should include lots of fancy gaming related features, and the more that are included, the more hardcore the keyboard. Macro buttons, customizable back-lighting and LCD screens are all features of modern gaming keyboards–and you don’t see many companies going the other direction.
But there are products that buck the trend. One of them is the CMStorm QuickFire Rapid, a mechanical gaming keyboard that became available in North America earlier this year. Unlike most competitors, the QuickFire rapid cuts features instead of adding them. Back-lighting? Macro keys? You’re kidding me, right? This keyboard doesn’t even include a numpad.
Cooler Master (the company behind CMStorm) has not cut out the features that matter, however. This keyboard comes with Cherry MX keys (the blue variant, in this case) and also supports PS/2 connections for full NKRO. For those who’ve seen the light of day recently, this gobbly gook means the QuickFire Rapid scans key activation individually and therefore can detect new key activations even when other keys are still depressed. It’s a feature hardcore gamers love because of their tendency to press multiple keys simultaneously.
Cutting back on unneeded features has a notable side effect–it reduces price. Currently this keyboard is available for $79.99 at retail or as low as $65 on Amazon.com. Only Razor’s bare-bones version of the BlackWidow keyboard sells for less, and it only beats the QuickFire by $5 dollars.
So can you really buy a decent gaming keyboard for $65, and will you miss the numpad? Let’s find out.
Introduction and Features
Cooler Master is a well know name among PC enthusiasts and they are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary! In addition to a full line of PC enclosures, Cooler Master offers power supplies, coolers, and numerous accessories for mobile computing, notebooks, servers, and gaming. In this review we will be taking a detailed look at the new Cooler Master HAF XM enclosure, which is a very interesting mid-tower version of their popular HAF X series full-tower enclosure.
Here is what Cooler Master has to say about the new HAF XM enclosure: “The pure essence of the HAF X packed into a mid-tower size. The HAF XM supports up to four huge 200mm fans (Top x 2, Front, and Side), a large 140mm rear exhaust fan, and ample space for even the most demanding system builds. Liquid cooling support, an easy-access 90 degree rotated latched side panel, front HDD and SSD X-Docks, USB 3.0, and support for a hidden 2.5” HDD/SSD behind the motherboard tray make the HAF XM the ultimate setup for those that want enthusiast-grade features in a mid-tower package.”
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2012 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, Storm Sentinel Advance II, Storm Speed-RXL, gaming mouse
If you are shopping for a gaming mouse it is worth dropping by Neoseeker for a look at a matched set of Cooler Master Storm products, the Sentinel Advance II mouse and Speed-RXL pad. The new version of the Sentinel offers adjustable weight, DPI settings from 200 to 8200, 25 Hz – 1000 Hz USB rate fine-tuning, 8 programmable buttons and 9 virtual buttons via button combo presses. You will also get new version of the CM Storm Tactics software which allows you multiple mouse profiles as well as the opportunity to tweak the LED lighting on the mouse. The mat comes in three sizes, so you can choose the best one for you and is much thicker and sturdier than many mousepads on the market. Drop by to see the whole review.
"Today Neoseeker will be taking a look at the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II gaming mouse and the CM Storm Speed-RXL gaming mouse pad from Cooler Master. The manufacturer is always looking to take its game one step further, and the Sentinel Advance II aims to do just that with a long list of features including 200-8200 DPI tracking resolution, 128 KB Sentinel-X memory for profiles and macros and customizable multi-color LED light system, to name just a few."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- ROCCAT Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
- Razer Naga 2012 Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Gigabyte Force M9 ICE Mouse @ Kitguru
- Nexus SM-5000 Silent Mouse @ Rbmods
- Genius GX Gaming DeathTaker MMO/RTS Professional Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse Review @ Techgage
- Ozone Radon Opto Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
- Gigabyte Aivia Xenon TouchPad Mouse @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Ladon Mousepad review @ Rbmods
- Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse @ Pro-Clockers
- Roccat Savu Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance II @ LanOC Reviews
- Roccat Savu Gaming Mouse @ XSReviews
- ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareHeaven
- 22-Way Mousepad Comparison @ NikKTech
- Roccat Taito Mouse Pads Review @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Speed-RX Mouse Mats @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Meka Keyboards and Black Element Mouse @ AnandTech
- CM Storm Quick Fire Pro Mechanical Keyboard @ Kitguru
- Roccat Isku and Kone Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Review @ Ninjalane
- CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review @ eTeknix
- Ozone Strike Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ eTeknix
- Genius Imperator Pro Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2012 - 09:30 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: silent pro m2, PSU, power supply, cooler master
Cooler Master, a company known for its computer cases and heat sinks has announced an update to its Silent Pro M-series power supplies with the Silent Pro M2 line. Coming in 620 watt, 720 watt, and 1500 watt models, the company has reportedly implemented improvements in every aspects of the PSUs. The 620W and 720W power supplies utilize a single 12V rail capable of delivering 50A and 58A respectively. The 1500W PSU further implements dual 12V rails pushing 70A on one rail and an additional 55A on the other.
All three power supplies are modular, minus the ATX power cable which is permanent. The 620W and 720W models are 80 PLUS Bronze certified while the 1500W model is rated at 80 PLUS Silver. The Silent Pro M2 line is RoHS and ERP 2010 compliant, as well. Further, they have an improved 3.3V DC-to-DC converter and larger capacitors that enable hold-up times greater than 17ms. A 135mm fan with hydraulic bearing aims to keep the power supplies cool.
While Cooler Master has not announced pricing, they are set to be available for purchase sometime in June 2012. You can find more information on the Silent Pro M2 PSUs on the company's product pages.
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