Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2013 - 08:26 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: cooler master, cm 690 III, atx
Cooler Master has announced the CM 690 III, which is a redesigned full tower case in the same enthusiast vein as the original CM 690. Cooler Master has primarily redesigned the interior with a new hard drive mounting cage, tool-less drive bays, and additional cable management space behind the motherboard tray.
The new Cooler Master CM 690 III measures 507mm x 230mm x 502mm (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 19 lbs (8.7kg). The case is all black with mesh front and top panels. The top of the case has a small storage compartment and front panel IO options including two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks. The front of the case has three externally-accessible 5.25” bays and space for a 200mm intake fan.
The CM 690 III comes in two SKUs, depending on whether you want a side panel case window or not. The model with a side window supports up to 7 fans while the model without a window supports up to 9 fans, and up to three 200mm fans. Also, cooling support further includes grommets on the rear of the case for external radiators, support for a 240mm water cooling radiator on both the top and front panel, and a 120mm raditor on the rear. Dust filters are located on the top, front, and PSU vents.
The CM 690 III supports graphics cards up to 423mm long and CPU coolers up to 171mm high. Users can install up to 7 3.5” hard drives or up to 10 2.5” SSDs (one behind the motherboard and one on the bottom of the case).
The updated CM 690 III will be available in August for an undisclosed price.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2013 - 02:03 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: v8 gts, Intel, hsf, cpu cooler, cooler master, amd
Cooler Master has unveiled a massive CPU cooler called the V8 GTS. The new high end air cooler measures 154 x 140 x 153.5mm and weighs 1.9 pounds. It combines a horizontal vapor chamber, eight heat pipes, triple aluminum fin stacks, and two shrouded PWM fans with red LEDs.
The V8 GTS is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets, including LGA 775, 1150 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 on the Intel side and AM2, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 on the AMD side. A horizontal vapor chamber is used for the CPU baseplate to effectively move heat away from the processor an into the heatpipes.
Eight 6mm heat pipes further transfer heat to three total aluminum fin stacks. Further, two 140mm PWM-controlled fans move cool air across the fins to facilitate cooling high end and overclocked processors. The fans can spin between 600 and 1,600 RPM and are rated for between approximately 28 and 82 CFM respectively.
Other features of the Cooler Master V8 GTS include red LEDs and a black shroud. The cooler is designed to allow plenty of room for clearance around the RAM area to allow for memory with heatspreaders to be used. It is rated to be able to cool up to 250W. It may be rather heavy and may or may not be a hemi, but it certainly looks cool (heh)!
The CM V8 GTS is model number RR-V8VC-1GPR-R1 and comes with a 2 year warranty. Cooler Master has not yet detailed pricing or availability. In the meantime, Hardware Secrets managed to get their hands on the massive cooler to put its performance to the test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2013 - 05:33 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: n600, n400, mATX, cooler master, atx
Cooler Master recently launched two new N-series ATX computer cases in the US. The new N400 and N600 will join the existing N200 mini tower.
The two new polymer computer cases feature a full mesh front panel, support for 240mm water cooling radiators on the right side panel, seven PCI expansion slots, and room for several storage drives and fans. Front IO on the N400 and N600 cases include two USB 3, two USB 2, and two audio ports.
The N400 is the smaller of the two at 7.5” x 16.7” x 19.7.” It supports graphics cards up to 320mm as well as motherboards of mATX or ATX form factors. Further, the N400 can support two 5.25” optical drives, eight 3.5” hard drives, and three 2.5” solid state drives (SSD).
The case has space for up to eight fans, and Cooler Master has pre-installed two 120mm XtraFlow fans. Dust filters cover the front and side intake vents.
The internals of the N400 are a bit more basic than those of the N600. There are no cable routing grommets or water cooling grommets that pass through the rear panel. As a result, this case should be cheaper than the N600.
The Cooler Master N400 is available now for $60
In addition to the N400 and N200, Cooler Master will be releasing the N600. The N600 builds upon the n400 design by adding more drive space and a few extra features to aid in cooling and cable management. The N600 measures 8.1” x 17.9” x 18.9.”
It supports both Micro ATX and ATX motherboards as well as graphics cards up to 430mm long. As far as cooling goes, users can install up to 10 fans, and Cooler Master bundles in two 120mm XtraFlow fans. A 240mm water cooling radiator can be installed in the right side panel as well as the top panel. Also, water cooling grommets are installed on the back case panel to allow for external water cooling radiators.
The case can support up to three 5.25” drives (tool-less), seven 3.5” drives, and five 2.5” SSDs (four in an SSD drive cage and one behind the motherboard tray). It also supports a bottom mounted PSU and has various rubber grommets around the motherboard tray for cable management.
The N200, N400, and N600 were available in Europe in June, and now all three are coming to the US. You can grab the N200 and N400 right now for $50 and $60 respectively, but specific pricing and availability on the N600 is not yet available. It should be coming soon for around $90 (estimated), however.
In all, the N400 and N600 seem like decent additions to the company’s N-series lineup. More information can be found on the Cooler Master website.
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.