Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | November 8, 2011 - 08:44 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: maingear, epic 180, cooler
Just Delivered is a new section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.
We got a box in from MAINGEAR over the weekend. It did NOT include a PC. Instead, we are getting our first experience with the Epic 180 CPU cooler.
What you are looking at is a high end self-contained water cooler that exceeds the size of anything we have previously seen in the PC Perspective labs. As the name implies, the Epic 180 is based on a 180mm radiator and fan and this likely means the number of chassis that will support it are limited.
In this image, the Epic 180 (left) is compared to the original Corsair H50 cooler (right) with a 120mm fan on the radiator. Wow...
We will have a lot more details in upcoming stories but you should expect the Epic 180 to support LGA1155/1156, LGA1366 and of coure, the upcoming LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E sockets.
MAINGEAR claims that the Epic 180 will offer 20% better performance than other similar coolers with fan speeds at around 1000 RPM, keeping your rig both cool and quiet. More details very soon!!
Subject: Mobile | July 4, 2011 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: maingear, desktop replacement, 17.3
The stats read like a high end desktop, from the hexa-core i7-990X to the GTX485M's in SLI which support the 1080p display, though the weight of 12.1lbs is a little lighter than most desktops. TechSpot had a chance to review this $5,400 laptop and they had quite a bit of fun doing it. As you can see from the image below, this notebook produces a lot of heat and you'd be foolish to place it on your lap but perhaps it would be handy for reheating a snack. When they tested the power the notebook pulled 85 watts at idle, 336W under load, making the 8 cell battery more of a UPS than anything. Check out the full review to see the long list of peripherals and some incredible gaming performance.
"Today we will be looking at the notebook equivalent of the above mentioned Shift desktop system, known as the Titan 17. Our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz. Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter and integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Sony VAIO VPC-EH14FM/B Review @ TechReviewSource
- Samsung Series 9 (900X3A) Notebook Review @ t-break
- Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Notebook Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.4 @ TechARP
- OtterBox Defender Case for HTC Thunderbolt Review @ Legit Reviews
- webOS takes on tablets: Ars reviews the HP TouchPad
- The Android Web Browser Round-Up @ Tech ARP
- Motorola XOOM Standard Dock Review @ Tech-Reviews
- HTC Droid Incredible 2 @ AnandTech
Introduction and Design
Viewed from a bird’s eye, gaming laptops seem to be a homogenous bunch. Although there are rare exceptions like the Alienware M11x, most are 15.6” or 17” models with quad-core processors and discrete mobile graphics, most frequently the Nvidia GTX 460M. The two gaming laptops we’ve most recently reviewed, the ASUS G53 and MSI GT680R, most certainly fit into this mold.
Upon closer inspection, however, the market for gaming laptops begins to expand and multiply into a wide array of options. While the big players like ASUS, Toshiba and MSI are happy to offer their pre-configured models with roughly similar hardware, customized rigs are as numerous as stars in the sky. Everyone has heard of Alienware, of course, but you may not have heard of companies like Origin, Falcon Northwest, AVADirect, AFactor Gaming, Malibal, Digital Storm and Maingear, just to name a few (or if you have, you may have only heard of their desktops).
Maingear’s eX-L15 is a stereotypical example of a custom gaming laptop. It’s big and it’s bulky, but its appearance is not much different from your average laptop. Inside, however, there is a buffet of high-end hardware.
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