Podcast #241 - Sony VAIO TAP 20, ioSafe N2 NAS, new Z77 motherboards and more!

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2013 - 01:00 PM |
Tagged: podcast, sony, tap20, vaio, iosafe, n2, synology, NAS, Z77, dragon, msi, pata, apacer, seasonic, thermaltake, urban

PC Perspective Podcast #241 - 03/07/2013

Join us this week as we discuss the Sony VAIO TAP 20, ioSafe N2 NAS, new Z77 motherboards and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

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Program length: 1:04:57

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. 0:01:25 We did a Tomb Raider stream
  2. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:04:00 Seasonic Platinum Series 460 watt fanless PSU
    2. 0:07:10 Sony VAIO Tap 20 Touchscreen AIO
    3. 0:13:20 ioSafe N2 Performance, Disaster-proof NAS
  3. 0:22:2 00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  4. News items of interest:
    1. 0:24:25 ASUS PadFone Infinity from MWC
    2. 0:27:10 Apacer Launches New PATA SSDs
    3. 0:32:00 Seagate will cease 7200 RPM mobile HDDs this year
    4. 0:34:50 Thermaltake launches Urban S21 case
    5. 0:38:55 Double your HDD density with HGST
    6. 0:43:00 MSI has new gaming series of MB coming out, based on Z77
    7. 0:49:30 NVIDIA refreshes Quadro with Kepler GPUs
  5. Closing:
    1. 0:53:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: AMD Mini-PC with A8-4555M
      2. Jeremy: When EyeFinity won't work this might save you
      3. Josh: Good board for cheeeap
      4. Allyn: Chrome beta shows which tabs are playing audio
      5. Morry: XPXS RX360 & old but still kicking
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Thermaltake Launches Urban S21 Mid Tower Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2013 - 07:53 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, case, atx

Thermaltake has released a new mid tower chassis aimed at enthusiasts favoring minimalist designs. Constructed of SECC (Steel, Electrogalvanized, ColdRolled, Coil) steel, the Thermaltake Urban S21 supports ATX motherboards, high-end graphics cards, and both air and water cooling options. It measures 17.2” x 7.5” x 19.6”.

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The new chassis is all black and features a brushed metal design on the front panel. The brushed metal front door hides the externally-accessible drives. At the top of the front panel, the case features two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. A power LED along with both power and reset button adorns the top-edge of the case. The side panel has space for one 120mm fan as well as a clear window above it that is about the size of a 120mm fan. Four large case feet hold the mid tower above the floor, allowing the PSU intake and an (optional) additional 120mm fan to bring cool air into the case.

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Thermaltake includes two 120mm fans, but the case itself can support a maximum of five 120mm fans. The Urban S21 case interior features tool-less drive bays for up to six hard drives and three optical drives. Further, it has cable management holes, water cooling grommets, a bottom-mounted power supply, and a CPU cutout.

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Thermaltake’s Urban S21 case looks good and has a decent feature set. The case will reportedly go on sale sometime this month, but the company has not yet announced pricing. Here’s hoping the price is right as it is looking like a nice mid-tower case so far! You can find more specifications on the Urban S21 on this product page.

Source: Thermaltake
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

As the newest member of Thermaltake's Armor Revo case line, the Armor Revo Gene mid-tower case features sleek looks and exudes the humble power that only the war-worn warrior's know. We decided to put the Armor Revo Gene to the test to see how well the case works under a variety of circumstances. At a base price of $129.99, the Armor Revo Gene seems to be a well priced steal for the features designed into it.

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

The Armor Revo Gene features a flat-black, scratch-resistant coating on all surfaces, giving it a sleek and uniformly menacing look. The case's right panel contains a window in it upper half to show off your case innards, bisected by a grilled space for up to a 200mm side fan to help cool your PCI-Express cards. A wing-shaped aluminum front bezel helps to direct air through the front of the case in an optimal manner.

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene Mid-Tower Case!!

CES 2013: Thermaltake Shows Off Volos Mouse With Xbox-Style Side Buttons

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 05:17 AM |
Tagged: xbox, volos, thermaltake, gaming mouse, gaming

Peripherals are not usually items that I pay much attention to at CES, but the Volos mouse from Thermaltake managed to pique my interest. The prototype mouse was spotted at the company’s CES booth amidst several new Level 10 GT mice in various colors. 

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The Tech Report spotted the prototype Volos mouse at the Thermaltake booth.

The Volos is a right-handed laser gaming mouse clad in matte gray with glossy black accents. The interesting bit though, lies on the left side the mouse: four colored blue, yellow, red, green Xbox-controller-style buttons and one A and B button. There is a seventh thumb button on the top-left edge of the mouse, two DPI selection buttons in the middle beneath the scroll wheel, and three additional buttons on the right side in reach of your little finger. LMB, RMB, and a white scroll wheel complete the package.

Reportedly, the mouse is not yet ready for retail, but it does suggest some interesting possibilities for gamers. Many modern games available on the PC are ports of console games, and that means that a number of games retain the Xbox controller tool tips and suggested controls. While it is possible to simply plug in an Xbox controller to pay such games, Thermaltake’s Volos mouse opens the door to a possible compromise. PC gamers would be able to keep the mouse look ad precision of their gaming mice while also being able to use Xbox-style button controls. At present, the buttons are likely used for macro activation, but it would be neat to see games auto-detect the other buttons and assign them the Xbox controls like the games do when an actual Xbox controller is recognized.

I think that I would have to actually try it out in person to determine how viable it is as a Xbox controller stand-in (ergonomically), but it at least appears to be a good idea! Tech Report has the full scoop on Thermaltake's new peripherals at CES if you are interested.

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Source: Tech Report
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features

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The latest addition to Thermaltake's Soprano Series of enclosures is the New Soprano VO900.  It’s a full-featured mid-tower case that is specifically designed for quiet operation. The New Soprano uses sound-dampening foam on both side panels, a brushed aluminum door to close off all the exposed front drive bays, and comes with two quiet fans to keep the noise down and still provide good case cooling.

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The New Soprano VO900is finished in classic black inside and out and comes with a front I/O panel that incorporates USB 3.0 ports and a top mounted HDD hot-swap Docking Station that supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs.

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Thermaltake Soprano VO900 Mid-Tower Case Key Features:

• Elegant streamlined design with black finish inside and out
• Brushed aluminum front door panel
• Sound-dampening foam on both side panels for quiet operation
• (1) 200mm Blue LED fan on front intake (600~800 rpm)
• (1) 120mm rear exhaust fan (1000 rpm)
• Removable front and bottom mounted dust filters
• Supports both ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
• Two USB 3.0 ports on front I/O panel
• (4) 5.25" and (1) 3.5" exposed drive bays (behind front door)
• (5) 3.5"/2.5" internal HDD bays (with four removable trays)
• Top-mounted HDD hot-swap Docking Station (2.5" & 3.5")
• Innovative tool-free 5.25" and 3.5" drive bay mounting
• Cable-Clear cable management
• Support for liquid cooling systems
• Audiophile-style foot pads

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake New Soprano VO9000 Case!!

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Tt eSPORTS

Thermaltake brings BMW to the mouse

Our friends at Thermaltake recently sent us a fun new toy, the Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M adjustable gaming mouse.  Yes, that's a lot of letters to describe a mouse, but I can assure you this mouse is unlike any you might have seen before. 

Here are the key selling points:

  • Air-through Ventilation
  • 3D Steering
  • Macro / Lighting software
  • RGB LEDs in several places for customization
  • Laser sensor up to 8300 DPI

The idea of the ventilation is to keep your sweaty hands a bit drier and cooler while the 3D steering allows the user to adjust the mouse surface in two different directions (one for height, one for horizontal angle) to find their preferred placement.  The LEDs do allow for some interesting color combinations as long as you are okay with the preset colors that Tt eSPORTS has available in software.

Speaking of software, the application for customization is a little over exaggerated on the "extreme" design cues but enables the feature set you are looking for.  Custom macros can be created and assigned to one of four buttons (A-D) with adjustments for timing, delay, etc.  In addition, you can combine macros, lighting and DPI settings into one of five profiles that you can switch between easily with the thumb stick on the left side of the mouse. 

Even better - all of this information (macros, profiles) is saved in the mouse after you disconnect it and take it to a different PC - no need to install the software to get the presets you configured before.

After a couple of us have used the mouse for a few days in the office, we put together the video below for you to see our thoughts and opinions as well as how the Level 10 M looks and feels.  Even though it was designed in partnership with BMW, a current selling price of $95 on Newegg makes it hard to recommend the mouse to anyone but those of you that know for sure this is the mouse you want to use going forward. 

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For more photos of the Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M gaming mouse, click here!!

A camoflauged case, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2012 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, Level 10 GT Battle Edition, level 10 gt

Thermaltake's high end Level 10 case series has been around for a while, with a variety of styles including the new military themed GT Battle Edition case.  While it keeps a similar look to previous models, with hotswappable HDD cages that are separated from the motherboard mounting area, though they are not quite as separated as on some other models.  Tool-less assembly, serious air cooling along with grommets for an external radiator, USB 3.0 connections and enough depth to fit even the largest third party CPU coolers make this an attractive case for enthusiast level systems.  [H]ard|OCP liked this case so much that they didn't even bat an eye at the $300 price tag.

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"Thermaltake got a lot of exposure a few years ago with its Level 10 computer case. At release it cost in the neighborhood of $1000 and declared styling by BMW. Thermaltake now has variants of that case which are much more affordable but do keep with the styling queues and functionality of the original."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction, Features and Specifications

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Thermaltake is a well known name among PC enthusiasts. They offer a full line of PC enclosures, power supplies, cooling equipment and accessories. Today we are taking a detailed look at Thermaltake's Dr. Power II Universal ATX Power Supply Tester.  This is a second generation device that can come in very handy when you're trying to diagnose problems with your PC. A faulty or failing PSU can cause all kinds of problems (failure to startup, spontaneous re-boots, instability, etc.) and it can sometimes be difficult to know just what the source of the problem is. The Dr. Power II PSU Tester offers a quick and easy to use diagnostic tool to help confirm or rule out a bad power supply unit. 

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Thermaltake Dr. Power II Universal ATX PSU Tester Key Features:

• Designed from the ground up to support every ATX power supply available today, up to ATX12V v2.3
• Oversized LCD panel that accurately shows the value of each specific power rail, within one-tenth of a volt
• Accurate voltage indications for +12V, +5V, +3.3V, -12V, and +5VSB
• Built-in output connectors diagnostic system
• Low-voltage, high-voltage, no voltage, and PG alarm systems
• Easily troubleshoots system failure due to unstable power supply
• Built-in alarm system can notify user when the power supply demonstrates abnormal characteristics

Here is what Thermaltake has to say about their new Dr. Power II Universal ATX Power Supply Tester: "Dr. Power II is a fully automated power supply tester that enables users to easily and quickly determine if a power supply is defective or not; cutting overall troubleshooting time considerably. The oversized, easy-to-read LCD display and audible alarm helps users determine the exact cause of the failure, if there is one. An indispensible tool for any PC enthusiast or gamer!"

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Dr. Power II PSU Tester!!

Thermaltake Shows Off Black Element Cyclone Edition Mouse With Bundled Fan

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2012 - 09:57 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, laser mouse, gaming mouse, fan mouse, black element cyclone edition

There has been quite a bit of mouse news this week. Jeremy posted some information on Corsair’s Vengeance mice, Microsoft announced new touch-sensitive mice, Razer launched its high-end Ouroboros gaming mouse, and now it is HSF and peripheral manufacturer Thermaltake’s turn. The company is launching a new Black Element Cyclone Edition under its eSports brand that should be available later this month.

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Packing a laser and a 6,200dpi sensor, the Thermaltake Black Element Cyclone Edition resembles most gaming mice, with LED lighting, dedicated DPI buttons, side buttons, scroll wheel (also LED-lit), and left and right mouse buttons. The LED lights can be changed between one of five colors, and up to five individual 4.5 gram weights can be added to the base to adjust the weight–and feel–of the mouse. It further has 128kb of onboard memory storage for up to 45 macro keys in 5 game profiles.

All standard stuff there, as far as gaming mice go.

Where the Thermaltake mouse stands out is a micro USB port on the front right side of the mouse and its accompanying peripheral. A small fan attachment plugs into the mouse to cool your hand during long gaming sessions. The 30mm (30x30x10mm) fan sports a claimed 2.7 CFM at 6,000 RPM. According to the specifications, it is not very loud at 21.7 dB. For those that get sweaty palms during long work hours or gaming sessions, this looks like an interesting design. The fan is removable as well, making it portable and the mouse is suitable for use without the fan.

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According to UK site Bit-Tech, the Thermaltake Cyclone Edition mouse will be available later this month for $80 in the US. Would you find the fan useful, or do you think it’s just a gimmick? You can find more photos and information on the mouse over at the Thermaltake 

Source: TT eSports

Thermaltake thinks big and spacious with the Frio Advanced heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2012 - 04:58 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, Frio Advanced

At 161x131x121mm (6.3"x5.2"x4.8") and 46g short of a kilogram Thermaltake's Frio Advanced is a big chunk of heat conducting metal.  The size does lead to one oddity, the two fans are 130mm which may make modders a little unhappy as it will be hard to find alternative fans of the same size. The heatpipes directly contact the heatspreader on your CPU but thanks to a new design they do not solidly connect with the body of the heatsink, as FrostyTech explains in their full review.  In the end we have a heatsink on the good side of average, perhaps a little loud with fans on full speed but well worth considering if your case can fit it.

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"Thermaltake's Frio Advanced heatsink stands 161mm tall and weighs upwards of 954 grams, it is rated to heat loads of 230 Watts by the manufacturer. The heatsink ships with two 130mm PWM fans arranged in a push-pull configuration that rotate at 2000-800RPM. Behind each fan shroud is a 110mm tall aluminum fin tower connected by five U-shaped, 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are exposed at the base. Thermaltake's Frio Advanced heatsink is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 CPUs."

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Source: FrostyTech