Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2013 - 08:17 AM | Tim Verry
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.
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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Introduction and Features
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.
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.
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
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2012 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
"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."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Ghost @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming PC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lian Li PC-A76X Case Review: The Limits of Aluminum @ AnandTech
- Corsair Vengeance C70 review: military themed mid-tower chassis
- Enermax Hoplite ST Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Chassis Review @ MissingRemote
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced M-ITX PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-X2000FN Chassis @ Kitguru
- IN WIN GRone Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec P280 Midi Tower @ Funky Kit
- Steelseries Kana White @ XSReviews
- Nanoxia Deep Silence DS1 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 @ Hardware.info
- Cooler Master Elite 120 @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone TJ08-E m-ATX Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Nofan CR-95C IcePipe Copper CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 @ Tweaktown
- Lian Li PC-B12 Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- ARCTIC i30 Heatsink and Fan @ Funky Kit
- SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 Twin Tower @ Tweaktown
- Deepcool Neptwin CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Introduction, Features and Specifications
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.
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!"
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2012 - 12:57 AM | Tim Verry
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.
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.
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2012 - 07:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
"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."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- Lian Li PC-TU200 @ LanOC Reviews
- Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Round 4: Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Deepcool Fiend Shark CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review @ HCW
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD-1283 Night Hawk Edition @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer AIO @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro AIO Liquid Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer and Water 2.0 Pro Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Water2.0 Pro and Performer CPU Coolers Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair AF and SP Series Fan Review @ OCC
- Bitfenix Spectre Pro & Pro LED Fan Review @ Neoseeker
- Sharkoon T28 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-tower Case Review @ TechwareLabs
- Lian Li PC-V355-B Mini Tower @ Tweaktown
- XION XON-980-BK ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Aerocool Strike-X Advance @ techPowerUp
- AZZA Genesis 9000 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Xilence Interceptor Pro @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2 @ HardwareHeaven
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition Chassis @ Kitguru
- Lian Li PC-V700-B Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced mini ITX Case @ Pro-Clockers
- Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance C70 @ Kitguru
- AZZA Genesis 9000 Case Review: Building It Every Way @ AnandTech
- Xigmatek Elysium Super-Tower Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2012 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, watercooling, all-in-one, WATER2.0, WATER2.0 Pro, WATER2.0 Performer
Thermaltake has just released two new all in one watercoolers, the WATER2.0 Performer and WATER2.0 Pro, available right now on NewEgg. The $70 Performer and $100 Pro are very similar, with the Pro offering dual fans and what Thermaltake describes as a Thicker Watercooler, which will offer better cooling thanks to the pair of fans. Check out the full press release below.
City of Industry, California – May 8, 2012 – Thermaltake brought water cooling technology to the mainstream in 2002 with the introduction of Aquarius and BigWater Series of liquid cooling solutions for computer enthusiasts and DIYers. The solutions were developed by garnering enthusiast communities’ experience and feedback, coupled with Thermaltake’s core expertise in thermal management. The goal was to enable PC enthusiasts to achieve higher PC performance by providing additional cooling needed in order for the CPU to run at higher frequency. Today, Thermaltake is introducing its WATER2.0 line of liquid coolers and announcing immediate availability of the all-new WATER2.0 Performer and WATER2.0 Pro all-in-one closed-loop CPU liquid coolers.
The “2.0” in the name denotes the progression and improvements that Thermaltake has made in the performance liquid cooling segment as well as the new approach which WATER2.0 solutions are taking. While traditional D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) liquid cooling kits offer expandability, the same benefit often complicates installation and filling these coolers introduces a risk of mixing water and electronics. WATER2.0 specifically addresses these concerns by having a closed-loop design, meaning all the fluid that are required for maximum performance are pre-filled and sealed inside so the users do not need to handle any type of liquid during installation or operation.
“WATER2.0 is not a direct replacement of air cooling solutions. The all-new WATER2.0 is an improved performance-driven solution that offers added benefits of simple installation, no-maintenance and extreme reliability to the traditional liquid cooling kit. After a long period of research and development, we came to a point where WATER2.0 has reached the performance standard that Thermaltake has set forth while ensuring a fluid user experience from installation to actual operation. Now is time perfect time to discover an all-new performance-driven alternative CPU cooling solution” commented Ramsom Koay, Director of Marketing for Thermaltake.
WATER2.0 Series closed-loop CPU liquid coolers are available in three different performance categories that cater to different performance requirements or applications. The WATER2.0 Performer features dual 120mm PWM fans with a high-performance 120mm x 25mm radiator that can be mounted to any chassis with an available 120mm case fan mount. The liquid circulation is handled by a high-efficiency, low-profile pump that sits on top of the all-copper cold plate. The low-profile pump is ideal for high-performance systems where high-end air cooler may interfere with enthusiasts-grade memories that often come equipped with taller heat spreaders. A dual-PWM adapter is also included allowing both included PWM fans to be connected to a single PWM fan header on the motherboard to ensure synchronous fan speed operation.
For more performance, the WATER2.0 Pro utilizes a much thicker radiator, 49mm compared to 25mm found on the Performer model, to dramatically increase the heat-dissipating surface area by almost doubling the doubling the volume of the radiator. The WATER2.0 Pro also includes the same low-profile pump along with dual 120mm PWM fans including the dual-PWM adapter.
While all of the WATER2.0 CPU liquid coolers provide performance and low-noise operation, WATER2.0 Extreme delivers the ultimate performance by incorporating a double-long (240mm x 25mm) radiator that further increases the available heat-dissipating surface area for maximum cooling power. WATER2.0 Extreme ships standard with dual 120mm PWM fans and it is capable of supporting up to four PWM fans in push-pull configuration. Targeting enthusiasts and overclocking consumers, the WATER2.0 Extreme also comes with Smart Control Software that allows the user to monitor status of various hardware elements within the cooling unit, in addition to creating cooling profiles that best matches the user’s working and gaming environment.
“WATER2.0 Series of closed-loop CPU liquid coolers are not just new products that Thermaltake is introducing,” stated Weller Chen, Director of Product Management at Thermaltake, “WATER2.0 represent a shift in design philosophy from Thermaltake that aligns user experience in the same breath with performance, as consumers can see from the maintenance-free operation as well as simplified installation.” The WATER2.0 Performer and Pro are now available at major retailers in the United States and Canada. MSRP for WATER2.0 Performer is USD $69.99, and USD$99.99 for WATER2.0 Pro. The WATER2.0 Extreme will be available in July at major retailers with MSRP at USD $129.99. For more information, please visit the manufacturer’s product page: http://thermaltakeusa.com/Products.aspx?C=1444.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2012 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Level 10 GTS Snow Edition, atx
The 233 x 462 x 510mm Thermaltake GTS Snow Edition takes the familiar enclosure and reverses its colour to a very striking white. With up to six fans, including a 200mm, as well as 3 grommets for external watercooling you have a choice on your cooling solution. External drive bays make hotswapping a breeze and the USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports are easily accessible as well, not counting the external connectors on your motherboard. Neoseeker found many things to like about this enclosure as well as a few areas they'd like to see improved but overall were quite impressed with this $115 BMW inspired case.
"Thermaltake lets its snow once again in its Level 10 lineup of cases with the Snow Edition of its Level 10 GTS, sporting its striking white and black color scheme. Perhaps its most defining feature is the distinct hot swap drive bay system for hard drives. See how it all works in our review of the Level 10 GTS Snow Edition case, geared toward enthusiasts who don't want to spend top dollar for a Level 10 series product but still rock all the style."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Gaming Case @ SSD Review
- Cougar Evolution Chassis Review @ OCC
- Xilence Interceptor Pro @ XSReviews
- NZXT Phantom 410 white @ Metku.net
- Corsair Obsidian 550D: Starting to Specialize @ AnandTech
- Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Raider Case Review @ OCC
- NZXT Tempest 210 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Xilence Interceptor Pro @ XSReviews
- NZXT Premium Cable Starter Kit @ Kitguru
- NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit @ Ninjalane
- Noctua NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow Cooling Fan @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master X6 Elite Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- SilenX EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
- Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM @ LanOC Reviews
- Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2012 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, thermaltake, Thermaltake SMART 730W
The Thermaltake SMART 730W PSU looks a little bare compared to some of the competition out there right now; it is not modular, only meets the basic 80 Plus certification and the cables are not sleeved. On the other hand, it is a single 12V rail design with 56A available for the four 6+2 pin PCIe connectors and with a 120mm fan it should run relatively quietly. TechPowerUp put the PSU through their battery of tests and came out with a fairly negative conclusion. At $100, the crossload and ripple test results were disappointing as was its ability to provide power when running at 40C or higher. This PSU has a serious case of the 'just good enoughs' and should perhaps be passed over in favour of other PSUs at the same price point.
"The new Thermaltake SMART series is a value series so it consists of budget units that according to Thermaltake incorporate high-tech components with Eco-friendly credentials. The capacities of the SMART units range from 430W to 730W and in this review we will test the strongest model with 730W capacity."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- XFX ProSeries 1250W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec HCG-620M 620-watt @ Tweaktown
- SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 850-watt @ Tweaktown
- SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution Power Supply @ [H]ard|OCP
- Thermaltake Smart M550W @ Kitguru
- Kingwin Lazer Platinum 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1000W @ Guru of 3D
- Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W @ Kitguru
- Enermax Platimax 850w @ Kitguru
- Silverstone ST1200-G Strider Gold Evolution Power Supply Review @ Ninjalane
- Antec EarthWatts 650-watt Platinum @ Tweaktown
- Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-1000 @ Tweaktown