Thermaltake's Shock One headset is virtually 5.1 surround sound

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2011 - 02:03 PM |
Tagged: audio, thermaltake, shock one, 5.1 headset

It can be difficult to implement true surround sound into a headset without having a serious amount of speakers located all over the headband and ear cups, however simulated surround sound can be produced from just two speakers.  The technology behind virtual surround sound has matured and [H]ard|OCP's testing could get realistic surround sound from these headphones, after a fashion.  They needed to do quite a bit of tweaking in order to properly get the environment to sound correct but had nothing but trouble with dialog; voices were indistinct when they utilized the virtual 5.1 surround settings.  The gaming performance was also sub-par, which leads them to recommend avoiding these headsets in lieu of similarly priced competitors models.

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"While Thermaltake is a familiar brand name to PC enthusiasts, the company is one of the newest competitors in the PC gaming headset market. We take its USB model, featuring DTS Surround, for a spin to tell you if it is worth your hard earned dollar or if the competition in this segment of the PC audio market is simply too steep already."

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Is Thermaltake's new UFO case really out of this world?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2011 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, Thermaltake Spacecraft VF-I, VN60001W2Z

The newest member to Thermaltake's eSPORT lineup of enclosures is the Spacecraft VF-1, a steel mid tower enclosure for mATX and ATX boards.  The red components to the tool less drive installation does add some nice highlights to the interior of your case and the space behind the backplate and back side panel allow you to run your cable behind the scenes to keep a nice clean case.  One unique feature is the ability to securely attach a radiator to the top of the case, which not only makes sense but is a great space saver.  If you feel you could use a UFO under your desk then drop by Benchmark Reviews for a look.

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"What do you look for in a case and what is the most you are willing to spend? Today's case isn't exactly high end and to match that it doesn't have all of the features and extras you would expect if you were shelling out cash in the €100+ range. System builders and budget gamers this one is for you, Thermaltake have released the Spacecraft VF-I Mid-Tower PC Case model VN60001W2Z and online retailers are listing it between €50~€65 and Benchmark Reviews has got an early peek at it. For that price you get a sturdy little case with a small side window, tool free drive mounting, removable air intake filters, room for video cards up to 320mm long, room for CPU coolers up to 168mm tall and also room for a 120.2 (240mm) watercooling radiator in the roof. This should prove to be an interesting review so please read on."

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Thermaltake Oversees Production of New Overseer RX-1 e-Sports Computer Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2011 - 11:08 AM |
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, gaming, case

Case and processor heatsink manufacturer, Thermaltake, recently announced a new gaming centric computer case under their e-Sports lineup. The new Overseer RX-1 case is a full tower design with lots of external ports and airflow options. Set to debut in September, the company claims that the steel (SECC) chassis is made specifically for e-Sports fanatics, and lives up to the full tower name with dimensions of 21.1 x 8.7 x 22.8 inches.

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The exterior of the case is dark black with blue LED accents. The top of the case features ridges and two 20mm fan mounts. The top of the case also features a top loading hard drive hot swap bay, two internal USB 3.0 connections, two USB 2.0 connections, and one eSATA port. The front of the case includes a “breath” logo and 20mm fan both back-lit by blue LEDs, as well as four externally accessible 5.25” bays. The fan cover is a black mesh grill with the Thermaltake logo in the center. In total, the case supports six fan mounts. In addition to the previously mentioned fans, there are two optional mounts on the bottom and side panel, and one rear 120mm fan.

The internals are gamer friendly, and support graphics cards up to 12.5” in length. Painted the same dark black as the outside of the case, the interior of the case features a bottom mounted power supply (PSU), six 3.5” drive bays (one externally accessible), three 5.25” bays, a multitude of expansion card slots, two access holes for external water cooling radiators, and tool-free installation for the 5.25” bays. Other notable features include cable management holes, 3.5” bay carriages that are also compatible with 2.5” SSDs, a PSU dust filter, and a front fan dust filter (both removable).

The full tower gaming case is slated to debut worldwide in September, and while its looks are certainly subjective, it does have a lot going for it if you’re into the stylized aesthetics. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on MSRP.  More photos of the case can be found on its product page.

Source: Thermaltake

Thermaltake's Chaser enclosure focuses on removable storage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 6, 2011 - 03:22 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, chaser mk-I, hotswapping

For those who take advantage of one of the features of the new generation of storage and spend a lot of time swapping hard drives in and out, finding a case can be hard.  Many will have a single easily accessed eSATA port and possibly a hotswappable drive bay or two that are not terribly hard to get at but not many cases make hotswapping drives the main priority.  Thermaltake has changed this with the $160 Chaser MK-1 which has a SATA hard drive dock on the top of the case which can accommodate 2.5" or 3.5" drives, four easily accessed 5.25" bays on the front and a nice hard drive cage inside that can handle up to six 3.5" drives.  Unfortunately Hardware Bistro discovered a major design flaw in that hard drive cage; there are no integral SATA plugs for power or data transfer, which defeats the purpose of the hotswap rack altogether.

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"Thermaltake is a well known computer peripheral vendor specialize in thermal & cooling. Chassis is one of the famous line of business as its uniqueness and creativity make them as the market leader. In May 2011 Thermaltake just released Chaser MK-1 chassis; a brand new full ATX tower series which is integrated with a HDD docking station within the chassis as its major unique selling point."

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Power up with 1350W of Silver ToughPower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2011 - 03:33 PM |
Tagged: PSU, thermaltake, Toughpower 1350W, modular psu

The 80+ Silver rating on the Thermaltake Toughpower 1350W is well deserved according to the tests that [H]ard|OCP ran, something which can add up over a year of load.  The six 8 pin PCI-Express connectors are on one 12v rail, capable of up to 750W @ 60A, while the other 12v rail handles the other connectors.  Those other connectors include twelve SATA and eight Molex connectors, which should handle most configurations with cordage to spare.  It does very well on the most important function of providing decent quality power even in harsh conditions, but does cost a bit more than some competing PSUs which you should bear in mind before picking up this PSU.

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"Thermaltake is back on our test benches and back with some very big iron. Thermaltake made some of the "biggest and baddest" computer power supplies years ago and we are about to find out if the company does once again. However this Toughpower is well above a kilowatt and surely will have a limited appeal, but also surely attract a lot of attention."

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Thermaltake Unveils New Snow Edition Of High End Level 10 GT Full Tower Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2011 - 07:04 AM |
Tagged: thermaltake, level 10 gt, full tower, atx

Thermaltake recently unveiled a new update to its popular Level 10 GT full tower chassis. The new case has been dubbed the "Level 10 GT Snow Edition," likely to due to its glossy white exterior finish. Weighing in at 28 lbs, just under 2 ft tall, 11” wide, and 2 ft deep the new case packs plenty of drive bays, air and water cooling options, LEDs, front port IO, and most importantly for enthusiasts support for extra long graphics cards up to 14” in length and motherboards up to Extended ATX (E-ATX) size.

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More specifically, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition maintains the same build material and general design and layout of the older dark Level 10 GT chassis; however, it brings a few tweaks to the table in the aesthetics department. While the interior of the case remains black, the exterior features a glossy white finish over most of the case, which is then accented by various black mesh inserts that serve as drive bay covers and cooling fan intakes/exhausts.  (Personally, I find the new black and white look very classy and well designed.)  On the Interior, not much has changed compared to its predecessor, however. There are still a total of 10 drive bays, including five 3.5” or 2.5” hard drive hot swap bays, four 5.25” optical drive bays, and one front facing 3.5” bay. The water cooling ports and five cooling fans remain the same (intakes: two 200mm fans and one 120mm fan, exhausts: one 200mm fan and one 140mm fan) as the standard Level 10 GT as well.

The bottom line is that if you already own a standard Level 10 GT, this is not a must-have upgrade; however, for those in the market for a well designed high end full tower chassis it is certainly worth a look as the new aesthetic design only serves to improve upon the Level 10 GT’s pedigree. The case is available for purchase now through various retailers and is going for around $290 USD at the time of this writing. For further information and photos, please see the Thermaltake website.

What are your thoughts on the new chassis, do you like the new design?

Source: Thermaltake

Thermaltake's new semi-modular kilowatt class ToughPower PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2011 - 01:37 PM |
Tagged: PSU, thermaltake, ToughPower Grand 1200W, kilowatt

Thermaltake has a new top of the line PSU out, the ToughPower Grand 1200W Modular 80+ Gold PSU.  As you can see below, all but the motherboard connectors are modular, which is not going to be a problem for anyone with a cable management fetish.  There are eight 6+2 PCIe connectors for multi-GPU users and a dozen SATA connectors for the storage guru, with dual +12V rails which are 40 amp and 80 amp respectively.  Bjorn3D's testing revealed a few flaws which hurt their opinion of the PSU, especially when they factored in the high price of this unit.  The biggest flaw was the PSU's vulnerability to shorting out if long screws were used to mount it.

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"Today, we will be taking a look at Thermaltake's flagship 80Plus Gold Certified ToughPower Grand 1200W Modular Power Supply. While this power supply is designed for overclockers and gamers that use multi-GPU setups, it is not 100% modular. This usually is not a problem with users that run high-end gaming hardware, but it might be a bit frustrating for those that just want to have a powerful PSU for the future but might not be running high-end hardware at first. For instance, its double 8-pin CPU power connector is hard wired into the power supply. Only a very limited number of motherboards support dual 8-pin power connectors, and this type of setup is only necessary for extreme overclockers for extra stability."

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Thermaltake's new Level 10 GT takes both price and features down a notch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2011 - 12:19 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, level 10 gt

When the original Thermaltake Level 10 case came out it was $850 and while it did represent a unique blend of functionally cooling individual components with BMW's sense of style it was so expensive most people never gave it a second thought.  We now have a new version of this case, called the Level 10 GT which has a significantly reduced MSRP.  The case is not quite as modular as the original but still manages to incorporate the heat zone concept of the previous model as well as the external screws and drive caddys.  In the end [H]ard|OCP was fairly impressed with the redesigned case, though a few shortcomings prevented it from taking a Gold Award away.

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"While certainly not new The Thermaltake Level 10 is still very much an eye catching and original chassis. Thermaltake has updated this chassis icon with the new Level 10 GT. This time the price is down in the mid-$200 making this GT a lot easier on the wallet than the previous Level 10. Is there function to its form, or is it all show?"

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Thermaltake Level 10 GT White, Frio GT and BigWater coolers and USB Power Strip

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2011 - 11:28 PM |
Tagged: computex, thermaltake, frio, level 10, power strip

Thermaltake had its standard booth array of cases, coolers, keyboards, mice, headphones, etc but also had some new items to show us when we stopped by.  The first was a new "Snow Edition" of the Level 10 GT chassis we reviewed back in April.

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The case remains mostly unchanged with some USB 3.0 ports up front, 5 "EasySwap" HDD bays and room for some very long graphics cards.  The white color is not paint but rather plastic injected so you won't have to worry about the paint scratching off. 

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Next up is the Frio GT CPU cooler - yes the above image is showing you a freaking CPU COOLER.  It supports up to 300 watts of cooling and does so with an enormous amount of heatpipes, fins and airflow.  This cooler will be available in Q4 and should cost you under $100.

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Under the two big collections of fins you can see the heatpipes that move the energy from the CPU cores.  Obviously you are going to need to check out your case and motherboard dimensions before picking up a cooler like this as I imagine there are going to be quite a few configurations that are incompatible. 

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Thermaltake is also going into the self-contained water cooling direction as well with the internally designed and built BigWater A80.  Thermaltake claims this device will get better results than the competition by including some interesting airflow modifications.  Expect this to be very price competitive and be available in Q3.

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A big surprise at the booth was new USB-controlled power strip called the "Wireless USB Control Series".  Besides offering some convenient USB outlets directly on the power strip, this surge protector also has a USB powered remote control that will turn on and off the "Energy Saver" ports with the push of a button.

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The remote sits in a little stand on top of your desk so you can power offer your display, printer or other devices all at once and without reaching behind anything.  For those of you that want to go green then this will allow you to do so for a modest cost of $30-40 later this year.

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Source: Thermaltake

No one needs more than three buttons on a mouse!

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2011 - 06:45 PM |
Tagged: input, mouse, keyboard, thermaltake

It seems almost quaint for a mouse to sport only three buttons, MMORPG styled mice carry a dozen buttons or more.  However for Portal there really isn't much use for those extra buttons and as long as you are willing to assign weapons switching to the scroll wheel, three buttons will do you quite well in most FPS games.  The Thermaltake eSPORTS Azurues mouse is designed with that in mind, a very simple black mouse with three buttons and a 1600DPI switchable sensor.  If simplicity attracts you, drop by Hi Tech Reviews for a close up look.

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"The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues is a basic 3-button gaming mouse designed for FPS gamers. The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues has a polling rate of 500Hz and a dpi switch at the bottom adjustable up to 1600 dpi. Like all Tt eSPORTS products that plug into a USB port, the Azurues gaming mouse has a braided and gold-plated USB connector as well as a convenient carrying case. The Tt eSPORTS Azurues does not require any software or drivers to use and is completely plug and play. For gamers that want a simple gaming mouse, the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues is a high-performance alternative with just the right amount and combination of enthusiast features."

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