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Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | May 14, 2013 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Lian Li, PC -Q30, mini ITX, case
Lian Li has just released a very unique case for those who want to show off their internal components, the PC-Q30. The unique curved chassis will certainly make your system stand out as no other competitor is offering a case with this particular look. It is mini-ITX so their are some space constraints for the highest end systems but you can still fit a good system into the (W)223mm x (H)357mm x (D)300mm chassis.
May 14, 2013, Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q30. With its curve-shaped design and large acrylic front window the fully aluminum PC-Q30 allows users to show off their systems, and is sure to be the talking piece of any room.
Whether in the living room, bedroom, or office, the PC-Q30 with its curve-shape and brushed aluminium finish takes visual command without being ostentatious. Additionally, DIY builders can put their stylized internal components and intricate builds on full display – as they should not be hidden from sight.
Thanks to the two expansion slots on the top of the chassis, the PC-Q30 supports graphics cards up to 200mm (7.8”). For storage, up to four 2.5” hard drives or SSDs can be mounted in the removable hard drive cage at the bottom of the chassis.
A 140mm fan in the rear of the chassis expels hot air, while ventilation on the top and side allows for cool air to enter. A small form factor power supply up to 125mm (4.9”) is placed on rubber pads in order to reduce vibrations.
The front of the PC-Q30 is minimalistic in aesthetics and houses the dual LED illuminated power button that glows blue when on and red while loading. The I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections is located on the left side of the front of the chassis to not interrupt the elegant aesthetics.
Price and Availability
The PC-Q30 will be available in June in the US and Canada for the suggested retail price of US$149
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2013 - 06:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: seasonic, haswell, Power Supplies, PSU, 0.05A
Following the announcements from other power supply manufacturers, Seasonic has now released a list of its own power supplies that are compatible with Intel's upcoming Haswell processor. The new Haswell CPUs, set to launch June 3rd, incorporate new C6 and C7 sleep states that draw as little as 0.05A from the 12V PSU rail. Because of the low load, some existing power supplies will have issues with the new sleep states and could result in system instability. In light of that, many manufacturers are validating their existing lineups to determine which ones are compatible.
As of the time of publication, the following power supplies from Seasonic are compatible with Haswell and the new sleep states.
Platinum Fanless Series
M12 II Evo Edition Series
Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more information on PSU and Haswell compatibility.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Processors | May 10, 2013 - 01:23 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: c6, c7, haswell, PSU, corsair
I cannot do it captain! I don't have the not enough power!
We have been discussing the ultra-low power state of Haswell processors for a little over a week and how it could be detrimental to certain power supplies. Power supply manufacturers never quite expected that you could have as little as a 0.05 Amp (0.6W) draw on the 12V rail without being off. Since then, companies such as Enermax started to list power supplies which have been tested and are compliant with the new power requirements.
|AXi||AX1200i||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX860i||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX760i||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX||AX1200||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX860||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX850||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX760||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX750||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|AX650||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|HX||HX1050||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|HX850||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|HX750||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|HX650||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX-M||TX850M||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX750M||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX650M||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX||TX850||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX750||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|TX650||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|GS||GS800||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|GS700||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|GS600||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|CX-M||CX750M||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|CX600M||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|CX500M||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|CX430M||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|CX||CX750||Yes||100% Compatible with Haswell CPUs|
|CX600||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|CX500||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|CX430||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|VS||VS650||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|VS550||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|VS450||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
|VS350||TBD||Likely compatible — currently validating|
Above is Corsair's slightly incomplete chart as of the time it was copied from their website, 3:30pm on May 10th, 2013; so far it is coming up all good. Their blog should be updated as new products get validated for the new C6 and C7 CPU sleep states.
The best part of this story is just how odd it is given the race to arc-welding (it's not a podcast so you can't Bingo! hahaha!) supplies we have been experiencing over the last several years. Simply put, some companies never thought that component manufacturers such as Intel would race to the bottom of power draws.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2013 - 12:43 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 | May 8, 2013 - 10:46 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ultra tower, nzxt, h630, grid hub, case
NZXT has unleashed a monstrous new PC case onto the tech world with the H630 Ultra Tower. The new chassis is constructed of powder coated steel and ABS plastic. It can accommodate XL-ATX motherboards, two 360mm radiators, 8 hard drives, and a bunch of fans within its sound dampened interior. The H630 case weighs approximately 31 pounds and measures 547 x 245 x 567mm (HxWxD).
On the outside, the NZXT features a glossy white or black powder coated finish. You will not find any case windows or bling, but the design is clean and simple. It offers filtered fan intakes and an IO panel located on the right side with two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and two audio ports as well as a SDXC card slot. Two 5.25” drive bays adorn the top-front of the case.
The inside of the case is rather spacious with an optical drive bay, three removable hard drive bays, an opening for a bottom mounted PSU, and a large motherboard tray that can hold boards up to XL-ATX in size. Water cooling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can mount a 360mm radiator in the top and front of the case, which is a pretty impressive feat without needing to use an externally-mounted rad (like I had to with my case). If you opt for additional air cooling, you can further fit two 140mm fans in the bottom of the case, one 140mm case in the HDD cage, and one 140mm case in the rear of the case. Needless to say, that’s a lot of cooling options!
NZXT has also outfitted the H630 with sound dampening material, which should help to soften the noise of all the hardware enthusiasts are likely to pack into the case--though I would wait for reviews to see how well the material works. Additionally, the H630 has 9 expansion slots, cable routing holes, the company's 10-port Grid fan hub, and two 2.5” SSD mounts hidden behind the motherboard tray.
The new H630 Ultra Tower should be available in the US for around $150 by the end of May and in the UK for £129.05 sometime in June. For the price, it seems like an impressive deal. I’m tempted, though I’m not sure if it will fit under my desk. You can find more photos and specifications on this NZXT product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 6, 2013 - 03:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evercool, Venti HPQ-12025
If you need an inexpensive and relatively small heatsink then FrostyTech has a review you should check out. At a mere 125x68x160mm and 588g the Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 is tiny compared to many on the market and at $30 it is significantly less expensive than larger competitors. With that small footprint you could be forgiven for thinking that performance would suffer but FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a solid midrange performer and still reasonably efficient when running the fan at its lowest speed.
"Airflow is driven by a single 120mm PWM fan whose snow white 7-bladed impeller rotates at your basic 2200RPM to 800RPM. Noise output is moderate. Because computer enthusiasts tend to be picky bunch, Evercool have tossed in one extra set of wire fan clips."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Silverstone Heligon Series HE01 CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Scythe Ashura / Katana 4 CPU cooler @ Hardware.info
- SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master TPC-612 review: cheaper TPC-800 CPU cooler @ Hardware.info
- Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S CPU Coolers Review @ NikKTech
- Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Alpenfohn Fohn 120 and 140 WingBoost Fan @ eTeknix
- Noctua NF-S12A 120mm Fans Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Cougar 120mm Dual-X Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Noctua NF-A14 FLX and ULN 140mm Case Fan Review @ Ninjalane
- Spire X2 120mm PWM Fan Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- NZXT Kraken X40 Compact Liquid Cooling System Review: New Level of Cool @ X-bit Labs
- Enermax Hoplite ST Gaming Tower Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Silverstone Redline RL04 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- InWin G7 Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower @ FunkyKit
- Lian Li PC-V750WX Compact E-ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- NZXT Phantom 630 Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Aerocool Xpredator case @ Rbmods
- Corsair Obsidian 350D Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair 350D M-ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- LanCool First Knight PC-K65B Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- A quick look at BitFenix's Prodigy enclosure @ The Tech Report
- Lian Li PC-V650B @ techPowerUp
- Antec GX700 Military Case @ Rbmods
- Antec GX700 Mid Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
Austrian PC Cooling manufacturer Noctua has released a new fan called the NF-A14. The new fan is PWM controlled and aimed at case or watercooling radiator cooling. The NF-A14 uses a square frame and features higher static pressure than the NF-P13 along with a maximum speed of 1500RPM.
The fan kit comes with the fan itself, mounting screws, a rubber mounting system to reduce vibration, a 30mm extension cable, low-noise adapter, and a 4-pin Y splitter cable that allows two PWM fans to be connected to a single motherboard fan header. The new Noctua NF-A14 comes with a 6 year warranty.
You can find more information on Noctua’s website as well as the full press release after the break.
In other cooling news:
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | May 1, 2013 - 12:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: power supply, Intel, idle, haswell, c7, c6
I came across an interesting news story posted by The Tech Report this morning that dives into the possibility of problems with Intel's upcoming Haswell processors and currently available power supplies. Apparently, the new C6 and C7 idle power states that give the new Haswell architecture benefits for low power scenarios place a requirement of receiving a 0.05 amps load on the 12V2 rail. (That's just 50 milliamps!) Without that capability, the system can exhibit unstable behavior and a quick look at the power supply selector on Intel's own website is only listing a couple dozen that support the feature.
This table from VR-Zone, the source of the information initially, shows the difference between the requirements for 3rd (Ivy Bridge) and 4th generation (Haswell) processors. The shift is an order of magnitude and is quite a dramatic change for PSU vendors. Users of Corsair power supplies will be glad to know that among those listed with support on the Intel website linked above were mostly Corsair units!
A potential side effect of this problem might be that motherboard vendors simply disable those sleep states by default. I don't imagine that will be a problem for PC builders anyway since most desktop users aren't really worried about the extremely small differences in power consumption they offer. For mobile users and upcoming Haswell notebook designs the increase in battery life is crucial though and Intel has surely been monitoring those power supplies closely.
I asked our in-house power supply guru, Lee Garbutt, who is responsible for all of the awesome power supply reviews on pcper.com, what he thought about this issue. He thinks the reason more power supplies don't support it already is for power efficiency concerns:
Most all PSUs have traditionally required "some load" on the various outputs to attain good voltage regulation and/or not shut down. Not very many PSUs are designed yet to operate with no load, especially on the critical +12V output. One of the reasons for this is efficiency. Its harder to design a PSU to operate correctly with a very low load AND to deliver high efficiency. It would be easy just to add some bleed resistance across the DC outputs to always have a minimal load to keep voltage regulation under control but then that lowers efficiency.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2013 - 09:30 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: noctua, nh-l9a, hsf, cooler, mini-itx, low profile cooler
Noctua, an Austrian company known for its high-end air CPU coolers has announced that it will be offering up alternatvie mounting kits to users of its low profile NH-L9a cooler that have incompatible motherboards. Certain mini-ITX motherboards that place components on the back of the motherboard around the processor socket are incompatible with the company’s existing SecureFirm 2 mounting kit because the backplate cannot be installed.
The new alternative mounting system for the NH-L9a CPU cooler uses Noctua’s NM-APS3 spacers that go in place of the standard backplate. The spacers go in between the motherboard and screws, but are small enough to not run into any components installed in the area normally reserved for a CPU backplate. Two such boards that Noctua has found to be incompatible are the mini-ITX AsRock FM2A75M-ITX and AsRock FM2A85X-ITX.
Users with an incompatible motherboard and NH-L9a cooler can obtain the alternative mounting kit for free by contacting Noctua’s customer service line and providing them with a proof of purchase (scan, photo, or electronic invoice) receipt for both the Noctua cooler and an incompatible motherboard. Additionally, Noctua will be including both the standard SecureFirm 2 and alternative mounting kits in the retail NH-L9a cooler box from now on.
It is nice to see Noctua continuing its tradition of good customer care. They many not be as popular as other cooler vendors in the US but it seems they are a company willing to go the extra mile for its enthusiast customers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2013 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, enermax, TriAthlor, 650W
Platimax, Triathlor and NAXN; perhaps Enermax is not gifted at picking names for their PSUs but for the most part they are known for creating solid PSUs which do the job they are intended to. Setting aside the name, this 650W mostly modular PSU has four 12V rails that combine to a peak of 54A, 648W which is certainly enough to power a modest multi-GPU system. [H]ard|OCP put it through their own special brand of torture and were pleased with the results, a pass on all of their testing albeit results which trail the competitions offerings. That keeps this PSU in the running as far as performance but at a current cost of $120 and perhaps higher in the future, it is hard to recommend this PSU over ones that do not cost as much and provide power of a quality at least equal to if not better than the Triathlor.
"Today we bring you an "athletic" power supply from Enermax that weighs in at 650 watts. The new Triathlor series sports plenty of features that enthusiasts will like including Silent Cooling, Flexible Cable Management, is marketed as being Rock Stable at All Loads. Enermax ads that, "The Triathlor FC is not a blinky poser."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W @ techPowerUp
- Enermax Platimax 1350w Modular Power Supply @ FunkyKit
- Rosewill SilentNight 500-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 750W Power Supply Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Rosewill Fortress 750-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- Enermax Triathlor FC 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze @ Tweaktown
- Corsair AX1200 Fully-Modular 1200W Power Supply Review @ ModSynergy
- Corsair AX and AXi Series Power Supplies Review: Small Letter Big Difference @ X-bit Labs
- Cooler Master V Series 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. Mobile Power Roundup @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2013 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SFF, Obsidian Series 350D, obsidian, corsair
Fremont, California — April 25, 2013 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components, today announced the Obsidian Series 350D High Performance Micro ATX PC case. Available with a solid or windowed side panel, the Obsidian Series 350D brings unprecedented expansion and cooling options to smaller, more portable, high-performance PCs.
Like larger cases in the premium Obsidian Series line, the Obsidian Series 350D sports a clean, black, brushed-aluminum styling. The case is also designed for fast and neat builds with tool-free access and drive installation as well as an innovative cable routing system.
The Obsidian Series 350D case supports both Micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards and has plenty of interior space for liquid CPU cooling, dual 3.5” hard drives, dual 2.5” SSDs, dual 5.25” drives, and dual full-length graphics cards. It also has five expansion slots and five fan mounting points with room for two 240mm radiators. The front panel provides convenient access to USB 3.0 and audio connectors.
“The Obsidian 350D’s versatile expansion options give builders the ability to pack a lot of performance into a smaller form factor,” said Thi La, Senior VP & GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. “Its stylish, compact design makes it a perfect high-performance PC case for smaller living spaces or for gaming LAN parties.”
The MSRP is $109.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2013 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, obsidian, Obsidian 990D, super tower
If you are looking for a housing for a super system, Corsair's monumental new Obsidian 900D, aka Super Tower, might be for you. The midget in the picture below is the 200R mid-tower, cowering in front of the 40lb, 27.3"H x 10"W x 25.6"L 900D. Triple TITANS and terabytes of storage are nothing to this case, it will swallow them and leave plenty of elbow room for you to tweak a fully installed system. You really have to read [H]ard|OCP's full review to understand just how many features have been added to this case; certainly enough to win it a Gold Award.
"Corsair is finally pulling back the review embargo sheets on its new "Super Tower" 900D PC case. Details and pictures have been leaking out for months, but now we finally get to see if all the hype is justified. If you are wondering what a "super tower" is, well let's just say there will be a lot of desks that the 900D will not fit under."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Enermax Ostrog Giant Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 @ FunkyKit
- Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Lian Li PC-7HX @ eTeknix
- Corsair Obsidian 900D 'Godzilla' Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Iron Man Helment Case Mod @ Modders-Inc
- Thermaltake A31 Chassis @ eTeknix
- InWin GT1 Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- NZXT Phantom 630 @ Modders-Inc
- Cooler Master Storm Power-RX @ LanOC Reviews
- Thermaltake A 41 Chaser Chassis @ eTeknix
- Case Smithing: Personalized Acrylic Etching and Engraving @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define Mini Case Review @ AnandTech
- Affordable Gaming Cases: Corsair Carbide 200R and Thermaltake Chaser A41 @ X-Bit Labs
- SilverStone AP123 120mm Case Fan @ eTeknix
- Antec Kuhler H2O 1220 Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Antec Kuhler 1220 H20 Watercooling kit @ Rbmods
- Swiftech H220 Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige 240L @ Kitguru
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU cooler @ Hardwareoverclock
- Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable Cool CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Scythe ASHURA CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- GELID Solutions The Black Edition @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2013 - 05:46 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, case fan, fan controller, fan hub, cooling, grid
NZXT has announced that it is making its Grid fan hub available to the masses. No longer only available with certain NZXT cases, the Grid fan hub takes a single Molex power cable and provides 3-pin power outputs for up to ten fans.
The NZXT kit will come with the Grid hub, a 200mm long Molex power adapter, a single 200mm long (3-pin) female-to-female adapter cable, and two 200mm (3-pin) fan extension cables. NZXT is also including five black cable ties to assist with cable management.
Unfortunately, the Grid does not provide functionality to allow adjustable fan speeds. All fans connected to the Grid hub will run at 100% unless other means (such as resistors) are used inline to slow them down. If you only care for speed, and are in a situation where your motherboard does not support enough fan headers but you cannot justify a full fan controller the Grid might be for you. For the price, it is serviceable in that regard.
Speaking of pricing, the Grid fan hub will be available soon with a MSRP of $11.99. More information is available on NZXT's product page.
Is the Grid something that you could see yourself using?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2013 - 04:03 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PC-Q28, PC-Q27, mini-itx, Lian Li, aluminum case
PC Chassis manufacturer Lian-Li has launched two new mini-ITX cases that will be available next month. The PC-Q27 and PC-Q28 are both brushed aluminum cases that accommodate a single graphics card, a mini-ITX motherboard, at least one case fan, and several hard drives.
The PC-Q27 is the smallest of the two cases at 7.8” x 11.8” x 9.4.” The case is constructed of aluminum and the outside features a black or silver brushed aluminum finish. The front of the case features a single 5.25” optical drive bay, a LED-lit power button, and two USB 3.0 ports on the right side of the case. Internally, the PC-Q27 case uses Lian-Li’s rail motherboard mounting system for mini-ITX boards. It can host a single graphics card up to 195mm in length, two 3.5” hard drives, and one 5.25” drive. The case is cooled by a single 120mm bottom-mounted fan when the hard disk drive bay is removed. To facilitate airflow, the case has vents along the bottom and rear of the case. The case is held up by case feet to allow the fan to pull in cool air.
Meanwhile, the PC-Q28 is a bit larger and wider at 8.9” x 12” x 13.5.” IT also comes in a silver or black brushed aluminum design. This case is the successor to Lian-Li’s PC-Q18. It can hold a mini-ITX motherboard, a single GPU up to 290mm in length, and up to seven 3.5” hard drives. The mini-ITX case features two removable hard drive cages and two fans. There is a single 140mm fan located on the bottom of the case that acts as an intake (and includes a dust filter to keep the case internals clean), and one 120mm exhaust fan on the top of the case. The outside of the case features four case feet to lift the case off the ground, rounded corners, and a simple front panel that host a power button and 5.25” drive bay. The right side of the case hosts two USB 3.0 ports and two analog HD audio jacks.
Both of Lian-Li’s new mini-ITX cases will be available sometime in May. The smaller PC-Q27 has an MSRP of $78.99 while the PC-Q28 will cost $118.99.
Read more about the Mini-ITX form factor at PC Perspective!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 15, 2013 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: seasonic, Seasonic X-Series, 850W, PSU, modular psu
One drawback to impressing [H]ard|OCP with the quality of one of your PSUs is that the bar is now set that much higher for the next model they review. Seasonic is one such company that has a great reputation that they have to live up to with their new X-850 PSU. The half dozen PCIe 6+2 power plugs are a good start, as is being able to provide up to 99% of total power to the four 12V rails and the fully modular cabling is always appreciated. The real question is how it fared on the test bench, so go find out if it just makes it or if it passes the torture test with flying colours.
Seasonic is a long time favorite of HardOCP editors as you will find a Seasonic PSU in many builds we have done over the years. Today Seasonic pushes its X-Series forward just a bit more building its first gold efficiency rated fully modular enthusiast power supply. But will it blend?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair CX430M Modular Power Supply Review - What $25 Can Buy @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Builder Series Modular CX600M @ Kitguru
- Fractal Design Newton R3 1000 Watt 80-PLUS Platinum Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- In Win Commander III 700W Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Enermax NAXN ADV 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply @ Tweaktown
- Compact Power: Review of Five Low-Profile PSUs from Seasonic and Enhance @ X-bit Labs
- Fractal Design Integra R2 650W Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- CyberPower PR1500ELCDRTXL2U Professional Rackmount Series UPS Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 12, 2013 - 11:53 AM | 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 | April 10, 2013 - 03:53 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: slimhero, hsf, Gelid, fm2, cpu cooler, 1155
Hong Kong-based PC cooling company GELID Solutions launched a new low-profile CPU cooler yesterday called the SlimHero. The new SlimHero cooler joins the existing Silent HSF series, and is a mere 59mm high.
The low profile cooler measures 131 x 123 x 59mm including the fan and weighs 352g. The SlimHero cooler features four copper heatpipes connecting a copper block to a horizontal aluminum fin array. A 120mm fan is then mounted on top of the heatsink to push cool air over the fins and VRM area surrounding the processor. It is rated to cool processors up to 136 TDPs and is compatible with all of Intel and AMD's latest consumer sockets. On the AMD side, the cooler can be mounted in one of four directions on AM2, AM2, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2.Further, it is compatible with Intel's LGA 775, 1156, 1366, and 1155 sockets.
The heatsink comes bundled with a 120mm fan and GC-2 thermal compound. The fan is PWM controlled and can spin at anywhere between 750 and 1600 RPM. GELID rates the 120mm fan at 52.4 CFM and 12-25.4 dBA.
The new cooler is designed to work with small form factor systems without getting in the way of RAM or VRM heat-spreaders. It comes with a 5 year warranty and is available now for an MSRP of $32 USD (25 EUR).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2013 - 05:14 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tower cooler, noctua, nh-u, air cooling
Noctua has launched two new single-tower air coolers in the NH-U series. The new NH-U12S and NH-U14S slim tower coolers come in both 120mm and 140mm sizes respectively. The air coolers are slim-enough to be installed in most system configurations, even with tall RAM heat-spreaders in use.
The Noctua NH-U12S is an updated version of the company's NH-U12P-SE2 cooler. It features a 45mm thick tower heatsink paired with a 120mm NF-F12 fan.
On the other hand, the NH-U14S is Noctua's first air cooler sporting a 140mm fan. The cooler is 52mm thick, and is compatible with Intel's enthusiast LGA 2011/X79 platform. Further, it uses NF-A15 140mm fan that provides ample cooling power at lower RPMs (which means less noise, ideally).
Both the NH-U12S and NH-U14S air coolers include Noctua's SecureFirm 2 mounting system, NT-H1 thermal compound, and PWM-controlled fans. Users can also attach the low-noise adapter to reduce the maximum fan speed from 1500 to 1200 RPM should they value quiet operation over maximum performance. Noctua is supporting both air coolers with a 6 year manufacturer warranty.
Both the 120mm NH-U12S and 140mm NH-U14S will be "available shortly" according to Noctua. The NH-U12S has an MSRP of $64.90 USD (59.90 EUR), while the larger NH-U14S is priced at $79.90 USD (69.90 EUR). In all, they appear to be decent air cooling options, and Noctua has demonstrated quality support in the past (such as the free Haswell mounting kit upgrades for older HSFs). Personally, I'm interested to see how the 140mm unit performs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2013 - 11:57 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, full tower, e-atx, urban s71
Thermaltake recently launched the Urban S71 full tower chassis to round out its Urban line of cases (like its Urban S21 mid-tower). The S71 is constructed of SECC steel, weighs approximately 24 pounds, and measures 21 x 8.4 x 23-inches (534 x 213 x 584mm). The black brushed metal design is aesthetically pleasing and sound dampening foam reduces noise. Thermaltake is offering up two models: the VP500M1W2N with a side panel window and the VP500M1N2N without a window (and with more sound dampening foam).
The Urban S71 chassis features a brushed aluminum front door that conceals three 5.25" bays and one 3.5" drive bay. The top of the case hosts a docking station for a 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive. The top-front of the case includes the following IO options:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Mic In
- 1 x Headphone Out
- 1 x Power button (plus LED)
- 1 x Reset button (plus LED)
Pre-installed cooling options include two 200mm fans (at the front and top vents) and one 120mm high speed rear fan. The case includes removable dust filters on the top, front, and bottom vents. There is also room for a fan in bottom of the case, but is not included out of the box.
The interior of Thermaltake's Urban S71 chassis includes support for motherboards up to E-ATX in size and graphics cards up to 344mm in length. Cable routing and water cooling grommets are included on the motherboard tray and rear IO respectively. There are also eight total expansion slots and 6 3.5" drive bays (one externally-accessible). The top case ventilation slot(s) can support up to a 240mm water cooling radiator as well (like the Corsair H100).
In all, the Urban S71 is an impressive case with quite a few useful features. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, however.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2013 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, phantom 630
The NZXT Phantom 630 is much more expensive than many of their models, the $180 price tag puts it in contention with many other long standing high end case manufacturers. This price is justified in many ways, especially the sheer size of the 12.3kg (27.1lb) case which measures 245x627x600mm (9.7x24.7x23.6") and can accept a 170mm tall CPU cooler even with the 200mm side panel case fan installed. Perhaps not the most unobtrusive of cases but it provides enough elbow width to make installing a system much more comfortable. It also gives enough space to either set up watercooling or to depend on aircooling as this case accommodates up to four 140 or 120mm fans and four 200mm fans of which three can be swapped for a higher number of 140 or 120mm fans to accommodate radiators with different fan sizes. Check out the drive capacity and more at [H]ard|OCP.
"NZXT's new enthusiast computer case, the Phantom 630, looks to be truly designed for the computer hardware enthusiast and does not just carry the label like so many other products. NZXT has built the chassis with the end user in mind that wants to take things up a notch and not be annoyed when trying to accomplish his build goals."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- nWin D-Frame Limited Edition Open-Air Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master HAF XB Chassis @ eTeknix
- Enermax Ostrog GT Chassis @ eTeknix
- In Win GT1 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec GX700 @ Hardware.info
- Fractal Design Define R4 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- In Win BP655 Chasis @ LanOC Reviews
Azza Silentium 920 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Compact Liquid Cooling Systems Roundup. Part II: Front Runners @ X-bit Labs
- Cooler Master Seidon 120XL @ techPowerUp
- Gelid Slim 12 UV and PL Blue 120mm Fan @ eTeknix
- Xigmatek XAF Series F1255 120mm Fan @eTeknix
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX @ Kitguru
- DeepCool Neptwin Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE & PH-TC12DX CPU Coolers Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX @ Funky Kit
- Zalman FX100 review: passive Ivy Bridge CPU cooler@ Hardware.info
- Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile @ Modders-Inc
- Thermalright True Spirit 120M CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 @ Funky Kit
- DeepCool Frostwin Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Gelid The Black Edition CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
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