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Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2013 - 02:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mid-tower, gamescom, cosmos se, cosmos, cooler master, aluminum
At GamesCom in Germany earlier this week, Cooler Master showed off an updated mid-tower version of its Cosmos S: the Cosmos SE. This new case was on display at the company's GamesCom booth and is an aluminum mid-tower clad in all black. The Cosmos SE shares a similar outward appearance and form factor to the existing (full tower) Cosmos S, except it is shorter and features a redesigned front bezel. The side panel window shape is the same on the two Cosmos S-series cases. The new Cosmos SE does keep the solid aluminum handles and raised legs, however. The front IO is located above the 5.25" bays on the top edge of the case and includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks.
Internally, the case can accommodate ATX motherboards, three 5.25" drives, and at least five 3.5" or 2.5" hard drives or SSDs. A bottom mounted power supply sits below the motherboard, but with enough room for two dual slot graphics cards.
As far as cooling, the Cosmos SE can fit a 240mm radiator on the top of the case and a 360mm radiator with the front hard drive bays removed. Cable management has reportedly been tweaked as well.
The case looks nice but the ability to mount a 360mm rad (even at the cost of removing the 5.25" bays) to the top of the case would have been a welcome feature.
Unfortunately, beyond the photos coming out of GamesCom, details on the new case are scarce. Pricing and availability in particular are still unknown.
Are you excited for the Cosmos SE?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2013 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, H630 Silent, full tower
This case is not the cream colour that once graced the enclosures of computers everywhere but a very bright and clean white. The default cooling system consists of 200mm fans which help to keep the noise generated by the system at a minimum but you can choose to use 120 or 140mm fans as well as to mount radiators if you choose watercooling. At 245 x 547 x 567mm (9.6 x 21.5 x 22.3") you will be able to fit the tallest CPU coolers and longest GPUs without issue and the huge number of expansion bays should satisfy storage junkies. Thanks to the wide variety of toolless installation adapters and living up to the name silent, [H]ard|OCP gave this case a Silver Award; it is worth checking out if you are shopping for a full tower.
"NZXT leads its H630 charge with the key talking points of, "Clean. Modern. Silent." Surely we think these are thee things that many enthusiast look for when putting together a new system build. Its huge fan support, steel construction, and airflow qualities that are reported to be specifically engineered for silent high performance operation are reviewed here."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair's Obsidian Series 350D case @ The Tech Report
- Cooler Master N600 PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT H630 @ techPowerUp
- NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lian Li PC-9N Review @ OCC/A>
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid Tower @ Modders-Inc
- Aerocool XPredator X3 @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Obsidian 350D @ Techspot
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo @ Kitguru
- Coolermaster N400 Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo Case @ AnandTech
- Corsair Carbide AIR 540 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- NZXT H230 Classic Silent Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Enermax Fulmo-ST Midi-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-TU100 M-ITX @ eTeknix
- COUGAR Dual-X LED Fans (140 & 120mm) Review @ Techgage
- Prolimatech Vortex Fan @ eTeknix
- Go Custom With The Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Tundra TD02 & TD03 AiO Liquid Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
- Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- SilverStone TD02 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- SilverStone TD03 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Prolimatech Black Megahalems CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2013 - 08:46 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: windows rt, mouse, microsoft, keyboard
I would normally begin a product announcement with some introduction but, this time, a quote from Mary Jo Foley seems a better fit:
These new peripherals work with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT, though only "basic functionality" is provided when used with Windows RT.
Problems with Windows RT, it is now obvious, go beyond Ethernet dongles and I would be shocked if Microsoft Hardware are the only ones suffering. We have already heard Plugable, an adapter and peripherals company, complain about Microsoft and their demand for Plugable to pull Surface RT drivers from their website. I cannot see this being a few localized issues.
These are the problems you will experience with a platform where the owner has complete control. Imagine how bad Windows RT will be if Microsoft slips behind, again, in Internet Explorer development; the only browsers allowed must be Internet Explorer reskins. But I digress.
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop is a mouse, keyboard, and number pad with a unique appearance. Non-uniform keys pushing upward to a split should conform to the hand of a typical home row typist. WASD gamers might as well stop reading by this point. Microsoft is not known for mechanical switches so I would expect this keyboard to be typical membrane-based activation.
Side-on shows off the depth better.
That said, most Microsoft peripherals I have used tends to keep up with mechanical in terms of durability and performance... except wired Xbox headsets. Those little turds snap within a matter of hours.
The mouse, on the other hand (literally), does not seem to include extra mouse buttons except for a dedicated Windows button. If you have not figured it out by now: gamers are not the target audience. It seems fairly standard otherwise, from a feature standpoint, although comfort and durability are the big deciding factors for many users which we are not in a position to give an honest opinion on.
Together, the devices are available within the week and retail for $129.95. The keyboard, separately, will be available in September for $80.95; the mouse, separately, will be available for $59.95. High price, but it might just be worth it for dedicated typists.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2013 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, PSU, NZXT HALE90, kilowatt, 80 Plus Gold
For $230 the NZXT HALE90 v2 1000W PSU needs to perform well to justify the price, especially as the 1200W model currently costs the same amount. [H]ard|OCP has the tools to test this PSU to the limits and that is exactly what they did; the unit received a passing mark but no award as the quality of it's voltage regulation was right in the middle of the pack, no better nor worse than the competition. It is a very efficient PSU if that is one of your prerequisites, it is rather attractive and offers a large selection of modular cabling. Check out the full review for the exact specifications.
"The new NZXT HALE90 v2 1000 watt computer power supply has more than a few marketed points that talk it up like; clean currents, rock steady performance, eccentric design, and infused design elements. All that aside, we will put it through our brutal testing suite and find out if it is worth your hard earned cash."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- In Win GreenMe 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone Strider Essential & Strider Plus 500W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- 45 PSUs tested at very low loads: which one is the most efficient? @ Hardware.info
- Sentey SDP850-SS Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- XFX Pro Series 850W Black Edition PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master V850 Fully Modular 80+ Gold PSU @ Funky Kit
- High Power Astro GD 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Be quiet! Pure Power L8 400W/300W review: good for budget PCs @ Hardware.info
- Three 500 watt PSUs tested: Antec VP550F, Cooler Master B500 and Nexus NX-5000 V1 @ Hardware.info
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Systems | August 9, 2013 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, asus cube, google, google tv, htpc
With the release of the Google Chromecast streaming USB stick it seems apropos to revisit Google's other foray into the HTPC business, Google TV. Specifically it is the ASUS Cube up for review at Bjorn3D which will be offered as an example. At less than 5" a side it is a tiny device with HDMI input and output, an pair of USB 2.0 connectors, an ethernet port and a connector for an IR sensor for the remote. It does have wireless connectivity to help keep down on the clutter if you install it somewhere noticeable. Inside you will find a 1.2 GHz Marvell Armada 1500 chip, 1GB of RAM and 2GB of user accessible storage. There are a variety of apps to help you find streams to watch and is certainly easier to set up than a full HTPC. At $125 is is more expensive than the Chromecast but it is also more powerful, see how in the review.
"Asus Cube is the device that features latest Google TV OS that want to be part of your living room entertainment setup. With a good design, an unique remote, and $139 price tag, can it push Google TV further where others may have failed? Let’s find out."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Ebode VLHD30 Full HDMI Wireless Audio/Video Sender System Review @ Madshrimps
- Hauppauge HD PVR2 Gaming Edition Plus @ Kitguru
- Streacom ST-FC8B EVO Mini ITX Case @ NikKTech
- Zotac Zbox Nano Plus: A mini with more @ Hardware.info
- Intel NUC DCCP847DYE @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte Brix review: compact mini PC @ Hardware.info
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 7, 2013 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: CaseLabs, Merlin SM8
CaseLabs is not the most common of case manufacturers as their design is very open and modular and perhaps daunting for an inexperienced system builder but perfect for modders and watercoolers. As you can see there is no drive rack, you install drives as needed directly to the chassis which leaves a lot of space for watercooling or lighting. The cases dimensions of 22.44" x 11.18" x 22.38" are smaller than their previous families of cases but is still large enough for full ATX motherboards and oversized GPUs. TechPowerUp installed a system in this case, opting for only a few of the available accessories as the base model is worth almost $400 before you start shopping for optional mounts.
"CaseLabs is known for their modular cases because they allow for the most intricate water-cooling setup without compromising on quality. While their cases have been quite large in the past, the Merlin series offers smaller, more traditionally sized enclosures. We take the SM8 for a spin to see how it fares."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full-Tower Chassis @ Funky Kit
- Rosewill Throne Case @ AnandTech
- NZXT H630 Silent Ultra-Tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme Black Edition Mid-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master N400 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Thermaltake Chaser A41 Review @ OCC
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Rosewill Line Glow Mid Tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 @ Kitguru
- Aerocool Touch 2100 Touch Screen Fan Controller @ Kitguru
- Phobya MaxGuide 6 Dualbay Fan Controller @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @ OCC
- Be Quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
- Alpenfohn Brocken CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Noctua NH-U14S and NH-U12S High Compatibility CPU Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
- Thermaltake NiC 5 - Untouchable CPU Cooler @ Funky Kit
- GELID Black Edition Dual Tower CPU Heatsink Review @ HiTech Legion
- XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ HiTech Legion
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2013 - 08:02 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: phanteks, full tower, enthoo primo, eatx
Phanteks, a company known for its CPU coolers, has launched into a new market with a new full tower PC case called the Enthoo Primo. The case measures 650mm x 250mm x 600mm and is constructed from a steel frame and will aluminum panels. It is a full tower case that can accomodate motherboards up to EATX in size. The Enthoo Primo is all black with clean lines, controllable LEDs, and a side panel window.
The front of the case has a door that swings open to reveal the five 5.25" drive bays and front case IO. The IO includes:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 2 x Audio jacks
The Enthoo Primo also features a LED switch that can control the case's LEDs and user-added LED fans (or strips), and a PWM fan controller for up to 11 fans. As far as cooling options go, Phanteks bundles five 140mm PH-F140SP fans.
In all, the Enthoo Primo supports up to 16 total fans or five water cooling radiators. The top and front case panels are removable and come equipped with dust filters. Water cooling radiator support includes:
- Front: 1 x 240mm
- Top: 1 x 480mm or 420mm
- Side: 1 x 240mm without hard drives cages installed
- Rear: 1 x 140mm or 120mm
- Bottom: 1 x 240mm or 480mm
Internall features include eight PCI expansion slots, EATX motherboard support (with large CPU cutout), CPU coolers up to 207mm tall, five 5.25" drives, and six 3.5" HDDs or 12 2.5" SSDs. Phanteks has also placed mounting brackets for a water cooling reservoir and pump in the top and bottom of the case respectively. Cable management is enabled by grommets around the motherboard tray, routing space behind the motherboard tray, and two removeable hard drive cages that are covered from the window to present a clean aesthetic.
It is a nice looking case for enthusiasts running high end hardware and cooling setups. Phanteks' Enthoo Primo is available now in the UK for £199.99 which works out to about $306 USD. However, according to Maximum PC, the new full tower case will be available in the US in September with an MSRP of $249.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2013 - 08:26 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: cooler master, cm 690 III, atx
Cooler Master has announced the CM 690 III, which is a redesigned full tower case in the same enthusiast vein as the original CM 690. Cooler Master has primarily redesigned the interior with a new hard drive mounting cage, tool-less drive bays, and additional cable management space behind the motherboard tray.
The new Cooler Master CM 690 III measures 507mm x 230mm x 502mm (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 19 lbs (8.7kg). The case is all black with mesh front and top panels. The top of the case has a small storage compartment and front panel IO options including two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks. The front of the case has three externally-accessible 5.25” bays and space for a 200mm intake fan.
The CM 690 III comes in two SKUs, depending on whether you want a side panel case window or not. The model with a side window supports up to 7 fans while the model without a window supports up to 9 fans, and up to three 200mm fans. Also, cooling support further includes grommets on the rear of the case for external radiators, support for a 240mm water cooling radiator on both the top and front panel, and a 120mm raditor on the rear. Dust filters are located on the top, front, and PSU vents.
The CM 690 III supports graphics cards up to 423mm long and CPU coolers up to 171mm high. Users can install up to 7 3.5” hard drives or up to 10 2.5” SSDs (one behind the motherboard and one on the bottom of the case).
The updated CM 690 III will be available in August for an undisclosed price.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2013 - 10:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: rosewill, atx case
Rosewill, no stranger to computer cases, expands their portfolio with three cheap and feature-filled ATX mid-towers. No more than a single external 3.25" bay, and aesthetics, seem to differentiate the models from one another. Every choice has: a healthy number of internal bays, some option for external 3.5", a spot for an SSD, USB 3.0, and an expected price of $50.
Galaxy-02 (top-left) and Galaxy-03 (top-right) allow up to three 5.25" devices to be installed, two if you convert a bay to an external 3.5" slot using the supplied adapter. Galaxy-01 (below) includes a permanently mounted external 3.5" bay. I never really understood the advantage compared to an internal, but still easily accessible, mounting point; a toaster-like dock, attached internally to SATA, would get my attention.
Each case contains three 120mm fans with options of mounting either a fourth fan, 120mm or 140mm form factors, to the side panel. For those curious, power supplies are mounted on the bottom and draw cool air from a dust-shielded opening.
All three cases are currently available for $49.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2013 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, heatsink, AR02, AR01
SilverStone have released three new Argon branded coolers, the mid-sized AR01, the small AR02 and the extra large AR03, of which [H]ard|OCP reviewed the first two models. The AR01 is 120mm x 50mm x 159mm and uses three heatpipes to move the heat up to where it can be dispersed by the 120mm fan. The AR02 is 92mm x 50mm x 134mm which makes it great for smaller systems though the 92mm is an odd size and could be hard to replace if you so desired. Both coolers are under $35 to pick up, so while not the best performing heatsinks on the market they do very well when you look at the price to performance ratio. You can see the full review here.
"SilverStone comes to us today with a new series of air cooler for your AMD or Intel branded processor. The Argon series is pointed squarely at the lower cost end of its product stack. So how do these 6mm heatpipe units with "Direct Export Technology" stand up to testing in a world of great air coolers with much higher prices?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Zalman CNPS10X Optima Shark's Fin Blade CPU @ eTeknix
- Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master V8 GTS Review @ Neoseeker
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler @ Modders-Inc
- NZXT Kraken X60 All-in-One Water Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Enermax ELC240 A.I.O liquid CPU cooler @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master N400 Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 @ techPowerUp
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Carbide AIR 450 Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT Phantom 530 Chassis @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Cube Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Antec GX700 @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced @ techPowerUp
- NZXT H630 Silent Case @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Urban S71 Chassis @ eTeknix
- Lian Li D8000 Review: Double-Sized, Full HPTX Tower @ TechSpot
- Corsair Obsidian 350D mATX Case @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2013 - 03:29 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Intel, dccp847dye, nuc, SFF, pcn, wi-fi
Intel recently posted a Product Change Notification (PCN, number 112432-00) regarding one of its first NUC bare-bones systems, model number BOXDCCP847DYE. The PCN seeks to address the overheating issues that several hardware review sites encountered when performing large file copies across the network using the built-in Wi-Fi card. Intel has reportedly found a solution by adding a 9.5mm thermal pad to the underside of the top cover. The thermal pad will make contact with the mSATA SSD and facilitate heat transfer from the drive into the metal chassis.
The overheating problems spotted by PC Perspective (in our review) and other tech sites lead to system freezes and restarts. When transferring large amounts of data across the network, the built-in mPCI-E Wi-Fi card would heat up, and because the SSD is mounted just above the Wi-Fi card, the system would lock up or crash when the SSD overheated. Thus, Intel’s workaround is to improve the cooling of the SSD such that it (hopefully) will no longer overheat and users will not have to resort to buying a USB Wi-Fi dongle or running an Ethernet cable to the switch.
According to the PCN, the solution works and system retailers should expect shipments of the BOXDCCP847DYE with upgraded cover to arrive as early as August 1st. Notably, Intel is planning to ship out all pre-modification inventory before moving onto shipping updated bare-bones systems. It may be some time before consumers can be sure they are getting the updated model. In the meantime, users can always opt to use one of the many third party NUC cases that take full advantage of passive cooling techniques.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2013 - 02:03 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: v8 gts, Intel, hsf, cpu cooler, cooler master, amd
Cooler Master has unveiled a massive CPU cooler called the V8 GTS. The new high end air cooler measures 154 x 140 x 153.5mm and weighs 1.9 pounds. It combines a horizontal vapor chamber, eight heat pipes, triple aluminum fin stacks, and two shrouded PWM fans with red LEDs.
The V8 GTS is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets, including LGA 775, 1150 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 on the Intel side and AM2, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 on the AMD side. A horizontal vapor chamber is used for the CPU baseplate to effectively move heat away from the processor an into the heatpipes.
Eight 6mm heat pipes further transfer heat to three total aluminum fin stacks. Further, two 140mm PWM-controlled fans move cool air across the fins to facilitate cooling high end and overclocked processors. The fans can spin between 600 and 1,600 RPM and are rated for between approximately 28 and 82 CFM respectively.
Other features of the Cooler Master V8 GTS include red LEDs and a black shroud. The cooler is designed to allow plenty of room for clearance around the RAM area to allow for memory with heatspreaders to be used. It is rated to be able to cool up to 250W. It may be rather heavy and may or may not be a hemi, but it certainly looks cool (heh)!
The CM V8 GTS is model number RR-V8VC-1GPR-R1 and comes with a 2 year warranty. Cooler Master has not yet detailed pricing or availability. In the meantime, Hardware Secrets managed to get their hands on the massive cooler to put its performance to the test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2013 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, seasonic, X-400FL Platinum 400W, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu
A 400W PSU seems a little under-powered when compared to the kilowatt PSUs that are commonly reviewed but there are not many systems that actually need that amount of power. Seasonic has designed their X-400FL Platinum 400W to provide great power, efficiency and extra features in lieu of providing huge amounts of power. The PSU is fully modular and is able to provide an impressive 33A combined from it's four 12V rails, with an absolute minimum of ripple even during the most intense parts of [H]ard|OCP's testing. At $120 it is a little more expensive than other similar PSUs but with the outstanding build quality of the PSU it is worth it.
"This new Seasonic PSU touts Platinum efficiency, a fully modular design, and a host of other enthusiast-worthy hardware features that will ring true with those looking for a what might be "the best" 400 watt PSU on the market. For those of you looking to build that truly powerful HTPC, this PSU also offers silent operation."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec High Current Gamer Modular 850 W @ techPowerUp
- EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 Power Supply Review @ HiTech Legion
- EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Be Quiet! PURE POWER L8 500 W @ techPowerUp
- High Power Astro GD-750 Watt PSU Review @ HiTech Legion
- In Win Commander III 800W Power Supply @ HiTech Legion
- Antec High Current Gamer Modular 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 800W Power Supply @ HiTech Legion
- Antec HCG-850M 850W Power Supply Unit @ NikKTech
- Silverstone PP07 Sleeved PSU Extension/Adapter Cables @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 16, 2013 - 08:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, PSU, power suppy, pcper live, live
Missed the live stream? You fool! But here is the reply of the event and quite honestly it turned out better than I expected. If you don't learn something about power supplies by watching this, I'll eat my shoe.
Countless readers ask us for advice on power supplies. What makes power supplies different, how do you calculate how big of a PSU you need, are single rail units the best? That is just a sample of the inquiries that find their way to us.
After months of scheduling, I was finally able to wrangle in our resident power supply expert, Lee Garbutt, responsible for basically all of the power supply testing on PC Perspective since the beginning, for a LIVE stream to talk all about power supplies!
Learn about Power Supplies with Ryan and Lee - Live Stream
10am PT / 1pm ET - July 17th
What can you expect to learn during our live stream? Here is a sample of the topics we are going to cover:
Why are PC power supplies called switchers or switching power supplies?
What qualities characterize a good PSU?
What is Power Factor Correction and is it the same thing as Efficiency?
What’s all the hype about single versus multi rail output? Which is better? And what’s a rail anyway?
Let’s look inside a PSU and show me what the main components are?
Let’s talk about how you test a PSU. What tests do you perform? What equipment do you use, etc.?
We'll be monitoring the chat room in our PC Perspective Live! page for more questions during the stream of course but if you have any pressing issues you want to be sure are addressed, please leave a note in our comments below! For those of you that CAN join us live, we have another reason to attend...PRIZES!!
EVGA was kind enough to donate a EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 PSU and a SuperNOVA NEX750G Gold power supply! What do have to do to enter? Just be in the live stream and pay attention - we'll have the details there during the LIVE stream!
Again, that's July 17th at 1pm ET / 10am PT for an informative discussion about the power supplies that make all of our PC gaming goodness possible!
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 04:13 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, Intel, haswell, evga, c7, c6, 80 Plus Bronze
EVGA recently launched a new 500W power supply called the 500B. The new ATX PSU is haswell ready and supports the advanced low-wattage C6 and C7 sleep states. The 500B, as the name suggests, is a 500W unit rated 80 PLUS Bronze for 85% efficiency under typical workloads.
Although it is not modular, it has several other enthusiast friendly features. It supports 40 Amps on the single +12V rail and has over-current and over-voltage protection. Further, it has two 6+2-pin PCI-E power connectors, a single 8-pin CPU power, and a 24-pin ATX connector along with a couple molex and SATA power for good measure. Also, the PSU fan automatically adjusts speed for low noise.
The EVGA 500B (model number 100-BR-0500-KR) comes with a 3 year warranty. Pricing and availability have not been announced. It looks to be a decent option for budget builds, and should be priced competitively. More information and additional photos can be found on this EVGA product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 12:24 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: veloce, Intel, haswell, gtx 765m, gtx 700M, Digital Storm
Later this month, Digital Storm will be launching the 13.3” VELOCE gaming notebook. The 13.3” laptop is 1.26” thick and weighs 4.81 pounds. It combines a 1080p screen with an Intel Haswell processors and NVIDIA 700M dedicated graphics.
On the outside, the VELOCE features a black laptop lid with a red Digital Storm logo that runs down the center. The interior of the laptop is silver and grey with a backlit keyboard. The VELOCE has a LED-backlit 13.3” display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. External port IO includes three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4a output, one VGA video out, and an Ethernet RJ45 jack.
Internal specifications for the VELOCE include an Intel Core i7-4800MQ Haswell processor (quad core at 3.7GHz max), 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, and a 750GB hybrid hard drive with 8GB of flash cache. Users also get a NVIDIA GTX 765M dedicated GPU with 2GB of video memory and support for the company’s Optimus technology. A 8x DVD/CD drive and Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 NIC. The notebook supports a single 2.5” drive and a single mSATA drive, with RAID support.
Digital Storm is bundling the notebook with Windows 8 x64.
The Digital Storm VELOCE will be available on July 17th. It will have a starting price of $1,535 USD which gets you the laptop, 3 year warranty, and lifetime of US-based tech support.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2013 - 07:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide Series AIR 540
It may not look like it at first glance but Corsair's AIR 540 can fit an EATX motherboard inside, it can also fit a mATX board but that might look a little odd inside a case this large. The extra depth that is obvious in the picture serves two purposes, firstly to create two chambers as the PSU is installed beside the add in card bays, not below or above and secondly to ensure even the tallest CPU cooler can be installed with plenty of spare room around it. The intake filters are completely removable and it is quite easy to do so, a theme carried on throughout this chassis. Take a look at the full review at [H]ard|OCP.
"Corsair is adding a somewhat nonconformist computer case design to its product stack with the AIR 540. Its product features tout better cooling, easier adaptation of high end air and water cooling, all while being a quieter solution. The AIR 540 looks to be a simple cube shape, but inside it holds an uncommon dual chamber design."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- NZXT Respire T40 @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review @ Legit Review
- Lian Li PC-Q30 Mini-ITX
- Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro ATX @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master N200 mATX Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case @ AnandTech
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2013 - 05:33 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: n600, n400, mATX, cooler master, atx
Cooler Master recently launched two new N-series ATX computer cases in the US. The new N400 and N600 will join the existing N200 mini tower.
The two new polymer computer cases feature a full mesh front panel, support for 240mm water cooling radiators on the right side panel, seven PCI expansion slots, and room for several storage drives and fans. Front IO on the N400 and N600 cases include two USB 3, two USB 2, and two audio ports.
The N400 is the smaller of the two at 7.5” x 16.7” x 19.7.” It supports graphics cards up to 320mm as well as motherboards of mATX or ATX form factors. Further, the N400 can support two 5.25” optical drives, eight 3.5” hard drives, and three 2.5” solid state drives (SSD).
The case has space for up to eight fans, and Cooler Master has pre-installed two 120mm XtraFlow fans. Dust filters cover the front and side intake vents.
The internals of the N400 are a bit more basic than those of the N600. There are no cable routing grommets or water cooling grommets that pass through the rear panel. As a result, this case should be cheaper than the N600.
The Cooler Master N400 is available now for $60
In addition to the N400 and N200, Cooler Master will be releasing the N600. The N600 builds upon the n400 design by adding more drive space and a few extra features to aid in cooling and cable management. The N600 measures 8.1” x 17.9” x 18.9.”
It supports both Micro ATX and ATX motherboards as well as graphics cards up to 430mm long. As far as cooling goes, users can install up to 10 fans, and Cooler Master bundles in two 120mm XtraFlow fans. A 240mm water cooling radiator can be installed in the right side panel as well as the top panel. Also, water cooling grommets are installed on the back case panel to allow for external water cooling radiators.
The case can support up to three 5.25” drives (tool-less), seven 3.5” drives, and five 2.5” SSDs (four in an SSD drive cage and one behind the motherboard tray). It also supports a bottom mounted PSU and has various rubber grommets around the motherboard tray for cable management.
The N200, N400, and N600 were available in Europe in June, and now all three are coming to the US. You can grab the N200 and N400 right now for $50 and $60 respectively, but specific pricing and availability on the N600 is not yet available. It should be coming soon for around $90 (estimated), however.
In all, the N400 and N600 seem like decent additions to the company’s N-series lineup. More information can be found on the Cooler Master website.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2013 - 05:28 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mini-itx, mini ITX, micro ATX, anidees, aluminum case
Anidees (roughly translates to "ideas" in English) recently launched a new PC case for micro ATX or mini ITX motherboards called the AI-4B. It is a steel and aluminum chassis measuring 429 x 186 x 420mm (HxWxD) and weighing 6.06 kg. Its design is somewhat similar to the company's previous AI-6 mid-tower case and includes curved edges and a black textured exterior. The front of the case is covered by a door that can be made to hinge from the left or right side, depending on user preference. Behind the door is a large mesh vent with removable dust filter that holds two 120mm Nano Tech fans (which come bundled with the case).
The front IO is located on the top of the case and includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and two analog audio jacks (mic and headphone).
The interior of the case is also all black. Features include five PCI slots, support for a top-mounted ATX PSU, and space for two 5.25" drives and four 3.5" drives. Other features include cable clips to aid in cable management, anti-vibration rubber mounting options for the fans and hard drives to reduce noise, and optional sound dampening material.
The Anidees AI-4B supports graphics cards up to 318mm in length and CPU coolers up to 168mm tall. Cooling options include two 120mm fans in the front and a single 120mm fan in the rear of the case. Anidees packs in three 120mm Nano Tech fans, which come pre-installed. The fans are connected to a fan controller (located under the front IO panel) that will run the fans at one of three selectable speeds.
The new Micro ATX chassis is available now in Europe for 79.90 Euros or 79.99 pounds (UK). The SKU with sound dampening material is 10 Euros or 10 pounds more at 89.90 Euros or 89.99 pounds. These prices translate to approximately $103 for the base model or $115 for the model with sound dampening material. The AI-4B is available now from Caseking or Amazon in Europe. Direct US availability and pricing has not yet been announced, but if it really strikes your fancy it should be possible to import it for a slight premium and shipping costs via Amazon or other retailers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2013 - 04:23 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ronin, mid-tower, bitfenix
PC Chassis manufacturer BitFenix has launched its new Ronin mid-tower ATX case. It will be available in July and carries a clean matte black aesthetic with many of the useful features that enthusiasts expect to see in today’s cases.
The BitFenix Ronin measures 270 x 560 x 530mm (approximately 10.6 x 22 x 20.9-inches), and is constructed of steel and plastic. BitFenix uses its “SoftTouch” micro texture surface treatment to give the matte black exterior a unique look and feel. The exterior is all matte black with an acrylic side window. A mesh design is used along the top and front panels, and aids in ventilation. The case uses rounded corners. The front panel IO is actually on the top-front of the case and includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio ports along with the requisite power button. Other than that, the case is rather simplistic in design, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The case can accommodate ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. Internal features include tool-less drive cages, filtered front and bottom intake fan filters, cable management and CPU backplate cut-outs, water cooling grommets, and a bottom mounted power supply. BitFenix is also offering a piece of material that will cover up the PSU and drive cages to hide the drives and cables from the side window view.
The case can host up to three 5.25” drives and six 2.5” or 3.5” hard drives. There are 7 PCI slots and plenty of ventilation spots for fans. Specifically, cooling options include two bundled 120mm Spectre fans. Users can further expand the air cooling by adding the following fan(s).
- Top: 2 x 140mm
- Front: 2 x 120mm
- Bottom: 1 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 120mm
Further, when removing a drive bay, users can use up to 420mm long graphics cards.
The BitFenix Ronin will be available next month for an as-yet-announced price. For reference, it's model number is BFC-RON-300-KKWSK-RP. More information can be found here.