CES 2016: SilverStone CS380 and CS280 Enclosures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2016 - 06:02 PM |
Tagged: Silverstone, NAS, mini-itx, enclosure, CS380, CS280, CES 2016, CES, case, atx case

SilverStone had a pair of CS Series enclosures on display at CES this year, with both ATX and Mini-ITX form-factors covered with these storage-oriented designs.

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Beginning with the larger CS380, an enclosure that had previously been shown at Computex in a Micro-ATX form-factor. This slightly modified final version now supports a standard ATX motherboard for additional build flexibility, but this enclosure is really all about the hard drives. With eight 3.5-inch HDD trays up front (along with a pair of 5.25-inch bays that can each be replaced with hot-swap HDD trays, sold separately), there is plenty of storage space for a NAS or storage server build.

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Inside, a pair of 120 mm fans keep the hard drives cool, and while the bare metal interior looks plain by modern standards these CS Series enclosures were build with enterprise standards in mind. The rest of the interior is pretty standard for an ATX enclosure, with a bottom PSU placement, 120 mm rear fan, and 7 expansion slots.

The smaller of the two storage enclosures, the CS280, is a mini-ITX design that scales storage support down to 2.5-inch drives.

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Offering 8 HDD/SSD trays and supporting standard mini-ITX motherboards with up to a 2-bay, full-height expansion card, the CS280 provides a lot of build flexibility. While it would make a very compact storage server or hold a tremendous amount of SSD storage for a high-speed NAS, the CS280 could also house a compact, high-power gaming rig with a GPU like AMD's R9 Nano - if you desired this much storage support, that is. 

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Panels in the front of both cases allow view of HDD activity lights

The two enclosures differ beyond size as the CS380 has a plastic front panel/door, and the smaller CS280 features a brushed aluminum front panel and a more rounded appearance. These enclosures will be priced a little higher than typical consumer drives given their construction and purpose, but we will await final retail pricing (and availability) to see where they fit in the market.

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CES 2016: In Win Introduces 509 Full Tower Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 07:27 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, In Win 509, in win, full tower, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, case

Among the enclosures in the colorful In Win booth at CES was the 509, a new steel and tempered glass full-tower design.

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(Left to right:) In Win 805 concept, 909, and new 509 full tower

The 509 is another striking design that looked particularly good with RGB lighting shown, and offers these features according to In Win:

  • Tempered Glass Front and Side Panels
  • Supports Versatile Cooling Options
  • User Friendly Installation
  • Excellent Expandability and Optimized Gaming Performance

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Specifications:

  • Form-Factor: Full Tower
  • Material: SECC, Tempered Glass
  • Motherboard: E-ATX /ATX/ Micro-ATX (Max: 12" x 13")
  • Expansion Slots: 8
    • Supports graphic card length up to 370mm, height up to 186mm
  • Storage Support: 
    • External 5.25” x1
    • Internal 3.5” / 2.5" x5, 2.5" x2
  • Air Cooling Support:
    • Front: 120/140mm Fan x3
    • Vertical: 120/140mm Fan x2
    • Rear: 120/140mm Fan x1
    • Side: 120/140mm Fan x1
    • Bottom: 120/140mm Fan x 1
  • Water Cooling: 
    • Front: 360/280mm Radiator (HDD bracket must be repositioned)
    • Vertical: 280/240mm Radiator (HDD bracket must be repositioned)
  • CPU Cooler: Supports at least 184 mm in height
  • PSU Support: ATX 12V, PSII Size and EPS up to 230mm (215mm with Bottom Fan)
  • Front I/O: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, HD Audio

No specifics on pricing or availability just yet.

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CES 2016: SilverStone Adds Power to SFX, Compact ATX PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 06:54 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, Silverstone, SFX, power supply, CES 2016, CES, ATX PSU, 850W, 700W, 650W

SilverStone has expanded their lineup of small form-factor power supplies with new, high-power SFX models and a powerful new compact 140 mm ATX PSU.

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Left to right: SFX 500W, SFX 650W, SFX-L 700W

First we have the updated SFX lineup for 2016, featuring a higher power 80 Plus Gold rated 650W standard model and a 700W SFX-L unit. All standard SFX models now feature larger 92 mm fans (up from 80 mm) for quieter operation. Moving up to the longer SFX-L form-factor, with their 80 Plus Platinum rated 700W power supply SilverStone has reached a new high for power density, and the new SFX-L power supply also features fully modular cables and a quiet 120 mm fan.

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The new compact 850W Strider Platinum PSU (center)

The ATX Strider Platinum series now has a more powerful 850W option in their smallest 140 mm depth, up from last year's high of 750W in the same form-factor. True to its name the Strider Platinum 850W boasts 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, and offers a fully modular design.

Pricing and availability were not yet available.

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CES 2016: Lian Li Puts Mini-ITX on a Yacht with the PC-Y6

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 05:05 PM |
Tagged: Yacht, SFX, PC-Y6, mITX, mini-itx, Lian Li, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

Lian Li was showing a Yacht-themed aluminum chassis at their booth on the CES show floor, and this is certainly among the most unusual designs we've seen for an enclosure.

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There is room for a powerful system within the enclosure, as the length of the boat design (just over 30 inches) allows for longer graphics cards (up to 300 mm supported). You will need an SFX power supply for this mini-ITX build, and CPU coolers will need to be of the low-profile variety with a 60 mm clearance available.

Specifications for the PC-Y6:

  • Motherboard Type: Mini-ITX
  • Body Material: Aluminum
  • Colors: Silver, white (pictured)
  • Expansion Slot: 2
  • Compatibility: VGA Card length: 300 mm; CPU cooler height: 60 mm
  • HDD bay: 3.5” HDD x2; 2.5” HDD x2
  • PSU Type: SFX
  • System Fan: 120mm x1
  • I/O Ports: None
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 764 x 293 x 259 mm (30.08 x 11.54 x 10.20 inches)
  • Net Weight: 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs)

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This is obviously not going to appeal to everyone, but if you've followed Lian Li over the years they release these novel enclosures from time to time. It was very impressive looking in person and feels well constructed with Lian Li's usual high level of fit and finish.

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An RGB color changing system in integrated into the enclosure

This will not see a wide release, and no specifics on pricing or availability were released.

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CES 2016: In Win Displays Revised 805 Enclosure Concept

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 12:15 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, In Win 805, in win, enclosure, concept, CES 2016, CES, cases

In Win was showing a concept for a new version of their 805 chassis at their booth on the CES 2016 show floor, and this version adds a special front panel with an infinite LED effect from its dual-mirror construction.

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In addition to the cool front panel effect the 805 concept is compatible with RGB headers on certain motherboards (such as the ASUS ROG board used in the booth display), which control case lighting effects. The system on display was cycling color along with the ASUS ROG logo on the motherboard, and created a unique effect – especially given the front panel design, which really needs to be seen in person to maximize the effect.

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Internally we are looking at the same enclosure as the existing 805, a fantastic looking design with tempered glass side panels, and here are the specifications of that enclosure (which launched back in August of 2015):

  • Case Size: Mid Tower
  • Material: Aluminum and 3 mm tempered glass
  • Internal drive bays    3.5"/2.5" x2 + 2.5" x2 (up to 4 drives total)
  • Motherboard: ATX / Micro-ATX /Mini-ITX  (max 12” x 10.5”)
  • Expansion slots: 8
  • Power supply: ATX 12V, PSII Size and EPS up to 220mm
  • Front I/O: USB 3.1 TYPE-C x1, USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x2, HD Audio
  • GPU support: Up to 320mm (164 mm height)
  • Cooling support:
  • CPU heatsink up to 156mm
  • Front 120/140mm Fan x2
  • Rear 120mm Fan x1 (Included)
  • Bottom 120mm Fan x2 (HDD cage removed)
  • Liquid cooling support:
  • Front: 120/140/240/280mm Radiator (Height up to 60mm)
  • Rear: 120mm Radiator (Height up to 35mm)
  • Dimension (HxWxD)    476 x 205 x 455 mm (18.7”x 8” x 18”)

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In Win is looking for feedback with this concept of a new 805 design, and the current 805 (minus the infinite LED front panel) is available for $169 (Newegg) here in the US.

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CES 2016: In Win H-Frame Open Air Chassis and PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 12:03 AM |
Tagged: PSII, open air case, in win, H-Frame, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

Among the enclosures on display at the In Win booth at CES 2016 was the H-Frame (not to be confused with the H-Tower), a striking, open-air enclosure with tempered glass side panels.

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In Win highlights these features for the enclosure:

  • Stunning lighting effect with light controller
  • Open-air layered aluminium metal plate structure provides excellent thermal performance
  • Supports USB 3.1 TYPE-C Super Speed transfer interface
  • Convenient water cooling pump holder for versatile cooling option
  • Equipped with 2 x 3.5”/2.5” SATA HDD modules and Tool-Free EZ-Swap HDD tray
  • Unique In Win logo thumb screws

Every detail of the industrial design was clearly considered with the design of this H-Frame chassis, which has a very high level of fit and finish throughout. I was able to go hands on with the enclosure, which is very large in person at 23.5 inches high, 22.9 inches deep, and 10.6 inches wide. The tempered glass sides are tinted, which helps to reduce visible cable clutter behind the motherboard tray.

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Besides the glass side panels, the entire construction is aluminum, and inside there is a full tower, standard ATX layout. No so standard is the external chassis design, which is a collection of aluminum plates that leave the outer walls of the case open to the air. This is not ideal for noise or dust of course, but this is the tradeoff with open-air designs which focus on cooling and ease of installation.

An interesting addition to the H-Frame announcement is a matching power supply from In Win, which is specifically designed for this limited edition enclosure. The matching SII-1065W is a very large, fully modular PSU that exceeds the width of standard ATX designs, classified as a PSII size PSU. Offering 1065 watts of power, this PSU has an efficiency equivalent to 80 Plus Platinum according to In Win.

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Style matters, of course, so the PSU is color matched and includes internal lighting to match the H-Frame, visible through the clear PSU side panel which is designed to face the windowed side of the enclosure.

H-Frame specifications from In Win:

  • Case size: Full Tower
  • Material: Aluminum Metal Structure
  • Motherboard form-factor: E-ATX / ATX / Micro-ATX / Mini- ITX (max 12” x 13”)
  • Expansion slots: PCI-E Slot x8
    • Supports High-end Graphic Card up to 440mm (Without HDD Tray)
  • Drive bays (internal): 3.5” / 2.5” x6
    • (Supports SATA HDD EZ-Swap Module x 2)
  • Thermal solution support:
    • 120mm Top Fan x3
    • 120mm Rear Fan x1
    • 360mm Top Radiator (height up to 40mm)
    • Supports at least 185mm height CPU heatsink
  • Power Supply: Supports ATX12V & EPS12V up to 210mm 
  • Dimensions: 597 x 271 x 582mm (23.5” x 10.6” x 22.9”)

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Pricing and availability were not available for the H-Frame Open-Air Chassis and SII-1065W power supply.

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CES 2016: EVGA is making a gaming case

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2016 - 11:09 PM |
Tagged: prototype, gaming case, evga, CES 2016, CES

While we have already posted our story and given you a video breakdown of the upcoming EVGA SC 17 gaming notebook, the company had another revolutionary product on display at its suite that I think our readers are going to enjoy seeing. I bring to you, the EVGA Gaming Case:

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As we dive through this, keep in mind that EVGA claims this is an early prototype but that it should have product on the market by end of Q2 2016. 

The case is HUGE, like, bigger that you might imagine just from looking at the pictures. The first feature that stands out is that EVGA intends for the orientation of the case to have the window facing the gamer, rotating it from a standard case direction by 90 degrees. That puts your components and lighting and all the work you put into it on full display, which is great, but it also means you'll need more space on your desk or on your floor in one dimension.

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The current build is all plastic, but EVGA's CEO Andrew Han told me it would be all metal when it shipped, an impressive feat for sure. The internals are not rotated at all but EVGA was able to keep a clean look from the "new front" by including a swinging door on the back where the display connections and USB ports, etc. come out, hiding them from view.

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Power supplies are hidden by the mirror finish bottom section that currently holds an easy to use, if overly simplified, intake/exhaust fan speed controller. The power button is also on the bottom right of the case, a result of the new orientation that EVGA plans for. The company will offer different versions of the case, ranging from $79 to $299 depending on features, the most expensive of which will upgrade that fan controller to a full LCD touch screen that can also display and interact with EVGA's Precision X software. Very cool!

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A full window faces the user, bigger than any case I have had experience with. An illuminated EVGA logo sits on the right hiding water cooling gear you might have installed. The internals have more than enough room for basically any and all hardware, as you could guess from the size of the thing. There are zero optical drive bays - sorry Josh - but the back has space for eight 3.5-in drives and six 2.5-in drives. 

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It's too early for me to make a final statement, but the case is surely ambitious. If they can pull it off, EVGA might just create the ultimate enthusiast PC case without going completely insane on pricing. With targets of $79 on the low end, but keeping the same metal construction and layout, and $299 on the high end, this unnamed case will stay on my radar in 2016.

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CES 2016: AMD Announces Wraith Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2016 - 10:38 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2016, amd, cpu cooler, air cooler

AMD seems to be starting off 2016 right. This is the year that they intend to switch to the Zen microarchitecture, and hopefully reclaim a profitable CPU market-share. While that's later in the year, they showed off a new stock cooler that will be bundled with upcoming processors. We don't have a press release or announcement for it, but they did publish a video to their Red Team fan community and they discussed it with attendees of the show.

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The new cooler, called the Wraith, is significantly larger than their previous stock heatsink. It is rated at 125W, up from the previous offering's 95W. This dissipation wattage might allow some overclocking room, depending on the chosen TDP at launch, while providing lower noise at stock voltage and frequency. The fan is now constant speed, so it shouldn't whine under load. It might have also allowed them to tune the fan for its RPM, too.

Speaking of lower noise, the aforementioned video shows a dramatic reduction in that area. We're force to trust their recording and frequency-distribution graph. If accurate, the noise appears to be much lower and the energy is spread out over many frequencies.

No clue when it will launch, though.

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A pint sized watercooler from Corsair specifically for SFF builds, the Corsair H5 SF in action

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 10:22 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Corsair H5 SF

As you can see from the picture the design of the H5 SF cooler is significantly different from the norm, instead it is built specifically for SFF cases and you would be hard pressed to install it in a full sized case.  Even some mini-ITX motherboards such as the ASUS MAXIMUS VII Impact are not compatible with the cooler, although some inventive use of standoffs and screws might allow a daring user to install it.  MadShrimps have not had time to fully test the cooler but it is interesting enough that you should take a peek at what it looks like when installed in a system.

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"Last year Corsair introduced the Bulldog small form factor PC at Computex 2015. The CPU and GPU were cooled by their own in-house branded Hydro all in one closed circuit cooling units. The GPU cooling units were also separately available back then. Early this week our H5 SF CPU cooling unit arrived, exclusively aimed to be used with mITX sized motherboards inside a small form factor enclosure. Today we bring you only a preview as we encountered some minor installation woes with our test bed and the latest Hydro release."

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CES 2016: Seasonic prepares flagship Prime series of PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2016 - 07:07 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2016, seasonic, prime, power supply

In a meeting with Seasonic at CES this week, the company revealed plans for a completely new series of power supplies coming this spring. The new Seasonic Prime series will come in both Platinum and Titanium editions, with wattage ranges of 650 watts to 1000 watts on the former and 550 watt to 1200 watts on the latter. These power supplies will now be ahead of the X-Series in the brand hierarchy. 

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Seasonic is well known in the industry for top quality products and is one of the key manufacturers for other PSU brands that you know and love. They want to build a new flagship brand of their own though, going with an impressively svelte design and include enough features and capabilities to stand out in a crowded market. 

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Both Platinum and Titanium designs will include a totally new hybrid fan control design that allows for a zero fan speed design up to 45% of system load on the higher wattage units. Zero PCB cabling minimizes the chances for individual failure and is aided by the completely modular design. Though the unit is analog rather than digital, Seasonic promises to maintain a 0.5% nominal tolerance on the load regulation on the 12V line. Also, all of the Seasonic Prime power supplies will come with a full 10-year (!!) warranty.

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Looking for a fanless design? Seasonic will have you covered with the Titanium Fanless units at both 400 watt and 550 watt variants.

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Expect the newest Seasonic power supplies to hit stores in April!

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CES 2016: In Win Launches H-Tower Transforming Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 04:32 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, PSU, power supply, in win, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

The centerpiece of the In Win booth at this year’s CES is the massive H-Tower enclosure, a limited edition chassis that transforms from an enclosure to an open platform automatically. The company had a version of this enclosure at Computex, but now a final 6th generation of the concept is set for e-tail availablility.

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The transformation is a sight to behold (which in this final version now uses a medical grade arm for smooth operation), and has the practical benefit of providing easy access to your system components. In Win has provided a video to demonstrate the H-Tower, imbedded below:

Beyond the unique mechanical functionality, the H-Tower is about as premium an enclosure as you could imagine, beginning with a brushed aluminum exterior with lighting effects that can be controlled with a mobile app. There is also an integrated laser lighting system which “indicates the safe opening area on the floor around it” – an important point to consider once you see the enclosure in action.

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Front I/O includes three USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port

The interior supports motherboards up to E-ATX, graphics cards up to 340 mm, tall CPU coolers up to 200 mm, and there is room for a larger liquid cooling well as well with three 120 mm fan opening supporting up to a 360 x 35 mm radiator. Storage options are limited to a single 3.5-inch HDD with room for four 2.5-inch SSDs. Large power supplies of up to 230 mm are supported as well.

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There are two versions of the H-Tower, with the titanium version shown at the booth as well as an official ASUS Republic of Gamers version that is black with red accents.

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The enclosure will be available in February in North America, and Newegg already has a pre-order listing for a staggering $2399.

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Source: In Win

CES 2016: Thermaltake Launches Core X71 and Core X31 Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2016 - 08:12 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, full tower, atx

The new Core X71 and Core X31 computer cases adorn the Thermaltake booth at CES this week, and are the latest in the company's Core series. Both cases are built using cold rolled steel and are aimed at enthusiasts looking to overclock using high end air or liquid cooling.

The Core X71 is a full tower case clad in all black with a mesh front panel and a clear side panel window on the left side. It uses a dual chamber design that separates the power supply, cooling, and storage from the main heat generating components (motherboard, CPU, and graphics). The case is practically all ventilation and can support fans or radiators on all sides with everything but the rear fan covered by removable dust filters.

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Users can install up to an ATX motherboard and all manner of high end graphics cards thanks to the removable drive cage. Water cooling grommets are positioned on the rear panel and cable management grommets run along the motherboard tray and through the floor of the main chamber into the power supply chamber.

Three drives can be installed behind the motherboard tray in addition to two 3.5" drives in a moveable drive cage and the two 5.25" bays. Cooling can be air or water with up to three 140mm fans in front, three 140mm on top, and three 120mm fans on both the left and right sides of the bottom chamber. Further, there is room for a single 140mm fan on the bottom and the rear panels.

The Core X31 is a miniature version of the X71 bringing it's modularity and emphasis on cooling to a smaller package. Sitting on rounded feet, the X31 has the same black exterior with mesh vents on the front, top, and rear (but not on the sides). A large side panel window takes up the left side and shows off most of the interior. The X31 comes with a black cover to conceal the power supply and give you space to store the inevitable rat's nest of cables to keep the rest of the system looking neat and tidy. 

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This mid-tower case can support Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and full size ATX motherboards along with graphics cards up to 420mm long and 180mm tall CPU heatsinks. Storage support includes two 5.25" drive bays, three 3.5" drives in drive racks, three 3.5" drives behind the motherboard tray, and two 2.5" SSDs on top of the power supply cover. The case comes with three fans (and in the case of the Core X31 RGB Edition variant three Riing 12 RGB high static pressure fans with a fan controller) and users can install fans (or water cooling radiators) in the following configurations:

  • Front: 2 x 140mm
  • Top: 3 x 140mm
  • Rear: 1 x 140mm
  • Bottom: 2 x 140mm

The Core X71 and Core X31 have two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and one HD Audio port along the top edge of the case. Both cases will be available next month in the US as well as the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand shortly. The Core X71 is currently priced at $150 at Newegg. The base model Core X31 costs $100 and the RGB Edition is $130.

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CES 2016: RIOTORO Launches with Prism CR1280 Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 6, 2016 - 12:15 AM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2016, riotoro, RGB LED

Some former employees of Corsair and NVIDIA founded a new company, called RIOTORO. All they state is that they develop “innovative PC components,” so it's difficult to gauge where the intend to go in the future. Their website also lists gaming mice and keyboards. They started with a test market in Latin America, but now they feel they are ready to take on the US market.

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Their first product, the Prism CR1280, is a PC case with 256-color RGB LED lighting. Color and fan speed can be controlled by the front panel, which should mean that you don't need yet another driver panel running to change little details on your system. The case itself has the ability to mount a 360mm radiator (or up to three 120mm radiators) on the top, and an additional 240mm radiator in the front, and yet another 120mm radiator in the rear.

The RIOTORO Prism CR1280 will be available in February for $139.99. It comes with a two year warranty.

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CES 2016: Be Quiet Cases and Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2016 - 01:00 PM |
Tagged: Silent Base 800, Shadow Rock LP, CES 2016, CES, be quiet

We visited the Be Quiet suite at CES 2016 and took a look at their current enclosure, cooler, and power supply offerings, but there were some new things to see as the company readies its 2016 lineup.

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First we looked at the Silent Base 800 enclosure, which will soon be available in red trim, or a green trim version (red pictured). While we have reviewed the Silent Base 600 enclosure, the Silent Base 800 (though built on the same internal chassis) offers additional noise reduction features. Air is drawn through the sides of the front panel and cycled behind the front intake fans, preventing audible fan noise as much as possible, and there is noise dampening material in place throughout.

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The PSU lineup is essentially unchanged for 2016, though Be Quiet is revising the cabling on their power supplies to add "stealth" black - which means that no longer will you see the multi-colored wires anywhere on the cable. This will help provide a much nicer looking build without the use of cable extensions or custom PSU cables.

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The cooler lineup is likewise unchanged (at least to this point), though availability of some of the coolers such as the Shadow Rock LP (which is manufactured in Taiwan rather than China) should be improving soon.

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The Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower and full sized 400C and 400Q

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2016 - 06:04 PM |
Tagged: SPEC-ALPHA, corsair, CES, carbide, 400Q, 400C

Corsair announced three new Carbide cases at CES this morning, the SPEC-ALPHA, 400Q and 400C.  The SPEC-ALPHA includes feet to allow for airflow under the case and drops 5.25" bays completely, instead allowing you to install fans that will blow directly onto the CPU socket.  The front panel includes USB 3.0 ports and a three speed fan controller to allow you to easily adjust your systems acoustics.  You can also opt for a 240mm radiator if you prefer watercooling to blowing hot air around.  The cases comes in red or black and will be on sale for $79.99 in the near future.

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Specifications:

  • Bold Exterior Design with front intake LED fans: The asymmetrical, hard-edged design of the SPEC-ALPHA gives it a bold, unique look.
  • Direct airflow path to keep CPUs and GPUs running cooler: Modern systems don’t need bulky drive cages obstructing the airflow. By removing the 5.25” drive cage, the SPEC-ALPHA has a direct path from the front intake fan to the CPU and GPU.
  • Large side panel window to show off your hardware: Why hide it? All that performance hardware looks great, so why not look at it through the huge side panel window?
  • Three included 120mm fans and built-in three-speed fan controller: Watching a movie? Flip the switch for nearly silent operation. Throwing on the headset for some online gaming? Flip it to high and keep the GPU cool for better framerates.
  • Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Nobody wants to see a rat’s nest of cables, so hide them behind the motherboard tray to keep cable routing neat, tidy, and out of the airflow path for better cooling.
  • Easy to build: Tool-free drive installation and side panel removal means less time spent building and more time gaming.
  • Front 240mm radiator compatibility: Upgrade to the power of liquid cooling for CPUs or GPUs with up to a 240mm Hydro Series cooler.
  • Native USB 3.0 and SSD support for modern builds: Whether it’s a new external drive for storage or a new SSD for the user’s preferred OS or games, the SPEC-ALPHA is ready for anything.

Next up are the Carbide Series 400Q and 400C cases with a similar internal design but unique exteriors.  They are full ATX cases and have the same Direct Airflow as the SPEC-ALPHA, however as the are larger you also have space to install a 360mm radiator in front, a 240mm radiator on top and a 120mm radiator in the rear.  The PSU and drives are installed at the bottom, the cover allows separated airflow as well as helping to give your system a clean look, especially if you take advantage of the included cable management features.  They will both retail at $99.99.

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The 400Q features a solid side panel with sound dampening materials on all sides to help ensure quiet operation.

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The 400C has a large window for those who prefer to show off their components and overall build quality.

Carbide 400C and Carbide 400Q

  • Clean, modern lines with an all-steel exterior: Get rid of those plastic cases – the 400C and 400Q have full steel front and top panels for extra durability and stunning looks.
  • Compact design, full size capabilities: Despite the 400C and 400Q’s compact dimensions, they can house a full ATX motherboard and multiple GPUs.
  • Direct Airflow Path: One way to reduce noise is to make sure fans don’t work harder than they have to. By removing the drive cages behind the intake fans, the 400C and 400Q provide a more efficient direct airflow path to the hottest components, the CPU and GPU.
  • Liquid cooling capable: With room for up to a 360mm radiator in front, a 240mm radiator on top, and a 120mm radiator in rear, the 400C and 400Q can mount a wide range of Corsair Hydro-series liquid coolers.
  • Two AF series fans: Corsair-exclusive AF120L and AF140L fans efficiently draw ample cool air directly to components without the turbulence that can cause fan hum.
  • Easy to Build: Tool-free drive installation, side panel access, and tons of cable routing options and tie downs means less time spent building a PC and more time using it.
  • PSU and 3.5” Bay Cover: It’s easy to tidy the inside of the case by placing cables and drives behind two modular, clean, and refined PSU and 3.5” bay covers.
  • Easy to Clean: Easily access dust filters on front, top, and bottom mean it’ll never take more than a minute getting dust out of the system.

Carbide 400Q Only
Silenced panels for quiet operation: Sound damping material placed on the front panel, side panels, and top panel reduces component noise.

Carbide 400C Only
Hinged and latched full side-panel window: Components are easily accessible and when closed, every part of the build is visible through the full side-panel window.

 

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Source: Corsair

Big on size, the Carbide Series 600Q is also quietly unassuming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 29, 2015 - 06:27 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Carbide Series 600Q, Carbide 600Q, eatx

Corsair may have been aiming for minimalist noise and style but certainly not minimalist size, at 454x260x535mm (18x10x21") this case will handle the largest of coolers, motherboards or GPUs with space to spare.  It contains a pair of 5.25" bays, three dedicated 2.5" bays and two 3.5/2.5" bays along with eight expansion slots and a pair of both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.  Watercoolers will love this case, with multiple locations available for your radiator to be installed as well as numerous grommets to keep cables out of the way, aircoolers will be able to install up to 6 fans.  [H]ard|OCP gave this $150 case a Gold Award, check out the full story here.

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"Minimalist style" and "minimalist noise," is how Corsair describes its new Carbide Series 600Q computer chassis. While some might prefer a case that looks like it was designed by Voltron, Corsair goes the opposite direction with the 600Q and is looking to check all the boxes that make a chassis desirable; easy to use, quiet, and cool."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Holy Canola-ie

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 24, 2015 - 12:01 PM |
Tagged: canola oil

ASCII.jp has been immersing computing devices in canola oil, because I guess mineral oil is too safe or something. While the article is not very receptive to automatic translation, from what I gather, they've already toasted a couple devices. This time, they took an ECS LIVA Core to the dunk tank and filled it with about four liters of said canola oil, which is about a US gallon.

Again, if you're looking to do oil cooling yourself, just use mineral oil.

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Image Credit: ASCII.jp

The PC was passively cooled, using just the circulation caused by currents of relatively warm oil. I say relatively warm, because the Core M has a single-digit expected wattage. They allowed OCCT to run for eight hours, which yielded a stable temperature of about 44C in a 24C room. Again, this is without pumps or radiators or anything like that. The only difference between this and passive air cooling is how effective oil is at absorbing heat, in speed and capacity, compared to air. That said, air is a fairly good insulator, so that should imply that oil has a better chance.

Source: ASCII.jp

XFX wants to show its True Wattage with the XTR 850W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2015 - 08:07 PM |
Tagged: xfx, XTR 850W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

XFX has a lot of branding on the new XTR series of PSUs including EasyRail, which means it uses a single 12V rail, on this model providing up to 840W @ 70A as well as a "True Wattage" guarantee and 80 Plus Gold. [H]ard|OCP put these claims to the test when they reviewed this PSU and did not find it lacking.  There were a few tests which the PSU did not excel at but when they tested voltage regulation this PSU finished miles ahead of the competition.  [H] also mentions that this unit was previously sold as the Pro Series Gold, the internals of the two are identical as is the serial number so keep an eye out when shopping so you can see if you can get a deal. Also worth noting is the 5 year warranty, it is always nice to see a company stand behind its products.

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"XFX is targeting serious gamers and hardware enthusiasts with its new XTR Series of PSU. XFX suggest other power supplies do not always deliver, "The Wattage you see isn’t always the wattage you get." We will certainly find out if that is true with the XTR 850W PSU delivers the power and efficiency it promises in its marketing."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

The plain exterior of the AZZA Zen 8100 hides a beautiful interior

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2015 - 06:13 PM |
Tagged: azza, zen 8100

AZZA opted to skip the flashy exterior so common on cases today in the Zen 8100.  The case is 21.6x8.7x22.6" which allows you to fit in even E-ATX boards and gives you plenty of space for installing large coolers and GPUs.  The storage area has a separate door, an interesting addition, with space for four 5.25" drives as well as up to eight 3.5/2.5" drives not counting two more on the back.  Two of those bays are hot-swapable, if for some reason you desire to use the feature.  Overclockers Club would have liked to see this case support 240mm radiators but the configuration will not make that an option.  Apart from that one missing feature they give this case a top rating, it is worth looking at if you need a larger sized case in the near future.

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"Onwards! Alright, it's not often I don't have much on the negative side to say. AZZA has a few minor flaws for an overall decent chassis, one of which is the fans. Having fans with a fixed speed is great for some quiet operations, but it doesn't help with a loaded case, as only so much unwanted hot air can be pushed out. An easy fix for AZZA would be to have them as 3-pin fans instead of being powered by 4-pin Molex cable."

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MSI CPU Guard 1151 Addresses Skylake Bending

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 16, 2015 - 12:01 PM |
Tagged: MSI Die Guard, MSI CPU Guard, msi

Personally, I am running a Haswell CPU (“Devil's Canyon”). I don't have any experience with building Skylake-based systems. A few of my coworkers at PC Perspective do, though. They seem to think that the issue is a bit out-of-proportion, except maybe in situations where a PC with a large CPU cooler needs to be transported. Also, Morry has used a similar product, the MSI Die Guard, with his delidding project for QuakeCon 2014, and it failed to prevent his die from cracking. Granted, protecting a bare die is much different from bracing a CPU that still has its heatspreader.

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Image Credit: MSI

Those two issues should be kept in mind, though. We're skeptical of the problem in general and, even then, the one time that we used a similar product, it didn't (entirely) do what it was supposed to. Again, none of these situations involved me, personally.

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Image Credit: MSI

But now onto the announcement. MSI is releasing the CPU Guard 1151 for new Skylake-based processors. It also works as a “die guard” too, so if you intend on popping the headspreader off, you don't need to choose between two parts. This supposedly works in either scenario. It clamps the processor into the socket, although I can't see how it would do much more than an 1151 socket (and its clamp) itself. MSI did use it during an overclocking competition though, on a delidded Skylake, so there's that.

No pricing or availability are yet available. It could be something to look out for, especially if you haven't installed your processor yet. If you have, you would then need to think about the effort to undo whatever you already have to install this. It's up to you.

Source: MSI (Email)