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We've evaluated numerous CPU coolers from a variety of established vendors that include the likes of Zalman, CoolerMaster, and Thermalright. But, today we are treading off the beaten path a bit to review a CPU cooler from a relatively unknown entity called Prolimatech. This Taiwan-based company was founded in 2008 and their one and only CPU cooler that supports Intel's LGA 1366 socket is dubbed the Megahalem.
Corsair is known for high quality and enthusiast friendly memory products and now the company is attempting to bring that mindset to the world of computer cases. The Obsidian 800D is a big case that has plenty of room for water cooling, implements a classy cable management system and even adds a 4 drive hot-swap SATA bay.
A lot of PC cases and enclosures made from steel, aluminum, and acrylic pass by my test bench. The modding community has also used other materials like carbon fiber to create custom cases that met their specific needs. But, I can't think of one vendor that creates production cases using wood until nMediaPC gave us a call about their HTPC 8000 case. nMediaPC dubs their HTPC 8000 as the world's first wooden HTPC case, and to my knowledge I think they are right. Let's see if this organic creation can start a new trend in the HTPC case market.
Kingwin now offers six new power supply units in their Mach 1 series, ranging in output capacities from 600W all the way up 1,220W. The ABT-1000MA1S PSU we have up for review comes with a full compliment of modular cables, a 140mm fan, and is certified for high efficiency (80 Plus Bronze) and is nVIDIA SLI Ready. The Kingwin 1,000W modular power supply offers plenty of power with lots of bling at an affordable price, which all adds up to good value.
The EVO 1,250W PSU delivers a lot of power with good regulation, good efficiency, and plenty of cables/connectors. This monster is about as big as you will be able to operate from a standard 120 VAC, 15A residential circuit in NA.
While we've seen more than our fair share of heatsinks based strictly off copper or aluminum fin arrays and heatpipes, we haven't seen that many with dual-fan heat exhaust systems. ASUS just happened to make one called the Triton 81, which is on our review bench today. This heatsink has a four-way airflow design and dual fans that ASUS claims will make it very useful for overclocking. We'll pit the Triton 81 against some of our favorite high-end heatsinks to determine how well this 695g beast can handle the heat of our Intel Q8400 LGA 775 processor.
This particular case is nearly unique when it comes to the HTPC market. While most others are designed to blend into a typical component stack in the home theater, this case stands by itself in terms of style and capabilities. Will it fit in with the HTPC crowd? A very good question.
CoolIT Systems has built a reputation for bringing liquid cooling to the masses. With its various, integrated, sealed-unit liquid coolers, it has removed the need for amassing radiators, hoses, reservoirs, water blocks, and other miscellany and then assembling them into a working system free of air and contaminants.
Thermaltake continues to evolve their Toughpower line with the XT Series, which adds LED status indicators and a fan delay feature. This new PSU delivers excellent voltage regulation and good efficiency but struggles with AC ripple under heavy loads.
Corsair's new Hydro H50 cooler isn't really a new development in the world of water cooling - completely contained, no maintenance water cooling systems. But with Corsair pushing the H50 brand along, users have another option for their system cooling needs. The H50 is just as easy to install as most high-end air coolers but offers improved performance. Check out our video review inside!
Today, we have the second revision of NZXT's Zero case called the Zero 2. NZXT went back to the drawing board and developed a steel chassis to give the case a lot more stability and rigidness that most PC builders look for when building a new system. The new chassis uses 1.0mm steel, which bumps the entire weight of the case to 10.2 kilograms, which is roughly 22.4 lbs. That's a pretty big different from the original Zero that weighed in at 7.35 kilograms or 16.2 lbs. Let's see if the extra durability is enough to entice consumers to this full tower case.
With several different CPU socket types currently on the market, it maybe difficult to find a decent third-party heatsink that will meet a power user's overclocking and cooling needs. While there are numerous cooling solutions available, Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme might be one to consider with its support for LGA 1156, 1366, 775, AM3, and AM2+. They also threw in a removable fan controller that can be mounted outside of the case. Let's see if this heatsink can take the air cooling crown away from its older brother the CNPS9900 LED.
The new SilverStone ST70EF PSU is designed for user's who are looking for high efficiency along with quiet operation. It can support multiple high-end graphics adapters and features a full compliment of fixed cables.
The Fatal1ty 700W PSU from OCZ is a high-quality PSU that looks good inside and out. It was co-developed by a gamer for gamers and it delivers the goods! The OCZ Fatal1ty 700W unit we have up for review today features a single +12V rail and is both Nvidia SLI and 80 Plus certified. It features excellent cooling and comes decked out with a red LED fan, glowing Fatal1ty logo, and red sheathed cables (I hope you like red).
This does seem to be the year of great cases at Computex. Thermaltake partnered with BMW Designworks USA to bring to life a truly unique chassis design that looks like a million bucks - let's just hope it doesn't cost that as well!
Creating an enclosure that can minimize space, but still leave PC builders enough room to work with and possibly grow is a difficult task. The introduction of Mini, Nano, and Pico ATX motherboards have given consumers the power of a desktop PC in the palm of their hands. One company who’s had success creating SFF cases is SilverStone. Their Sugo series has been refined over the past several years, and their SST-SG05B is the latest addition to the Sugo product line.
High efficiency and virtually silent! If you are looking for a quiet mid-power PSU with good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency, and high-end video card support; the ECO 500W deserves a very close look.
If you are into building, upgrading or maintaining servers check out our review of two PSU offerings from Seasonic. We’ll be taking a close look at two units; a 1U-400W and a 2U-460W. See how they compare to the more familiar enthusiast ATX units.
Thermaltake’s Spedo full-tower enclosure is designed for PC enthusiasts seeking the optimum balance between style, functionality and value. It’s a big-bold case with plenty of room and very good cooling capabilities.
Heat is still a CPU’s main enemy and vendors have been working feverishly to research and develop new solutions to solve this age-old problem. One fairly new vendor to the fray is Vigor Gaming and its Monsoon III LT CPU cooling system. This is the third revision of the Monsoon and boasts two 120mm, 2,000 RPM fans and four copper heatpipes to keep the latest AMD and Intel chips as cool as the other side of the pillow (credit for that line goes to Stuart Scott at ESPN).