Introduction

Fractal Design has reduced their excellent Define S enclosure all the way down from ATX to mini-ITX, and the Define Nano S offers plenty of room for a small form-factor case.

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Large mini-ITX cases have become the trend in the past year or so, with the NZXT Manta the most recent (and possibly the most extreme) example. Fractal Design's Nano S isn't quite as large as the Manta, but it is cavernous inside thanks to a completely open internal layout. There are no optical drive bays, no partitions for PSU or storage, and really not much of anything inside the main compartment at all as Fractal Design has essentially miniaturized the Define S enclosure.

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We have the windowed version of the Define Nano S for review here, which adds some interest to a very understated design. There is still something very sophisticated about this sort of industrial design, and I must admit to liking it quite a bit myself. Details such as the side vents for front panel air intake do add some interest, and that big window helps add some style as well (and builders could always add some increasingly ubiquitous RGB lighting inside!).

Continue reading our review of the Fractal Design Define Nano S enclosure!!

SilverStone Announces SX800-LTI 800W Titanium SFX-L Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2016 - 12:03 PM |
Tagged: SX800-LTI, small form-factor, Silverstone, SFX-L, SFX, SFF, PSU, power supply, computex 2016, computex, 80 Plus Titanium

SilverStone introduced a 700W SFX-L power supply at CES in January, and with that SX700-LPT PSU now officially released the company has raised the bar again as no less than 800W is coming to the SFX-L form-factor.

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Image credit: TechPowerUp

SilverStone's SX800-LTI not only offers a massive 800W, but does so with an 80 PLUS Titanium certification (!). The power supply pushes this massive wattage along a single +12V rail, and the SX800-LTI features a fully-modular design for a clean build. An added benefit to the SFX-L form-factor, other than the potential for these powerful designs, is the use of a 120 mm fan, which allows for much quieter operation under load compared to the smaller SFX variant.

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We are now approaching full ATX power with these SFX-L PSUs, and indeed the 800-850W range should be all most users would need for even a dual-GPU system (especially as we enter the era of 14-16nm GPUs with their lower power requirements).

No word yet on price or availability.

Source: TechPowerUp

Antec Makes Large Coolers. No-one Tell Morry.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2016 - 03:32 AM |
Tagged: fanless, cpu cooler, antec

The folks down at FanlessTech found a giant heatsink that Antec showed off at Computex. It consists of three large stacks of aluminum, weighing about 3lbs, with potentially four fans moving air slowly across it. The original post doesn't mention whether it could be used in a fanless mode, but come on. It should be able to cool something without a fan directly attached to it.

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Image Credit: GDM.or.jp

They don't seem to have price, availability, or even a model number yet, so details are scarce. It will have at least three colors, black, gold, and red, though, so you have a choice about how it will look in your case. Well, at least mostly in your case.

Update (June 5th @ 2:20pm): Turns out that I forgot to add the dimensions and specifications of this cooler. Its total size is 165mm x 142mm x 159mm. Its intended fans spin at 800-1800 RPM. At 800 RPM, they push 12.36 cubic feet per minute of air at 17.5 dBA. At 1800 RPM, they push 65.23 cubic feet per minute of air 25.9 dBA.

Computex 2016: Wooting One Analog Keyboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Systems | June 4, 2016 - 09:39 PM |
Tagged: gaming keyboard

Wooting, a start-up that is currently running an already-funded Kickstarter, is looking to produce a keyboard with analog inputs. This is not exactly an entirely-new concept. Ben Heck created one back in 2012 by modifying the WASD cluster to include Hall Effect sensors, which were attached to the guts of an Xbox 360 controller to signal thumbstick offsets. The further you press the key, the more intense of an input would be sent to the PC.

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The Wooting One, which, again, is a Kickstarter campaign, does it a bit more... professionally. The keyboard uses the “Flaretech” switch, which I've never heard of before now, from Taiwanese manufacturer Adomax. Unlike Ben Heck's Hall Effect sensors, this one measures offset with light sensing. This raises a petty, pedantic argument about whether it's technically a mechanical keyboard, since the activation isn't performed by a direct, mechanical process, but users typically equate “mechanical keyboard” with its quality and feel, which could be achieved with non-mechanical processes. Semantics aside, the light-sensing mechanism allows precise measurement of how far down the key is. From there, it's just a matter of mapping that distance to an input.

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This is where the Wooting One looks quite interesting. The firmware and driver will communicate under XInput and apparently other Gamepad APIs, functioning under most games that allow simultaneous gamepad + keyboard input for a single player. They are also expecting to create an open-source system, with an API, that allows games to access the analog input of apparently all keys on the board. This is interesting, because XInput has fairly restrictive limitations of about six axises of analog input (although the two axises corresponding to the triggers are lower precision and, with the Xbox One controller, joined into a single axis). A new API can circumvent all of this for gaming going forward, and it will be required for analog keyboards to get off the ground. It's not a difficult task itself, as there is quite a bit of bandwidth in external IO connections these days, but getting and entire industry's worth of vendors to agree could be a task (unless you're, like, Microsoft). Hopefully it's open, with a permissive license, and a few, big-name engine vendors add support to push it forward.

And, let's be honest -- XInput is limiting. A new API could be good for obscure gamepads, too.

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Outside of analog gaming, they are also milking this “know how far down the key is” feature as much as they can. For instance, they are also allowing users to choose the activation distance in digital mode. Users can set their balance between rejecting partial presses and speed of input based on their ability to touch type.

It's a European Kickstarter, and the lowest backer tier that includes the keyboard ships in November and is worth 100 Euro, ~$115 USD. which apparently includes tax and shipping for North America and Europe. That doesn't correlate to a retail price, if the product even gets off the ground, but it's a data point however reliable. Tax-in and free shipping sounds a bit... sketchy for a crowdfunding campaign... but that could just be a sign that they're more affiliated with an existing company (and its supply chain) than they're letting on, rather than business naivety.

Seasonic Announces PRIME Titanium Series Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2016 - 01:26 PM |
Tagged: Seasonic PRIME, seasonic, PSU, power supply, 80 Plus Titanium

Seasonic has announced the PRIME Titanium Series line of power supplies, 80 Plus Titanium certified PSUs that the company says offers superior power regulation with "super-low" ripple noise and extended hold-up times to ensure clean power to your system.

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"The culmination of the PRIME Series is the result of Sea Sonic’s close collaboration with graphics card manufacturers and suppliers during product development. Undoubtedly, the electrical performance of the series is unsurpassed by any analog power supply on the market today.

Seasonic PRIME Series power supplies are made with the best quality components, employ an innovative circuit design, and go through rigorous testing to ensure each unit’s amazing load regulation, performance and efficiency. Clean power and prolonged hold-up time (that doubles the current industry standard) are the main characteristics for the ultimate stable performance of the PRIME series power supplies."

Main features of the PRIME Series power supplies from Seasonic:

  • 80 PLUS Titanium or Platinum Certified 
  • Premium Hybrid Fan Control (fanless up to 45 % system load)
  • Micro Tolerance Load Regulation (0.5 %)
  • Extended Hold-up Time (above 30 ms)
  • Ten Year Warranty

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The power supplies also offer modular construction and are available in 850W, 750W, and 650W versions. As to pricing and availability, we don't have specifics just yet.

You can visit Seasonic's PRIME Series website here for more information, and full specifications.

Source: Seasonic

be quiet! Introduces Silent Loop Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2016 - 02:34 AM |
Tagged: water cooler, Silent Series, liquid cooler, cpu cooler, computex 2016, computex, be quiet!, AIO

More be quiet! news from Computex as the company has introduced their first all-in-one liquid CPU coolers with the Silent Loop series; “silence-optimized” liquid coolers ranging from 120mm - 280mm.

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Here are some of the features from be quiet!:

  • Newly designed reverse-flow pump for virtually inaudible operation
  • No vibrating noise
  • Very quiet Pure Wings 2 PWM fans
  • High performance full copper radiator
  • Compact and flat pump design
  • Refill port
  • 3-year warranty

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The Silent Loop coolers are available in three sizes; 120 mm, 240 mm, and 280 mm.

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Here’s the preliminary cost breakdown (prices are not yet final according to be quiet!):

120mm / MSRP: $109.99
240mm / MSRP: $129.90
280mm / MSRP: $149.90

The Silent Loop liquid coolers are slated for a September 2016 launch.

Source: be quiet!

Thermaltake New Core P3 ATX Wall Mount Panoramic Viewing

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 1, 2016 - 07:30 PM |
Tagged: wall mount, thermaltake, computex 2016, Core P3

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Custom made wall and table mounted PCs are gaining in popularity and considering the effort that has gone into making them works of art explains why.  Thermaltake is going to make it easier for those of us lacking the time, motivation or creativity to make our own exposed PCs with the new Core P3 chassis which supports boards of up to ATX in size and can be set up on a wall mount or horizontally inside a table or other container.  Your GPU positioning is also adjustable, it can be mounted traditionally or horizontally with the PCI-E x16 3.0 riser cable, depending on which way you swing. 

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They have embraced the current Maker Movement by providing blueprints of their liquid cooling system so that you can print your own, assuming you have access to a 3D printer of course.  You also have quite a lot of space for your radiator, the Core P3 supports up to a 420mm radiator if you go custom or up to a 360mm AiO type watercooler.  If you prefer to air cool, fans of up to 140mm are compatible and there are plans available for you to print our your own grills. 

Check out the full PR below for more information.

Source: Thermaltake

be quiet! Announces Dark Base 900 and 900 PRO Modular Enclosures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2016 - 03:38 PM |
Tagged: enclosure, Dark Base 900 Pro, Dark Base 900, computex 2016, computex, case, be quiet!, atx case

A pair of enclosures from be quiet! have been announced, with the Dark Base 900 and Dark Base 900 PRO, and both models offer modular construction for greater build flexibility.

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Here are some of the specs and features from be quiet!:

  • High flexibility through high modularity
  • Modular motherboard tray can invert and also slide vertically to make space for radiators, etc.
  • Motherboard tray is decoupled to avoid vibrations
  • Removable motherboard tray can be used as a test bench, or install system completely outside the case first
  • Separated HDD cages for maximum flexibility - each holds one 3.5” or two 2.5” drives
  • Removable ODD cage
  • Standard storage support: 2x ODD / 7x HDD / 15x SSD
  • Highest compatibility to water cooling
  • PWM fan control
  • 3x SilentWings 3 PWM 140mm fans pre-installed
  • Aluminum finish on top and front
  • PRO:
    • 4mm tempered glass side panel
    • LED strips with 5 colors
    • QI charger for mobile devices

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The system looks spacious, and offers removable cages for storage drives:

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The motherboard tray is removable, and it can also be inverted if desired for an alternate internal layout:

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And what premium enclosure would be complete without LED lighting? The PRO version of the Dark Base offers LED strips with your choice of 5 colors:

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The Dark Base 900 has an MSRP of $199, and the Dark Base 900 PRO is $249, with availability set for June 28.

Source: be quiet!

Check out what EVGA has in store for you

Subject: Graphics Cards, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2016 - 11:22 PM |
Tagged: supernova, SLI HB, gtx 1080 FTW, GTX 1080 classified, gtx 1070 SC, evga, Dawn, computex 2016, 850GS, 1000GX

Earlier in the week you saw a sneak peek at EVGA's GTX 1080 SC and now we can confirm there will indeed be a GTX 1070 version, bearing the same custom ACX 3.0 cooler which Al proved to be an improvement over the Founders Edition, especially when you consider the price to performance equation.

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That is not the only new card announced, there is also a brand new GTX 1080 Classified with the ACX 3.0 cooler, the specific overclock is not yet known but you can bet it should be more a handful of megahertz more than the base.  We know that this card will have 14 power phases, full RGB LEDs and those ACX fans are 10cm in size.

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The more curious of you might have noticed there is something odd about the back end of the card and the location of the PCIe power plugs and you are absolutely right.  The EVGA Power Link adapter can be plugged into any card to move the position of the power plugs to give you better cable management abilities.  It also sports an LED light on one side, as you can see in the picture of the GTX 1080 Classified card.

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To round out the usual suspects, here you can see the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Edition with some fancy LEDs.  Those lights match the CPU waterblock in evidence just above the card, we didn't hear anything official about it but perhaps that is yet another thing to look forward to in the coming year.

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Speaking of adapters, here you can see EVGA's custom SLI HB bridges in three different sizes, especially of importance to those who plan on using a code to enable more than two Pascal cards to run in SLI.  They will connect the cards at up to 650MHz and will sport LEDs which can be toggled between red, green, blue or white via a switch on the bridge.

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Next up is an EVGA Gaming chassis bearing the names DG-87 and Dawn, hinting that there may be more than model arriving in the near future.  As you can see in the picture the front panel, up to and including the power and reset buttons, has been moved to the side.  USB including a Type-C plug, HMDI and audio are all available at the sides as well as a LCD which can display the speeds of two of your fans, as well as allowing you control over their speeds.  You can also set it to display a temperature, although it is unlikely you can reduce it the same way you can your fan speed.  The case also obviously handles watercooling setups as stylishly as Jacob sports those jeans.

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Along with the case comes two new PSUs, the successors to the G2 models.  The EVGA Supernova 1000GX not only provides 1000W of 80 PLUS Gold power, it will also the smallest kilowatt class PSU available at launch.  It looks to have single 12V rail which will provide up to 999.6W @ 83.3A.

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If that is a little more power than you need the Supernova 850GL might be more to your taste.  It is also 80 PLUS Gold and fully modular, with up to 849.6W @ 70.8A, which should handle all but the most extreme GPU setups.  That picture also shows off the certain glow your system will feel when powered by one of these PSUs.

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With all these lights and features it would be a shame to have boring PSU cables, now wouldn't it?  That is why EVGA is also releasing PSU cables in a wide variety of colours.  The ones shown below are only a small sampling of what you can choose from, more will be available from EVGA once they launch.

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That is all from EVGA so far but stay tuned for more from Computex here at PC Perspective!

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RIOTORO Unveils New PC Gaming Hardware Lines at Computex 2016

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2016 - 06:31 PM |
Tagged: uruz, riotoro, onyx, ghostwriter, enigma, computex 2016, bifrost

Riotoro is a relatively recent arrival to the market, formed in 2014 by several former employees of Corsair and NVIDIA.  They have released a new watercooler, keyboard, mouse and a pair of PSUs, hopefully we will soon get our hands on some products to test their abilities.

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Computex 2016, Taipei — May 31, 2016 — California based RIOTORO ® today announced they are expanding their PC hardware line with the addition of three new categories – gaming keyboards, PC power supplies, and liquid CPU coolers – to the company’s existing lines of PC case, mouse, and fans.

The expanded lineup will give PC gaming enthusiasts a comprehensive range of products to build and customize their high-performance dream PC.

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RIOTORO Ghostwriter Gaming Keyboards
RIOTORO is debuting prototypes of its two new Ghostwriter gaming keyboards at Computex — one with mechanical switches and one with membrane keys. Both models feature a unique and aggressive “stealth” exterior that reflects the serious game-tuned precision and performance of the new keyboards.

RIOTORO’s flagship, the Ghostwriter RGB mechanical keyboard, is built with proven Kailh brown switches and features 16.8 million color per key animated backlighting programmable via keyboard controls or with included software. The Ghostwriter standard gaming keyboard is based on traditional membrane keys and features static 8 color backlighting. Both models include USB pass-through, full n-key rollover, 1 millisecond response time, dedicated media keys and volume roller.

Ghostwriter RGB Mechanical Keyboard

  • Quiet, tactile mechanical brown Kailh switches \
  • 16.8 million color RGB lighting per-key with animated effects programmable via keyboard and software
  • Brushed aluminum faceplate
  • Easy access media controls and volume roller
  • USB pass-through
  • Braided cord
  • Detachable magnetic wrist rest
  • Available 2H 2016, price to-be- announced at launch

Ghostwriter Standard Keyboard

  • Membrane keys
  • Global backlighting customizable to any of 8 colors
  • Easy access media controls and volume roller
  • Detachable magnetic wrist rest
  • Available 2H 2016, price to-be- announced at launch

RIOTORO Uruz V2 Gaming Mouse
The latest evolution of RIOTORO’s bestselling mouse, the Uruz V2 optical gaming mouse has been reforged with improved styling and build quality with an upgraded polymer shell, aluminum scroll wheel, and low-resistance cord.

Uruz V2 Optical Gaming Mouse

  • 4000 DPI optical sensor with on-the- fly DPI adjustment
  • 16.8 million color RGB lighting
  • 6 programmable buttons
  • Aluminum scroll wheel
  • 1000Hz poll rate
  • Ultra-durable soft-touch coating
  • Available Q3 2016 Suggested retail price: $39.99

RIOTORO Onyx and Enigma PC Power Supplies
Developed in partnership with leading power supply maker Great Wall, RIOTORO’s Onyx and Enigma are based on a new platform designed to hit the sweet spot for practical real-world performance, reliability, and price. The Onyx line 80 PLUS Bronze PSUs are available in 450, 650, and 750 watt capacities, and the Engima 80 PLUS Gold is available in 850 watt. For maximum efficiency and safety the PSUs are fully 80 Plus certified and feature over voltage, under voltage, over current, over power, and short circuit protections.

Onyx ATX Power Supplies

  • 80 PLUS Bronze certified efficiency
  • 450, 650, and 750 watt
  • Semi-modular cable system
  • 100% Japanese primary capacitors
  • Rifle bearing fan
  • Warranty 3 years
  • Available Q3 2016 Price to-be- announced at launch

Enigma ATX Power Supplies

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified efficiency
  • 750 watt Semi-modular cable system
  • 100% Japanese primary capacitors
  • Hydro bearing fan
  • Warranty 5 years
  • Available Q3 2016 Price to-be- announced at launch

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RIOTORO Bifröst Liquid CPU Coolers
Available in 120mm and 240mm versions, the RIOTORO Bifröst all-in- one liquid CPU coolers combine top enthusiast-class CPU cooling performance with an easy-to- install mounting system and wallet-friendly price point.

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Bifröst 240

  • 240mm radiator deliver enhanced heat dissipation
  • Dual 120mm RIOTORO static pressure PWM fans for efficient cooling and low noise
  • New generation copper cold plate for improved heat transfer from CPU to water block
  • Long, flexible braided tubing for easy installation
  • Simple tool-free mounting bracket for quick and easy installation
  • 5-year warranty
  • Suggested retail price: $99.99 USD

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Bifröst 120

  • 120mm 45mm thick radiator for high efficiency cooling in nearly any PC case size
  • 120mm RIOTORO static pressure PWM fans for efficient cooling and low noise
  • New generation copper cold plate for improved heat transfer from CPU to water block
  • Long, flexible braided tubing for easy installation
  • Simple tool-free mounting bracket for quick and easy installation
  • 5-year warranty
  • Suggested retail price: $84.99 USD

Source: Riotoro