CRYORIG Announces A-Series Hybrid Liquid CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2015 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: water cooler, liquid cooler, CRYORIG A80, CRYORIG A40 Ultimate, CRYORIG A40, CRYORIG, cpu cooler, closed-loop, AIO

CRYORIG has a new take on the venerable closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, addressing concerns about the temps of surrounding components on the board by including a reversible fan which mounts to the CPU block.


“The CRYORIG’s A40/A40 Ultimate and A80 HLC units are built on the base of Asetek’s 5th Generation Pump and CPU Cold Block technology with a small but obvious twist. With an additional adjustable and detachable Airflow fan, the CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%.”

There are three models in the series, with a standard 240 mm width A40, the A40 Ultimate which features a thicker 1.5-inch radiator (38.5 mm vs. 27.5 mm), and the 280 mm A80.

The company has released this slick video to demonstrate the difference this additional fan makes:

It’s an interesting concept and certainly any airflow over motherboard components it better than none, though I am slightly worried about increased noise from the 70 mm pump-mounted fan providing the hybrid cooling.

The new coolers are being released in Japan on November 5, with “mid-to-late November” promised for worldwide availability.


Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W, for when you need 8 PCIe power connectors

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2015 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: PSU, Toughpower, thermaltake, ToughPower Grand 1200W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

The Thermaltake Grand series has been around for quite some time and has just been refreshed with a new model and a new price.  The PSU has a single 12V rail, capable of delivering 100% of the wattage at 100A which makes sense for a kilowatt class PSU which has eight 6+2 PCIe connectors.  It is rated at 80 Plus Gold which [H]ard|OCP's testing showed was essentially accurate, their test bed just snuck under the rating at 100% load.  With a 7 year warranty and a $240 price tag it is right in the middle of the pack for PSUs of this power, not perfect but certainly OK.

If you don't need a 1000+ watt PSU then you should revist Lee's review of the Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU.


"Thermaltake is back with a new 1200 watt fully modular PSU. We have used Thermaltake power supplies on our test bench literally for years with excellent results. However the Toughpower line has not always been the best value out there, but today we see a 1200 watt PSU with revised pricing."

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Enermax's slim new air cooler, the ETS-T40Fit-RF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2015 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: enermax, ETS-T40Fit-RF, air cooling

If you are using a motherboard with very little clearance between the CPU socket and the DIMM slots then you have to choose your CPU cooler with care.  Enermax has designed a cooler specifically for those motherboards, the ETS-T40Fit-RF which is 140x67x165.5mm (5.5x2.6x6.5") which should be thin enough for even the tightest of spaces.  [H]ard|OCP tested the coolers performance and were not particularly impressed by the cooling ability, however the cooler is very quiet and at $45 it is a decent choice for a low cost system which will be situated in a place where quiet performance is needed.  Check out their full review here.


"Enermax is back again today with a new CPU air cooler that looks to conquer size and noise once again. Enermax calls this a "Compact side flow air cooler for 100% RAM compatibility." Does a fan size bigger than the heatsink surfaces and its "side flow air" give us better performance than those we have seen previously?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: AMD

Four High Powered Mini ITX Systems

Thanks to Sebastian for helping me out with some of the editorial for this piece and to Ken for doing the installation and testing on the system builds! -Ryan

While some might wonder where the new Radeon R9 Nano fits in a market that offers the AMD Fury X for the same price, the Nano is a product that defines a new category in the PC enthusiast community. It is a full-scale GPU on an impossibly small 6-inch PCB, containing the same core as the larger liquid-cooled Fury X, but requiring 100 watts less power than Fury X and cooled by a single-fan dual-slot air cooler.

The R9 Nano design screams compatibility. It has the ability to fit into virtually any enclosure (including many of the smallest mini-ITX designs), as long as the case supports a dual-slot (full height) GPU. The total board length of 6 inches is shorter than a mini-ITX motherboard, which is 6.7 inches square! Truly, the Nano has the potential to change everything when it comes to selecting a small form-factor (SFF) enclosure.


Typically, a gaming-friendly enclosure would need at minimum a ~270 mm GPU clearance, as a standard 10.5-inch reference GPU translates into 266.7 mm in length. Even very small mini-ITX enclosures have had to position components specifically to allow for these longer cards – if they wanted to be marketed as compatible with a full-size GPU solution, of course. Now with the R9 Nano, smaller and more powerful than any previous ITX-specific graphics card to date, one of the first questions we had was a pretty basic one: what enclosure should we put this R9 Nano into?

With no shortage of enclosures at our disposal to try out a build with this new card, we quickly discovered that many of them shared a design choice: room for a full-length GPU. So, what’s the advantage of the Nano’s incredibly compact size? It must be pointed out that larger (and faster) Fury X has the same MSRP, and at 7.5 inches the Fury X will fit comfortably in cases that have spacing for the necessary radiator.

Finding a Case for Nano

While even some of the tiniest mini-ITX enclosures (EVGA Hadron, NCASE M1, etc.) offer support for a 10.5-in GPU, there are several compact mini-ITX cases that don’t support a full-length graphics card due to their small footprint. While by no means a complete list, here are some of the options out there (note: there are many more mini-ITX cases that don’t support a full-height or dual-slot expansion card at all, such as slim HTPC enclosures):

Manufacturer Model Price
Cooler Master Elite 110 $47.99,
Cooltek Coolcube  
Lian Li PC-O5 $377,
Lian Li PC-Q01 $59.99,
Lian Li PC-Q03 $74.99,
Lian Li PC-Q07 $71.98,
Lian Li PC-Q21  
Lian Li PC-Q26  
Lian Li PC-Q27  
Lian Li PC-Q30 $139.99,
Lian Li PC-Q33 $134.99,
Raijintek Metis $59.99,
Rosewill Legacy V3 Plus-B $59.99,

The list is dominated by Lian Li, who offers a number of cube-like mini-ITX enclosures that would ordinarily be out of the question for a gaming rig, unless one of the few ITX-specific cards were chosen for the build. Many other fine enclosure makers (Antec, BitFenix, Corsair, Fractal Design, SilverStone, etc.) offer mini-ITX enclosures that support full-length GPUs, as this has pretty much become a requirement for an enthusiast PC case.

Continue our look at building Mini ITX systems with the AMD Radeon R9 Nano!!

Corsair Introduces Carbide 88R Micro-ATX Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2015 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: micro-atx, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide 88RR, carbide

Corsair has introduced a new enclosure that delivers solid looks, a roomy internal layout, and a low $49.99 MSRP.


Image credit: Corsair (via TechPowerUp)

The Carbide Series 88R is a micro-ATX enclosure that offers plenty of room for cooling inside, with dual 120 mm fan mounts up front and on top of the case along with the 120 mm rear fan. There's a 5.25" bay as well for your optical drive needs, and while the open layout doesn't leave a ton of room for storage there is still space for a pair of 3.5" hard drives - with mounts for two SSDs as well.

With 383 mm of GPU clearance even the longest graphics cards will fit, though CPU (up to 150 mm) and PSU (up to 160 mm) support is reduced compared to the typical mid-tower. The Carbide 88R measures 378 x 198 x 440 mm (HxWxD), and weighs 3.65 kg.


Image credit: Corsair (via TechPowerUp)

The $49.99 price point is very attractive, and the Carbide 88R looks very good for a budget offering with a nice brushed finish front panel and a large side window to show off your build. So when can you buy one? Availability, sadly, was not announced.

Source: TechPowerUp
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Features


Thermaltake is expanding their Digital Power Supply (DPS) lineup with the introduction of the new Toughpower DPS G Series, which includes six models ranging from 450W up to 1050W. We will be taking a detailed look at the Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU in this review. Note: the new DPS G Series is a new line and is different than the Toughpower DPS 750W/850W/1050W models, which use the basic DPS App software. All DPS G Series power supplies support Thermaltakes new comprehensive suite of Smart Power Management (SPM) software. Thermaltake has also introduced four DPS G power supplies in their Smart Series, the Smart DPS G 600W/650W/700W/750W  

Thermaltake’s new DPS G Series power supplies incorporate an embedded digital controller, which enables them to communicate with the Smart Power Management software to monitor and record various functions of the PC and power supply. Some of Thermaltakes competition (notably Corsair) has offered “digital” power supplies for some time. Even though Thermaltake may be coming a little late to the party, they appear to have done their homework and continue to expand the software, which now includes a full suite of digital monitoring, recording and analysis software to support the Toughpower DPS G Series power supplies.


(Courtesy of Thermaltake)

The Toughpower DPS G 850W power supply features fully modular, flat-ribbon style cables, 80 Plus Gold certification for high efficiency, is Haswell and ErP Lot ready, and supports multiple graphic adapters with six PCI-E connectors.


Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU Key Features:

•    850W continuous DC output (up to 50°C)
•    Embedded digital controller communicates with Thermaltake’s SPM software
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, at least 90% efficiency under 50% load
•    Fully modular cables for easy installation
•    Flat ribbon-style, low profile cables for a clean installation
•    Single high-current +12V output (70.8A/249.7W)
•    Dual ball bearing 140mm fan for reliability and long life
•    High-quality Japanese made electrolytic capacitors (105°C)
•    ErP Lot and Haswell ready
•    NVIDIA SLI ready with six 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Safety Protections : OVP, UVP, SCP, and OPP
•    7-Year Warranty
•    MSRP for the Toughpower DPS G 850W: $199.99 USD

Please continue reading our review of the Toughpower DPS G 850W PSU!!!

Fractal Design's new mini-ITX case, the Core 500

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2015 - 04:08 PM |
Tagged: mini-itx, fractal design, core 500

For those building an HTPC or who prefer a tiny system to a full sized ATX build, Fractal Design is a common choice for a case maker.  Their newest is the Core 500 Mini-ITX case, measuring 250x213x380mm (9.8x8.0x14.4"), with a single 5.25" bay on the front, up to six internal drives mixed between 3.5" and 2.5" and a front panel with two USB 3.0 and headphone and microphone jacks.  The Tech Report liked the spartan exterior but did have some problems when installing components in the system, the all-in-one liquid cooler they used had issues fitting and larger GPUs will also prove problematic.  On the other hand with a $60 price tag the case is much less expensive than other mini-ITX cases and if you plan your components carefully you shouldn't have issues fitting them into the Core 500.


"Fractal Design's Core 500 is the company's take on a Mini-ITX case that stays compact while making room for big radiators and graphics cards, along with plenty of storage. We poked around and put our Casewarmer test system inside to see how the Core 500 measures up."

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The SilverStone Raven RVX01: An Affordable New Mid-Tower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: Silverstone, RVX01, rv05, raven, mid-tower, enclosure, case, 90 degree motherboard

There's a new version of the Raven mid-tower enclosure on the way, and while it still offers a premium look this new model will be priced to move with a projected price of just $80.


Image credit: TechPowerUp

The SilverStone Raven RVX01 still features a 90-degree inverted motherboard design, with the I/O facing the top of the enclosure as with the current RV05, a layout that provides excellent cooling power from fans that blow hot air upwards from the floor of the case. No less than 3 of SilverStone's 120 mm "Air Penetrator" fans are pre-mounted at the bottom of the RVX01 (up from two 180 mm fans in the RV05), so there should be no shortage of cooling power. It will be interesting to see how noise might be affected by the smaller fan size, thought on their high setting the RV05's 180 mm fans were among the loudest I've tested.


Image credit: TechPowerUp

The new Raven case features the same aggressive, angular styling as before, again with a 5.25"-free design that offers only internal drive mounts. But where the current Raven only offered a single dual-3.5" bay along with a pair of 2.5" SSD mounts behind the motherboard, this new version has 4 bays that can be used for 3.5" or 2.5" drives. While the drive total will be the same the option of up to 4 3.5" drives will definitely appeal to some, as the previous design was rather restrictive when it came to storage.


Image credit: TechPowerUp

The Raven RVX01 is scheduled for a November 2015 release.

Source: TechPowerUp

Lian Li Introduces PC-18 Aluminum Mid-Tower Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2015 - 09:46 PM |
Tagged: PC-18, mid-tower, Lian Li, enclosure, case, aluminum case

Lian Li has announced a new mid-tower enclosure for the North American market, and the PC-18 has a decidedly retro style.


Dual 5.25-inch external optical drive bays? Boxy styling? Bare metal interior? The hallmarks of a 1990's case are here with Lian Li's new PC-18 mid-tower, but there is an interesting addition to a classic design with a hinged radiator bracket in the center of the enclosure.


The PC-18 uses this bracket to support up to 360 mm long radiators, though for a CPU I can see how the installation process for a self-contained system (depending on hose length) might be a bit tricky considering the hinge is on the right side, and closing the bracket blocks access to the CPU.


No rear exhaust fan opening? Retro.

For a GPU, on the other hand, I could see how the bracket's central positioning and hinged mount would make installing a card like AMD's Fury X really convenient.

Here are the full specs:

  • Model: PC-18 A/B
  • Case Type: Mid Tower Chassis
  • Color: Black or Silver
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Expansion Slot:    7
  • MB Type: ATX, Micro-ATX
  • External drive bays: 2x 5.25"
  • Internal drive bays: (HDD bay) 3.5" HDD x3, 2.5" HDD x1; (Remove HDD rack) 3.5" HDD x2 or 3.5"/2.5" HDD x1
  • System Fans: (Front) 120mm x2; (Top) 140mm x1; (Side) 120mm x3 or 140mm x2
  • I/O Ports: USB 3.0 x2, HD Audio
  • PSU Type: ATX PSU
  • Maximum VGA Card length: 285 mm (410 mm with HDD bay removed)
  • CPU cooler height: 160mm
  • PSU length: 160mm
  • Dimensions: (W) 210mm (H) 452mm (D )490mm
  • Net Weight: 5kg

The Lian Li PC-18 carries an MSRP of $149.99 and availability is listed as "coming soon".

Source: Lian Li

Reeven gets heavy, the Ouranos heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2015 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: reeven, ouranos

The previous models of Reeven we have seen reviewed were for SFF systems, the Steropes and Brontes.  The Ouranos that Modders-Inc recently reviewed is somewhat larger, though nowhere near the mass of the serious coolers which Morry prefers.  It stands at 143x161x95mm (5.6x6.3x3.7") and weighs just over a kilogram at 1030g.  The design allowed for the heatsink to be installed in any orientation without interfering with RAM or components close to the socket and the adjustable fan speed lets you chose your own balance between noise and cooling performance.  Read on to see the full review.


"There was a time when the prevalent design philosophy for CPU cooler design was "the bigger, the better". That is no longer the case as users now look for smarter implementations that are much more convenient and functional than simply brute-force cooling. Smaller coolers present the advantage of better compatibility with various components so the latest generation of large CPU …"

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Source: Modders Inc