Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2012 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Level 10 GT Battle Edition, level 10 gt
Thermaltake's high end Level 10 case series has been around for a while, with a variety of styles including the new military themed GT Battle Edition case. While it keeps a similar look to previous models, with hotswappable HDD cages that are separated from the motherboard mounting area, though they are not quite as separated as on some other models. Tool-less assembly, serious air cooling along with grommets for an external radiator, USB 3.0 connections and enough depth to fit even the largest third party CPU coolers make this an attractive case for enthusiast level systems. [H]ard|OCP liked this case so much that they didn't even bat an eye at the $300 price tag.
"Thermaltake got a lot of exposure a few years ago with its Level 10 computer case. At release it cost in the neighborhood of $1000 and declared styling by BMW. Thermaltake now has variants of that case which are much more affordable but do keep with the styling queues and functionality of the original."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Ghost @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming PC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lian Li PC-A76X Case Review: The Limits of Aluminum @ AnandTech
- Corsair Vengeance C70 review: military themed mid-tower chassis
- Enermax Hoplite ST Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Chassis Review @ MissingRemote
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced M-ITX PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-X2000FN Chassis @ Kitguru
- IN WIN GRone Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec P280 Midi Tower @ Funky Kit
- Steelseries Kana White @ XSReviews
- Nanoxia Deep Silence DS1 Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 @ Hardware.info
- Cooler Master Elite 120 @ techPowerUp
- Silverstone TJ08-E m-ATX Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Nofan CR-95C IcePipe Copper CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 @ Tweaktown
- Lian Li PC-B12 Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- ARCTIC i30 Heatsink and Fan @ Funky Kit
- SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 Twin Tower @ Tweaktown
- Deepcool Neptwin CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Introduction and Features
Seasonic has a well earned reputation for producing some of the best PC power supplies on the planet. Over the years, Seasonic has been the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) of choice for companies like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, and XFX to name just a few. But Seasonic also markets power supplies under their own brand name. The new X-Series 1050W and 1250W are Seasonic's newest and most powerfull PSUs to date. Both power supplies are based on Seasonic's X-Series line, which has brought several major advancements to the standard PC power supply platform since its introduction three years ago.
• Proprietary circuit design delivers High efficiency (80Plus Gold or Platinum certified)
• Full modular DC Connector Module features integrated VRMs (3.3V and 5V)
• Hybrid Silent Fan Control (3 modes of operation: Fanless, Silent and Cooling)
• High-quality Sanyo Denki SanAce120 dual ball bearing fan with PWM
• High-reliability 105°C grade A capacitors and solid polymer capacitors
Here is what Seasonic has to say about their new X-Series Gold 1050W and 1250W power supplies:
"The X-1050 and X-1250 are the newest additions to one of our most successful retail lines currently available. Now the X-Series will extend from 400 and 460 watt fanless and then 560, 660, 760, 850 watt and now 1050 and 1250 watts for top end systems; a total of eight X-Series models in all.
80Plus Gold The X-1050W and X-1250W PSUs are certified in accordance to the 80PLUS organization's high standards, offering the newest technology and innovation for performance and energy savings with up to 90% efficiency and a true power factor of greater than 0.9 PF.
Full Modular Design (DC to DC) Common to all X-Series power supplies, the new X-150 and X-1250 feature the unique integrated DC connector panel with onboard VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) that enables not only near perfect DC-to-DC conversion with reduction of current loss/impedance and increase of efficiency but also a fully modular DC cabling that enables maximum flexibility of integration and forward compatibility.
Seasonic Hybrid Silent Fan Control An industry first, advanced 3 phased (Fanless, Silent and Cooling Mode) thermal control balances between silence and cooling. In addition, a selector switch is provided to allow you to select between Seasonic S2FC control, without fanless mode or S3FC fan control with fanless mode.
Sanyo-Denki San Ace Silent Fan The world-renowned Sanyo Denki ball bearing fans are made of the highest quality components to insure maximum quality and performance. The use of spoon shaped high-density plastic fan blades with smoothed leading edges, strict tolerance ball bearings and precision copper axel are just some features to ensure ultra-low noise performance and quality."
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | October 9, 2012 - 06:02 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, logitech
Earlier in the year I was in a discussion with a friend of mine about mechanical keyboards. His friend was certain that he owned a mechanical gaming keyboard and so I asked him which one. I stopped him the second he said, “Logitech”. They make several high quality keyboards but not one of them mechanical.
That will soon change when they introduce their mechanical G710+ gaming keyboard to the market.
The Scarecrow went to the Wizard of Oz to ask for a brain.
Logitech asked to remove their membrane-domes. Heels weren't the only things which clicked.
The G710+ keyboard contains Cherry MX Brown switches along with a full set of media keys, a handful of macro keys, and a number pad. While the brown switches tend to be fairly quiet on their own Logitech has also included damping O-rings under each keycap to make it even more silent than most large mechanical keyboard competitors.
The G710+ is also a white LED backlit keyboard with the option to customize brightness such that your movement keys are lit differently than the rest. This is designed to be a visual cue to lead your fingers back to the movement keys in a dark room.
Macro functionality on the G-keys can be programmed using Logitech drivers in the Lua scripting language. This driver is available for Windows Vista through Windows 8 - sorry to the Windows XP holdouts of the world.
The G710+ is expected to retail for $149.99 in the U.S. (and Canada I believe) this month with Europe expected to ship in December.
Thoughts about Interface Design in General
I have been in several situations where a variety of people claim the gamepad is superior for gaming because that is what it was designed for. No elaboration or further justification is given. The controller is designed for gaming and is therefore clearly better. End of – despite often being start to – discussion in their minds.
Really it is a compromise between the needs of popular games and the environment of a couch.
Interface design is complicated. When you design an interface you need to consider: the expected types of applications; the environment of the user; what you are permitted to use; what tolerances are allowed; what your audience is used to; and so on, so forth. There is a lot to consider when you design an application for a user and I could make an educated guess that it is at least as hard to design the input device itself.
The history of keyboard design is a great example of tradeoffs in input devices.
Sometimes it is better to be worse...
The first wave of keyboards were interfaces to the mechanical typewriter. These keyboards were laid out in alphabetical order because as long as each key is accessible and the user could find the letter they wanted – who cares, right? We already have an order for the alphabet that people understands so the users should not have too much difficulty in finding the letter they need.
Another constraint quickly game to light: typists were too fast and the machines jammed.
The engineers now needed to design an input method which could keep up with the typist. Correcting the machine itself was somewhat futile so the solution was to make the typist as slow as possible. The most common letters in the English language were spread all over the place and – while possibly by fluke – the left hand is favored, as in made do more work, over the often dominant right hand.
The problem required making the most aggravating keyboard layout engineers could imagine. QWERTY was born.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2012 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, enermax, 80 Plus Platinum, kilowatt, Platimax 1350W
If the 1500W EVGA SuperNova PSU that Lee recently reviewed was a little too much for you then how about the Platimax 1350W from Enermax? It sports six 12V rails, two at 20A and the remaining at 30A, a mere eight 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors and 14 SATA power connectors. This PSU is the highest rated 80 Plus Platinum PSU [H]ard|OCP has seen, as well as the highest from Enermax and they were not disappointed. While it shared its design with the MaxRevo 1500W which left [H] a little disappointed, the Enermax implementation was superior and this PSU walked away with an Editor's Choice.
"Enermax is a long standing quality desktop PSU company. It not only specifies and designs power supplies it is one of the few companies that actually build enthusiast PSUs. Enermax today moves it 1350 watt giant into "Platinum" efficiency territory with the new Platimax 1350W."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Enermax MaxREVO 1500-watt 80 PLUS Gold @ Tweaktown
- EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU @ Guru 3D
- PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mark III 1200w 80+ Platinum @ Funky Kit
- Coolermaster M2 1500W 80Plus Silver Modular Power Supply @ TechwareLabs
- Corsair Professional Series HX850 Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- In-Win GreenMe 750-watt 80 PLUS Bronze @ Tweaktown
- Antec High Current Pro 750 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cougar GX800 800-watt 80 PLUS Gold @ Tweaktown
- In Win GreenMe 650 W @ techPowerUp
- FSP AURUM Xilenser 500-watt 80 PLUS Gold @ Tweaktown
- Spire BlackDragon 400 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secret
- Seasonic G Series 360W @ KitGuru
- Rosewill Fortress Platinum 450W @ AnandTech
- Seasonic G Series 550W @ Kitguru
Introduction and Features
EVGA might not be the first name that comes to mind when looking for a high-end power supply but they are about to change that with the introduction of the SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified 1500W power supply. Not only is the SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified the highest capacity power supply we have reviewed to date, it also comes bundled with EVGA’s SuperNOVA software that allows monitoring all of the power supply’s functions in real-time from your desktop.
EVGA was founded in 1999 with headquarters in Brea, California. They currently specialize in producing NVIDIA based graphics adapters and Intel based motherboards and they are now expanding their product line to include enthusiast grade power supplies, starting with the NEX1500. EVGA plans to add 750W and 650W models to follow.
The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified power supply can deliver up to 1500W combined load while operating on 120VAC mains and can be “overclocked” to 1650W if operated on 240 VAC mains. It used to be that ~1200W DC output was about as high as you could go on 120VAC mains but as the overall PSU total efficiency has increased higher outputs are now possible. The NEX1500 supports either single or multiple +12V rail modes (DIP switch selectable) and can deliver up to 124A on the +12V rail (133A in OC mode). WOW – you can weld ½” steel plate with 120A!! (OK, I might have trouble keeping the arc stable at 12V, but that is still some serious current.) This bad-boy even comes with a handle and is backed by a 10-Year warranty. And just to tickle your interest, here are a few stats you might be wondering about:
• 1500W Continuous power output @50°C (1650W in OC mode)
• 124A +12V rail (133A in OC mode)
• SuperNOVA control and monitoring software included (USB interface)
• (19) PCI-E connectors and (2) EPS12V connectors
• OEM is Etasis Electronics Corp. (well-known in the server industry)
• MSRP $449.99 USD (available now)
Here is what EVGA has to say about the new SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU:
“The EVGA NEX1500 Classified is the ultimate enthusiast power supply. Designed to support the toughest hardware, the EVGA NEX1500 Classified supports ground-breaking new features like SuperNOVA enthusiast software control, Overclock Mode that increases the maximum power output up to 1650W, and fully modular, individually sleeved cables.
You can also count on EVGA to provide the utmost reliability and performance, with 100% Japanese capacitors and a durable ball bearing fan. The NEX1500 Classified is designed from start to finish to be the best choice for today’s most demanding high-end computers. Get to the next level with the EVGA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply!"
EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified 1500W PSU Key Features:
• SuperNOVA, exclusive power supply control and monitoring software
• Control and adjust +12V voltage for maximum overclocking potential
• Switch between single or multiple +12V rails for ultimate control
• Overclock Mode allows PSU to deliver up to 1650W with 230VAC input
• Unbeatable 10-Year Warranty and unparalleled EVGA Customer Support
• 80PLUS Gold certified, with up to 90% efficiency under typical loads
• Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
• Individually sleeved cables for outstanding looks and cable management
• Fully modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow
• NVIDIA SLI Certified
• Sanyo Denki ball bearing fan for exceptional reliability and quiet operation
• Universal AC input (100-240V) with Active PFC
• Heavy-duty Protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP and OTP
• Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 200mm (L)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2012 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Freezer i30, Freezer 13, arctic cooling
Arctic Cooling has a pair of coolers, one larger model for overclockers and a smaller model for those sticking to stock speeds. The Freezer 13 is 123mm x 96mm x 130mm and weights in at 695g with its 92mm fan and should fit in the vast majority of ATX cases. The Freezer i30 is larger at 100mm x 139mm x 161mm and 900g with the single 120mm fan it utilizes. [H]ard|OCP used an mATX board to test these coolers and while the Freezer 13 caused no problems, the i30 blocked some of their DIMM slots which is worth bearing in mind if you are setting up a system. Read their full review to see how these coolers perform under load.
"We are today reviewing two of Arctic Cooling's new CPU coolers. Both use fans for cooling. The Freezer i30 boasts enthusiast features with overclocking in mind, the Freezer 13 comes in a smaller package with sound levels in mind but still espouses a cooling capacity of 200 watts with near silence."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Scythe Mugen 3 Rev.B CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure review: Alpine cooling? @ Hardware.info
- Half of a Super-Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14CS @ X-bit Labs
- Spire Thermax Eclipse III review: big heat pipes @ Hardware.info
- Aerocool Touch-2000 LCD Fan Controller @ eTeknix
- LEPA Cooling Fan Collection @ Pro-Clockers
- Fractal Design Define R4 @ Kitguru
- Lian Li PC-Q16 Mini-ITX @ Funky Kit
- Cooler Master Storm Stryker Full-Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- In-Win GRone Case Review: Do Features Make the Case @ AnandTech
- Cougar Evolution Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Fractal Design Define R4 @ techPowerUp
- BitFenix Prodigy ITX Gaming Case @ Pro-Clockers
- In Win H-Frame @ techPowerUp
- Numerology: Antec System Cases Roundup @ X-bit Labs
- Fractal Design Define R4 Full-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cougar Challenger Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Silverstonetek TJ04-E System Enclosure @ Metku.net
- Antec Three Hundred Two @ Kitguru
- CM Storm Scout 2 @ techPowerUp
- Streacom FC5 EVO Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box @ AnandTech
- CM Storm Scout 2 Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Gaming Case Review @ Ninjalane
- Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming Case @ Pro-Clockers
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 @ LanOC Reviews
- Aerocool X-Predator Evil Black Edition Gaming Chassis @ Kitguru
- XClio Touch 767 Chassis Review @ XtremeComputing
- Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Scout 2 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2012 - 08:37 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: murderbox mkii, murderbox, modding, custom case, atx
The Canadian moddding duo behind Hardwood Studios Inc has unveiled its latest custom PC case called the Murderbox MKII. The Muderbox MKII represents a completly overhauled design that has its roots in the Silverstone TJ07 and is nearly ready for release after two years of development. The custom PC chassis gets you an all-alluminum chassis that offers better cable management, a water cooling friendly design, custom drive bays, and a custom black anodized textured surface. What will this cost you? A cool $1200 for the base model, and the price goes up from there if you add extras. The Murderbox MKII is a limited edition custom case with only 499 cases produced in total.
The Murderbox MKII features a unibody aluminum chassis that has acylic side panel windows that are mounted to be flush with case metal on the outside. The front includes a red backlit logo, power and reset buttons, and a single externally accessible 5.25" drive bay. The top of the case features an etched fan grill, or a set of two fans should you upgrade to the fan accessory for $150.
The dual fan accessory.
The back of the case is part of the removable motherboard tray and features plenty of vents and PCI slot covers. There is also space for a bottom mounted power supply. Internally, the Murderbox MKII features a spot to hold a watercooling resorvoir on the motherboard tray (that slides into the case on nylon-coated rails), space for a 480mm watercooling radiator in the bottom, and drive bays that are pre-wired. You put the storage drives onto sleds and slot them into the bays where they connect to already-mounted/wired SATA power and data connectors. The custom case can hold three 3.5" hard drives, three 2.5" SSDs, and a single 5.25" drive. On the top of the case is a slot loading DVD drive as well.
Overall it is a really slick PC case that appears to have received quite a bit of TLC to get the perfect enthusiast case. However, with a limited run of 499 cases and a price tag that is more than most entire computer builds [My first DIY PC build actually cost just under 1200 in 2007, for example.. and I think the case was under $100 heh], the Murderbox MKII is going to be more of a spectacle than a stomach-able purchase (just imagine trying to get the 'significant other approval factor' passed on this thing!).
On the other hand, this is a piece of finely crafted hardware that is sure to turn heads and is nice to gaze upon, so if you want to check out more pictures you can find the gallery on the Murderbox website!
See what parts we recommend for your next build on the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard.
Introduction and Features
Corsair continues to bring a full line of high quality power supplies, memory components, cases, cooling components, SSDs and accessories to market for the PC enthusiast and professional alike. Corsair's updated Professional Series HX power supplies include four models; the HX650, HX750, HX850 and HX1050. All of the power supplies in the Professional Series feature modular cables, premium quality components, an energy-efficient design (now 80 Plus Gold certified) and quiet operation; and they are backed by a 7-year warranty and lifetime access to Corsair's comprehensive technical support and customer service. The most obvious differences between the new models and the old Professional Series HX PSUs are the new 80 Plus Gold efficiency certification (upgraded from 80 Plus Silver) and the ability to operate in fanless-mode.
Here is what Corsair has to say about their new Professional Series HX PSUs:
"Legendary Performance and Reliability
Corsair Professional Series HX power supplies are designed for PC builders and upgraders who need a highly efficient, quiet, and supremely-reliable power supply, with a modular cable-set that makes installation a breeze.
Quiet Operation at Low Loads
Thanks to their highly-efficient design, Corsair Professional Series power supplies generate minimal heat, and are able to operate in a silent, fully-fanless mode at up to 20% of the PSU’s maximum load (170W for the HX850). This means that Professional Series HX PSUs will be completely silent when you’re performing less intensive tasks, such as web browsing or chatting in forums. And the thermally-controlled fan spins up gradually above 20% load, so that it still operates quietly during normal use and when gaming. Basic PC power supplies have fans that spin all the time your PC is on – whether you’re pushing your graphics card to the limit or just surfing the web – making them noisier and more intrusive.
Modular Cables for Easy Installation
Professional Series power supplies have a comprehensive modular cable set that allows you to use only the cables you need for your particular set of components. The benefits of this include a cleaner, neater installation, and that ‘professionally-built’ look, plus increased airflow through the case due to reduced cable clutter. The cables are also long enough to support full-tower cases.
80 PLUS Gold: High Efficiency – Low Heat
Efficiency is the measurement of how effectively a power supply converts AC power from your wall outlet to the DC power used by your PC’s components. If your power supply isn’t efficient, it will generate more heat, which requires more cooling and more fan noise. And, it might even affect your power bill.
Professional Series HX PSUs are among the most efficient on the market. Each model has 80 Plus Gold certification, which ensures up to 90% energy-efficiency. This helps to keep your PC cool and quiet, and it may even save you money too.
Professional Series HX PSUs are built with premium components, such as 105°C capacitors, and are capable of continuous power delivery at a temperature rating of 50°C, ensuring maximum performance and reliability even in the most demanding and hot-running performance PCs.
The Corsair Advantage
Corsair Professional Series PSUs are backed by a reassuring 7-year warranty and comprehensive customer support via telephone, email, forum and the Tech Support Express helpdesk."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2012 - 07:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, Heligon, 140mm
If [H]ard|OCP's review of the SilverStone Heligon HE01 creates an urge for you to purchase it you should pull out a tape measure and examine your current enclosure. This heatsink hides a 140mm fan inside its 926g, 140mm x 119mm x 160mm metal body which many cases simply cannot accomodate. If you can however, you will have a top notch cooler as it topped out the charts when they tested it. You will have to pay a premium though, at $75 there are other coolers almost as good for much less cash up front.
"SilverStone brings us a newly design CPU cooler with wider fin spacing and an internally mounted adjustable 140mm adjustable speed fan sporting six heatpipes and Nickel-coated copper base. The Heligon HE01 is supplied with hardware that supports all recent socket configurations from both Intel and AMD."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Silverstone Heligon HE01 @ FrostyTech
- Cooler Master X6 Elite @ X-bit Labs
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 and Loki SD963 Review @ OCC
- Cooler Master TPC 800 @ Kitguru
- Prolimatech PK2 & PK3 Nano Aluminum Thermal Compound Review @ Legit Reviews
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme AIO CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Thermaltake WATER2.0 Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer & Pro CPU Coolers Review @ Techgage
- BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller Review @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Review @ Neoseeker
- BitFenix Recon Touchscreen Fan Controller @ Tweaktown
- Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Cooling Fan Review @ Neoseeker
- BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Review @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan and LED Controller @ Tweaktown
- Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower @ [H]ard|OCP
- AZZA Genesis 9000 Review @ Neoseeker
- Fractal Design Define R4 Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- GameTiger T-Rex FR-16 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- In Win GRone Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Fractal Design Define R4 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Bitfenix Prodigy: a unique mini-ITX chassis @ Hardware.info
- NZXT 810 Switch Special Edition Full-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- GameTiger Mars VA-2 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker @ Guru of 3D
- Cougar Challenger Gaming Case @ Pro-Clockers
- Lian Li PC-Z60 @ XSReviews
- CM Storm Stryker Case Review @ OCC