Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of Cooler Master
The HAF XB mid tower case is the newest member of the Cooler Master HAF line of cases. Touted as a LAN box, this cube-shaped case has both looks and features that appeal to any enthusiasts. We decided to put the HAF XB on our test bench to validate these claims. At a base price of $99.99, the HAF XB is a bargain for the features you are getting.
Courtesy of Cooler Master
Courtesy of Cooler Master
Cooler Master designed the HAF XB with a scratch-resistance, flat-black colored coating applied to all surfaces. Both side panels have integrated hand-holds for easy lifting and transport to your event and the front and top panels contain non-impeding mesh grills allowing for optimal airflow across your vital system components. Integrated into the case's front panel are power and reset buttons, power indicator LEDs, audio input and output port, USB 3.0 device ports, two 5.25" device bays, and two hot-swappable hard drive bays.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2013 - 08:26 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: cooler master, cm 690 III, atx
Cooler Master has announced the CM 690 III, which is a redesigned full tower case in the same enthusiast vein as the original CM 690. Cooler Master has primarily redesigned the interior with a new hard drive mounting cage, tool-less drive bays, and additional cable management space behind the motherboard tray.
The new Cooler Master CM 690 III measures 507mm x 230mm x 502mm (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 19 lbs (8.7kg). The case is all black with mesh front and top panels. The top of the case has a small storage compartment and front panel IO options including two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks. The front of the case has three externally-accessible 5.25” bays and space for a 200mm intake fan.
The CM 690 III comes in two SKUs, depending on whether you want a side panel case window or not. The model with a side window supports up to 7 fans while the model without a window supports up to 9 fans, and up to three 200mm fans. Also, cooling support further includes grommets on the rear of the case for external radiators, support for a 240mm water cooling radiator on both the top and front panel, and a 120mm raditor on the rear. Dust filters are located on the top, front, and PSU vents.
The CM 690 III supports graphics cards up to 423mm long and CPU coolers up to 171mm high. Users can install up to 7 3.5” hard drives or up to 10 2.5” SSDs (one behind the motherboard and one on the bottom of the case).
The updated CM 690 III will be available in August for an undisclosed price.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2013 - 10:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: rosewill, atx case
Rosewill, no stranger to computer cases, expands their portfolio with three cheap and feature-filled ATX mid-towers. No more than a single external 3.25" bay, and aesthetics, seem to differentiate the models from one another. Every choice has: a healthy number of internal bays, some option for external 3.5", a spot for an SSD, USB 3.0, and an expected price of $50.
Galaxy-02 (top-left) and Galaxy-03 (top-right) allow up to three 5.25" devices to be installed, two if you convert a bay to an external 3.5" slot using the supplied adapter. Galaxy-01 (below) includes a permanently mounted external 3.5" bay. I never really understood the advantage compared to an internal, but still easily accessible, mounting point; a toaster-like dock, attached internally to SATA, would get my attention.
Each case contains three 120mm fans with options of mounting either a fourth fan, 120mm or 140mm form factors, to the side panel. For those curious, power supplies are mounted on the bottom and draw cool air from a dust-shielded opening.
All three cases are currently available for $49.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2013 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, heatsink, AR02, AR01
SilverStone have released three new Argon branded coolers, the mid-sized AR01, the small AR02 and the extra large AR03, of which [H]ard|OCP reviewed the first two models. The AR01 is 120mm x 50mm x 159mm and uses three heatpipes to move the heat up to where it can be dispersed by the 120mm fan. The AR02 is 92mm x 50mm x 134mm which makes it great for smaller systems though the 92mm is an odd size and could be hard to replace if you so desired. Both coolers are under $35 to pick up, so while not the best performing heatsinks on the market they do very well when you look at the price to performance ratio. You can see the full review here.
"SilverStone comes to us today with a new series of air cooler for your AMD or Intel branded processor. The Argon series is pointed squarely at the lower cost end of its product stack. So how do these 6mm heatpipe units with "Direct Export Technology" stand up to testing in a world of great air coolers with much higher prices?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Zalman CNPS10X Optima Shark's Fin Blade CPU @ eTeknix
- Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master V8 GTS Review @ Neoseeker
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler @ Modders-Inc
- NZXT Kraken X60 All-in-One Water Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Enermax ELC240 A.I.O liquid CPU cooler @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master N400 Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 @ techPowerUp
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Carbide AIR 450 Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT Phantom 530 Chassis @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Cube Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Antec GX700 @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced @ techPowerUp
- NZXT H630 Silent Case @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Urban S71 Chassis @ eTeknix
- Lian Li D8000 Review: Double-Sized, Full HPTX Tower @ TechSpot
- Corsair Obsidian 350D mATX Case @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2013 - 03:29 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Intel, dccp847dye, nuc, SFF, pcn, wi-fi
Intel recently posted a Product Change Notification (PCN, number 112432-00) regarding one of its first NUC bare-bones systems, model number BOXDCCP847DYE. The PCN seeks to address the overheating issues that several hardware review sites encountered when performing large file copies across the network using the built-in Wi-Fi card. Intel has reportedly found a solution by adding a 9.5mm thermal pad to the underside of the top cover. The thermal pad will make contact with the mSATA SSD and facilitate heat transfer from the drive into the metal chassis.
The overheating problems spotted by PC Perspective (in our review) and other tech sites lead to system freezes and restarts. When transferring large amounts of data across the network, the built-in mPCI-E Wi-Fi card would heat up, and because the SSD is mounted just above the Wi-Fi card, the system would lock up or crash when the SSD overheated. Thus, Intel’s workaround is to improve the cooling of the SSD such that it (hopefully) will no longer overheat and users will not have to resort to buying a USB Wi-Fi dongle or running an Ethernet cable to the switch.
According to the PCN, the solution works and system retailers should expect shipments of the BOXDCCP847DYE with upgraded cover to arrive as early as August 1st. Notably, Intel is planning to ship out all pre-modification inventory before moving onto shipping updated bare-bones systems. It may be some time before consumers can be sure they are getting the updated model. In the meantime, users can always opt to use one of the many third party NUC cases that take full advantage of passive cooling techniques.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2013 - 02:03 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: v8 gts, Intel, hsf, cpu cooler, cooler master, amd
Cooler Master has unveiled a massive CPU cooler called the V8 GTS. The new high end air cooler measures 154 x 140 x 153.5mm and weighs 1.9 pounds. It combines a horizontal vapor chamber, eight heat pipes, triple aluminum fin stacks, and two shrouded PWM fans with red LEDs.
The V8 GTS is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets, including LGA 775, 1150 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 on the Intel side and AM2, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 on the AMD side. A horizontal vapor chamber is used for the CPU baseplate to effectively move heat away from the processor an into the heatpipes.
Eight 6mm heat pipes further transfer heat to three total aluminum fin stacks. Further, two 140mm PWM-controlled fans move cool air across the fins to facilitate cooling high end and overclocked processors. The fans can spin between 600 and 1,600 RPM and are rated for between approximately 28 and 82 CFM respectively.
Other features of the Cooler Master V8 GTS include red LEDs and a black shroud. The cooler is designed to allow plenty of room for clearance around the RAM area to allow for memory with heatspreaders to be used. It is rated to be able to cool up to 250W. It may be rather heavy and may or may not be a hemi, but it certainly looks cool (heh)!
The CM V8 GTS is model number RR-V8VC-1GPR-R1 and comes with a 2 year warranty. Cooler Master has not yet detailed pricing or availability. In the meantime, Hardware Secrets managed to get their hands on the massive cooler to put its performance to the test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2013 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, seasonic, X-400FL Platinum 400W, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu
A 400W PSU seems a little under-powered when compared to the kilowatt PSUs that are commonly reviewed but there are not many systems that actually need that amount of power. Seasonic has designed their X-400FL Platinum 400W to provide great power, efficiency and extra features in lieu of providing huge amounts of power. The PSU is fully modular and is able to provide an impressive 33A combined from it's four 12V rails, with an absolute minimum of ripple even during the most intense parts of [H]ard|OCP's testing. At $120 it is a little more expensive than other similar PSUs but with the outstanding build quality of the PSU it is worth it.
"This new Seasonic PSU touts Platinum efficiency, a fully modular design, and a host of other enthusiast-worthy hardware features that will ring true with those looking for a what might be "the best" 400 watt PSU on the market. For those of you looking to build that truly powerful HTPC, this PSU also offers silent operation."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec High Current Gamer Modular 850 W @ techPowerUp
- EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 Power Supply Review @ HiTech Legion
- EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Be Quiet! PURE POWER L8 500 W @ techPowerUp
- High Power Astro GD-750 Watt PSU Review @ HiTech Legion
- In Win Commander III 800W Power Supply @ HiTech Legion
- Antec High Current Gamer Modular 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 800W Power Supply @ HiTech Legion
- Antec HCG-850M 850W Power Supply Unit @ NikKTech
- Silverstone PP07 Sleeved PSU Extension/Adapter Cables @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 16, 2013 - 08:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, PSU, power suppy, pcper live, live
Missed the live stream? You fool! But here is the reply of the event and quite honestly it turned out better than I expected. If you don't learn something about power supplies by watching this, I'll eat my shoe.
Countless readers ask us for advice on power supplies. What makes power supplies different, how do you calculate how big of a PSU you need, are single rail units the best? That is just a sample of the inquiries that find their way to us.
After months of scheduling, I was finally able to wrangle in our resident power supply expert, Lee Garbutt, responsible for basically all of the power supply testing on PC Perspective since the beginning, for a LIVE stream to talk all about power supplies!
Learn about Power Supplies with Ryan and Lee - Live Stream
10am PT / 1pm ET - July 17th
What can you expect to learn during our live stream? Here is a sample of the topics we are going to cover:
Why are PC power supplies called switchers or switching power supplies?
What qualities characterize a good PSU?
What is Power Factor Correction and is it the same thing as Efficiency?
What’s all the hype about single versus multi rail output? Which is better? And what’s a rail anyway?
Let’s look inside a PSU and show me what the main components are?
Let’s talk about how you test a PSU. What tests do you perform? What equipment do you use, etc.?
We'll be monitoring the chat room in our PC Perspective Live! page for more questions during the stream of course but if you have any pressing issues you want to be sure are addressed, please leave a note in our comments below! For those of you that CAN join us live, we have another reason to attend...PRIZES!!
EVGA was kind enough to donate a EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 PSU and a SuperNOVA NEX750G Gold power supply! What do have to do to enter? Just be in the live stream and pay attention - we'll have the details there during the LIVE stream!
Again, that's July 17th at 1pm ET / 10am PT for an informative discussion about the power supplies that make all of our PC gaming goodness possible!
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 04:13 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, Intel, haswell, evga, c7, c6, 80 Plus Bronze
EVGA recently launched a new 500W power supply called the 500B. The new ATX PSU is haswell ready and supports the advanced low-wattage C6 and C7 sleep states. The 500B, as the name suggests, is a 500W unit rated 80 PLUS Bronze for 85% efficiency under typical workloads.
Although it is not modular, it has several other enthusiast friendly features. It supports 40 Amps on the single +12V rail and has over-current and over-voltage protection. Further, it has two 6+2-pin PCI-E power connectors, a single 8-pin CPU power, and a 24-pin ATX connector along with a couple molex and SATA power for good measure. Also, the PSU fan automatically adjusts speed for low noise.
The EVGA 500B (model number 100-BR-0500-KR) comes with a 3 year warranty. Pricing and availability have not been announced. It looks to be a decent option for budget builds, and should be priced competitively. More information and additional photos can be found on this EVGA product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2013 - 12:24 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: veloce, Intel, haswell, gtx 765m, gtx 700M, Digital Storm
Later this month, Digital Storm will be launching the 13.3” VELOCE gaming notebook. The 13.3” laptop is 1.26” thick and weighs 4.81 pounds. It combines a 1080p screen with an Intel Haswell processors and NVIDIA 700M dedicated graphics.
On the outside, the VELOCE features a black laptop lid with a red Digital Storm logo that runs down the center. The interior of the laptop is silver and grey with a backlit keyboard. The VELOCE has a LED-backlit 13.3” display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. External port IO includes three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4a output, one VGA video out, and an Ethernet RJ45 jack.
Internal specifications for the VELOCE include an Intel Core i7-4800MQ Haswell processor (quad core at 3.7GHz max), 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, and a 750GB hybrid hard drive with 8GB of flash cache. Users also get a NVIDIA GTX 765M dedicated GPU with 2GB of video memory and support for the company’s Optimus technology. A 8x DVD/CD drive and Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 NIC. The notebook supports a single 2.5” drive and a single mSATA drive, with RAID support.
Digital Storm is bundling the notebook with Windows 8 x64.
The Digital Storm VELOCE will be available on July 17th. It will have a starting price of $1,535 USD which gets you the laptop, 3 year warranty, and lifetime of US-based tech support.
Get notified when we go live!