Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2014 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, Series Bravo, Type-01
XFX has expanded into the enclosure market with a case priced to take on big names like Corsair and Thermaltake. It is visually unique on the outside, especially with there watercooling grommets which are designed differently than you see on other cases. The Type-01 is fairly large, 518 x 232 x 562mm (26.6 x 13 x 22.2") and can hold up to eleven 2.5/3.5" drives of which five can be reconfigure to only fit 2.5" drives which will increase the maximum allowable length of your GPU to 14" from a mere 12". The Tech Report appreciated the design of the front power and reset buttons, as they are socketed you can remove the front panel without having wires still connecting it to the case. There are many things to like about this case especially if you are using air cooling but there is one caveat, this case will not support 240mm radiators so be forewarned if that was your plan. Check out the whole review to see the other features XFX added to this case.
"The Type-01 Series Bravo Edition is XFX's first entry into the PC enclosure market. Priced at $129.99, this stylish enclosure faces some fierce competition, most notably from Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D. We've put the Bravo through its paces to see if it's a worthy contender."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- LEPA LV12 CPU Air Cooler @ [H]ard|OCP
- SilverStone Fortress FT05 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Raven RV05 Case Review @ Hardware Asylum
- Fractal Design Core 2300 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master Elite 130 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- NZXT Phantom 240 @ techPowerUp
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome - Corsair Graphite 730T Full-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Reeven Steropes RC-1206 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate AIO CPU Cooler @ [H]ard|OCP
- Noctua IndustrialPPC and Redux Fan Roundup Review @ OCC
- Using a Standard 4-Pin PWM Fan in the HP Microserver Gen8 @ Silent PC Review
- Enermax ETS-N30 @ techPowerUp
- Scythe Mugen MAX CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Cooltek UMX2 @ techPowerUp
- In Win D-Frame Mini @ Legion Hardware
- Cooler Master Hyper D92 Review @ OCC
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2014 - 12:49 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SFF case, SFF, mini ITX, micro ATX, aerocool
A Taiwanese company called Aerocool Advanced Technologies (with a US disivision known as Aerocool US) recently unboxed a cube-shaped computer case that is both colorful and practical. The new Xpredator Cube joins the existing Xpredator lineup as a small form factor (micro ATX or mini ITX) option that comes in Red, Black, Orange, White, and Green color options for $125.90.
Measuring 280x418x412mm, the Xpredator Cube has a futuristic design with lots of sharp angles. Large “shell like” adjustable vents align along the top of the case along with a storage compartment and the front Io panel. The front of the case is dominated by a large mesh intake vent with angled sides and a single 5.25” bay. The left side features a side panel window that shows off the top half of the case (motherboard area).
Front IO on the Xpredator Cube includes two USB 3.0 ports, two audio jacks, a power button, and two fan speed dials for the built in fan controller (maximum of 15W per channel).
The aesthetics are welcome, but the internals are where the small form factor cube shines. The new Xpredator series case is divided into two main compartments. A horizontal divider holds the horizontally mounted removable motherboard tray. The tray matches the external color of the case while the rest of the case internals (minus the tool-less drive rails) is black. It features a CPU cutout and multiple rubber grommets to facilitate cable routing. The case has four exposed PCI slots that can support graphics cards up to 320mm in length (or 345mm with the front case fan removed). The case can accommodate tower coolers up to 187mm tall or an internally mounted water cooling radiator up to 280mm (sans optical drive). Alternatively, the case has two water cooling grommets to support a larger external radiator.
Bundled cooling include a 200mm front intake fan (800 RPM, 53.4 CFM, 26.5dBA) and a single 140mm exhaust fan (1200 RPM, 5948 CFM, 27.6 dBA). From there, users can add up three additional 140mm fans. The top of the case has angled vents that can be opened or closed with a slider on the left edge.
The bottom half of the case has space for a vertically mounted power supply and a tool-less hard drive bay that can hold three 3.5” or 2.5” drives. The case has a vent on the right side of the case for the power supply fan along with a removable magnetic dust filter. In addition to the hard drive bay, users can fit two 2.5” solid state drives under the 5.25” bay.
Aerocool further includes rubber pads for the power supply and hard drives to reduce shock which is nice considering the LAN party readiness of this case.
The new case was not available for purchase at the time of writing, but it should be for sale soon with a MSRP of $125.90.
The Aerocool Xpredator Cube looks to be a nice looking, easy to build in case. I’m looking forward to the full reviews of course, but if it holds up to the specifications it should be a popular small form factor option!
Introduction and Features
Corsair recently released three new HXi Series Fully Modular power supplies: the HX1000i, HX850i, and the HX750i. All three power supplies are 80 Plus Platinum certified and support the Corsair Link digital interface. Corsair continues to offer 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. In this review we will be taking a detailed look at the HXi Series 1000W fully modular power supply.
All three of the new Corsair HXi Series power supplies are optimized for silence and high efficiency. Zero RPM fan mode means the fan doesn’t spin until the PSU is under heavy load, and the fan itself is custom-designed by Corsair for low noise operation even at high loads. Flat ribbon-style black cables are fully modular to facilitate fast, clean builds.
The Corsair HXi Series is built with high-quality components, including all Japanese electrolytic capacitors, and is guaranteed to deliver clean, stable, continuous power, even at ambient temperatures as high as 50°C. HXi Series users can also install Corsair Link software to monitor power usage, efficiency, and fan speed.
80 Plus Platinum: High Efficiency – Low Heat HXi Series PSUs are 80 Plus Platinum certified, making them among the most efficient on the market. With efficiency of at least 92% at 50% load, your PC will remain cool and quiet, potentially saving money in the process.
Corsair Link Ready While the HXi is an analog power supply, it features a built in analog to digital bridge to communicate vital information to the Corsair Link software via USB. This allows the user to monitor and log fan speed, current and voltage of the +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails, monitor power out, display power in and efficiency, and enable/disable OCP on the +12V rails.
Zero RPM Fan Mode offers silent operation at low to moderate loads. Thanks to a highly efficient design, the HXi Series power supplies generate minimal heat and are able to operate in a silent, zero RPM Fan Mode for up to 40% of the PSU’s maximum load (at 25°C room temperature). This means the HXi power supply can be completely silent while the PC is performing less intensive tasks. As the load and temperatures rise within the PSU, the thermally controlled fan gradually spins up for quiet operation even during more demanding computing.
Optimized for Low Noise Corsair continues to branch out beyond memory and power supplies and is paying close attention to fans and their applications. Within a PSU, the most important feature of a fan is high static pressure, allowing the fan to push air through the relatively high density of components. The NR135P intake fan was specifically designed to move more air through the power supply components with less noise. Fan blades are properly balanced to prevent resonance at higher RPMs and the fan features fluid dynamic bearings for quiet operation and long life.
In addition to the specially designed Corsair cooling fan the components on the HXi Series PCB are laid out to allow air to easily flow between them. The HXi PSUs also include fully modular cables made flat for easy installation and reduced airflow resistance.
Corsair HX1000i PSU Features summary:
• 1,000W continuous DC output (up to 50°C)
• 7-Year Warranty and Comprehensive Customer Support
• 80 PLUS Platinum certified, at least 92% efficiency under 50% load
• Corsair Link ready for real-time monitoring and control
• Fully modular cables for easy installation
• Flat ribbon-style, low profile cables help optimize airflow
• Zero RPM Fan Mode for silent operation up to 40% load
• Quiet fluid dynamic fan bearing for long life and quiet operation
• High quality components including all Japanese electrolytic capacitors
• Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
• Safety Protections : OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP, and OPP
• MSRP for the HX100i : $229.99 USD
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2014 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: seasonic, Platinum-1050, modular psu, kilowatt, hybrid silent fan, 80 Plus Platinum
Lee just wrapped up a review of Seasonic's 1050 and 1200W Platinum PSU's but why not revisit the powerful 1050W PSU in [H]ard|OCP's latest PSU review. Their testing methodology differs from Lee's as does the hardware used to test it. This way you get even more information about how this PSU functions under differing conditions and you will be more informed about your possible purchase. Reading the whole review is the best way to fully understand this fully modular PSU's strengths but if you insist on skipping to the conclusion then this PSU is both better than the competition and less expensive. The only constructive criticism that [H] could offer was that it does not really improve in any major way over Seasonic's previouslt released 1000W PSU.
"Seasonic is one of our long-time favorites when it comes to truly high-end power supplies. The new PLATINUM-1050 PSU claims to deliver excellent power efficiency and does so with a fully modular design. Seasonic is often known designing products with excellent sound profiles. Does the PLATINUM-1050 fit the profile?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Xilence Performance A Series 730W Non-Modular Power Supply @ eTeknix
- Antec EDGE 750W @ Kitguru
- Rosewill Fortress 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Super Flower Leadex Gold 650w @ HardwareHeaven
- Chieftec A-80 Series 650W Non-Modular Power Supply @ eTeknix
- Super Flower Leadex Gold 650W @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Nightjar 520W Passive @ eTeknix
- Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W @ eTeknix
- Enermax Revolution X't 430 W @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! SFX Power 2 300W @ eTeknix
Introduction and Technical Specifications
be quiet! is a relative new comer to the US computer component market with an award-winning reputation for high quality power supplies and components in their native Germany. Recently, they have branched out into the highly competive cooling space with their Dark Rock and Shadow Rock cooler lines. The Dark Rock Pro 3 is the newest member of their Dark Rock cooler line, featuring a massive dual tower radiator and dual fan design. The Shadow Rock Slim is a recent addition to their Shadow Rock line, featuring a smaller footprint single radiator design to maximize motherboard compatibility with the cooler. The Dark Rock Pro 3 comes with a premium MSRP of $89.99, while the Shadown Rock Slim is available at an MSRP of $49.99.
Courtesy of be quiet!
Courtesy of be quiet!
As a flagship solution, the Dark Rock Pro 3 cooler has most of the nice to haves to find on top-end coolers from other manufactures - copper base plate and heat pipes, nickel plating on all copper surfaces, thick dual radiator construction, dual fans, and a massive amount of heat pipes to wick the heat away from the CPU surface as fast as possible. be quiet! developed the cooler using dual fans, a 120mm front fan and a 135mm inner fan. Heat is transfered from the copper base plate to the dual aluminum radiators by a dense array of seven copper heat pipes. All surfaces are nickel coated for corrosion protection and scratch resistance with the nickel plating black colored to give the cooler a sleek and menacing appearance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2014 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, Core V51, air cooling, water cooling
The Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower does not have a flashy exterior but the simple aesthetics should appeal to certain segments of the population. At 540 x 236 x 560mm (21 x 9 x 22") it is smaller than many of the cases we have seen released to the market but still has room for an eATX board inside as well as a Morry sized cooler. The cooling design is quite flexible, in several places you can choose to mount multiple 120/140mm fans or a single monstrous 200mm if you possess one; those who prefer watercooling are able to place 420mm rads in two places or smaller ones in numerous other places. [H]ard|OCP loved the performance and flexibilty of this case, as well as the $110 asking price, which together were enough to win a coveted Gold Award.
"Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case. Its primary goal is to deliver outstanding cooling performance which is always high on our priority list as well. Form and function both seem to be well served in this new Core V51 model as its performance profile is not hard on the eyes."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Xigmatek Aquila @ techPowerUp
- Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Review @ OCC
- AZZA ‘Z’ CSAZ-103 Mini-ITX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Rosewill Legacy U3 Aluminum MicroATX @ Silent PC Review
- Alphacool NexXxoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT Watercooling Set Review @ NikKTech
- Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 Review @ OCC
- Enermax Liqtech 240 @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 Cooler @ HardwareHeaven
- Scythe Mugen Max Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler Review @ Modders-Inc
- Coolermaster Hyper D92 Heatsink @ Frostytech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2014 - 05:25 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: hyper 612, heatsink, fanless, cooler master, cooler
The Cooler Master Hyper 612 Ver. 2 CPU cooler is a member of their "Hyper Series", upper-mainstream product lineup. It looks to be one of the (if not the) biggest offerings in that category. Its extreme dimensions are 139mm (5.47") in length by 102mm (4.02") wide, with a height of 160.4mm (6.32"). It has a 120mm fan which basically takes up a whole side and slowly blows air across it. Some sites claim that it can be used fanless with some (but not every) CPU.
Cooler Master is particularly proud of their "Continuous Direct Contact" technology. In other words, the heat pipes are flattened into a contact with the CPU's heatspreader (or die guard for people like Morry). This eliminates a reservoir of heat before the copper pipes can carry it to the aluminum fins and out into the air.
The heatsink is now available, but no pricing information yet (I cannot find it online).
Introduction and Features
Today we have a double header for your reading enjoyment. Not one, but two Platinum Series power supplies from Seasonic. The two latest additions to Seasonic’s flagship product line are the Platinum 1050W and Platinum 1200W PSUs. The power supplies feature tight voltage regulation (±1~2%), quiet operation (fanless mode), and high efficiency (80Plus Platinum certified). Both PSUs are fully modular and come backed by a 7-year warranty.
Seasonic is a well known and highly respected OEM that produces some of the best PC power supplies on the market today. In addition to supplying power supplies to many big-name companies who re-brand the units with their own name, Seasonic also sells a full line of power supplies under the Seasonic name. Both new power supplies feature an improved Hybrid Fan control circuit and upgraded copper conduction bars on the main PCB, which together help increase efficiency and performance.
Seasonic Platinum 1050W & 1200W Special Features
Ultra Tight Voltage Regulation Improved load voltage regulation keeps the voltage fluctuations on the 12V output within +2% and -0% (no negative tolerance), and on the 3.3V and 5V outputs between +1% and -1%, which (under 80 Plus load conditions) results in smooth and stable operation.
Seasonic Hybrid Silent Fan Control The industry first, advanced three-phased thermal control balances between silence and cooling. The Hybrid Silent Fan Control provides three operational stages: Fanless, Silent and Cooling Mode. In addition, a selector switch is provided to allow for manual selection between the Seasonic S2FC (fan control without Fanless Mode) or S3FC (fan control including Fanless Mode).
Reduced Cooling Fan Hysteresis is achieved by a new fan control IC, which optimizes how frequently the fan switches on and off. At 25°C ambient temperature the fan turns on when the load rises above 30% (±5%) and turns off when the load drops below 20% % (±5%). Due to this lag in response the fan switches on and off less frequently, which reduces power loss in Fanless and Silent Mode.
Dual Copper Conduction Bars on the power supply PCB help reduce impedance and minimize voltage drop, which further improves efficiency and performance.
80Plus Platinum The Platinum 1050W & 1200W power supplies are certified in accordance to the 80PLUS organization's Platinum standards, offering performance and energy savings with up to ≥92% efficiency and a true power factor of greater than 0.9 PF.
Full Modular Design (DC to DC) The Seasonic Platinum Series power supplies feature an 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 Platinum Series 1050W & 1200W PSU Key Features:
• 80Plus Platinum certified super high efficiency
• Ultra tight voltage regulation
• Fully Modular Cable design with flat ribbon-style cables
• Seasonic DC Connector Panel with integrated VRMs
• DC to DC Converter design
• Hybrid Silent Fan Control (3 modes of operation: Fanless, Silent and Cooling)
• High-quality Sanyo Denki San Ace dual ball bearing fan with PWM
• Ultra-tight voltage regulation (+2% and -0% +12V rail)
• Dual copper conduction bars on PCB for improved efficiency and performance
• Supports multi-GPU technologies
• Conductive polymer aluminum solid capacitors
• High reliability 105°C Japanese made electrolytic capacitors
• ErP Lot 6 2013 compliant and Intel Haswell processor ready
• High current Gold plated terminals with Easy Swap connectors
• Active PFC (0.99 PF typical) with Universal AC input
• 7-Year manufacturer's warranty worldwide
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2014 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: noctua, water
The colours of the Noctua Industrial PPC family of fans are familiar but these 8 fans have some serious tricks up their sleeves. While most fans focus on the amount of air they can move and how quietly they can manage that feat these fans are also rated on how harsh the conditions can be while they can maintain full functionality. For instance the IP67 fans will operate perfectly even when submerged in water to a depth of 1m and provide complete protection against dust if used in air. While it is unlikely your computer will function when submerged there are builds which could take advantage of the ability to move water around. Generally these fans are intended for use cooling systems that reside in industrial plants and other harsh conditions but it is nice to know you can pick up fans specifically designed to operate in very dusty or wet environments. Check out the review at Modders Inc if the idea of having a ruggedized cooling system appeals to you.
"The Noctua Industrial PPC line packaging is similarly Spartan like the new Noctua Redux line, packed without extras such as adapters, splitters and alternate mounting options but comes with a 4-piece screw mounting kit."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua iPPC and redux Fan Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Lepa LV12 CPU Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
- Silverstone AR06 Cooler @ HardwareHeaven
- Scythe Mugen Max Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake NiC L32 Non-Interference CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower Computer Case Review @ Modders-Inc
- SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black @ techPowerUp
- BitFenix Pandora @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide Air 240 mATX Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Another SPCR recommended article update - Case Basic & Recommendations
- Raijintek Agos Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2014 - 12:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: X99, video, maxwell, live, GTX 980, GTX 970, evga
UPDATE: If you missed the live stream with myself and Jacob, you can catch the entire event in the video below. You won't want to miss out on seeing the first ever GTX 980 water block as well as announcements on new Torq mice!
EVGA has been a busy company recently. It has continued to innovate with new coolers for the recent GTX 980 and GTX 970 card releases, newer power supplies offer unique features and improved quality and power output, a new line of X99 chipset motherboards including a Micro ATX variant and hey, the company even released a line of high-performance mice this year! PC Perspective has covered basically all of these releases (and will continue to do so with pending GPU and MB reviews) but there is a lot that needs explaining.
To help out, an industry and community favorite will be stopping by from EVGA to the PC Perspective offices: Jacob Freeman. You might know him as @EVGA_JacobF on Twitter or have seen him on countless forums, but he will making an in-person appearance on Friday, September 26th on PC Perspective Live! We plan on discussing the brand new ACX 2.0 cooler on the Maxwell GPUs released last week, go over some of highlights of the new X99 motherboards and even touch on power supplies and the Torq mice line as well.
EVGA GTX 980/970, X99, PSU and Torq Live Stream featuring Jacob Freeman
3pm ET / 12pm PT - September 26th
EVGA has been a supporter of PC Perspective for a long time and we asked them to give back to our community during this live stream - and they have stepped up! Look at this prize list:
- 1 x EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SC
- 1 x EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0
- 1 x EVGA X99 Classified
- 1 x EVGA X99 FTW
- 1 x EVGA X99 SLI
- 1 x EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 PSU
- 4 x Torq Mice
How can you participate and win these awesome pieces of hardware? Just be here at 3pm ET / 12pm PT on http://www.pcper.com/live and we'll be announcing winners as we go for those that tune in. It really couldn't be more simple!
If you have questions you want to ask Jacob about EVGA, or any of its line of products, please leave them in the comments section below and we'll start compiling a list to address on the live stream Friday. Who knows, we may even save some prizes for some of our favorite questions!
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