A case for quiet and for performance
In recent years, some of my favorite cases have come from Corsair - a statement that not too long ago I would have never thought I'd be making. Since the company's rapid expansion into nearly all things enthusiast computing, the Corsair Obsidian line of chassis have helped move along a pretty stagnant industry and foster innovation and change.
Today we are going to be looking at the new Corsair Obsidian 550D, a case that claims to master both noise reduction and sound isolation as well as offering flexibility for some intense cooling capability.
Check out our video review below!
Overall we found the 550D to be a great case for the money and the ability to run it in both a quiet and a cooling mode will allow users to swap components and PC designs without having to buy another case at the same time.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | June 11, 2012 - 06:29 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Silverstone, SST-HE02, passive cooling
Olivier of FanlessTech notified us of a recent SilverStone passive CPU cooler. If you would prefer to jam your case with a giant piece of metal than hear a fan whine -- you should read on. I must say, this gets me interested.
I hope this will continue to be a trend of not needing to trade-off between performance and silence.
It is becoming very difficult to find passive cooling systems for PC parts and it becomes even more difficult if you actually want a good PC when all is said and done. The latest cooler from SilverStone will support CPUs up to 95W which is well over what is required for even the higher-end 77W Ivy Bridge processors.
If only there would be options like this for a GTX 680 or similar GPU.
It is a shame that passive power supplies seem to have not crept too far past 500W and that GPU coolers have been getting substantially less and less passive over time. But I guess someone needs to break the ice and I am glad that you will at least have an option for passively cooling higher-end CPUs and maybe we will see that trickle into other high-end PC markets.
The SST-HE02 is expected to cost $70 and will be available late in Q3 of this year.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2012 - 07:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Silverstone, Temjin TJ08-E Evolution, SFF, MicroATX
Silverstone's Temjin TJ08-E Evolution is a strange beast, with a 180mm fan and the ability to house full sized graphics cards but it is built for microATX boards. That does make it perfect for some SandyBridge/SBE boards with multiple 16x PCIe slots that are of microATX design. There is a fan controller, a removable motherboard tray and quite a few other handy features all of which netted a Recommendation from The Tech Report. If you need a LAN box or just want a PC in a smaller case then you really should check this one out.
"With an 180-mm intake fan and room for high-end video cards, Silverstone's Temjin TJ08-E Evolution looks well-equipped to take on mid-tower cases. Except it's a Micro ATX mini-tower. We take a closer look to see if size really matters."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- LIAN LI PC-Q05 Thin Mini-ITX Chassis Review @MissingRemote
- hermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Review @ OCC
- SilverStone Fortress FT03-MINI Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cubitek ATX-ICE Case Review @ OCC
- CM Storm Trooper Gaming Case Review @ HardwareLOOK
- In Win BUC 101 Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower Chassis Review @ OCIA
- Lian Li PC-TU200 Case @ Kitguru
- In Win BUC 101 @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Cooler @ TechwareLabs
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 CPU Watercooler Review @ Ninjalane
- ARCTIC Breeze Pro & IOCrest Mini USB Fan Comparison @ NikKTech
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA5 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Frio Extreme Cooler @ TechwareLabs
- Arctic Freezer Xtreme Rev 2 Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- Xigmatek Praeton CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Noctua NH-L12 cooler @ Hardwareoverclock
- Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Silent CPU Cooler @ HCW
- Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU cooler @ Funky Kit
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 5, 2012 - 12:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: rosewill, computex, computex 2012, Fortress, Tachyon, SilentNight, Hercules, Throne
Rosewill is up to quite a bit at this years Computex with quite a few different products to house or interface with your computer. Starting with the largest of their new lineup; who wouldn't want another full sized Throne in their house?
Nine hard drive bays with four fans passing air over them, ten expansion bays to handle even the Wonder Twin Dream System with handy grommets for watercooling or wire management the interior of your case will look snazzy. A bottom mounted PSU and top mounted large exhaust fan does make air cooling an extreme system possible for any hydrophobics out there. Those preferring a good looking exterior will like the LEDs.
Speaking of PSUs, they are showing off an 80Plus Platinum Certified tro at Computex with the Fortress, Tachyon and SilentNight with the 1600W Hercules standing tall above them.
They have two mechanical keyboards on display as well, though they do not specify which type they have used, the Limited Edition Elite Ivory RK-9000 series and the backlit RK-9100. That doesn't cover all the releases they have (though it does their pictures), as they have the RSV-L4500 server chassis with up to 15 3.5" drives and eight 120mm fans, the RMX-N360RT wireless router for beginning network techs as well as experienced ones and a dual Xeon Super System named after a cult classic, which may be the only way to lay your hands on four GTX680's, the Red Dawn.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2012 - 06:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: power supply, corsair, computex, ax1200i
As Computex continues into its first full day over in Taiwan, Corsair has a few things to show you, starting with a new high-end power supply called the AX1200i, a completely digitally-controlled unit.
The new AX1200i is rated at 80 PLUS Platinum levels of efficiency thanks in part to the digital power control technology to provide stable voltages, low ripple and low noise levels. A new circuit board layout and reduced component count also aid in the ability for this Corsair unit to hit efficiency as high as 92% and to operate in a fanless, silent mode up to 40% utilization.
"Corsair has earned a reputation as one of world’s best providers of enthusiast PSUs, and with the AX1200i, we have raised the technology and performance bar far above anything the market has seen,” said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. “By designing the first DSP-based enthusiast PSU and integrating our unique Corsair Link technology, we can offer enthusiasts a PSU with a matchless combination of performance and customizable features.”
AX1200i’s DSP-based design, combined with Corsair Link technology, provides enthusiasts with unprecedented control over the features and performance characteristics of their PSU. This includes real-time monitoring of temperature, current draw, and power efficiency, as well as the ability to adjust the speed of the internal 140mm fan. These features also allow for a unique level of customization, such as the ability to switch from the default single +12V rail configuration to a tailored “multi-rail” mode, with the ability to set over current protection set-points on a per-rail basis.
The new Corsair AX1200i power supply will be available in August and will ship with a 7-year warranty. Pricing is unknown.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2012 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xfx, ProSeries 1000W, modular psu, kilowatt, PSU, 80 Plus Platinum
With a half dozen modified 8-pin PCI-Express connectors, 8 Molex connectors, and 11 SATA connectors the XFX ProSeries 1000W PSU will handle the needs of a powerful system. The interior components are very similar to the Seasonic Platinum 1000W which is one of [H]ard|OCP's favourites. As with the Seasonic, the XFX PSU carries an 80 Plus Platinum rating which testing proved to be essentially accurate as [H] was not going to quibble about a 0.6% difference on their review model. You have to pay a bit more for this PSU but if you want to pick up a model that won [H]'s Editor's Choice and Gold Award then this PSU is a sure bet.
"XFX has a tremendously impressive track record here at HardOCP when it comes to enthusiast class PSUs. To date, four XFX PSU reviews, three Gold and one Silver Editor’s Choice Awards. Its new 1KW ProSeries PSU features no wires! No not like that, but rather on the inside. Let’s see if SolidLink Technology is award worthy."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- BeQuiet Dark Power Pro P10 550W PSU @ kitguru
- Super Flower Golden Silent 500w @ XSReviews
- Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 10 550 W @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Megatest: 43 PSUs from 500 to 700 watt @ Hardware.Info
- Xilence XQ Series 850 W @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 850W Power Supply Review @ Rbmods
- Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200-watt @ Tweaktown
- VisionTek 700-watt Modular Series @ Tweaktown
- Antec Earthwatts Platinum 650 Watt Power Supply Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Lepa G1600-MA 1600-watt @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Dr Power II Power Supply Tester Review @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2012 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Deepcool, Ice Wind Pro, heatsink
One neglected feature of heatsinks has always been the ease of installation, which has become much worse now that many heatsinks are so heavy they require a backplate to prevent its weight from damaging your socket or motherboard. For those who would prefer a heatsink that can be installed without needed to access the back of the motherboard, or even removing the board from its case, DeepCool's Ice Wind Pro might be a good choice. At 650g it is light compared to many other models and the handy bracket offers more than enough support for that weight. Of course there are some downsides to such a light cooler, check out how well it could cool a CPU over at Overclockers Club.
"The thing that impressed me the most about this cooler, believe it or not, was its installation process. The 100% tool-free, in-case, no-rear-access-required installation went through like a breeze. It took only minutes to go from having no cooler to having this one installed. It's the first of its kind that is done this way and I hope other manufacturers take a step for lighter-end coolers that can get away without a heavy-duty mounting mechanism. The cooler's build quality is top notch, which follows in the steps of previous DEEPCOOL heat sinks that I have had the opportunity to review."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Frio OCK Review @ HCW
- SilenX EFZ-120HA5 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Frio Advanced and Frio Extreme Review @ OCC
- Deepcool/Logisys Gammaxx 300 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Alpenfohn Matterhorn PURE @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Liquid Cooling System @ Pro-Clockers
- Kingwin Duro Bearing Silent Series Fans @ Pro-Clockers
- MSI Nighthawk Case/Chassis Review @ TechwareLabs
- Mainstream System Cases from Corsair: Carbide Family @ X-bit Labs
- Corsair 550D Case Review @ OCC
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Chassis @ Kitguru
- Cubitek Mini-ICE CB-ICI-B104 @ Bjorn3D
- Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review: Going for the Gamers @ AnandTech
- Corsair Obsidian 550D @ techPowerUp
- MSI Stealth Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- BitFenix Shinobi XL Computer Chassis Review - Is Bigger Always Better @ SSD Review
- Corsair Vengeance C70 @ OC3D
- Cooler Master Silencio 450 Case review @ Rbmods
- Enermax Staray ECA3175-BL Mid-Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Carbide 300R Mid Tower Case Review @ TechwareLabs
- SilverStone FT03 Mini Review: We'll Make You Fun Size @ AnandTech
- NZXT Switch 810 Special Edition Video @ OC3D
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | May 22, 2012 - 05:22 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: VIA, htpc, APC
VIA tops Gingerbread with a banana for some reason. They also unveil a $49 system powered by Android 2.3 which has been customized for mouse and keyboard support. The system draws between 4 and 13.5 watts (idle and load respectively) and can be mounted into any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis as well as chassis for the new Neo-ITX standard.
I guess VIA wants to be more than just Android-in-law to HTC.
It seems as though the low powered computing market is continuing to be eaten by ARM with devices such as VIA’s just announced APC Android PC. The APC seems to be aimed at the home theatre and enthusiast markets. VIA also hopes that the low price point will introduce more people to computing.
Apparently VIA prefers bananas to Apples.
The APC is powered by an 800MHz VIA ARM11 system-on-a-chip with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. 2GB of flash memory is embedded on the device which can be expanded by a microSD card slot. It may also be possible to install extra memory through one of the four USB2.0 ports on the device although that is not explicitly stated in the press release. Display output will be limited to 720p. Power usage will vary between 4 and 13.5 watts depending on load.
VIA is also promoting the device for its Neo-ITX form factor. The APC is 17cm x 8.5cm in dimensions -- which is just under 6 3/4” by 3 3/8” for you non-Metrics -- and can mount in Mini-ITX or microATX cases. It apparently is also smaller than a banana.
The APC is expected to ship this July for $49.
Introduction and Features
Antec has one of the largest selections of PC power supplies on the market today and their new HCP-1000 Platinum power supply features 1000W of continuous output power and is 80 Plus Platinum certified. The High Current Pro Platinum is the first power supply in a new series that will replace three existing lines, the TruePower Quattro, High Current Pro (80 Plus Gold), and Antec’s Signature series. The High Current Pro Platinum series will be the new top class of maximum efficiency within Antec’s range of power supplies with modular cabling.
The HCP-1000 Platinum is based on a brand new platform, co-developed with Antec’s partner Delta Electronics and combines several new technological developments and features to provide unmatched performance and be the very best power supply possible. The HCP-1000 Platinum incorporates all modular cables with six PCI-E connectors, NVIDIA SLI-Ready certification, ErP Lot 6:2013 compliance, a 7-year warranty and it is being introduced with a MSRP of $269.90 USD.
Here is what Antec has to say about their new HCP-1000 PSU:
“Antec's High Current Pro Platinum series is the pinnacle of power supplies. High Current Pro Platinum is fully modular with a revolutionary 20+8-pin MBU socket for the needs of tomorrow. By using a PSU that is 80 PLUS® PLATINUM & ErP Lot 6: 2013 certified, operating up to 94% efficient, you can reduce your electricity bill by up to 25% when compared to many other power supplies. HCP Platinum's innovative 16-pin sockets create a new level of flexibility by doubling the modular connectivity, supporting two different 8-pins connectors and even future connectors of 10, 12, 14 or 16-pins. Backed by a 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support, the HCP-1000 Platinum embodies everything a power supply can accomplish today.”
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W PSU Key Features:
• 1000W continuous power output at 50°C
• 80 Plus Platinum Certified (up to 94% efficient)
• Four High Current +12V rails with high maximum load
• 100% +12V output for maximum CPU and GPU support
• Quiet 135mm double ball bearing fan
• Thermal Manager – advanced low voltage fan controller
• All Japanese brand, heavy duty capacitors
• PhaseWave Design server-class, full-bridge LLC topology
• NVIDIA SLI-Ready certified (six PCI-E connectors)
• Active PFC with Universal AC line input
• ErP Lot 6:2013 Compliant
• Fully modular sleeved cables
• Protection: OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OPP, OTP, SIP, NLO and BOP
• Antec AQ7 7-year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2012 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, Extreme 2 475W, PSU
There is a lot going for the CoolerMaster Extreme 2 450W for non-power users. It costs under $50, it is not much bigger than the 120mm fan that cools it and the 450 on the side offers enough power for many systems. Unfortunately once Hardware Secrets opened the box and tested this PSU they would like to remove your misconceptions. The 450 is not actually the wattage but the model number and this is, at best, a 425W PSU and the quality of power they observed from their tests is abysmal with ripple and voltage drop both exceeding specifications. This is one PSU they recommend you avoid at all costs.
"The new Extreme 2 entry-level power supply series from Cooler Master comes in four different versions: 475 W, 525 W, 625 W, and 725 W. They don't have an active PFC circuit and, therefore, don't carry the 80 Plus certification. Let's take an in-depth look at the 475 W model, which costs only USD 50."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Gold from Corsair: Corsair AX PSU Series Roundup @ X-bit Labs
- LEPA B650 Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Coolermaster Silent Pro Hybrid 850W PSU @ Rbmods
- Seasonic Platinum 1000W Modular @ Kitguru
- FSP Aurum Gold Pro 850W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
- PC Power and Cooling (OCZ) Silencer MkII 750W PSU @ Guru of 3D
- Xigmatek Centauro 1000-watt @ Tweaktown
- Super Flower Golden King 650 W @ techPowerUp
- eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Update