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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2013 - 07:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Carbide Series AIR 540
It may not look like it at first glance but Corsair's AIR 540 can fit an EATX motherboard inside, it can also fit a mATX board but that might look a little odd inside a case this large. The extra depth that is obvious in the picture serves two purposes, firstly to create two chambers as the PSU is installed beside the add in card bays, not below or above and secondly to ensure even the tallest CPU cooler can be installed with plenty of spare room around it. The intake filters are completely removable and it is quite easy to do so, a theme carried on throughout this chassis. Take a look at the full review at [H]ard|OCP.
"Corsair is adding a somewhat nonconformist computer case design to its product stack with the AIR 540. Its product features tout better cooling, easier adaptation of high end air and water cooling, all while being a quieter solution. The AIR 540 looks to be a simple cube shape, but inside it holds an uncommon dual chamber design."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- NZXT Respire T40 @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 Case Review @ Legit Review
- Lian Li PC-Q30 Mini-ITX
- Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro ATX @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master N200 mATX Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case @ AnandTech
- Thermaltake Urban S7 @ Legion Hardware
- Silverstone Precision PS08 mATX Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- NZXT Phantom 530 @ eTeknix
- NZXT H630 Gaming Case @ Rbmods
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 @ Kitguru
- Noctua NH-U14S @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Cooler Master Eisberg 120L Prestige Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- SilverStone Tundra TD02 240mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Raven RV01 ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- Rosewill Line-M @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Seidon 240M CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Gelid Slim Silence A-Plus Low Profile (1U Server) CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Review @ OCC
- SilverStone AR02 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Review @ OCC
- Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B Low Profile @ eTeknix
- SilverStone AR02 @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2013 - 05:33 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: n600, n400, mATX, cooler master, atx
Cooler Master recently launched two new N-series ATX computer cases in the US. The new N400 and N600 will join the existing N200 mini tower.
The two new polymer computer cases feature a full mesh front panel, support for 240mm water cooling radiators on the right side panel, seven PCI expansion slots, and room for several storage drives and fans. Front IO on the N400 and N600 cases include two USB 3, two USB 2, and two audio ports.
The N400 is the smaller of the two at 7.5” x 16.7” x 19.7.” It supports graphics cards up to 320mm as well as motherboards of mATX or ATX form factors. Further, the N400 can support two 5.25” optical drives, eight 3.5” hard drives, and three 2.5” solid state drives (SSD).
The case has space for up to eight fans, and Cooler Master has pre-installed two 120mm XtraFlow fans. Dust filters cover the front and side intake vents.
The internals of the N400 are a bit more basic than those of the N600. There are no cable routing grommets or water cooling grommets that pass through the rear panel. As a result, this case should be cheaper than the N600.
The Cooler Master N400 is available now for $60
In addition to the N400 and N200, Cooler Master will be releasing the N600. The N600 builds upon the n400 design by adding more drive space and a few extra features to aid in cooling and cable management. The N600 measures 8.1” x 17.9” x 18.9.”
It supports both Micro ATX and ATX motherboards as well as graphics cards up to 430mm long. As far as cooling goes, users can install up to 10 fans, and Cooler Master bundles in two 120mm XtraFlow fans. A 240mm water cooling radiator can be installed in the right side panel as well as the top panel. Also, water cooling grommets are installed on the back case panel to allow for external water cooling radiators.
The case can support up to three 5.25” drives (tool-less), seven 3.5” drives, and five 2.5” SSDs (four in an SSD drive cage and one behind the motherboard tray). It also supports a bottom mounted PSU and has various rubber grommets around the motherboard tray for cable management.
The N200, N400, and N600 were available in Europe in June, and now all three are coming to the US. You can grab the N200 and N400 right now for $50 and $60 respectively, but specific pricing and availability on the N600 is not yet available. It should be coming soon for around $90 (estimated), however.
In all, the N400 and N600 seem like decent additions to the company’s N-series lineup. More information can be found on the Cooler Master website.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2013 - 05:28 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mini-itx, mini ITX, micro ATX, anidees, aluminum case
Anidees (roughly translates to "ideas" in English) recently launched a new PC case for micro ATX or mini ITX motherboards called the AI-4B. It is a steel and aluminum chassis measuring 429 x 186 x 420mm (HxWxD) and weighing 6.06 kg. Its design is somewhat similar to the company's previous AI-6 mid-tower case and includes curved edges and a black textured exterior. The front of the case is covered by a door that can be made to hinge from the left or right side, depending on user preference. Behind the door is a large mesh vent with removable dust filter that holds two 120mm Nano Tech fans (which come bundled with the case).
The front IO is located on the top of the case and includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and two analog audio jacks (mic and headphone).
The interior of the case is also all black. Features include five PCI slots, support for a top-mounted ATX PSU, and space for two 5.25" drives and four 3.5" drives. Other features include cable clips to aid in cable management, anti-vibration rubber mounting options for the fans and hard drives to reduce noise, and optional sound dampening material.
The Anidees AI-4B supports graphics cards up to 318mm in length and CPU coolers up to 168mm tall. Cooling options include two 120mm fans in the front and a single 120mm fan in the rear of the case. Anidees packs in three 120mm Nano Tech fans, which come pre-installed. The fans are connected to a fan controller (located under the front IO panel) that will run the fans at one of three selectable speeds.
The new Micro ATX chassis is available now in Europe for 79.90 Euros or 79.99 pounds (UK). The SKU with sound dampening material is 10 Euros or 10 pounds more at 89.90 Euros or 89.99 pounds. These prices translate to approximately $103 for the base model or $115 for the model with sound dampening material. The AI-4B is available now from Caseking or Amazon in Europe. Direct US availability and pricing has not yet been announced, but if it really strikes your fancy it should be possible to import it for a slight premium and shipping costs via Amazon or other retailers.
You need some extra space? We got that.
Corsair likes to make cases, I think we know that much for sure by now. I mean, they have designed something on the order of 13 different chassis, not including color variations. The very first case Corsair shipped was the Obsidian 800D and at the time it was massive, just down right big.
Today though we are doing a preview of an even bigger case: the Obsidian 900D. Seriously, the Obsidian 350D can nearly fit inside the primary bay of this case...
Measuring 27 inches tall, 25 inches deep and more than 10 inches wide, the 900D will dominate just about any landscape you put it on, including a desk as you can tell in the video above.
It's height and depth give the 900D space for more processing and cooling components than you will likely ever really need to use, unless you're one of those few crazies out there. I mean, just looking in the window below you'll see we have a standard ATX motherboard installed and it is just dwarfed.
Introduction and Features
(Courtesy of High Power)
High Power Electronic’s Astro Series includes seven PC power supplies ranging in output capacity from 500W up to 750W. All of the power supplies in the Astro Series are certified 80Plus Gold (AGD-500F, AGD-600F, AGD-650, AGD-750F, AGD-750) except for two models that achieve the coveted 80Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency (APT-600 and APT-700).
Astro PT 700W Platinum PSU Key Features: (from the High Power website)
• Off-Delay Fan (Fan Stays On After System Shutdown): This feature allows the PSU fan to continue running after the system is shut down for a few seconds to exhaust the residual warm air inside the PSU and computer case to help extend component life.
• Single +12V Output Rail: Offers maximum compatibility for the +12V demand (PT 700W: 58A-696W)
• 100% Japanese-made Capacitors: provide longer lifespan
• Reliable Japan
ese-made Solid-state Capacitors: for enhanced system durability and stability even under extreme conditions
• Easily Detachable and Flexible Flat Modular Cables: Use only the cables you need. Reduce clutter from unused connectors and enhance the airflow inside your system
• Patented Easy Swap Connector: for quick and easy installation
• Long Cable Length: Longer cables for easier cable management behind the motherboard
• ErP 2013 The PSU’s standby mode won’t exceed 0.5W consumption to save energy and help maintain a sustainable environment
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2013 - 04:23 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ronin, mid-tower, bitfenix
PC Chassis manufacturer BitFenix has launched its new Ronin mid-tower ATX case. It will be available in July and carries a clean matte black aesthetic with many of the useful features that enthusiasts expect to see in today’s cases.
The BitFenix Ronin measures 270 x 560 x 530mm (approximately 10.6 x 22 x 20.9-inches), and is constructed of steel and plastic. BitFenix uses its “SoftTouch” micro texture surface treatment to give the matte black exterior a unique look and feel. The exterior is all matte black with an acrylic side window. A mesh design is used along the top and front panels, and aids in ventilation. The case uses rounded corners. The front panel IO is actually on the top-front of the case and includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio ports along with the requisite power button. Other than that, the case is rather simplistic in design, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The case can accommodate ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. Internal features include tool-less drive cages, filtered front and bottom intake fan filters, cable management and CPU backplate cut-outs, water cooling grommets, and a bottom mounted power supply. BitFenix is also offering a piece of material that will cover up the PSU and drive cages to hide the drives and cables from the side window view.
The case can host up to three 5.25” drives and six 2.5” or 3.5” hard drives. There are 7 PCI slots and plenty of ventilation spots for fans. Specifically, cooling options include two bundled 120mm Spectre fans. Users can further expand the air cooling by adding the following fan(s).
- Top: 2 x 140mm
- Front: 2 x 120mm
- Bottom: 1 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 120mm
Further, when removing a drive bay, users can use up to 420mm long graphics cards.
The BitFenix Ronin will be available next month for an as-yet-announced price. For reference, it's model number is BFC-RON-300-KKWSK-RP. More information can be found here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2013 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: TR2, thermaltake, seasonic, PowerX, in win, GS600, G Series, Dark Power Pro 10, CX600M, Cougar, corsair, Commander III, be quiet!
There is a roundup over at Legit Reviews, with seven 550-600W PSUs of which only two models will cost you more than $100. They are a mix of 80 PLUS Bronze and Gold, some are partially modular others non-modular and of course, they offer differing power quality and acoustic performance. In this case the most expensive PSU also came out as the winner, but pay attention to the PSU in second place which costs half as much as the Dark Power Pro 10.
"It is natural for an enthusiast to be dazzled by monsters such as the Corsair AX1200i and the Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W; however, even the majority of the enthusiasts would not actually purchase such a beast. It is (or should be) common knowledge that even a very good gaming system does not demand more than 300W-350W and thus, as power supplies are being designed to optimally perform at about 50% capacity, 550W-600W units are plenty for the vast majority of gamers and common users. It is only with multiple video cards, large raid arrays and other “specialized” designs that power requirements may increase substantially. Knowing that and realizing the need to offer our readers insight on products which truly are of interest to them, today we bring you a roundup review of seven quality 550W-600W power supplies..."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec VP550F 550 W @ techPowerUp
- bequiet! Pure Power L8 400W @ Kitguru
- Antec HCG-750M 750W Power Supply Unit @ NikKTech
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 1000 W @ techPowerUp
- Enermax Triathlor FC 700W Power Supply Unit @ NikKTech
- OCZ Power Supply Roundup @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master V-series 1000W @ Hardware.info
- Thermaltake SMART Series SP-750M PSU Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- The big Haswell PSU compatibility list @ The Tech Report
- eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Update
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