Introduction and Features
Earlier this year Corsair added the Vengeance series to their enclosure lineup and in this review we will be taking a detailed look at the Vengeance C70 mid-tower gaming case. Corsair continues to bring a full line of high quality cases, memory components, power supplies, cooling components, SSDs and accessories to market for the PC enthusiast and professional alike. The new Vengeance cases come in three different colors: Gunmetal Black, Military Green, and Arctic White. Corsair designed the Vengeance cases for travelling gamers. They feature rugged steel construction with numerous case cooling options for going on the road to the next LAN party.
Here is what Corsair has to say about the Vengeance C70 Cases:
When it’s time to take your competitive gaming on the road, the Vengeance C70 mid-tower PC case is a great choice. It’s crafted out of solid steel and made to survive trips with less wear and tear, and the ergonomic carry handles help you move your gear with confidence.
High-performance gaming hardware requires high-performance cooling. Vengeance C70 is equipped with three 120mm fans out of the box, with mounting points for seven more to meet your exact air cooling demands.
…and Water Cover, too
Vengeance C70 is also outfitted for liquid cooling upgradability. You get 240mm radiator compatibility on top of the case, and if that’s not enough, you can remove the lower hard drive cage to fit a second 240mm radiator for a dual-loop setup.
A case is as much a part of your armory as any other component. With internal USB 3.0 connectors for modern motherboards, native SSD compatibility, eight expansion slots and room for long graphics cards, the C70 stands ready to take on any challenger.
Lock and Load
Easy access side panels come off with quick-release latches. The optical drive bays and 3.5” hard drive bays are tool-free. Thumbscrews secure your graphics cards, and the hard drive cages can be easily removed for better airflow or additional expansion room. Cable routing tie-downs and built-in clamps keep your system tidy.
With so many features, the Vengeance C70 does what it’s supposed to do – stay out of your way while you build or upgrade.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2012 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: watercooling, all-in-one, nzxt, Kraken X40, Kraken X60
30th October, 2012 – High performance liquid cooling has finally arrived in an easy to use, all-in-one package. NZXT releases the Kraken, the first premium all-in-one water cooler series for PC enthusiasts and gamers alike. The Kraken X40 and Kraken X60 are high end, all-in-one 140mm and 280mm liquid-cooling solutions where ease of use meets unmatched performance.
Applying its forward-thinking design philosophy to the water-cooling market, NZXT raises the bar with a userfriendly solution that brings unrivaled liquid-cooling performance to your fingertips. With 36% more surface area than standard 120mm/240mm radiators and fully interactive fan control, NZXT’s Kraken series is nothing short of a water-cooling behemoth.
NZXT brings its innovative HUE controlled lighting system to the Kraken, setting a new standard for design and performance. Featuring premium black sleeved cables and extended 16-inch tubing for large tower support, the Kraken brings high performance cooling with an uncompromised look that any enthusiast will be dying to show off.
At its core, the Kraken features a state-of-the-art pump attached to an all copper base that is compatible with all of the current offerings from Intel and AMD. Included with the 140mm Kraken X40 is one NZXT FX-140 PWM fan, with the ability to install an additional 140mm fan for a push-pull configuration, offering unmatched cooling performance.
The 280mm Kraken X60 features two NZXT FX-140 PWM fans, with the ability to install an additional two fans for a push-pull configuration as well. Additionally, the Kraken X60 utilizes a SATA power connector for easy installation and effortless cable management.
Both Krakens are aggressively priced at $99 and $139 for the X40 and X60, respectively, and backed by a 2 year warranty. With the Kraken, NZXT set out to unleash the best closed loop water cooler on the market, and believes its customers should not settle for anything less.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2012 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, watercooling, hydro H60, hydro H55, hydro
FREMONT, California — October 25, 2012 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced an updated version of the award-winning Hydro Series H60 liquid CPU cooler, and the new Hydro Series H55 liquid CPU cooler.
The Hydro Series H55 is an update to the hugely respected Hydro Series H50, and is based on the latest, 4th generation cold-plate design. The updated version of the Hydro Series H60 takes advantage of the latest cold plate, manifold and fan technology to further increase performance and reduce noise levels.
"The Hydro Series H50 and H60 have a hard-won reputation for delivering effective, reliable, and quiet CPU cooling,” said Thi La, Senior VP & GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. "These new and improved versions demonstrate Corsair’s commitment to providing our customers with the latest and best integrated liquid cooling technology.”
In addition to the new cold plate and manifold design, the Hydro Series H60 also utilizes larger diameter tubing, which increases the coolant flow rate and performance. The new composite rubber tubing makes installation easier, but retains the low-evaporation rates of the older, more rigid tubing, guaranteeing a long lifetime. The Hydro Series H60 also introduces a new magnetic mounting bracket, which makes it simple to select the correct motherboard socket format.
H60 Includes Fan Based on Award Winning Air Series SP120
A high-quality fan designed specifically to move air through the fins of a liquid cooling radiator is an essential part of any liquid cooling system. The new H60 includes a 120mm fan based on the award-winning Air Series SP120. This utilizes a motor that has been specially tuned for high torque, ensuring outstanding static pressure, and consistently high performance at low noise levels.
The Hydro Series H55 is designed to provide a simple and effective upgrade from a basic CPU air cooler. The 4th generation cold plate design, and high static-pressure, low noise 120mm fan provides great performance, while the tool-free mounting bracket and low-permeability rubber tubing makes installation simple.
Both the Hydro Series H55 and Hydro Series H60 CPU coolers are compatible with most cases that feature a rear 120mm fan mount. Both support motherboards based on the Intel LGA115x/1366/2011, and AMD AM2/AM3/FM1 sockets, and are backed by a five year limited warranty.
Pricing and Availability
The Corsair Hydro Series H60 is available immediately from Corsair’s worldwide network of resellers and distributors, at a price of $79.99 in the United States.
The Corsair Hydro Series H55 is available immediately from Corsair’s worldwide network of resellers and distributors, at a price of $69.99 in the United States.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2012 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, kilowatt, Digital Power Supply, Corsair Link, corsair, ax1200i, 80 Plus Platinum
Corsair's new AX1200i PSU is 80 Plus Platinum rated and sports Link monitoring and control software as you might remember from Lee's review. On the off chance that you would like a second opinion about the PSU, [H]ard|OCP recently published their own review. Just like Lee they were impressed with the voltage regulation, efficiency, and DC Output quality though they were less impressed with the noise they saw during their Transient Load Test. They also questioned the use of the Link tweaking software and while the final verdict was positive in some ways they didn't feel this PSU was as true successor to the stellar AX1200 released almost two years ago.
"Corsair has a refresh today that talks to its high end line of high power PSUs. The AX1200i comes in touting "platinum" efficiency and "an unprecedented level of monitoring and performance customization." How does the AX1200i perform out-of-the-box and does it actually bring value at its huge price?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Super Flower Golden Green 350W PSU @ Silent PC Review
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 500W Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
- CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W PSU @ Silent PC Review
- Enermax Platimax 600W @ Silent PC Review
- bequiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550W Power Supply @ Silent PC Review
- Seasonic G360 PSU: High efficiency & performance, low price @ Silent PC Review
- Akasa Venom Power 850 W @ techPowerUp
- LEPA B800-MAS 800W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum @ Tweaktown
- Rosewill Capstone 750W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
- Lepa G1000-MA 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold @ Tweaktown
- Enermax MAXREVO 1500 W @ techPowerUp
- FSP Raider 750-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2012 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, carbide 200R
The brand new Corsair Carbide 200R is now available on NewEgg for $80 and has some features that are unique at this price point. Tool-less installation of 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" drives has become common at this price point, as have wire management cut-outs however the bottom mounted PSU to allow top mounted fans is a unique feature. The case will accept heatsinks up to 160mm and video cards 300mm long or 430mm if you remove the lower drive cage. Seven expansion slots and up to eight fans ensure that even a high end system has enough room and cooling, which could be a good thing if you spent all your money on the components and need a lower cost case to put them in. Check out the full specs at Corsair.
FREMONT, California — October 24, 2012 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the Carbide Series 200R mid-tower chassis. Priced at only $59 and offering features designed to make PC building incredibly easy and quick, the 200R is ideal for PC builders looking for great value for money.
The Carbide Series 200R is Corsair’s lowest-cost chassis, yet it still includes many of the features that make Corsair chassis popular with enthusiasts and gamers, such as built-in SSD compatibility, front panel USB 3.0 ports, intelligent cable-routing, tool free installation, and a matte-black interior. It is exceptionally easy to use, and a screwdriver is only required to install the motherboard.
"The Carbide 200R is a great value case that breaks the mold by offering intelligent features, great cooling expandability, elegant looks, and is extremely easy to build,” said Thi La, Senior VP & GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair. "Too often PC builders on a budget are limited to low quality, poor-performing cases with ‘extreme’ looks. Now they have a clear, refined choice."
The Carbide 200R eschews the clichéd look of many low-cost ‘gamer-orientated’ chassis and instead offers a clean and elegant aesthetic design that will appeal to gamers, hobbyist PC builders, and professional system integrators alike. And with up to eight fan mounting locations (two fans included), tool-free support for four 3.5” drives and four 2.5” SSDs, and support for long graphics cards, it can even support high-end PC hardware.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2012 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: bitfenix, Hydra Pro, Recon, fan controller
One of the best ways to bring down the noise your system generates without switching to alternate cooling methods is to install a fan controller in your system so that you can control the speed your fans run at and slow them when you don't need the extra cooling. Hardware Canucks finished a video review of two fan controllers from BitFenix, the basic five channel Hydra Pro and the Internet enabled, touch screen Recon which offers far more control than the analog Hydra Pro. Neither controller costs more than $50, check out the review and see which would fit your system best.
"Fan controllers may not be a marquee item within many enthusiasts’ systems but the power they grant over airflow within a case cannot be underestimated. BitFenix's Hydra Pro and Recon controllers hail from very different ends of the spectrum but they both grant end users complete control over their system fans."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master Hyper 412 PWM and Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 Coolers
- SilverStone Heligon Series HE01 CPU Cooler Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Be Quiet! Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Reeven Kelveros (RC-1202) CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Zalman CNPS14X Lower Noise Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- SilverStone HE02 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Ed. Ceramic Coated Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Fan Flower Heatsink @ Silent PC Review
- SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler @ Silent PC Review
- Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Zalman CNPS9900DF @ Frostytech
- Noctua NF-F12 PMW 120mm Fan @ lanOC Reviews
- Swiftech MCR240-QP "Quiet Series" Dual 140mm Radiator @ Tweaktown
- Swiftech Apogee Drive II Integrated Pump and Waterblock @ Tweaktown
- Cougar Challenger Mid Tower @ Kitguru
- Enermax Ostrog Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- CM Storm Scout 2 Case Review @ OCC
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 @ Guru of 3D
- In-Win GRone Full Tower Chassis Review @ Legit Reviews
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced @ LanOC Reviews
- NZXT Phantom 820 Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced @ Kitguru
- NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Everything, Everything @ AnandTech
- Lian li PC-Q25 ITX Case @ XSReviews
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cougar Challenger ATX @ SSD Review
- Cougar Challenger Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case Review @ HCW
- In Win H-Frame Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Xigmatek Pure Black Asgard Pro Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
- BitFenix Prodigy @ Bjorn3D
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
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.
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