Lian Li Announces DK-04 Standing Computer Desk Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2016 - 10:20 AM |
Tagged: standing desk, Lian Li, enclosure, DK-04, desk enclosure, case, aluminum

Lian Li has officially announced their standing desk shown at CES 2016, and the DK-04 offers variable (powered) height adjustment.

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The DK-04 in standing position

"Standing desks aren’t just fashionable, they’re proven to be beneficial and healthy in multiple ways. Lian Li sought to design a new computer desk chassis in this spirit. Users can configure up to four different height settings, from 67.5cm to 116cm, for the desk to automatically adjust to at the press of a button. The DK-04 can serve as a standing desk for work and switch to a sit-down gaming desk in an instant!"

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The DK-04 lowered to sitting position

I had a chance to check out the DK-04 in person at this year's CES, and it was an impressive piece of hardware. My first question? How much will it cost, of course! Lian Li didn't have an answer for me back in January, but official pricing was included in today's annoucement.

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I checked out the DK-04 at CES 2016

The cost? MSRP is $1499, and the DK-04 will be available on May 10, 2016.

If you've priced ergonomic office furniture the $1499 price tag won't seem quite so shocking, especially for a powered sit/stand design made entirely from aluminum (don't forget this is also a PC enclosure).

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The DK-04 is also a full-sized PC enclosure under the glass top

Of course, in the world of PC components it's obviously going to require a specific use-case to justify an enclosure that costs as much as a fairly high-end gaming PC.

Source: Lian Li

Zalman's Z9 Neo White, ready to go out of the box

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2016 - 03:45 PM |
Tagged: zalman, neo, Z9 Neo

Neo is a popular appellation for computer hardware, from PSUs to motherboards and today another case from Zalman.  The Z9 Neo is a mid-tower case which can hold heatsinks under 200mm tall and GPUs of up to 420mm, perfect for the majority of builds.  The PSU mounts at the bottom and there is a dust filter to protect it, unfortunately one which slides to the rear, making it somewhat difficult to get at.  The case comes with five 120mm fans included, a nice bonus for those looking to be ready to run as soon as possible. Benchmark Reviews also determined it to be friendly for watercooling if that happens to be your preference.

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"Unlike it’s predecessors in the Z-series line, the Z9 Neo comes with a full length front panel door. Now if your old school, as I am, you probably shutter at the mere mention of a computer case having a door. But over the years, especially with the rise in digital mediums and digital distribution, I find myself using 5.25″ drives less and less."

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Manufacturer: Phanteks

Introduction, Features and Specifications

Introduction

Phanteks currently sells cases, CPU coolers, cooling fans, and PC accessories. They recently added the Eclipse Series to their case lineup, which includes two models, the Eclipse P400 and the Eclipse P400S (silent edition). Both the P400 and P400S are available with black, white, or gray finishes and can be purchased with or without a side window. We will be taking a detailed look at the Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX mid-tower, closed-panel case (no side window) in this review.

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Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition ATX Mid-Tower Case
Satin Black, Glacier White, or Anthracite Gray
with, or without a side window

The Eclipse P400S silent edition case comes with an integrated 3-speed fan controller and two quiet 120mm fans (one intake and one exhaust). The P400S incorporates sound dampening panels on the front, top and both sides. And in addition to quiet cooling, the Eclipse P400 and P400S cases feature selectable, 10-color RGB LED lights at the bottom of the front panel for some interesting lighting effects. Two internal 2.5” SSD bays and two internal 3.5” HDD bays are included but there are no 5.25” external drive bays.

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Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
•    Mid-Tower ATX enclosure (WxHxD, 210x465x470mm, 8.3x18.3x18.5”)
•    Supports E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
•    Very quiet case for noise sensitive applications
•    Sound dampening panels on front, sides, and top
•    Easily removed dust filters on front, top and bottom panels
•    Two included case fans (120mm intake and 120mm exhaust)
•    Three-speed fan controller included
•    (2) USB 3.0, mic and headphone jacks on the top I/O panel
•    Two internal 3.5” HDD / 2.5” SSD trays
•    Two internal 2.5” SSD mounting brackets behind mobo tray
•    Tool-free mounting for 3.5” HDDs
•    Up to 395mm (15.2”) for long graphic cards
•    Up to 280mm (11.0”) clearance (with optional 3.5” HDD cages installed)
•    Up to 160mm (6.3”) of space for tall CPU coolers
•    Price: $79.99 USD

Please continue reading our Phanteks Eclipse P400S case review!!!

Is there still a market for DIY watercooling kits? The Thermaltake Pacific RL240 surfaces

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2016 - 02:40 PM |
Tagged: Pacific RL24, thermaltake, watercooler

As you can see from the image, the Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit comes with some assembly required, it is not an AiO cooler.  Since it is a full kit it will cost you much more than a self contained cooling apparatus, at $284 on both Amazon and Newegg many users will not be interested in installing this cooler.  For those that are still curious, one of the benefits of the kit is that it contains everything you need, including the waterblock, reservoir and pump as well as the radiator and even coolant.  Unfortunately [H]ard|OCP's testing revealed the performance to be moderate at best, so the price premium is hard to justify, as you can see in the full review.

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"In a world now filled with All-In-One CPU coolers, Thermaltake takes it old school with a water cooling kit that has everything you need from A to Z. If cutting your hose to length and perfecting the layout and presentation of your cooling loop appeals to you, Thermaltake makes it easy with a one stop shop."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lian Li Debuts SFX-L PE-550 and PE-750 SFF Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 07:23 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, SFX-L, SFX, PSU, power supply, Lian Li

Lian Li has (rather unexpectedly) announced a pair of SFX-L power supplies, with the PE-550 and PE-750 small form-factor PSUs.

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Lian Li PE-750 SFX-L power supply

SFX-L is the slightly longer (hence the "L") version of SFX, and permits more powerful designs and larger, quieter fans than standard SFX. Of the two new models from Lian Li the PE-550 is an 80 Plus Gold PSU rated at 550W, and the PE-750 is an 80 Plus Platinum model boasting a whopping 750W from this tiny form-factor.

Lian Li has doubtless contracted the manufacture of these PSUs, as the post on SFF Network has concluded: "The 550W at least is from Enhance according to the UL number and the possibly the 750W based on the heatsink design."

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Lian Li PE-550 SFX-L power supply

The 750W model now bests SilverStone in the SFX power category, eclipsing their 700W SFX-L model shown at CES this year (and which is still not listed on their site). Just why anyone would need 750W for what would presumably be a mini-ITX system (limited as mITX motherboards are, with only one PCI Express x16 slot); but the benefits of SFX are certainly appreciated the moment one begins working inside of an enclosure such as the NCASE M1.

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The PSUs are fully modular with flat, ribbon style cables (PE-750 pictured)

Particulars as the pricing/availability were not yet known at press time. For full specs check out the links for Lian Li's product pages for the PE-550 and PE-750.

Source: SFF Network

Corsair's Angular Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Enclosure Released

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 03:09 PM |
Tagged: mid-tower, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide SPEC-ALPHA, atx case

Corsair has officially released the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA case they were showing off at CES 2016, and this mid-tower is a striking design that offers an alternative to more traditional look of the company's recent Carbide offerings.

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The White/Red SPEC-ALPHA at CES

"With its modern, angular appearance, the SPEC-ALPHA really stands out in a crowd. But its looks aren’t all that are modern – the SPEC-ALPHA features native USB 3.0 support, room for up to four SSDs, and a three-speed fan controller for the three included 120mm fans. A large window shows off internal components and the Direct Airflow Path layout, which provides superior cooling by getting rid of unnecessary drive bays."

The inclusion of a 3-speed fan control is definately welcome at this price, which is an attractive $79.99 MSRP. We'll have to wait until we get one in to test to see how it performs, but at first glance it looks promising. Doubtless the look won't be for everyone, but if you look at a lot of enclosures (like someone I know) unusual designs are always welcome!

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Inside the Black/Red version

Technical specifications from Corsair:

  • Expansion Slots: 7
  • 5.25” Drive bays: N/A
  • 3.5” Hard Drive Bays: 3
  • 2.5” Drive Bays: 4
  • Cooling Layout:
    • Front: 2 x 120mm (2 x 120mm LED included)
    • Top: 2 x 120mm
    • Rear: 1 x 120mm (included)
    • Radiator Compatibility:
      • 240mm: Front only
      • 120mm: Front, or Rear
  • Integrated dust filters for front and bottom intakes
  • Front I/O Panel includes:
    • USB 3.0 port (x2)
    • Three-Speed Fan Controller
    • Headphone and Microphone jacks
    • Power on and Reset buttons
  • Dimensions (LxWxH) 518 x 220 x 474 mm (20.39 x 8.66 x 18.66 inches)
    • Maximum GPU Length: 380 mm
    • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 156 mm
    • Maximum PSU Length: 190 mm
  • 2 Year Warranty

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(Image credit: Corsair)

As stated above the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA retails for $79.99 and is available now.

Source: Corsair

Other PSU companies hate them; Corsair's one weird trick to get you from a 7 to a 10

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 02:12 PM |
Tagged: Warranty, PSU, corsair

If you are using a Corsair AXi, HXi, RMi Series or RMx Series PSU they have some great news for you today.  The 7 year warranty that you used to have has now been increased to a full decade of protection against product defects the in materials or workmanship.  It still won't help you if a snake decides to make a home in your PSU but for any failures caused because of design problems will be covered.  You can see the full details of the warranty over at Corsair's site.

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You can read the full PR here.

Source: Corsair
Manufacturer: VIVO

Introduction and First Impressions

Today we’re looking at an enclosure from VIVO, a new company on the scene who has created their new Titan mid-tower enclosure to enter the enthusiast case market. We’ll see how it stacks up in an already crowded market.

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A search on Amazon for enclosures will turn up the usual suspects, from Antec to Thermaltake (with BitFenix, Corsair, In Win, NZXT, Lian Li, Phanteks, SilverStone, and others in between). And right there in those search results is VIVO. Their Athena mid-tower is a nice-looking budget enclosure that sells for only $54.99, and with the Titan VIVO offering a more understated design, and some modern conveniences.

The Titan is spacious, with an open internal layout that places drive storage behind and below the motherboard tray, a common trend (Corsair’s Carbide 400C and the NZXT H440 have similar layouts). The cost of such a design (as with the aforementioned competitors) is a reduction in drive support, as only two 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch drive bay are included (with support for an addition pair of SSDs inside the case). This trend has its detractors, to be sure, but if your needs are limited to an SSD and a pair of hard drives, you’ll be just fine - and the Titan offers a pair of 5.25-inch bays, if desired.

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Continue reading our review of the VIVO Titan enclosure!!

The DQ550ST 550W PSU, is it the greatest PSU of DEEPCOOL?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2016 - 06:14 PM |
Tagged: DQ550ST, Deepcool, 550W

The Deepcool DQ550ST 550W PSU is not even slightly modular, however it does ship with flat cables to make cable management much more effective for you.  This also helps with the pricing, you should be able to find the unit for ~$50 which beats out the competition.  This was [H]ard|OCP's first Deepcool PSU but that didn't deter them from strapping it into their torture chamber for some serious testing.  The PSU passed all of their tests and showed itself to be a well build PSU which would be a good basis for a mid-range system.  It did not come off with a reward, something to blame the marketers on as when you advertise a product as "one of the greatest PSU of DEEPCOOL" you raise expectations to a level beyond a mere pass.  Check out the full review if you are in the market for a ~500W PSU that will give you good value for your money, even if it is not quite the greatest.

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"DEEPCOOL is not the first brand that comes to mind when you think about PSUs. But when a company gives you a feature set like this, "120mm FDB Bearing PWM fan with specially designed fan-blade, enjoys higher wind-pressure, super silent and excellent performance," we have to take a look. I loves me some wind-pressure."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

In this follow-up discussion on Thermaltake's Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis, we look at advanced setup and configuration features, and just how much stuff you can cram into this massive case. For an in-depth overview of the case and a walk through of its features, please see our original review of the case here.

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

The Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis is one of the largest and most configurable they've developed. The case is roughly cube shaped with a steel and plastic construction. The height and depth of the unit allows the Core X9 to support up to quad-fan radiators mounted to its top or sides and up to a tri-fan radiator in front. At an MSRP of $169.99, the Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis features a competitive price in light of its size and configurability.

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

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Courtesy of Thermaltake

The Core X9 case was designed to be fully modular, supporting a variety of build configurations to be able to adapt to the whatever build style the end user can dream up. The case comes with a variety of mounts for mounting fans or liquid cooling radiators to the top, side, or bottom of the case. Until you can accurately visually just how many radiators and fans that this case supports, you really don't have a feel for the immense size of the Core X9. From front to back, the case support 4 x 120mm fans or a 480mm radiator along either of its lower sides or in the dual top mounts. On top, you can actually mount a total of eight 120mm fans or dual 480mm radiators if you so choose. And that doesn't take into account the additional two 140mm fans that can be mounted in the upper and lower sections of the case's rear panel, nor the three 120mm fans, dual 200mm fans, or 360mm radiator that can be mounted to the case's front panel.

Continue reading our review of the Thermaltake Core X9 Cube chassis!