Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | June 17, 2014 - 06:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nzxt, razer, cases, steel
There does not seem to be much difference between the newly announced Special Edition H440, "Designed by Razer", and the original. The announcement claims: a custom paint design, LED lighting, a tinted window, and more. The design includes four fans (3x 120mm and 1x 140mm) and supports water cooling radiators up to 360mm.
By the specifications, nothing is different, functionally. That said, when you are dealing with a company who will budget out hundreds of thousands of dollars in research and development for a USB port color, it is entirely possible that a few screws might have moved slightly, and so forth. Then again, the images on the product pages seem fairly identical. Speaking of Razer's expensive USB ports, it looks like the USB 3.0 ports are that shade of green. Call it, "Extending their return on investment"?
Annnnd of course, no pricing or availability. That is, apart from: "Coming Soon".
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2014 - 11:31 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: enclosure, computex 2014, computex, cases, bitfenix pandora, bitfenix atlas, bitfenix aegis, bitfenix
Yes, Computex is over - and in its wake we’re still left with a ton of new product announcements. Three of these come from BitFenix, who unveiled new enclosures at their booth in Taipei last week.
The first is the BitFenix Atlas, which has incorporated some interesting design features including what they are calling “swappable chambers” and a “test-mode motherboard tray”. (Could this be an open test-bench feature?)
The design is very interesting (a bit along the lines of the Corsair Carbide Air 540), and the extra width allows for no less than ten 3.5” hard drive bays behind the motherboard tray! The Atlas also has six 2.5” bays for SSDs, and features a full array of dust filters and nifty RGB lighting.
Next we’ll look at the Aegis, a sleek minitower enclosure.
The Aegis supports micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards and features water cooling support and a built in fan controller. In addition to 240/280mm radiator support on the top, the Aegis also boasts 360mm radiator support up front.
Finally we have the Pandora, which in addition to streaming music (as I’ve been informed) is also apparently a PC case that looks like part of a stormtrooper’s armor.
Besides protecting imperial troops from rebel attacks, the Pandora offers a stylish take on a mini-ITX tower design and offers support for full-size ATX power supplies and (presumably) liquid cooling via two pairs of 120mm fan mounts.
No specifics on pricing or availability from BitFenix on these three new enclosures just yet, but expect them this year as they are part of the 2014 BitFenix catalog.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2014 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: bequiet!, purewings 2, shadow rock 2, air cooling
The 120mm BeQuiet PureWings 2 that comes on the Shadow Rock 2 heatsink has a unique look with ripples on all the blades and can be mounted on any side of the cooler which could be handy for those with tall DIMM heatspreaders. The heatsink weighs in just over a 1.1 kg and measures 159x122x149mm (6.25x4.8x5.8") with the fan attached which could be a tight squeeze in some systems. FrostyTech hooked it up to their testbed and found it to be a very quiet cooler, especially on the low fan setting and relatively decent performance. It is unlikely to show up on a top 10 list as it offers only reasonable performance and is quite expensive.
"In this review Frostytech is checking out the boxy BeQuiet's Shadow Rock 2 heatsink which stands 159mm tall and weighs in at 1120grams. This heatsink has a footprint of 122x122mm without a fan, 122x149mm with the supplied 1600-800rpm, 120mm PWM fan installed."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua NH-D15 Review @ OCC
- Cooltek ITX30 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Xigmatek Midgard III Review @ OCC
- Updated NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid Cooler Review @ Frostytech
- Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
- Fractal Design ARC XL water cooled system build @ Hardwareoverclock
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2014 - 10:58 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Silverstone, SFX PSU, PSU, Fortress, computex 2014, computex, atx case, aluminum case, 1500W PSU
Computex may be over but SilverStone had enough new product announcements to last us for a while! Among the many offerings there were a number of highlights, including new enclosures and power supplies. We'll check out a few of the new PSUs here.
The first is a new 1500-watt PSU with a smaller size.
ST1500-GS 1500W 180mm ATX PSU
At 180mm deep the most powerful Strider Gold S-series PSU isn't small, but compared to other 1500-watt options (including SilverStone's ST1500 at 220mm) the shorter depth promises some additional chassis options for a high-power build. The ST1500-GS is fully modular and also features all flat cabling.
New SFX Options!
The smallest PSUs in the SilverStone lineup also have new models, with two new SFX power supplies for mini-ITX builds. The first is a more powerful version of the popular 450-watt ST45SF-G, now in a 600-watt flavor in the SX600-G.
SX600-G SFX PSU
Next we have the SX500-LG, and perhaps more exciting to mini-ITX enthusiasts the new 500-watt option in the SFX lineup features a 120mm fan!
SX500-LG "SFX-L" PSU with 120mm fan
The SX500-LG's 120mm "ultra-quiet" fan adds a bit to the depth of the PSU, which is 130mm compared to the 100mm of the ST45SF-G and SX600-G, and it is classified as an "SFX-L" form factor - with only the length being non-standard for SFX. This new fan implementation should really help reduce some additional load noise from a small high-powered system. Both of the announced additions to the SFX family will also feature all flat cabling this time.
There are new models across all of SilverStone's lineup coming up, so stay tuned. No pricing or availablity just yet, but there's a lot to look forward to from SilverStone this year in the cases and cooling department!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2014 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: enermax, Liqtech 120X, CPU Water Block, AIO
Enermax's AIO watercooler is a bit smaller than some, as the name implies the Liqtech 120X uses a 120mm fan on it's radiator making it easy to fit into most systems. [H]ard|OCP recommends you approach the installation with great patience as the rubber grommets make attaching the radiator somewhat tricky but they are worth keeping as the dual fans can be quite loud at full speed. [H] had hoped for performance comparable to the Silverstone Tundra TD03 that this cooler resembles but ended up disappointed with the results. Hopefully Enermax can refine the design and produce a more impressive Version 2.
"Enermax is most well know to computer hardware enthusiasts for a long standing tradition of building some of the world's best computer power supplies. Enermax comes to us today with its first All-In-One CPU water cooler, AKA, an AIO cooler. This cooler looks very promising as it hits all the right check boxes with a quality build."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Twelve CPU Air Cooler Roundup @ Modders-Inc
- Noctua NH-D15 versus Phanteks PH-TC14PЕ: Great Combat @ X-bit Labs
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 @ techPowerUp
- be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim High Compatibility CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- bequiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 Heatsink Review @ Hardware Asylum
- BeQuiet Dark Rock 3 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Raijintek Themis Evo cpu cooler @ Hardwareoverclock
- be quiet! 140mm Silent & Pure Wings 2 Review @ OCC
- NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Controller Review @ TechwareLabs
- Cougar MX300 Gaming Case Review @ Madshrimps
- BitFenix Shadow Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Ronin Midtower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- In-Win D-Frame Mini @ Hardware Asylum
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 07:01 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, gaming keyboard, cooler master, computex 2014, computex, cherry mx red, 80 Plus Titanium, 1200W PSU
Cooler Master has been showing off a number of new products at Computex this year, and among the new announcments are a hybrid-switch keyboard and ultra-efficient (and ultra powerful) power supply.
NovaTouch TKL Hybrid Switch Keyboard
First up is the NovaTouch TKL mechanical keyboard, which Cooler Master has outfitted with their exclusive Hybrid Capacitive switches. Cooler Master claims these are "exceptionally quiet and suitable for heavy-duty typing or gaming," and the NovaTouch TKL offers support for Cherry MX switches (though it was not clear if they will be offering it with that option upon release). Another area of interest: the NovaTouch TKL has both a standard USB and microUSB connector!
Hmm... microUSB connector, eh?
Next we have a 1200W PSU with 80 PLUS Titanium certification (which you might remember calls for 90%+ efficiency at only 10% load!).
Titanium certification makes power supplies look super awesome
The power supply is Cooler Master's first "foray into digital" PSU design, and there is even a companion app with bluetooth control and monitoring functions. Finally! Now you can while away the afternoon checking and re-checking the efficiency of your PSU from your phone...
Not surprisingly, pricing and availablity are not yet available for these new products.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: evga, EVGA SuperNOVA, 650W, NEX650G, 80 Plus Gold, modular psu
The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold is a 650W PSU capable of delivering 20A on each of it's 12V rails with a maximum of 53A in total. As it comes with four 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors and an extra 6 pin it should be able to handle multiple mid-range GPUs, though as [H]ard|OCP discovered it can get quite loud under full load. As it can be purchased for under $100 it is a 'good enough' choice for many enthusiasts who don't need a kilowatt nor have a lot of money to spend. It may not stand out in the crowd but it certainly passed every test [H] threw at it.
"EVGA does not have a lot to say about its SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold Power Supply. It does however mention it being designed with enthusiast needs, and this PSU being the "the best choice to power next generation enthusiast computers" with exceptional features, and stunning efficiency. We of course will be the judge of those claims."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master V850 850W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic G Series V2 550 W @ techPowerUp
- Cougar MX500 and PowerX 550W @ Legion Hardware
- Antec GX500 @ techPowerUp
- Bitfenix Fury Gold 750 W @ techPowerUp
- Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W PSU @ Kitguru
- EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion
- Cooler Master V1200 Platinum @ Kitguru
- Seasonic Platinum 1200W Modular PSU @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master V Series Platinum 1200 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair AXi Series 1500 W @ techPowerUp
- Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX Power Supply @ Kitguru
- eXtreme PSU Calculator Update @ eXtreme Outer Vision
Computex 2014: Cooler Master Introduces Low-Noise Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, 280L Liquid CPU Coolers
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2014 - 11:28 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Nepton 240M, Nepton 120XL, liquid cooler, cpu cooler, cooler master, computex 2014, computex, AIO
Cooler Master has announced their revised Nepton self-contained liquid CPU cooler lineup, and the existing models have been renewed with lower-noise designs.
The Nepton 240M
The revised versions seem to be using the the same radiators but employ new improvements in the pump/waterblock, as well as new low-noise fans. Cooler Master says the “Advanced Silent Driver” in the Nepton pumps will offer extremely low vibration levels, providing a120 L/hr flow rate at 11dBA. The units feature a Cooler Master-designed water block with a “large microchannel surface area and a high-efficiency jet impingement system to optimize hotspot cooling performance”.
New waterblock and fan designs
Cooler Master says their manufacturing process “eliminates microchannel imperfections in the waterblock to prevent blockage and allows for an increased surface area over 4 times greater than the competition, resulting in an extremely high performance waterblock.” The Nepton series also uses all-new “Silencio” fans, which Cooler Master claims will offer 11dBA noise levels and air pressure rated at 1.2 mmH2O. The cooling performance of previous Cooler Master self-contained liquid coolers has been dependent on some pretty loud fans, and while the stated 11dbA fan noise is likely based on the lowest PWM fan speed improvements in this area are welcome.
The Nepton 120XL
Cooler Master has not announced pricing or availability of the new Nepton 120XL, 140XL, 240M, or 280L models yet, but we should expect these products later this year.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2014 - 05:45 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: enclosure, computex 2014, computex, cases, be quiet!, atx case
Today Be Quiet! - known for its line of quality power supplies (like the Power Zone 1000W PSU) - introduces their first PC enclosure, and the case (it has no apparent name as of yet) looks excellent, especially at the price point Be Quiet intends to target ($129).
The monolithic design will be available with your choice of three colors of accents
The Be Quiet! case supports ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX motherboards, and has tons of room for your various components. It comes with three of the company's "Pure Wings 2" fans pre-installed (2x 140mm in front, and 1x 120mm in back), and will offer a lot of additional cooling flexibility. The case will support liquid cooling radiators up front (120/140mm), on the back (120mm), and on top (up to 240/280mm).
The Be Quiet! case is part of this balanced breakfast - er, build
Be Quiet! provided some specs for us:
- 3x 5.25” optical drive bays
- 7x 3.5” HDD bays
- 2x SSD behind motherboard
- 2x SSD inside HDD tray
- 2x 140mm front fan mounts
- 1x 120mm back, and 2x 120/140mm top fan mounts
- 1x 120/140mm bottom, and 1x 120mm side panel fan mounts
- Top-mounted USB 3.0 x2 and USB 2.0 x2 ports, plus audio
A larger enclosure, the Be Quiet! case will allow large components as well:
- CPU cooler max height 170mm
- PSU max length 290mm
- VGA max length standard (with HDD cage) 290mm
- VGA max length (without HDD cage) 400mm
An emphasis has been placed on noise reduction (no surprise here - see company name!) and the case will include noise-dampening mats as wekk as anti-noise HDD and Fan mounts. Adding to the premium feel, all of the numerous air intakes will have filters to keep dust away from your gear.
The (as yet unnamed) Be Quiet! case is set to launch in September with an MSRP of US $129, and will be available as a black chassis with silver, orange, or black inserts.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 2, 2014 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: computex, Computer 2014
Cherry MX RGB key switches were teased since December but not yet made into a product. They generated interest by integrating red, green, and blue LEDs that, together, are capable of glowing any one of 16 million colors. Each key can even glow its own color and brightness independently, allowing users to color certain zones, with animation, if desired. Corsair had a year of exclusivity over this switch with their line of keyboards which they have done nothing with, so far.
Today, they announce that MX RGB switches will be available in four models:
- K70 RGB Red, available in late July ($169.99 MSRP)
- K70 RGB Blue, available in late August ($169.99 MSRP)
- K70 RGB Brown, available in late August ($169.99 MSRP)
- K95 RGB Red, available in late August ($189.99 MSRP)
If you happen to have wanted Cherry MX Blue or Brown, you will be looking at the K70 because the K95 RGB will only be available in Cherry MX RGB Red. Of course, that could change in future announcements but, even still, the main difference is the 18 macro keys. Honestly, though I have had several keyboards which offer these, I have never used mine. Then again, I also do not play MMOs or MOBAs so judge for yourself whether the extra keys are deal breakers.
Corsair Vengeance K95 RGB
As usual, Corsair puts a lot of thought into their keyboards. Each one is based on an NKRO matrix which provides "100% anti-ghosting" (rant: more precisely, the keyboard is built well enough that it physically cannot ghost to require anti-ghosting). Even their first generation design aced my grueling test, where I spam the equivalent of several hundred words per minute as input and compare it to what the keyboard believes.
Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB
Also announced, the M65 RGB Gaming Mouse. RGB LED lighting on a mouse is not as novel, but it will match your keyboard. That will be available late August for $69.99 MSRP.
All devices will come with a two (2) year warranty, which definitely gives confidence to someone considering peripherals in this price point.
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