Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2019 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fractal design, meshify s2, eatx
Fractal Design's Meshify S2 features a textured and patterned front panel, support for up to EATX boards and a complete lack of any RGBs. Standing 538x233x455mm (21.2x9.2x19.9") you will be able to fit tall CPU coolers into the case, which can be very important if you are thinking ThreadRipper. The case comes with three 140mm fans of a total of nine which can be installed or you can opt to mix in up to a 360mm radiator on the top or front, and a pair of 140mm towards the back.
Modders-Inc took a good look at this case, the vertical GPU mounting components and the included Nexus+ PWM fan hub in their full review. If you liked the Define S2 but found it put form over function then check this version out.
"Fractal is launching the new version of the Meshify case line which is all about airflow, the Fractal Design Meshify S2. Fractal tends to build a more subdued case. Lacking from Fractal's line up are RGB LED-laden chassis."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Meshify S2 Case Review @ OCC
- Fractal Design Meshify S2 @ TechPowerUp
- Riotoro GPX-100 Morpheus @ Kitguru
- EKWB-Supremacy Classic RGB - Nickel + Plexi Waterblock @ Modders-Inc
- SilverStone Argon AR01 V3 Air Cooler @ Kitguru
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2018 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fractal design, eatx, Define R6 USB-C
Fractal Design have upgraded their Define lineup with the Define R6 USB-C as well as offering accessories to modify it to meet your needs.
The EATX case can hold a CPU cooler of up to 185mm in height and offers a wide variety of cooling options. Depending on how you configure the case, the front can handle up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans or a radiator of up to 280mm. The top can be configured to hold up to three 120mm or 140mm fans, or a 420mm radiator if your motherboard doesn't impinge on it. The rear can fit a single 120mm fan or radiator, or a single 140mm fan while the bottom can support a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans or a 280mm rad.
You can also chose between a solid metal side panel or a tempered glass one as well as drive bracket upgrade kits which will add support for an additional pair of HDDs or SSDs depending on which you order.
The basic model will set you back $140 or $160 with tempered glass, if you change your mind later on a glass side panel will cost you $30. The drive brackets are $10 regardless of the type of drive they will be holding and you can pick it up now.
Sweden, September 12, 2018 – Fractal Design proudly announces the expansion of the Define R6 line with new USB C versions and a number of accessories including seamless tempered glass side panels and drive bracket dual packs, now available separately to even further extend the capabilities of the Define R6.
Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C
Designed from the ground up, the Define R6 goes beyond iteration with a profound stride of innovation – the latest and largest step in the legacy of the world-renowned Define Series.
Seamless tempered glass and sound dampened steel panels encase a fully redesigned interior with more storage capability than ever before. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C front I/O supports Fast Charging plus up to 10Gbps transfer speeds, and with nine fan mounts, included PWM fan hub, and 420mm radiator support, the R6 is the perfect platform for building your dream water loop. Improved third generation ModuVent technology allows an effortless transition from metal-clad sound dampened top panel to filtered high airflow multi-fan ventilation.
Expanding on the timeless, elegant form and silent modular function that brought so much success to its predecessors, the Define R6 offers the most demanding hardware enthusiast a solid foundation and flexible framework with limitless potential.
Define R6 Tempered Glass Side Panel
Add a layer of refinement to your Define R6 with an upgrade to tempered glass.
The Fractal Design TG panel upgrade kit lets you equip one or both sides of your Define R6 with a seamless, scratch-resistant tempered glass panel for a sleek, super-premium look.
HDD Drive Tray and SSD Bracket Kit
Increase the storage capacity of your Fractal Design case with a drive bracket upgrade kit. Each kit includes everything you need to add two additional drive mounts to cases with Fractal Design Type-A drive brackets and available mounting positions.
Subject: Motherboards | September 7, 2018 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, eatx, B350I PRO AC, b350, amd
Threadripper boards are expensive and the MSI MEG X399 Creation is no exception and Guru 3D takes a look to see if it is a good value. This eATX board sports four PCIe 16x slots and a pair of PCIe 1x slots, support for up to eight DIMMs of DDR4-3600 and three M.2 ports, not counting the M.2 Xpander-Aero PCIe add-in card looks like a GPU but instead adds an additional four M.2 ports. That barely scratches the surface of what the MEG has to offer; more will be revealed to you if you visit Guru 3D.
"For Ryzen Threadripper 2000 MSI released a new motherboard which we review, their MEG X399 Creation. The board is stylish, loaded with features has subtle LED effects, terrific WIFI and obviously off..."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming @ Guru of 3D
- MSI B450 Tomahawk @ Kitguru
- MSI B350I PRO AC @ [H]ard|OCP
- ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
Introduction and Case Exterior
It has been almost three years since we reviewed the original Silent Base 600 enclosure, and today we have the brand new Silent Base 601 from be quiet! in for review. Launching this week, the latest case from the German manufacturer combines a noise-reducing interior with a no-frills exterior. Gone are its predecessor's optical drive bays and hinged front panel door, allowing for a wide-open internal layout, and overall this is a thoroughly modern enclosure design.
The Silent Base 601 enclosure also marks this reviewer's first experience with a be quiet! product (Lee handled the Silent Base 600 review), so I came into the this with zero expectations - and was honestly pretty surprised by the case overall. My findings (and many photos) are documented in this review, so let's get started!
Features from be quiet!:
- Noise dampening vents provide excellent air permeability with maximum silence
- Extra thick insulation mats of 10mm in the front, top and sides
- Two preinstalled Pure Wings 2 140mm fans
- 3-step fan controller caters for up to three fans
- The PSU shroud provides a neat interior
- Ready for radiators up to 360mm
- Three years manufacturer’s warranty
- Product conception, design and quality control in Germany
The Silent Base 601 is available in both the standard version (as reviewed) or a windowed version for $10 more, and with the option of three different front accent colors - orange, black, or silver.
Introduction and Case Exterior
FSP is a familiar name in power supplies, and in the last year we have also seen the company branch out with CPU coolers (with the excellent Windale series reviewed last year) and cases. The latest of these enclosures is the CMT520, the second in their CMT series and featuring front and side tempered glass panels to showcase no fewer than four included RGB fans.
Glass can of course present some obstacles to cooling performance, particularly when the front intake is covered (as the gap between glass and fans becomes crucial), so we will see if the case's performance is equal to the elegance of its looks in this review.
The CMT520 pictured sporting very colorful fans (image via FSP)
First a look at specifications from FSP:
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Color: Black
- Materials: SPCC, Tempered glass x2
- M/B Type: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, ITX
- Expansion Slots: 8
- 3.5-inch Drive Bays: 2
- 2.5-inch Drive Bays: 4
- Power Supply Type: ATX
- Component Clearance:
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 163mm
- Maximum VGA Card Length: 423mm
- Cooling System
- Front: 120mm RGB Fan x3 (included)
- Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x1 (included)
- Fan & Water Cooler Support:
- Front: 120mm/140mm x3, or 360mm Radiator x1
- Top: 120mm x 3/140mm x2 or 360mm Radiator x1
- Rear: 120mm x1
- I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio
- Dimension LxWxH: 495 x 215 x 510 mm (19.49 x 8.46 x 20.08 inches)
- Weight: 8.5 kg
Pricing and availability:
- FSP CMT Series CMT520 Case: $104.99, Amazon.com
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2018 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500P, mesh, eatx
We've seen the PR for the Cooler Master Mastercase H500P Mesh but this review from Guru 3D may be the first time we see it in action. While it is a mid-tower there is enough space inside to fit an E-ATX motherboard and believe it or not those front fans are 200mm in size, with 140mm on the backside. The interior design is impressively spacious, with drive mounts flush to the top of the case and additional ones hidden in the PSU shroud there is a lot of empty space apparent even after Modders Inc installed their full system.
For $150, this case is worth taking a look at.
"Companies are constantly coming up with new ways to dispel that heat and ensure those massive gaming systems are ice cold. Cooler Master has presented us with one of their latest innovations that will help solve this problem, The Cooler Master Mastercase H500P Mesh."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Meshify C Mini Dark TG @ Benchmark Reviews
- Riotoro CR1088 Prism RGB Mini Tower @ Kitguru
- Alphacool Eisbaer LT 240 @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair H60 120mm LCS @ Guru of 3D
- Fractal Design Celsius S24 LCS @ Guru of 3D
- In Win 101C and Polaris RGB Fans @ Modders-Inc
Introduction and First Impressions
The Define R6 marks the sixth generation of the Define series, and Fractal Design’s flagship ATX case now sports a cleverly-designed tempered glass side panel and a redesigned interior. Does the new R6 again define the ATX mid-tower market? We’re about to find out!
Looking at the front panel alone it would be very difficult to tell the Define R6 from its predecessors, as it still has the trademark solid front door panel, nicely finished here with aluminum. 5.25-inch drive support is down to a single bay, but it is there if you need it for an optical drive or fan controller - though the Define R6 also includes a new PWM fan hub (more on that later on).
The most obvious change to the design is the tempered glass side panel, which makes sense considering that has been the biggest industry trend of the past couple of years. Fractal Design does it a little differently than you’ll see elsewhere, however, with a pop-in design that makes screws optional. The Define cases were already very clean and simple externally, and this implementation of a glass side panel fits that aesthetic perfectly.
Improvements such as the third-gen ModuVent top panel and additional storage and cooling capacity from the redesigned interior make this release a bigger upgrade than it might at first appear, and in this review we’ll go over the case inside and out to see how this latest Define enclosure stacks up in this ever-crowded market.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2017 - 03:06 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB LED, RGB, mid tower, jonsbo, eatx, atx, aluminum case
Jonsbo, a Shenzhen based case manufacturer founded in 2010 has unleashed a new stylish flagship mid tower called the UMX5. The new case measures 507mm x 224mm x 485mm and is constructed of a steel frame wrapped in anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy and tempered glass. The new case has a ribbed design that runs vertically over the top and front panels. Jonsbo claims that the valleys have been sandblasted to dull their look while the 5.5mm tall wiredrawn peaks/ribs have been polished to enhance the contrast and catch the eye.
There is a gap of 3.5cm between the bottom of the main chamber of the case and the foot for ventilation and looks (it is under-lit with RGB LEDs of course). The back panel is fairly plain though they have opted for a honeycomb style fan grill for the included 120mm exhaust fan. The side panels steal the show with 5mm thick double sided tempered glass on both sides of the case to show off all of the internals (I am less sold on the idea of the right-side panel being glass as that means I would have to actually cable manage and not just hide it all behind the motherboard tray! Custom sleeved PSU cables that are the exact length needed are going to be essential to making builds in this case look good. The tempered glass does have a bit of a tint to it though so it's not the end fo the world.)
The front 1/3 or so of the left side panel is overlaid by a honeycomb pattern that can be illuminated by a RGB LED. Front I/O includes the usual two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks as well as a button to change the LEDs color scheme or to turn them off completely.
Users can set the case LEDs to color change mode where it will cycle through 264 colors, to a single color of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink, turquoise, or orange, to a (red only) breathing mode, or set to off.
The UMX5 is designed for ATX motherboards, but it can work with a small number of E-ATX models (305mm x 265mm maximum). Further, the UMX5 mid tower supports CPU coolers up to 166mm tall and graphics cards up to 325mm long. There are four 3.5” hard drive bays with red anodized aluminum sleds as well as room for two 2.5” drives behind the motherboard tray. The PSU sits vertically behind the motherboard tray and hidden towards the front of the case behind a glass cover along with the hard drives.
As far as cooling, there are fan mounting points in the top, bottom, and rear though Jonsbo only includes a single 120mm rear fan. Users can add up to two 120mm fans to the top and two 120mm fans to the bottom. If they are water cooling, they can use up to two 240mm radiators top and bottom and a single 120mm in the rear. If using a thick radiator, you can mount the bottom fans outside of the case in the 35mm ventilation chamber gap.
The case has an MSRP of 199.99 € (Euro) including 19% VAT (~$200 USD sans VAT). I can’t seem to find it available online anywhere quite yet, but it should hit Europe shortly. It’s not clear how long it will be (if ever) until it hits the US, however.
In general, I like the look of the case, though I wish the red drive trays and side panel could be swapped out for different colors. The silver UMX5 is a bit better in this respect as it does not have the red border on the left side panel (it’s all silver except the drive trays which are red), but the black UMX5 is stuck with the red border which is okay if you are also using red LEDs but just looks odd if you are going with any other color. Beyond that the case is on the pricier side of things, but if the build quality (and cable management) is truly there the modders and enthusiasts will come!
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2017 - 06:19 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Z370, overclocking, msi, LGA 1151, eatx, e-atx, coffee lake
In response to a few questions readers have brought up about the NICs on the MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming; this board to features the Killer xTend technology from Rivet Networks we saw at Computex. The three Killer Ethernet ports and Killer WiFi allow you to use your PC as both a network switch and a WiFi extender. Several of GIGABYTE's AORUS Gaming motherboards will also feature this technology.
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MSI is entering the Z370 motherboard fray with two flagship boards the ATX MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and the E-ATX Z370 Godlike Gaming. The latter board takes Z370 to the extreme with more power phases, cooling, expansion, and, of course, RGB LEDs!
The massive motherboard features a massive digital power delivery with solid aluminum heatsinks to keep them cool as well as show off RGB bling. MSI did not specify how it has divided up the phases or the number, but there’s as many as 18 power phases (in reality likely less). Power inputs include both an 8-pin and 4-pin EPS connections along with the standard ATX 12V 24-pin and a 6-pin connector to supply extra power to the PCI-E slots. There are four steel shielded DDR4 DIMM slots with dedicated digital PWM power delivery supporting up to 64 GB at 4133 MHz.
The Z370 Godlike Gaming further features four steel reinforced PCI-E x16 slots, a single PCI-E x1 slot, and three M.2 (key M) slots (using the included PCI-E riser card you can get two extra M.2 slots). On the traditional storage front, the motherboard has six SATA 6 Gbps and one U.2 port. RGB support comes in the form of MSI’s own “Mystic Light” technology that includes on board LEDs as well as a header for RGB strips (and MSI’s site shows the board comes with a Phanteks branded RGB strip) that can be controlled with software. As far as cooling there are headers for a CPU fan, water pump, and eight system fans.
MSI is using a Killer 1535 chip for 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2) as well as three Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet NICs. Audio is handled by “MSI Audio Boost” which is two Realtek ALC 1220 based EMI shielded audio processors along with an ESS DAC and amplifier with gold plated audio jacks (including a ¼” jack for high end headphones). MSI claims the LED bordered isolated power audio design includes separate PCB layers for the left and right audio channels and high end WIMA and Nichicon capacitors.
Around back the MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming includes:
- 2 x Wi-Fi antenna connections
- 1 x PS/2
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 3 x Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2500)
- 7 x Audio
- 5 x 3.5mm
- 1 x 6.35mm
- 1 x S/PDIF
Users can get additional USB 3.1 ports using internal headers powered by ASMedia ASM3142 and ASM1074 chipsets (Gen 2 and Gen 1 respectively).
Retail versions of the motherboard should come with a PCI-E riser card with two M.2 slots, headphone adapter, custom sleeved SATA cables, three I/O backplates, three 2-pin temperature probes, a SLI bridge, and a 400mm LED strip.
I am interested in this board from an overclocking perspective as the beefy power phases and additional CPU power from the 8+4 pin connectors should allow for some extreme overclocking fun to be had and enable higher everyday stable overclocks as well. This board has just about everything you could want from a high-end motherboard (except Intel NICs, 10 GbE, and Thunderbolt but you can't have everything!), but it is sure to come at a hefty premium. MSI is not yet talking pricing or availability though unfortunately.
In other Z370 news:
- ASUS Reveals Entire Z370 Lineup
- GIGABYTE Introduces Z370 AORUS Motherboards
- Gigabyte Teases Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard
Introduction and First Impressions
A large mid-tower design featuring tempered glass side panels and a mix of aluminum and steel exterior construction, the RGB-imbued Shogun is every bit what you would expect a ‘flagship’ enclosure from BitFenix to be. So did it get our seal of approval? Read on to find out!
The BitFenix Shogun appears at first glance to be a full-tower enclosure, but it is actually using a form-factor that BitFenix calls “super mid-tower”, and it has the seven expansion slots of a mid-tower design. It supports E-ATX motherboards on down, and has some interesting features to help set it apart in a highly competitive enclosure market.
The Shogun’s compatibility with ASUS Aura motherboard lighting effects makes it a good option for the RGB lighting inclined, and there are some nice exterior touches such as the sculpted top and bottom aluminum panels and (of course) those tempered glass sides. The Shogun competes in the premium space, but is still palatable at $149 for what is on the surface a pretty impressive-looking package.
The open interior and glass side panel invite impressive builds (Image credit: BitFenix)