Podcast #500 - Steam cache, Ultra ultra wide Samsung monitor, and more!

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2018 - 05:37 PM |
Tagged: Z390, video, steam, spectre, Samsung, QLC NAND, Predator X27, podcast, nzxt, logitech, GTX1050, G513, FreeSync2, corsair, asus, acer

PC Perspective Podcast #500 - 05/24/18

Join us this week for discussion on Steam cache, Ultra ultra wide Samsung monitor, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath

Peanut Gallery: Ken Addison, Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:55:11

Podcast topics of discussion:
  1. 0:07:30 We reminisce about 500 episodes...
  2. Week in Review:
  3. News items of interest:
  4. Picks of the Week:
    1. 1:45:15 Jeremy: Xbox Adaptive Controller
    2. 1:47:25 Josh: How cheap can we go?
  5. Closing/outro
 
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NZXT Announces H500 and H500i Cases with Tempered Glass

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, nzxt, mid-tower, H500i, H500, enclosure, case, CAM, budget, affordable

NZXT has announced a pair of new cases with the H500 and H500i, mid-tower designs both featuring a tempered glass side panel. We looked at the previous H700i case a few months back, and these similar H500 cases combine elements of the H700i and popular S340 to create a pair of budget-friendly options at $69.99 for the standard model. and $99.99 for the CAM-powered H500i.

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The NZXT H500 (left) and H500i (right, with optional vertical GPU bracket)

“With the H500, we’ve taken everything we learned from both our top-selling S340 line and our recent H Series products to offer an updated, feature rich chassis that continues our commitment to designing affordable premium hardware. From the stunning tempered glass to its durable all-steel construction, the H500 and H500i give builders of all levels everything they need to build an extraordinary gaming machine.”

NZXT breaks down the features of both models:

  • H500 / H500i features:
    • Modern design and builder-friendly features
    • Premium, all-steel construction with the sleek H Series aesthetic; available in four color combinations
    • Tempered glass side panel showcases your build
    • Wire management is made easy with an intuitive, patent-pending cable management system
    • Water-cooling installation is simplified using a removable bracket for either all-in-one CPU coolers or custom loop configurations

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Matte Black with Blue is one of four color options

  • H500i exclusive features:
    • The Smart Device, a built-in RGB and digital fan controller powered by CAM, delivers HUE+ and GRID+ functionality and includes two pre-installed fans and RGB LED strips.
    • An optional Adaptive Noise Reduction fan control mode in CAM measures CPU and GPU temperatures, as well as ambient and system component sound levels to create custom fan curves that optimize the balance between cooling and noise
    • Integrated, CAM-powered RGB lighting allows for dynamic personalization of each and every build
    • Vertical GPU mount (optional) showcases the gaming power inside

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The H500 cases offer some of the integrated cable routing seen on the H700i

The new H500 series cases will be available "early June" and are offered in four color combinations: matte white, matte black. matte black/red, and matte black/blue. Pre-orders are available from NZXT's online store.

Source: NZXT

NZXT Launches Two New Kraken AIO Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, Kraken X72, Kraken M22, watercooler

NZXT announced two new AiO watercoolers, the $100, 120mm Kraken M22 and $200, 360mm X72.  They both feature RGBs and NZXT's infinite-mirror effects and are compatible with HUE devices and NZXT's CAM software to give you control over your coolers lightshow.  You won't be able to pick them up until the middle of the month but you can take a look at the details below.

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The Kraken M22 has a single 120mm Aer P fan, specifically designed to work with a radiator and for those fully addicted to adding colour to your machines you can purchase trims in a variety of colours.  As a member of the M series, this model does not have built-in fan controls or liquid temperature monitoring, but is compatible with a wide variety of fan controllers.  The CAM software will still provide you with CPU temperature and pump speed information.

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The X72 is somewhat larger than the M22, as it is the first 320mm cooler NZXT has created.  The radiator is cooled by a trio of the 120mm Aer P fans and should be able to tame even the hottest of CPUs on the market.  This model does feature a built in fan controller as well as the features which the CAM software suit offers, as well as a newly designed pump. 

Hopefully we will see reviews of these two coolers appear as we approach the official launch date.

Source: NZXT
Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and First Impressions

NZXT has proven to be willing to adapt and innovate in the competitive DIY PC space, introducing their own software control suite (CAM) to control cooling and lighting effects in 2014, and this year launching their first motherboard. We have have seen CAM in action with products like the Kraken AiO liquid CPU coolers, which required the software to fully unlock their potential - both thermally and visually (RGB) speaking, and it's an integral part of the new H700i enclosure.

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“The H700i showcases NZXT’s vision for modern PC building. This premium mid-tower case features a unique CAM Powered Smart Device that digitally drives RGB lighting and fan performance. You can effortlessly control RGB lighting and fans, while Adaptive Noise Reduction optimizes your build’s acoustics through machine learning and ideal fan settings. Includes four integrated Aer F fans and two RGB LED to enhance the aesthetics of your build as seen through the H700i’s stunning tempered glass panel.”

Now that NZXT has brought that CAM software feature-set to enclosures beginning with the H700i mid-tower we have for you today, we will pay close attention to the way the integrated "Smart Device" - a module that controls fans and lighting - fits into the usual thermal/noise equation. OEM systems from the likes of Dell with their Alienware desktops have used similar dedicated hardware for cooling and lighting control, and it's interesting to see this enter the DIY space. How important is software control of cooling and RGB effects to you? That depends, of course, and partly on how easy it is to use.

We will take a close look in and around this new enclosure, and while it’s on the test bench we will see how the stylish H700i stacks up with thermal and noise results vs. some other recent cases - and test the H700i both with and without CAM software optimization to see what sort of difference it makes in practice. Let’s get started!

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Continue reading our review of the NZXT H700i enclosure!!

CES 2018: NZXT Announces the N7 Z370, Its First Ever Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM |
Tagged: Z370, nzxt, motherboard, CES 2018, CES

Case and accessory maker NZXT is entering the PC components market with the announcement this week of its first ever motherboard. The NZXT N7 Z370 is based on Intel's Z370 chipset and is designed for both simplicity and clean looks.

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The board features a built-in digital fan controller, integrated RGB lighting channels, an all-metal cover available in either black or white, and an on-board noise sensor that can help calibrate fan speeds and cooling pumps for a quieter PC.

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CPU LGA socket 1151 for Intel 8th Generation Core i7/i5/i3
Chipset Intel Z370
Memory 4 x DIMM with 64GB Max
DDR4 up to 3866MHz (O.C.)
Video Out DisplayPort
HDMI
Multi-GPU NVIDIA 2-Way SLI
AMD 2-Way CrossFireX
Storage 1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe x4 mode only)
4 x SATA 6Gbs
Support for RAID 0/1/5/10
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15
Intel Optane Memory Ready
Networking 1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Realtek ALC1220 Codec with Nichicon Gold Capacitors
7.1 Channel High Definition Audio, 32-bit / 192KHz DAC
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x4
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
Rear I/O 5 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x RJ45
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
7.1 Channel Audio Ports (3.5mm)
Internal I/O 1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump
1 x 4-pin Water Pump
6 x 4-pin System Fans (up to 5W per channel)
3 x USB 2.0 header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
4 x SATA 6Gbps
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe & SATA modes)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key (PCIe mode only)
2 x RGB LED connectors
1 x noise detection module
1 x font panel audio connector
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x ROM backup button
1 x dual BIOS switch
Accessories User's Manual
I/O Shield
4 x SATA data cables
1 x NZXT SLI Bridge
2 x LED light strips
2 x 500mm LED connection cable
2 x 300mm LED extension cable
Form Factor ATX (305mm x 244mm)

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The NZXT N7 Z370 motherboard will launch later this month in the US and Europe for $299.99.

Source: NZXT

Podcast #473 - AMD Q3 Earnings, Forza 7 Performance, Allyn's storage rant, and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2017 - 11:40 AM |
Tagged: xbox one, x370, VROC, video, ROG Strix, podcast, nzxt, forza 7, b350, asus, ARM PSA, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #473 - 10/26/17

Join us for discussion on AMD Q3 Earnings, Forza 7 Performance, Allyn's storage rant, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

Hosts: Allyn Malventano, Jeremy Hellstrom, Ken Addison

Peanut Gallery: Alex Lustenberg

Program length: 1:03:33

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
    1. 0:27:25 Allyn’s RAID rant
  3. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
    1. 0:45:55 Allyn: Cinemaps
  4. Closing/outro

 

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NZXT adds a trio of cases to their lineup, and a brain as well

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2017 - 07:37 PM |
Tagged: H700i, H400i, H200i, nzxt, Grid+ V3, CAM

To start with the most interesting of the four product announcements from NZXT, take a look at the Grid+ V3.  This is a smart fan controller which offers both voltage and PWM control via the CAM software suite.

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There are six separate channels on the Grid, allowing you to control each fan individually or you can use the included splitters to add more than one fan to a channel.  You are able to choose between manual control or the Adaptive Noise Reduction feature to allow the device to determine the proper fan curves for your system, even if you swap hardware after the initial setup.

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Along with their advanced fan controller, NZXT announced three new cases, the H700i, H400i, and H200i.  The H700i is a full sized case standing 230x494x494mm and is capable of holding even eATX motherboards with seven slots.  It is also a good choice for data hoarders, with seven 2.5" bays and up to three 3.5" bays. It is available now for $200.

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The H400i is the mATX case, a svelte 210x393x421mm in size but still able to handle a pair of 120/140mm fans or radiators in the front, behind the filters you can see as the front panel has been removed in the picture below.  It will be available late next month for $140.

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Last, and only least in volume is the H200i, the mini-ITX case.  At 210x334x372mm and 6kg in weight it is not quite as small as a NUC, good news for those of us who need a bit of space to manoeuvre when installing components.  It will arrive before the end of the year, for about $120.

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All of the above cases are constructed with SECC steel and tempered glass side panels, available in matte black or white as well as matte black with blue or red trim.  The cases are compatible with the CAM software mentioned previously and have space to install the GRID+ V3 digital controller.  Your R's G's and B's can be managed through NZXT's HUE+ software, with support for numerous LED strips as well as ones built into your components.  Aer F fans are included or you could take advantage of the drop-in brackets and integrated reservoir mounting to switch to watercooling. 

 

Source: NZXT

NZXT Kraken X62, X52 and X61 compatible with AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2017 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, kraken, Kraken X62, Kraken X52, Kraken X61, Threadripper, amd

NZXT has announced that their three popular AiO watercoolers, the Kraken X62, Kraken X52, and Kraken X61 will be compatible with Threadripper, arriving soon to retailers.   

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NZXT has been working with AMD and created an adapter for SocketTR4 to allow you to use their cooler in your new system.  The retention clip will be supplied by AMD, in the package the new CPUs.  This is a good thing, considering the unique new way in which you install Threadripper processors.  If you haven't seen the video demonstrating the installation process you can see it below.

 

Source: NZXT

Loud is cool when you are a Kraken; NZXT's X52 watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: Kraken X52, nzxt, watercooler

The Kraken X52 is twice the cooler the X42 is, with two 120mm fans on its 240mm radiator and should fit in more cases than the 280mm X62.  It is fully RGB'd with a wide gamut of colours to dispaly as well as pulsing and rotating effects if a simple glow doesn't satisfy your cravings.  [H]ard|OCP tested it out on a Core i7-4770K with the fans at full speed as well as the minimum possible speed.  At full speed it was only a hair short of becoming the most effective cooler they've reviewed but did take the loudest noise produced by a cooler handily.  Reducing the speed had an enormous effect on the sound, reducing it to being barely audible but unfortunately the cooling effectiveness also dropped significantly; those who are interested in this cooler should be able to find a happy medium between audibility and cooling performance.  The full review is right here.

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"NZXT has been stepping up its cooling game this year, and the Kraken X52 All-In-One represents its "in between" liquid CPU cooler model for those cases with somewhat limited space for the radiator. The Kraken X52 comes with a healthy feature set that has most of the bells and whistles that are needed to make it competitive."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Project X42; let's make the Kraken glow in the dark!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2017 - 02:58 PM |
Tagged: AIO, nzxt, Kraken X42, RGB

It will ruin its stealth abilities, but then again a Kraken doesn't worry about such things.  [H]ard|OCP had a chance to test the new Kraken X42 from NZXT, with a pump they advertise as more efficient and with quieter operation than the previous model, along with a new 140mm fan.  The performance of the X42 on high speed offers almost exactly the same performance as the X60 on low, which is a shame considering the ~$130 price tag.  It seems that NZXT put a lot more effort into the RGB effects than the performance of the cooler.  If that does happen to be your thing, you should check out the review here.

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"The new NZXT Kraken X42 is its new "entry level" All-In-One CPU liquid cooler. The Kraken series is not new to us, but NZXT makes a lot of claims about this cooler being better in many ways, and of course has all kinds of cool RGB LED lights built into it. But all of this comes a price. Does it keep your CPU cooler while overclocking?"

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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Source: [H]ard|OCP