Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2013 - 12:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, kraken, Kraken X40, Kraken X60
[H]ard|OCP recently tried out the two new Kraken coolers from NZXT, the non-i versions of the X40 and X60. The smaller X40 will possibly be more popular as its smaller size will allow it to be used in conjunction with more cases but the X60 should not be shunned just because it is big. You might shun it because of its higher price, arguably there are better coolers at the same price point. The X40 on the other hand walked away with a gold award as not only does it perform well, its price is similar to some high end air coolers. Check them out here.
"Pardon the cliche', but it must be done. NZXT RELEASES THE KRAKEN! Now since that is out of the way, we take a long [H]ard look at NZXT's new line of Kraken branded sealed system water coolers for your CPU. This type of cooler is quickly becoming the norm for many enthusiasts looking for a quick and easy cooling solution."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Closed Loop Cooler Roundup @ AnandTech
- Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Single Tower CPU Coolers Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Noctua NH-U14S & NH-U12S CPU Coolers Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Thermaltake Urban S31 Mid Tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Cooler Master Seidon 120XL CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Enermax ETS-T40-White Cluster CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX Cpu cooler @ Rbmods
- Cooler Master Seidon 120M CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Cooler Master N200 Mini-Tower Case @ Kitguru
- GELID The Black Edition CPU Cooler Review: Man in Black @ X-bit Labs
- Scythe Mugen 4 review: finally a good successor to the Mugen 2 @ Hardware.info
- Noctua NH-U12S @ techPowerUp
- First 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek @ SPCR
- Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe @ SPCR
- Noctua NF-S12A Series Fans Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Silverstone Argon AR03 @ techPowerUp
- Cougar Spike @ techPowerUp
- Lian Li PC-Q12 mini-ITX Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Cooler Master N200 Review @ OCC
- Corsair Obsidian 350D Windowed Edition Case @ Kitguru
- CM Storm Scout II review: too little, too late @ Hardware.info
- ENERMAX HOPLITE ST ECA3261-W ATX Case @ Modders-Inc
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2013 - 04:07 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, mid tower, h230, computex 2013, case
NZXT has kicked off the Computex 2013 coverage with the announcement of a new H230 mid-tower ATX case. Continuing the tradition of the H-series, the H230 is a minimalistic white or black design that incorporates sound dampening material and tool-free internal bays.
The outside of the case is simplistic, with vents and three 5.25” bays on the front. In keeping with the silent intentions, there is no case window here. Brushed aluminum case feet lift the case off of the floor. Two USB 3.0 ports and a single microphone audio jack are available as front IO.
The H230 is constructed of steel with some plastic parts. It measures 195mm x 447mm x 502mm and weighs 7.25kg (approximately 16 lbs.). There are two SKUs, CA-H230I-W1 in white and CA-H230I-B1 in black.
Internally, the H230 mid tower case features tool free drive bays that can accommodate up to 6 3.5” drives and 3 5.25” drives. It can fit GPUs up to 290mm in length with the hard drive cage installed or up to 400mm with the drive cage removed. Heatsinks up to 158mm in height are supported as are motherboards up to full ATX in size (with 7 PCI expansion slots). A bottom mounted PSU slot and cable management routed behind the motherboard tray are also features. Cooling options include up to two 120mm front intake fans, a single 120mm bottom intake fan, and a single 120mm rear exhaust fan. NZXT provides the 120mm exhaust fan with the case. In the press release, NZXT states that “Our designers had one goal in mind while crafting the H230: create an affordable, silent chassis with all of the necessary essentials for a clean, functional build. ”
The new H230 case comes with a 2-year warranty and has an MSRP of $69.99. More information is available on the H230 product page.
The full press release is below:
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2013 - 11:37 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, sentry, sentry mix 2, fan controller
NZXT has launched its new Sentry Mix 2 fan controller. Featuring an audio equipment theme, the Sentry Mix 2 fits into a single 5.25” bay. It features a matte black bezel with six glossy black sliders that are recessed into the bezel to ensure compatibility with PC case doors. Below the fan speed sliders are LEDs that can be changed to one of five colors (white, blue, green, orange, red).
The Mix 2 is the successor and replacement of the original Mix fan controller, and it uses a redesigned PCB. The controller has six sliders that are connected to six 4-pin fan outputs. The fan controller is powered by two 4-pin Molex power connectors and can draw a maximum of 180W. Each fan channel can draw a maximum of 30W. The sliders are analog rheostats that are also compatible with PWM controlled fans.
The Sentry Mix 2 comes with a 2 year warranty. The fan controller should be available soon with an MSRP of $29.99. More information can be found on NZXT’s website. As far as fan controllers go, I could see myself using this one as it keeps the LED bling to a minimum.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2013 - 05:46 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ultra tower, nzxt, h630, grid hub, case
NZXT has unleashed a monstrous new PC case onto the tech world with the H630 Ultra Tower. The new chassis is constructed of powder coated steel and ABS plastic. It can accommodate XL-ATX motherboards, two 360mm radiators, 8 hard drives, and a bunch of fans within its sound dampened interior. The H630 case weighs approximately 31 pounds and measures 547 x 245 x 567mm (HxWxD).
On the outside, the NZXT features a glossy white or black powder coated finish. You will not find any case windows or bling, but the design is clean and simple. It offers filtered fan intakes and an IO panel located on the right side with two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and two audio ports as well as a SDXC card slot. Two 5.25” drive bays adorn the top-front of the case.
The inside of the case is rather spacious with an optical drive bay, three removable hard drive bays, an opening for a bottom mounted PSU, and a large motherboard tray that can hold boards up to XL-ATX in size. Water cooling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can mount a 360mm radiator in the top and front of the case, which is a pretty impressive feat without needing to use an externally-mounted rad (like I had to with my case). If you opt for additional air cooling, you can further fit two 140mm fans in the bottom of the case, one 140mm case in the HDD cage, and one 140mm case in the rear of the case. Needless to say, that’s a lot of cooling options!
NZXT has also outfitted the H630 with sound dampening material, which should help to soften the noise of all the hardware enthusiasts are likely to pack into the case--though I would wait for reviews to see how well the material works. Additionally, the H630 has 9 expansion slots, cable routing holes, the company's 10-port Grid fan hub, and two 2.5” SSD mounts hidden behind the motherboard tray.
The new H630 Ultra Tower should be available in the US for around $150 by the end of May and in the UK for £129.05 sometime in June. For the price, it seems like an impressive deal. I’m tempted, though I’m not sure if it will fit under my desk. You can find more photos and specifications on this NZXT product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2013 - 12:46 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, case fan, fan controller, fan hub, cooling, grid
NZXT has announced that it is making its Grid fan hub available to the masses. No longer only available with certain NZXT cases, the Grid fan hub takes a single Molex power cable and provides 3-pin power outputs for up to ten fans.
The NZXT kit will come with the Grid hub, a 200mm long Molex power adapter, a single 200mm long (3-pin) female-to-female adapter cable, and two 200mm (3-pin) fan extension cables. NZXT is also including five black cable ties to assist with cable management.
Unfortunately, the Grid does not provide functionality to allow adjustable fan speeds. All fans connected to the Grid hub will run at 100% unless other means (such as resistors) are used inline to slow them down. If you only care for speed, and are in a situation where your motherboard does not support enough fan headers but you cannot justify a full fan controller the Grid might be for you. For the price, it is serviceable in that regard.
Speaking of pricing, the Grid fan hub will be available soon with a MSRP of $11.99. More information is available on NZXT's product page.
Is the Grid something that you could see yourself using?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2013 - 10:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, phantom 630
The NZXT Phantom 630 is much more expensive than many of their models, the $180 price tag puts it in contention with many other long standing high end case manufacturers. This price is justified in many ways, especially the sheer size of the 12.3kg (27.1lb) case which measures 245x627x600mm (9.7x24.7x23.6") and can accept a 170mm tall CPU cooler even with the 200mm side panel case fan installed. Perhaps not the most unobtrusive of cases but it provides enough elbow width to make installing a system much more comfortable. It also gives enough space to either set up watercooling or to depend on aircooling as this case accommodates up to four 140 or 120mm fans and four 200mm fans of which three can be swapped for a higher number of 140 or 120mm fans to accommodate radiators with different fan sizes. Check out the drive capacity and more at [H]ard|OCP.
"NZXT's new enthusiast computer case, the Phantom 630, looks to be truly designed for the computer hardware enthusiast and does not just carry the label like so many other products. NZXT has built the chassis with the end user in mind that wants to take things up a notch and not be annoyed when trying to accomplish his build goals."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- nWin D-Frame Limited Edition Open-Air Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master HAF XB Chassis @ eTeknix
- Enermax Ostrog GT Chassis @ eTeknix
- In Win GT1 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Antec GX700 @ Hardware.info
- Fractal Design Define R4 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- In Win BP655 Chasis @ LanOC Reviews
Azza Silentium 920 Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Compact Liquid Cooling Systems Roundup. Part II: Front Runners @ X-bit Labs
- Cooler Master Seidon 120XL @ techPowerUp
- Gelid Slim 12 UV and PL Blue 120mm Fan @ eTeknix
- Xigmatek XAF Series F1255 120mm Fan @eTeknix
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX @ Kitguru
- DeepCool Neptwin Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE & PH-TC12DX CPU Coolers Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX @ Funky Kit
- Zalman FX100 review: passive Ivy Bridge CPU cooler@ Hardware.info
- Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile @ Modders-Inc
- Thermalright True Spirit 120M CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 @ Funky Kit
- DeepCool Frostwin Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Gelid The Black Edition CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2013 - 09:45 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nzxt, ces 2013, CES
Am I the only one who thinks the slanting between the metal and the grating on the front of that case looks like a play on The Phantom of the Opera?
NZXT wants the Phantom 630 to be the case for the desires of every enthusiast. While you can never satisfy the type to cram an i7 into a toaster, the 630 does seem to have a nice feature checklist and a lot of nooks and crannies to hide your components. To illustrate their design in a single bullet point: you can fit not one, but two SSDs behind the motherboard tray to keep them out of the way. The rest of the drives are installed in bays which can be rearranged in different configurations.
The case is also designed with water cooling in mind. NZXT claims support for both 3x120 and 2x120 radiators. Unfortunately, liquid cooled machines are a foreign concept to me so I am not sure how difficult those radiators are to fit in conventional cases. I mean, I figure that a 3x120 radiator is over a foot long because I understand the metric system, but I have never experienced the struggle of trying to stick it somewhere. That said, I assume if you are in to sort of thing you could decide for yourself immediately. Also included is a 30Watt single-channel fan controller integrated into the case.
The Phantom 630 will be expecting to retail for $179.99 when it comes to market in Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White options.
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Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2013 - 07:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Respire T20, nzxt
For users who don't need a full kilogram of cooler, the NZXT Respire T20 is a very attractive heatsink. Weighing only 550g, with dimensions of 160 x 123 x 65mm including the fan and an MRSP of only $30 this cooler will fit the case and budget of many users. Of course the smaller size does mean that it can't handle overclocking high end chips but FrostyTech's testing showed that it is capable of handling mid-range chips without a problem. If you have an upcoming build that would benefit from a quiet cooler with better performance than a stock heatsink then this review is worth checking out.
"On the dock today is NZXT's Respire T20 heatsink. The Respire T20 stands 160mm tall, putting it in the class of full tower CPU coolers. At the heart of this 510 gram heatsink are three heatpipes; two 6mm diameter and one 8mm diameter, all exposed at the base for efficient heat conduction."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Prolimatech Magnetic Pin Fan Mount Review @ Legit Reviews
- Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan @ eTeknix
- Corsair Hydro H55 CPU Cooler @ Kitguru
- Corsair Hydro H60 Watercooling System Review @ Frostytech
- NZXT Kraken X40 and X60 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Swiftech H20-320 Elite Custom Liquid Cooling @ Bjorn3D
- NZXT Kraken X60 All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair H60 @ Kitguru
- Cooler Master Seidon 120M AIO Water-Cooling Unit Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Carbide 200R @ techPowerUp
- NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis @ Bjorn3D
- Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid-Tower Comptact ATX Chassis @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-A55B Mid Tower Review @ XtremeComputing
- Cooler Master HAF XB @ Guru of 3D
- Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime? @ AnandTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2012 - 07:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, phantom 820
NZXT may have originally made their name in the lower end of the case market but that doesn't mean that they cannot build a high end case successfully. That is exactly what the $250 Phantom 820 is, with LEDs, an integral fan controller, well designed fan screens from top to bottom and an impressive array of extra screws, connectors and even covers for your USB ports. While you can install quite an array of 120mm and 140mm fans the case comes with an impressive 200cm fan preinstalled. All together, the quiet operation and impressive cooling capabilities netted this case a Gold Award from [H]ard|OCP.
"The NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower case is chock full of enthusiast features; multiple fan placements with consideration for chassis airflow, designed for custom water cooling as well as fully contained water cooling solutions, rear panel I/O lighting, room for plenty of wiring, a sleek window, all literally on a pedestal."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- BitFenix Prodigy Mini ITX Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Aerocool Mechatron Full-Tower PC Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- COUGAR Challenger Case Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Antec Three Hundred Two Case Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis @ Bjorn3D
- InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis @ Bjorn3D
- Cougar Challenger Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- NEXUS Prominent 5 Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- CmStorm Scout 2 computer case @ Rbmods
- BitFenix OUTLAW Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- GameTiger Triple Case Roundup Review @ OCC
- Reeven ColdWing 12 Fan Series Review @ eTeknix
- Corsair Air Series Fans Review @ Madshrimps
- 120mm Fan Roundup: 1350 RPM or Lower Rotation Speed @ X-bit Labs
- Phanteks PH-TC90LS Low-Profile CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Zalman CNPS9900DF Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Cooler Master TPC 800 Vapour Chamber CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Phanteks PH-TC90LS CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Zalman CNPS9900DF Dual Tower CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Zalman CNPS14X CPU Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review @ PCSTATS
- Thermalright True Spirit 120M CPU Air Cooler @ [H]ard|OCP
- Silverstone Heligon HE01 Twin Tower Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- EK-Supremacy KIT H3O 360 HFX Review: Absolute Leader in Liquid Cooling @ X-bit Labs
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2012 - 09:18 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.