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: Storage | July 5, 2018 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, sata, RGB, team group, delta rgb
Team Group have hit peak RGB with their new Delta SSDs which does not only have a full blown case of RGBs but is compatible with ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and other fancy software to control your blinken lighten. In theory it should also offer performance that saturates SATA 6Gbps bandwidth, but who cares about that when you can get even more lumens shoved into your PC! For about $80 you can pick one up, but with this drive you should be going with at least a RAID 5 setup.
"Team Group's Delta RGB SSD is a unique solid-state drive, due to its amazing RGB support. It connects to your motherboard's RGB header, which then gives you full control over the LEDs, for mixed colors, patterns and custom lighting effects. Performance is good too, so is pricing, with just $80 for the 250 GB version."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Kingston A1000 NVMe SSD @ Modders-Inc
- Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB SSD @ Kitguru
- NVMe SSD Storage Performance: Intel Z370 vs. AMD X470 @ TechSpot
- Kingston Canvas & Toshiba Exceria Memory Card Comparison @ NikKTech
- QNAP TS-228A 2-bay NAS @ Kitguru
- QNAP TS-328 Home NAS @ Modders Inc
- Synology DS718+ 2-Bay NAS @ TechPowerUp
Built Like a Tank
HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston, entered the mechanical keyboard market in 2016 with the Alloy FPS - which this reviewer found to be well constructed and a great value relative to the market when I reviewed both versions last year. Enter the Alloy Elite, an impressive-looking keyboard that boasts a high level of build quality and the option of full RGB lighting (a single color variant is also available). Does the Elite live up to its name in everyday use? I will share my findings with the RGB version reviewed here.
Features (from HyperX):
- Unique light bar and dynamic lighting effects
- Solid steel frame
- CHERRY® MX mechanical keyswitches
- Dedicated media buttons and large volume wheel
- Quick access buttons for brightness, lighting effects and Game Mode
- Conveniently connect devices via USB 2.0 pass-through
- 100% Anti-ghosting and N-Key Rollover functionality
- Comfortable, detachable wrist rest with soft-touch coating
- Additional titanium-colored textured keycaps and HyperX keycap removal tool
Pricing and Availability:
First a quick look at packaging and included accessories:
Wire Free with RGB
Corsair has been on a roll lately. We’ve looked at a number of their peripherals here at PC Perspective and have consistently found them to be well-built, performance accessories for your gaming rig. Today we’re leaving the keyboards and mice behind to take a look at a different, more divisive product category: the gaming headset. Corsair’s Void Pro RGB Wireless looks great on the surface but does it have the sound and comfort to match? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Specifications and Design
- MSRP: $99.99 (Amazon.com)
- Wireless: Yes
- Wireless Range: Up to 40 feet (12m)
- Surround Sound: Virtual 7.1 Dolby Headphone
- Headphone Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20 kHz
- Headphone Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 1 kHz
- Headphone Drivers Drivers: 50mm
- Headphone Connector: USB Dongle
- Battery Life: Up to 16 hours
- Microphone Type: Unidirectional noise cancelling
- Microphone Impedance: 2.0k Ohms
- Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz to 10kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38dB (+/-3dB)
- Lighting: RGB
- Audio CUE Software: YES
- Warranty: Two years
As always, we begin with packaging. Corsair always does a good job here. We find the usual black and yellow trim with the shard background on the face, as well as our key feature callouts. You can’t see it well on the box since they went with a black and white aesthetic but both the “sails” logo and the trim on the microphone’s boom arm are illuminated, though only the former is RGB. Inside the box, we find the headset well packaged without any annoying tie-downs.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Memory, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2018 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RGB, M5, m3, h5, gigabyte, computex 2018, aorus
Gigabyte went full spectrum RGB at this years Computex, announcing an entire gamut of equipment with dancing colourful lights. The first of these are are the four piece AORUS RGB 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory kit, which ships with two 8GB DIMMs and a pair of dummies.
The dummies, as you are no doubt asking yourself, are to let you populate all four DIMM slots and yet keep the price down to ~$230. The dummies are not dim, they have the same lighting features as the DIMMs do, making the rave in your case even more impressive.
The Aorus M5 and M3 mice also give off illumination which will satisfy dedicated RGB enthusiasts, especially when paired with the Aorus P7 RGB mousemat.
The M5 contains a Pixart 3398 optical sensor, capable of up to 16,000 DPI as well as removable weights which let you pick your preferred heft, at least between 18g to 130.5g. The M3 uses a Pixart 3988 sensor, which tops out at 6400 SPI which is honestly quite sufficient for the vast majority of users. The two mice are both able to function while slightly lifted about a surface and can produce 16.7 million hues with their RGBs.
Now that the inside and outside of your computer as well as the mouse and its mat are glowing away in glorious technicolour, you should not leave yourself out of the show. Strap on the Aorus H5 headset and become part of the show as you sync your ears with the patterns produced by your other peripherals. As with the other components the H5 is not just eye candy, the 50mm beryllium magnets in the headset will deliver your ear candy as well.
Keep an eye out for more from Gigabyte and Aorus.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 10:13 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB, micro-atx, mATX, enclosure, Crystal Series, corsair, case, 280x
Corsair has unveiled a new micro-ATX enclosure at Computex with the Crystal Series 280X, available in RGB or non-RGB flavors, and sporting no fewer than three tempered glass panels (side, front, top).
"With tempered glass panels in the front, side and roof, the Crystal 280X RGB provides a stunning view of your PC. Illuminated by two LL120 RGB fans, each featuring 16 RGB LEDs, the Crystal 280X RGB also includes a CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller, combining with powerful iCUE software to light up your PC in a dazzling array of patterns and effects. With 32 individually controllable LEDs to light up your system, and plentiful airflow to cool multi-core, multi-GPU systems, the Crystal 280X RGB is the clear choice for your next compact MATX system."
The Crystal 280X is a dual-chamber design, and supports full-length GPUs up to 300 mm, radiators up to 240 mm on the front and case floor with up to 280 mm rads up top, and offers support for 2x 3.5-inch and 3x 2.5-inch storage drives.
Available in white or black, the Crystal 280X will retail for $159.99 for the RGB version, and $109.99 for the version without RGB. It is available now from Corsair's official store.
A black review unit is being evaluated as we speak, so stay tuned for the full review!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2018 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, carbide, Spec Omega RGB, RGB
Corsair's newest ATX case, the Spec Omega RGB wants to satisfy even the most hard core of RGB addicts, with a total of 54 lights on the case and fans. Speaking of fans, the case ships with a pair of HD120 RGB LED fans in the front, with space for up to four more. If you prefer watercooling, you can install a 360mm radiator on top, a 240mm in the front and a 120mm in the back.
The asymmetrical design certainly makes this case unique, with tempered glass making up part of the front panel and all of the side, so you can see all those pretty lights. Along with the case you will get the Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller so you can program your personal light show with their iCUE software. There is plenty of space inside, a CPU heatsink of up to 170mm can be installed, GPUs of up to 370mm and even a hefty PSU of 180mm will fit.
It is currently selling for $150ish on Amazon.
FREMONT, CA, May 8th, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of the new CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB enthusiast PC case. Building on the award-winning angular tempered glass design of the SPEC-OMEGA, the SPEC-OMEGA RGB adds stunning RGB lighting courtesy of two CORSAIR HD120 RGB LED fans and a custom 30-LED RGB lighting strip integrated into the case’s front fascia. Powered by an included CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller, a total of 54 RGB LEDs illuminate your PC in stunning lighting effects and patterns, fully customizable using CORSAIR iCUE software and ready to go right out of the box.
Available in either white or black, SPEC-OMEGA RGB boasts unmistakable asymmetrical design and tempered glass panels to the front and side, making it the perfect backdrop for 54 RGB LEDs of customizable lighting. There’s a lot more to see behind the sharp angles and lighting though; a new removable PSU cover and a wealth of cable tie-downs, routing holes and grommets make hiding cables and connectors out of view easy. SPEC-OMEGA is also built with maximum compatibility in mind, able to fit up to a huge 360mm liquid cooling radiator, such as that used on the CORSAIR Hydro Series H150i PRO, so there needn’t be compromises on parts when your building system. Created to show off, and light up, your PC, this is the ultimate SPEC.
Availability, Warranty and Pricing
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors as well as direct from the CORSAIR webstore.
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB is backed by a comprehensive two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer support network.
Subject: Memory | May 3, 2018 - 04:06 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: hyperx, gaming, ddr4, ddr4-2933, RGB, RGB LED
Kingston’s enthusiast-focused HyperX brand recently launched a new set of RGB-equipped DDR4 memory modules that use IR transceivers to sync up the LEDs across all the DIMMs. The aptly named Predator DDR4 RGB memory kits feature stylized angular black aluminum heat spreaders and RGB LEDs along the top edge. The DIMMs use eight 1GB chips along a single side.
HyperX’s new Predator DDR4 modules are compatible with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light Sync RGB LED control software. The new kits are available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities using one, two, or four 8GB modules. HyperX rates (PDF) the modules at DDR4 2933 MHz with CL15-17-17 timings at 1.35V when using the Intel XMP profile. Out of the box, the modules run at 2400 MHz (CL17) and 1.2 volts, however.
The RGB modules reportedly offer smooth lighting effects with low latencies thanks to the direct module-to-module IR communication keeping everything in sync.
The HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB modules come with a lifetime warranty and have a MSRP of $257 for the 16 GB (2x8GB) kit and $513 for the 32 GB (4 x 8GB) kit. Fortunately, the kits are going for a bit less than MSRP online with the 16 GB RGB kit going for $245.99 and the 32GB RGB kit going for $491.99 or about $20 to $30 over the non-RGB Predator DDR4 3000 MHz offerings.
Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2018 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RGB, K70E, input, i-Rocks, gaming keyboard, capacitive switches
i-Rocks developed their own non-contact electro-capacitive switches for their new K70E keyboard, which will feel more like a membrane keyboard than a mechanical switch but offer you the choice of 2.2 mm (high) or 1.4 mm (low) actuation depths. There are independent RGBs under each and every key which can display a variety of colours, programmed via their driver. If you don't like the white fascia, there are various skins you can place over the keyboard and cap fetishists will appreciate the thick ABS plastic construction and doubleshot injected primary legends. There is a full review typed out at TechPowerUp.
"The i-Rocks K70E is a high-end keyboard with a feature set boasting configurable capacitive switches and per-key RGB backlighting, with software support backing onboard controls. At the same time, it retains the fun factor by using a transparent top plate and accessory paper skins for a high degree of customization."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Horde AIMO RGB @ Benchmark Reviews
- CORSAIR K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Tesoro GRAM XS Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- The Genius Pen Premium Capacitive Stylus @ TechARP
- ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin @ TechPowerUp
- COUGAR Revenger S Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2018 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: roccat, swarm, Khan AIMO, virtual 7.1, RGB, gaming headset, audio
Roccat's new Khan Aimo bears a similar design to the Khan Pro, with a subdued colour scheme, apart from the garish RGB infection. The pair of 50mm neodymium drivers offer true 2.0 audio however with the help of the Roccat Swarm software these headsets are able to deliver virtual 7.1 sound well enough to satisfy Benchmark Reviews. The headset's High Resolution Audio badge is apparently well deserved, with incredible good playback thanks to the 10 – 40000Hz response range and the microphone also earned tacit approval. Check out the full review here.
"Roccat has added a splash of intelligent RGB lighting to their new HiRes audio headset and given it a new name: the Khan Aimo. More than just a name change and some lighting, this update of the Khan Pro keeps the HiRes designation but swaps the 3.5mm cable for USB to add some new capabilities."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Roccat Khan AIMO @ Kitguru
- Corsair HS60 @ Guru of 3D
- Cougar Phontum @ TechPowerUp
- HyperX Cloud Revolver Gunmetal @ Benchmark Reviews
- ERL Wireless Sports Earbuds Review @ NikKTech
- Brainwavz S0 In-Ear Earphones @ Kitguru