Computex 2018: Cooler Master Shows Off Prototype Thermoelectric (TEC) AIO Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2018 - 07:39 PM |
Tagged: thermoelectric, TEC, liquid cooling, cooler master, computex 2018, computex, AIO

In addition to cases and massive amounts of RGB Cooler Master had a prototype closed loop cooler on display at Computex that combines an all in one liquid cooling loop with a TEC element that cools the water to sub-ambient temperatures.

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TechPowerUp snapped photos from the show floor.

Thermoelectric coolers aren't anything new (and this isn't Cooler Master's first foray with TECs), but the hybrid approach is an interesting one. The AIO loop appears to work like a water chiller cooler would with the TEC not having direct contact with the processor but rather it is used to give the single 120mm liquid loop radiator a boost by pulling lots of heat out of the water before hitting the radiator. According to Computex attendees the loop order flows from the CPU block to the TEC element where water is passed across one side of the side and the other hot side is cooled by a large heatsink which uses four heatpipes and dual fin stacks along with two fans in a package about the size of a 240mm radiator. From there, the chilled water passes through a traditional water cooling radiator and then the cool water goes to the CPU block.

The thermoelectric cooler uses the Peltier effect where electricity (DC) is passed between an array of thermocouples that sit between two layers (usually ceramics) creating an effect where heat is drawn from one side to the other with the cool side able to be cooled below ambient temperatures while the hot side needs to be cooled by a heatsink to prevent it from overheating and reducing efficiency and/or damaging the materials.

According to PC World, Cooler Master has stated that their prototype TEC will be rated at 300W TDP which is quite a bit higher than the approximately 180W of a 240mm traditional AIO. Gordon Mah Ung was able to perform some cursory testing with a FLIR camera attached to his smartphone where he saw the cooler demonstrate its ability to cool the water used in the loop 10 to 15-degrees below ambient where it was around 80°F (~26.7°C) in the packed Computex show floor and 64 to 70°F for the water as measured by the FLIR when pointing at the radiator and tubing. Further, Cooler Master had a temperature probe at the CPU block where it measured 20°C (likely no heat load as no processor was hooked up heh). This boosted cooling performance does come with a tradeoff, however. The TEC's hot side will need to be cooled (noise) and the TEC itself will draw as much as 150W of power (it will use standard connectors that a PC PSU can drive) in order to work its cooling magic (so higher electricity usage/cost).

My first thought was that the hybrid cooler could prove useful in a SFF system by offering cooling potential that would just otherwise not be possible in the form factor with the thinking that the cooler would not need to cool to crazy low temperatures, but just enough to match the performance of a much larger water cooling loop. Gordon Mah Ung from PC World also posits that the cooler would be useful in situations where ambient temperatures are very high (say, summer months in the south with no or underpowered AC) as the TEC would be able to keep processor temperatures in check (allowing enthusiasts to maintain their overclock or at least keep stock clocks and Turbo Boost without thermal throttling) where air cooling or water cooling cannot as the best they can do is cool to ambient.

Apparently, the hybrid cooler will also be able to push things if you do want to go for higher overclocks for benchmarking runs or improved gaming performance.

One concern with thermoelectric and other sub-ambient cooling methods is condensation which can build up on the outside of cool parts like the tubing and blocks and can potentially cause instability or damage to PC components. Traditionally, the tubing and area around the CPU socket would need to be insulated to protect from this. Cooler Master's design, I don't think, is immune to this but by moving the TEC away from the processor and using it to cool the water (so no direct contact), it is allegedly much less of an issue and if the TEC is just used to provide a bit of a boost to the water loop rather than going for as low temperatures as possible the risk should be minimal.

There is no word on specific pricing or release dates, but several sites are reporting that it will be available later this year with "competitive pricing". I would guess this cooler is going to be at the high end of water cooling AIOs and expandable kits at minimum which is to say probably around $300+. (Looking on Amazon, EKWB kit with 360mm radiator is $370, you can find kits with 240mm radiators for between two-to-three hundred dollars, and a used custom loop starts around there if you find a forum deal.)

What do you think about this cooler? I am interested in seeing the reviews on this and whether it is able to combine the best of both water and TEC cooling worlds.

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Source: PC World

Corsairs that live in Crystal houses shouldn't throw rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2018 - 06:19 PM |
Tagged: Crystal 280X, corsair, MicroATX, CUE

Recently announced at CES, the Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is up for review over at The Tech Report.  This microATX is wider than your average breadbox, 398x276x351mm (15.7x10.9x13.8") which gives you room for a 240mm rad and numerous 120/140mm fans on almost any side you desire, including the bottom.  Corsair CUE software will ensure all your RGBs blink in sync and with three tempered glass sides you will be able to see all of them.  Head on over for a better look at Corsair's newest case.

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"Corsair's Crystal Series 280X RGB is an unabashedly high-end microATX enclosure—a unicorn, in other words. We built up a high-end system worth of this enclosure and put the 280X RGB to the test to see if its performance can keep up with its striking looks."

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Computex 2018: Noctua Teases Black Coolers and Fans For The Consumer Market

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 11, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: noctua, air cooling, chromax, computex, computex 2018

While AMD’s reveal of its 32 core Threadripper 2 was quite surprising, Noctua may have had the most shocking news at this year’s Computex with the announcement of all black air coolers and fans for the consumer market Yes, you read that correctly; Noctua will be expanding its Chromax lineup to include alternative versions of its traditionally brown and beige air coolers clad almost completely in black with everything except the part of the block that contacts the processor IHS covered in a powder coat-esque finish (as noted by OC3D TV [video]).

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OC3D got hands on with the new coolers.

Apparently, the blacked out versions of Noctua coolers have the caveat of a slight performance hit versus the normal SKUs (likely due to the coating on the fins), but in exchange they will more easily blend in with the rest of your build. Noctua had all black versions of its NH-D15, NG-U12S, and the extremely low profile NHL9i cooler on display at its Computex booth.

As part of the Chromax series, the new coolers can be customized with bits of color accents by switching out pieces if you want as well including cables, rubber fan mounts, and fan shrouds in black, white, blue, green, yellow, and red colors.

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PC Gamer (Maximum PC) also has some photos of the new coolers if you are curious.

The sleek new coolers which notably also lack any RGB LEDs will reportedly be available late this year or early next year with additional alternative black versions of other coolers to follow though these models will trail the release of the traditional Noctua style SKUs – which is to say that the newest coolers and fans will be available in brown and beige first. That’s okay though because I think the new black coolers are something that enthusiasts will be willing to wait for.

What are your thoughts on the new blacked out Chromax designs?

Source: OC3D TV

Computex 2018: AMD and Cooler Master Unveil Wraith Ripper Air Cooler For Threadripper Processors

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2018 - 11:39 AM |
Tagged: cooler master, amd, Threadripper, threadripper 2, Zen+, computex, computex 2018, tr4

In an interview with AMD Senior Vice President Jim Anderson, PC World's Gordon Mah Ung got the chance to discuss and get hands on with second generation Threadripper as well as AMD's new Wraith Ripper air cooler. Developed in partnership with Cooler Master, the Wraith Ripper is a massive air cooler capable of keeping even the upcoming 32 core Threadripper processor cool (allegedly a 250W TDP part!) which, as Jim Anderson notes, has all four dies on the package being used (first generation Threadripper used two hot dies and two spacers).

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The behemoth features a full cover block for Threadripper that connects to a very dense aluminum fin stack using 14 nickel plated copper heatpipes. There is a single fan in the center of the fin stack hiding under a black fan shroud that covers the top and left and right sides. The black shroud also holds the customizable RGB lighting which lights up the logo and outline around the edges of the shroud. The fan is allegedly rated at 39 dBa which is pretty good considering the amount of heat it needs to dissipate from Threadripper CPUs. Likely due to the HSF's sheer size Cooler Master was able to go with a larger and slower spinning fan.

Other details like weight, cost, and release date are still unknown though it does appear to have some heft to it! It should be available later this year following the Q3 launch of second generation Threadripper though it will work fine with first generation Threadripper processors as well as they use the same TR4 socket.

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InWin gets artistic at Computex with the Z-Tower

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2018 - 05:24 PM |
Tagged: Z-Tower, InWin 307, InWin, computex 2018

Behold InWin's new flagship case, the Z-Tower, and stare in amazement at eight giant pieces of cast aluminium it is made from.

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If you look carefully at the picture from their product page below you can just make out what appears to be a PSU at the bottom as well as a motherboard mounted on the back, or possibly not ...  regardless the airflow in the case is certainly not restricted, assuming you can determine how to install the components.  This limited edition case will certainly make your system stand out, as we certainly haven't seen its like before.

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For the RGB addicts comes a simliarly impressive case, the 307, which bears a resemblance to the already available 303 chassis but with a big difference.  The front panel features an array of RGB LEDs which are connected to an audio sensor so that the lightshow can change in real time based on the music you are listening to.  If you prefer you can use the GLOW software to program your own animated featurette to display

To make it even more impressive and to boost your EGO you can add some of their new RGB fans.

 

 

Source: InWin

Seasonic shows off their new System Cable Management Device

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2018 - 02:53 PM |
Tagged: scmd, System Cable Management Device, seasonic, PSU, computex 2018, backplane

Seasonic have come up with a new cable management system which could replace the modular cabling that is the current choice for those who despise case clutter.

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As you can see above, with a compatible PSU you are able to connect directly to the Seasonic Backplane, aka the SCMD, with all of your power plugs distributed on the side of the device.  Simply connect the cabling you require, and leave out any you do not need.  It is thin enough to fit behind your motherboard, thus hiding almost all of your wiring and also ensuring you do not have to stretch that additional motherboard power cable. 

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Seasonic claims that introducing the SCMD into your power loop will only drop efficiency by 1% overall, making it a perfect alternative to modular cabling.  As with all things Computex this year, it does indeed sport an RGB logo, if you prefer to install it where it can contribute to the rave party in your case. We do not yet have a price or a date on which it becomes available, but Seasonic suggests it will come in three sizes to ensure a proper fit in almost any system.

 

Source: Seasonic

Computex 2018: CaseKing and Der8auer Debut Phase Shift Cooler AIO Prototype

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2018 - 07:42 PM |
Tagged: phase change, overclocking, der8auer, computex 2018, computex, closed loop cooling

Famed overclocker Der8auer and Berlin-based online retailer CaseKing showed off a prototype phase change cooler at Computex 2018. The new cooler is a pressurized and closed system that places a block over the processor and uses a vertical tube to connect to a holding tank and a condenser that is cooled by a copper fin stack and two 90mm fans. While phase change cooling is nothing new, what is interesting about this prototype is that the team plans to bring what they call a Phase Shift Cooler to market as a commercial product like an AIO liquid cooler sometime before the end of the year.

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The system uses a 3M Novec-like fluid (it is not Novec, however, according to Gamer's Nexus in speaking with CaseKing at Computex) with a low boiling point. The system is pressurized, and the boiling point can be changed by adjusting the pressure of the cooling “loop”. As the processor heats up, the liquid begins boiling off and gas rises up the tube to the condenser where it cools and changes back into a liquid which then flows back into the CPU block with the help of gravity (which does limit placement of the condenser to vertical case orientations above the CPU. The copper fins of the condenser plate are cooled using two fans that do not need to spin at high RPMs.

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According to Gamer’s Nexus, Der8auer and CaseKing plan to reduce the size of the cooler and hydralic tubing to make it more in line with a typical 240mm or 360mm AIO liquid cooler and it would be comparable in performance with them without the need for a pump and its associated noise, size, and risk of failure. The Phase Shift Cooler should also be quieter as well, with the planned cooler moving from 90mm to 120mm fans on the final product and the fans not needing to spin up as fast as those high-pressure fans used with water cooling radiators. I have to say that it is an interesting proposition and I am looking forward to more information on this cooler as it progresses!

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AORUS RGB's all the things at Computex

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Memory, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2018 - 05:39 PM |
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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

Source: Gigabyte

Corsair Introduces Crystal Series 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 10:13 AM |
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).

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"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."

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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.

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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!

Source: Corsair

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Ryujin & Ryuo Water Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: water cooler, ROG, asus

ASUS / Republic of Gamers (ROG) is branching out into new markets with this year’s Computex. The company’s typical portfolio included things like video cards, motherboards, monitors, laptops, desktops, mice, and keyboards, which left some other markets seemingly unserved, such as internal coolers.

We now have a couple of water coolers from the device, and ASUS is trying something a little different with the Ryujin model: air cooling…?

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The ROG Ryujin comes in 240mm and 360mm variants. ASUS, who knows a lot about motherboards, designed the pump housing (the block that attached to the CPU) to push a bit of air around it (cooling the VRMs, etc.). This is done with a single, 60mm fan. How loud this fan is will determine who might be interested in this cooler. If it’s quiet, it would be a cute addition for those interesting in water cooled PCs as silent powerhouses. If it’s not quiet, however, then it would be kind-of limited to those who use water coolers strictly to remove as much heat as possible.

So there’s two possible stories with this: It would be interesting if they intentionally made a water cooler less silent. It would also be interesting if they addressed a limitation with water coolers without affecting ambient noise. I have no idea which of the two possibilities is true. We’ll need to see reviews when it launches.

Moving on… the Ryujin’s radiator uses big fans from Noctua to ultimately remove the heat from the system. This should mean that it will remove a lot of heat silently – again, if the pump housing isn’t noisy. They don’t say what CPUs it will work on, but they mention “newer CPUs with even-higher core counts” so here’s hoping we can put these on a ThreadRipper.

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The other product is the ROG Ryuo, which comes in 240mm and 120mm variants. This is a smaller heatsink that is like other factory-sealed all-in-one coolers. ASUS ROG designed fan blades for their graphics cards, and they make an appearance here too. ASUS claims that their design optimizes airflow versus noise.

These components will arrive in the second half of this year, which is really any time after July. Pricing is not yet available.

Source: ASUS

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: ROG, PSU, asus, 80 Plus Platinum, 1200W PSU, 1200w

ASUS ROG is also getting into power supplies. The ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU is the first from the company, which is based on a Seasonic design. As mentioned in the Ryuo water cooler announcement, ASUS created their own fan blades to increase airflow, and the Thor power supply uses them. Of course, it also has Aura Sync lighting, but it also has an OLED panel that states how much wattage is currently being drawn by your components – in real time.

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One of the best parts of this announcement, however, is that ASUS ROG is protecting it with a ten-year warranty. While Corsair gives the same ten-year guarantee with their HX1200, ASUS at least matches what their competitor offers. This particularly makes sense for power supplies because they are likely to stick around from build to build. I mean, if it provides clean power at a certain wattage (which isn’t getting any higher for a desktop that plugs into a single, standard outlet) and it has very high efficiency, then there’s no real reason to change it up from build to build. It won’t “make your slower” or anything.

It will be available in the second half of this year, but pricing has not yet been announced. A 850W model has also been announced to be announced at a later date.

Source: ASUS

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Strix Gaming Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: Type-C, ROG, asus

ASUS is also announcing an ROG-branded case. If you have seen their desktops, then you have a good idea what you’re getting into, although the design is new -- they didn’t recycle an ROG Gaming Desktop case and call it a day.

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In terms of features, this case is designed with LAN parties in mind. First, it has woven handles to carry it around, which they say is to carry to LAN parties, so that’s a bit of a giveaway. More subtly, though, they also include a vertical GPU bracket, which is to make them more visible. ASUS says Strix graphics cards specifically – I’m not sure whether this is a plug for their GPUs or whether the vertical bracket is designed for the Strix in some way (size / shape / etc.). Keep that in mind if your build mixes vendors.

Beyond the LAN Party uses, the case has some interesting features. It can mount a triple-wide (360mm) radiator. It has a Quick Charge 3.0 port. It has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C power, which, hey, Type-C. It also has a tool-free SSD caddy and magnetic dust filters.

It will be available in the second half of this year. Pricing has not been announced.

Source: ASUS

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Gaming Peripherals Announced: Gladius II Wireless Mouse, Balteus Qi Pad, Delta Headset

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: ROG, Qi, peripherals, mousepad, mouse, headset, asus

ASUS ROG has also announced a few new peripherals at this year’s Computex: a headset, a mouse, and a mousepad that includes a Qi wireless charger. All of them have RGB lighting. All of them. Even the mousepad.

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Let’s start with the mouse. The ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless is a wireless mouse that is built around the Pixart 16000 dpi sensor. It apparently uses two separate wireless connections, one RF and one Bluetooth, to optimize between connection speed and connection latency. ASUS claims to have tweaked the sensor to allow 24 hours on a single charge (if the RGB lighting is disabled). Interestingly, they don’t say whether this can be charged with Qi, which would have tied in to their announcement of…

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The ASUS ROG Balteus Qi is a 370mm x 320mm mousepad that includes Qi wireless charging and 15 Aura Sync RGB lighting zones, where each RGB zone can be individually set. Interestingly, they don’t say whether any of their mice can be charged with Qi technology, so either it’s a glaring omission on the press release’s part, or ASUS intends users to place their phone on their mousepad when they go to bed? It seems like charging a wireless mouse with a mousepad would be an interesting use case, and is something I’ve been considering with Logitech’s solution, although it’s hard to get in Canada. Hopefully the mice actually are Qi-compatible and this is the actual use case.

Also, the mousepad contains a USB 2.0 pass-through port, so you can easily plug-in devices on your desk, like a keyboard, without resorting to a USB hub.

Another version, the ROG Balteus, without the “Qi” suffix, will also be available… without the wireless charging system.

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Lastly, the ROG Delta is a USB headset that connects via Type-C. At first that sounds like, “Well, why would they intentionally use the less-common plug when every PC has a Type-A?” The reason is simple: it also works with Android devices. ASUS doesn’t state much about the headset’s specifications, although it has a “quad-DAC array” (digital -> analog converter) with a 127-dB(A) signal to noise ratio.

All of these devices are coming in the second half of the year. None of their pricing details are known.

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Roasting the Corsair TX750M PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: 750w, corsair, TX750M, 80 Plus Gold

Corsair's TX750M 750W is advertised as being able to maintain full 80 Plus Gold power at temperatures as high as 50C, handy if you live close to the equator or don't like cases with decent airflow.  [H]ard|OCP tested it at 45C and found those claims to be accurate, with even better performance at reasonable temperatures.  The 7 year warranty, decent accoustics and a price of around ~$100 make this a competitive product and one worth considering for your next build.

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"The semi-modular Corsair TX750M claims to be the perfect PSU for high heat case environments as it is rated for continuous output at 50C. We will test it in the hotbox up to 45C, as that is torture enough. Does it deliver Gold rated efficiency and great power inside the incubator?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A new MasterCase arrives, the H500M

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2018 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500M, tempered glass

Cooler Master demonstrates their love of tempered glass with the MasterCase H500M, all four sides are made of it with the installation of the front panel up to you depending if you prefer looks to airflow.  The case ships with a pair of 200mm fans in the front and a single 140mm in the rear, you can replace the front with a radiator of up to 360mm, the top also supports radiators of that size as well.  Cable management is well executed, with a cover for almost every component and wiring path, though it takes some effort to install them all.  Apart from a few minor issues Guru of 3D loved this case, check it out in all it's glory here.

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"Join us in a review the new MasterCase H500M from Cooler Master. The new chassis has that familiar in-house CM feel, yet was brought into the year 2018 with some nice modern features and the ability to go all stealth with the stuff you do not want to show. Intrigued? Sure you are, let's have a look, shall we?"

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Source: Guru of 3D

Hey Luce! I'm home ... with a new case from Antec

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2018 - 04:25 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, p110 luce, antec

Antec's new aluminium and glass case offers a nice space to build a system, 518x23x489mm (20.4x9x19.2") in size and with removable vents and filters on all sides but the large tempered glass panel.  RGBs are limited to a seven colour backlit logo at the top left corner of the front panel, and a fairly simple controller to control any illuminated components you have.  That logo is the only feature on that surface as the ports and buttons have been moved to the top of the case.  Inside you will find a PSU shroud, decent cable management and an adapter to vertically mount your GPU.

The Tech Report takes you through the highs and lows of the case here.

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"Antec's P110 Luce weaves aluminum and tempered-glass panels into a sleek, premium-looking case with some nifty features inside. We built up our test system in this case to see whether it marks a return to form for the company's cases."

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Cryorig Shows Off Frostbit M.2 Cooler Ahead of Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2018 - 09:10 PM |
Tagged: M.2, heatpipes, CRYORIG, air cooler

Cryorig teased a new M.2 cooler ahead of its Computex debut this week. The Cryorig Frostbit M.2 Cooler is the first dual heat pipe cooler that uses a thin 1mm heat pipe that spreads heat across a small heat spreader and a thicker heat pipe that draws heat away to a larger external heatsink.

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The Frostbit cooler measures 72mm x 26.3mm x 57mm (LxWxH) and weighs just over 0.12 pounds (56 grams). The angle of the external circular heatsink and heatpipe can be manually adjusted so that it can fit in systems with a large CPU or GPU cooler. Cryorig’s website notes that the Frostbit features 38 fins (19x2) and is rated at 12W cooling capability.

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Cryorig's Frostbit certainly looks stylish and capable, but at the same time is definite cooling overkill. Allyn has noted in the past (mostly on podcasts) that while cooling or spreading the heat from the controller and cache can be beneficial, the flash dies themselves on the M.2 drives do not really need to be cooled and in fact a bit of heat can be good for them.

I can see this cooler being used for aesthetics especially in a hard-line water cooling build, but it is likely to come at a premium price. More information should be available on pricing and availability after Computex.

What do you think about this beast? Am I the only one thinking "Maximum Cooling" in a Crysis voiceover style when looking at this thing?

Source: CRYORIG

SilverStone Launches SFF Nightjar NJ450-SXL Fanless Power Supply

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2018 - 07:10 PM |
Tagged: SilverStone 450W, Silverstone, SFX-L, SFF, Fanless Power Supply, 80 Plus Platinum PSU

SilverStone recently took the wraps off of a new fanless power supply for small form factor (SFX-L) systems. The Nightjar NJ450-SXL is a 450W PSU that conforms to the 80 PLUS Platinum specification where it can hit up to 92% efficiency at 100% load. The power supply, which SilverStone claims is the first SFX-L fanless PSU, features an extruded aluminum outer shell with aluminum fins running front to back on the top, bottom, left, and right sides. It measures 130mm x 63.5mm x 125mm and weighs 1.52 kg (3.35 pounds).

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The SFF PSU features a single +12V rail rated at 37.5A and is compatible with a single high end or dual mid-range GPU setup. It further features support for over current, over power, over voltage, and short circuit protection as well as active power factor correction (PFC) for cleaner AC input and more efficient power distribution to the components powered by the PSU.

The fully modular Nightjar NJ450-SXL features flat black cables that are fairly short (most of the cables are under a foot so no putting this bad boy in an E-ATX case!) to make cable management as easy as possible especially when it comes to airflow and shoving (I mean, uhm, organizing) them behind the motherboard tray to make the build look cleaner.

Notably, there are no vents on this power supply. Even so, SilverStone rates the PSU at operating temperatures of 0°C to 40°C while maintaining 100% load and 24/7 operation.

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As far as supported connectors, the Nightjar NJ450-SXL features support for:

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX
  • 1 x 8-pin EPS
  • 4 x 8-pin PCI-E
  • 8 x SATA
  • 3 x 4-pin peripheral (think Molex style)
  • 1 x 4-pin floppy

SilverStone rates its new PSU at 100,000 hours MTBF at 25°C. It is not clear from its website what the pricing, availability, or warranty length will be (warranty is at least 1 year but it may be longer and the warranty page for the extended year(s) eligible products just hasn’t been updated). I am curious how this PSU will perform especially in a cramped SFF system. SilverStone claims that is silent at 0dBA, and hopefully the reviews can corroborate that. It looks like a good fanless option on paper, but I have a feeling it’s going to come at a premium price point!

Source: SilverStone

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

Fear the Spectre but embrace the Wraith; AMD's 'free' Wraith Prism

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2018 - 02:17 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen 2, wraith prism, frag harder disco lights

The new Ryzen processors come with a Wraith fan of some description inside the package, that go far beyond bundled heatsinks we have seen previously.  The aesthetics are impressive, even without a controller your Wraith Spire fan will display a fluctuating rainbow of colours along with a lit AMD logo that waxes and wanes.  If you utilize software or have a motherboard with controllable lighting then you can make the Frag Harder Disco Lighting perform numerous tricks.  The performance beats any other bundled heatsink but might not provide enough cooling for extreme overclocking in a case with limited airflow.  You can see how it performs in [H]ard|OCP's full review.

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"AMD has very much upped its game with the latest generation of Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 2700X comes complete with a snazzy looking cooler that has served us well on our test bench, but what happens when you put it inside a hot case with a hot video card and put the screws to it in terms of GHz and wattage on our 4GHz Ryzen testing rig? "

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Source: [H]ard|OCP