A little bit of power for a little bitty system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2019 - 04:39 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, corsair, SFX, SF450, 450W, SFF

SFX PSUs are great for small form factor builds, at 4" long it will fit into those smaller systems and in the case of this SF450 from Corsair, the 17" long cables allow you to cleanly route them through the chassis.  This is an updated model, you can find the previously released SF450 still on the market and unfortunately for the 2018 model, it is about $30 cheaper. 

Is there anything to the updated model which justifies the increase in price? Check out [H]ard|OCP's full review for the answer.

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"The Corsair SF450 SFX is, as you might have guessed from the "SFX" part number, a computer PSU built specifically with small form factor systems in mind. Corsair promises high power density along with "low noise," which are two qualities that many SFF builders are likely looking for. It also brings has Platinum level efficiency and is fully modular."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A real glass tiger; the Cougar Panzer G

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2019 - 07:16 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, Cougar, panzer g, RGB, atx, thin red line

If you lack fingerprints, or are simply in love with cleaning tempered glass then Cougar's Panzer G with glass on the front, sides and top is worth a look.  For cooling it comes with three 120mm RGBearing fans at front, which can be swapped with two 140mm fans or their radiator equivalents, with the same able to fit at the top, along with a rear and bottom 120mm.  Cougar also seems to have grasped the popularity of 2.5" drives as it holds four, compared to two 3.5" bays and the latter can hold the smaller form factor for a total of six 2.5" drives.

Head on over to TechPowerUp for a closer look

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"The Cougar Panzer G is an upgraded version of the original Panzer which combines the benefits of the Panzer-S having additional fans with even more glass panels all around. All that without a crazy big price difference make the Panzer G quite the intriguing choice for those who are fans of understated looks and maybe a more professional work environment."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Is your case worthy? ASUS' new ROG THOR PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2019 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: ROG THOR, asus, 1200w, modular psu

ASUS haven't put out a PSU in quite some time; which changed at CES when they showed off the 1200W ROG THOR PSU at their booth.  There is a lot to this PSU, from an OLED on the side which will display how much wattage is currently being drawn from it to a the huge assortment of power cables.  As you can see on the back, there are a dozen SATA power connectors in addition to eight 6+2 PCIe power connectors and extra 12V for your motherboard.  On the other hand, it is priced at over $300!

If the sticker shock hasn't finished you off, [H]ard|OCP put it to the test, and it did very well.

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"ASUS is getting back into the computer power supply game in a big way. Today we have the Republic of Gamers Thor 1200 that promises to allow you to "HARNESS THUNDER." This is a massive 1200 watt PSU and the first thing that will catch your eye is the OLED panel that will tell you just how much power your a using at the moment. "

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fractal Design's cool and visually quiet Meshify S2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2019 - 04:05 PM |
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.

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"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."

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Source: Modders-Inc

CORSAIR Introduces Sleeved Cables for PSU, Front Panel, and More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2019 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: sleeved, PSU, power supply, PCIe riser, extensions, corsair, cables

CORSAIR has announced their new premium individually-sleeved cable options to give your build a custom look, and the lineup includes their latest generation of PSU cables that work with CORSAIR models using type 4 modular cables. The line also includes sleeved options for front panel cables and SATA cables, and even a premium PCIe riser cable.

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"The new CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro and Starter Kits bundle together a variety of Type 4 Gen 4 cables, compatible with all Type 4 CORSAIR PSUs and available in seven different color combinations. Clad in premium paracord, finished with heatshrink-less connectors and ready out-of-the-box with pre-installed modular 24-pin and 8-pin interlocking cable combs, the new Type 4 Gen 4 cables make it easier than ever to achieve an immaculate professional PC build. The Pro Kit includes the full range of cables you need to power the most demanding systems: 1x ATX 24-PIN, 2x EPS12V / ATX12V, 2x PCIe Dual, 2x PCIe Single, 2x SATA, and 2x Peripheral cables.

The Starter Kit includes an essential collection of cables: 1x ATX 24-PIN, 1x EPS12V / ATX12V, and 2x PCIe Single cables. In-line capacitors on the ATX 24-pin, EPS12V, and PCIe cables ensure clean voltage delivery for consistent, stable power. For builders who want to pick and choose their cabling upgrades, all of the cables in the kits, and the interlocking cable combs, are also available separately."

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"To further complement your system’s look, the CORSAIR Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit and Premium Sleeved SATA Cables are available in four colors: black, red, white, and blue. Take advantage of the Front Panel Extension Kit to tidy up your PC’s front panel connection to your motherboard with individual 30cm extension cables, and the Individually Sleeved SATA Cables to deliver full SATA 6Gbps speed in style."

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"Add some flexibility to your GPU with a CORSAIR Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable, offering all the bandwidth and performance of PCIe 3.0 with a generous 300mm of cable length. Ideal for use with the vertical GPU mounts in CORSAIR cases such as the 275R or 500D, the Extension Cable is EMI shielded and features five-wire banded construction for maximum flexibility to fit through the tightest gaps."

The new cables are available now, with pricing from Corsair's web store as follows:

  • Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit Type 4 Gen 4: $109.99
  • Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Starter Kit Type 4 Gen 4: $69.99
  • Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit 30 cm: $29.99
  • Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable 300 mm: $59.99
  • Premium Sleeved SATA 6Gbps 30cm Cable: $9.99
Source: CORSAIR

be quiet! Launches Shadow Wings 2, Pure Wings 2 high-speed Fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2019 - 01:15 PM |
Tagged: silent, Shadow Wings 2, rifle bearing, quiet, pwm, Pure Wings 2, fans, cooling, case, be quiet!

be quiet! has officially launched their two new fan series shown at CES, with the Shadow Wings 2 silent fans and the Pure Wings 2 high-speed series of fans, both in 120 and 140 mm sizes as well as standard and PWM versions.

We start with the Shadow Wings 2, which is their lowest-noise fan option:

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"Shadow Wings 2 is a slowly spinning and highly optimized case fan and the most silent fan series in the be quiet! lineup. It relies on an array of features to keep its noise level as low as only 15.9 dB(A) at maximum speed. Airflow-optimized fan blades provide reliable cooling and whisper-quiet operation. A new anti-vibration mounting system and rubberized fan frame ensure easy installation and decoupling from the case frame. High-grade rifle bearing technology guarantees a lifespan of up to 80,000 hours. Shadow Wings 2 comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, with 3-pin connectors or PWM control. Maximum rotational speed for the 120mm models is 1,100 rpm, and 900 rpm for its 140mm sibling."

Next is the Pure Wings 2 high-speed,  which favors cooling performance with speeds of up to 2000 RPM:

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"be quiet!’s Pure Wings 2 offers an extremely versatile fan with a great price-performance ratio. High air pressure makes this fan the perfect choice for water-cooling radiators, heatsinks or as a performance-oriented case fan. The versatility of Pure Wings 2 is evident from its integration in several other be quiet! products such as air and water coolers as well as the Silent Base and Pure Base chassis series. Nine airflow-optimized fan blades reduce noise-generating turbulence and ensure high airflow while high-quality rifle bearings guarantee a long lifetime of up to 80,000 hours. Users demanding even higher cooling performance can now opt for high-speed versions of Pure Wings 2. Available in 120mm and 140mm versions with 3-pin or PWM connectors, these offer higher rotational speeds up to 2,000 rpm (120mm), or 1,600 rpm (140mm). Even at full speed, the maximum noise level is no higher than 37.3 dB(A)."

Both new fan series are available now, with pricing as announced as follows for the various models:

  • Shadow Wings 2
    • 120 mm: $15.90 
    • 120 mm PWM: $16.90
    • 140 mm: $17.90
    • 140 mm PWM: $18.90
  • Pure Wings 2 high-speed
    • 120 mm: $12.50
    • 120 mm PWM: $12.90
    • 140 mm: $13.50
    • 140 mm PWM: $13.90
Source: be quiet!

The cool new Cooler Master G100M Masters Air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2019 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MasterAir, GM100, aircooling, low profile cooler, aliens, RGB

The MasterAir G100M is quite the cooler, with a look we haven't seen from CM in recent memory and is a mere 143x143x74.5mm in size with the fan attached.  This lets it fit into SFF systems, though as Modders-Inc discovered, the round shape means you should install your RAM before the cooler and avoid modules with larger heatsinks.  It is rated for AMD and Intel CPUs of up to 130W TDP but testing showed that is a maximum and it is not really equipped to handle overclocked enthusiast processors, which only makes sense considering what it is actually for.

Check out the review in its entirety right here.

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"Reminiscent of the Jupiter 2 from the 1960's version of the TV series Lost In Space, the Cooler Master G100M is affectionately called the UFO cooler. The G100M is a low profile cooler designed to fit into smaller cases especially mini-ITX."

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be quiet! Dark Rock Slim CPU Cooler, Shadow Wings 2 and Dark Wings 2 Fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2019 - 03:27 AM |
Tagged: Shadow Wings 2, Dark Wings 2, Dark Rock Slim, cooling, cooler, ces 2019, CES, be quiet!, air cooler

The Dark Rock 4 from be quiet! is their highest-end air cooler, with a large footprint and distinctive sleek all-black aesthetic that has been a welcome alternative to more ostentatious designs on the market. But be quiet! is aware that this large heatsink, like many of this type on the market, can present clearance issues for taller RAM. Enter the Dark Rock Slim, a more compact single-tower cooler design that offers better RAM compatibility while still maintaining powerful cooling capabilities, handling up to a 180W TDP processor. The same stealthy aesthetic from the other Dark Rock coolers is retained with the new slim model, including a black brushed aluminum top cover and black heatsink fins and heat pipes.

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The Dark Rock Slim poses for the camera (via be quiet! on Twitter)

Features from be quiet! include:

  • 180W TDP
  • Slim heat sink design for maximum RAM compatibility
  • Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM funnel shaped front fan: Airflow-optimized blades, six-pole fan
    motor and fluid dynamic bearing (FDB)
  • Decoupled fan mounting
  • Four advanced high-performance copper heat pipes maximize heat conductance
  • Small dots on the fin surface increase cooling area
  • Special black coating with ceramic particles for perfect heat transfer
  • Brushed aluminum top cover with high-grade diamond cut finish
  • Convenient top mounting
  • Support for an additional 120mm fan – installation clamps for standard fans included

The Dark Rock Slim launches in Q2 2019 with a retail price expected to be around $50.

Also shown at the be quiet! suite was Shadow Wings 2, which are low-RPM case fans that feature a decoupled mounting system, airflow optimized fan blades, and a rubber frame and mounting system with optional push-pin installation. There is also a white version on the way which is made of white plastic, and not simply painted, and provides a unified look inside white enclosures such as the Dark Base 700 White Edition.

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The Shadow Wings 2 fans launch this month beginning with the black version, with the white version slated for Q2 2019. Pricing will range from $15.90 - $18.90.

And finally we have the Pure Wings 2 high-speed fans, which spin at up to 2000 RPM in the 120 mm version, and 1600 RPM in the 140 mm version. The fans offer a rifle bearing with 80,000 hour operating life, and are available in both PWM and 3-pin versions. The fans will be available this month at prices ranging from $12.50 - $13.90.

Source: be quiet!

be quiet! Dark Base 700 White Edition Enclosure at CES 2019

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2019 - 03:24 AM |
Tagged: white, RGB, mid-tower, limited edition, inverted motherboard, enclosure, Dark Base 700, case, be quiet!

be quiet! has a limited-edition white version of their Dark Base 700 enclosure on display at CES 2019, combining high style and plenty of practical functionality in a premium mid-tower design.

Dark Base 700 marks one of the most critically acclaimed cases be quiet! ever designed. As a way to thank the loyal fans, the case is released in a white edition, limited to 3,000 pieces worldwide. The technical details remain untouched but be quiet! took great care to have a unified white finish on the different materials. For aesthetic reasons, the side window of the white edition is clear and not tinted.”

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This white version of the case offers the same features of the standard Dark Base 700, including a modular construction with a removable motherboard tray which can be inverted, and the tempered glass panel can be installed on either side based on standard/inverted configuration. The case also features a subtle RGB lighting integration that can be controlled manually or via motherboard header, and comes with a pair of Silent Wings 3 140 mm PWM fans pre-installed.

The Dark Base 700 White Edition features from be quiet! include:

  • Tempered glass side panel with rubber seal
  • Integrated RGB LEDs in the front with RGB controller and motherboard control option
  • State-of-the-art I/O panel with USB 3.1 Gen. 2 type C connector
  • High grade of versatility and modularity
  • Mainboard tray can be inverted
  • Motherboard tray can be used as a bench table
  • Side window can be installed on both sides as well
  • Removable fan bracket in the top for easy installation of fans or radiators
  • PSU shroud to hide cables and drives
  • Up to seven single HDD cages (three included)
  • Slot covers for unused HDD slots
  • Vertical GPU installation possible (riser not included)
  • Impeccable cooling and silence
  • Intelligent airflow with noise-dampening vents
  • Decoupled mainboard tray and hard drives
  • Sound insulation foam
  • Integrated 4-step dual-rail fan controller for up to 6x PWM fans

Launch timeframe is February 2019, with a retail of $189.

Source: be quiet!

I'll get you next time gadget! Corsair's new rodent with the Ironclaw

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2019 - 07:11 PM |
Tagged: corsair, ironclaw, gaming mouse, PMW3391

Yellow alert!  Corsair has released a trio of new peripherals and a playmat for them to roam on, as you saw in Jim's review.  He wasn't the only one to take a look at the new mice, The Tech Report also received a Corsair Ironclaw mouse.   It houses a PMW3391 sensor, a max polling at 1000Hz and Omron sensors.  The mouse is compatible with iCUE, allowing you to modify the lightshow, if you can catch it over at The Tech Report

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"One of a trio of fresh Corsair mice, the Ironclaw has an ample body that will especially appeal to palm grippers who want to keep things light."

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CES 2019: Lenovo Yoga S940, Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED, Lenovo Yoga A940, Lenovo Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Systems, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2019 - 02:00 PM |
Tagged: yoga, Lenovo, ces 2019, CES

Lenovo has also unveiled a new Yoga line of four very different products: two laptops, an all-in-one PC, and a mouse that is designed for presentations.

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Up first is the Lenovo Yoga S940. This is an ultra-slim, 14-inch laptop with a 4K, HDR screen and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. The processor is an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 backed by an Intel UHD 620 GPU, which seems to narrow down the possibilities to either the Core i7-8650U, the Core i7-8565U, or the Core i7-8550U. Each of these are quad-core, HyperThreaded processors, although the frequency changes quite a bit from model to model, so which one they actually chose could matter a bit.

Users can choose between 8GB and 16GB of RAM, although all three CPUs could have allowed 32GB – CPU support and “being able to actually fit it inside a tiny laptop” are two different things, however. In terms of connectivity, it has two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as a single USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port. That’s a bit light on the USB side of things, but the ability to attach two separate Thunderbolt 3 devices might make up for that. They do not list a 3.5mm audio jack, though.

The Lenovo Yoga S940 will be available in May for $1499 USD.

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Next is the Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED. As the name suggests, it’s a laptop with an AMOLED screen, which supports 4K. They also say that the screen supports “100% color gamut” although they don’t claim what gamut that is. They don’t seem to make any HDR claims, either.

In terms of specs, once again we get an unnamed eighth-generation Core i7 processor and an Intel UHD 620 GPU, which could be one of the three processors that I listed in the S940 section, above. Also, the RAM is still limited to 16GB. Unlike the S940 that offered 1TB of PCIe SSD, this one maxes out at 512GB, although that should be a lot for most use cases. It would be a little low for the stuff I do with my work PC, though, such as multiple side-by-side installations of Visual Studio to handle multiple different projects. The S730 has just one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, but two USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 ports, as well as an HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED will be available in April for $1649.99 USD.

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Up next is… not a laptop. The Lenovo Yoga A940 is an all-in-one pen-input device like the Microsoft Surface Studio. It also comes with the Lenovo Precision Dial and the Lenovo Active Pen 1 AES 1.0, which should also be familiar to those who are interested in the Microsoft Surface Studio.

The entire device is powered by an again unnamed Intel eighth-generation Core i7 processor, but this time it comes with an AMD RX 560 GPU to help with content creation tools (and games of course). Users can choose between 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of RAM. Storage is a choice between 128GB PCIe SSD, 256GB PCIe SSD, 512GB PCIe SSD, 1TB SATA HDD, and 2TB SATA HDD. They don’t say whether a PCIe SSD can be installed alongside a SATA HDD, but I certainly hope so.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 launches in March for $2199.99 USD.

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Last up is the Lenovo Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter. It’s an ultra-thin mouse with a laser pointer built into it. The center can buckle to make an arc-shaped mouse, or it can be pushed flat. The whole device is 1.4cm thin, which is a little over half of an inch. Its sensor tops out at 1600 DPI, which can be reduced to 1200 DPI and 800 DPI if you are more comfortable at one of those speeds. It also has a built-in red laser pointer.

The Lenovo Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter will be available in June for $69.99 USD.

Source: Lenovo

CES 2019: Lenovo "Legion" Peripherals: H500 7.1 Pro & H300 Gaming Headsets, K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, M500 RGB Mouse

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM |
Tagged: RGB, mechanical keyboard, Lenovo, Legion, headset, gaming mouse

Lenovo has just announced two new gaming headsets, a gaming mechanical keyboard, and a right-handed gaming mouse.

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The Lenovo Legion H500 7.1 Pro Gaming Headset is the high-end of the two announced. For $99.99 USD, the headphones have 50mm drivers in an all-black with black anisotropic metal highlight design. It supports virtual 7.1 surround sound via its USB sound card, although it can also be plugged into 3.5mm analog jacks. The microphone is retractable.

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For $59.99 USD, the Lenovo Legion H300 Gaming Headset still has 50mm drivers although it loses the USB sound device with 7.1 surround; it can only attach by 3.5mm, stereo. The headset design is somewhat similar, though, including the retractable microphone.

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Moving on to the Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This device is based on Cherry MX Red switches, which means you will not feel a click or a bump as the key passes it actuation point. I personally don’t like linear keys, because I don’t like having no feedback until I bottom out, but that is 100% user-preference. The bottom of the keyboard has a full palm rest, which is detachable if you want to save that little bit of room. Its media keys are standard buttons on the top-left of the keyboard. I like how it contributes to the overall simple, clean design, although I would prefer a volume roller or dial. The price is listed as “starting at $99.99” (USD) although I don’t see any upsells listed.

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The Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse uses a 16,000 DPI Pixart sensor and Omron mechanical switches. It also had three-zone RGB lighting and seven programmable buttons. There is also a 10g adjustable weight to customize how it feels to move. It is expected to cost $59.99 USD.

All peripherals are available in April 2019.

Source: Lenovo

Same, same; but different ... Corsair's SFX SF600W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 31, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: corsair, SF600, modular psu, 600w

Lee took a look at Corsair's fun sized SF600 just before the holidays, giving it high marks across the board.  You may have missed it while you were out shopping, or forgotten so this review over at [H]ard|OCP could be worth your time.  The PSU passed all their tests as well, producing almost the same results as their tests of  the previous generation of SF600.  You do have to pay a bit extra for those fancy individually sleeved wires, so if that is not necessary for your build you can check out some of the less expensive options of similar quality at the end of the review.

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"Corsair is no stranger to the enthusiast computer power supply market, and most of its PSUs are built for ATX form factor cases. Corsair does however dabble a bit in the SFX end of the spectrum which tries to shoehorn as much power as possible into the smallest space possible. Let's see what the new SF600 is all about."

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ASUS births twin AiO coolers, Ryujin and Ryuo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 28, 2018 - 03:44 PM |
Tagged: Ryujin, Ryuo, aio. asus, water cooler, ASUS ROG

The ASUS ROG Ryujin is the larger of the pair, available in 240mm and 360mm varieties the AIO cooler will have a fan on the waterblock to provide cooling to the components around the socket while the Ryuo will drop the fan and slim the radiator to 120mm or 240mm.  Both models will have a 1.77" colour OLED screen bearing the name LiveDash, which can be programmed to display live data on CPU Frequency, voltage, temperature, and wide variety of other stats available to your motherboards sensors. 

Looks aside, can these new ASUS cooler prove effective?  Read on at Guru3D for the answers.

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"Today, we are reviewing the new Asus ROG-series AIO liquid coolers, the Ryujin and Ryuo. ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is a branding that represents the highest standard from Asus. Ryujin is a legendary Japanese dragon that symbolizes the power of the ocean."

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Thermaltake's ToughPower Grand RGB 750W PSU adheres to a Gold standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2018 - 07:29 PM |
Tagged: toughpower grand RGB gold, thermaltake, RGB, 750w

Thermaltake continues to electrify your system with the Rs, Gs and Bs with their ToughPower Grand RGB 750W PSU.   The 160mm long PSU is compact for one with a 140mm HDB fan for cooling and capable of feeding your 12V line a full 750W @ 62.5A.  If you like RGBs and a decade long warranty then you might consider this PSU, however there are some drawbacks to the design which KitGuru were not fond of so you should check the full review before adding it to your cart.

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"All that glitters is not gold! This is not the case though with the ToughPower Grand RGB since it features both Gold efficiency and RGB lighting."

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Source: Kitguru

SilverStone Launches PTS Series Compact ATX PSUs at up to 1200W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2018 - 07:58 AM |
Tagged: Silverstone, PSU, power supply, ATX PSU, 80 Plus Platinum, 1200W PSU, 1000W PSU

SilverStone this week is launching two new “compact” power supplies that pack a lot of wattage into a form factor that is shorter than the typical ATX PSU. The Strider Platinum ST1000-PTS and ST1200-PTS are fully modular 80 PLUS Platinum-rated power supplies at 1,000 and 1,200 watts, respectively.

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But the key feature of this series is its shorter depth. At 140mm deep, the PTS series is 40mm shorter than the typical 180mm ATX PSU design. While they won’t fit into the official SFX PSU dimensions (125mm deep), they do offer additional options for obtaining higher power output in smaller case designs. Indeed, SilverStone points out that there’s no power supply currently on the market that offers equal wattage at this size.

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And while both models of course come with their own cable set in the box, their fully-modular design means that users interested in using one of these units with a smaller case can easily swap out the included cables for a custom length solution or SilverStone’s own shorter cable set.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to pay a price for the lack of space. The ST1000-PTS will have an MSRP of $209.99 (€181.99 in Europe) while the ST1200-PTS will land at $239.99 (€201.99). While we’ll need to wait to see how actual street prices settle down, based on MSRP these new models come in priced 20-25% higher than Platinum-rated competitors at the same wattages.

But if your small PC design is aching for more power and a full-sized ATX option won’t do, you can pick up the new SilverStone ST1000-PTS and ST1200-PTS when they hit North American and European retailers in mid-January.

Source: SilverStone

The Trade War Strikes Again: Seasonic PSU Prices Set to Increase in December

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 27, 2018 - 08:31 AM |
Tagged: seasonic, PSU, price increase, power supply

For hardware enthusiasts, it’s no surprise at this point that the current tumultuous state of the global economy is having an effect on PC component prices, and the latest company forced to make a change is Seasonic. The company announced this month that, due to “recent market developments,” MSRPs across its product lineup will increase starting December 1st.

The price increases vary depending on the power supply series and model, and range from about 5 to 12 percent. Vincent Chang, the company’s Chairman and CEO, noted the importance of transparency with consumers and partners regarding the dynamic economic conditions in a statement announcing the price changes.

You’ll find the company's statement and complete list of Seasonic models affected by the new pricing below, and check out the Seasonic product site for more details on specific models.

Effective 01 December 2018, Sea Sonic USA is to increase the MSRP for all power supplies manufactured in China and destined for the US market. This is the result of recent market developments, but all orders placed prior to this date shall follow current pricing.

Sea Sonic strives to be transparent and forthright with its partners and consumers. We thank you in advance for your understanding as our priority is to continue providing cost-effective solutions to all our customers. The situation is dynamic and necessary adjustments will be made accordingly.

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our partnership well into the future. If you have any questions, please contact your Sea Sonic representative or visit our website at www.seasonic.com.

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Source: Seasonic

SilverStone Reaches 700W in the SFX PSU Form Factor with the SX700-G

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2018 - 01:28 AM |
Tagged: Silverstone, SFX, PSU, power supply, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

Everyone loves small form factor PCs these days, but there aren't many SFX power supply options that can keep up with the demands of increasingly powerful CPUs and GPUs. A number of companies have been able to hit 600 watts, and SilverStone was able to reach 800 watts, but only via its "SFX-L" form factor, which is slightly larger than the official SFX specification and therefore doesn't fit in all situations or case configurations.

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But SilverStone is back with the first true SFX PSU that hits 700 watts. The SilverStone SX700-G is an 80 PLUS Gold-rated power supply with a fully modular design, single +12V rail, and a 92mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fan tuned for silent operation at low loads.

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The SX700-G includes SilverStone's flat cable design for easier cable routing and enough power cables to connect up to two GPUs and six SATA drives. It is launching with an MSRP of US$155.99 and should reach retailers in North America by mid-December. Check out the complete list of specifications below.


Model No. SST-SX700-G
Max DC Output 700W
Power density 882W per liter
Color Black
Combined +3.3V & +5V 110W
Combined +12V 700W
Input Voltage 90V ~ 264V
Input Frequency Range 47Hz ~ 63Hz
PFC Active PFC (PF>0.9 at full load)
Efficiency 87% ~ 90% at 20% ~ 100% loading
MTBF 100,000 hours
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 40°C
Protection Over Current Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Connectors 1 x 24 / 20-Pin motherboard connector (300mm)
1 x 8 / 4-Pin EPS / ATX 12V connector (400mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (400mm / 150mm)
2 x 8 / 6-Pin PCIE connector (550mm / 150mm)
6 x SATA connector ("300mm / 220mm / 100mm" x 2)
3 x 4-Pin Peripheral connector (300mm / 200mm / 200mm)
1 x 4-Pin Floppy connector (100mm)
Cooling System Single 92mm FDB fan
Form Factor SFX
Noise Level 18 dBA minimum
Dimensions (WxHxD) 125 mm x 63.5 mm x 100 mm
4.92" x 2.5" x 3.94"
Weight 1.4 Kg (3.1 lbs)
Certification 80 PLUS Gold

Source: SilverStone

H2O Captain, my Captain we are Ryzen from the Deepcool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2018 - 03:50 PM |
Tagged: Deepcool, AIO, watercooling, Captain 240 EX, amd, Intel

The DeepCool Captain 240 EX White is an AiO watercooler, with a 240mm radiator which is available in both RGB and non-RGB models.  It is designed to cool most modern chips, apart from ThreadRipper, and [H]ard|OCP tested it with a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.9 GHz @ 1.475V.  The results were interesting, to say the least, so make sure to drop by before falling in love with this particular cooler.

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"Deepcool states its mission is to provide "the best and personalized thermal solutions." Its Captain EX series of AIO CPU coolers has what it calls a "Steam Punk" look with visible liquid flow, but what we are most concerned with is just how well it cools our overclocked and over-volted Ryzen 7 processor. And it has "anti-explosion" rubber material."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Silverstone's Lucid, logical choice for an small enclosure?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2018 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: Silverstone, lucid LD01, tempered glass, SFF

The Lucid LD01 from Silverstone is designed for small form factor builds as the largest motherboard it can fit is microATX.  That small size does not preclude decent cooling, you can install a pair of 120/140mm fans at the front and top, as well as additional single 120/140mm fans at the bottom and the rear, or similar sized slim radiators. TechPowerUp liked the look of the tempered glass outside as well as the many included features such as the GPU bracket but they would have like the USB-C plug to support USB 3.1 Gen 2. 

You can see the finished build in their review.

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"The Lucid LD01 from Silverstone tries to ditch the plastic and move to a mix relying heavily on steel and tempered glass for an understated high quality look and feel. It clearly caters to those who'd like to transcend the classic use of steel and plastic panels and want simple but effective, functional designs and features. "

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Source: TechPowerUp