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

Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum; pump up the RGBs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2018 - 06:04 PM |
Tagged: corsair, H100i RGB Platinum, watercooler

Corsair have updated their all in one watercooler lineup with two new models, the 240mm version of which is the H110i RGB Platinum which The Tech Report recently reviewed.  As with all components recently, this release focuses on adding RGBs to an existing product lineup.  In order to control the lighting, you need to squeeze quite a bit of cabling into a small area, so some may want to skip that setup even though they paid extra for those blinkenlichten.  The pump and fans are quiet compared to previous models, which might tempt those who dislike the noise created by Corsair's Pro line, so check it out if you are looking for improved lights or sound.

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"Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum closed-loop liquid cooler is the company's first with addressable RGB LEDs on its pump head and in its fan hubs. We put this cooler to the test to see whether its performance matches its striking looks."

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The all new CoolerMasterCase SL600M

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2018 - 03:46 PM |
Tagged: mastercase SL600M, cooler master, atx

The MasterCase SL600M is the newest case from Cooler Master and distinguishes itself by including absolutely no RGBs in its design.  It does however have a motion sensor on the front panel which will illuminate your USB ports if it senses your hand near it, a far more functional that fashionable feature.  That front panel also allows you to toggle the speed of the two of included 200mm fans between three speeds; there is space for another trio of 120/140mm or a pair of 200mm fans at the top or you could opt for two radiators of up to 360mm in size or a mix of the above.  The front mounted PSU is rather unique, see how well it worked over at the Guru of 3D.

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"Cooler Master enters a new era with a very stylishly new chassis, the MasterCase SL600M is more of a design PC chassis with lots of aluminum elements that oozes features and style. However, it also has been designed to mod a bit. The basics of the chassis are gorgeous to look at and have space for full-size ATX motherboards."

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Cooler Master Announces Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 29, 2018 - 10:27 AM |
Tagged: tower cooler, RGB, Hyper 212, heatsink, cpu cooler, cooling, cooler master, black edition, air cooler

The legendary Hyper 212 series from Cooler Master has a stealthy new look, with the upcoming Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers. Not just a cosmetic change, these new Black Edition coolers (available with or without RGB lighting) offer what Cooler Master is calling an "improved installation process from previous models with the same best-in-class performance for an affordable price".

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The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition cooler (via Cooler Master)

"Designed with PC enthusiasts in mind, the new Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers keep with the familiar four heat pipe design of the original Hyper 212 and continues to offer direct contact technology for more thorough heat dissipation.
 
The updated brushed aluminum top cover, nickel plated anodized fins and heat pipes, and metallic heat pipe caps give the Hyper 212 Black Edition models a premium, aesthetic appeal. The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition comes equipped with the new SF120R RGB fan and RGB LED controller for lighting customization, while the Hyper 212 Black Edition offers users a more simplified look via the all-black Silencio fan with exclusive Silent Drive IC technology."

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A look at the hardware kit with revised mounting system (via Cooler Master)

The Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition will carry an MSRP of $39.99, with the non-RGB Hyper 212 Black Edition at $34.99. Both coolers go on sale November 5.

Did you flip your lid over the i9-9900K's thermals?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2018 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged: solder, Intel, Core i9-9900K

TechSpot were somewhat disappointed with the temperatures they were seeing on the new i9-9900k and so decided to do what many have been trying lately; delidding and replacing the TIM between the CPU and heatspreader.   The results speak for themselves, when overclocking you can expect a 3-5C drop in temperature.  This comes with the risk of cracking the die and ruining your CPU as well as definitively voiding your warranty, so do consider that when looking at the results.

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"We know that soldering CPUs works a lot better than the paste method Intel's been using to cut costs, so we wanted to know how much better is the solder method used by the 9900K than the paste of the 8700K/8086K?"

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Source: TechSpot

Seasonic's Focus Plus series shows Gold can be better than Platinum

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2018 - 02:31 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, FOCUS PLUS, 550W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold

Seasonic have added a 550W PSU to their Focus Plus lineup of petite PSUs.  Measuring a mere 5.5" in length it uses a 120mm fluid bearing fan for cooling and is completely modular.  Inside you will find Nippon Chemi-con components which may account for why this unit outperformed similar ones on [H]ard|OCP's test bench.  Even better news is the price, running around $80 including shipping, which makes this PSU a solid choice for system which doesn't require an obnoxious amount of power.

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"Small computer power supplies that are entirely modular are the cornerstone of Seasonic's Focus Plus series. We are reviewing the Gold variant today rated at 550 watts that has a modern design and with hybrid silent fan control with a fluid dynamic bearing fan. Is the smallest PSU in the Focus Plus series making the cut?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Noctua, for a cool quiet Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2018 - 06:06 PM |
Tagged: noctua, Threadripper, 2950x, 2990wx, NH-U14S, NH-U12S, NH-U9

With the arrival of the second generation of Threadripper processors comes Precision Boost 2 and Precision Boost Overdrive which changes the testing process when it comes to heatsinks.  PB2 means that your processor will not let its self get above 68C and will reduce power and frequency to accomplish that.  This means that when testing, what [H]ard|OCP is looking for is clocks and power draw, not temperature.  Check out how they accomplished this, as well as the performance of these three Noctua coolers, as compared to themselves, the WraithRipper and the Silver Arrow.

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"We take all three Noctua air coolers built for AMD Threadripper CPUs and put these to the test on both the 2950X and 2990WX. We run the NH-U14S, NH-U12S, and NH-U9 through the paces with both Precision Boost 2 and Precision Boost Overdrive using multiple fan configurations and compare these to the Silver Arrow and Wraith Ripper too."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

EVGA Launches SuperNOVA GM SFX Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 4, 2018 - 11:27 PM |
Tagged: evga, EVGA SuperNOVA, SFX, SFX PSU, SFF

EVGA has launched a new line of small form factor power supplies under the SuperNOVA GM series. The new power supplies are available now in 450W, 550W, and 650W models all of which are rated at 80 PLUS Gold efficiency ratings with all Japanese capacitors and built in safety technologies for OCP, OVP, OTP, OPP< SCP, and UVP protections.

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The single rail (up to 54.1A on the 12V rail) power supplies utilize Active PFC (power factor correction) and DC-to-DC conversion for the 3.3V and 5V supplies. EVGA’s SuperNOVA GM PSUs are all fully modular and support SLI with two 8-pin PCI-E connections on the 450W PSU and four 8-pin PCI-E power connectors on the 550W and 650W models. A single 92mm double ball bearing fan keeps the small form factor power supply cool while the Auto ECO mode keeps fan noise at a minimum with the fan spinning down completely up to 30% load, then ramping to ~18 dBA up to around 70% load and then ramping up to 37 dBA at 100% load (for the 650W power supply).

EVGA’s SuperNOVA GM SFX power supplies come with a 7+2 year warranty (7 year base warranty plus an additional two years for a limited time according to EVGA). The GM power supplies come with a AC power cable, PSU tester, and SFX-to-ATX adapter bracket.

The power supplies are available now for $109.99 for the 450W model, $119.99 for the 550W PSU, and $129.99 for the 650W power supply. Looking around online, pricing seems to be in line with the competition at these wattages, at least when considering the premium for the SFX small form factor designs.

Source: EVGA

It's been a long time coming; Cooler Master's C700M

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2018 - 03:57 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, Cosmos C700M, E-ATX Case

Cooler Master's newest Cosmos case is up for review at Guru of 3D, and yes that GPU is supposed to be mounted like that.  The case is a bit of a monster, capable of housing an E-ATX motherboard and stands 650x306x651mm (25.6x12x25.6") with space for up to a total of two 420mm, a 120mm and a 240mm radiator or nine 120/140mm fans if you prefer.  Your CPU cooler can be up to 198mm in height, or more succinctly it can fit whatever heatsink you want in there. 

Check out the impressive design as well as the GPU mount but be warned, this case will be rather expensive to pick up, £414.99 being the sole quoted price at this point.

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"Today we review such a chassis as Cooler Master is launching the new Cosmos C700M. A beast of a super tower with new LED enabled handlebars and a vertical graphics card mounting which you can rotate to a position of your preference."

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Source: Guru of 3D

The Nightjar sings again; 450W of sweet silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2018 - 03:35 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, SFX-L, NJ450-SXL, Fan-less PSU, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

Lee just posted a review of one of SilverStone's passively cooled Nightjar PSUs, the NJ450-SXL which grabbed a Gold Award for its performance and design.  If his tests somehow didn't convince you of just how impressive this tiny, fanless 450W PSU is then please head over to [H]ard|OCP as they just unstrapped this unit from the bed in their torture chamber.  Sure it is expensive for a 450W modular PSU but there is simply nothing else to compete with the quality of this Nightjar in silent, SFF builds.

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"SilverStone is no stranger to small form factor PC power supplies as it is the most complete supplier of these to the enthusiast PC marketplace. Today SilverStone is adding complete silence to these SFF PSUs with the 450 watt Nightjar. Excellent efficiency makes silence easier, but can the Nightjar stand up to an extremely hot case?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Meet the Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C and its friends

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2018 - 04:01 PM |
Tagged: fractal design, eatx, Define R6 USB-C

Fractal Design have upgraded their Define lineup with the Define R6 USB-C as well as offering accessories to modify it to meet your needs.

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The EATX case can hold a CPU cooler of up to 185mm in height and offers a wide variety of cooling options.  Depending on how you configure the case, the front can handle up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans or a radiator of up to 280mm.  The top can be configured to hold up to three 120mm or 140mm fans, or a 420mm radiator if your motherboard doesn't impinge on it.  The rear can fit a single 120mm fan or radiator, or a single 140mm fan while the bottom can support a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans or a 280mm rad. 

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You can also chose between a solid metal side panel or a tempered glass one as well as drive bracket upgrade kits which will add support for an additional pair of HDDs or SSDs depending on which you order. 

The basic model will set you back $140 or $160 with tempered glass, if you change your mind later on a glass side panel will cost you $30.  The drive brackets are $10 regardless of the type of drive they will be holding and you can pick it up now.

Sweden, September 12, 2018 – Fractal Design proudly announces the expansion of the Define R6 line with new USB C versions and a number of accessories including seamless tempered glass side panels and drive bracket dual packs, now available separately to even further extend the capabilities of the Define R6.

Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C
Designed from the ground up, the Define R6 goes beyond iteration with a profound stride of innovation – the latest and largest step in the legacy of the world-renowned Define Series.

Seamless tempered glass and sound dampened steel panels encase a fully redesigned interior with more storage capability than ever before. USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C front I/O supports Fast Charging plus up to 10Gbps transfer speeds, and with nine fan mounts, included PWM fan hub, and 420mm radiator support, the R6 is the perfect platform for building your dream water loop. Improved third generation ModuVent technology allows an effortless transition from metal-clad sound dampened top panel to filtered high airflow multi-fan ventilation.

Expanding on the timeless, elegant form and silent modular function that brought so much success to its predecessors, the Define R6 offers the most demanding hardware enthusiast a solid foundation and flexible framework with limitless potential.

Define R6 Tempered Glass Side Panel
Add a layer of refinement to your Define R6 with an upgrade to tempered glass.

The Fractal Design TG panel upgrade kit lets you equip one or both sides of your Define R6 with a seamless, scratch-resistant tempered glass panel for a sleek, super-premium look.

HDD Drive Tray and SSD Bracket Kit
Increase the storage capacity of your Fractal Design case with a drive bracket upgrade kit. Each kit includes everything you need to add two additional drive mounts to cases with Fractal Design Type-A drive brackets and available mounting positions.

 

Cool, quiet or a mix of the two from Enermax's new ATX enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2018 - 03:45 PM |
Tagged: enermax, EQUILENCE, atx, tempered glass

You have a bit of choice with the EQUILANCE, it can be configured for silent running or you can remove some of the features which reduce noise to increase cooling.  For instance the top of the case features a magnetically attached foam dampener which could be removed to allow you to install three 120mm or two 140mm fan or up to a 360mm radiator.  The front offers a similar choice, with space for three 120mm fans or up to a 360mm radiator, though the latter will require removal of the PSU shroud.  The side panel is made of 4mm thick tempered glass mounted with four rubber-surrounded screws to ensure no noise escapes from there. 

[H]ard|OCP tested the case in it's default configuration, all dampening material installed and two 120mm fans in the front with a single 140mm exhaust in the rear and saw very good temperatures, which can only improve if you add more cooling.

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"The Enermax EQUILENCE comes with a lot of promises, mostly that it is silent. In our experiences however, "silent" cases are usually hotter on your hardware. Enermax has looked to figure that out while giving us an unassuming looking case that has tons of cooling options and features built into a very workable form factor."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair's Crystal cave, aka the 280X

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2018 - 04:27 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Crystal 280X RGB

The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is indeed large enough to fit an R9 280X, and AMD isn't really using that name anymore so why not just poach it?  As with the Air 240, the case has two compartments, one for your motherboard and add in cards, with a separate one behind to hold your PSU as well as fans or even a radiator.  RGB addicts will love the pair of LL120 RGB fans and Lighting Node Pro controller.  Take a peek at this new case over at TechPowerUp.

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"The Corsair Crystal 280X RGB takes the idea behind the Air 240, and the classy looks and material mix of the Crystal family, and marries them in an even more compact, powerful, and beautiful enclosure that includes not only better liquid-cooling compatibility but also features Corsair's retail-grade LL120 RGB fans and the Lightning Pro Node."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Cooler Master's ML360R RGB, how hard a frag could a disco light frag if a ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2018 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML360R RGB, AIO

The Cooler Master ML360R RGB all in one cooler features a radiator with three 120mm fans.  Installation of the cooler was easy for [H]ard|OCP but there is an extra step as you have to connect the 5-way ARGB splitter for those Frag Harder Disco Lights ... or not.  From the acoustic results this is obviously a performance cooler; you will get very good temperatures under load but you will hear it in operation.  If you are looking to tilt the balance of your cooling systems in favour of cooler operation you should check this review out.

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"If it is Frag Harder Disco Lights you want, then Cooler Master ML360R RGB All-In-One CPU liquid cooler has that in spades. RGB is nice and all, but how does this AIO do where the rubber meets the road? We strap the ML360R RGB to our highly over-volted and overclocked Ryzen 7 processor and find out."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, the naming of the Corsair RMx Series 750W does not imply RMA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2018 - 03:14 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, corsair, RMx Series, 750w

The RMx naming separates this PSU from the RMi lineup which includes Corsair's Link which reduces the price somewhat and the 850W model was good enough to receive a Gold Award from Lee.  [H]ard|OCP tested out the 750W member of this family, enough power for many builds, to see if it matched the quality of its big brother.  Their tests showed a solid PSU that met all the requirements for a pass and a Silver; though it does have a small problem. Last years Corsair TX750M is every bit as good and at a lower price with only one possible drawback, the ATX power connector is not modular.  This will not matter as all motherboards like to have their power in order to POST.  Check out the full review here.

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"Corsair has been bumping up its street cred lately with PSU designs that are up to HardOCP standards. Today we have its latest 2018 version of the RM series PSU rated at 750 watts. It features Gold efficiency, a fully modular design, has a 10 year warranty, and carries with it a fully modular design, all for the price of $110."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP