NZXT goes Overwatch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2019 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, H500 Overwatch Edition, H500, crft

The base of the NZXT H500 Overwatch Special Edition is the same as the Vault Boy model seen earlier this week, though it contains more Doritos and less brahmin. The Guru of 3D received one for review, firing up the lights behind the logo and filling it with components.  The case ships with a 140mm fan in the back, a 120mm fan on the top and a pair of 120mm fans in the front.  It does support a radiator of up to 280 in size if you prefer watercooling, but sadly there is no optical drive bay.

The case performs just like the base model of the H500, the difference is the price.  While the H500 is a deal at $75, the branding doubles that price to $150

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"We check out that somewhat off special edition NZXT H500 chassis, the company recently teamed up with Blizzard and released the Overwatch Special Edition. A tidy and simply design chassis with tempered glass and refined features with the ability to hide your components inside the chassis."

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Source: Guru of 3D

NZXT H500 Vault Boy Case & N7 Z390 Vault Boy Cover

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2019 - 09:15 PM |
Tagged: nzxt, fallout

NZXT has just released a Fallout-themed H500 Vault Boy computer case that is painted in the iconic “Vault-Tec” style. It is an officially licensed product by Bethesda and ZeniMax, and only 1,000 will be made. The regular H500 has 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports in the front-top, alongside the typical headphone and microphone jacks. It can mount a 280mm radiator in the front and a 120mm in the back.

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The H500 Vault Boy is available now for $164.99 USD in the USA and $149.99 USD in the rest of the world. I should note that the white, non-Fallout NZXT H500 is advertised for $74.99 on their website, which makes the Fallout branding worth around $90 USD in the USA. In terms of value as a component, that’s a hefty mark-up, although, if you’re a huge fan of Fallout, the difference in price could be viewed as a licensed ornament (rather than value as a part of a PC).

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This segues into the second announcement: N7 Z390 Vault Boy motherboard cover for the NZXT N7 Z390 motherboard. This extends the aesthetic into the PC, covering the motherboard with the blue and yellow. This component will be available in late May for $49.99 USD, not including the motherboard of course.

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The weirdest part about this announcement to me is that they have split the release date between the parts by about a month. If you want to get both, then you would need to buy the case before all 1,000 are gone… then sit on it for a month until the motherboard covers arrive.

Source: NZXT

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches the ROG Strix Helios Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2019 - 10:45 AM |
Tagged: ROG Strix, RGB, mid-tower, Helios, gaming, enclosure, chassis, case, ASUS ROG, asus, aluminum

The Republic of Gamers division of ASUS has launched the ROG Strix Helios, a deluxe EATX enclosure which is the "first ROG mid-tower gaming chassis made for showcase builds with tempered-glass panels, aluminum frame, Aura Sync lighting and an array of cooling options", according to ASUS. This is certainly a striking design, with a sharply angular look from an exterior that combines aluminum and tinted glass.

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"Strix Helios is designed for those who want to create a gaming rig that will stand out in any crowd. It boasts three 4mm-thick, smoked, tempered-glass panels fitted in a refined brushed-aluminum frame, plus a stunning display of Aura RGB lighting integrated into the front panel. The LEDs are individually addressable, and can be customized with a palette of millions of colors and a range of preset effects – all easily synced with the vast Aura Sync hardware ecosystem to augment the build."

Key points include (via ASUS):

  • Three 4mm, smoked tempered-glass panels, refined brushed-aluminum frame and integrated front panel Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Innovative multifunction cover with integrated GPU braces, two-piece PSU shroud and translucent rear cover offer effortless cable management
  • Supports up to EATX motherboards, with ample space for 420mm front / 360mm top radiators and water-cooling pump and reservoir

While we have seen an ASUS ROG case in the past - with custom enclosures part of the ROG Strix GL12 and ROG Huracan G21 systems - this is a standalone product targeting the high-end enthusiast segment.

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"Strix Helios has been thoughtfully designed with flexible covers and a comprehensive cable-management system to keep the interior tidy, clean and sharp. An adjustable multifunction cover with GPU braces cleverly hides cabling, provides sturdy support to graphics cards and allows for an SSD or ROG Aura Terminal to be mounted for display. There’s also a two-piece PSU shroud with a front cut-out to enable compatibility with ROG Thor or other OLED-integrated power supplies. In the back, a translucent cable cover conceals unsightly wiring while allowing illuminations from RGB devices to shine through."

ASUS ROG also emphasizes the convenience features of the new enclosure, which offers unique tool-free side panels that have a hinge on the bottom, and a full compliment of dust filters.

"Building with and maintaining a Strix Helios is also made simple. Release buttons at the rear of the chassis allows builders to swing down the side panels for instant, tool-less access to the interior. The panels are bottom-hinged, and will remain supported at an angle until they’re ready to be completely detached. The case also comes with fan and radiator mounts, and removable filters on the top, front and underside for all-round dust protection."

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So how much will the new ASUS ROG Strix Helios enclosure set you back? It has an MSRP of $279.99 and is available now at Newegg, "and soon available at other leading retailers" according to ASUS.

Source: ASUS ROG

Corsair's Carbide 275Q offers some peace and quiet in this turbulent world

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 12, 2019 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: corsaie, carbide 275Q, dampening

If you have a loud machine and are willing to trade a little thermal conductivity for some serious sound dampening then check out Corsair's Carbide 275Q.   It is fairly compact, at 460x211x455mm but still roomy inside and can handle a 370mm GPU and a 170mm CPU heatsink.  Along with the sound dampening material, this ~$100 case comes with a PWM repeater you can attach to a fan header on your motherboard and control six fans. 

The Guru of 3D declared this a wise choice for someone looking for an inexpensive and quiet mid-sized system.

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"The Corsair Carbide Series 275Q is a quiet mid-tower ATX case that matches minimalist design with whisper quiet operation thanks to built-in high-density sound damping panels."

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Source: Guru of 3D

FSP's Hydro PTM+ 850w PSU Offers 1000w Liquid Cooled Platinum Power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2019 - 11:01 AM |
Tagged: water cooling, PSU, power supply, overclocking, liquid cooled, fsp, 80 Plus Platinum

The second generation of FSP's liquid-cooled power supply is here with the Hydro PTM+ 850W. Passively cooled for the first 425W this does include a fan for conventional use up to its rated 850W output with full 80 Plus Platinum certification, and this becomes a 1000W power supply when connected to custom loop. Yes, this is effectively an overclockable PSU.

"With the success of the Hydro PTM+ 1200W, the Hydro PTM+ 850W gives enthusiast gamers the ability to unleash the complete performance of their PC while remaining both a cool and silent PSU. During normal desktop use, watching movies, and light gaming, the Hydro PTM+ 850W remains completely silent as it can be passively cooled until 425W."

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"Using the integrated Bitspower liquid cooling systems allows the Hydro PTM+ 850W to deliver up to 1000W in power when the system demands it. In all other circumstances, the intelligent fan will keep performance great, and noise low. Its unique cooling solution and advanced design (using DC-DC modules) allow for an industry-leading 92% efficiency. The liquid cooling connectors use G1/4” / 12mm connectors for hard- and soft tubing, making it the best choice for case modders that look to fully integrated their PSU into their dream machine."

Specifications:

  • Complies with ATX12V v2.4 & EPS12V v2.92
  • High Efficiency ≥ 92%
  • Active PFC ≥ 0.9
  • Complies with 80PLUS® Platinum Certification
  • Hybrid Cooling System with 135mm Silent Fan & liquid cooling
  • +12V Single-Rail Design
  • Full Modular with Ribbon Cables
  • Full Japanese Capacitors
  • World’s First Platinum Liquid Cooled PSU
  • Build-in RGB Lighting & Controller
  • Unique Product ID with changeable Side Stickers for DIY Enthusiasts and Gamers
  • Complete Protections: OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP
  • Global Safety Approved

The Hydro PTM+ 850W liquid-cooled power supply has a lofty MSRP of $399, so it will be a niche product certainly - but if you dream of an ultimate watercooled rig who why not add the PSU to the list of components?

Source: FSP

Read it and weep, the ultimate review from [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2019 - 05:08 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, X-750, 750w, modular psu, decade

[H]ard|OCP was around far more than 10 years before posting their last review, which interestingly enough examines a 10 year old PSU.  This particular Seasonic X-750 model has been powering a system for a full decade now and they strapped it back onto the test bench to see what, if any changes have occurred to its ability to deliver power.  Like Josh and I, it has aged relatively well and is almost as capable as it was back in ought-nine, with just a bit more droop than those days of yore.  Lee's review is a mere six years old, but you will be able to find it here for quite a while.

Check out [H]'s review soon, it is possible that before long the only place to find it will be the Internet Archives.

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"One of our readers' favorite PSU topics has been when we look back at a previously reviewed PSU that has been in service for a long while, and whether or not that PSU will still meet ATX spec and handle its previously rated wattage load. Today we have a Seasonic PSU that has been in service for a decade."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Alphacool's Eisbaer Extreme 280mm, it's not called extreme for no reason

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2019 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: Alphacool, Eisbaer Extreme 280, AIO, watercooler

Experienced watercooling enthusiasts will know at a glance why there are thick parts on the tubing of the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme CPU cooler; they are quick release fittings.  This allows you to expand your cooling loop to include a graphics card or a motherboard with integral watercooling or just about anything else you might want.  To ensure it can handle that extra heat the radiator is noticeably larger than your average 280mm rad, at 385.5x156x64mm. 

When testing KitGuru revealed this is a cooler for overclockers, at stock speeds their results show its performance to be in the middle of the pack but once the i7-7700K was overclocked to 5GHz it was unbeatable and still quiet.

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"These pre-built, pre-filled units share a lot in common with custom water-cooling loops, primarily in that they can be disassembled or expanded. With the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme priced at just under £230, is it worth the money?"

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Source: Kitguru

Crowdfunding Campaign for Sentry 2.0 Console Size Enclosure Underway

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2019 - 08:38 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, SFF, sentry, enclosure, DR ZĄBER, crowdfunding, case

DR ZĄBER launched the crowdfunding campaign for the Sentry 2.0 on April 1, and the campaign on indigogo is well under way. Version 1.1 of the Sentry was successfully funded in 2017, and three days into this Sentry 2.0 campaign over a third of the $260,000 goal has already been reached.

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What exactly is this new case from the Małopolska, Poland-based company?

"Sentry 2.0 is an evolution of Sentry, a 7L console-sized PC chassis that was crowdfunded in 2017, quickly reaching over 1000% of its campaign goal. Sentry 2.0 brings many improvements based on feedback from backers and sff enthusiasts community over original Sentry delivered in 2017.

Sentry 2.0 is a PC case highly anticipated by the small form factor PC enthusiasts, developed and improved upon original Sentry with community support, and was covered by leading PC hardware youtube channels such as LinusTechTips, Bitwit or Paul's Hardware.”

We are happy to report that a Sentry 2.0 has found its way to our secret enclosure testing facility, and a review is coming soon here at PC Perspective.

Source: DR ZĄBER

Which is Cooler, Master? Would you prefer to Case out the petite or the full figured?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 28, 2019 - 07:49 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, nr series, NR600, MasterBox NR400, tempered glass

A few short weeks ago Sebastian posted a quick look at Cooler Master's new NR series of cases, starting with the NR600 and NR400TechPowerUp received these two cases for review and posted them both for you to peruse at your leisure.  The NR600 is a brobdingnagian 478x209x473mm (18.8x8.21x18.6") while the NR400 is a lilliputian  411x210x411mm (16.2x8.3x16.2"), relatively speaking at least.  They both carry the same heritage, indeed the picture below could be either case, the difference is in the carrying capacity and the price. 

Whether you choose the ~$60 NR400 or the ~$70 NR600 you still get a solid case with a tempered glass side panel as well as a nice clean looking system. 

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"The Cooler Master NR series aims to combine form and function in a streamlined look with a good material mix. It actually achieves this balance quite well considering its affordable price tag, sturdy build quality, and simple but useful feature set."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Cooler Master Launches MasterBox NR400 and NR600 Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2019 - 03:35 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, mesh, MasterBox NR600, MasterBox NR400, enclosure, cooler master, chassis, case, airflow

Cooler Master has launched a pair of new cases today with the MasterBox NR400 and the MasterBox NR600. These budget-friendly cases offer a minimalist approach with clean lines and no flashy lighting effects, and should offer good airflow with their full mesh front panels.

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The Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 is an ATX mid-tower

The MasterBox NR400 is the smaller of the two cases, supporting mini ITX and micro ATX motherboards, with the larger MasterBox NR600 offering support for standard ATX motherboards.

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Cooler Master provides this list of features for these two new NR series cases:

  • Minimalistic Mesh Design - Elegant design elements are applied to mesh for optimal thermal performance.
  • Optimal Thermal Performance – The full mesh front panel and ventilated top panel provide a high potential for thermal performance.
  • Flush Tempered Glass Side Panel – The tempered glass side panel, fastened by thumbscrews on the rear panel, keeps the surface completely flush.
  • Headset Jack – The single 4 pole headset jack features both audio and microphone capabilities simultaneously so separate jacks are not needed.
  • Graphics Card Support Up to 346mm (NR400) / 410mm (NR600) – Generous clearance space is provided to support the latest graphics cards.
  • Cable Management – High quality, longer length rubber grommets paired with generous clearance behind the motherboard offers ample room for cable management.

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"Thermal performance is at the core of the NR Series, with the combination of two pre-installed fans for intake and exhaust and the fine mesh front panel. Generous support for radiator mounting and unrestricted ventilation on the top and front panel ensure that even the most demanding components are efficiently cooled while the two USB 3.1 gen 1 ports at the top of the case provide ample connectivity for everyday use."

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The Cooler Master MasterBox NR400 is a smaller mATX design

The MasterBox NR400 has an MSRP of $59.99, with the NR600 at $69.99. Both cases are available for pre-sale today, though no listings have yet found their way to Amazon or Newegg at time of writing.

Thar be ARGBs on the Water bearin the flag o' Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2019 - 01:57 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync, watercooler, 360mm radiator, RGB

Thermaltake's Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync is a watercooler for those who live and breath RGBs, as it is compatible with all the software suites found on motherboards so you can create your own lightshow.  It is compatible with all current sockets from both AMD and Intel, the only compatibility issue you might have is fitting the 360mm radiator into your case.  In Kitguru's testing it even performed well while cooling, but really it's all about the RGBs.

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"There’s a lot to unpack from the name of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync. The ‘360’ obviously refers to its 360mm radiator, and we know ARGB = Addressable RGB lighting. The ‘Sync’ aspect references software compatibility for the Water 3.0 360 with current motherboards ..."

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Source: Kitguru

Meet Corsair's other release, the Carbide 678C

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2019 - 03:36 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Carbide 678C, mid-tower, tempered glass

If you are looking for the Corsair Crystal RGB case then take a gander at the gorgeous pictures in Sebastian's review or one of the numerous reviews below the fold, for this is a look at the Corsair Carbide 678C.   You can pick between a white finish or the black model which the Guru of 3D reviewed, both with tempered glass side panels and a broad choice of cooling options.  The top can fit up to a 420mm radiator if you remove the optical drive, or if you leave it in you are limited to 360mm of fans or radiators and there are spaces on the front, back and bottom to accommodate even more cooling. 

As far as your CPU cooler goes, 170mm is the limit, with up to 370mm long GPUs fitting in as well.  Those are just some of the reasons the Guru of 3D loved this case, read on to see if you do too.

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"The Corsair Carbide 678C is meant to refresh the silent line of cases of the brand with a new, modern take using updated internals. With plenty of liquid-cooling capabilities, a fan controller, and wide body, it checks off a lot of points for enthusiasts, which may end up taking away from its intended target audience: the silent type."

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Source: Guru of 3D

CORSAIR Launches the Carbide Series 678C Low-Noise ATX Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2019 - 09:05 AM |
Tagged: SP140, quiet, mid-tower, enclosure, corsair, chassis, case, Carbide Series 678C, atx

Launching today alongside the Crystal Series 680X (see our review here), CORSAIR's Carbide Series 678C is designated a low-noise ATX case thanks to what CORSAIR says is extensive sound damping within the enclosure.

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We have the Carbide Series 678C in for review right now (the black version), and will have that available soon as we explore just how quiet this new enclosure is, and of course how effective the airflow is from the trio of included SP140 PWM fans as we measure temps from our test platform.

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Features of the Carbide Series 678C from CORSAIR:

  • Sophisticated Style: Defined by clean lines and smooth steel construction, with a crystal-clear
  • tempered glass side panel to show off your system’s components.
  • Extensive Sound Damping: Sound damping material on the side, front and roof panels ensure quiet operation – or swap in the included dust filter on the roof when performance is your top priority.
  • A Multitude of Cooling Options: Includes space for 360mm push/pull radiators in the front and roof, 280/240mm radiators on the floor, and 140/120mm radiators in the rear.
  • Massive Cooling Potential: Powerful and efficient airflow, with room to install up to 9x 120mm or 7x 140mm fans for massive cooling potential.
  • Take Command of Your Cooling: A PWM fan controller regulates three included SP140 PWM fans and up to three more. Reduce fan speed when you want keep your system quiet, or
  • increase when you want to push its performance.
  • High-Speed USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C Port: Front panel connector puts future-proof connectivity within easy reach.
  • Expand Your Storage Options: Install up to 6x 3.5in and 3x 2.5in drives. A versatile HDD/ODD design includes six modular trays that can be moved to eight mounting locations to give you the exact layout you want.
  • Easy Accessibility: Both the front panel and tempered glass side panel are hinged for tool-free easy access.

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One of my favorite aspects of both new cases launched by CORSAIR today are the hinged door panels, which make accessing the components a breeze.

The case is available with either a black or white finish, and as to pricing the new Carbide Series 678C case is squarely in the premium category, launching at $199.99.

Source: CORSAIR

Seasonic FOCUSes on quality in their new SGX PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2019 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: FOCUS SGX, seasonic, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold, 650W

Given its small size, having four PCIe connectors, six SATA connectors, and three Molex connectors on the Seasonic FOCUS SGX is no mean feat.  That will give almost any SFF build more than enough power, or even a full sized build if you prefer a small PSU for whatever reason.  The 10 year warranty indicates Seasonic has a lot of faith in this unit, and [H]ard|OCP's testing shows it is deserved.  You will pay a little more for the FOCUS SGX but in this case it is actually worth it.

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"Seasonic is FOCUSing more on small footprint high output power supplies, and the new FOCUS SGX series is targeting the small form factor market once again. This beefy 650 watt unit is fully modular, packs a 10 year warranty, is diminutive in size, had good efficiency, and comes complete with an ATX adapter plate as well."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A little cost savings on a SilentiumPC LCS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2019 - 03:26 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, SilentiumPC, Navis RGB 240, Navis RGB 280, AIO, LCS

These two coolers from SilentiumPC run a little cheaper than many kits of similar size on the market, which might indicate they are not quite up to snuff or that they are a great bargain.  The Guru of 3D is here to help, by offering you their results and removing that mystery.  As you should expect, the 280mm kit offers better cooling results and generates less noise, though the 240mm kit still handled their i7-8700 without issue.  While these two coolers did not top the performance charts they do offer solid performance at a decent cost, as you can see for yourself.

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"Priced at 65 and 75 EUR we take a peek at two new AIO coolers from SilentiumPC: the Navis RGB 240 and 280 mm variants. These are the latest products from this Polish company known mainly for their chassis, power supplies and air coolers."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Arctic Teases Massive Freezer 50 TR Semi-Passive Air Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2019 - 11:36 AM |
Tagged: tr4, tower cooler, Threadripper, passive cooling, arctic cooling, arctic, amd, air cooling

Arctic (ARCTIC) is reportedly working on a new air cooler for the AMD Threadripper / TR4 platform according to AnandTech who spotted a prototype on display during a gaming convention in Germany. The currently named "Freezer 50 TR" is a massive dual tower air cooler wrapped in a black shroud (with integrated addressable RGB lighting) and outfitted with two 140mm fans.

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AnandTech spotted Arctic's prototype 0dB Freezer 50 TR air cooler.

Arctic claims that the Freezer 50 TR is a semi-passive cooler that hits 0dB under light loads as the dual fans stop spinning when the PWM signal gets below 5%. The company has not released the maximum noise levels or fan speeds though. Further, the company is not yet talking TDPs as the cooler is still a prototype, but with the massive air cooler having two large aluminum fin stacks and eight direct contact nickel-plated heat-pipes it should handle Threadripper without issue (though what noise levels will have to be is still a concern).

Looking on Arctic's website, the new Freezer 50 TR looks to fill in a large gap in their TR4 cooler lineup between the $48 Freezer 33 TR single tower cooler (up to 200W) and the $75 Liquid Freezer 120 all-in-one liquid cooler with 120mm radiator (250W). From there, Arctic offers a $85 240mm and a $120 360mm cooler. For enthusiasts wanting air cooling with more stable temperatures under load and maybe a bit of overclocking room, the Freezer 50 TR may be the option they are looking for. I would guess that the Freezer 50 TR will likely be priced somewhere around or just above the 120mm liquid cooler.

I agree with Mr. Shilov (AnandTech) that a Computex launch is likely for the new cooler which would place it just in time for AMD's new Zen 2-based chips which may include an announcement of or at least information on new Threadripper 3 parts (though actual shipping chips may not be until the fall) if the rumors hold true. Threadripper and Threadripper 2 should be supported, but whether it will be enough to cool Threadripper 3 processors which may well ratchet up the core count again (if 64-core 7nm EPYC parts are any indication) is still unknown.

In any event, more air cooler options for Threadripper is a great thing as there are not nearly as many options for TR4 as there are for Ryzen and other consumer-level AMD (AM4) and Intel (115x) sockets! Water cooling may well be your best bet with Threadripper and other HEDT parts, especially when overclocking, but I am interested to see how well the Freezer 50 TR does in reviews!

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Source: AnandTech

When watercooling a RTX card it is all about Z height, meet Alphacool's GPX Eisblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2019 - 03:57 PM |
Tagged: Alphacool, GPX Eisblock, rtx, nvidia, watercooling

When testing the new watercooler from Alphacool, designed for RTX cards, [H]ard|OCP made an interesting discovery, VRAM height is somewhat variable.  As part of their review process they always check how well the waterblock mates with what it is cooling, and as you can see below there is something a bit off with their test sample.

As it turns out, VRAM height can vary by up to 0.3mm, which may not sound like a lot but is enough to cause mating problems unless you spread thermal paste on like peanut butter ... which is not that good an idea.  The good news is that you can purchase thermal pads in varying thicknesses which you can make use of to ensure a proper mate.  You can check out their initial look now, or wait until said pads arrive and the full review is published.

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"Alphacool has always made a great showing when it comes to water cooling our hot video cards. The company has recently updated its Eisblock series of GPU water blocks to include models made for NVIDIA's RTX series of cards featuring the Turing GPUs. We show you these new blocks and tell you about our first experiences with those."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

NZXT Announces H500 Overwatch Edition Mid-Tower Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2019 - 10:02 AM |
Tagged: special edition, overwatch, nzxt, H500 Overwatch Edition, H500, gaming, enclosure, chassis, case

NZXT is announcing today that they have teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment for "the First Overwatch-themed PC chassis" with the new Overwatch Edition of their H500 mid-tower enclosure.

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"The new, special edition H500 Overwatch Edition midtower showcases NZXT’s signature design with a sleek look that any hero would be proud to have in their arsenal. Featuring an all-steel construction in black, a cable management system for streamlined building, and a luminous Overwatch logo on the front panel, this special H500 chassis is perfect for the Overwatch player looking to outfit their rig for battle."

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The Overwatch logo on the front panel is illuminated

NZXT lists these features for the H500 Overwatch Edition mid-tower case:

  • Features the iconic Black, White, and Orange colors of Overwatch
  • A luminous Overwatch logo brightly displayed on the front panel
  • Modern design and builder-friendly features
  • Premium, all-steel construction with the sleek H Series aesthetic
  • 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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The new H500 Overwatch Edition mid-tower case is available globally from NZXT, with U.S. pricing set at $149.99.

Source: NZXT

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