GamersNexus vs The Thermal Paste Cabal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM |
Tagged: thermal paste

A couple of weeks ago, GamersNexus published a video and article that benchmarked CPU performance across various thermal paste patterns. It’s well established that the best method of applying the compound is to spread it out as thin as possible, so it fills the gaps with something better than air but doesn’t insulate the parts that would naturally make perfect contact. That takes effort, though, and it’s not clear how much that buys you for modern CPUs with integrated heat-spreaders (IHS).

Video credit: GamersNexus

If you’re attaching a heatsink to a GPU or other bare die ASIC? Different story. Their tests are focused on CPUs with heat spreaders.

Long story short? Not so much difference. The “pea sized” method had a little issue because it didn’t fully cover the IHS, but they went on with the tests because it’s supposed to reflect real-world situations, and that was a real-world type of error. Even still, that corresponded to less than a degree Celsius under load (as measured on an Intel Core i7-8086k). The article mentions something about delidding the CPU, although the photos clearly have an IHS (and that’s the point of the test in the first place) so I’m guessing they only took the IHS off temporarily and replaced it.

It’s interesting how close they ended up. I would have thought that 30 minutes of full load would show at least a few degrees of variance, but apparently not, even with a little patch of uncovered space.

Check out their post (and video above) for more info!

Source: GamersNexus

CaseLabs (and Parent Company) Bankrupt and Liquidating

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2018 - 09:55 PM |
Tagged: cases, caselab, bankrupt

Due in part to the tariffs on aluminum, enthusiast case manufacturer, CaseLabs, has shut down.

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It happened quite abruptly, too. Their caselabs.net site, linked in their Twitter profile, has been up and down while I've been writing this post; their store page, while it can load in a browser, will not accept and further orders. In fact, some existing orders are expected to be canceled. They believe that they can ship all the orders for individual parts, but some of their backlog of full cases will not.

Obviously, this sucks for everyone involved. Some of their cases, while on the expensive side to say the least, looked interesting, particularly in terms of customization. I’m looking at one that had the option for both front-panel HDMI and USB type C.

No specifics have been announced about their bankruptcy and liquidation plan.

Source: CaseLabs

EKWB offers Phoenix Down for your system with their new 360mm GPU and CPU watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2018 - 02:57 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, EKWB, EK-MLC Phoenix, AIO, 360mm radiator

If you have space in your case and a need to move a lot of heat, the 360mm EK-MLC Phoenix might be a good choice.  It comes with all the features you expect from EKWB, Vardar fans, quick connect tubing and compatibility with most modern sockets, including ThreadRipper with an extra attachment.   You will notice it can include the GPU in the cooling loop with the purchase of additional modules.  The investment is somewhat high, NikkTech priced it at 270 Euros for just the CPU and arund 400 Euros if you include the parts to cool your GPU.  Is that worth it? 

Check out the full review to see.

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"Following the massive success of the EK-XLC Predator line of AIO liquid coolers EK Waterblocks recently released the EK-MLC Phoenix line and on our test bench today we have the top of the line tri-fan 360 model."

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Source: Nikktech

Introducing the limited edition CRFT 01 H700 PUBG by NZXT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: pubg, nzxt, H700, crft

NZXT, in association with PUBG Corporation and Gamers Outreach have crafted a custom H700 case which bears a striking resemblance to an AirDrop case in PUBG. 

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There will be three case designs in this limited run, this being CRFT 1, with CRFT 2 arriving in August and the mysterious CRFT 3 appearing in an undisclosed amount of time.  There will only be 2000 units of this particular design released, and 10% of the total sales will be donated to Gamers Outreach. 

*** Update ***

NZXT reached out to clarify that the CRFT line will encompass far more than just these initial three cases and will grow to include numerous products from NZXT's various product lines.

You can grab one from NZXT for $199.99 if you move quickly.

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Los Angeles, CA – July 24, 2018 – NZXT, a leading provider of desktop components for PC gamers today announced CRFT, an exclusive line of officially licensed gaming gear. CRFT delivers gamers beautifully designed NZXT products that celebrate gaming’s most exciting franchises. More than just a collector’s item, every CRFT product provides practical functionality for a gamer’s battle station. All CRFT products will only be available in a one-time, limited run, never to be produced again.

“With our roots deep in PC gaming, we love working with the people and brands that make an impact to our community. We are proud to present a line of limited edition, officially licensed products that showcase our user’s enthusiasm for the games they love, built on the foundation of NZXT product design,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “CRFT products will always be a limited run for a select group of gamers who are looking for a unique way to show off their passion.”

CRFT 01 debuts with the H700 PUBG limited edition case, a collaboration between NZXT, PUBG Corporation, and Gamers Outreach. Based on the iconic AirDrop crate from PUBG, the unique design of the CRFT 01 PUBG case highlights your amazing build and your love of the game. Only 2,000 units of the CRFT 01 PUBG case will ever be produced. Ten percent of all sales of CRFT 01 will be donated to Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals.

CRFT Highlights

  • Custom crafted gaming products by NZXT
  • Limited to the original production run only
  • Signature CRFT collectible packaging
  • Each product individually numbered.
  • Premium, all-steel construction with the sleek H-series design; available in four color combinations
  • Tempered glass panel showcases your build with crisp clarity
  • System installation and expansion made easy with all-new cable management system
  • Water-cooling installation simplified for both AIO and custom loop

 

Source: NZXT

The high powered and reasonably priced H100i Pro

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2018 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: liquid cooler, H100i PRO, Hydro Series, H100i, h100, cpu cooler, corsair, AIO, 240mm, iCUE

You've likely seen Sebastian's review of the Corsair H100i in which he failed to provide the exact barometric pressure or even altitude above sea level, merely showing the delta between the base temperature and sound pressure of the room and that of the cooler.  The Tech Report on the other hand offer you insight into the quality of the sound the fan produces as well as the pump.  They also compare the performance to a different cooler, the Aerocool P7-L24 so check out their review

If that doesn't satisfy your aesthetic desires there are more reviews below the fold.

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"Corsair refreshed its closed-loop liquid coolers earlier this year with the Hydro Pro series. Those 280-mm and 360-mm liquid coolers boasted bold RGB LED lighting and a fresh design, and they turned in good performance, too. We go hands-on with the 240-mm H100i Pro to see whether Corsair can close out the hat trick."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

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NZXT Announces the E Series Digital PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
Tagged: 80 Plus Gold, nzxt, E Series, modular psu, CAM

NZXT launched a trio of 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs, with 500W, 650W and 850W models

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These PSUs all support NXZT's CAM software which allows a Windows 10 machine to closely monitor your system's power usage.  These E Series PSUs contain a Texas Instrument UCD3138 DSP which can monitor the power usage of the various components powered by the PSU and let you see how much power your GPU, CPU and other components are drawing.  This can be very handy for both the overclocker and the energy conscious user, ensuring that the power management tweaks you applied to a component are actually working.  CAM also lets you manage your fan curve from the default setting which keeps the fan from spinning until there is at least 100W of draw on your PSU.

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All three modular PSUs are built with a single 12V rail for added stability and performance and come with a 10 year warranty. All models are currently available from NXZT, the E500W at $124.99, E650 at $139.99 and the E850 for $149.99USD.  

Check the full PR below the capacitor porn.

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Los Angeles, CA – July 17, 2018 – NZXT today announces a new line of digital ATX PSUs designed to provide PC builders with real-time power monitoring and control. The E Series lineup includes 500W, 650W, and 850W models, all 80 PLUS Gold certified. For these PSUs, NZXT partnered with Seasonic, one of the most highly-regarded PSU manufacturers, and worked with them to enhance their Focus+ Gold platform and PMBus architecture, adding a powerful Texas Instruments DSP and USB connectivity.

“The PSU is a critical part of your PC. Our goal for creating a smarter PC capable of automatically responding to the demands of the application--whether you are browsing the web, drafting email, or playing your favorite game--includes adding control and monitoring to devices that are integral to the system,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “Our E Series PSUs are another step in completing this vision. You can track the performance of the PSU in real time, monitor temperature and total power-on hours, and even enable multi-rail OCP for additional protection of key components using CAM--our innovative software solution at the heart of our smart PC.”

NZXT E Series PSUs Key Features

  • Active monitoring for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails
  • Total power-on time tracking enabled using the embedded real-time clock (RTC)
  • Digital multi-rail over-current protection (OCP) for all three 12V outputs, with adjustable thresholds for the 12V CPU (4+4 pin) and GPU (6+2 pin PCIe) connections
  • Japanese capacitors rated at 105°C
  • 80 PLUS Gold certification
  • Fully modular design means you use only the cables you need
  • 10-year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support

MONITOR YOUR PERFORMANCE The E Series uses a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) providing real-time wattage indicators for the three 12V rails, along with total uptime and internal temperature. Compare CPU and GPU power draw to their rated TDP and track historical data using CAM.

SAFER POWER In addition to providing high-precision monitoring, the onboard DSP lets you enable independent over-current protection (OCP) for the 12V output to the motherboard, CPU, and GPU, providing even better protection for your expensive components.

RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT All 80 PLUS Gold certified E Series PSUs are built using Japanese capacitors, rated to 105° C, providing long-term durability and reliability, and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.

RUN SILENT When powering loads under 100W total, the 0dB Mode provides fully silent operation. Using CAM, you can optimize your own fan curve to suit your system or choose between the Silent, Performance, or Fixed preset modes. ALL THE ESSENTIALS E Series PSUs support single- or multi-GPU builds and the fully modular design means you use just the connections you need for your build, reducing cable clutter and simplifying system building and expansion

 

Source: EVGA

CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 03:56 PM |
Tagged: SPEC-06 RGB, corsair, carbide, atx case

Corsair have expanded their Carbide Series with the new SPEC-06 RGB, a $110 ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and an illuminated front panel to satisfy urges of red, green and blue.  If you are noticing a lack of drives in the picture below, it is because they've moved them all to the back of the motherboard tray, with mounting points for four 2.5" SSDs and two 3.5" HDDs.

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The case itself is quite roomy at 523x296x553mm (21x11.7x21.8") and can fit a GPU of up to 370mm in length.  Your cooling options include installing a half dozen 120mm fans or you can install up to a 360mm radiator in the front, 240mm on the top and 120mm on the back; or any mix of those.  Whatever you choose you will benefit from the Direct Airflow Path design which moves air through the case efficiently, in part thanks to the lack of drives and separate chamber for the PSU.   Check out the full PR below the rainbow of front panel lighting available.

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FREMONT, CA, July 17th, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today unveiled the latest addition to its Carbide Series of enthusiast PC cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB. A tempered glass side panel and RGB-lit front panel showcase and highlight your build, while Direct Airflow Path™ design delivers cool air to the systems hottest components and keeps your PC ahead of the curve.

With a beautiful tempered glass side panel, the SPEC-06 RGB allows you to show off your system in style, highlighted by a stunning RGB-lit curve recessed into the distinctive front panel. The integrated RGB front lighting is easily controlled by a built-in three-switch controller that adds dramatic illumination to your system, with seven different colors, two lighting speeds, and five color shifting modes including color wave, heartbeat, rainbow wave and more. Let your PC shine bright with vibrant patterns or stick to solid colors to match your setup.

Beneath its bold design, the SPEC-06 RGB can accommodate a wealth of high-end PC hardware and cooling options. Two included 120mm cooling fans and CORSAIR Direct Airflow Path™ design ensure cool air is directed to the hottest components, with room for up to six 120mm fans and to install even the largest 360mm CORSAIR Hydro Series™ H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler. Expansive storage space allows for up to four 2.5in SSDs and two 3.5in HDDs, giving you the storage capacity you need.

The SPEC-06 RGB’s builder-friendly internal layout enables quick and easy installation with intuitively placed rubber gromets and cut-outs that allow even first-time builders to create a great looking system. A plethora of cable tie-downs and a full-length PSU cover facilitate clean cable management, while removable dust filters in the roof, floor and front keep your system clean long after the build is finished.

Available in white or black, the SPEC-06 RGB (pictured left) is also available with single color LED lighting as the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06, available in white (white LED) or black (red LED).

Availability, Warranty
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network./p>

 

Source: Corsair

GIGABYTE Introduces the First AORUS Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: P850W, modular psu, gigabyte, aorus, 80 Plus Gold

Gigabyte have launched the first Aorus branded PSU, the P850W 80 PLUS GOLD modular PSU.  The caps inside are rated over 20 years @ 25C and are cooled by a 135mm, two ball bearing fan which is able to run silently when the PSU is at 20% load or lower.  They have chosen to use a single 12V rail, which is a superior solution overall.

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The PSU offers OCP, OTP, OVP, OPP, UVP and SCP protection and offers a 10 year warranty.  Take a look at the full PR below or visit the site.

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City of Industry, California, 16th July, 2018 - GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency and silent operation. They are fully modular withenhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.

With 80 PLUS Gold certification, AORUS PSU deliver superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy a cool and quiet gaming environment.

Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, AORUS PSU provide users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output and stability making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.

AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs and have undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in multiple countries.

 

Source: Gigabyte

The MaxTytan rises again, 1250W of Platinum power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2018 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, enermax. MaxTytan, 1250W, 80 Plus Platinum

While most of the world has been focused on the World Cup, [H]ard|OCP have been reviewing power supplies ... a lot of power supplies.  Start off with the biggest of them all, the 1250W Enermax MaxTytan with an 80 Plus Platinum and 12V rails that combined can provide 104A.  As you can see from the picture below, there are an obscene amount of power connectors available, such as 16 SATA and eight 6+2 PCIe cables so you should not have any problems powering your peripherals at all.  Apart from the price, which is a bit above the competition, [H]ard|OCP have no qualms recommending this for a big system build.

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"The MaxTytan is the flagship product in the lineup of Enermax power supplies. This is the largest capacity it builds and promises to deliver excellent efficiency. Semi-fanless features makes sure this PSU stays quiet up to ~70% load. It also has a very unique feature in that it will show you the power wattage being delivered on an LCD panel right on the PSU."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Are you a fan of tan? Noctua's new Sterrox lineup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 03:08 PM |
Tagged: sterrox, noctua, NF-P12 redux, NF-A12

One of these two new fans from Noctua are constructed of Sterrox, which we have seen a fair amount of advertising for recently.  According to the PR, the new material should allow for tighter spacing between the fan blades and the frame of the fan; these feature a minuscule 0.5mm of clearance compared to the common gap of 1.5-3mm.   The Guru of 3D pulled out their anemometer to see if this design has any effect on airflow and in the case of the NF-A12, how the PWM, FLX and ultra low noise adapters change performance and acoustics.  Take a look through the full review to get your answers.

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"Especially our fans and your fans, a review on that new Sterrox based Noctua fan. Well, that and many more newly released ones. Noctua recently released new Sterrox manufactured 120mm fans in a wide range of configurations. The NF-A12 series, however, has been a fan series they worked on for four years! In this group test, we'll put nine recent Noctua fans to the test, and compared them in cooling performance, noise levels and airflow."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Cooler Master Releases the MasterCase H500

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 02:26 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500, atx

Cooler Master have added a new case to the MasterCase family, the simple and clean H500.  They did not remove any major functionality, simply cut down on some of the extras that many do not want as well as reducing the price to $100.  

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The case ships with two front panels, one made of mesh and the other completely transparent so you can pick which will frame the pair of 200mm RGB fans installed on the front.  The top features a grill, magnetically attached and easy to remove which guards your cooling solution up top, either a pair of 120 or140mm coolers or a single 200mm fan.   If you prefer watercooling, the front can handle a radiator of up to 360mm, the top a 240mm rad and there is room on the back for a 120mm fan or AiO watercooler exhaust. 

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The case is 525x228x502mm (20.7x9x19.8") and is able to handle ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, and a GPU of 16" in length.  Of course, it does come with an RGB controller to keep the addicts happy.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., JULY 3, 2018– Cooler Master, and award winning computer hardware and gaming peripherals manufacturer, today announced the release of the MasterCase H500, further expanding the H-Series known for its two iconic, 200mm fans.

The MasterCase H500 is the latest case released within the H-Series. In comparison to its predecessors, the MasterCase H500M and H500P, the MasterCase H500 is more simplistic in options and modularity, but retains the essential H-Series characteristics. For gamers that prefer mesh, added portability, and a straightforward building experience, the MasterCase H500 offers an alternative that still keeps the series’ essential features.

For a choice between maximum airflow and aesthetics, the MasterCase H500 comes with both mesh and transparent acrylic front panel attachments. Users can easily swap between the two by removing the front panel and changing the insert. Management of the two 200mm RGB fans is made possible via included controller that can also be connected directly to the reset switch to cycle through pre-set lighting modes.

The top panel of the MasterCase H500 is capable of housing an additional, optional, 200mm fan, up to 280mm radiator and a 360mm radiator in the front. In true form, the H500 also offers support for a clean build with added front cable cover and PSU cover for easy cable management. In addition, Cooler Master simplified the top panel of the H500 by replacing the traditional structured bar design with a simple magnetic dust filter.

The updated tempered glass side panel of the H500 is fastened by two, captive thumb screws that are held in place with rubber grommets to prevent users from misplacing their screws when removed.

Friction mounts for the SSD can be found behind the motherboard. Without tools, four pegs are installed on the SSD and simply placed into the rubber holes, this will secure the SSD to prevent it from moving. A subtle handle placed on the top panel has been added to the H500 for ease of transportation. For more information about the MasterCase H500, please visit our website HERE.

Pricing & Availability
The MasterCase H500 is available for pre-sale, today, at a starting MSRP of $99.99 on Newegg.

Thermaltake Launches Engine 17 Cooler for SFF Systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2018 - 03:12 AM |
Tagged: thermaltake, SFF, LGA 1151, lga 1150, Intel

Following the release of the Engine 27 two years ago, Thermaltake is taking another stab at the Sandia Labs and CoolChip Technologies inspired air bearing metallic fan heatsink with the tiny Engine 17 cooler which, at a mere 17mm tall, is suitable for even the smallest SFF systems. The Engine 17 CPU cooler is compatible with the newer Intel 115x sockets (LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, and 1156). Measuring 95.1mm x 95.1mm x 17mm, the heatsink features a round nickel plated copper base that contacts the CPU IHS. A metallic PWM fan (9 CFM) with 40 blades spins at at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM while a thin layer of air acts as both a bearing and a heat exchange layer. A ring of 119 angled stationary fins surround the fan and help with cooling.

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The Engine 17 cooler has a notably small footprint with the entire cooler staying well within the bounds of the socket mounting holes and barely covering the VRMs in Thermaltake's demo images. There is definitely no need to worry about RAM compatibility with this cooler. The downside, of course, is that the size limits the processors it can cool. Thermaltake claims that the smaller Engine 17 cooler can cool up to 35W TDP processors and while it may not win any temperature feats, it should at least be fairly quiet (it is rated at 11 to 23 dBA). It would enable a very thin SFF system with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE or Ryzen 3 2200GE or Intel Coffee Lake T-series e.g. i7-8700T) CPU. Such a system could be used as a quiet and discreet home theater PC or game streaming endpoint or (as Thermaltake is playing up) in a 1U server for low power servers and networking devices.

The Thermaltake Engine 17 will be available soon though exact dates and pricing are still to be determined. It will likely be a bit less than the larger $47 Engine 27 cooler though.

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Source: Thermaltake

Cause a Disco Inferno with CM's MasterLiquid ML240R RGB

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2018 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML240R RGB, MasterLiquid, AIO, watercooler

The Frag Harder Disco Lights are back, Cooler Master's ML240 RGB lets you have a party in your parts.  In the package you get 4 pin RGB extension cable, a 3 pin RGB extension cable, a 3-way 3 pin RGB splitter, four 3 pin and one 4 pin RGB connectors, which connect to the physical ARGB Controller.  The buttons give you total control over the speed and patterns of your RGBs, and you can use the ARGB Lighting Control Software to program your own preferred display.

Confusingly, the package [H]ard|OCP received also contained some sort of radiator, with a round plate connected by two hoses ... you can see what they did with those in this article.

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"Cooler Master's claim to fame with the ML240R RGB is, you guessed it, "THE MOST COLORFUL WAY TO COOL." Its Master Liquid series has recently gotten high praise from us when it comes to keeping your CPU cool using an All-In-One cooler. Cooler Master has taken its successful model and adorned it with lots of Frag Harder Disco Lights."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

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

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

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

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TechPowerUp snapped photos from the show floor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: PC World

Corsairs that live in Crystal houses shouldn't throw rocks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC3D got hands on with the new coolers.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: OC3D TV

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

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

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

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

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

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InWin gets artistic at Computex with the Z-Tower

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Source: InWin

Seasonic shows off their new System Cable Management Device

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

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

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

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

 

Source: Seasonic

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

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

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

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

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

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