CES 2018: Cooler Master's new Liquid and Air Cooling plus the cases to house them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2018 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: ML240 SMART, MasterLiquid, MasterCase, MasterAir, MA410M, H500P, H500M, G100M, cooler master, CES 2018

Cooler Master have started out their announcements at CES with several coolers and a fair sized allotment of case models.  First up is an aircooler designed for SFF systems, the MasterAir G100M and its horizontally mounted fan.

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The entire cooler stands 46.3mm tall, perfect for slim cases and still manages to cool processors of up to 130W TDP.  It does of course bear RGBs for those who like a warm glow from their coolers. 

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For those who want a bit more lighting options for water or air cooling, the new MasterLiquid ML240 SMART and MasterAir MA410M are the ones you want to pick up.  Not only do you get 16.7 million colours of RGB but you can use the SMART temperature detection feature to have your colours change accordingly. 

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The MasterCase H500M and 500P share similar capabilities, windowed sides and a pair of 200mm RGB fans at the front for airflow and aesthetics, a PSU shroud, cable covering accessories and support for radiators up to 360mm.  To differentiate them, the H500M offers more connectivity at the front, a Type-C USB, four USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5mm jacks while the H500P is for more stylish designs and offers you the ability to mount your GPU vertically. 

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The MasterBox Q300P and Q300L offer some mobility for those who move their systems on a regular schedule.  The I/O panel you see on the side can be placed in six different locations and the case itself is happy sideways or upside down, depending on your preference.  The four carrying handles you see are removable if you so desire.

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The MasterBox MB500 and TD500L offer a somewhat different look on the front and with a little work you can have your RGBs offer different highlights depending on the view angle of the system.  These are also large enough to offer six 120mm fans or their equivalent in radiators, GPUs of up to 407mm will fit in the case and there is 19mm of space between the motherboard tray and side panel to give you enough space to get creative.

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There are also updates to the MasterCase MC-Series which come with the M-Port for extra options in your design as well as the Trooper SE and Stryker SE line ups which we may see more of over the week.

 

Source: CoolerMaster

Round up at the Threadripper watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2018 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged: Threadripper, watercooler, roundup

[H]ard|OCP have published a tidal wave of articles focusing on watercooling Threadripper and have just revisited five of them in video form.  This is to ensure that they are all tested under the same conditions to provide a valid head to head comparison.  The XSPC RayStorm, Phanteks Glacier C399A, Koolance 400A, Swiftech Apogee SKF and EK Supremacy EVO coolers all do a good job at 4GHz but in the end it is the Raystorm which proves the winner.  Check it out right here.

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"We go back and re-test all of our Socket TR4 AMD Threadripper CPU under the same conditions so we can compare all of those directly in one review article. We cover the EK Supremacy EVO, the Koolance 400A-S, the Phanteks 399A, the Swiftech Apogee SKF-TR4, and the XSPC RayStorm NEO."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Koolance's 400A-S, more ways to water your Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 28, 2017 - 06:50 PM |
Tagged: amd, Threadripper, water block, Koolance 400A-S, Koolance

Though Kyle prefers ridiculing us on the PC Perspective Podcast to measuring flow rates, he did indeed wrap up his review of the Koolance's 400A-S waterblock.  New to the review process is the hand crafted, artisanal flow meter which [H] showcases on the final page of the review.  You will also find a gift on that last page, they retested all of their available compatible watercoolers on an ASUS ROG STRIX X399-E Gaming and Threadripper 1950X, to allow a proper comparison.  The Koolance did not finish at the head of the pack but performed better than expected, find out the hows and whys in the full review.

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"Koolance is a well known name in the mainstream water cooling market but over the years it has paid more attention to the enterprise market. Koolance is however dipping its toe into the Threadripper cooling market, when others aren't yet, with an enthusiast water block for the TR4 socket. Let's see how it stacks up the rest of the current TR4 water blocks."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Optimus' prime consumer waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2017 - 07:14 PM |
Tagged: optimus, V1 Silver, waterblock, watercooler

The name might fool you, but Optimus designs watercoolers for Intel's LGA 115X and 20XX sockets and their V1 Silver is the initial offering to the public, and of reviewers of course.  The cooler is designed with 0.005" fins and 0.004" channels, with directional water flow which is the only challenge when installing, otherwise [H]ard|OCP were very impressed with the ease in which the V1 was installed.  That said, [H] greatly improved the performance of the cooler by adding heavier springs; doing so allowed this cooler to surpass the XSPC RayStorm Neo and take the Gold at the end of the review.  Check out the full review, plus a strip show, right here.

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"Optimus Water Cooling may be a company that you are not familiar with. That is because this is its first publicly available computer water cooling product in retail. Optimus is a US company building products made and sourced right here in the good ole US of A. We just took delivery of it new V1 Silver water block for Intel sockets."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Jonsbo Launches Ribbed UMX5 Mid Tower Case With RGB LEDs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2017 - 03:06 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB LED, RGB, mid tower, jonsbo, eatx, atx, aluminum case

Jonsbo, a Shenzhen based case manufacturer founded in 2010 has unleashed a new stylish flagship mid tower called the UMX5. The new case measures 507mm x 224mm x 485mm and is constructed of a steel frame wrapped in anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy and tempered glass. The new case has a ribbed design that runs vertically over the top and front panels. Jonsbo claims that the valleys have been sandblasted to dull their look while the 5.5mm tall wiredrawn peaks/ribs have been polished to enhance the contrast and catch the eye.

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There is a gap of 3.5cm between the bottom of the main chamber of the case and the foot for ventilation and looks (it is under-lit with RGB LEDs of course). The back panel is fairly plain though they have opted for a honeycomb style fan grill for the included 120mm exhaust fan. The side panels steal the show with 5mm thick double sided tempered glass on both sides of the case to show off all of the internals (I am less sold on the idea of the right-side panel being glass as that means I would have to actually cable manage and not just hide it all behind the motherboard tray! Custom sleeved PSU cables that are the exact length needed are going to be essential to making builds in this case look good. The tempered glass does have a bit of a tint to it though so it's not the end fo the world.)

The front 1/3 or so of the left side panel is overlaid by a honeycomb pattern that can be illuminated by a RGB LED. Front I/O includes the usual two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks as well as a button to change the LEDs color scheme or to turn them off completely.

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Users can set the case LEDs to color change mode where it will cycle through 264 colors, to a single color of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink, turquoise, or orange, to a (red only) breathing mode, or set to off.

The UMX5 is designed for ATX motherboards, but it can work with a small number of E-ATX models (305mm x 265mm maximum). Further, the UMX5 mid tower supports CPU coolers up to 166mm tall and graphics cards up to 325mm long. There are four 3.5” hard drive bays with red anodized aluminum sleds as well as room for two 2.5” drives behind the motherboard tray. The PSU sits vertically behind the motherboard tray and hidden towards the front of the case behind a glass cover along with the hard drives.

As far as cooling, there are fan mounting points in the top, bottom, and rear though Jonsbo only includes a single 120mm rear fan. Users can add up to two 120mm fans to the top and two 120mm fans to the bottom. If they are water cooling, they can use up to two 240mm radiators top and bottom and a single 120mm in the rear. If using a thick radiator, you can mount the bottom fans outside of the case in the 35mm ventilation chamber gap.

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Jonsbo’s UMX5 is a decent looking case that will come in either black (with red accents on the HDD trays and around the left side panel) or silver.

The case has an MSRP of 199.99 € (Euro) including 19% VAT (~$200 USD sans VAT). I can’t seem to find it available online anywhere quite yet, but it should hit Europe shortly. It’s not clear how long it will be (if ever) until it hits the US, however.

In general, I like the look of the case, though I wish the red drive trays and side panel could be swapped out for different colors. The silver UMX5 is a bit better in this respect as it does not have the red border on the left side panel (it’s all silver except the drive trays which are red), but the black UMX5 is stuck with the red border which is okay if you are also using red LEDs but just looks odd if you are going with any other color. Beyond that the case is on the pricier side of things, but if the build quality (and cable management) is truly there the modders and enthusiasts will come!

Source: Jonsbo

Slap a big brown Noctua blower on your Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2017 - 04:32 PM |
Tagged: noctua, NH-U9, U12S, U14S, amd, Threadripper, air cooling

The majority of the coolers we have seen for Threadripper are AiO watercoolers, but that doesn't mean there aren't any air coolers that can tame these beasts.  The Guru of 3D tested three such coolers, Noctua's NH-U9, U12S and U14S.  The coolers are large enough that they do impinge on your DDR4 slots, low profile memory is a good idea for all three, especially the the NH-U9 which is the largest of the three.  The latter two have fans which can be moved up to allow DIMMs with extra height but that can create extra turbulence and noise.  Read the full review to see how well these coolers perform.

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"We review three Noctua CPU coolers designed for Ryzen Threadripper / X399 motherboards with Socket TR4/SP3. All three coolers tested have recently been introduced into the channel with kicks performance and versus some really nice airflow, PWM controlled fan. Noctua is re-using their older model NH-U9 - NH-U12S NH-U14S, however, revamped base cooling base plate and the mounting mechanism to fully cover the Threadripper heat spreader."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Because Why Not Plug Your PC into a Drier Outlet?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2017 - 10:16 PM |
Tagged: fsp, 2000w, 80plus platinum

While it looks like the product has made an appearance on their blog as early as July, FSP Technology Inc. has just officially announced their FSP2000-A0AGPBI ATX power supply. If you’re attempting to parse the model number, then yes, the 2000 stands for 2000 watts. While it’s not a single-rail design, which would have been impressive, it can deliver six different streams of 12V@30A through sixteen 6- or 8-pin (PCI-E 6+2 pin) connectors.

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At this point, you might be thinking: how can you deliver 2000W through a wall outlet? 15 amps through a 115-volt outlet has a theoretical maximum of about 1725W. Simple! Use a 230V outlet.

A better question is “Why would you drive eight dual-eight-pin GPUs?” The official answer is workstations, servers, and industrial power systems. The unofficial answer, especially considering their aforementioned blog post in July, is coin mining. Because of course it is. Of course it is.

As an added bonus, the FSP 2000W power supply is rated 80PLUS Platinum. It doesn’t look like FSP has announced pricing or availability yet, though.

Source: FSP Group

FSP Launched the New Series CMT110 and CMT120 Mid-Tower Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2017 - 02:47 PM |
Tagged: mid-tower, fsp, CMT120, CMT110

FSP's new CMT 110 and 120 share a lot in common, indeed it is only the exterior which differentiates them.  These mid-towers have space for seven cards, two 5.25" drives, two 3.5" drives hidden in the PSU shroud and an SSD on the back.

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Inside is space to mount up to six 120mm fans, the front can hold two which would allow you to accommodate a dual fan radiator if you so desired.  The case is roomy enough for a heatsink 160mm tall and a GPU of up to 340mm long without needing you to remove a drive cage.  The two models feature a magnetically attached grill on the top to keep any crumbs out of your system and are easily removed cleaning for cleaning.  The CMT 120 offers a transparent plastic window for those with exhibitionist tendencies while the CMT 110 offers a metal side panel with a fan mount.  You can see the full PR below the internal shot.

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【Taipei, Taiwan - Nov.22th, 2017】FSP just added 2 new members to their CMT series, CMT110 and CMT120. These 2 mid-tower cases each offers 2 options to fit users’ preferences, a transparent side panel on the CMT110 and a solid side panel on the CMT120.Both versions adopted a clean cable management layout to allow users to easily route their cables for the motherboards and parts. The cases are able to fit a 160mm tall heat sink, a graphics card up to 340mm long, and an ATX form factor PSU to the case. Both cases come with a dust filer to protect your parts, and the top panel of the case is built with a magnetic dust filter for easy access.

These cases are designed with good airflow intake in mind, thus they are built with neat interior to help cool down the temperature inside. The PSU guard design creates an independent upper and lower wind channels for optimized cooling results. There are 6 fan mounts available for users who would like to upgrade their cases further, they can mount two additional 120mm fans on the front panel, one 1220mm fan on the top panel, two 120mm fans inside, and one 120mm fan on the back panel.

Although these cases are compact in size, they still have plenty of space for your customized upgrades. Both of them support the standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, provide two 5.25” disk bays, two 3.5” HDD bays, one 2.5” HDD bay, and seven PCI-E expansion slots. Users can easily turn their ordinary PC to a gaming PC. The I/O on the front panel features one USB2.0 port and at least one USB3.0 port for users’ convenience.

Source: FSP Group

Corsair's flashy new RGB fans and controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2017 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: corsair, ML120 Pro RGB, ML140 Pro RGB, Lighting Node PRO, Corsair Link, hub

Corsair's ML120 and ML140 Pro RGB fans connect physically to the Lighting Node Pro or RGB hub, allowing you to use Corsair's Link software to program animated RGB lighting inside your case.  The price of these fans sets a high bar for them to meet, a three pack of ML120 Pro RGBs with the RGB Hun and Lighting Node Pro will cost you $120 or a two pack of the ML140s plus controller runs you $100.  The Tech Report tested the fans against CoolerMaster's MasterFans and were quite impressed, Corsair's fans provided more effective cooling performance as well as being significantly quieter.  If you are in the need for high end RGB fans, this is a decent investment but you really have to need them.

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"Corsair's ML120 Pro RGB fans pair an innovative magnetic-levitation bearing with RGB LED lighting for a fan that's both functional and flashy. We put a trio of these spinners to the test to see whether their performance matches their good looks."

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Allied Control Showing Off Immersion Cooling at SC17

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2017 - 10:09 PM |
Tagged: Supercomputing Conference, supercomputing, liquid cooling, immersion cooling, HPC, allied control, 3M

PC Gamer Hardware (formerly Maximum PC) spotted a cool immersion cooling system being shown off at the SuperComputing conference in Denver, Colorado earlier this month. Allied Control who was recently acquired by BitFury (popular for its Bitcoin mining ASICs) was at the show with a two phase immersion cooling system that takes advantage of 3M's Novec fluid and a water cooled condesor coil to submerge and cool high end and densely packed hardware with no moving parts and no pesky oil residue.

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Nick Knupffer (@Nick_Knupffer) posted a video (embedded below) of the cooling system in action cooling a high end processor and five graphics cards. The components are submerged in a non-flamable, non-conductive fluid that has a very low boiling point of 41°C. Interestingly, the heatsinks and fans are removed allowing for direct contact between the fluid and the chips (in this case there is a copper baseplate on the CPU but bare ASICs can also be cooled). When the hardware is in use, heat is transfered to the liquid which begins to boil off from a liquid to a vapor / gaseous state. The vapor rises to the surface and hits a condensor coil (which can be water cooled) that cools the gas until it turns back into a liquid and falls back into the tank. The company has previously shown off an overclocked 20 GPU (250W) plus dual Xeon system that was able to run flat out (The GPUs at 120% TDP) running deep learning as well as mining Z-Cash when not working on HPC projects while keeping all the hardware well under thermal limits and not throttling. Cnet also spotted a 10 GPU system being shown off at Computex (warning autoplay video ad!).

According to 3M, two phase immersion cooling is extremely efficient (many times more than air or even water) and can enable up to 95% lower energy cooling costs versus conventional air cooling. Further, hardware can be packed much more tightly with up to 100kW/square meter versus 10kW/sq. m with air meaning immersion cooled hardware can take up to 10% less floor space and the heat produced can be reclaimed for datacenter building heating or other processes.

 

 

Neat stuff for sure even if it is still out of the range of home gaming PCs and mining rigs for now! Speaking of mining BitFury plans to cool a massive 40+ MW ASIC mining farm in the Republic of Georgia using an Allied Control designed immersion cooling system (see links below)!

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Source: PC Gamer

FSP's new CMT510 tempered glass enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2017 - 03:26 PM |
Tagged: RGB, fsp, CMT510

FSP's new CMT510 is not just a pretty case, it does sports some attractive features.  The front and both side panels are constructed from 4mm thick tempered glass with translucent  Galaxy Dark colouring.  This ensures that your RGBs will show through, not just your own but also the four RGB 120mm fans included with case. 

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The case can handle from mini-ITX to ATX motherboards, with CPU coolers of up to 165mm in height as well as GPUs of up to 400mm in length.  In the front you can swap out the fans with a radiator of up to 360mm, or replace them with 140mm fans if you prefer air cooling.

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As you can see in the picture above, the design offers a lot of space to work in. Your 3.5" drives attach behind the motherboard tray while the 2.5" are installed lying flat on top of the PSU shroud.  Overall you get a fair amount of features for your $100.

PR and movie below the fold.

Source: FSP Group

Keeping your Threadripper properly watered

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2017 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: amd, Threadripper, watercooler, phanteks, Glacier C399A, X399

[H]ard|OCP have been working their way through every Threadripper compatible waterblock, the latest model to be tested is Phanteks' Glacier C399A.  The top of the waterblock is clear acrylic, perfect if you plan on adding a little colour to your coolant especially if you make use of the Frag-Harder Disco Lights.  Mounting is reasonably easy, no dedicated in or out connector to confuse and tightening can be accomplished with a small pair of pliers, which you may find necessary.  The cooling performance was in line with the other coolers they've tested, though the C399A does lose some marks because of the need to tighten the mounting mechanism on occasion.  Check out the full review for details.

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"The Phanteks Glacier C399A is a custom-designed water cooling block built specifically for AMD's new Threadripper processors. It has great looks, Frag-Harder Disco Lights, is built like a tank, and seems to be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to cooling overclocked Threadripper CPUs."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Meet Enermax's MaxTytan PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: enermax, MaxTytan, 800w, modular psu, SLEEMAX, 80 Plus Titanium

Enermax have launched a new family of PSUs called MaxTytan, with the 800W model appearing for review on [H]ard|OCP.  These PSUs feature Sleemax cabling, each wire is covered in fabric which does look nice but adds bulk to the wires.  The cables plus the 80 PLUS Titanium rating add to the price, the MSRP is $200.  That hurts the rating [H] provided as the power quality they saw in testing was good, but not great, and is somewhat more expensive than the competition.  Drop by for the review, as the PSU provides decent power and a nice look for cases that expose components.

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"Enermax pulls out a flagship with its MaxTytan PSU, this one rated at 800 watts. The MaxTytan PSU has some interesting features like its on-demand Dust Free Rotation fan system. It also comes with very "custom" looking SLEEMAX cable covers that wrap every single cable individually like you find in custom rigs. And huge Titanium efficiency!"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Party in the front, business in the back; Corsair's new Carbide Series Spec-04

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2017 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: corsair, carbide series spec-4, carbide

The front of the Spec-04 is a rather fancy plastic protrusion, the interior remains in a traditional layout as you can easily see through the tempered glass side panel.  While that interior looks spacious, The Tech Report did have some difficulty installing several components.  They succeeded in their installation with a bit of effort, and at $60 this should not discourage those looking for a stylish case at a decent price. With the purchase of a few extra case fans, this case would make a good home for a budget build.

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"Corsair's Spec-04 TG brings a tempered-glass side panel and sharp looks to the $60 price point. We built up our test system inside to see whether the Spec-04 TG has the performance to go with its distinctive design."

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The Sharkoon returns in the case of TG5

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2017 - 05:01 PM |
Tagged: TG5, tempered glass, sharkoon

It has been a while since we've seen a Sharkoon product so why not check out Kitguru's review of the TG5 enclosure.  The company has obviously been paying attention to the market, the case features a tempered glass side panel as well as numerous magnetically attached screen on the intake vents.  At 452x220x465mm it will fix ATX motherboards with large heatsinks installed and as they have moved the four drive bays into the seperate PSU enclosure, the length of your GPU is no obstacle.  You can grab one at NewEgg for $90.

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"Sharkoon may not be the first name you think of when it comes to buying a new computer case but they have been very active through the years crafting components and peripherals. They mostly focus on the budget side of the market, however some of their fans which we have tested have been very good."

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Source: Kitguru

NZXT adds a trio of cases to their lineup, and a brain as well

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2017 - 07:37 PM |
Tagged: H700i, H400i, H200i, nzxt, Grid+ V3, CAM

To start with the most interesting of the four product announcements from NZXT, take a look at the Grid+ V3.  This is a smart fan controller which offers both voltage and PWM control via the CAM software suite.

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There are six separate channels on the Grid, allowing you to control each fan individually or you can use the included splitters to add more than one fan to a channel.  You are able to choose between manual control or the Adaptive Noise Reduction feature to allow the device to determine the proper fan curves for your system, even if you swap hardware after the initial setup.

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Along with their advanced fan controller, NZXT announced three new cases, the H700i, H400i, and H200i.  The H700i is a full sized case standing 230x494x494mm and is capable of holding even eATX motherboards with seven slots.  It is also a good choice for data hoarders, with seven 2.5" bays and up to three 3.5" bays. It is available now for $200.

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The H400i is the mATX case, a svelte 210x393x421mm in size but still able to handle a pair of 120/140mm fans or radiators in the front, behind the filters you can see as the front panel has been removed in the picture below.  It will be available late next month for $140.

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Last, and only least in volume is the H200i, the mini-ITX case.  At 210x334x372mm and 6kg in weight it is not quite as small as a NUC, good news for those of us who need a bit of space to manoeuvre when installing components.  It will arrive before the end of the year, for about $120.

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All of the above cases are constructed with SECC steel and tempered glass side panels, available in matte black or white as well as matte black with blue or red trim.  The cases are compatible with the CAM software mentioned previously and have space to install the GRID+ V3 digital controller.  Your R's G's and B's can be managed through NZXT's HUE+ software, with support for numerous LED strips as well as ones built into your components.  Aer F fans are included or you could take advantage of the drop-in brackets and integrated reservoir mounting to switch to watercooling. 

 

Source: NZXT

Cooler Master releases the MasterCase H500P and MasterBox MB600L

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2017 - 03:25 PM |
Tagged: MasterBox MB600L, MasterCase H500P, cooler master

Today CoolerMaster announced two cases, the MasterCase H500P and MasterBox MB600L and there are already some reviews of the MasterCase posted, which you can see below.  The MasterBox MB600L is larger and less flamboyant than the MasterCase and is a better choice for those of us who prefer less RGBs in their lives.

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The MB600L will accommodate GPUs of up to 400mm, heatsinks 160mm in height or radiators of 360mm if you prefer watercooling.  You can get the MB600L in red, blue and gunmetal exteriors and there will be models with an optical bay if you do still use DVDs.  The case will sell for $50 and is available now.

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The MasterCase H500P is for those who want a case that stands out, the front panel shows off two 200mm RGB fans which can be controlled from compatible motherboards and there is space for two more to be installed on the top.  If you prefer watercooling, you can replace the fans in both positions with up to a 360mm radiator.  There are two PCI slots at the rear of the H500P so you can vertically mount your GPU to show it off, without needing additional brackets. 

You can see some reviews of the MasterCase below.

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Source: CoolerMaster

Now that's a waterblock! Cooling ThreadRipper with Enermax's Liqtech AIOs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2017 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen, Threadripper, AIO, watercooler, enermax, Liqtech, TR4 240, TR4 360

As you can see in the picture, Enermax's Liqtech coolers are large enough to completely cover AMD's supersized new processors.  [H]ard|OCP found that the installation process "could not be much simpler", with great contact and an saw an even distribution of thermal compound when they checked.  As you might expect, the model numbers refer to the size of the radiator, the 240 sports a pair of 120mm fans while the 360 sports three for those systems which can accommodate the larger size.  The coolers were not able to keep a 1950X stable at 4GHz but kept the temperatures well below 80C at 3.9GHz; this along with the prices of $130 and $150 respectively show that these coolers are aimed at those on a budget who are not planning on overclocking.  You can see the full results here.

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"Enermax brings to us the first All-in-One coolers that are purpose-built for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. We review both the Liqtech TR4 240 and the Liqtech TR4 360 using our overclocked 1950X Threadripper system and compare these to our XSPC RayStorm custom cooling loop. Yes, we are setting the bar high."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just Delivered: Cryorig H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2017 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: tower cooler, just delivered, FM2+, cryorig h5 ultimate, CRYORIG, air cooling, air cooler

Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

Find the Cryorig H5 Ultimate on Amazon!

I have been slowly rebuilding my wife's desktop PC following a failure of the all-in-one liquid CPU cooler that saw leaking coolant kill the motherboard and power supply (surprisingly the GTX 750 Ti survived despite getting a bunch of coolant on it). I recently replaced the motherboard and PSU (while discovering FM2+ boards are still pretty expensive on eBay) and today got in the last component: a Cryorig H5 Ultimate air cooler. I wouldn't mind replacing the TD03 with another water cooler (it was nice and quiet when it worked), but got a good deal on the air cooler. Anyway, the Cryorig H5 Ultimate is a monster tower style air cooler measuring 168.3 x 143 x 110.9 (HxWxL) with the included fan and weighing 920 grams (2.03 pounds).

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I forgot to take an unboxing picture, here is what it comes with though (from Cryorig's website).

The Cryorig H5 Ultimate is rated at 180W TDP and features 38 aluminum fins in an interesting hive / honey comb design that allegedly reduces noise, improves air flow, and strengthens the fin stack. The fins are connected with four 6mm copper heat pipes to the nickel plated C1100 copper baseplate. A 140mm XF140 fan (76 CFM) pushes air through the fin stack spinning anywhere between 700 and 1300 RPM with rated noise levels of 19 to 23 dBA respectively.

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There are no LEDs on this monster, but it doesn't need them to look good in my opinion. Fortunately, the fan height is adjustable and you are able to mount the fan on either side of the heatsink which will be important because it can and will interfere with your RAM modules depending on your motherboard and height of RAM heat spreaders! As you will see, I ran into this, but my PC chassis gave just enough clearance that I was able to move the fan up enough to clear the G.Skill RAM (which is on the shorter side). The fan is mounted using two wires and is fairly easy to take off and install.

Cryorig supports both AMD and Intel motherboards (including AM4 with a separate mounting upgrade kit) including FM1, FM2, AM2, and AM3 on the AMD side and LGA 775, 1156, 1150, 1151, and 2011 on the Intel side. The cooler has two mounting kits for AMD and Intel with both requiring you install a backplate.

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In my case, I am installing the Cryorig H5 Ultimate on a FM2+ socket motherboard. I had to unscrew the default AMD mounting system and install Cryorig's backplate. There are four screws that screw onto the backplate posts with a slight bit of give which is normal (the backplate will not be tightly screwed to the board, it should be able to move a bit). Then another bracket is screwed onto the backplate screws until hand tight (tighten them using the X method going corner to diagonal corner).

Easy enough so far! However, now here is where I ran into some trouble with the installation. Much like the experience of installing RAM for the first time where you can sometimes feel like you need to use a lot more force than you think you should need to install them, the Cryorig cooler takes quite a bit of force to properly install. Learn from my frustration:

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After applying your thermal paste, it's time to install the cooler. You will notice that there are two holes in the top of the cooler and two screw holes in the bracket you installed over the CPU socket. You will line the cooler up so that the spring mounted screws on the cooler are over the holes in the bracket. I found it easiest to put my finger by one of the screws and make sure that screw was lined up, then let down the other side of the cooler so that both screws are lined up. Now, you will need the special screwdriver Cryorig provides in the box. Using one hand push down on the cooler and use the other hand to stick the screwdriver in one of the holes. You will need to keep pressure on the cooler while turning the screw so that it can catch onto the threads in the bracket and start, well, screwing in.  Make a few turns so that it is in, but do not fully tighten the screw down. Now, move your hand to the opposite side of the cooler where the other screw hole is and press down. You will need to push this side of the cooler down with quite a bit of force (again, thinking back to the RAM example, don't hulk smash anything, but don’t' be too gentle either). While keeping pressure on this side to hold it towards the socket, start screwing down this side of the cooler. (If you did it right the other side won't pop out, if you didn't screw the first side down enough it might pop out and you'll have to start over heh) Once both sides are partially in, just alternate screwing the screws down until they are hand tight.

Trust me, you might think you are going to break this thing or bend something, but it's just normal SOP. Finally, plug in the XF140 fan into the CPU_fan header and you're good to go!

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The Cryorig H5 Ultimate dwarfs my GA-F2A78M-HD2 mATX motherboard leaving just enough room for two memory DIMMs and the graphics card! Heck it still looked huge installed in the old A88X ATX board!

Since installing it I have been playing around a bit with the PC trying to get some temperature readings for you, but am discovering that getting accurate temperature readings from AMD processors (especially older APUs) is not that easy. I am still testing things out and looking into overclocking, but best I can tell the Cryorig cooler is keeping the AMD A8 5600K processor somewhere around 55°C under load using AIDA64 stress testing. At idle the cooler is very quiet and while it does ramp up under load it is barely audible compared to the case exhaust fan! This is not a formal review but so far it has been an interesting cooler assuming you can find it at a good price.

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It's alive!!

If you are interested in a monster cooler like this, definitely double check your case and RAM clearances though. The install was not too bad the second time around (I first installed it on her old motherboard not knowing if it was dead yet as I did not have another cooler to test), but it is not as easy on this AMD FM2+ socket as their video (and others I found on YouTube) makes it look for the intel platform! With the knowledge that you can and need to use force to press it down to get the screws in it's a fairly quick install, I just wish that information was better spelled out in the instructions as it would have saved me a ton of time the first go around! I don't have formal noise or temp numbers as I am just starting to test it, but so far, I am happy with it.

Source: Cryorig

Cooler Master Cosmos C700P; size of the entire universe man ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2017 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, cosmos C700P, cosmos, XL-ATX

Monolithic is a word that instantly springs to mind when you see the CM Cosmos C700P.  It stands at 639x306x651mm (25.2x12x25.6") and weighs in at 26.2 kg (57.8lbs) naked, fitting every style motherboard from XL-ATX down to Micro-ATX.  Creative souls might be able to fit a few mATX boards in this beast.  As befits a case of this stature, the front panel includes a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port and four USB 3.0 ports in addition to audio jacks and RGButtons.  The interior is something you need to behold, thankfully the Guru of 3D offers plenty of pictures in their full review

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"We review the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P which they released today. the legend is back in a new 2017 jacket! That means included RGB LED system, tempered glass side panel with not one but two bends, and an immensely intricate inside with covers and shields everywhere."

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Source: Guru of 3D