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
Manufacturer: DR ZABER

A Console-Size Mini-ITX Option

Examining the lower limits of enclosure volume has become something of a cottage industry in the last few years, with crowdfunded projects such as the NCASE M1 and the DAN Cases A4-SFX providing backers with custom designs that attempt to reduce the mini-ITX computer case concept to its absolute minimum size. The Sentry 2.0 differs in a few ways from those previous efforts, most obviously in that it is not a “shoebox” design, opting instead for a narrow game console-style layout. It is also a steel enclosure rather than the all-aluminum designs from DAN Cases and NCASE (both produced by Lian Li), making it quite a bit heavier while promising a more rugged construction.

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“Sentry is the world's first truly console-sized gaming PC chassis. It houses powerful components within a volume below 7 litres, which over the decades has been considered the optimal size for all media appliances residing in front of a TV. Sentry 2.0 is an evolution of Sentry, bringing more features and more performance in the same sub-7 litre package.”

The Sentry 2.0 is the follow up to the crowdfunded original Sentry case, both of which are game console-sized mini-ITX enclosures that are designed to house standard components within the limits of a 6.9-liter total volume. Unusually we are reviewing this case during its crowdfunding campaign - though it has actually been fully funded at this point and you can check out the page on Indigogo here. Pricing is similar to what we have seen from other crowdfunded cases, and while $260 might seem high (especially for a steel case rather than aluminum) there has been quite a bit of thought packed into the Sentry 2.0 design.

In addition to supporting mini-ITX motherboards the Sentry 2.0 makes use of SFX form-factor power supplies and can support a full-length graphics card if you are air-cooling the CPU (the extra space beyond an ITX-sized GPU could then support a 120mm radiator and slim fan). It’s a pretty straightforward internal layout, so without further preamble let’s check out the design and then move on to the build I came up with for this pre-production Sentry 2.0, which DR ZĄBER was kind enough to send to us.

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First, however, a look at the specifications:

  • Main body dimensions (WxDxH): 340 x 310 x 66mm, 6.9L
  • Motherboard format: Mini-ITX
  • Power supply support: SFX 100mm (SFX-L not supported)
  • Expansion slots: 2, full height, ATX reference PCB width
  • Drives:
    • Main drive installation mounts:
    • 1 x 2.5" partially above motherboard
    • 1 x 2.5" next to SFX power supply
    • Secondary drive installation mounts:
    • 2 x 3.5" inside VGA bay
  • Memory Compatibility:
    • Standard profile DIMM modules
    • Max 31.4mm tall pcb/34mm with heatspreaders
    • Tall modules will obstruct 2.5" drive bracket
  • VGA Card Compatibility:
    • Full Length GPU for use without AIO Liquid Cooling or 3.5" HDDs
    • ITX-sized GPU for use with AIO Liquid Cooling or single 3.5" HDD
  • CPU cooler support:
    • CPU Socket far from PCI-E Slot:
      • Max height of 47mm (standard intel box cooler height)
      • 120mm All-In-One Liquid Cooler, radiator + fan max height of 50mm
    • CPU Socket near the PCI-E Slot:
      • Max height of 47mm and primary 2.5" mount obstructed
      • Max height of 37mm and primary 2.5" mount available
  • Front ports: 2 x USB 3.0
  • PCI-E 16X Riser: high-quality shielded 50mm ribbon
  • Material: 1mm galvanized steel with structural powder coating
  • Security: Kensington slot

Pricing and Availability: $260, Indigogo campaign

Continue reading our review of the Sentry 2.0 console-size crowdfunded case

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Cooler Master has offered many different takes on PC enclosures since they started producing them in the 1990s, and the new MasterBox Q500L is among the more interesting of their recent designs. What makes this compact case special? It is the rare breed of enclosure that holds a full ATX motherboard within a micro-ATX form-factor.

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Features of the MasterBox Q500L from Cooler Master:

  • Highly Compact Standard ATX Orientation
  • Movable I/O Panel
  • Versatile PSU Bracket
  • Fully Perforated Chassis
  • Magnetic Dust Filters
  • Edge-to-Edge Transparent Side Panel
  • Clean Routing Space

The Q500L also affords the assembled system a flexible orientation, with support for both vertical and horizontal placement as the rubberized thumbscrews on the rear panel cleverly double as feet. Additionally, the case I/O is housed in a modular panel, and this can be placed in different positions to further enhance the flexibility of this design.

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Continue reading our review of the Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L compact ATX case

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Manufacturer: be quiet!

It's a giveaway! PC Perspective has teamed up with be quiet! to give away three of the Straight Power 11 850W power supplies reviewed here by Lee. See rules and entry details at the bottom of the review.

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Introduction & Features

be quiet! claims to be the number one PSU manufacturer in Germany and they are continually working to expand their presence in North American as well. The be quiet! Straight Power 11 series sits just below the company’s high-end Dark Power Pro 11 series and includes six models: 450W, 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, and 1000W. All of the Straight Power 11 models are certified for high efficiency (80 Plus Gold) and come with modular cables. We will be taking a detailed look at the Straight Power 11 850W power supply in this review.

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As you might expect, be quiet! is focused on delivering virtually silent power supplies. be quiet! designed the Straight Power 11 Series to provide reliable operation with minimal noise for systems that demand extremely quiet operation. To accomplish this, be quiet! uses one of their own high-quality Silent Wings 3 fans that features ribbed fan blades and a Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB). The power supply also uses a unique fan guard and funnel-shaped fan opening to help maximize airflow and reduce noise.

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All of the Straight Power 11 Series power supplies are fully-modular for maximum build flexibility and incorporate sleeved cables. In addition to the Straight Power 11 Series, be quiet! offers a full range of power supplies in ATX, SFX, and TFX form factors.

Continue reading our review of the Straight Power 11 850W PSU and find out how to win one for your next build!

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