The exhibitionistic Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX should not throw rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2017 - 04:39 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB, crystal 460X, corsair

Both the front and side panel of Corsair's newest case are constructed of tempered glass, giving you an impressive view of the inside of your computer and the RGB LEDs on the cooling fans at the front.  At 480x234x512mm (18.9x9.2x20.2") it is a little more compact that other ATX compatible cases but still large enough to accept most components including a variety of radiators for watercoolers.  The PSU is located at the bottom, under a cover as are the bay for two 3.5" drives; three SSDs can be installed on the back side of the case.  [H]ard|OCP were quite enamoured with this case's looks and performance, and at $140 it is not overly expensive for a case with that much tempered glass.  That will leave you some money for the white gloves and glass cleaner you will need!

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"What do you do when a window just isn't enough? Corsair believes they have the answer in the Crystal 460X RGB case. The front and side are made of tempered glass giving you the ability to show off your pride and joy. Is it more than just a pretty face? Can the Crystal 460X RGB make a PC enthusiast happy?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Author:
Manufacturer: Zalman

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Zalman is well known for supplying cases, cooling solutions, power supplies and accessories to PC enthusiasts around the world. It’s been quite a while since we last reviewed one of Zalman’s power supplies and today we are going to take a detailed look at one of their new Acrux Series units, the ZM1000-ARX. There are currently four models in the Acrux Series ranging in output capacity from 750W up to 1200W.

Zalman Acrux Series Power Supplies:
•    ZM750-ARX
•    ZM850-ARX
•    ZM1000-ARX
•    ZM1200-ARX

The Acrux Series is Zalman’s flagship line of power supplies. They all feature 80 Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency and come with modular cables for flexibility and ease of cable routing. The ARX power supplies are designed for quiet, reliable operation and come backed by a 7-year warranty.

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Zalman ZM1000-ARX Platinum PSU Key Features:
 
•    1000W DC power output at 40°C
•    80 Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency (89-94% @ 20-100% load)
•    All Modular cable design
•    Smart fan control system for very quiet operation
•    Quiet 140mm cooling fan with ball bearings
•    100% High quality Japanese made capacitors with 105°C rating
•    High current single +12V rail (83A/996W)
•    DC-to-DC converters for +5V and +3.3V outputs
•    Multi-GPU ready with eight PCI-E connectors
•    Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire
•    Meets ErP 2013 Lot6 standby power standards and Haswell ready
•    Compliant with Intel ATX12V Ver 2.3 & EPS 12V Ver 2.92 standards
•    Universal AC input (100-240V) with Active PFC
•    DC Output protections: UVP, OVP, OPP, SCP, OCP, and OTP
•    Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 180mm (L)
•    7-Year warranty
•    MSRP : $199.99 USD

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Please continue reading our review of the Zalman 1000W Platinum PSU !!!

Enermax speaks of a small Revolution, a 650W SFX PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2017 - 05:49 PM |
Tagged: enermax, SFX PSU, 650W, revolution, modular psu, lepa

Perhaps the box looked a little empty when Enermax placed their SFX Revolution PSU into the packaging, so they filled up some of the empty space with a Lepa Boom wireless speaker for you to enjoy while assembling your machine. [H]ard|OCP didn't spend a lot of time reviewing the speaker as they were too busy investigating the first SFX PSU they have encountered from Enermax.  Overall this PSU passed every test they tossed at it and the price on the unit is favourably comparable to two 600W units [H] tested previously so if you are building a tiny machine that needs a good amount of juice then this review is worth looking into.

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"The small form factor segment has been hot for a while now when it comes to enthusiast PC builders and Enermax is entering the SFX fray today with the Revolution SFX 650W PSU. It touts fanless modes under 30% load, 100% Japanese capacitors, and complete flat flexible cables for easier routing in tight cases."

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Loud is cool when you are a Kraken; NZXT's X52 watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: Kraken X52, nzxt, watercooler

The Kraken X52 is twice the cooler the X42 is, with two 120mm fans on its 240mm radiator and should fit in more cases than the 280mm X62.  It is fully RGB'd with a wide gamut of colours to dispaly as well as pulsing and rotating effects if a simple glow doesn't satisfy your cravings.  [H]ard|OCP tested it out on a Core i7-4770K with the fans at full speed as well as the minimum possible speed.  At full speed it was only a hair short of becoming the most effective cooler they've reviewed but did take the loudest noise produced by a cooler handily.  Reducing the speed had an enormous effect on the sound, reducing it to being barely audible but unfortunately the cooling effectiveness also dropped significantly; those who are interested in this cooler should be able to find a happy medium between audibility and cooling performance.  The full review is right here.

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"NZXT has been stepping up its cooling game this year, and the Kraken X52 All-In-One represents its "in between" liquid CPU cooler model for those cases with somewhat limited space for the radiator. The Kraken X52 comes with a healthy feature set that has most of the bells and whistles that are needed to make it competitive."

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CORSAIR Launches New Carbide Series SPEC-04

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 01:37 PM |
Tagged: corsair, carbide, Carbide SPEC-04

You can see the three exterior styles of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 below, a black enclosure with a tinted side panel window and your choice or red, yellow or grey highlights on the front panel.

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The front panel design is for more than just show, the depth allows your front fans to be installed between the case body and the front panel, leaving you more room in the interior for components and making it easier to swap the fans.  It also leaves enough space that the audio and USB plugs as well as the power buttons can be side mounted.

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The case is 492x201x433mm (19.4x7.9x17") in size, and the interior of the case can hold GPUs of up to 370mm in length with ease.  There is space for three 3.5" HDDs and two 2.5" SDDs and enough cutouts to ensure even fully populated you will not have cable clutter showing through the side panel.  The front panel allows the installation of two 120/140mm fans, the top can accomodate a pair of 120mm fans, or radiator if you prefer, with one more 120mm fan or radiator on the back.

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FREMONT, CA — May 2nd — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the newest addition to the Carbide series of mid-tower gaming cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04. With unmistakable styling, a large tinted side panel window and roomy interior, the Carbide Series SPEC-04 is ready-to-build a system as bold as it looks.

With it’s asymmetrical, hard-edged exterior, the SPEC-04 is ready to stand out, with three different color options to match your system, Black and Yellow, Black and Red or Black and Grey. The angular styling isn’t just there for looks, it hides a side-mounted front panel equipped with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports and a huge ventilated section to provide excellent Direct Airflow Path airflow.

Whichever color you choose, the SPEC-04 offers the performance to back up its looks, with a pre-installed 120mm LED-lit front intake fan and room for up to five fans; two 120mm or 140mm in the front, two 120mm in the roof and one 120mm in the rear. Fill each slot with a CORSAIR AF, SP, ML or HD series 120mm fan for maximum airflow, or fit any 120mm CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid cooler for watercooled performance. What’s more, with both front intake and PSU dust filters, the SPEC-04 is equipped to keep your system clean, as well as cool.

Inside the SPEC-04 is packed with a host of builder-friendly features to make your next gaming PC build as easy as possible. ATX, MATX and mini-ITX motherboard support is accompanied by seven expansion slots and room for GPUs up to 370mm in length, so while you might agonize over that next system upgrade, you won’t have to worry about whether it’ll fit. Expansive storage mounts accommodate up to three 3.5in HDDs and two 2.5in SDD’s, while multiple cable routing cutouts and tie downs make for easy cable management to keep your build looking spacious and uncluttered. Designed to deliver the striking styling, great airflow and wide compatibility of modern gaming PC cases within the reach of any system builder, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04 is bold and ready to build.

Specifications:

  • Angular exterior design with large, tinted side panel window: The asymmetrical, hard-edged design adds bold styling to your build.
  • Room up to for five 120mm fans: Tons of room for excellent cooling potential with one 120mm front fan pre-installed.
  • Expansive storage space: Easy-to-use mounts for up to three HDD’s and two SDD’s.
  • Clean, side I/O panel: Featuring a high-speed USB 3.0 port and additional ports for all modern connections.
  • Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Hide your cables behind the motherboard tray to keep your build looking tidy and out of the airflow path for improved cooling.
  • Removable, built-in dust filters: Added layer of protection will keep your components safe and running longer.
  • I/O Port: USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jacks, Power on and Reset buttons.
  • Expansion slots: Seven
  • Maximum PSU length: 225mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 150mm
  • Maximum GPU length: 370mm
  • Drive bays: 3.5” – Three, 2.5” - Two
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 492 x 201 x 433mm
Source: Corsair

FSP Launches Windale CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2017 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: fsp, windale, windale 6, windale 4

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FSP have just announced their entrance into the cool world of heatsinks with their Windale series.  The Windale 4 sports four heatsinks, and as you may have already guessed the Windale 6 has a half dozen.  Both coolers have a 120mm fan rated at 60CFM at the full 1600RPM, as it is PWM you can reduce that down to 600RPM if you prefer a little silence.  The two models are compatible with any modern Intel or AMD processor, Ryzen included.

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The Windale 4 is 122x83x158mm so you will be able to squeeze it into any chasis which will fit a 120mm fan comfortably.  It is rated for processors of up to 180W TDP so even with its smaller size you will still have good cooling potential.

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The Windale 6 is the wider of the two, with the size increased to 122x110x165mm to accommodate the additional two heatpipes which increase the cooling potential to an impressive 240W TDP which should please overclockers.  

We don't have any pricing or test units yet, but we do have PR you can read below.

April 26, Taipei, Taiwan – Global power and cooling specialist, FSP, is pleased to announce the new Windale series of supremely effective, ultra-quiet, heat pipe equipped fan-cooled PC heatsinks. The Windale 6 (AC601) and Windale 4 (AC401) bring a combination of extreme cooling performance with very low noise and vibration to a huge range of Intel and AMD CPUs – including the newest Core i7 and Ryzen processors. These new PC coolers are ideal for gamers, performance enthusiasts, and overclockers, as well as for general users who need quiet, reliable cooling and long CPU life.

FSP patented technology for ultimate cooling performance
Both the Windale 4 and Windale 6 feature CPU direct contact technology to remove heat from the CPU with maximum efficiency, protecting the valuable CPU and extending its lifespan. As their names suggest, the Windale coolers feature four and six heat pipes respectively, to spread that heat through the cooling fins. These louver fins are assembled with a patented solder-less technique which ensures unhindered heat transfer, unlike traditional soldered fins. Finally, the large, quiet 120mm cooling fan drives up to 60 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air through the fins to dissipate the heat and keep the CPU running safely at optimum speed.

These advanced design and manufacturing features allow the Windale 4 to achieve a thermal design power (TDP) of 180W and thermal resistance of 0.11° C/W, while the larger Windale 6 reaches a TDP of 240W TDP and brings thermal resistance down to only 0.09° C/W in the most demanding scenarios. This allows the Windale series to keep CPU temperatures well below those provided by competing CPU coolers.

The quiet fan that cools and looks cool
Designed with a focus on noise reduction and user comfort, the Windale’s optimized low-noise sleeve bearing PWM fan spins at a low speed, variable from 1600 RPM down to only 1000 RPM to provide almost silent operation, but its wide 120 mm size ensures the fan blades can move more than enough air to keep the hottest CPUs running safely. The heatsink’s anti-vibration rubber mounting pins help isolate it from the motherboard and chassis to prevent noise and vibration.
Despite its unobtrusive and quiet performance, a Windale cooler can still be an eye-catching feature of any PC, thanks to its sleek, stylish design. The Windale 4 exposes the natural metallic sheen of its aluminum alloy fins and copper heat pipes, while the Windale 6 sports a cool black plated exterior coating and features an alluring blue LED effect.

Supports a wide range of AMD and Intel CPUs
The FSP Windale series offers outstanding compatibility with a huge range of CPU sockets, including Intel’s Socket LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011, and AMD’s socket FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and AM4. CPUs supported by these sockets include the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, and AMD Ryzen – as well as many other Intel and AMD CPUs.

 

Source: FSP
Manufacturer: EKWB

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Courtesy of EKWB

EK's Supremacy line of CPU waterblocks are well known for their performance and style. Their latest version in this block line, the Supremacy MX, advances their design in the hopes of getting more optimized performance out of a less costly version of their award winning block series. The base Supremacy MX CPU waterblock is a copper and plexi construction using the same jet-impingement and micro-channel design as that used in their previous block versions. The block comes fully assembled from the factory with a single CPU mounting bracket type (in this case, the Intel version). Note that additional CPU mounting kits are available for purchase. With an MSRP of $54.99, the Supremacy MX waterblock offers a compelling purchase in light of its performance potential.

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Courtesy of EKWB

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Courtesy of EKWB

The block is assembled with hex-head screws going through the copper base plate with rubber grommets ensuring the integrity of the block internals. The top aluminum cover plate is held to the plexi top using short hex-head screws that thread directly into the plexi top plate. The center inlet feeds the micro-channels embedded in the copper base plate through the jet-impingement assembly. The mounting bracket sits in between the top plexi plate and the copper base plate, making any an interesting upgrade if you want to switch out the CPU mount plate to use the block on a different CPU family (like going from Intel to AMD Ryzen for example). The aluminum top plate gives the block a sleek appearance and acts to redirect illumination from the side mounted LEDs (if you choose to use LEDs with the block that is).

Continue reading our review of the EK Supremacy MX CPU waterblock!

Be Quiet's hefty Dark Base 900 cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2017 - 03:15 PM |
Tagged: XL-ATX, e-atx, dark base pro 900, Dark Base 900, be quiet!

The be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 is impressively large, standing 577x243x585mm (22.7x9.6x23"), supporting even the largest of motherboard model.  That size also allows for some impressive cooling options, radiators of up to 420mm in length can be installed in both the front and top of the case.  The case ships with three be quiet! SilentWings 3 fans installed, for those who opt to forego watercooling and it is also worth mentioning the filter on the bottom of the case slides out from the front.  The side panel is made of tempered glass on the $250 Pro model, the non-Pro has a steel side panel which reduces its cost to $200 and both feature a Qi wireless charging area.  Drop by Modders-Inc for a closer look.

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"When it comes to system building, size equals convenience with large full-tower cases offering plenty of room to work with. Since the case market is extremely crowded and competitive however, simply creating a large case for the sake of creating a large case is not enough. If it does not have the right set of features and is not designed …"

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Source: Modders-Inc
Author:
Manufacturer: Riotoro

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Earlier this year we looked at the Enigma 850W PSU from Riotoro, their first entry into the PC power supply market. Today we are going to take a detailed look at two more power supplies in Riotoro’s new Onyx Series. Formed in 2014 and based in California, Riotoro originally started their PC hardware business with a focus on cases, mice, and LED fans targeted towards the gaming community. They are continuing to expand their product offerings to include two new power supply lines, the Enigma and Onyx Series, along with two liquid CPU coolers and several RGB gaming keyboards.

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Riotoro announced the introduction of the three power supplies last year at Computex 2016: the Enigma 850W, Onyx 750W, and Onyx 650W. All three power supplies were developed in partnership with Great Wall and are based on a new platform designed to hit the sweet spot for practical real-world performance, reliability, and price. The Enigma line kicked off with the 850W unit and the Onyx line will initially be available in 650W and 750W models.

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The main differences between the Enigma Series and the Onyx Series are listed in the table above. The Riotoro Onyx Series power supplies are certified to comply with the 80 Plus Bronze criteria for efficiency, come with semi-modular cables, and both use a quiet 120mm variable speed fan for cooling.

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Riotoro Onyx Series PSU Key Features:

•    650W or 750W Continuous DC output at up to 40°C
•    80 PLUS Bronze level efficiency certification
•    Semi-modular cables
•    Quiet 120mm cooling fan
•    Japanese made bulk (electrolytic) capacitors
•    Compatible with Intel and AMD processors and motherboards
•    Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input (100 to 240 VAC)
•    Safety protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, and SCP
•    3-Year warranty
•    MSRP: Onyx 650W $64.99 and Onyx 750W $74.99 USD

Please continue reading our review of the new Riotoro Onyx PSUs!!!

Manufacturer: DAN Cases

Introduction and First Impressions

The A4-SFX takes the minimalist, full-length GPU capable mini-ITX chassis design down to stunningly compact dimensions, and does so with a precise all-aluminum build and refined industrial design. Created by the one-man company DAN Cases and funded on Kickstarter, the A4-SFX share the spirit of the crowdfunded NCASE M1 that preceded it, but takes even that tiny enclosure's dimensions down considerably. It is, as the company puts it, "the world's smallest gaming tower case".

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What was omitted to bring the size down this far? Comparing the A4-SFX to the aforementioned NCASE M1 (an inevitability as both were crowd-funded and manufactured by Lian Li), the A4-SFX drops support for compact ATX power supplies in favor of SFX/SFX-L units, and CPU cooling is limited to a height of 48 mm, with no liquid cooling support. Many low-profile CPU coolers - including Intel’s stock design - fit this description, but the cooling limitation suggests stock CPU speeds are the tradeoff for such a compact case design.

So how compact is this case, exactly? The A4-SFX has a volume of just 7.25L compared to the NCASE M1 at 12.6L. Yet the A4-SFX can still house a powerful, gaming-ready system with standard components including a full sized GPU (up to 295 mm in length) and any mini-ITX motherboard and CPU.

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