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Introduction

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SilverStone has been busy this year expanding their power supply lineup. With a continued focus on smaller physical size and support for enthusiasts in the small form factor arena, SilverStone now offers seven power supplies in the SFX Series, ranging in output capacity from 300W to 700W. Earlier this year we looked at the SX700-LPT, which sits at high end of the SFX Series. In this review we are going to look at the two entry level models, the new ST30SF (V2.0) and the ST45SF (V3.0).

Both of the SilverStone SFX power supplies were designed for mainstream use in small form factor cases but they can also be used in place of a standard ATX power supply (in small enclosures) with the included adapter bracket. As entry level units they forgo some features like modular cables, Platinum or Gold efficiency certification, and fan-less operation. However, in addition to their compact size, the ST30SF and ST45SF incorporate a quiet 92mm fan (instead of the 80mm fans used in previous models), fixed cables, and come with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency certification.

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SilverStone ST30SF & ST45SF PSU Key Features:

•    Small Form Factor (SFX) design (63x125x100mm HxWxD)
•    300W or 450W continuous power output rated for 24/7 operation
•    Very quiet with 92mm cooling fan
•    80 Plus Bronze certified for high efficiency
•    Powerful single +12V rail operation
•    Fixed cables
•    Active power factor correction
•    MSRP: ST30SF - $$49.99 USD
•    MSRP: ST45SF - $69.99 USD
•    3-Year warranty

Please continue reading our review of the SilverStone SFX PSUs!!!

The master cooler itself, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2016 - 04:21 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MasterLiquid Pro 240, MasterLiquid Pro 280, AIO

As the somewhat repetitive name suggests, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro series are all in one watercoolers for your CPU.  The MasterLiquid Pro 240 is a one inch thick 240mm rad with a pair of 120mm MasterFan Pro Air Balance fans,  the 280 model is also one inch thick but uses a pair of 140mm MasterFan Pro 140 Air Pressure fans to push air through the tighter fins.  The Tech Report tested these coolers out and were pleased with the performance of both coolers, giving higher marks to the Pro 280 for providing both more effective cooling and lower noise levels when under load.  Check out their full review here.

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"Cooler Master's MasterLiquid Pro 240 and MasterLiquid Pro 280 CPU coolers bring fresh thinking to nearly every part of the closed-loop liquid cooler. We put them on the bench to see if those new ideas translate into chillier CPUs."

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Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and First Impressions

The Source S340 from NZXT has been one of my favorite enclosures since I reviewed it early in 2015, offering a fantastic price/performance proposition with a street price between $69 and $79. Fortunately, this outstanding compact ATX design isn't going anywhere, and since my original review NZXT has introduced a premium Designed by Razer version, and this new S340 Elite was released just last month.

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What makes the Elite so, well, elite? There are some key changes with this new version, including a tempered glass side panel, VR support from an external HDMI port and an included puck for storing a VR headset and cables, as well as new plastic cable management clamps behind the motherboard tray, an extra SSD mount up front, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports along with the previous USB 3.0 ports up top. While the VR support won't be required for everyone, the tempered glass panel alone makes this an attractive option at its $99.99 retail price, which is a very modest $20 premium over the standard version's $79.99 MSRP.

This review will be a little less in-depth compared to the usual review, as the S340 chassis is unchanged internally from our full review last April. Still, there is enough new here to take a fresh look at the S340 Elite, and it will be good to test it again with the current testbench components and see how it has held up.

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The tempered glass side panel is the star of the 340 Elite

Continue reading our review of the NZXT Source S340 Elite case!!

The new SilverStone Strider, a 600W 80 PLUS Titanium certified PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 14, 2016 - 03:32 PM |
Tagged: modular psu, 80 Plus Titanium, Silverstone, strider 600W, 600W PSU

The industries current focus on energy efficiency has made the need for a kilowatt class PSU much less prevalent than a few years back.  With current generation components even multi GPU systems can function with a 600W PSU which is why we are seeing so many arriving on the market.  This has created a challenge for PSU manufacturers as in order to receive an 80 PLUS certification the PSU must be over 80% efficient even at 10% power draw, over 90% for some of the higher ratings.  The Silverstone Strider Titanium 600W PSU came close to meeting those standards in [H]ard|OCP's tests, with some issues in their worst case scenario testing.  The PSU also runs about $140 which is somewhat higher than the competition.  The news is not all bad, check out their findings in full right here.

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"SilverStone has been on a fairly successful ride with its Strider series of computer power supplies. These units tout excellent efficiency levels all while packing this into an unusually tiny footprint perfect for small form factor system builds. The ST60F-TI brings with it a solid build quality, near silent operation, all while being fully modular."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 Power Supplies announced

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2016 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: supernova, evga, 80 Plus Gold, modular psu, SuperNOVA G3

Lee has reviewed more than a few EVGA SuperNOVA PSUs over the years and they tend to win the Gold as they are very well made.  The new G3 models are a bit smaller in volume than the previous G2 PSUs at 85mm high, 150mm wide and 150mm long, previously they tended to be 165mm long.  The new size will also mean the Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing fan size is reduced to 130mm, it will continue to support the EVGA ECO mode for those who desire quiet operation.  There is a seven year warranty on the 550W and 650W models, the higher powered are covered for a full decade.  We don't have a review up so keep an eye out for that, in the mean time have some PR.

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November 8th, 2016 - EVGA SuperNOVA power supplies are well-known for their extreme efficiency, performance and reliability. In fact, over the last 3 years EVGA SuperNOVA power supplies have won over 70 awards from leading review sites. EVGA’s dedication to performance has forged the latest power supply platform: the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 Series. With these new power supplies, EVGA took the best features of the award-winning G2 lineup and made them even better. The SuperNOVA G3’s smaller size, improved performance and a new Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing fan give you ultra-quiet performance with an increased lifespan.

Small Size, Big Performance
A reduced size does not mean reduced performance with the EVGA SuperNOVA G3 power supplies. At only 150mm long, this makes these some of the smallest power supplies on the market today, while offering improved performance and features.

Whisper Silent Hydraulic Dynamic Bearing Fan
Better performance, quieter operation and a longer lifespan. EVGA ECO mode gives you gives you silent operation at low to medium loads.

Next Gen Performance
Next-generation systems deserve next-generation performance. The EVGA SuperNOVA G3 takes the already efficient G2 series and makes it even better with improved efficiency and lower ripple. These power supplies are over 91% efficient!

Fully Modular Design
Use only the cables you need, reducing cable clutter and improving case airflow.

Learn more at http://www.evga.com/articles/01059/evga-supernova-g3-power-supplies/

Source: EVGA
Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and First Impressions

Corsair’s Carbide Series Air 740 is a high-airflow cube-like ATX case, and it has a different look and some different options compared to the previous Air 540. Both Air cases are dual-chamber designs, with tons of room behind the motherboard tray for storage and hiding cables (and watercooling components). The cube style might not be to everyone’s liking, but if you do like the aesthetics there is a lot of case to cover here. Let’s get started!

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The original Carbide Air enclosure has been around for a few years, and Ryan reviewed Air 540 back in 2013. The new Air 740 is more a refinement than a new enclosure, and internally the two cases are very similar. Corsair has dropped the 5.25-inch external drive bays with the 740, and the door has a very nice hinged/latching design now. Style is a little more aggressive, but the fundamentals are the same: a cube design offering two large chambers, and generous venting to promote high airflow.

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The Air 740 has a hinged, latching door

Continue reading our review of the Corsair Carbide Air 740 case!!

Fractal Design's Define C enclosure, only slightly bigger than a breadbox

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2016 - 03:12 PM |
Tagged: fractal design, define c

At 210x440x399mm (8.3x17.3x15.7") the Define C is a fair bit smaller than your average ATX case.  The size does limit the GPUs the case can fit somewhat, though there are few GPUs longer than a foot so you should not feel too limited.  You can fit up to seven fans or there is space to mount large radiators on the top and rear, a front radiator can also be installed if you remove the drive cages. The Tech Report gave the Define C high marks in looks and design, especially as both the windowed and non-windowed models sell for well under $100.

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"Fractal Design's latest Define case, the Define C, promises ATX expandability in a mid-tower that's no larger than some microATX cases. We put the Define C to the test to see whether Fractal's fat-trimming added any compromises on the way."

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Cooler Master's MasterAir Pro 3 and 4 arrive on the scene

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2016 - 01:11 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, masterair 3, masterair 4

Cooler Master has been expanding their Master series to encompass cooling and enclosures, today with a pair of new lower cost heatsinks.  The MasterAir Pro 3 is a $40, 92mm mini-tower while the $45 Pro 4 is a 120mm design, both of which use the X mount style of the previous Hyper 212 Evo.  The Tech Report tested them on an i5-6600K and found both coolers to be somewhat more efficient at moving heat and significantly quieter than the stock Intel cooler.  You won't break records but if you are looking for an inexpensive cooling solution and don't mind the mounting mechanism you should check out the full review.

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"Cooler Master's MasterAir Pro 3 and MasterAir Pro 4 CPU coolers represent the latest refinements in a long line of tower-style air heatsinks from the company. We strapped them onto Intel's unlocked Core i5-6600K CPU to see how they perform."

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Reeven Polariz has well endowed knobs for a fan controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2016 - 01:53 PM |
Tagged: fan controller, reeven, Polariz

Indeed the entire build of this three channel fan controller is much more impressive than you might expect from a ~$50 product.  The body is constructed of metal as are the knobs and they have chosen a classic single colour design as opposed to an RGB light show.  It ships with an extra thermal probe, four in total, as well as three lengthy 3-pin to 3-pin/4-pin connectors.  Each channel can handle up to 3A and reports current fan RPM, temperature and voltage load on the LCD inside each of the three knobs on your front panel.  Check out the full review at Modders Inc.

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"Balancing stylish elegance and practicality, Reeven's new Polariz 3-channel fan controller is not made of plastic like a typical 5.25" bay fan controller. It is enclosed in steel with three large 42mm metal knobs for controlling three independent channels, each supporting up to 3A. The design, Reeven claims, was inspired by a car dashboard. While it is less colorful than … Read more."

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Source: Modders Inc
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Manufacturer: EVGA

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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EVGA recently introduced two power supplies in the new Supernova G2L Series, the 750W G2L and the 850W G2L. We will be taking a detailed look at the 750 G2L in this review. The Supernova G2L Series is based on EVGA’s popular G2 series but now adds white LED lighting into the modular connectors on the front side of the power supply.

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The Supernova G2L series power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency and feature all modular cables, high-quality Japanese brand capacitors, a quiet 135mm cooling fan, and ECO Thermal control which enables fan-less operation at low to mid power. All G2L series power supplies are NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire Ready and are backed by a 10-year EVGA warranty!

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EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2L PSU Key Features:

•    10-Year warranty with unparalleled EVGA Customer Support
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, with up to 90%/92% efficiency (115VAC/240VAC)
•    Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
•    Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
•    Quiet 135mm ball bearing fan for exceptional reliability and quiet operation
•    ECO Thermal Control allows silent, fan-less operation at low power
•    NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire Ready
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    White LEDs built into modular connectors

Please continue reading our review of the EVGA 750W G2L PSU!!!