Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2016 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fsp, HYDRO G, 650W, modular psu, 80 Plus Gold
FSP provides the insides to many of the PSUs you see sold from Corsair, Zalman, Antec and just about every other provider at some point in the past. They also occasionally sell them under their own brand name, which brings us to the Hydro G 650W fully modular PSU that was recently reviewed at [H]ard|OCP. The PSU has a single 12V rail capable of providing 649W @ 54.16A, with the four 6+2 PCIe connectors it will handle many dual GPU systems. It comes with 80 PLUS GOLD certification and a five year warranty and is available for around $75. FSP's experience shows in the design and performance of this PSU as it walked away with a Gold Award and hearty recommendations.
"While FSP may not be a PSU brand that is on the tip of your tongue, we have been reviewing FSP computer power supplies now for 8 years, and the fact of the matter is that these units have been getting better and better over time. Where does the new Hydro G 650W fit into that progression?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Tesla R2 500W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Corsair RM1000x 1000 Watt 80 PLUS Gold @ eTeknix
- Corsair SF600 80 Plus Gold @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Processors | April 22, 2016 - 03:36 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Wraith, quiet computing, heatsink, cpu cooler, cpu, AMD Wraith, amd, air cooling
AMD has expanded the CPU lineup featuring their high-performance Wraith air cooling solution, with the quiet cooler now being offered with two more FX-series processors.
Image credit: The Tech Report
"AMD has heard the feedback from reviewers and PC users everywhere: the near-silent, capable AMD Wraith Cooler is a resounding success. The question they keep asking is, 'When will the Wraith Cooler be available on more AMD Processors?'
We’re pleased to announce that the wait is over. The high-performance AMD FX 8350 and AMD FX 6350 processors now include a true premium thermal solution in the AMD Wraith Cooler, and each continues to deliver the most cores andthe highest clock rates in its class."
The lineup featuring AMD's most powerful air solution now includes the following products:
- AMD FX 8370
- AMD FX 8350
- AMD FX 6350
- AMD A10-7890K
The Wraith cooler initially made its debut with the FX-8370 CPU, and was added to the new A10-7890K APU with the FM2+ refresh last month.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2016 - 02:20 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: standing desk, Lian Li, enclosure, DK-04, desk enclosure, case, aluminum
Lian Li has officially announced their standing desk shown at CES 2016, and the DK-04 offers variable (powered) height adjustment.
The DK-04 in standing position
"Standing desks aren’t just fashionable, they’re proven to be beneficial and healthy in multiple ways. Lian Li sought to design a new computer desk chassis in this spirit. Users can configure up to four different height settings, from 67.5cm to 116cm, for the desk to automatically adjust to at the press of a button. The DK-04 can serve as a standing desk for work and switch to a sit-down gaming desk in an instant!"
The DK-04 lowered to sitting position
I had a chance to check out the DK-04 in person at this year's CES, and it was an impressive piece of hardware. My first question? How much will it cost, of course! Lian Li didn't have an answer for me back in January, but official pricing was included in today's annoucement.
The cost? MSRP is $1499, and the DK-04 will be available on May 10, 2016.
If you've priced ergonomic office furniture the $1499 price tag won't seem quite so shocking, especially for a powered sit/stand design made entirely from aluminum (don't forget this is also a PC enclosure).
The DK-04 is also a full-sized PC enclosure under the glass top
Of course, in the world of PC components it's obviously going to require a specific use-case to justify an enclosure that costs as much as a fairly high-end gaming PC.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2016 - 07:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: zalman, neo, Z9 Neo
Neo is a popular appellation for computer hardware, from PSUs to motherboards and today another case from Zalman. The Z9 Neo is a mid-tower case which can hold heatsinks under 200mm tall and GPUs of up to 420mm, perfect for the majority of builds. The PSU mounts at the bottom and there is a dust filter to protect it, unfortunately one which slides to the rear, making it somewhat difficult to get at. The case comes with five 120mm fans included, a nice bonus for those looking to be ready to run as soon as possible. Benchmark Reviews also determined it to be friendly for watercooling if that happens to be your preference.
"Unlike it’s predecessors in the Z-series line, the Z9 Neo comes with a full length front panel door. Now if your old school, as I am, you probably shutter at the mere mention of a computer case having a door. But over the years, especially with the rise in digital mediums and digital distribution, I find myself using 5.25″ drives less and less."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Raidmax Monster II Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- NZXT Manta Chassis @ Kitguru
- Silverstone AR07 & AR08 @ eTeknix
- DeepCool CAPTAIN 240 White Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Introduction, Features and Specifications
Phanteks currently sells cases, CPU coolers, cooling fans, and PC accessories. They recently added the Eclipse Series to their case lineup, which includes two models, the Eclipse P400 and the Eclipse P400S (silent edition). Both the P400 and P400S are available with black, white, or gray finishes and can be purchased with or without a side window. We will be taking a detailed look at the Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX mid-tower, closed-panel case (no side window) in this review.
Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition ATX Mid-Tower Case
Satin Black, Glacier White, or Anthracite Gray
with, or without a side window
The Eclipse P400S silent edition case comes with an integrated 3-speed fan controller and two quiet 120mm fans (one intake and one exhaust). The P400S incorporates sound dampening panels on the front, top and both sides. And in addition to quiet cooling, the Eclipse P400 and P400S cases feature selectable, 10-color RGB LED lights at the bottom of the front panel for some interesting lighting effects. Two internal 2.5” SSD bays and two internal 3.5” HDD bays are included but there are no 5.25” external drive bays.
Phanteks Eclipse P400S ATX Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
• Mid-Tower ATX enclosure (WxHxD, 210x465x470mm, 8.3x18.3x18.5”)
• Supports E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
• Very quiet case for noise sensitive applications
• Sound dampening panels on front, sides, and top
• Easily removed dust filters on front, top and bottom panels
• Two included case fans (120mm intake and 120mm exhaust)
• Three-speed fan controller included
• (2) USB 3.0, mic and headphone jacks on the top I/O panel
• Two internal 3.5” HDD / 2.5” SSD trays
• Two internal 2.5” SSD mounting brackets behind mobo tray
• Tool-free mounting for 3.5” HDDs
• Up to 395mm (15.2”) for long graphic cards
• Up to 280mm (11.0”) clearance (with optional 3.5” HDD cages installed)
• Up to 160mm (6.3”) of space for tall CPU coolers
• Price: $79.99 USD
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2016 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Pacific RL24, thermaltake, watercooler
As you can see from the image, the Thermaltake Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit comes with some assembly required, it is not an AiO cooler. Since it is a full kit it will cost you much more than a self contained cooling apparatus, at $284 on both Amazon and Newegg many users will not be interested in installing this cooler. For those that are still curious, one of the benefits of the kit is that it contains everything you need, including the waterblock, reservoir and pump as well as the radiator and even coolant. Unfortunately [H]ard|OCP's testing revealed the performance to be moderate at best, so the price premium is hard to justify, as you can see in the full review.
"In a world now filled with All-In-One CPU coolers, Thermaltake takes it old school with a water cooling kit that has everything you need from A to Z. If cutting your hose to length and perfecting the layout and presentation of your cooling loop appeals to you, Thermaltake makes it easy with a one stop shop."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Gelid Antarctica Ultra-Quiet Tower @ eTeknix
- Rosewill B2 Spirit HPTX Full-Tower @ eTeknix
- Cooltek Jonsbo RM1 ATX Mini Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Noctua NH-D15S @ techPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 11:23 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: small form factor, SFX-L, SFX, PSU, power supply, Lian Li
Lian Li has (rather unexpectedly) announced a pair of SFX-L power supplies, with the PE-550 and PE-750 small form-factor PSUs.
Lian Li PE-750 SFX-L power supply
SFX-L is the slightly longer (hence the "L") version of SFX, and permits more powerful designs and larger, quieter fans than standard SFX. Of the two new models from Lian Li the PE-550 is an 80 Plus Gold PSU rated at 550W, and the PE-750 is an 80 Plus Platinum model boasting a whopping 750W from this tiny form-factor.
Lian Li has doubtless contracted the manufacture of these PSUs, as the post on SFF Network has concluded: "The 550W at least is from Enhance according to the UL number and the possibly the 750W based on the heatsink design."
Lian Li PE-550 SFX-L power supply
The 750W model now bests SilverStone in the SFX power category, eclipsing their 700W SFX-L model shown at CES this year (and which is still not listed on their site). Just why anyone would need 750W for what would presumably be a mini-ITX system (limited as mITX motherboards are, with only one PCI Express x16 slot); but the benefits of SFX are certainly appreciated the moment one begins working inside of an enclosure such as the NCASE M1.
The PSUs are fully modular with flat, ribbon style cables (PE-750 pictured)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 07:09 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: mid-tower, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide SPEC-ALPHA, atx case
Corsair has officially released the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA case they were showing off at CES 2016, and this mid-tower is a striking design that offers an alternative to more traditional look of the company's recent Carbide offerings.
The White/Red SPEC-ALPHA at CES
"With its modern, angular appearance, the SPEC-ALPHA really stands out in a crowd. But its looks aren’t all that are modern – the SPEC-ALPHA features native USB 3.0 support, room for up to four SSDs, and a three-speed fan controller for the three included 120mm fans. A large window shows off internal components and the Direct Airflow Path layout, which provides superior cooling by getting rid of unnecessary drive bays."
The inclusion of a 3-speed fan control is definately welcome at this price, which is an attractive $79.99 MSRP. We'll have to wait until we get one in to test to see how it performs, but at first glance it looks promising. Doubtless the look won't be for everyone, but if you look at a lot of enclosures (like someone I know) unusual designs are always welcome!
Inside the Black/Red version
Technical specifications from Corsair:
- Expansion Slots: 7
- 5.25” Drive bays: N/A
- 3.5” Hard Drive Bays: 3
- 2.5” Drive Bays: 4
- Cooling Layout:
- Front: 2 x 120mm (2 x 120mm LED included)
- Top: 2 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 120mm (included)
- Radiator Compatibility:
- 240mm: Front only
- 120mm: Front, or Rear
- Integrated dust filters for front and bottom intakes
- Front I/O Panel includes:
- USB 3.0 port (x2)
- Three-Speed Fan Controller
- Headphone and Microphone jacks
- Power on and Reset buttons
- Dimensions (LxWxH) 518 x 220 x 474 mm (20.39 x 8.66 x 18.66 inches)
- Maximum GPU Length: 380 mm
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 156 mm
- Maximum PSU Length: 190 mm
- 2 Year Warranty
(Image credit: Corsair)
As stated above the Carbide SPEC-ALPHA retails for $79.99 and is available now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2016 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Warranty, PSU, corsair
If you are using a Corsair AXi, HXi, RMi Series or RMx Series PSU they have some great news for you today. The 7 year warranty that you used to have has now been increased to a full decade of protection against product defects the in materials or workmanship. It still won't help you if a snake decides to make a home in your PSU but for any failures caused because of design problems will be covered. You can see the full details of the warranty over at Corsair's site.
Introduction and First Impressions
Today we’re looking at an enclosure from VIVO, a new company on the scene who has created their new Titan mid-tower enclosure to enter the enthusiast case market. We’ll see how it stacks up in an already crowded market.
A search on Amazon for enclosures will turn up the usual suspects, from Antec to Thermaltake (with BitFenix, Corsair, In Win, NZXT, Lian Li, Phanteks, SilverStone, and others in between). And right there in those search results is VIVO. Their Athena mid-tower is a nice-looking budget enclosure that sells for only $54.99, and with the Titan VIVO offering a more understated design, and some modern conveniences.
The Titan is spacious, with an open internal layout that places drive storage behind and below the motherboard tray, a common trend (Corsair’s Carbide 400C and the NZXT H440 have similar layouts). The cost of such a design (as with the aforementioned competitors) is a reduction in drive support, as only two 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch drive bay are included (with support for an addition pair of SSDs inside the case). This trend has its detractors, to be sure, but if your needs are limited to an SSD and a pair of hard drives, you’ll be just fine - and the Titan offers a pair of 5.25-inch bays, if desired.