CES 2016: Seasonic prepares flagship Prime series of PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2016 - 02:07 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2016, seasonic, prime, power supply

In a meeting with Seasonic at CES this week, the company revealed plans for a completely new series of power supplies coming this spring. The new Seasonic Prime series will come in both Platinum and Titanium editions, with wattage ranges of 650 watts to 1000 watts on the former and 550 watt to 1200 watts on the latter. These power supplies will now be ahead of the X-Series in the brand hierarchy. 


Seasonic is well known in the industry for top quality products and is one of the key manufacturers for other PSU brands that you know and love. They want to build a new flagship brand of their own though, going with an impressively svelte design and include enough features and capabilities to stand out in a crowded market. 


Both Platinum and Titanium designs will include a totally new hybrid fan control design that allows for a zero fan speed design up to 45% of system load on the higher wattage units. Zero PCB cabling minimizes the chances for individual failure and is aided by the completely modular design. Though the unit is analog rather than digital, Seasonic promises to maintain a 0.5% nominal tolerance on the load regulation on the 12V line. Also, all of the Seasonic Prime power supplies will come with a full 10-year (!!) warranty.


Looking for a fanless design? Seasonic will have you covered with the Titanium Fanless units at both 400 watt and 550 watt variants.


Expect the newest Seasonic power supplies to hit stores in April!

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Source: Seasonic

CES 2016: In Win Launches H-Tower Transforming Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 11:32 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, PSU, power supply, in win, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

The centerpiece of the In Win booth at this year’s CES is the massive H-Tower enclosure, a limited edition chassis that transforms from an enclosure to an open platform automatically. The company had a version of this enclosure at Computex, but now a final 6th generation of the concept is set for e-tail availablility.


The transformation is a sight to behold (which in this final version now uses a medical grade arm for smooth operation), and has the practical benefit of providing easy access to your system components. In Win has provided a video to demonstrate the H-Tower, imbedded below:

Beyond the unique mechanical functionality, the H-Tower is about as premium an enclosure as you could imagine, beginning with a brushed aluminum exterior with lighting effects that can be controlled with a mobile app. There is also an integrated laser lighting system which “indicates the safe opening area on the floor around it” – an important point to consider once you see the enclosure in action.


Front I/O includes three USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port

The interior supports motherboards up to E-ATX, graphics cards up to 340 mm, tall CPU coolers up to 200 mm, and there is room for a larger liquid cooling well as well with three 120 mm fan opening supporting up to a 360 x 35 mm radiator. Storage options are limited to a single 3.5-inch HDD with room for four 2.5-inch SSDs. Large power supplies of up to 230 mm are supported as well.


There are two versions of the H-Tower, with the titanium version shown at the booth as well as an official ASUS Republic of Gamers version that is black with red accents.


The enclosure will be available in February in North America, and Newegg already has a pre-order listing for a staggering $2399.

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Source: In Win

CES 2016: Thermaltake Launches Core X71 and Core X31 Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2016 - 03:12 PM |
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, full tower, atx

The new Core X71 and Core X31 computer cases adorn the Thermaltake booth at CES this week, and are the latest in the company's Core series. Both cases are built using cold rolled steel and are aimed at enthusiasts looking to overclock using high end air or liquid cooling.

The Core X71 is a full tower case clad in all black with a mesh front panel and a clear side panel window on the left side. It uses a dual chamber design that separates the power supply, cooling, and storage from the main heat generating components (motherboard, CPU, and graphics). The case is practically all ventilation and can support fans or radiators on all sides with everything but the rear fan covered by removable dust filters.

Thermaltake Core X71 Full Tower Computer Case.jpg

Users can install up to an ATX motherboard and all manner of high end graphics cards thanks to the removable drive cage. Water cooling grommets are positioned on the rear panel and cable management grommets run along the motherboard tray and through the floor of the main chamber into the power supply chamber.

Three drives can be installed behind the motherboard tray in addition to two 3.5" drives in a moveable drive cage and the two 5.25" bays. Cooling can be air or water with up to three 140mm fans in front, three 140mm on top, and three 120mm fans on both the left and right sides of the bottom chamber. Further, there is room for a single 140mm fan on the bottom and the rear panels.

The Core X31 is a miniature version of the X71 bringing it's modularity and emphasis on cooling to a smaller package. Sitting on rounded feet, the X31 has the same black exterior with mesh vents on the front, top, and rear (but not on the sides). A large side panel window takes up the left side and shows off most of the interior. The X31 comes with a black cover to conceal the power supply and give you space to store the inevitable rat's nest of cables to keep the rest of the system looking neat and tidy. 

Thermaltake Core X31 Mid Tower Computer Case.jpg

This mid-tower case can support Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and full size ATX motherboards along with graphics cards up to 420mm long and 180mm tall CPU heatsinks. Storage support includes two 5.25" drive bays, three 3.5" drives in drive racks, three 3.5" drives behind the motherboard tray, and two 2.5" SSDs on top of the power supply cover. The case comes with three fans (and in the case of the Core X31 RGB Edition variant three Riing 12 RGB high static pressure fans with a fan controller) and users can install fans (or water cooling radiators) in the following configurations:

  • Front: 2 x 140mm
  • Top: 3 x 140mm
  • Rear: 1 x 140mm
  • Bottom: 2 x 140mm

The Core X71 and Core X31 have two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and one HD Audio port along the top edge of the case. Both cases will be available next month in the US as well as the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand shortly. The Core X71 is currently priced at $150 at Newegg. The base model Core X31 costs $100 and the RGB Edition is $130.

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Source: Thermaltake

CES 2016: RIOTORO Launches with Prism CR1280 Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 5, 2016 - 07:15 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2016, riotoro, RGB LED

Some former employees of Corsair and NVIDIA founded a new company, called RIOTORO. All they state is that they develop “innovative PC components,” so it's difficult to gauge where the intend to go in the future. Their website also lists gaming mice and keyboards. They started with a test market in Latin America, but now they feel they are ready to take on the US market.


Their first product, the Prism CR1280, is a PC case with 256-color RGB LED lighting. Color and fan speed can be controlled by the front panel, which should mean that you don't need yet another driver panel running to change little details on your system. The case itself has the ability to mount a 360mm radiator (or up to three 120mm radiators) on the top, and an additional 240mm radiator in the front, and yet another 120mm radiator in the rear.

The RIOTORO Prism CR1280 will be available in February for $139.99. It comes with a two year warranty.

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CES 2016: Be Quiet Cases and Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2016 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: Silent Base 800, Shadow Rock LP, CES 2016, CES, be quiet

We visited the Be Quiet suite at CES 2016 and took a look at their current enclosure, cooler, and power supply offerings, but there were some new things to see as the company readies its 2016 lineup.


First we looked at the Silent Base 800 enclosure, which will soon be available in red trim, or a green trim version (red pictured). While we have reviewed the Silent Base 600 enclosure, the Silent Base 800 (though built on the same internal chassis) offers additional noise reduction features. Air is drawn through the sides of the front panel and cycled behind the front intake fans, preventing audible fan noise as much as possible, and there is noise dampening material in place throughout.


The PSU lineup is essentially unchanged for 2016, though Be Quiet is revising the cabling on their power supplies to add "stealth" black - which means that no longer will you see the multi-colored wires anywhere on the cable. This will help provide a much nicer looking build without the use of cable extensions or custom PSU cables.


The cooler lineup is likewise unchanged (at least to this point), though availability of some of the coolers such as the Shadow Rock LP (which is manufactured in Taiwan rather than China) should be improving soon.

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The Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower and full sized 400C and 400Q

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2016 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: SPEC-ALPHA, corsair, CES, carbide, 400Q, 400C

Corsair announced three new Carbide cases at CES this morning, the SPEC-ALPHA, 400Q and 400C.  The SPEC-ALPHA includes feet to allow for airflow under the case and drops 5.25" bays completely, instead allowing you to install fans that will blow directly onto the CPU socket.  The front panel includes USB 3.0 ports and a three speed fan controller to allow you to easily adjust your systems acoustics.  You can also opt for a 240mm radiator if you prefer watercooling to blowing hot air around.  The cases comes in red or black and will be on sale for $79.99 in the near future.

Carbide SPEC-ALPHA.jpg


  • Bold Exterior Design with front intake LED fans: The asymmetrical, hard-edged design of the SPEC-ALPHA gives it a bold, unique look.
  • Direct airflow path to keep CPUs and GPUs running cooler: Modern systems don’t need bulky drive cages obstructing the airflow. By removing the 5.25” drive cage, the SPEC-ALPHA has a direct path from the front intake fan to the CPU and GPU.
  • Large side panel window to show off your hardware: Why hide it? All that performance hardware looks great, so why not look at it through the huge side panel window?
  • Three included 120mm fans and built-in three-speed fan controller: Watching a movie? Flip the switch for nearly silent operation. Throwing on the headset for some online gaming? Flip it to high and keep the GPU cool for better framerates.
  • Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Nobody wants to see a rat’s nest of cables, so hide them behind the motherboard tray to keep cable routing neat, tidy, and out of the airflow path for better cooling.
  • Easy to build: Tool-free drive installation and side panel removal means less time spent building and more time gaming.
  • Front 240mm radiator compatibility: Upgrade to the power of liquid cooling for CPUs or GPUs with up to a 240mm Hydro Series cooler.
  • Native USB 3.0 and SSD support for modern builds: Whether it’s a new external drive for storage or a new SSD for the user’s preferred OS or games, the SPEC-ALPHA is ready for anything.

Next up are the Carbide Series 400Q and 400C cases with a similar internal design but unique exteriors.  They are full ATX cases and have the same Direct Airflow as the SPEC-ALPHA, however as the are larger you also have space to install a 360mm radiator in front, a 240mm radiator on top and a 120mm radiator in the rear.  The PSU and drives are installed at the bottom, the cover allows separated airflow as well as helping to give your system a clean look, especially if you take advantage of the included cable management features.  They will both retail at $99.99.


The 400Q features a solid side panel with sound dampening materials on all sides to help ensure quiet operation.


The 400C has a large window for those who prefer to show off their components and overall build quality.

Carbide 400C and Carbide 400Q

  • Clean, modern lines with an all-steel exterior: Get rid of those plastic cases – the 400C and 400Q have full steel front and top panels for extra durability and stunning looks.
  • Compact design, full size capabilities: Despite the 400C and 400Q’s compact dimensions, they can house a full ATX motherboard and multiple GPUs.
  • Direct Airflow Path: One way to reduce noise is to make sure fans don’t work harder than they have to. By removing the drive cages behind the intake fans, the 400C and 400Q provide a more efficient direct airflow path to the hottest components, the CPU and GPU.
  • Liquid cooling capable: With room for up to a 360mm radiator in front, a 240mm radiator on top, and a 120mm radiator in rear, the 400C and 400Q can mount a wide range of Corsair Hydro-series liquid coolers.
  • Two AF series fans: Corsair-exclusive AF120L and AF140L fans efficiently draw ample cool air directly to components without the turbulence that can cause fan hum.
  • Easy to Build: Tool-free drive installation, side panel access, and tons of cable routing options and tie downs means less time spent building a PC and more time using it.
  • PSU and 3.5” Bay Cover: It’s easy to tidy the inside of the case by placing cables and drives behind two modular, clean, and refined PSU and 3.5” bay covers.
  • Easy to Clean: Easily access dust filters on front, top, and bottom mean it’ll never take more than a minute getting dust out of the system.

Carbide 400Q Only
Silenced panels for quiet operation: Sound damping material placed on the front panel, side panels, and top panel reduces component noise.

Carbide 400C Only
Hinged and latched full side-panel window: Components are easily accessible and when closed, every part of the build is visible through the full side-panel window.


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Source: Corsair
Manufacturer: SilverStone

Introduction and Features


SilverStone recently introduced a new line of Platinum certified PC power supplies, which they claim are the world’s smallest 80 Plus Platinum, full-modular ATX power supplies. The new Strider Platinum Series currently includes three models, the ST55F-PT (550W), ST65F-PT (650W) and ST75F-PT (750W). All of the Strider Platinum Series PSUs are designed to provide quiet, reliable operation in a small package. The cooling fan incorporates Fluid Dynamic Bearings (FDB) for quiet-reliable operation and an intelligent fan control permits fanless operation at low power. While the typical 750W power supply enclosure measures 160mm (6.3”) deep, the Strider Platinum Series are housed in a 140mm chassis (5.5”).


(Courtesy of SilverStone)

The main focus of this review will be on the 750W ST75F-PT model, but the good folks at SilverStone also sent along one of the 550W (ST55F-PT) models so we will include test results for both units for comparison. It’s always nice to receive two different units in the same series to help confirm operation and performance parameters.


SilverStone Strider Platinum Series Key Features:
•    550W, 650W, and 750W DC power output
•    Compact design with a depth of only 140mm for easy integration
•    High efficiency with 80 Plus Platinum certification
•    100% Modular cables
•    Intelligent semi-fanless operation
•    Quiet 120mm cooling fan with Fluid Dynamic Bearing
•    24/7 Continuous power output with 40°C operating temperature
•    Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low AC ripple & noise
•    Dedicated single +12V rail
•    Conforms to ATX12V and EPS standards
•    Universal AC input (90-264V) with Active PFC
•    Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 140mm (L)



Here is what SilverStone has to say about the new Strider Platinum Series PSUs:  "As desktop computers continue to advance toward ever more efficient and smaller designs, SilverStone is helping to drive the efficiency movement by releasing the Strider Platinum Series of power supplies. Created to be the smallest fully modular ATX power supplies with 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, they are also incredibly quiet with the ability to run in fanless mode. If the loading condition is below 20%, the fan in the power supply can remain off for silent operation during idle or low powered computing activities. Other great features inherited from previous Strider series includes ±3% regulation, powerful single +12V rail, 24/7 continuous power output, and multiple PCI-E cables. For those looking to build highly efficient systems in small footprints, the Strider Platinum is definitely the best choice.

Please continue reading our review of the SilverStone 750W Platinum PSU!!!

Big on size, the Carbide Series 600Q is also quietly unassuming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 29, 2015 - 01:27 PM |
Tagged: corsair, Carbide Series 600Q, Carbide 600Q, eatx

Corsair may have been aiming for minimalist noise and style but certainly not minimalist size, at 454x260x535mm (18x10x21") this case will handle the largest of coolers, motherboards or GPUs with space to spare.  It contains a pair of 5.25" bays, three dedicated 2.5" bays and two 3.5/2.5" bays along with eight expansion slots and a pair of both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.  Watercoolers will love this case, with multiple locations available for your radiator to be installed as well as numerous grommets to keep cables out of the way, aircoolers will be able to install up to 6 fans.  [H]ard|OCP gave this $150 case a Gold Award, check out the full story here.


"Minimalist style" and "minimalist noise," is how Corsair describes its new Carbide Series 600Q computer chassis. While some might prefer a case that looks like it was designed by Voltron, Corsair goes the opposite direction with the 600Q and is looking to check all the boxes that make a chassis desirable; easy to use, quiet, and cool."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: EKWB

Introduction and First Impressions

EKWB now has a pair of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers on the market, and today we have the 240 mm variant on the test bench. Long known as a supplier of water blocks (the WB in EKWB stands for water blocks, after all) and other parts for custom liquid cooling, how will EKWB's foray into self-contained liquid CPU coolers fare?


The Predator 240 take a very different approach to self-contained CPU cooling, being a pre-assembled unit comprised of separate, and removable, parts. Though pre-filled and ready to use as a CPU cooler out of the box, the Predator 240 (and to a greater degree the larger Predator 360) can be expanded to cool additional components, and customized as the user desires.

This versitility doesn't come cheap, but the Predator is actually a pretty good value when you price out the components that make up the whole. Looking through EKWB's site the water block is available separately for $54.99, the radiator is $61.99, the two fans are $17.99 each, and then there's the pump, hoses, fittings, and coolant to buy.


Still, at $199.95 the Predator 240 is at the top of the heap for price in this category (among 240 mm options), regardless of the apparent quality of the components. And while this may have more in common with a custom loop than your typical all-in-one CPU cooler, the only thing that really matters is performance. To test this I put it to work on the cooling test bench against some of the other coolers I have on hand. We'll see what it can do.

Continue reading our review of the EK-XLC Predator 240 Liquid CPU Cooler!!

Holy Canola-ie

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 24, 2015 - 07:01 AM |
Tagged: canola oil

ASCII.jp has been immersing computing devices in canola oil, because I guess mineral oil is too safe or something. While the article is not very receptive to automatic translation, from what I gather, they've already toasted a couple devices. This time, they took an ECS LIVA Core to the dunk tank and filled it with about four liters of said canola oil, which is about a US gallon.

Again, if you're looking to do oil cooling yourself, just use mineral oil.


Image Credit: ASCII.jp

The PC was passively cooled, using just the circulation caused by currents of relatively warm oil. I say relatively warm, because the Core M has a single-digit expected wattage. They allowed OCCT to run for eight hours, which yielded a stable temperature of about 44C in a 24C room. Again, this is without pumps or radiators or anything like that. The only difference between this and passive air cooling is how effective oil is at absorbing heat, in speed and capacity, compared to air. That said, air is a fairly good insulator, so that should imply that oil has a better chance.

Source: ASCII.jp