Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2017 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: optimus, V1 Silver, waterblock, watercooler
The name might fool you, but Optimus designs watercoolers for Intel's LGA 115X and 20XX sockets and their V1 Silver is the initial offering to the public, and of reviewers of course. The cooler is designed with 0.005" fins and 0.004" channels, with directional water flow which is the only challenge when installing, otherwise [H]ard|OCP were very impressed with the ease in which the V1 was installed. That said, [H] greatly improved the performance of the cooler by adding heavier springs; doing so allowed this cooler to surpass the XSPC RayStorm Neo and take the Gold at the end of the review. Check out the full review, plus a strip show, right here.
"Optimus Water Cooling may be a company that you are not familiar with. That is because this is its first publicly available computer water cooling product in retail. Optimus is a US company building products made and sourced right here in the good ole US of A. We just took delivery of it new V1 Silver water block for Intel sockets."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Swiftech Apogee SKF TR4 Water Block Breakdown @ [H]ard|OCP
- Arctic Freezer 33 TR @ Kitguru
- 2017 RGB Fan Multi Vendor Roundup @ Modders-Inc
- Zalman Z-Machine X7 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Antec P8 @ TechPowerUp
- be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Review @ OCC
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2017 - 03:06 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB LED, RGB, mid tower, jonsbo, eatx, atx, aluminum case
Jonsbo, a Shenzhen based case manufacturer founded in 2010 has unleashed a new stylish flagship mid tower called the UMX5. The new case measures 507mm x 224mm x 485mm and is constructed of a steel frame wrapped in anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy and tempered glass. The new case has a ribbed design that runs vertically over the top and front panels. Jonsbo claims that the valleys have been sandblasted to dull their look while the 5.5mm tall wiredrawn peaks/ribs have been polished to enhance the contrast and catch the eye.
There is a gap of 3.5cm between the bottom of the main chamber of the case and the foot for ventilation and looks (it is under-lit with RGB LEDs of course). The back panel is fairly plain though they have opted for a honeycomb style fan grill for the included 120mm exhaust fan. The side panels steal the show with 5mm thick double sided tempered glass on both sides of the case to show off all of the internals (I am less sold on the idea of the right-side panel being glass as that means I would have to actually cable manage and not just hide it all behind the motherboard tray! Custom sleeved PSU cables that are the exact length needed are going to be essential to making builds in this case look good. The tempered glass does have a bit of a tint to it though so it's not the end fo the world.)
The front 1/3 or so of the left side panel is overlaid by a honeycomb pattern that can be illuminated by a RGB LED. Front I/O includes the usual two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks as well as a button to change the LEDs color scheme or to turn them off completely.
Users can set the case LEDs to color change mode where it will cycle through 264 colors, to a single color of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, pink, turquoise, or orange, to a (red only) breathing mode, or set to off.
The UMX5 is designed for ATX motherboards, but it can work with a small number of E-ATX models (305mm x 265mm maximum). Further, the UMX5 mid tower supports CPU coolers up to 166mm tall and graphics cards up to 325mm long. There are four 3.5” hard drive bays with red anodized aluminum sleds as well as room for two 2.5” drives behind the motherboard tray. The PSU sits vertically behind the motherboard tray and hidden towards the front of the case behind a glass cover along with the hard drives.
As far as cooling, there are fan mounting points in the top, bottom, and rear though Jonsbo only includes a single 120mm rear fan. Users can add up to two 120mm fans to the top and two 120mm fans to the bottom. If they are water cooling, they can use up to two 240mm radiators top and bottom and a single 120mm in the rear. If using a thick radiator, you can mount the bottom fans outside of the case in the 35mm ventilation chamber gap.
The case has an MSRP of 199.99 € (Euro) including 19% VAT (~$200 USD sans VAT). I can’t seem to find it available online anywhere quite yet, but it should hit Europe shortly. It’s not clear how long it will be (if ever) until it hits the US, however.
In general, I like the look of the case, though I wish the red drive trays and side panel could be swapped out for different colors. The silver UMX5 is a bit better in this respect as it does not have the red border on the left side panel (it’s all silver except the drive trays which are red), but the black UMX5 is stuck with the red border which is okay if you are also using red LEDs but just looks odd if you are going with any other color. Beyond that the case is on the pricier side of things, but if the build quality (and cable management) is truly there the modders and enthusiasts will come!
The PM01 Gets an Upgrade
SilverStone’s Primera PM01-RGB is an updated version of the PM01 we reviewed last year, and in addition to new RGB lighting effects indicated by the name, the PM01-RGB also features a tempered glass side panel rather than the plastic window of the first version. We will take a look at the matte black version - (glossy black and white are also available) and see how it performs.
SilverStone fans will likely have noticed that the Primera PM01 had some of the Raven DNA, with a sloping top panel and slightly aggressive style, though somewhat softer than cases like that first RV01 enclosure. The Primera PM01-RGB is a standard ATX mid-tower, and due to a large partition hiding the lower section of the case it is a little smaller internally that it appears from the outside.
While things were a little tight with a liquid cooler installed on the upper mounts with our PM01 last year, the case still held a standard build without issue and offered very good cooling thanks to the large mesh front panel and included intake fans. And it’s this front intake area that provides much of the difference this time around, as it now features RGB lighting for the fans along with an integrated light strip for the side panel, both of which are managed with an onboard LED control (or ASUS Aura Sync with compatible motherboards).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2017 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: noctua, NH-U9, U12S, U14S, amd, Threadripper, air cooling
The majority of the coolers we have seen for Threadripper are AiO watercoolers, but that doesn't mean there aren't any air coolers that can tame these beasts. The Guru of 3D tested three such coolers, Noctua's NH-U9, U12S and U14S. The coolers are large enough that they do impinge on your DDR4 slots, low profile memory is a good idea for all three, especially the the NH-U9 which is the largest of the three. The latter two have fans which can be moved up to allow DIMMs with extra height but that can create extra turbulence and noise. Read the full review to see how well these coolers perform.
"We review three Noctua CPU coolers designed for Ryzen Threadripper / X399 motherboards with Socket TR4/SP3. All three coolers tested have recently been introduced into the channel with kicks performance and versus some really nice airflow, PWM controlled fan. Noctua is re-using their older model NH-U9 - NH-U12S NH-U14S, however, revamped base cooling base plate and the mounting mechanism to fully cover the Threadripper heat spreader."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua NH-L12S Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Corsair ML120 PRO RGB Fan @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair LL120 RGB Fan @ TechPowerUp
- be quiet! Dark Base 700 @ Benchmark Reviews
- mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case Review @ OCC
- Gigabyte Aorus AC300W ATX Mid-Tower Chassis @ Guru of 3D
- EVGA DG-77 Case Review featuring the Star Wars TITAN Xp @ BabelTechReviews
- Cougar Conquer @ TechPowerUp
Introduction and Features
Cooler Master recently updated the MasterWatt Series, which now includes four new MasterWatt power supplies ranging in output capacity from 450W up to 750W. All four power supplies feature semi-fanless operation, modular cables, 80 Plus Bronze level efficiency, and come backed with a 5-year warranty. Note: the two MasterWatt Maker 1200W PSUs are 80 Plus Titanium certified and come with a 7-year warranty while the two MasterWatt Lite PSUs are 80 Plus white, have fixed cables and come with a 3-year warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the MasterWatt 550W PSU in this review.
Cooler Master MasterWatt 550W PSU Key Features:
• 550W Continuous DC output at up to 40°C
• Semi-fanless operation (under 15% load)
• Modular cables
• 80 PLUS Bronze certified
• DC-to-DC converters for +3.3V and +5V outputs
• Single +12V output
• Quiet 120mm Silencio cooling fan
• Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input (100 to 240 VAC)
• Safety protections: OPP, OVP, UVP, OCP, OTP and SCP
• MSRP: $59.99 USD
• 5-Year warranty
Here is what Cooler Master has to say about their new MasterWatt PSUs:
“The MasterWatt is a 80 Plus Bronze power supply with an innovative semi-fanless mode. Under 15% load, the MasterWatt fan remains idle, offering zero dBA. When demand for power increases, a gradual fan curve provides measured cooling with little to no noise at any output level. Dual forward / DC-to-DC topology are employed to keep the voltage stable in all conditions. For increased performance, MaterWatt is equipped with 16 AWG power cables, which reduce resistance thereby increasing efficiency.”
The Smaller Crystal Series Case
Corsair’s Crystal Series of mid-tower enclosures offer plenty of tempered glass to show off your build and are available with both single-color and full RGB case fans pre-installed. We previously reviewed the RGB version of the larger Crystal 570X, and today we are looking at the RGB version of the more compact Crystal 460X.
The Crystal cases differ in more than size, as the big 570X is a four-panel design that includes tempered glass on the left side, right side, case front, and top. This smaller Crystal 460X is a two-panel design with tempered glass on the left (component) side and case front, with a standard steel back panel and vented top. There is a cost difference between the two as well, with the $139.99 MSRP of the RGB 460X set $40 below the 570X at $179.99.
The design of the Crystal 460X is reminiscent of the Carbide Clear 400C (see our review here), another compact mid-tower crom Corsair with essentially the same internal layout. The appeal of these tempered glass cases is obviously to show off your build and lighting, and in that department the Crystal 460X stands out against other smaller mid-towers - in the era of tempered glass case side panels - with the matching full glass front panel.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2017 - 10:16 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: fsp, 2000w, 80plus platinum
While it looks like the product has made an appearance on their blog as early as July, FSP Technology Inc. has just officially announced their FSP2000-A0AGPBI ATX power supply. If you’re attempting to parse the model number, then yes, the 2000 stands for 2000 watts. While it’s not a single-rail design, which would have been impressive, it can deliver six different streams of 12V@30A through sixteen 6- or 8-pin (PCI-E 6+2 pin) connectors.
At this point, you might be thinking: how can you deliver 2000W through a wall outlet? 15 amps through a 115-volt outlet has a theoretical maximum of about 1725W. Simple! Use a 230V outlet.
A better question is “Why would you drive eight dual-eight-pin GPUs?” The official answer is workstations, servers, and industrial power systems. The unofficial answer, especially considering their aforementioned blog post in July, is coin mining. Because of course it is. Of course it is.
As an added bonus, the FSP 2000W power supply is rated 80PLUS Platinum. It doesn’t look like FSP has announced pricing or availability yet, though.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2017 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: mid-tower, fsp, CMT120, CMT110
FSP's new CMT 110 and 120 share a lot in common, indeed it is only the exterior which differentiates them. These mid-towers have space for seven cards, two 5.25" drives, two 3.5" drives hidden in the PSU shroud and an SSD on the back.
Inside is space to mount up to six 120mm fans, the front can hold two which would allow you to accommodate a dual fan radiator if you so desired. The case is roomy enough for a heatsink 160mm tall and a GPU of up to 340mm long without needing you to remove a drive cage. The two models feature a magnetically attached grill on the top to keep any crumbs out of your system and are easily removed cleaning for cleaning. The CMT 120 offers a transparent plastic window for those with exhibitionist tendencies while the CMT 110 offers a metal side panel with a fan mount. You can see the full PR below the internal shot.
【Taipei, Taiwan - Nov.22th, 2017】FSP just added 2 new members to their CMT series, CMT110 and CMT120. These 2 mid-tower cases each offers 2 options to fit users’ preferences, a transparent side panel on the CMT110 and a solid side panel on the CMT120.Both versions adopted a clean cable management layout to allow users to easily route their cables for the motherboards and parts. The cases are able to fit a 160mm tall heat sink, a graphics card up to 340mm long, and an ATX form factor PSU to the case. Both cases come with a dust filer to protect your parts, and the top panel of the case is built with a magnetic dust filter for easy access.
These cases are designed with good airflow intake in mind, thus they are built with neat interior to help cool down the temperature inside. The PSU guard design creates an independent upper and lower wind channels for optimized cooling results. There are 6 fan mounts available for users who would like to upgrade their cases further, they can mount two additional 120mm fans on the front panel, one 1220mm fan on the top panel, two 120mm fans inside, and one 120mm fan on the back panel.
Although these cases are compact in size, they still have plenty of space for your customized upgrades. Both of them support the standard ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, provide two 5.25” disk bays, two 3.5” HDD bays, one 2.5” HDD bay, and seven PCI-E expansion slots. Users can easily turn their ordinary PC to a gaming PC. The I/O on the front panel features one USB2.0 port and at least one USB3.0 port for users’ convenience.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2017 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, ML120 Pro RGB, ML140 Pro RGB, Lighting Node PRO, Corsair Link, hub
Corsair's ML120 and ML140 Pro RGB fans connect physically to the Lighting Node Pro or RGB hub, allowing you to use Corsair's Link software to program animated RGB lighting inside your case. The price of these fans sets a high bar for them to meet, a three pack of ML120 Pro RGBs with the RGB Hun and Lighting Node Pro will cost you $120 or a two pack of the ML140s plus controller runs you $100. The Tech Report tested the fans against CoolerMaster's MasterFans and were quite impressed, Corsair's fans provided more effective cooling performance as well as being significantly quieter. If you are in the need for high end RGB fans, this is a decent investment but you really have to need them.
"Corsair's ML120 Pro RGB fans pair an innovative magnetic-levitation bearing with RGB LED lighting for a fan that's both functional and flashy. We put a trio of these spinners to the test to see whether their performance matches their good looks."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair ML120 RGB Pro Series Magnetic Levitation Fan @ Guru of 3D
- DarkSide GT 1450 RPM Black Edition Fan @ TechPowerUp
- Aerocool Project 7 C1 Pro @ Kitguru
- Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift X Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- be quiet! Dark Base 700 Chassis @ Kitguru
- BitFenix Enso @ Guru of 3D
- Raidmax Narwhal Review @ OCC
- be quiet! Dark Base 700 @ Modders-Inc
- be quiet! Dark Base 700 @ Guru of 3D
- Phanteks Eclipse P300 – Tempered Glass and RGB lighting Chassis @ Kitguru
- be quiet! Pure Base 600 Case @ Modders-Inc
- Rosewill Cullinan MX @ TechPowerUp
Introduction and Case Exterior
The In Win 301 is a mini tower case with a tempered glass side panel that sells for less than $70. How good is it? Dollar for dollar it could be the best affordable case on the market right now. That's a pretty bold statement, and you'll just have to read the whole review to see if I'm right.
In Win is one of the most unique enclosure makers in the industry, with designs running from elegant simplicity to some of the most elaborate and expensive cases we’ve ever seen. Though well-known for the striking tou 2.0 and the show-stopping (and motorized) H-Frame, in recent years In Win has expanded its offering in the affordable enclosure space, and there is no better example of this than the case we have for you today.
The 301, smaller sibling to the 303, is beautiful in its simplicity, thoughtfully designed for ease of use (as we will see here), and very affordable - even with its tempered-glass side panel, a signature of In Win enclosures. Sound too good to be true? It is limited to micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, but if you’re looking for an option for a small form-factor build with room for full-sized components, this might just end up on your short list. Let’s take a close look at this stylish mini-tower case!