Introduction and Case Exterior
FSP is a familiar name in power supplies, and in the last year we have also seen the company branch out with CPU coolers (with the excellent Windale series reviewed last year) and cases. The latest of these enclosures is the CMT520, the second in their CMT series and featuring front and side tempered glass panels to showcase no fewer than four included RGB fans.
Glass can of course present some obstacles to cooling performance, particularly when the front intake is covered (as the gap between glass and fans becomes crucial), so we will see if the case's performance is equal to the elegance of its looks in this review.
The CMT520 pictured sporting very colorful fans (image via FSP)
First a look at specifications from FSP:
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Color: Black
- Materials: SPCC, Tempered glass x2
- M/B Type: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, ITX
- Expansion Slots: 8
- 3.5-inch Drive Bays: 2
- 2.5-inch Drive Bays: 4
- Power Supply Type: ATX
- Component Clearance:
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 163mm
- Maximum VGA Card Length: 423mm
- Cooling System
- Front: 120mm RGB Fan x3 (included)
- Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x1 (included)
- Fan & Water Cooler Support:
- Front: 120mm/140mm x3, or 360mm Radiator x1
- Top: 120mm x 3/140mm x2 or 360mm Radiator x1
- Rear: 120mm x1
- I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio
- Dimension LxWxH: 495 x 215 x 510 mm (19.49 x 8.46 x 20.08 inches)
- Weight: 8.5 kg
Pricing and availability:
- FSP CMT Series CMT520 Case: $104.99, Amazon.com
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, enermax. MaxTytan, 1250W, 80 Plus Platinum
While most of the world has been focused on the World Cup, [H]ard|OCP have been reviewing power supplies ... a lot of power supplies. Start off with the biggest of them all, the 1250W Enermax MaxTytan with an 80 Plus Platinum and 12V rails that combined can provide 104A. As you can see from the picture below, there are an obscene amount of power connectors available, such as 16 SATA and eight 6+2 PCIe cables so you should not have any problems powering your peripherals at all. Apart from the price, which is a bit above the competition, [H]ard|OCP have no qualms recommending this for a big system build.
"The MaxTytan is the flagship product in the lineup of Enermax power supplies. This is the largest capacity it builds and promises to deliver excellent efficiency. Semi-fanless features makes sure this PSU stays quiet up to ~70% load. It also has a very unique feature in that it will show you the power wattage being delivered on an LCD panel right on the PSU."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W PSU 10 Years Later @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic PRIME 1200W Platinum @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec HCG Extreme Series 1000W PSU @ Kitguru
- Seasonic PRIME Ultra 1000W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Platinum 850W PSU @ [H]ard|OCP
- SilverStone SFX SX650-G 650W @ [H]ard|OCP
- FSP CMT520 @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sterrox, noctua, NF-P12 redux, NF-A12
One of these two new fans from Noctua are constructed of Sterrox, which we have seen a fair amount of advertising for recently. According to the PR, the new material should allow for tighter spacing between the fan blades and the frame of the fan; these feature a minuscule 0.5mm of clearance compared to the common gap of 1.5-3mm. The Guru of 3D pulled out their anemometer to see if this design has any effect on airflow and in the case of the NF-A12, how the PWM, FLX and ultra low noise adapters change performance and acoustics. Take a look through the full review to get your answers.
"Especially our fans and your fans, a review on that new Sterrox based Noctua fan. Well, that and many more newly released ones. Noctua recently released new Sterrox manufactured 120mm fans in a wide range of configurations. The NF-A12 series, however, has been a fan series they worked on for four years! In this group test, we'll put nine recent Noctua fans to the test, and compared them in cooling performance, noise levels and airflow."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua 120mm Fan Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Raijintek Leto Pro RGB @ Guru of 3D
- Cooler Master MA621P TR4 @ Modders Inc
- Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev.2 @ Guru of 3D
- NZXT H500i @ Benchmark Reviews
- Antec P6 Compact Micro-ATX Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MasterCase H500M @ Kitguru
- Cougar Panzer Evo RGB @ Neoseeker
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500, atx
Cooler Master have added a new case to the MasterCase family, the simple and clean H500. They did not remove any major functionality, simply cut down on some of the extras that many do not want as well as reducing the price to $100.
The case ships with two front panels, one made of mesh and the other completely transparent so you can pick which will frame the pair of 200mm RGB fans installed on the front. The top features a grill, magnetically attached and easy to remove which guards your cooling solution up top, either a pair of 120 or140mm coolers or a single 200mm fan. If you prefer watercooling, the front can handle a radiator of up to 360mm, the top a 240mm rad and there is room on the back for a 120mm fan or AiO watercooler exhaust.
The case is 525x228x502mm (20.7x9x19.8") and is able to handle ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, and a GPU of 16" in length. Of course, it does come with an RGB controller to keep the addicts happy.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., JULY 3, 2018– Cooler Master, and award winning computer hardware and gaming peripherals manufacturer, today announced the release of the MasterCase H500, further expanding the H-Series known for its two iconic, 200mm fans.
The MasterCase H500 is the latest case released within the H-Series. In comparison to its predecessors, the MasterCase H500M and H500P, the MasterCase H500 is more simplistic in options and modularity, but retains the essential H-Series characteristics. For gamers that prefer mesh, added portability, and a straightforward building experience, the MasterCase H500 offers an alternative that still keeps the series’ essential features.
For a choice between maximum airflow and aesthetics, the MasterCase H500 comes with both mesh and transparent acrylic front panel attachments. Users can easily swap between the two by removing the front panel and changing the insert. Management of the two 200mm RGB fans is made possible via included controller that can also be connected directly to the reset switch to cycle through pre-set lighting modes.
The top panel of the MasterCase H500 is capable of housing an additional, optional, 200mm fan, up to 280mm radiator and a 360mm radiator in the front. In true form, the H500 also offers support for a clean build with added front cable cover and PSU cover for easy cable management. In addition, Cooler Master simplified the top panel of the H500 by replacing the traditional structured bar design with a simple magnetic dust filter.
The updated tempered glass side panel of the H500 is fastened by two, captive thumb screws that are held in place with rubber grommets to prevent users from misplacing their screws when removed.
Friction mounts for the SSD can be found behind the motherboard. Without tools, four pegs are installed on the SSD and simply placed into the rubber holes, this will secure the SSD to prevent it from moving. A subtle handle placed on the top panel has been added to the H500 for ease of transportation. For more information about the MasterCase H500, please visit our website HERE.
Pricing & Availability
The MasterCase H500 is available for pre-sale, today, at a starting MSRP of $99.99 on Newegg.
Introduction and Features
It’s been almost two years since we first looked at Seasonic’s top of the line PRIME 750W Titanium power supply. Since then Seasonic has tweaked the design, increased the warranty to 12-years, and added “Ultra” to the name. So what else has changed? Is the PRIME Ultra Titanium still one of the best power supplies money can buy?
Sea Sonic Electronics Co., Ltd has been designing and building PC power supplies since 1981 and they are one of the most highly respected manufacturers in the world. Not only do they market power supplies under their own Seasonic name but they are the OEM for numerous other big-name brands.
Seasonic’s PRIME Ultra lineup was introduced last year with the Titanium Ultra Series, which currently includes four models: 1000W, 850W, 750W, and 650W. Additional PRIME models with both Platinum and Gold efficiency certifications as well as a fanless model are also available.
All of the PRIME Ultra Titanium Series PSUs come with all modular cables and are certified to comply with the 80 Plus Titanium efficiency criteria; the highest available. The power supplies are designed to deliver extremely tight voltage regulation on the three primary rails (+3.3V, +5V and +12V) and they provide superior AC ripple and noise suppression. Add in an upgraded super-quiet 135mm cooling fan with a Fluid Dynamic Bearing and a 12-year warranty, and you have the formula for an outstanding PC power supply.
Seasonic PRIME Ultra Titanium Series PSU Key Features:
• 1000W, 850W, 750W or 650W continuous DC output
• Ultra-high efficiency, 80 PLUS Titanium certified
• Micro-Tolerance Load Regulation (MTLR)
• Top-quality 135mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan
• Premium Hybrid Fan Control (allows fanless operation at low power)
• Superior AC ripple and noise suppression (under 20 mV)
• Fully modular cabling design
• Multi-GPU technologies supported
• Gold-plated high-current terminals
• Protections: OPP,OVP,UVP,SCP,OCP and OTP
• 12-Year Manufacturer’s warranty
• MSRP $179.99 USD
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2018 - 03:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, SFF, LGA 1151, lga 1150, Intel
Following the release of the Engine 27 two years ago, Thermaltake is taking another stab at the Sandia Labs and CoolChip Technologies inspired air bearing metallic fan heatsink with the tiny Engine 17 cooler which, at a mere 17mm tall, is suitable for even the smallest SFF systems. The Engine 17 CPU cooler is compatible with the newer Intel 115x sockets (LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, and 1156). Measuring 95.1mm x 95.1mm x 17mm, the heatsink features a round nickel plated copper base that contacts the CPU IHS. A metallic PWM fan (9 CFM) with 40 blades spins at at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM while a thin layer of air acts as both a bearing and a heat exchange layer. A ring of 119 angled stationary fins surround the fan and help with cooling.
The Engine 17 cooler has a notably small footprint with the entire cooler staying well within the bounds of the socket mounting holes and barely covering the VRMs in Thermaltake's demo images. There is definitely no need to worry about RAM compatibility with this cooler. The downside, of course, is that the size limits the processors it can cool. Thermaltake claims that the smaller Engine 17 cooler can cool up to 35W TDP processors and while it may not win any temperature feats, it should at least be fairly quiet (it is rated at 11 to 23 dBA). It would enable a very thin SFF system with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE or Ryzen 3 2200GE or Intel Coffee Lake T-series e.g. i7-8700T) CPU. Such a system could be used as a quiet and discreet home theater PC or game streaming endpoint or (as Thermaltake is playing up) in a 1U server for low power servers and networking devices.
The Thermaltake Engine 17 will be available soon though exact dates and pricing are still to be determined. It will likely be a bit less than the larger $47 Engine 27 cooler though.
- CoolChip Technologies Teases New Kinetic Cooler For Skylake Processors
- CoolChip Technologies and Cooler Master Show Kinetic Cooling - CES 2015 [Video]
- The fanless heatsink: Silent, dust-immune, and almost ready for prime time @ ExtremeTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2018 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, ML240R RGB, MasterLiquid, AIO, watercooler
The Frag Harder Disco Lights are back, Cooler Master's ML240 RGB lets you have a party in your parts. In the package you get 4 pin RGB extension cable, a 3 pin RGB extension cable, a 3-way 3 pin RGB splitter, four 3 pin and one 4 pin RGB connectors, which connect to the physical ARGB Controller. The buttons give you total control over the speed and patterns of your RGBs, and you can use the ARGB Lighting Control Software to program your own preferred display.
Confusingly, the package [H]ard|OCP received also contained some sort of radiator, with a round plate connected by two hoses ... you can see what they did with those in this article.
"Cooler Master's claim to fame with the ML240R RGB is, you guessed it, "THE MOST COLORFUL WAY TO COOL." Its Master Liquid series has recently gotten high praise from us when it comes to keeping your CPU cool using an All-In-One cooler. Cooler Master has taken its successful model and adorned it with lots of Frag Harder Disco Lights."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master ML240R RGB Liquid Cooler @ Kitguru
- Be quiet! Silent Loop 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM Fan @ Benchmark Reviews
- DeepCool NEW ARK 90 Tower Chassis with LCS @ Guru of 3D
Introduction and Case Exterior
The SilverStone Redline Series RL07 offers a stylish exterior with an interesting front panel design and a tempered glass side panel, and the interior is all business with a typically open layout for what should be an easy build. The solid front panel and quiet 140 mm rear exhaust fan suggest low noise levels, but how cool does this case keep the components in our test setup? We will explore both the build process and performance in this review.
"SilverStone’s Redline RL07 is a tower chassis with spectacular front panel design mated to a functional and practical internal structure. It has audacious, one of a kind asymmetrical styling that pays homage to earlier aggressive Redline series chassis launched in 2012 but elevates with details often only available on cases costing much more. On the inside, the RL07 has many modern features such as power supply / drive shroud, convenient tool-less drive trays, quick access dust filter and smart backside cable routing design. So it not only has highly flexible space for installing all popular core components, it also has incredible support for a myriad of cooling configurations. There are four total 120 / 140mm fan slots around the case with maximum radiator support of up to 360mm to meet the needs of PC enthusiasts of all levels."
- Material: Steel front panel, steel body, tempered glass side panel
- Motherboard: ATX ( up to 12" x 11") , Micro-ATX
- Expansion slots: 7
- Drive bays: 3.5" x3 (compatible with 2.5"), 2.5" x3
- Cooling system:
- Front: 3x 120 / 140mm fan slot
- Rear: 1x 120 / 140mm fan slot (1x 140mm exhaust PWM fan included)
- Radiator support:
- Front: 120mm x2, 240mm / 280mm / 360mm x1
- Rear: 120mm / 140mm x1
- CPU cooler: Up to 167mm
- Graphics card: Compatible up to 16.3" (415 mm) length, 6.57" (167 mm) width
- Power supply: ATX, up to 190 mm length
- Front I/O ports: USB 2.0 x2, USB 3.0 x2, 3.5 mm audio, mic
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 226 x 488 x 465 mm (8.9 x 19.21 x 18.31 inches)
- Weight: 8.2 kg
- SilverStone Redline RL07: $109.99, Amazon.com
When viewed from the front the RL07 looks pretty conventional, with a solid front panel that is common to most mid-tower cases these days (other than the high-airflow models of course), punctuated by the red line down the middle that frames the split design when viewed off-angle.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2018 - 07:39 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermoelectric, TEC, liquid cooling, cooler master, computex 2018, computex, AIO
In addition to cases and massive amounts of RGB Cooler Master had a prototype closed loop cooler on display at Computex that combines an all in one liquid cooling loop with a TEC element that cools the water to sub-ambient temperatures.
TechPowerUp snapped photos from the show floor.
Thermoelectric coolers aren't anything new (and this isn't Cooler Master's first foray with TECs), but the hybrid approach is an interesting one. The AIO loop appears to work like a water chiller cooler would with the TEC not having direct contact with the processor but rather it is used to give the single 120mm liquid loop radiator a boost by pulling lots of heat out of the water before hitting the radiator. According to Computex attendees the loop order flows from the CPU block to the TEC element where water is passed across one side of the side and the other hot side is cooled by a large heatsink which uses four heatpipes and dual fin stacks along with two fans in a package about the size of a 240mm radiator. From there, the chilled water passes through a traditional water cooling radiator and then the cool water goes to the CPU block.
The thermoelectric cooler uses the Peltier effect where electricity (DC) is passed between an array of thermocouples that sit between two layers (usually ceramics) creating an effect where heat is drawn from one side to the other with the cool side able to be cooled below ambient temperatures while the hot side needs to be cooled by a heatsink to prevent it from overheating and reducing efficiency and/or damaging the materials.
According to PC World, Cooler Master has stated that their prototype TEC will be rated at 300W TDP which is quite a bit higher than the approximately 180W of a 240mm traditional AIO. Gordon Mah Ung was able to perform some cursory testing with a FLIR camera attached to his smartphone where he saw the cooler demonstrate its ability to cool the water used in the loop 10 to 15-degrees below ambient where it was around 80°F (~26.7°C) in the packed Computex show floor and 64 to 70°F for the water as measured by the FLIR when pointing at the radiator and tubing. Further, Cooler Master had a temperature probe at the CPU block where it measured 20°C (likely no heat load as no processor was hooked up heh). This boosted cooling performance does come with a tradeoff, however. The TEC's hot side will need to be cooled (noise) and the TEC itself will draw as much as 150W of power (it will use standard connectors that a PC PSU can drive) in order to work its cooling magic (so higher electricity usage/cost).
My first thought was that the hybrid cooler could prove useful in a SFF system by offering cooling potential that would just otherwise not be possible in the form factor with the thinking that the cooler would not need to cool to crazy low temperatures, but just enough to match the performance of a much larger water cooling loop. Gordon Mah Ung from PC World also posits that the cooler would be useful in situations where ambient temperatures are very high (say, summer months in the south with no or underpowered AC) as the TEC would be able to keep processor temperatures in check (allowing enthusiasts to maintain their overclock or at least keep stock clocks and Turbo Boost without thermal throttling) where air cooling or water cooling cannot as the best they can do is cool to ambient.
Apparently, the hybrid cooler will also be able to push things if you do want to go for higher overclocks for benchmarking runs or improved gaming performance.
One concern with thermoelectric and other sub-ambient cooling methods is condensation which can build up on the outside of cool parts like the tubing and blocks and can potentially cause instability or damage to PC components. Traditionally, the tubing and area around the CPU socket would need to be insulated to protect from this. Cooler Master's design, I don't think, is immune to this but by moving the TEC away from the processor and using it to cool the water (so no direct contact), it is allegedly much less of an issue and if the TEC is just used to provide a bit of a boost to the water loop rather than going for as low temperatures as possible the risk should be minimal.
There is no word on specific pricing or release dates, but several sites are reporting that it will be available later this year with "competitive pricing". I would guess this cooler is going to be at the high end of water cooling AIOs and expandable kits at minimum which is to say probably around $300+. (Looking on Amazon, EKWB kit with 360mm radiator is $370, you can find kits with 240mm radiators for between two-to-three hundred dollars, and a used custom loop starts around there if you find a forum deal.)
What do you think about this cooler? I am interested in seeing the reviews on this and whether it is able to combine the best of both water and TEC cooling worlds.
- CoolIt Systems Freezone Peltier CPU Cooler Review (2006) by Lee Garbutt @ PC Perspective
- Phononic's New Hex 2.0 TEC Is CPU Cooling Alternative For SFF Systems
- It's been a long time since we've seen a Peltier cooler
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2018 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Crystal 280X, corsair, MicroATX, CUE
Recently announced at CES, the Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is up for review over at The Tech Report. This microATX is wider than your average breadbox, 398x276x351mm (15.7x10.9x13.8") which gives you room for a 240mm rad and numerous 120/140mm fans on almost any side you desire, including the bottom. Corsair CUE software will ensure all your RGBs blink in sync and with three tempered glass sides you will be able to see all of them. Head on over for a better look at Corsair's newest case.
"Corsair's Crystal Series 280X RGB is an unabashedly high-end microATX enclosure—a unicorn, in other words. We built up a high-end system worth of this enclosure and put the 280X RGB to the test to see if its performance can keep up with its striking looks."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Crystal Series 280X @ Guru of 3D
- Enermax LiqFusion 240 RGB @ Modders Inc
- XSPC RayStorm Pro X4 Photon AX360 WaterCooling Kit Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB @ Modders-Inc
- Reeven NAIA 240 @ TechPowerUp