Slap a big brown Noctua blower on your Threadripper

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2017 - 04:32 PM |
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."

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Source: Guru of 3D
Manufacturer: Cooler Master

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.

Please continue reading our review of the CM MasterWatt 550W PSU!!!

Manufacturer: Corsair

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.


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Because Why Not Plug Your PC into a Drier Outlet?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2017 - 10:16 PM |
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.

Source: FSP Group

FSP Launched the New Series CMT110 and CMT120 Mid-Tower Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2017 - 02:47 PM |
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.

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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.

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【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.

Source: FSP Group

Corsair's flashy new RGB fans and controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2017 - 01:56 PM |
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."

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Manufacturer: In Win

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!


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Allied Control Showing Off Immersion Cooling at SC17

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2017 - 10:09 PM |
Tagged: Supercomputing Conference, supercomputing, liquid cooling, immersion cooling, HPC, allied control, 3M

PC Gamer Hardware (formerly Maximum PC) spotted a cool immersion cooling system being shown off at the SuperComputing conference in Denver, Colorado earlier this month. Allied Control who was recently acquired by BitFury (popular for its Bitcoin mining ASICs) was at the show with a two phase immersion cooling system that takes advantage of 3M's Novec fluid and a water cooled condesor coil to submerge and cool high end and densely packed hardware with no moving parts and no pesky oil residue.

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Nick Knupffer (@Nick_Knupffer) posted a video (embedded below) of the cooling system in action cooling a high end processor and five graphics cards. The components are submerged in a non-flamable, non-conductive fluid that has a very low boiling point of 41°C. Interestingly, the heatsinks and fans are removed allowing for direct contact between the fluid and the chips (in this case there is a copper baseplate on the CPU but bare ASICs can also be cooled). When the hardware is in use, heat is transfered to the liquid which begins to boil off from a liquid to a vapor / gaseous state. The vapor rises to the surface and hits a condensor coil (which can be water cooled) that cools the gas until it turns back into a liquid and falls back into the tank. The company has previously shown off an overclocked 20 GPU (250W) plus dual Xeon system that was able to run flat out (The GPUs at 120% TDP) running deep learning as well as mining Z-Cash when not working on HPC projects while keeping all the hardware well under thermal limits and not throttling. Cnet also spotted a 10 GPU system being shown off at Computex (warning autoplay video ad!).

According to 3M, two phase immersion cooling is extremely efficient (many times more than air or even water) and can enable up to 95% lower energy cooling costs versus conventional air cooling. Further, hardware can be packed much more tightly with up to 100kW/square meter versus 10kW/sq. m with air meaning immersion cooled hardware can take up to 10% less floor space and the heat produced can be reclaimed for datacenter building heating or other processes.



Neat stuff for sure even if it is still out of the range of home gaming PCs and mining rigs for now! Speaking of mining BitFury plans to cool a massive 40+ MW ASIC mining farm in the Republic of Georgia using an Allied Control designed immersion cooling system (see links below)!

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Source: PC Gamer
Manufacturer: SilverStone

Introduction and Features



It has been several years since we looked at a true SFX form factor power supply, but today we are going to take a detailed look at one of SilverStone’s new SFX units, the SX650-G. As one of the original manufacturers of SFX power supplies, Silverstone Technology Co. is meeting demand with new products; continuing to expand their product offering with two new SFX units, the SX500-G and SX650-G.


(SX = SFX Form Factor, 650 = 650W, and G = 80 Plus Gold certified)

SilverStone has a long-standing reputation for providing a full line of high quality enclosures, power supplies, cooling components, and accessories for PC enthusiasts. With a continued focus on smaller physical size and support for small form-factor enthusiasts, SilverStone added the new SX-G power supplies to their SFX form factor series. There are now ten power supplies in SilverStone’s SFX Series, ranging in output capacity from 300W to 800W. Unlike the larger SX-L units which are 30mm (1.2”) longer than a standard SFX chassis, the SX650-G retains the original SFX dimensions.


(Courtesy of SilverStone)

The new SX650-G power supply features high efficiency (80 Plus Gold certified) and comes with all modular flat ribbon-style cables.


SilverStone SX650-G PSU Key Features:

•    Small Form Factor (SFX) design
•    650W continuous power output
•    Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) fan for quiet, reliable operation
•    80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency
•    Powerful single +12V rail with 54.2A capacity
•    All-modular, flat ribbon-style cables
•    High quality construction with all Japanese capacitors
•    Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low AC ripple and noise
•    Support for high-end GPUs with four PCI-E 8/6-pin connectors
•    Safety Protections: OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP, and OPP

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FSP's new CMT510 tempered glass enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2017 - 03:26 PM |
Tagged: RGB, fsp, CMT510

FSP's new CMT510 is not just a pretty case, it does sports some attractive features.  The front and both side panels are constructed from 4mm thick tempered glass with translucent  Galaxy Dark colouring.  This ensures that your RGBs will show through, not just your own but also the four RGB 120mm fans included with case. 

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The case can handle from mini-ITX to ATX motherboards, with CPU coolers of up to 165mm in height as well as GPUs of up to 400mm in length.  In the front you can swap out the fans with a radiator of up to 360mm, or replace them with 140mm fans if you prefer air cooling.

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As you can see in the picture above, the design offers a lot of space to work in. Your 3.5" drives attach behind the motherboard tray while the 2.5" are installed lying flat on top of the PSU shroud.  Overall you get a fair amount of features for your $100.

PR and movie below the fold.

Source: FSP Group