A real glass tiger; the Cougar Panzer G

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2019 - 07:16 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, Cougar, panzer g, RGB, atx, thin red line

If you lack fingerprints, or are simply in love with cleaning tempered glass then Cougar's Panzer G with glass on the front, sides and top is worth a look.  For cooling it comes with three 120mm RGBearing fans at front, which can be swapped with two 140mm fans or their radiator equivalents, with the same able to fit at the top, along with a rear and bottom 120mm.  Cougar also seems to have grasped the popularity of 2.5" drives as it holds four, compared to two 3.5" bays and the latter can hold the smaller form factor for a total of six 2.5" drives.

Head on over to TechPowerUp for a closer look

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"The Cougar Panzer G is an upgraded version of the original Panzer which combines the benefits of the Panzer-S having additional fans with even more glass panels all around. All that without a crazy big price difference make the Panzer G quite the intriguing choice for those who are fans of understated looks and maybe a more professional work environment."

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Source: TechPowerUp
Manufacturer: Scythe

A Low-Cost Air Cooler for Intel and AMD

Scythe’s Katana 5 is a low-cost CPU air cooler that retails for less than $30, offers compatibility with Intel and AMD processors, and has a small footprint that won’t interfere with memory modules. Can this ultra-compact tower design and single 92mm fan cope with our test platform’s toasty Core i7-7700K? Let’s find out!

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"The 5th generation of KATANA cooler, it has asymmetric design offering unlimited compatibility. Upgraded with E.C.M.S II mounting system and new Kaze Flex 92mm fan ensure simple installation and good thermal performance."


Katana 5 Specifications:

  • Model Number: SCKTN-5000
  • Compatibility:
    • Intel: LGA 775, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366
    • AMD: Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, AM4, FM1, FM2, FM2+
  • Dimensions: 105 x 104 x 135 mm / 4.13 x 4.09 x 5.31 inches
  • Overall Weight: 560 g / 19.75 oz (including fan)
  • Material of Base Plate: Nickel-plated copper 38 x 38 mm
  • Fan Specifications
    • Dimensions: 92 x 92 x 26 mm / 3.62 x 3.62 x 1.02 inch
    • Air Flow: 11.46 - 83.04 m³/h = 6.75 - 48.878 CFM
    • Fan Speed: 300 - 2,300 rpm (regulated via PWM)
    • Static Pressure: 7.35~22.46 Pa / 0.75~2.29 mmH2O

Pricing: $28.45 USD list (returns to stock in USA this month)

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Continue reading our review of the Scythe Katana 5 CPU cooler

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Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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The latest entry in the power density race to cross our test bench is the SF750 power supply from Corsair. The SF750 is housed in a standard SFX small form-factor chassis and can deliver up to 750W of combined DC power. Note we said standard SFX chassis – not an extended or lengthened version.

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SFX                        SFX-L                        ATX

As you can see in the photo above there is quite a difference in size between the three form-factors.

In addition to their compact size all three Corsair SFX Platinum Series SFX power supplies feature fully modular cables and are 80 Plus Platinum certified for high efficiency. They feature a Zero RPM Fan Mode for silent operation at low to medium power and come backed by a 7-year warranty. And an SFX-to-ATX mounting bracket is included. We will be taking a detailed look at the Corsair SF750 Platinum power supply in this review.

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Corsair SF750 Platinum SFX PSU Key Features:

•    750W continuous DC output
•    Compact SFX form-factor chassis
•    80 Plus Platinum certified for high efficiency
•    92mm Cooling fan with riffled sleeve bearing for quiet operation
•    Zero RPM Fan Mode for silent operation at low to mid power
•    105°C Japanese capacitors for high reliability
•    Individually sleeved, Fully modular cables
•    SFX-to-ATX mounting bracket included
•    Active PFC (0.99 PF typical) with Universal AC input
•    Safety Protections: OVP, OCP, OTP, and SCP
•    7-Year Manufacturer’s warranty
•    MSRP : $179.99 USD

Continue reading our review of the Corsair SF750 Platinum PSU!

Is your case worthy? ASUS' new ROG THOR PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2019 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: ROG THOR, asus, 1200w, modular psu

ASUS haven't put out a PSU in quite some time; which changed at CES when they showed off the 1200W ROG THOR PSU at their booth.  There is a lot to this PSU, from an OLED on the side which will display how much wattage is currently being drawn from it to a the huge assortment of power cables.  As you can see on the back, there are a dozen SATA power connectors in addition to eight 6+2 PCIe power connectors and extra 12V for your motherboard.  On the other hand, it is priced at over $300!

If the sticker shock hasn't finished you off, [H]ard|OCP put it to the test, and it did very well.

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"ASUS is getting back into the computer power supply game in a big way. Today we have the Republic of Gamers Thor 1200 that promises to allow you to "HARNESS THUNDER." This is a massive 1200 watt PSU and the first thing that will catch your eye is the OLED panel that will tell you just how much power your a using at the moment. "

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
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Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Introduction and Features

Introduction

Cooler Master recently introduced three new fully modular power supplies into their MWE Series, which currently includes fifteen models ranging from 400w up to 750W.
The MWE Series 550W, 650W, and 750W Gold power supplies are designed to provide quiet operation and high efficiency at an affordable price. We will be taking a detailed look at the MWE Gold 750W Full Modular power supply in this review.

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The Cooler Master MWE Gold Full Modular power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified and use a Cooler Master Silencio 120mm fan for quiet operation. And all three MWE Series Gold Full Modular power supplies come backed by a 5-year warranty.

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Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W Full Modular PSU Key Features:

•    750W Continuous DC output at up to 45°C
•    80 PLUS Gold certified
•    Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
•    Quiet 120mm Cooler Master Silencio fan for quiet operation
•    Single +12V rail design (62.5A/750W)
•    Active Power Factor correction with Universal AC input
•    Protections: UVP, OVP, OPP, OTP and SCP
•    5-year warranty
•    MSRP: $99.99 USD (750W)

Continue reading our review of the MWE Gold 750W Full Modular PSU.

Fractal Design's cool and visually quiet Meshify S2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2019 - 04:05 PM |
Tagged: fractal design, meshify s2, eatx

Fractal Design's Meshify S2 features a textured and patterned front panel, support for up to EATX boards and a complete lack of any RGBs.  Standing 538x233x455mm (21.2x9.2x19.9") you will be able to fit tall CPU coolers into the case, which can be very important if you are thinking ThreadRipper.  The case comes with three 140mm fans of a total of nine which can be installed or you can opt to mix in up to a 360mm radiator on the top or front, and a pair of 140mm towards the back.

Modders-Inc took a good look at this case, the vertical GPU mounting components and the included Nexus+ PWM fan hub in their full review.  If you liked the Define S2 but found it put form over function then check this version out.

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"Fractal is launching the new version of the Meshify case line which is all about airflow, the Fractal Design Meshify S2. Fractal tends to build a more subdued case. Lacking from Fractal's line up are RGB LED-laden chassis."

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Source: Modders-Inc

CORSAIR Introduces Sleeved Cables for PSU, Front Panel, and More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2019 - 01:19 PM |
Tagged: sleeved, PSU, power supply, PCIe riser, extensions, corsair, cables

CORSAIR has announced their new premium individually-sleeved cable options to give your build a custom look, and the lineup includes their latest generation of PSU cables that work with CORSAIR models using type 4 modular cables. The line also includes sleeved options for front panel cables and SATA cables, and even a premium PCIe riser cable.

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"The new CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro and Starter Kits bundle together a variety of Type 4 Gen 4 cables, compatible with all Type 4 CORSAIR PSUs and available in seven different color combinations. Clad in premium paracord, finished with heatshrink-less connectors and ready out-of-the-box with pre-installed modular 24-pin and 8-pin interlocking cable combs, the new Type 4 Gen 4 cables make it easier than ever to achieve an immaculate professional PC build. The Pro Kit includes the full range of cables you need to power the most demanding systems: 1x ATX 24-PIN, 2x EPS12V / ATX12V, 2x PCIe Dual, 2x PCIe Single, 2x SATA, and 2x Peripheral cables.

The Starter Kit includes an essential collection of cables: 1x ATX 24-PIN, 1x EPS12V / ATX12V, and 2x PCIe Single cables. In-line capacitors on the ATX 24-pin, EPS12V, and PCIe cables ensure clean voltage delivery for consistent, stable power. For builders who want to pick and choose their cabling upgrades, all of the cables in the kits, and the interlocking cable combs, are also available separately."

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"To further complement your system’s look, the CORSAIR Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit and Premium Sleeved SATA Cables are available in four colors: black, red, white, and blue. Take advantage of the Front Panel Extension Kit to tidy up your PC’s front panel connection to your motherboard with individual 30cm extension cables, and the Individually Sleeved SATA Cables to deliver full SATA 6Gbps speed in style."

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"Add some flexibility to your GPU with a CORSAIR Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable, offering all the bandwidth and performance of PCIe 3.0 with a generous 300mm of cable length. Ideal for use with the vertical GPU mounts in CORSAIR cases such as the 275R or 500D, the Extension Cable is EMI shielded and features five-wire banded construction for maximum flexibility to fit through the tightest gaps."

The new cables are available now, with pricing from Corsair's web store as follows:

  • Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit Type 4 Gen 4: $109.99
  • Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Starter Kit Type 4 Gen 4: $69.99
  • Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit 30 cm: $29.99
  • Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable 300 mm: $59.99
  • Premium Sleeved SATA 6Gbps 30cm Cable: $9.99
Source: CORSAIR

be quiet! Launches Shadow Wings 2, Pure Wings 2 high-speed Fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2019 - 01:15 PM |
Tagged: silent, Shadow Wings 2, rifle bearing, quiet, pwm, Pure Wings 2, fans, cooling, case, be quiet!

be quiet! has officially launched their two new fan series shown at CES, with the Shadow Wings 2 silent fans and the Pure Wings 2 high-speed series of fans, both in 120 and 140 mm sizes as well as standard and PWM versions.

We start with the Shadow Wings 2, which is their lowest-noise fan option:

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"Shadow Wings 2 is a slowly spinning and highly optimized case fan and the most silent fan series in the be quiet! lineup. It relies on an array of features to keep its noise level as low as only 15.9 dB(A) at maximum speed. Airflow-optimized fan blades provide reliable cooling and whisper-quiet operation. A new anti-vibration mounting system and rubberized fan frame ensure easy installation and decoupling from the case frame. High-grade rifle bearing technology guarantees a lifespan of up to 80,000 hours. Shadow Wings 2 comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, with 3-pin connectors or PWM control. Maximum rotational speed for the 120mm models is 1,100 rpm, and 900 rpm for its 140mm sibling."

Next is the Pure Wings 2 high-speed,  which favors cooling performance with speeds of up to 2000 RPM:

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"be quiet!’s Pure Wings 2 offers an extremely versatile fan with a great price-performance ratio. High air pressure makes this fan the perfect choice for water-cooling radiators, heatsinks or as a performance-oriented case fan. The versatility of Pure Wings 2 is evident from its integration in several other be quiet! products such as air and water coolers as well as the Silent Base and Pure Base chassis series. Nine airflow-optimized fan blades reduce noise-generating turbulence and ensure high airflow while high-quality rifle bearings guarantee a long lifetime of up to 80,000 hours. Users demanding even higher cooling performance can now opt for high-speed versions of Pure Wings 2. Available in 120mm and 140mm versions with 3-pin or PWM connectors, these offer higher rotational speeds up to 2,000 rpm (120mm), or 1,600 rpm (140mm). Even at full speed, the maximum noise level is no higher than 37.3 dB(A)."

Both new fan series are available now, with pricing as announced as follows for the various models:

  • Shadow Wings 2
    • 120 mm: $15.90 
    • 120 mm PWM: $16.90
    • 140 mm: $17.90
    • 140 mm PWM: $18.90
  • Pure Wings 2 high-speed
    • 120 mm: $12.50
    • 120 mm PWM: $12.90
    • 140 mm: $13.50
    • 140 mm PWM: $13.90
Source: be quiet!
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Manufacturer: Seasonic

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Seasonic continues to be one of the most respected names in the PC power supply industry. In addition to selling power supplies under their own brand, Seasonic is the OEM for numerous other PC power supply vendors. Their new FOCUS SGX Series currently includes two power supplies, the SGX-450 (450W) and the SGX-650 (650W), which are designed for use in small form-factor builds. We will be taking a detailed look at the SGX-650 in this review.

Both FOCUS SGX power supplies are fully modular and comply with the 80 Plus Gold certification criteria for high efficiency. The SGX-450 and SGX-650 use a 120mm fan with a Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) for quiet, reliable operation and can operate in silent fanless mode (below 30% load) thanks to Seasonic’s Hybrid Silent Fan Control. The compact SFX-L size chassis measures 125mm square and both power supplies are backed by a 10-year Seasonic warranty.

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(Courtesy of Seasonic)

•    Seasonic FOCUS SGX-450 ($99.99 USD)
•    Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 ($129.99 USD)

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Seasonic FOCUS SGX Series Key Features:

•    450W or 650W Continuous DC output
•    Fully modular cabling design with (4) PCI-E connectors
•    Compact SFX-L chassis size
•    80 PLUS Gold certified for high efficiency
•    120mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) fan
•    Seasonic Hybrid Silent Fan Control (silent below 30% load)
•    Highly reliable Japanese 105°C aluminum electrolytic capacitors
•    Tight voltage regulation (12V, 5V, and 3.3V: ±3%)
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Safety protections: OPP, OVP, UVP, OCP, OTP and SCP
•    SFX to ATX adapter plate included
•    10-Year warranty

Click to continue reading our review of the Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 PSU.

The cool new Cooler Master G100M Masters Air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2019 - 02:16 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MasterAir, GM100, aircooling, low profile cooler, aliens, RGB

The MasterAir G100M is quite the cooler, with a look we haven't seen from CM in recent memory and is a mere 143x143x74.5mm in size with the fan attached.  This lets it fit into SFF systems, though as Modders-Inc discovered, the round shape means you should install your RAM before the cooler and avoid modules with larger heatsinks.  It is rated for AMD and Intel CPUs of up to 130W TDP but testing showed that is a maximum and it is not really equipped to handle overclocked enthusiast processors, which only makes sense considering what it is actually for.

Check out the review in its entirety right here.

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"Reminiscent of the Jupiter 2 from the 1960's version of the TV series Lost In Space, the Cooler Master G100M is affectionately called the UFO cooler. The G100M is a low profile cooler designed to fit into smaller cases especially mini-ITX."

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Source: Modders-Inc