Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Introduction and First Impressions

The Define R6 marks the sixth generation of the Define series, and Fractal Design’s flagship ATX case now sports a cleverly-designed tempered glass side panel and a redesigned interior. Does the new R6 again define the ATX mid-tower market? We’re about to find out!

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Looking at the front panel alone it would be very difficult to tell the Define R6 from its predecessors, as it still has the trademark solid front door panel, nicely finished here with aluminum. 5.25-inch drive support is down to a single bay, but it is there if you need it for an optical drive or fan controller - though the Define R6 also includes a new PWM fan hub (more on that later on).

The most obvious change to the design is the tempered glass side panel, which makes sense considering that has been the biggest industry trend of the past couple of years. Fractal Design does it a little differently than you’ll see elsewhere, however, with a pop-in design that makes screws optional. The Define cases were already very clean and simple externally, and this implementation of a glass side panel fits that aesthetic perfectly.

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Improvements such as the third-gen ModuVent top panel and additional storage and cooling capacity from the redesigned interior make this release a bigger upgrade than it might at first appear, and in this review we’ll go over the case inside and out to see how this latest Define enclosure stacks up in this ever-crowded market.

Continue reading our review of the Fractal Design Define R6 case!

Cooler Master's Master Liquid Lite, an easy start to watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 18, 2018 - 03:44 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, ML120L RGB, AIO, Master Liquid Lite

Cooler Master have released a new ML120L RGB AiO watercooler with a price tag of $60, intended to tempt those thinking about trying this style of cooler without increasing their cooling budget noticeably.  The 120mm radiator will fit in the vast majority of cases, budget and flagship and is compatible with all modern processors.  [H]ard|OCP tested the cooler with a Ryzen 7 1700 and found a really winner from a price to performance perspective. It is neither the most effective AiO cooler nor the quietest but from a value perspective it easily matches or beats even popular air coolers.

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"Cooler Master has recently revamped its entire line of All-In-One liquid CPU coolers, and it has specifically addressed putting a lower priced product into the market with its "Lite" series of AIOs that it says are "An easy, reliable and low noise plunge into liquid cooling." Let's see how its smallest radiator stands up to an overclocked Ryzen CPU."

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Manufacturer: SilverStone

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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SilverStone’s Strider Titanium Series is designed for PC enthusiasts who are looking for a very high efficiency power supply, meeting the top-tier 80 Plus Titanium certification. Starting at 600W and going up to 1500W, the Strider Titanium Series includes six different models. The three lower output models (600W, 700W, and 800W) feature a compact chassis measuring only 150mm deep, while the three high output models (1100W, 1300W and 1500W) forgo the small enclosure and step up to a larger chassis, which measures 180mm deep. Another minor difference is the three lower output models use a 120mm fan while the three higher output models use a 140mm cooling fan.

All of the SilverStone Strider Titanium power supplies incorporate semi-fanless operation (up to 20% load) and come with fully modular cables. Each power supply is built using all Japanese made capacitors and is rated for 24/7 continuous operation at up to 50°C ambient temperature. In this review, we will be taking a detailed look at the Strider Titanium Series ST1300-TI power supply.

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SilverStone Strider Titanium Series ST1300-TI Key Features:
 
•    1300W DC power output up to 50°C
•    Top level efficiency with 80 Plus Titanium certification
•    24/7 Continuous power output
•    100% Modular cables
•    Dual EPS 8-pin and eight PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors
•    Intelligent semi-fanless operation
•    Quiet 140mm cooling fan with ball bearings
•    FF141 dust filter included
•    Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low AC ripple
•    Dedicated single +12V rail (108A/1296W)
•    Universal AC input (90-264V) with Active PFC
•    DC Output protections: UVP, OVP, OPP, SCP, OCP, and OTP
•    Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 180mm (L)
•    5-Year warranty
•    MSRP : $299.99 USD

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Here is what SilverStone has to say about the high efficiency Strider Titanium Series PSUs: “The 80 PLUS Titanium certification represents the pinnacle of power supply efficiency with requirement of at least 90% conversion efficiency even at the very low 10% loading condition.

For SilverStone, achieving the highest efficiency is just one aspect to what makes for a technically advanced power supply. The available power also needs to be condensed into a physical package as small as possible so that users can freely utilize it in any case or system with minimal interference. For the Strider Titanium series power supplies, all models are among the smallest in size for their wattage levels.

As befitting of being in the Strider series, abundant enthusiasts features are included such as all Japanese capacitors, ±3% regulation, powerful single +12V rail, 24/7 continuous power output at 50°, and dual EPS 8pin with multiple PCI-E 8 / 6pin connectors support. For those looking to build the most efficient systems possible with multiple GPUs for gaming, folding, mining, scientific calculations, or machine learning, the 1100W / 1300W / 1500W Strider Titanium series power supplies are definitely the top choices.

Please continue reading our review of the SilverStone 1300W Titanium PSU !!!

CES 2018: SilverStone's Compact Strider Platinum 1000W and 1200W PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2018 - 02:50 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, Silverstone, PSU, power supply, 80 Plus Platinum, 1000W, 1200w, 140mm, atx, compact, SFF

SilverStone's Strider Platinum lineup now includes 1000 and 1200 watt models with a depth of only 140 mm. These are both fully modular ATX PSUs, and 80 Plus Platinum certified.

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The compact 140 mm depth is popular with small form-factor builds - and sometimes a requirement for a fully modular PSU like this depending on the enclosure. The power density is obviously getting really high for 2018, and 1200W is likely the highest you will find at 140 mm.

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Pricing and release dates have not been revealed just yet for either power supply.

Source: SilverStone

FSP's Hydro PTM 750W Platinum takes Gold

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2018 - 01:48 PM |
Tagged: Hydro PTM, HPT750M, FSP Group, 80 Plus Platinum, modular psu

A few months back Lee reviewed the FSP Hydro PTM 750W modular PSU and gave it a Gold Award and recently [H]ard|OCP have done the same.  There is a lot to like about this PSU, from it's $115 MSRP to the 10 year long warranty, making it a solid choice to power a system. The interior components are all top notch so you should expect this PSU to last throughout the warranty period and the 80 PLUS Platinum rating ensures efficiency.  The marketers did manage to slap a VR Ready sticker on the PSU but don't let that discourage you.

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"While FSP is still not a widely known brand name when it comes to enthusiast computer power supplies, it has actually been becoming fairly consistent in designing, manufacturing, and selling PSUs in North America that have not only held their own, but also been impressive products. How does this new member of its Hydro series hold up?"

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Corsair's new H115i Pro and H150i Pro

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2018 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, H150i Pro, H115i Pro, corsair, AIO

Corsair did more than just wait for CES to announce two new AiO liquid coolers, they also sent them out for review.  The H115i Pro is an update to the H110i Pro and retains its dual 140mm fan design, with an improved pump and new look.  The H150i Pro is new, with a 360mm radiator and three 120mm fans; in both cases they are advertised as low noise fans which is a major change from the previous series which placed performance over quiet operation.  That choice did not hurt the cooling capability of these AiO's, The Tech Report's testing showed slightly better performance with significantly less noise produced.  ThreadRipper owners beware, these coolers support Intel and AM4 sockets only.

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"Corsair's H115i Pro and H150i Pro closed-loop liquid coolers represent the biggest change to the company's popular liquid-cooling hardware in quite some time. We put one of the hottest CPUs around underneath these coolers to see whether Corsair's update was a success."

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CES 2018: EVGA Shows 2200W 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2018 - 12:40 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, evga, power supply, PSU, 2200W, 2200 watts, mining, 80 Plus Platinum

Positioned casually amist the current and upcoming power supply lineup at EVGA's suite at CES is the SuperNOVA 2200 P2, which offers a mere 2200 watts of 80 Plus Platinum power with 183.3A from the +12V rail. I will let that sink in for a moment.

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Naturally this level of power will require more than the typical 110V mains power in the US, with 220V required. It seems safe to assume that the biggest customer of such a PSU at this point would be the mining community, making the need for 220V a non-issue for the dedicated miners among us (who needs an electric range in the kitchen, anyhow?).

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We didn't get specifics on release date or pricing, but this is an impressive piece of hardware - especially considering the Platinum efficiency.

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Source: EVGA

CES 2018: Corsair Shows New SPEC-OMEGA and Obsidian 500D Cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2018 - 07:01 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, Spec Omega, liquid cooler, enclosure, corsair, cooling, case

Corsair’s new case offering at CES features the Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA, which adds a premium tempered glass option to the SPEC lineup.

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With SPEC OMEGA there are the trademark angular design elements we have seen from the ALPHA cases, but this new case features tempered glass window panels to compliment internals that are fully open (no bottom shroud covering the PSU and storage) for better airflow and a simplified build process.

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Also making an appearance are new Obsidian models, Corsair's premium enclosures featuring varying levels of tempered glass and aluminum with the Obsidian Series 500D in two versions.

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A version with three panels of tempered glass (both sides and the front) was on display, alongside a version with an aluminum front panel and tempered glass sides. Both versions have hinged side panels with magnetic closures for easy component access.

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As to pricing and availability, the Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA is available for order now in black, white, or red for $99.99 from Corsair, and the Obsidian Series 500D cases shown do not have a release date just yet but are expected to retail from $149 for the standard model up to $249 for the 3-panel tempered glass version shown.

Source: Corsair

CES 2018: Cooler Master's new Liquid and Air Cooling plus the cases to house them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2018 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: ML240 SMART, MasterLiquid, MasterCase, MasterAir, MA410M, H500P, H500M, G100M, cooler master, CES 2018

Cooler Master have started out their announcements at CES with several coolers and a fair sized allotment of case models.  First up is an aircooler designed for SFF systems, the MasterAir G100M and its horizontally mounted fan.

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The entire cooler stands 46.3mm tall, perfect for slim cases and still manages to cool processors of up to 130W TDP.  It does of course bear RGBs for those who like a warm glow from their coolers. 

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For those who want a bit more lighting options for water or air cooling, the new MasterLiquid ML240 SMART and MasterAir MA410M are the ones you want to pick up.  Not only do you get 16.7 million colours of RGB but you can use the SMART temperature detection feature to have your colours change accordingly. 

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The MasterCase H500M and 500P share similar capabilities, windowed sides and a pair of 200mm RGB fans at the front for airflow and aesthetics, a PSU shroud, cable covering accessories and support for radiators up to 360mm.  To differentiate them, the H500M offers more connectivity at the front, a Type-C USB, four USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5mm jacks while the H500P is for more stylish designs and offers you the ability to mount your GPU vertically. 

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The MasterBox Q300P and Q300L offer some mobility for those who move their systems on a regular schedule.  The I/O panel you see on the side can be placed in six different locations and the case itself is happy sideways or upside down, depending on your preference.  The four carrying handles you see are removable if you so desire.

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The MasterBox MB500 and TD500L offer a somewhat different look on the front and with a little work you can have your RGBs offer different highlights depending on the view angle of the system.  These are also large enough to offer six 120mm fans or their equivalent in radiators, GPUs of up to 407mm will fit in the case and there is 19mm of space between the motherboard tray and side panel to give you enough space to get creative.

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There are also updates to the MasterCase MC-Series which come with the M-Port for extra options in your design as well as the Trooper SE and Stryker SE line ups which we may see more of over the week.

 

Source: CoolerMaster

Round up at the Threadripper watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2018 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged: Threadripper, watercooler, roundup

[H]ard|OCP have published a tidal wave of articles focusing on watercooling Threadripper and have just revisited five of them in video form.  This is to ensure that they are all tested under the same conditions to provide a valid head to head comparison.  The XSPC RayStorm, Phanteks Glacier C399A, Koolance 400A, Swiftech Apogee SKF and EK Supremacy EVO coolers all do a good job at 4GHz but in the end it is the Raystorm which proves the winner.  Check it out right here.

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"We go back and re-test all of our Socket TR4 AMD Threadripper CPU under the same conditions so we can compare all of those directly in one review article. We cover the EK Supremacy EVO, the Koolance 400A-S, the Phanteks 399A, the Swiftech Apogee SKF-TR4, and the XSPC RayStorm NEO."

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