Party in the front, business in the back; Corsair's new Carbide Series Spec-04

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2017 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: corsair, carbide series spec-4, carbide

The front of the Spec-04 is a rather fancy plastic protrusion, the interior remains in a traditional layout as you can easily see through the tempered glass side panel.  While that interior looks spacious, The Tech Report did have some difficulty installing several components.  They succeeded in their installation with a bit of effort, and at $60 this should not discourage those looking for a stylish case at a decent price. With the purchase of a few extra case fans, this case would make a good home for a budget build.

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"Corsair's Spec-04 TG brings a tempered-glass side panel and sharp looks to the $60 price point. We built up our test system inside to see whether the Spec-04 TG has the performance to go with its distinctive design."

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The Sharkoon returns in the case of TG5

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2017 - 05:01 PM |
Tagged: TG5, tempered glass, sharkoon

It has been a while since we've seen a Sharkoon product so why not check out Kitguru's review of the TG5 enclosure.  The company has obviously been paying attention to the market, the case features a tempered glass side panel as well as numerous magnetically attached screen on the intake vents.  At 452x220x465mm it will fix ATX motherboards with large heatsinks installed and as they have moved the four drive bays into the seperate PSU enclosure, the length of your GPU is no obstacle.  You can grab one at NewEgg for $90.

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"Sharkoon may not be the first name you think of when it comes to buying a new computer case but they have been very active through the years crafting components and peripherals. They mostly focus on the budget side of the market, however some of their fans which we have tested have been very good."

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Source: Kitguru

NZXT adds a trio of cases to their lineup, and a brain as well

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2017 - 07:37 PM |
Tagged: H700i, H400i, H200i, nzxt, Grid+ V3, CAM

To start with the most interesting of the four product announcements from NZXT, take a look at the Grid+ V3.  This is a smart fan controller which offers both voltage and PWM control via the CAM software suite.

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There are six separate channels on the Grid, allowing you to control each fan individually or you can use the included splitters to add more than one fan to a channel.  You are able to choose between manual control or the Adaptive Noise Reduction feature to allow the device to determine the proper fan curves for your system, even if you swap hardware after the initial setup.

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Along with their advanced fan controller, NZXT announced three new cases, the H700i, H400i, and H200i.  The H700i is a full sized case standing 230x494x494mm and is capable of holding even eATX motherboards with seven slots.  It is also a good choice for data hoarders, with seven 2.5" bays and up to three 3.5" bays. It is available now for $200.

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The H400i is the mATX case, a svelte 210x393x421mm in size but still able to handle a pair of 120/140mm fans or radiators in the front, behind the filters you can see as the front panel has been removed in the picture below.  It will be available late next month for $140.

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Last, and only least in volume is the H200i, the mini-ITX case.  At 210x334x372mm and 6kg in weight it is not quite as small as a NUC, good news for those of us who need a bit of space to manoeuvre when installing components.  It will arrive before the end of the year, for about $120.

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All of the above cases are constructed with SECC steel and tempered glass side panels, available in matte black or white as well as matte black with blue or red trim.  The cases are compatible with the CAM software mentioned previously and have space to install the GRID+ V3 digital controller.  Your R's G's and B's can be managed through NZXT's HUE+ software, with support for numerous LED strips as well as ones built into your components.  Aer F fans are included or you could take advantage of the drop-in brackets and integrated reservoir mounting to switch to watercooling. 

 

Source: NZXT

Cooler Master releases the MasterCase H500P and MasterBox MB600L

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2017 - 03:25 PM |
Tagged: MasterBox MB600L, MasterCase H500P, cooler master

Today CoolerMaster announced two cases, the MasterCase H500P and MasterBox MB600L and there are already some reviews of the MasterCase posted, which you can see below.  The MasterBox MB600L is larger and less flamboyant than the MasterCase and is a better choice for those of us who prefer less RGBs in their lives.

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The MB600L will accommodate GPUs of up to 400mm, heatsinks 160mm in height or radiators of 360mm if you prefer watercooling.  You can get the MB600L in red, blue and gunmetal exteriors and there will be models with an optical bay if you do still use DVDs.  The case will sell for $50 and is available now.

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The MasterCase H500P is for those who want a case that stands out, the front panel shows off two 200mm RGB fans which can be controlled from compatible motherboards and there is space for two more to be installed on the top.  If you prefer watercooling, you can replace the fans in both positions with up to a 360mm radiator.  There are two PCI slots at the rear of the H500P so you can vertically mount your GPU to show it off, without needing additional brackets. 

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Source: CoolerMaster
Author:
Manufacturer: FSP Group

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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FSP’s new Hydro PTM lineup is part of their top-tier Premium Series and currently includes three models: 750W, 650W, and 550W. We will be taking a detailed look at the 750W Platinum model in this review. FSP Group Inc. has been designing and building PC power supplies under their own brand since 2003. Not only do they market power supplies under their own FSP name but they are the OEM for many other big name brands. Now you might be thinking “Hydro” refers to water-cooling but like we saw last year with the Hydro G series power supplies, the Platinum Series all use conventional air cooling. The Hydro apparently refers to the “Hydro Dynamic Bearing” used in the cooling fan (more commonly referred to as a FDB – Fluid Dynamic Bearing).

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FSP developed the Hydro Platinum Series with an advanced thermal layout design. The units come with all modular cables and are certified to comply with the 80 Plus Platinum efficiency criteria. The power supplies are designed to deliver tight voltage regulation with excellent AC ripple and noise suppression. All Hydro PTM Series power supplies incorporate a quiet 135mm cooling fan and they come backed with a 10-year warranty!

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FSP Hydro PTM Series PSU Key Features:

•    550W, 650W or 750W continuous DC output @ 50°C
•    High efficiency, 80 PLUS Platinum certified ≥92%
•    Complies with newest ATX12V v2.4 & EPS12 v2.92 standards
•    100% Japanese made electrolytic capacitors
•    Quiet 135mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan
•    Powerful single +12V rail design
•    Advanced thermal layout design
•    Fully modular with flat ribbon-style cables
•    SLI, Crossfire, and VR ready
•    Protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP and OTP
•    10-Year Manufacturer’s warranty
•    $124.99 USD (Amazon.com, Oct. 2017)

Please continue reading our review of the FSP Hydro PTM 750W PSU!!!

Now that's a waterblock! Cooling ThreadRipper with Enermax's Liqtech AIOs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2017 - 03:16 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen, Threadripper, AIO, watercooler, enermax, Liqtech, TR4 240, TR4 360

As you can see in the picture, Enermax's Liqtech coolers are large enough to completely cover AMD's supersized new processors.  [H]ard|OCP found that the installation process "could not be much simpler", with great contact and an saw an even distribution of thermal compound when they checked.  As you might expect, the model numbers refer to the size of the radiator, the 240 sports a pair of 120mm fans while the 360 sports three for those systems which can accommodate the larger size.  The coolers were not able to keep a 1950X stable at 4GHz but kept the temperatures well below 80C at 3.9GHz; this along with the prices of $130 and $150 respectively show that these coolers are aimed at those on a budget who are not planning on overclocking.  You can see the full results here.

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"Enermax brings to us the first All-in-One coolers that are purpose-built for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. We review both the Liqtech TR4 240 and the Liqtech TR4 360 using our overclocked 1950X Threadripper system and compare these to our XSPC RayStorm custom cooling loop. Yes, we are setting the bar high."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just Delivered: Cryorig H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2017 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: tower cooler, just delivered, FM2+, cryorig h5 ultimate, CRYORIG, air cooling, air cooler

Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

Find the Cryorig H5 Ultimate on Amazon!

I have been slowly rebuilding my wife's desktop PC following a failure of the all-in-one liquid CPU cooler that saw leaking coolant kill the motherboard and power supply (surprisingly the GTX 750 Ti survived despite getting a bunch of coolant on it). I recently replaced the motherboard and PSU (while discovering FM2+ boards are still pretty expensive on eBay) and today got in the last component: a Cryorig H5 Ultimate air cooler. I wouldn't mind replacing the TD03 with another water cooler (it was nice and quiet when it worked), but got a good deal on the air cooler. Anyway, the Cryorig H5 Ultimate is a monster tower style air cooler measuring 168.3 x 143 x 110.9 (HxWxL) with the included fan and weighing 920 grams (2.03 pounds).

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I forgot to take an unboxing picture, here is what it comes with though (from Cryorig's website).

The Cryorig H5 Ultimate is rated at 180W TDP and features 38 aluminum fins in an interesting hive / honey comb design that allegedly reduces noise, improves air flow, and strengthens the fin stack. The fins are connected with four 6mm copper heat pipes to the nickel plated C1100 copper baseplate. A 140mm XF140 fan (76 CFM) pushes air through the fin stack spinning anywhere between 700 and 1300 RPM with rated noise levels of 19 to 23 dBA respectively.

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There are no LEDs on this monster, but it doesn't need them to look good in my opinion. Fortunately, the fan height is adjustable and you are able to mount the fan on either side of the heatsink which will be important because it can and will interfere with your RAM modules depending on your motherboard and height of RAM heat spreaders! As you will see, I ran into this, but my PC chassis gave just enough clearance that I was able to move the fan up enough to clear the G.Skill RAM (which is on the shorter side). The fan is mounted using two wires and is fairly easy to take off and install.

Cryorig supports both AMD and Intel motherboards (including AM4 with a separate mounting upgrade kit) including FM1, FM2, AM2, and AM3 on the AMD side and LGA 775, 1156, 1150, 1151, and 2011 on the Intel side. The cooler has two mounting kits for AMD and Intel with both requiring you install a backplate.

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In my case, I am installing the Cryorig H5 Ultimate on a FM2+ socket motherboard. I had to unscrew the default AMD mounting system and install Cryorig's backplate. There are four screws that screw onto the backplate posts with a slight bit of give which is normal (the backplate will not be tightly screwed to the board, it should be able to move a bit). Then another bracket is screwed onto the backplate screws until hand tight (tighten them using the X method going corner to diagonal corner).

Easy enough so far! However, now here is where I ran into some trouble with the installation. Much like the experience of installing RAM for the first time where you can sometimes feel like you need to use a lot more force than you think you should need to install them, the Cryorig cooler takes quite a bit of force to properly install. Learn from my frustration:

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After applying your thermal paste, it's time to install the cooler. You will notice that there are two holes in the top of the cooler and two screw holes in the bracket you installed over the CPU socket. You will line the cooler up so that the spring mounted screws on the cooler are over the holes in the bracket. I found it easiest to put my finger by one of the screws and make sure that screw was lined up, then let down the other side of the cooler so that both screws are lined up. Now, you will need the special screwdriver Cryorig provides in the box. Using one hand push down on the cooler and use the other hand to stick the screwdriver in one of the holes. You will need to keep pressure on the cooler while turning the screw so that it can catch onto the threads in the bracket and start, well, screwing in.  Make a few turns so that it is in, but do not fully tighten the screw down. Now, move your hand to the opposite side of the cooler where the other screw hole is and press down. You will need to push this side of the cooler down with quite a bit of force (again, thinking back to the RAM example, don't hulk smash anything, but don’t' be too gentle either). While keeping pressure on this side to hold it towards the socket, start screwing down this side of the cooler. (If you did it right the other side won't pop out, if you didn't screw the first side down enough it might pop out and you'll have to start over heh) Once both sides are partially in, just alternate screwing the screws down until they are hand tight.

Trust me, you might think you are going to break this thing or bend something, but it's just normal SOP. Finally, plug in the XF140 fan into the CPU_fan header and you're good to go!

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The Cryorig H5 Ultimate dwarfs my GA-F2A78M-HD2 mATX motherboard leaving just enough room for two memory DIMMs and the graphics card! Heck it still looked huge installed in the old A88X ATX board!

Since installing it I have been playing around a bit with the PC trying to get some temperature readings for you, but am discovering that getting accurate temperature readings from AMD processors (especially older APUs) is not that easy. I am still testing things out and looking into overclocking, but best I can tell the Cryorig cooler is keeping the AMD A8 5600K processor somewhere around 55°C under load using AIDA64 stress testing. At idle the cooler is very quiet and while it does ramp up under load it is barely audible compared to the case exhaust fan! This is not a formal review but so far it has been an interesting cooler assuming you can find it at a good price.

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It's alive!!

If you are interested in a monster cooler like this, definitely double check your case and RAM clearances though. The install was not too bad the second time around (I first installed it on her old motherboard not knowing if it was dead yet as I did not have another cooler to test), but it is not as easy on this AMD FM2+ socket as their video (and others I found on YouTube) makes it look for the intel platform! With the knowledge that you can and need to use force to press it down to get the screws in it's a fairly quick install, I just wish that information was better spelled out in the instructions as it would have saved me a ton of time the first go around! I don't have formal noise or temp numbers as I am just starting to test it, but so far, I am happy with it.

Source: Cryorig

Cooler Master Cosmos C700P; size of the entire universe man ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2017 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, cosmos C700P, cosmos, XL-ATX

Monolithic is a word that instantly springs to mind when you see the CM Cosmos C700P.  It stands at 639x306x651mm (25.2x12x25.6") and weighs in at 26.2 kg (57.8lbs) naked, fitting every style motherboard from XL-ATX down to Micro-ATX.  Creative souls might be able to fit a few mATX boards in this beast.  As befits a case of this stature, the front panel includes a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port and four USB 3.0 ports in addition to audio jacks and RGButtons.  The interior is something you need to behold, thankfully the Guru of 3D offers plenty of pictures in their full review

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"We review the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P which they released today. the legend is back in a new 2017 jacket! That means included RGB LED system, tempered glass side panel with not one but two bends, and an immensely intricate inside with covers and shields everywhere."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Seasonic's PRIME family now features a 650W Platinum model

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2017 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: seasonic, PRIME PSU, 80 Plus Platinum, 650W

Lee has reviewed several of Seasonic's PRIME PSUs, focusing on the higher wattage models and awarding high honours for the models tested.  Not everyone needs a kilowatt class PSU however, which makes [H]ard|OCP's review of the new 650W member of the PRIME family interesting.  Externally the PSU is indistinguishable from the higher wattage models, it is only in the interior that you can see the differences.  Those differences do not have an effect on the quality of power provided by this PSU, as [H] describes it as the best 650W model they have seen to date.  The price is a little higher than other 650W PSUs, making the 850W model a better deal for some.  Drop by to get the full story.

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"This time we review a small Seasonic rated at 650 watts, but this one is part of its flagship Prime series with Platinum rated efficiency. That means, less heat, less noise, and a lower cost of operation over time. So, is the PRIME 650 Platinum PSU worthy of Seasonic's flagship status? We will surely find out."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Noctua Focused on Ryzen with NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L12S Low-Profile Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2017 - 10:43 AM |
Tagged: ryzen, noctua, low-profile, htpc, cooler, APU, amd, AM4, air cooling

AMD's popularity with Ryzen CPUs (and upcoming APUs) has made waves across the industry, and Noctua have jumped in with a pair of low-profile offerings that update previous designs for cramped case interiors.

First up is the new version of the NH-L9a:

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"The new NH-L9a-AM4 is an AM4-specific revision of Noctua’s award-winning NH-L9a low-profile CPU cooler. At a height of only 37mm, the NH-L9a is ideal for extremely slim cases and, due to its small footprint, it provides 100% RAM and PCIe compatibility as well as easy access to near-socket connectors, even on tightly packed mini-ITX motherboards."

Next is the new NH-L12S:

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"The new S-version of the renowned NH-L12 not only adds AM4 support but also gives more flexibility and improved performance in low-profile mode. Thanks to the new NF-A12x15 PWM slim 120mm fan, the NH-L12S provides even better cooling than the previous model with its 92mm fan. At the same time, the NH-L12S is highly versatile: with the fan installed on top of the fins, the cooler is compatible with RAM modules of up to 45mm in height. With the fan installed underneath the fins, the total height of the cooler is only 70mm, making it suitable for use in many compact cases."

Noctua says that these new coolers now shipping "and will be available shortly", with an MSRP of $39.90 for the NH-L9a-AM4 and $49 for the NH-L12S.

Source: Noctua