Lian Li's New PC-T70 Test Bench

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2017 - 06:05 PM |
Tagged: Test Bench, T70-1, PC-T70, open air case, Lian Li, acrylic

Lian Li has designed an open air case with an optional acrylic enclosure to help simulate normal case environs or to protect your components if you build a system you want to showcase.  The PC-T70 is primarily designed as a test bench so you can set up a E-ATX, ATX, or Micro-ATX/iTX motherboard and easily swap out components while benchmarking hardware or software.  The problem with test benches is one of temperature; most of us set up our systems in enclosed cases and the temperatures experienced will be different than in a case fully exposed to any wafting breeze.  Lian Li has overcome this with their optional T70-1, a set of acrylic side pieces and top with mounts for fans or radiators which allow you to simulate a closed case environment when you are reporting on running temperatures.

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There is another use for this case which might tempt a different set of users.   The case fully exposes your components which makes this a great base to build an impressive mod on, or simply to show off all of those RGB LEDs you paid good money for.  The acrylic case ensures that your system cannot be permanently killed by a passing feline as well as providing mounting points for an impressive watercooling setup.  You can check out the full PR below the specs and video.

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New PC-T70 Test Bench Simulates Any Case Environment Lian Li’s New Modular Bench Transforms for Both Closed-Air and Open-Air Testing

May 16, 2017, Keelung, Taiwan - Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd is eager to announce the PC-T70 test bench. After productive collaboration, taking feedback from high-end PC hardware reviewers, Lian Li sought to create a test bench that could both provide unhindered access for enthusiasts who want to rapidly swap hardware, and those who like to use their test benches as a workstation. Lian Li’s latest test bench is its most flexible yet – a sleek, minimal platform for easy hardware swapping, with an optional kit that encloses the bench with radiator mounts and an acrylic cover.

Unobstructed Design for Hardware Swapping
After taking feedback from PC hardware reviewers, Lian Li realized that simplicity was key. The PC-T70 has completely free access, with zero barriers hindering the installation of motherboards and other hardware. Users can even remove the back frame for expansion slots and IO cover if they so choose. Six open pass-throughs are positioned around the motherboard tray to route cables down to the PSU and drive mounts on the floor panel.

Simulate Closed-Air Case Environments for Advanced Testing
With the T70-1 upgrade kit, users can add side panels to the open bench, each mounting two 120mm or 140mm fans or a 240mm or 280mm radiator with removable mesh dust filters. It also includes a back panel, mounting an additional 120mm or 140mm exhaust fan and an acrylic canopy secured by magnetic strips to fully enclose the motherboard compartment, simulating a closed-air environment more representative of regular users – a valuable advantage for hardware reviewers. Every panel is modular and easily taken down, so users can rapidly cycle between closed and open-air setups.

A Bench Built for All Form Factors
The PC-T70 mounts E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, and mini ITX motherboards, with eight expansion slots to mount VGA cards as long as 330mm. While enclosed, its CPU cooler clearance is limited to 180mm. The floor panel mounts ATX PSUs as long as 330mm and as many as five 2.5” and one 3.5” drives or one 2.5” and two 3.5” storage drives. Users can also use the floor panel to mount a 360mm radiator, reservoirs, and pumps for custom water cooling loops.

Price and Availability
The PC-T70, including the T70-1 option kit is now available at Newegg for $189.99.
Also available in white.

Source: Lian Li

If you are a Kraken, go big or go home

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2017 - 03:32 PM |
Tagged: nxzt, Kraken X62, AIO

[H]ard|OCP reviews the largest of the Kraken series from NZXT, the X62.  This dual 140mm fan cooler measures 315x143x30mm and weighs just over 1.2kg so make sure your case has the space before purchasing this AiO watercooler.  The default setting offers acceptable cooling performance while producing 39.9dBA but with a cooler of this stature the real performance numbers to pay attention to are the full speed numbers.  At full speed the cooler surpasses the competition and ends up at the top of the charts albeit with an increase in audibility to 46.9dBA.  It will cost you about $160 to pick up the Gold Award winning cooler.

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"With today's NZXT Kraken review we step up the performance ladder and review its X62 model AIO CPU Cooler. As NZXT spells out on it website, and it is not modest about it, saying that the new Kraken series "have been redesigned to bring you the greatest experience in liquid cooling, all backed by an industry-leading 6-year warranty."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Introduction and Specifications

Fractal Design is well known in PC enthusiast circles for their excellent cases, and they also entered the self-contained liquid CPU cooler market in 2014 with the Kelvin, and today are releasing a brand new cooler lineup called Celsius. There are two models being introduced, with the 360 mm Celsius S36 and the 240 mm Celsius S24; the latter of which we have for review today.

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While on the surface this might appear to be a standard 240 mm all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, there are some key features that help to differentiate the Celsius lineup in an increasingly saturated market. The hoses (themselves flexible rubber in nice-looking sleeves) are attached at both ends with metal fittings, with the radiator side the standard (and removable) G1/4 variety, and the fans connect via an unusual radiator-mounted header that receives power via a hidden fan cable in one of the sleeved hoses. Additionally, the Celsius coolers offer a dual-mode setting with the choice of automatic fan control or PWM passthrough from the motherboard - and this is controlled via a clever switch built into the trim ring around the pump.

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I have been impressed with the low noise of Fractal Design fans in the past, and I went into this review expecting a very quiet cooling experience. How did the Celsius S24 fare on the test bench? Read on to find out!

Continue reading our review of the Fractal Design Celsius S24 Liquid CPU Cooler!

Introduction and Technical Specifications

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Alphacool NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT kit
Courtesy of Alphacool

Alphacool is a German-based company, known in liquid cooling enthusiast's circles for their high performance and innovative product designs. Alphacool provided us with one of their NexXxos Cool Answer cooling kits, featuring one of their 360mm (3 x 120mm) UT copper radiators, a Repack dual bay acrylic reservoir with integrated VPP655 D5 pump, and the NexXxos XP3 Light CPU block. With a retail price of 314.95 euros (approximately $330 USD), the kit comes at a competitive price compared with other higher-end DIY kits.

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5.25 Dual Bay Reservoir
Courtesy of Alphacool

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NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm radiator
Courtesy of Alphacool

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NexXxos XP3 Light CPU Waterblock
Courtesy of Alphacool

XSPC bundled in many of their high end components into the NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT kit, including the NexXxos XP3 Light CPU block, the NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm triple fan radiator, the Repack 5.25 Dual Bay reservoir with integrated VPP655 D5 pump, three meters of 10mm (3/8") inner diameter / 13mm outer diameter clear tubing, six black chrome compression barbs, three 1200 RPM NB-eLoop - Bionic Lüfter fans, 1000ml of their CKC Cape Kelvin Catcher Clear coolant, and all the hardware necessary to put it all together. The Repack dual-bay reservoir has an anti-cyclon design on the inlets and directly feeds the rear-mounted D5 pump. The included VPP655 D5 pump is rated for a 350ml/hr flow rate. All components are copper, brass, Acetal, or acrylic to minimize the possibility of mixed-metal corrosion occurring in the loop.

Continue reading our review of the Alphacool NexXxos Cool Answer 360 D5/UT water cooling kit!

The exhibitionistic Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX should not throw rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2017 - 04:39 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB, crystal 460X, corsair

Both the front and side panel of Corsair's newest case are constructed of tempered glass, giving you an impressive view of the inside of your computer and the RGB LEDs on the cooling fans at the front.  At 480x234x512mm (18.9x9.2x20.2") it is a little more compact that other ATX compatible cases but still large enough to accept most components including a variety of radiators for watercoolers.  The PSU is located at the bottom, under a cover as are the bay for two 3.5" drives; three SSDs can be installed on the back side of the case.  [H]ard|OCP were quite enamoured with this case's looks and performance, and at $140 it is not overly expensive for a case with that much tempered glass.  That will leave you some money for the white gloves and glass cleaner you will need!

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"What do you do when a window just isn't enough? Corsair believes they have the answer in the Crystal 460X RGB case. The front and side are made of tempered glass giving you the ability to show off your pride and joy. Is it more than just a pretty face? Can the Crystal 460X RGB make a PC enthusiast happy?"

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Manufacturer: Zalman

Introduction and Features

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Zalman is well known for supplying cases, cooling solutions, power supplies and accessories to PC enthusiasts around the world. It’s been quite a while since we last reviewed one of Zalman’s power supplies and today we are going to take a detailed look at one of their new Acrux Series units, the ZM1000-ARX. There are currently four models in the Acrux Series ranging in output capacity from 750W up to 1200W.

Zalman Acrux Series Power Supplies:
•    ZM750-ARX
•    ZM850-ARX
•    ZM1000-ARX
•    ZM1200-ARX

The Acrux Series is Zalman’s flagship line of power supplies. They all feature 80 Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency and come with modular cables for flexibility and ease of cable routing. The ARX power supplies are designed for quiet, reliable operation and come backed by a 7-year warranty.

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Zalman ZM1000-ARX Platinum PSU Key Features:
 
•    1000W DC power output at 40°C
•    80 Plus Platinum certification for high efficiency (89-94% @ 20-100% load)
•    All Modular cable design
•    Smart fan control system for very quiet operation
•    Quiet 140mm cooling fan with ball bearings
•    100% High quality Japanese made capacitors with 105°C rating
•    High current single +12V rail (83A/996W)
•    DC-to-DC converters for +5V and +3.3V outputs
•    Multi-GPU ready with eight PCI-E connectors
•    Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire
•    Meets ErP 2013 Lot6 standby power standards and Haswell ready
•    Compliant with Intel ATX12V Ver 2.3 & EPS 12V Ver 2.92 standards
•    Universal AC input (100-240V) with Active PFC
•    DC Output protections: UVP, OVP, OPP, SCP, OCP, and OTP
•    Dimensions: 150mm (W) x 86mm (H) x 180mm (L)
•    7-Year warranty
•    MSRP : $199.99 USD

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Please continue reading our review of the Zalman 1000W Platinum PSU !!!

Enermax speaks of a small Revolution, a 650W SFX PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2017 - 05:49 PM |
Tagged: enermax, SFX PSU, 650W, revolution, modular psu, lepa

Perhaps the box looked a little empty when Enermax placed their SFX Revolution PSU into the packaging, so they filled up some of the empty space with a Lepa Boom wireless speaker for you to enjoy while assembling your machine. [H]ard|OCP didn't spend a lot of time reviewing the speaker as they were too busy investigating the first SFX PSU they have encountered from Enermax.  Overall this PSU passed every test they tossed at it and the price on the unit is favourably comparable to two 600W units [H] tested previously so if you are building a tiny machine that needs a good amount of juice then this review is worth looking into.

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"The small form factor segment has been hot for a while now when it comes to enthusiast PC builders and Enermax is entering the SFX fray today with the Revolution SFX 650W PSU. It touts fanless modes under 30% load, 100% Japanese capacitors, and complete flat flexible cables for easier routing in tight cases."

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Loud is cool when you are a Kraken; NZXT's X52 watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: Kraken X52, nzxt, watercooler

The Kraken X52 is twice the cooler the X42 is, with two 120mm fans on its 240mm radiator and should fit in more cases than the 280mm X62.  It is fully RGB'd with a wide gamut of colours to dispaly as well as pulsing and rotating effects if a simple glow doesn't satisfy your cravings.  [H]ard|OCP tested it out on a Core i7-4770K with the fans at full speed as well as the minimum possible speed.  At full speed it was only a hair short of becoming the most effective cooler they've reviewed but did take the loudest noise produced by a cooler handily.  Reducing the speed had an enormous effect on the sound, reducing it to being barely audible but unfortunately the cooling effectiveness also dropped significantly; those who are interested in this cooler should be able to find a happy medium between audibility and cooling performance.  The full review is right here.

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"NZXT has been stepping up its cooling game this year, and the Kraken X52 All-In-One represents its "in between" liquid CPU cooler model for those cases with somewhat limited space for the radiator. The Kraken X52 comes with a healthy feature set that has most of the bells and whistles that are needed to make it competitive."

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CORSAIR Launches New Carbide Series SPEC-04

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2017 - 01:37 PM |
Tagged: corsair, carbide, Carbide SPEC-04

You can see the three exterior styles of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 below, a black enclosure with a tinted side panel window and your choice or red, yellow or grey highlights on the front panel.

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The front panel design is for more than just show, the depth allows your front fans to be installed between the case body and the front panel, leaving you more room in the interior for components and making it easier to swap the fans.  It also leaves enough space that the audio and USB plugs as well as the power buttons can be side mounted.

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The case is 492x201x433mm (19.4x7.9x17") in size, and the interior of the case can hold GPUs of up to 370mm in length with ease.  There is space for three 3.5" HDDs and two 2.5" SDDs and enough cutouts to ensure even fully populated you will not have cable clutter showing through the side panel.  The front panel allows the installation of two 120/140mm fans, the top can accomodate a pair of 120mm fans, or radiator if you prefer, with one more 120mm fan or radiator on the back.

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FREMONT, CA — May 2nd — CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the newest addition to the Carbide series of mid-tower gaming cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04. With unmistakable styling, a large tinted side panel window and roomy interior, the Carbide Series SPEC-04 is ready-to-build a system as bold as it looks.

With it’s asymmetrical, hard-edged exterior, the SPEC-04 is ready to stand out, with three different color options to match your system, Black and Yellow, Black and Red or Black and Grey. The angular styling isn’t just there for looks, it hides a side-mounted front panel equipped with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports and a huge ventilated section to provide excellent Direct Airflow Path airflow.

Whichever color you choose, the SPEC-04 offers the performance to back up its looks, with a pre-installed 120mm LED-lit front intake fan and room for up to five fans; two 120mm or 140mm in the front, two 120mm in the roof and one 120mm in the rear. Fill each slot with a CORSAIR AF, SP, ML or HD series 120mm fan for maximum airflow, or fit any 120mm CORSAIR Hydro Series liquid cooler for watercooled performance. What’s more, with both front intake and PSU dust filters, the SPEC-04 is equipped to keep your system clean, as well as cool.

Inside the SPEC-04 is packed with a host of builder-friendly features to make your next gaming PC build as easy as possible. ATX, MATX and mini-ITX motherboard support is accompanied by seven expansion slots and room for GPUs up to 370mm in length, so while you might agonize over that next system upgrade, you won’t have to worry about whether it’ll fit. Expansive storage mounts accommodate up to three 3.5in HDDs and two 2.5in SDD’s, while multiple cable routing cutouts and tie downs make for easy cable management to keep your build looking spacious and uncluttered. Designed to deliver the striking styling, great airflow and wide compatibility of modern gaming PC cases within the reach of any system builder, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-04 is bold and ready to build.

Specifications:

  • Angular exterior design with large, tinted side panel window: The asymmetrical, hard-edged design adds bold styling to your build.
  • Room up to for five 120mm fans: Tons of room for excellent cooling potential with one 120mm front fan pre-installed.
  • Expansive storage space: Easy-to-use mounts for up to three HDD’s and two SDD’s.
  • Clean, side I/O panel: Featuring a high-speed USB 3.0 port and additional ports for all modern connections.
  • Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Hide your cables behind the motherboard tray to keep your build looking tidy and out of the airflow path for improved cooling.
  • Removable, built-in dust filters: Added layer of protection will keep your components safe and running longer.
  • I/O Port: USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, Headphone and Microphone jacks, Power on and Reset buttons.
  • Expansion slots: Seven
  • Maximum PSU length: 225mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 150mm
  • Maximum GPU length: 370mm
  • Drive bays: 3.5” – Three, 2.5” - Two
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 492 x 201 x 433mm
Source: Corsair

FSP Launches Windale CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2017 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged: fsp, windale, windale 6, windale 4

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FSP have just announced their entrance into the cool world of heatsinks with their Windale series.  The Windale 4 sports four heatsinks, and as you may have already guessed the Windale 6 has a half dozen.  Both coolers have a 120mm fan rated at 60CFM at the full 1600RPM, as it is PWM you can reduce that down to 600RPM if you prefer a little silence.  The two models are compatible with any modern Intel or AMD processor, Ryzen included.

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The Windale 4 is 122x83x158mm so you will be able to squeeze it into any chasis which will fit a 120mm fan comfortably.  It is rated for processors of up to 180W TDP so even with its smaller size you will still have good cooling potential.

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The Windale 6 is the wider of the two, with the size increased to 122x110x165mm to accommodate the additional two heatpipes which increase the cooling potential to an impressive 240W TDP which should please overclockers.  

We don't have any pricing or test units yet, but we do have PR you can read below.

April 26, Taipei, Taiwan – Global power and cooling specialist, FSP, is pleased to announce the new Windale series of supremely effective, ultra-quiet, heat pipe equipped fan-cooled PC heatsinks. The Windale 6 (AC601) and Windale 4 (AC401) bring a combination of extreme cooling performance with very low noise and vibration to a huge range of Intel and AMD CPUs – including the newest Core i7 and Ryzen processors. These new PC coolers are ideal for gamers, performance enthusiasts, and overclockers, as well as for general users who need quiet, reliable cooling and long CPU life.

FSP patented technology for ultimate cooling performance
Both the Windale 4 and Windale 6 feature CPU direct contact technology to remove heat from the CPU with maximum efficiency, protecting the valuable CPU and extending its lifespan. As their names suggest, the Windale coolers feature four and six heat pipes respectively, to spread that heat through the cooling fins. These louver fins are assembled with a patented solder-less technique which ensures unhindered heat transfer, unlike traditional soldered fins. Finally, the large, quiet 120mm cooling fan drives up to 60 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air through the fins to dissipate the heat and keep the CPU running safely at optimum speed.

These advanced design and manufacturing features allow the Windale 4 to achieve a thermal design power (TDP) of 180W and thermal resistance of 0.11° C/W, while the larger Windale 6 reaches a TDP of 240W TDP and brings thermal resistance down to only 0.09° C/W in the most demanding scenarios. This allows the Windale series to keep CPU temperatures well below those provided by competing CPU coolers.

The quiet fan that cools and looks cool
Designed with a focus on noise reduction and user comfort, the Windale’s optimized low-noise sleeve bearing PWM fan spins at a low speed, variable from 1600 RPM down to only 1000 RPM to provide almost silent operation, but its wide 120 mm size ensures the fan blades can move more than enough air to keep the hottest CPUs running safely. The heatsink’s anti-vibration rubber mounting pins help isolate it from the motherboard and chassis to prevent noise and vibration.
Despite its unobtrusive and quiet performance, a Windale cooler can still be an eye-catching feature of any PC, thanks to its sleek, stylish design. The Windale 4 exposes the natural metallic sheen of its aluminum alloy fins and copper heat pipes, while the Windale 6 sports a cool black plated exterior coating and features an alluring blue LED effect.

Supports a wide range of AMD and Intel CPUs
The FSP Windale series offers outstanding compatibility with a huge range of CPU sockets, including Intel’s Socket LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011, and AMD’s socket FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and AM4. CPUs supported by these sockets include the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, and AMD Ryzen – as well as many other Intel and AMD CPUs.

 

Source: FSP