Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Gaming Peripherals Announced: Gladius II Wireless Mouse, Balteus Qi Pad, Delta Headset
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ROG, Qi, peripherals, mousepad, mouse, headset, asus
ASUS ROG has also announced a few new peripherals at this year’s Computex: a headset, a mouse, and a mousepad that includes a Qi wireless charger. All of them have RGB lighting. All of them. Even the mousepad.
Let’s start with the mouse. The ASUS ROG Gladius II Wireless is a wireless mouse that is built around the Pixart 16000 dpi sensor. It apparently uses two separate wireless connections, one RF and one Bluetooth, to optimize between connection speed and connection latency. ASUS claims to have tweaked the sensor to allow 24 hours on a single charge (if the RGB lighting is disabled). Interestingly, they don’t say whether this can be charged with Qi, which would have tied in to their announcement of…
The ASUS ROG Balteus Qi is a 370mm x 320mm mousepad that includes Qi wireless charging and 15 Aura Sync RGB lighting zones, where each RGB zone can be individually set. Interestingly, they don’t say whether any of their mice can be charged with Qi technology, so either it’s a glaring omission on the press release’s part, or ASUS intends users to place their phone on their mousepad when they go to bed? It seems like charging a wireless mouse with a mousepad would be an interesting use case, and is something I’ve been considering with Logitech’s solution, although it’s hard to get in Canada. Hopefully the mice actually are Qi-compatible and this is the actual use case.
Also, the mousepad contains a USB 2.0 pass-through port, so you can easily plug-in devices on your desk, like a keyboard, without resorting to a USB hub.
Another version, the ROG Balteus, without the “Qi” suffix, will also be available… without the wireless charging system.
Lastly, the ROG Delta is a USB headset that connects via Type-C. At first that sounds like, “Well, why would they intentionally use the less-common plug when every PC has a Type-A?” The reason is simple: it also works with Android devices. ASUS doesn’t state much about the headset’s specifications, although it has a “quad-DAC array” (digital -> analog converter) with a 127-dB(A) signal to noise ratio.
All of these devices are coming in the second half of the year. None of their pricing details are known.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2018 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 750w, corsair, TX750M, 80 Plus Gold
Corsair's TX750M 750W is advertised as being able to maintain full 80 Plus Gold power at temperatures as high as 50C, handy if you live close to the equator or don't like cases with decent airflow. [H]ard|OCP tested it at 45C and found those claims to be accurate, with even better performance at reasonable temperatures. The 7 year warranty, decent accoustics and a price of around ~$100 make this a competitive product and one worth considering for your next build.
"The semi-modular Corsair TX750M claims to be the perfect PSU for high heat case environments as it is rated for continuous output at 50C. We will test it in the hotbox up to 45C, as that is torture enough. Does it deliver Gold rated efficiency and great power inside the incubator?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cougar GX-F Series 750W @ TechPowerUp
- Antec EarthWatts Gold Pro 750W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- SilverStone Strider Titanium ST1100-TI 1100W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Corsair RM850x @ Guru of 3D
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Platinum 550W @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2018 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500M, tempered glass
Cooler Master demonstrates their love of tempered glass with the MasterCase H500M, all four sides are made of it with the installation of the front panel up to you depending if you prefer looks to airflow. The case ships with a pair of 200mm fans in the front and a single 140mm in the rear, you can replace the front with a radiator of up to 360mm, the top also supports radiators of that size as well. Cable management is well executed, with a cover for almost every component and wiring path, though it takes some effort to install them all. Apart from a few minor issues Guru of 3D loved this case, check it out in all it's glory here.
"Join us in a review the new MasterCase H500M from Cooler Master. The new chassis has that familiar in-house CM feel, yet was brought into the year 2018 with some nice modern features and the ability to go all stealth with the stuff you do not want to show. Intrigued? Sure you are, let's have a look, shall we?"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master Mastercase H500M @ TechPowerUp
- NZXT Kraken M22 @ Guru of 3D
- AMD Stock Coolers Tested: Wraith Prism vs. Wraith Spire vs. Wraith Stealth @ Techspot
- be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2018 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tempered glass, p110 luce, antec
Antec's new aluminium and glass case offers a nice space to build a system, 518x23x489mm (20.4x9x19.2") in size and with removable vents and filters on all sides but the large tempered glass panel. RGBs are limited to a seven colour backlit logo at the top left corner of the front panel, and a fairly simple controller to control any illuminated components you have. That logo is the only feature on that surface as the ports and buttons have been moved to the top of the case. Inside you will find a PSU shroud, decent cable management and an adapter to vertically mount your GPU.
"Antec's P110 Luce weaves aluminum and tempered-glass panels into a sleek, premium-looking case with some nifty features inside. We built up our test system in this case to see whether it marks a return to form for the company's cases."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Anidees AI-XL AR @ Guru of 3D
- NZXT H500i @ TechPowerUp
- Coolerguys 2U Bracket with 4 High Speed Evercool 80mm fans @ MissingRemote
- SilentiumPC Grandis 2 XE1436 @ TechPowerUp
- Jonsbo CR-201 RGB CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Corsair H100x @ Kitguru
- Swiftech Maelstrom D5 X100 Reservoir @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2018 - 09:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: M.2, heatpipes, CRYORIG, air cooler
Cryorig teased a new M.2 cooler ahead of its Computex debut this week. The Cryorig Frostbit M.2 Cooler is the first dual heat pipe cooler that uses a thin 1mm heat pipe that spreads heat across a small heat spreader and a thicker heat pipe that draws heat away to a larger external heatsink.
The Frostbit cooler measures 72mm x 26.3mm x 57mm (LxWxH) and weighs just over 0.12 pounds (56 grams). The angle of the external circular heatsink and heatpipe can be manually adjusted so that it can fit in systems with a large CPU or GPU cooler. Cryorig’s website notes that the Frostbit features 38 fins (19x2) and is rated at 12W cooling capability.
Cryorig's Frostbit certainly looks stylish and capable, but at the same time is definite cooling overkill. Allyn has noted in the past (mostly on podcasts) that while cooling or spreading the heat from the controller and cache can be beneficial, the flash dies themselves on the M.2 drives do not really need to be cooled and in fact a bit of heat can be good for them.
I can see this cooler being used for aesthetics especially in a hard-line water cooling build, but it is likely to come at a premium price. More information should be available on pricing and availability after Computex.
What do you think about this beast? Am I the only one thinking "Maximum Cooling" in a Crysis voiceover style when looking at this thing?
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2018 - 07:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SilverStone 450W, Silverstone, SFX-L, SFF, Fanless Power Supply, 80 Plus Platinum PSU
SilverStone recently took the wraps off of a new fanless power supply for small form factor (SFX-L) systems. The Nightjar NJ450-SXL is a 450W PSU that conforms to the 80 PLUS Platinum specification where it can hit up to 92% efficiency at 100% load. The power supply, which SilverStone claims is the first SFX-L fanless PSU, features an extruded aluminum outer shell with aluminum fins running front to back on the top, bottom, left, and right sides. It measures 130mm x 63.5mm x 125mm and weighs 1.52 kg (3.35 pounds).
The SFF PSU features a single +12V rail rated at 37.5A and is compatible with a single high end or dual mid-range GPU setup. It further features support for over current, over power, over voltage, and short circuit protection as well as active power factor correction (PFC) for cleaner AC input and more efficient power distribution to the components powered by the PSU.
The fully modular Nightjar NJ450-SXL features flat black cables that are fairly short (most of the cables are under a foot so no putting this bad boy in an E-ATX case!) to make cable management as easy as possible especially when it comes to airflow and shoving (I mean, uhm, organizing) them behind the motherboard tray to make the build look cleaner.
Notably, there are no vents on this power supply. Even so, SilverStone rates the PSU at operating temperatures of 0°C to 40°C while maintaining 100% load and 24/7 operation.
As far as supported connectors, the Nightjar NJ450-SXL features support for:
- 1 x 24-pin ATX
- 1 x 8-pin EPS
- 4 x 8-pin PCI-E
- 8 x SATA
- 3 x 4-pin peripheral (think Molex style)
- 1 x 4-pin floppy
SilverStone rates its new PSU at 100,000 hours MTBF at 25°C. It is not clear from its website what the pricing, availability, or warranty length will be (warranty is at least 1 year but it may be longer and the warranty page for the extended year(s) eligible products just hasn’t been updated). I am curious how this PSU will perform especially in a cramped SFF system. SilverStone claims that is silent at 0dBA, and hopefully the reviews can corroborate that. It looks like a good fanless option on paper, but I have a feeling it’s going to come at a premium price point!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2018 - 09:00 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: tempered glass, nzxt, mid-tower, H500i, H500, enclosure, case, CAM, budget, affordable
NZXT has announced a pair of new cases with the H500 and H500i, mid-tower designs both featuring a tempered glass side panel. We looked at the previous H700i case a few months back, and these similar H500 cases combine elements of the H700i and popular S340 to create a pair of budget-friendly options at $69.99 for the standard model. and $99.99 for the CAM-powered H500i.
The NZXT H500 (left) and H500i (right, with optional vertical GPU bracket)
“With the H500, we’ve taken everything we learned from both our top-selling S340 line and our recent H Series products to offer an updated, feature rich chassis that continues our commitment to designing affordable premium hardware. From the stunning tempered glass to its durable all-steel construction, the H500 and H500i give builders of all levels everything they need to build an extraordinary gaming machine.”
NZXT breaks down the features of both models:
- H500 / H500i features:
- Modern design and builder-friendly features
- Premium, all-steel construction with the sleek H Series aesthetic; available in four color combinations
- Tempered glass side panel showcases your build
- Wire management is made easy with an intuitive, patent-pending cable management system
- Water-cooling installation is simplified using a removable bracket for either all-in-one CPU coolers or custom loop configurations
Matte Black with Blue is one of four color options
- H500i exclusive features:
- The Smart Device, a built-in RGB and digital fan controller powered by CAM, delivers HUE+ and GRID+ functionality and includes two pre-installed fans and RGB LED strips.
- An optional Adaptive Noise Reduction fan control mode in CAM measures CPU and GPU temperatures, as well as ambient and system component sound levels to create custom fan curves that optimize the balance between cooling and noise
- Integrated, CAM-powered RGB lighting allows for dynamic personalization of each and every build
- Vertical GPU mount (optional) showcases the gaming power inside
The H500 cases offer some of the integrated cable routing seen on the H700i
The new H500 series cases will be available "early June" and are offered in four color combinations: matte white, matte black. matte black/red, and matte black/blue. Pre-orders are available from NZXT's online store.
Introduction and Features
The Corsair RMx Series currently includes five models: 1000W, 850W, 750W, 650W and 550W. And the 850W model is available in either standard black or special white. The RMx series is very similar to Corsair’s RMi series but with the advantage of lower cost due eliminating the digital Corsair Link interface and staying with 80 Plus Gold level efficiency. Like previous versions, all of the RMx Series power supplies are designed by Corsair and built by Channel Well Technologies (CWT). We will be taking a detailed look at the RM850x PSU (standard black) in this review.
The RMx Series power supplies are equipped with fully modular cables and optimized for very quiet operation. RMx Series power supplies incorporate Zero RPM Fan Mode, which means the fan does not start spinning until the power supply reaches a moderate load. The cooling fan is designed to deliver low noise and high static pressure.
The Corsair RMx Series is built with high-quality components, including all Japanese made electrolytic capacitors, and Corsair guarantees these PSUs to deliver clean, stable, continuous power, at ambient temperatures up to 50°C. And last but not least, the RMx series comes backed by a 10-year warranty.
Corsair RM850x PSU Features summary:
• 850W continuous DC output (up to 50°C)
• 10-Year Warranty and Comprehensive Customer Support
• 80 PLUS Gold certified, at least 90% efficiency under 50% load
• Fully modular cables for easy installation
• Flat ribbon-style, low profile cables help optimize airflow
• Zero RPM Fan Mode for silent operation up to 40% load
• Quiet NR135L fan for long life and quiet operation
• High quality components including all Japanese electrolytic capacitors
• Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
• Safety Protections : OCP, OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP, and OPP
• MSRP for the RM850x (black): $159.99 USD
Here is what Corsair has to say about the RMx Series:
“Corsair RMx series power supplies give you extremely tight voltage control, quiet operation, Gold-certified efficiency, and a fully modular cables set. Built with all Japanese 105°C capacitors, they’re a great choice for high performance PCs where reliability is essential!
80 PLUS Gold efficiency reduces operating cost and excess heat, and Zero RPM fan mode ensures virtual silence at low and medium loads. And the fully modular DC cables make builds and upgrades easy, with clean, great-looking results.”
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2018 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, ryzen 2, wraith prism, frag harder disco lights
The new Ryzen processors come with a Wraith fan of some description inside the package, that go far beyond bundled heatsinks we have seen previously. The aesthetics are impressive, even without a controller your Wraith Spire fan will display a fluctuating rainbow of colours along with a lit AMD logo that waxes and wanes. If you utilize software or have a motherboard with controllable lighting then you can make the Frag Harder Disco Lighting perform numerous tricks. The performance beats any other bundled heatsink but might not provide enough cooling for extreme overclocking in a case with limited airflow. You can see how it performs in [H]ard|OCP's full review.
"AMD has very much upped its game with the latest generation of Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 2700X comes complete with a snazzy looking cooler that has served us well on our test bench, but what happens when you put it inside a hot case with a hot video card and put the screws to it in terms of GHz and wattage on our 4GHz Ryzen testing rig? "
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360 TT Premium Edition Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Koolance 400A-S Threadripper Water Block V2 @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec Kuhler H2O K120 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- Barrowch Whale Shark Threadripper Water Block @ [H]ard|OCP
- CORSAIR Hydro H60 High Performance 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- be quiet! Dark Base 700 Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2018 - 07:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: yuge, super tower, Obsidian 1000D, girth, corsair
If you ever saw the Thermaltake W100 Super Tower Chassis, you have an idea of just how large a Super Tower really is and if you like that one wait until you see Corsair's Obsidian 1000D. It measures 307x693x697mm, aka 12.1 x 27.3 x 27.4", with enough interior space to handle a full E-ATX and Mini-ITX system simultaneously.
As you would expect, the cooling options are more than impressive, you can choose between using the 18 cooling fan mounts for air cooling, you could install up to four 480mm radiators or you could mix solutions if you prefer. The radiator mounts slide out, offering a uniquely simple installation method.
Think again if you believe this a server case, the W100 ships with the CORSAIR Commander PRO digital RGB lighting and fan speed controller with iCue so you can start a rave party in it. As this case can contain two systems it supports the installation of an SFX and an ATX PSU, so your Mini-ITX and ATX systems are separately powered.
Storage fans like Al will appreciate the 11 drive bays while Sebastian will appreciate the meticulous care put into the cable management. The front panel sports a pair of USB 3.1 Type C ports and four USB 3.0 ports in amongst the tempered glass front fascia, with that see through feel carried out onto the side panel. Check out more details at Corsair, as well as the full PR below or just drop the $500 to see it in person.
FREMONT, CA, May 10th, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the launch of its largest, most feature-rich PC case ever – the Obsidian Series 1000D. Building on the CORSAIR Concept Slate prototype that captured the imagination of PC enthusiasts, the Obsidian 1000D is the result of over two years of development and design to create the ultimate super-tower case. Clean exterior lines brushed aluminium details and four smoked tempered glass panels give the 1000D the iconic styling and superior build-quality enthusiasts have come to expect from the CORSAIR Obsidian Series.
Both a full E-ATX and Mini-ITX system can be installed simultaneously, cooled by 13 cooling fan mounts, powered by two PSUs (SFX and ATX) and equipped with 11 storage drives. Created to house the world’s most epic PC builds, the 1000D is the ultimate super-tower PC case.
The 1000D is designed to house the most powerful, ambitious and jaw-dropping PCs on the planet, contained in a unique triple-chamber, dual-system layout. The primary E-ATX system is mounted on a raised motherboard island, lined by convenient cable routing holes and backed by a huge French-door-style rear compartment to easily hide away 2.5in drives, cabling and accessories. The Mini-ITX system sits rotated above the ATX PSU mount, providing an optional fully-equipped system to run as a file server, streaming capture system, or second gaming PC for player two.
With two systems worth of hardware to handle, the 1000D boasts a huge array of cooling options. Eight 120mm fan mounts to the front, three 140mm fan mounts in the roof and two 120/140mm fan mounts to the rear have the headroom to mount even the thickest liquid cooling radiators with fans in push/pull configuration. Fitted using replaceable telescoping fan trays* that make installation easy, the 1000D can equip up to 18 cooling fans and four 480mm liquid cooling radiators – the most liquid-cooling friendly CORSAIR case ever.
To power the huge array of cooling hardware it can carry, the 1000D includes a CORSAIR Commander PRO digital RGB lighting and fan speed controller, granting users precision speed control of up to six PWM fans, and lighting control for up to six CORSAIR RGB fans or CORSAIR RGB LED strips. The 1000D itself also boasts integrated RGB lighting, built into its front panel and front logo, as either a starting-point for a stunning RGB build, or as a subtle accent to your system.
Whether you go all-out on lighting or are building a more reserved system, CORSAIR iCUE software brings everything together, combining RGB lighting control for all iCUE compatible products including fans, RGB LED light strips, keyboards, mice and more. iCUE also provides in-depth customizable fan RPM curves to silence fans, downloadable profiles and advanced system monitoring, all controlled with a single easy-to-use interface.
Look closer behind the monolithic design and epic capabilities, and you’ll find that the 1000D is loaded with extras to make building your system easy and ready for years of upgrades. The front panel offers dual USB 3.1 Type C ports, as well as four USB 3.0 ports, for multiple high-speed connections. Front, rear and roof removable dust filters ensure your system stays looking its best, while a rotatable GPU mount plate for the primary system lets you put your graphics card on show. When installing liquid cooling, you’ll find a wide variety of pump and reservoir mounting points, with an exhaustive array of screws and cable ties included to add the finishing touch to your system. Able to easily house today’s most ambitious systems, cool them with room to spare, finish them with fine attention to detail and light them with stunning, or subtle, RGB lighting, the 1000D is the ultimate super-tower case.