Introduction and First Impressions
Corsair’s Hydro Series H100 all-in-one liquid cooler has been a mainstay on the market for years now, with iterative updates to add features such as software integration. With this new H100i PRO, now joining the ranks of the existing H115i PRO and H150i PRO, the venerable cooler has again been revised, and this time RGB lighting is featured - though a subtle integration.
“The CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO is an all-in-one RGB liquid CPU cooler with a 240mm radiator built for low-noise cooling performance and bold styling with an RGB LED pump head. Two included 120mm ML Series magnetic levitation PWM fans provide great airflow and static pressure, with a wide PWM speed control range between 400 RPM and 2,400 RPM.
Powerful CORSAIR iCUE software lets you customize RGB lighting, monitor temperatures and precisely adjust fan speeds, or stop fans entirely with the H100i’s Zero RPM fan mode. Easy to install and compatible with most major CPU sockets, the H100i makes it easy to cool your system in silence and style.”
The RGB lighting effect can be adjusted to any color using the iCUE software
Specifications from Corsair:
- Coldplate Material: Copper
- Tubing Material: Low permeation with black sleeving
- Radiator Material: Aluminum
- Radiator Size: 276mm x 120mm x 27mm
- Fan(s) included: 2x ML Series 120mm PWM Fans
- Fan Max Speed: 2400 RPM
- Fan Airflow: 75 CFM
- Fan Static Pressure: 4.2 mm-H2O
- Fan Noise Level: 37 dB(A)
Pricing and Availability:
- Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO: $119.99, Amazon.com
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 80 Plus Gold, nzxt, E Series, modular psu, CAM
NZXT launched a trio of 80 PLUS GOLD PSUs, with 500W, 650W and 850W models.
These PSUs all support NXZT's CAM software which allows a Windows 10 machine to closely monitor your system's power usage. These E Series PSUs contain a Texas Instrument UCD3138 DSP which can monitor the power usage of the various components powered by the PSU and let you see how much power your GPU, CPU and other components are drawing. This can be very handy for both the overclocker and the energy conscious user, ensuring that the power management tweaks you applied to a component are actually working. CAM also lets you manage your fan curve from the default setting which keeps the fan from spinning until there is at least 100W of draw on your PSU.
All three modular PSUs are built with a single 12V rail for added stability and performance and come with a 10 year warranty. All models are currently available from NXZT, the E500W at $124.99, E650 at $139.99 and the E850 for $149.99USD.
Check the full PR below the capacitor porn.
Los Angeles, CA – July 17, 2018 – NZXT today announces a new line of digital ATX PSUs designed to provide PC builders with real-time power monitoring and control. The E Series lineup includes 500W, 650W, and 850W models, all 80 PLUS Gold certified. For these PSUs, NZXT partnered with Seasonic, one of the most highly-regarded PSU manufacturers, and worked with them to enhance their Focus+ Gold platform and PMBus architecture, adding a powerful Texas Instruments DSP and USB connectivity.
“The PSU is a critical part of your PC. Our goal for creating a smarter PC capable of automatically responding to the demands of the application--whether you are browsing the web, drafting email, or playing your favorite game--includes adding control and monitoring to devices that are integral to the system,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “Our E Series PSUs are another step in completing this vision. You can track the performance of the PSU in real time, monitor temperature and total power-on hours, and even enable multi-rail OCP for additional protection of key components using CAM--our innovative software solution at the heart of our smart PC.”
NZXT E Series PSUs Key Features
- Active monitoring for the 12V, 5V, and 3.3V rails
- Total power-on time tracking enabled using the embedded real-time clock (RTC)
- Digital multi-rail over-current protection (OCP) for all three 12V outputs, with adjustable thresholds for the 12V CPU (4+4 pin) and GPU (6+2 pin PCIe) connections
- Japanese capacitors rated at 105°C
- 80 PLUS Gold certification
- Fully modular design means you use only the cables you need
- 10-year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support
MONITOR YOUR PERFORMANCE The E Series uses a powerful digital signal processor (DSP) providing real-time wattage indicators for the three 12V rails, along with total uptime and internal temperature. Compare CPU and GPU power draw to their rated TDP and track historical data using CAM.
SAFER POWER In addition to providing high-precision monitoring, the onboard DSP lets you enable independent over-current protection (OCP) for the 12V output to the motherboard, CPU, and GPU, providing even better protection for your expensive components.
RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT All 80 PLUS Gold certified E Series PSUs are built using Japanese capacitors, rated to 105° C, providing long-term durability and reliability, and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.
RUN SILENT When powering loads under 100W total, the 0dB Mode provides fully silent operation. Using CAM, you can optimize your own fan curve to suit your system or choose between the Silent, Performance, or Fixed preset modes. ALL THE ESSENTIALS E Series PSUs support single- or multi-GPU builds and the fully modular design means you use just the connections you need for your build, reducing cable clutter and simplifying system building and expansion
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: SPEC-06 RGB, corsair, carbide, atx case
Corsair have expanded their Carbide Series with the new SPEC-06 RGB, a $110 ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and an illuminated front panel to satisfy urges of red, green and blue. If you are noticing a lack of drives in the picture below, it is because they've moved them all to the back of the motherboard tray, with mounting points for four 2.5" SSDs and two 3.5" HDDs.
The case itself is quite roomy at 523x296x553mm (21x11.7x21.8") and can fit a GPU of up to 370mm in length. Your cooling options include installing a half dozen 120mm fans or you can install up to a 360mm radiator in the front, 240mm on the top and 120mm on the back; or any mix of those. Whatever you choose you will benefit from the Direct Airflow Path design which moves air through the case efficiently, in part thanks to the lack of drives and separate chamber for the PSU. Check out the full PR below the rainbow of front panel lighting available.
FREMONT, CA, July 17th, 2018 - CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today unveiled the latest addition to its Carbide Series of enthusiast PC cases, the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB. A tempered glass side panel and RGB-lit front panel showcase and highlight your build, while Direct Airflow Path™ design delivers cool air to the systems hottest components and keeps your PC ahead of the curve.
With a beautiful tempered glass side panel, the SPEC-06 RGB allows you to show off your system in style, highlighted by a stunning RGB-lit curve recessed into the distinctive front panel. The integrated RGB front lighting is easily controlled by a built-in three-switch controller that adds dramatic illumination to your system, with seven different colors, two lighting speeds, and five color shifting modes including color wave, heartbeat, rainbow wave and more. Let your PC shine bright with vibrant patterns or stick to solid colors to match your setup.
Beneath its bold design, the SPEC-06 RGB can accommodate a wealth of high-end PC hardware and cooling options. Two included 120mm cooling fans and CORSAIR Direct Airflow Path™ design ensure cool air is directed to the hottest components, with room for up to six 120mm fans and to install even the largest 360mm CORSAIR Hydro Series™ H150i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler. Expansive storage space allows for up to four 2.5in SSDs and two 3.5in HDDs, giving you the storage capacity you need.
The SPEC-06 RGB’s builder-friendly internal layout enables quick and easy installation with intuitively placed rubber gromets and cut-outs that allow even first-time builders to create a great looking system. A plethora of cable tie-downs and a full-length PSU cover facilitate clean cable management, while removable dust filters in the roof, floor and front keep your system clean long after the build is finished.
Available in white or black, the SPEC-06 RGB (pictured left) is also available with single color LED lighting as the CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06, available in white (white LED) or black (red LED).
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.
The CORSAIR Carbide Series SPEC-06 RGB and SPEC-06 are backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network./p>
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2018 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: P850W, modular psu, gigabyte, aorus, 80 Plus Gold
Gigabyte have launched the first Aorus branded PSU, the P850W 80 PLUS GOLD modular PSU. The caps inside are rated over 20 years @ 25C and are cooled by a 135mm, two ball bearing fan which is able to run silently when the PSU is at 20% load or lower. They have chosen to use a single 12V rail, which is a superior solution overall.
The PSU offers OCP, OTP, OVP, OPP, UVP and SCP protection and offers a 10 year warranty. Take a look at the full PR below or visit the site.
City of Industry, California, 16th July, 2018 - GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today announced the release of AORUS P850W and P750W, the first PC power supplies (PSUs) from its premium AORUS brand. The new P850W and P750W feature 80 PLUS Gold power efficiency and silent operation. They are fully modular withenhanced durability for gaming enthusiasts, especially those with multiple-GPU builds focused on VR gaming.
With 80 PLUS Gold certification, AORUS PSU deliver superior electrical performance at a minimum of 90% energy efficiency, ensuring power waste is kept at a minimum. With less heat and reduced fan noise, gamers with AORUS PSUs can enjoy a cool and quiet gaming environment.
Using 100% Japanese capacitors and premium internal components throughout the design, AORUS PSU provide users with extended product reliability and lifespan. The single +12V rail ensures the best power output and stability making this power supply ideal for overclocking. The 135mm temperature-controlled smart fan is automatically adjusted according to the actual power usage. When the power usage is lower than 20%, the fan will automatically activate the stop function to ensure energy saving and stable power supply. The fan uses an ultra-durable double ball bearing design, which offers prolonged product life over 50,000 hours.
AORUS P850W and P750W power supplies have built-in OVP/OPP/SCP/UVP/OCP/OTP circuit protection designs and have undergone rigorous testing of various safety regulations in multiple countries.
Introduction and Case Exterior
FSP is a familiar name in power supplies, and in the last year we have also seen the company branch out with CPU coolers (with the excellent Windale series reviewed last year) and cases. The latest of these enclosures is the CMT520, the second in their CMT series and featuring front and side tempered glass panels to showcase no fewer than four included RGB fans.
Glass can of course present some obstacles to cooling performance, particularly when the front intake is covered (as the gap between glass and fans becomes crucial), so we will see if the case's performance is equal to the elegance of its looks in this review.
The CMT520 pictured sporting very colorful fans (image via FSP)
First a look at specifications from FSP:
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Color: Black
- Materials: SPCC, Tempered glass x2
- M/B Type: E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, ITX
- Expansion Slots: 8
- 3.5-inch Drive Bays: 2
- 2.5-inch Drive Bays: 4
- Power Supply Type: ATX
- Component Clearance:
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 163mm
- Maximum VGA Card Length: 423mm
- Cooling System
- Front: 120mm RGB Fan x3 (included)
- Rear: 120mm RGB Fan x1 (included)
- Fan & Water Cooler Support:
- Front: 120mm/140mm x3, or 360mm Radiator x1
- Top: 120mm x 3/140mm x2 or 360mm Radiator x1
- Rear: 120mm x1
- I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio
- Dimension LxWxH: 495 x 215 x 510 mm (19.49 x 8.46 x 20.08 inches)
- Weight: 8.5 kg
Pricing and availability:
- FSP CMT Series CMT520 Case: $104.99, Amazon.com
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2018 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: modular psu, enermax. MaxTytan, 1250W, 80 Plus Platinum
While most of the world has been focused on the World Cup, [H]ard|OCP have been reviewing power supplies ... a lot of power supplies. Start off with the biggest of them all, the 1250W Enermax MaxTytan with an 80 Plus Platinum and 12V rails that combined can provide 104A. As you can see from the picture below, there are an obscene amount of power connectors available, such as 16 SATA and eight 6+2 PCIe cables so you should not have any problems powering your peripherals at all. Apart from the price, which is a bit above the competition, [H]ard|OCP have no qualms recommending this for a big system build.
"The MaxTytan is the flagship product in the lineup of Enermax power supplies. This is the largest capacity it builds and promises to deliver excellent efficiency. Semi-fanless features makes sure this PSU stays quiet up to ~70% load. It also has a very unique feature in that it will show you the power wattage being delivered on an LCD panel right on the PSU."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W PSU 10 Years Later @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic PRIME 1200W Platinum @ [H]ard|OCP
- Antec HCG Extreme Series 1000W PSU @ Kitguru
- Seasonic PRIME Ultra 1000W @ [H]ard|OCP
- Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Platinum 850W PSU @ [H]ard|OCP
- SilverStone SFX SX650-G 650W @ [H]ard|OCP
- FSP CMT520 @ TechPowerUp
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sterrox, noctua, NF-P12 redux, NF-A12
One of these two new fans from Noctua are constructed of Sterrox, which we have seen a fair amount of advertising for recently. According to the PR, the new material should allow for tighter spacing between the fan blades and the frame of the fan; these feature a minuscule 0.5mm of clearance compared to the common gap of 1.5-3mm. The Guru of 3D pulled out their anemometer to see if this design has any effect on airflow and in the case of the NF-A12, how the PWM, FLX and ultra low noise adapters change performance and acoustics. Take a look through the full review to get your answers.
"Especially our fans and your fans, a review on that new Sterrox based Noctua fan. Well, that and many more newly released ones. Noctua recently released new Sterrox manufactured 120mm fans in a wide range of configurations. The NF-A12 series, however, has been a fan series they worked on for four years! In this group test, we'll put nine recent Noctua fans to the test, and compared them in cooling performance, noise levels and airflow."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Noctua 120mm Fan Roundup @ Neoseeker
- Raijintek Leto Pro RGB @ Guru of 3D
- Cooler Master MA621P TR4 @ Modders Inc
- Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev.2 @ Guru of 3D
- NZXT H500i @ Benchmark Reviews
- Antec P6 Compact Micro-ATX Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MasterCase H500M @ Kitguru
- Cougar Panzer Evo RGB @ Neoseeker
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2018 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, MasterCase H500, atx
Cooler Master have added a new case to the MasterCase family, the simple and clean H500. They did not remove any major functionality, simply cut down on some of the extras that many do not want as well as reducing the price to $100.
The case ships with two front panels, one made of mesh and the other completely transparent so you can pick which will frame the pair of 200mm RGB fans installed on the front. The top features a grill, magnetically attached and easy to remove which guards your cooling solution up top, either a pair of 120 or140mm coolers or a single 200mm fan. If you prefer watercooling, the front can handle a radiator of up to 360mm, the top a 240mm rad and there is room on the back for a 120mm fan or AiO watercooler exhaust.
The case is 525x228x502mm (20.7x9x19.8") and is able to handle ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, and a GPU of 16" in length. Of course, it does come with an RGB controller to keep the addicts happy.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., JULY 3, 2018– Cooler Master, and award winning computer hardware and gaming peripherals manufacturer, today announced the release of the MasterCase H500, further expanding the H-Series known for its two iconic, 200mm fans.
The MasterCase H500 is the latest case released within the H-Series. In comparison to its predecessors, the MasterCase H500M and H500P, the MasterCase H500 is more simplistic in options and modularity, but retains the essential H-Series characteristics. For gamers that prefer mesh, added portability, and a straightforward building experience, the MasterCase H500 offers an alternative that still keeps the series’ essential features.
For a choice between maximum airflow and aesthetics, the MasterCase H500 comes with both mesh and transparent acrylic front panel attachments. Users can easily swap between the two by removing the front panel and changing the insert. Management of the two 200mm RGB fans is made possible via included controller that can also be connected directly to the reset switch to cycle through pre-set lighting modes.
The top panel of the MasterCase H500 is capable of housing an additional, optional, 200mm fan, up to 280mm radiator and a 360mm radiator in the front. In true form, the H500 also offers support for a clean build with added front cable cover and PSU cover for easy cable management. In addition, Cooler Master simplified the top panel of the H500 by replacing the traditional structured bar design with a simple magnetic dust filter.
The updated tempered glass side panel of the H500 is fastened by two, captive thumb screws that are held in place with rubber grommets to prevent users from misplacing their screws when removed.
Friction mounts for the SSD can be found behind the motherboard. Without tools, four pegs are installed on the SSD and simply placed into the rubber holes, this will secure the SSD to prevent it from moving. A subtle handle placed on the top panel has been added to the H500 for ease of transportation. For more information about the MasterCase H500, please visit our website HERE.
Pricing & Availability
The MasterCase H500 is available for pre-sale, today, at a starting MSRP of $99.99 on Newegg.
Introduction and Features
It’s been almost two years since we first looked at Seasonic’s top of the line PRIME 750W Titanium power supply. Since then Seasonic has tweaked the design, increased the warranty to 12-years, and added “Ultra” to the name. So what else has changed? Is the PRIME Ultra Titanium still one of the best power supplies money can buy?
Sea Sonic Electronics Co., Ltd has been designing and building PC power supplies since 1981 and they are one of the most highly respected manufacturers in the world. Not only do they market power supplies under their own Seasonic name but they are the OEM for numerous other big-name brands.
Seasonic’s PRIME Ultra lineup was introduced last year with the Titanium Ultra Series, which currently includes four models: 1000W, 850W, 750W, and 650W. Additional PRIME models with both Platinum and Gold efficiency certifications as well as a fanless model are also available.
All of the PRIME Ultra Titanium Series PSUs come with all modular cables and are certified to comply with the 80 Plus Titanium efficiency criteria; the highest available. The power supplies are designed to deliver extremely tight voltage regulation on the three primary rails (+3.3V, +5V and +12V) and they provide superior AC ripple and noise suppression. Add in an upgraded super-quiet 135mm cooling fan with a Fluid Dynamic Bearing and a 12-year warranty, and you have the formula for an outstanding PC power supply.
Seasonic PRIME Ultra Titanium Series PSU Key Features:
• 1000W, 850W, 750W or 650W continuous DC output
• Ultra-high efficiency, 80 PLUS Titanium certified
• Micro-Tolerance Load Regulation (MTLR)
• Top-quality 135mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan
• Premium Hybrid Fan Control (allows fanless operation at low power)
• Superior AC ripple and noise suppression (under 20 mV)
• Fully modular cabling design
• Multi-GPU technologies supported
• Gold-plated high-current terminals
• Protections: OPP,OVP,UVP,SCP,OCP and OTP
• 12-Year Manufacturer’s warranty
• MSRP $179.99 USD
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2018 - 03:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, SFF, LGA 1151, lga 1150, Intel
Following the release of the Engine 27 two years ago, Thermaltake is taking another stab at the Sandia Labs and CoolChip Technologies inspired air bearing metallic fan heatsink with the tiny Engine 17 cooler which, at a mere 17mm tall, is suitable for even the smallest SFF systems. The Engine 17 CPU cooler is compatible with the newer Intel 115x sockets (LGA 1150, 1151, 1155, and 1156). Measuring 95.1mm x 95.1mm x 17mm, the heatsink features a round nickel plated copper base that contacts the CPU IHS. A metallic PWM fan (9 CFM) with 40 blades spins at at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM while a thin layer of air acts as both a bearing and a heat exchange layer. A ring of 119 angled stationary fins surround the fan and help with cooling.
The Engine 17 cooler has a notably small footprint with the entire cooler staying well within the bounds of the socket mounting holes and barely covering the VRMs in Thermaltake's demo images. There is definitely no need to worry about RAM compatibility with this cooler. The downside, of course, is that the size limits the processors it can cool. Thermaltake claims that the smaller Engine 17 cooler can cool up to 35W TDP processors and while it may not win any temperature feats, it should at least be fairly quiet (it is rated at 11 to 23 dBA). It would enable a very thin SFF system with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE or Ryzen 3 2200GE or Intel Coffee Lake T-series e.g. i7-8700T) CPU. Such a system could be used as a quiet and discreet home theater PC or game streaming endpoint or (as Thermaltake is playing up) in a 1U server for low power servers and networking devices.
The Thermaltake Engine 17 will be available soon though exact dates and pricing are still to be determined. It will likely be a bit less than the larger $47 Engine 27 cooler though.
- CoolChip Technologies Teases New Kinetic Cooler For Skylake Processors
- CoolChip Technologies and Cooler Master Show Kinetic Cooling - CES 2015 [Video]
- The fanless heatsink: Silent, dust-immune, and almost ready for prime time @ ExtremeTech