AORUS RGB's all the things at Computex

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Memory, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2018 - 05:39 PM |
Tagged: RGB, M5, m3, h5, gigabyte, computex 2018, aorus

Gigabyte went full spectrum RGB at this years Computex, announcing an entire gamut of equipment with dancing colourful lights.  The first of these are are the four piece AORUS RGB 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory kit, which ships with two 8GB DIMMs and a pair of dummies.

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The dummies, as you are no doubt asking yourself, are to let you populate all four DIMM slots and yet keep the price down to ~$230.   The dummies are not dim, they have the same lighting features as the DIMMs do, making the rave in your case even more impressive.

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The Aorus M5 and M3 mice also give off illumination which will satisfy dedicated RGB enthusiasts, especially when paired with the Aorus P7 RGB mousemat. 

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The M5 contains a Pixart 3398 optical sensor, capable of up to 16,000 DPI as well as removable weights which let you pick your preferred heft, at least between 18g to 130.5g.  The M3 uses a Pixart 3988 sensor, which tops out at 6400 SPI which is honestly quite sufficient for the vast majority of users.  The two mice are both able to function while slightly lifted about a surface and can produce 16.7 million hues with their RGBs.

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Now that the inside and outside of your computer as well as the mouse and its mat are glowing away in glorious technicolour, you should not leave yourself out of the show.  Strap on the Aorus H5 headset and become part of the show as you sync your ears with the patterns produced by your other peripherals.  As with the other components the H5 is not just eye candy, the 50mm beryllium magnets in the headset will deliver your ear candy as well. 

Keep an eye out for more from Gigabyte and Aorus.

 

Source: Gigabyte

Corsair Introduces Crystal Series 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 10:13 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, RGB, micro-atx, mATX, enclosure, Crystal Series, corsair, case, 280x

Corsair has unveiled a new micro-ATX enclosure at Computex with the Crystal Series 280X, available in RGB or non-RGB flavors, and sporting no fewer than three tempered glass panels (side, front, top).

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"With tempered glass panels in the front, side and roof, the Crystal 280X RGB provides a stunning view of your PC. Illuminated by two LL120 RGB fans, each featuring 16 RGB LEDs, the Crystal 280X RGB also includes a CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller, combining with powerful iCUE software to light up your PC in a dazzling array of patterns and effects. With 32 individually controllable LEDs to light up your system, and plentiful airflow to cool multi-core, multi-GPU systems, the Crystal 280X RGB is the clear choice for your next compact MATX system."

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The Crystal 280X is a dual-chamber design, and supports full-length GPUs up to 300 mm, radiators up to 240 mm on the front and case floor with up to 280 mm rads up top, and offers support for 2x 3.5-inch and 3x 2.5-inch storage drives.

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Available in white or black, the Crystal 280X will retail for $159.99 for the RGB version, and $109.99 for the version without RGB. It is available now from Corsair's official store.

A black review unit is being evaluated as we speak, so stay tuned for the full review!

Source: Corsair

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Ryujin & Ryuo Water Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: water cooler, ROG, asus

ASUS / Republic of Gamers (ROG) is branching out into new markets with this year’s Computex. The company’s typical portfolio included things like video cards, motherboards, monitors, laptops, desktops, mice, and keyboards, which left some other markets seemingly unserved, such as internal coolers.

We now have a couple of water coolers from the device, and ASUS is trying something a little different with the Ryujin model: air cooling…?

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The ROG Ryujin comes in 240mm and 360mm variants. ASUS, who knows a lot about motherboards, designed the pump housing (the block that attached to the CPU) to push a bit of air around it (cooling the VRMs, etc.). This is done with a single, 60mm fan. How loud this fan is will determine who might be interested in this cooler. If it’s quiet, it would be a cute addition for those interesting in water cooled PCs as silent powerhouses. If it’s not quiet, however, then it would be kind-of limited to those who use water coolers strictly to remove as much heat as possible.

So there’s two possible stories with this: It would be interesting if they intentionally made a water cooler less silent. It would also be interesting if they addressed a limitation with water coolers without affecting ambient noise. I have no idea which of the two possibilities is true. We’ll need to see reviews when it launches.

Moving on… the Ryujin’s radiator uses big fans from Noctua to ultimately remove the heat from the system. This should mean that it will remove a lot of heat silently – again, if the pump housing isn’t noisy. They don’t say what CPUs it will work on, but they mention “newer CPUs with even-higher core counts” so here’s hoping we can put these on a ThreadRipper.

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The other product is the ROG Ryuo, which comes in 240mm and 120mm variants. This is a smaller heatsink that is like other factory-sealed all-in-one coolers. ASUS ROG designed fan blades for their graphics cards, and they make an appearance here too. ASUS claims that their design optimizes airflow versus noise.

These components will arrive in the second half of this year, which is really any time after July. Pricing is not yet available.

Source: ASUS

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: ROG, PSU, asus, 80 Plus Platinum, 1200W PSU, 1200w

ASUS ROG is also getting into power supplies. The ASUS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum PSU is the first from the company, which is based on a Seasonic design. As mentioned in the Ryuo water cooler announcement, ASUS created their own fan blades to increase airflow, and the Thor power supply uses them. Of course, it also has Aura Sync lighting, but it also has an OLED panel that states how much wattage is currently being drawn by your components – in real time.

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One of the best parts of this announcement, however, is that ASUS ROG is protecting it with a ten-year warranty. While Corsair gives the same ten-year guarantee with their HX1200, ASUS at least matches what their competitor offers. This particularly makes sense for power supplies because they are likely to stick around from build to build. I mean, if it provides clean power at a certain wattage (which isn’t getting any higher for a desktop that plugs into a single, standard outlet) and it has very high efficiency, then there’s no real reason to change it up from build to build. It won’t “make your slower” or anything.

It will be available in the second half of this year, but pricing has not yet been announced. A 850W model has also been announced to be announced at a later date.

Source: ASUS

Computex 2018: ASUS ROG Strix Gaming Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2018 - 07:30 AM |
Tagged: Type-C, ROG, asus

ASUS is also announcing an ROG-branded case. If you have seen their desktops, then you have a good idea what you’re getting into, although the design is new -- they didn’t recycle an ROG Gaming Desktop case and call it a day.

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In terms of features, this case is designed with LAN parties in mind. First, it has woven handles to carry it around, which they say is to carry to LAN parties, so that’s a bit of a giveaway. More subtly, though, they also include a vertical GPU bracket, which is to make them more visible. ASUS says Strix graphics cards specifically – I’m not sure whether this is a plug for their GPUs or whether the vertical bracket is designed for the Strix in some way (size / shape / etc.). Keep that in mind if your build mixes vendors.

Beyond the LAN Party uses, the case has some interesting features. It can mount a triple-wide (360mm) radiator. It has a Quick Charge 3.0 port. It has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C power, which, hey, Type-C. It also has a tool-free SSD caddy and magnetic dust filters.

It will be available in the second half of this year. Pricing has not been announced.

Source: ASUS

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 |
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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Roasting the Corsair TX750M PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2018 - 03:11 PM |
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.

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"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?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

A new MasterCase arrives, the H500M

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2018 - 02:16 PM |
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.

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"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?"

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Source: Guru of 3D

Hey Luce! I'm home ... with a new case from Antec

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2018 - 04:25 PM |
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.

The Tech Report takes you through the highs and lows of the case here.

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"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."

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Cryorig Shows Off Frostbit M.2 Cooler Ahead of Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2018 - 09:10 PM |
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.

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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.

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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?

Source: CRYORIG