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Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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NZXT recently introduced the E Series line of digital power supplies which is being offered in three sizes: 500W, 650W and 850W. The E Series power supplies are all modular, support 80 Plus Gold efficiency certification, and come backed by a 10-year warranty. We will be taking a detailed look at the NZXT E850 PSU in this review.

One of the more unique features offered by the NZXT E Series digital power supplies is support for NZXT’s CAM desktop monitoring and control software. This allows the end user to monitor various power supply parameters (voltages, power, efficiency, temperature, etc., by rail) and provides control over current limit set points and fan speed profiles. An onboard DSP digital interface connects the E Series power supply to the PC via a USB link to the motherboard.

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NZXT partnered with Seasonic as the OEM for the E Series; one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry. So as you might expect the NZXT E Series power supplies incorporate high-quality components like all Japanese made electrolytic capacitors 105°C and a 120mm FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing Fan).

The E Series power supplies are currently entering retail channels and should be available from your favorite online retailer by the end of July 2018. The MSRPs for the three E Series power supplies are:

•    NZXT E500 - $119.99 USD
•    NZXT E650 - $129.99 USD
•    NZXT E850 - $149.99 USD

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NZXT E Series PSU Key Features:

•    500W, 650W, and 850W continuous DC output at up to 50°C
•    Digital interface supports NZXT CAM monitoring and control software
•    10-Year Warranty and NZXT Service and Support
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, at least 90% efficiency under 50% load
•    Fully modular cables for easy installation
•    Fan-less mode for silent operation at low power
•    Quiet 120mm fan with FDB for long life and quiet operation
•    High quality components including all Japanese electrolytic capacitors 105°C
•    Compact chassis measures only 150mm (5.9”) deep
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Safety protections: OPP, OVP, UVP, OCP, OTP and SCP

Please continue reading our review of the NZXT E850 PSU!!!

GamersNexus vs The Thermal Paste Cabal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM |
Tagged: thermal paste

A couple of weeks ago, GamersNexus published a video and article that benchmarked CPU performance across various thermal paste patterns. It’s well established that the best method of applying the compound is to spread it out as thin as possible, so it fills the gaps with something better than air but doesn’t insulate the parts that would naturally make perfect contact. That takes effort, though, and it’s not clear how much that buys you for modern CPUs with integrated heat-spreaders (IHS).

Video credit: GamersNexus

If you’re attaching a heatsink to a GPU or other bare die ASIC? Different story. Their tests are focused on CPUs with heat spreaders.

Long story short? Not so much difference. The “pea sized” method had a little issue because it didn’t fully cover the IHS, but they went on with the tests because it’s supposed to reflect real-world situations, and that was a real-world type of error. Even still, that corresponded to less than a degree Celsius under load (as measured on an Intel Core i7-8086k). The article mentions something about delidding the CPU, although the photos clearly have an IHS (and that’s the point of the test in the first place) so I’m guessing they only took the IHS off temporarily and replaced it.

It’s interesting how close they ended up. I would have thought that 30 minutes of full load would show at least a few degrees of variance, but apparently not, even with a little patch of uncovered space.

Check out their post (and video above) for more info!

Source: GamersNexus

CaseLabs (and Parent Company) Bankrupt and Liquidating

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2018 - 09:55 PM |
Tagged: cases, caselab, bankrupt

Due in part to the tariffs on aluminum, enthusiast case manufacturer, CaseLabs, has shut down.

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It happened quite abruptly, too. Their caselabs.net site, linked in their Twitter profile, has been up and down while I've been writing this post; their store page, while it can load in a browser, will not accept and further orders. In fact, some existing orders are expected to be canceled. They believe that they can ship all the orders for individual parts, but some of their backlog of full cases will not.

Obviously, this sucks for everyone involved. Some of their cases, while on the expensive side to say the least, looked interesting, particularly in terms of customization. I’m looking at one that had the option for both front-panel HDMI and USB type C.

No specifics have been announced about their bankruptcy and liquidation plan.

Source: CaseLabs

EKWB offers Phoenix Down for your system with their new 360mm GPU and CPU watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2018 - 02:57 PM |
Tagged: watercooler, EKWB, EK-MLC Phoenix, AIO, 360mm radiator

If you have space in your case and a need to move a lot of heat, the 360mm EK-MLC Phoenix might be a good choice.  It comes with all the features you expect from EKWB, Vardar fans, quick connect tubing and compatibility with most modern sockets, including ThreadRipper with an extra attachment.   You will notice it can include the GPU in the cooling loop with the purchase of additional modules.  The investment is somewhat high, NikkTech priced it at 270 Euros for just the CPU and arund 400 Euros if you include the parts to cool your GPU.  Is that worth it? 

Check out the full review to see.

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"Following the massive success of the EK-XLC Predator line of AIO liquid coolers EK Waterblocks recently released the EK-MLC Phoenix line and on our test bench today we have the top of the line tri-fan 360 model."

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CASES & COOLING

 

Source: Nikktech

Introducing the limited edition CRFT 01 H700 PUBG by NZXT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: pubg, nzxt, H700, crft

NZXT, in association with PUBG Corporation and Gamers Outreach have crafted a custom H700 case which bears a striking resemblance to an AirDrop case in PUBG. 

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There will be three case designs in this limited run, this being CRFT 1, with CRFT 2 arriving in August and the mysterious CRFT 3 appearing in an undisclosed amount of time.  There will only be 2000 units of this particular design released, and 10% of the total sales will be donated to Gamers Outreach. 

*** Update ***

NZXT reached out to clarify that the CRFT line will encompass far more than just these initial three cases and will grow to include numerous products from NZXT's various product lines.

You can grab one from NZXT for $199.99 if you move quickly.

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Los Angeles, CA – July 24, 2018 – NZXT, a leading provider of desktop components for PC gamers today announced CRFT, an exclusive line of officially licensed gaming gear. CRFT delivers gamers beautifully designed NZXT products that celebrate gaming’s most exciting franchises. More than just a collector’s item, every CRFT product provides practical functionality for a gamer’s battle station. All CRFT products will only be available in a one-time, limited run, never to be produced again.

“With our roots deep in PC gaming, we love working with the people and brands that make an impact to our community. We are proud to present a line of limited edition, officially licensed products that showcase our user’s enthusiasm for the games they love, built on the foundation of NZXT product design,” said Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. “CRFT products will always be a limited run for a select group of gamers who are looking for a unique way to show off their passion.”

CRFT 01 debuts with the H700 PUBG limited edition case, a collaboration between NZXT, PUBG Corporation, and Gamers Outreach. Based on the iconic AirDrop crate from PUBG, the unique design of the CRFT 01 PUBG case highlights your amazing build and your love of the game. Only 2,000 units of the CRFT 01 PUBG case will ever be produced. Ten percent of all sales of CRFT 01 will be donated to Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals.

CRFT Highlights

  • Custom crafted gaming products by NZXT
  • Limited to the original production run only
  • Signature CRFT collectible packaging
  • Each product individually numbered.
  • Premium, all-steel construction with the sleek H-series design; available in four color combinations
  • Tempered glass panel showcases your build with crisp clarity
  • System installation and expansion made easy with all-new cable management system
  • Water-cooling installation simplified for both AIO and custom loop

 

Source: NZXT

Introduction and Case Exterior

Corsair's new Crystal Series 280X RGB enclosure brings tempered glass and lighting effects down to the size of the company's previous micro-ATX Carbide Air 240 case (reviewed here back in 2014), creating a high-end take on this compact dual-chamber design. Beyond the stylish appearance an important question presents itself: can the Crystal 280X RGB offer sufficient airflow for good cooling with all of those glass panels? We will find out!

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There is no more pervasive trend in the world of PC hardware than RGB lighting, and with the Crystal Series of enclosures Corsair adds the one component you will need to see as much of that colorful lighting as possible: glass, glass, and more glass. Yes, no fewer than three panels of the tinted, tempered glass variety adorn the 280X RGB, with the side, front, and top of the case covered - or, with the front and top, partially covered. About a third of the front is a solid panel, as is a third of the top, and this serves to help illustrate from the exterior that we are actually looking at a dual-chamber design.

Not so 'micro' ATX?

There are those who feel that an enclosure's internal volume must be low to qualify as "small form-factor", and that can certainly be argued; consider this design (like that of the Air 240), then, a compact take on the larger cube-like dual-chamber case that started with the Carbide Series Air 540 which we reviewed way back in 2013. As you will see, the ease with which a clean-looking build can be completed in such a case, and the ample storage and fan support, help mitigate the size. This case is wide for its height, though the rear chamber allows for the easy installation of a full-size ATX power supply, simultaneous installation of two standard hard drives and another three SSDs, and plenty of room for cable management.

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Continue reading our review of the Corsair Crystal Series 280X case!

The high powered and reasonably priced H100i Pro

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2018 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: liquid cooler, H100i PRO, Hydro Series, H100i, h100, cpu cooler, corsair, AIO, 240mm, iCUE

You've likely seen Sebastian's review of the Corsair H100i in which he failed to provide the exact barometric pressure or even altitude above sea level, merely showing the delta between the base temperature and sound pressure of the room and that of the cooler.  The Tech Report on the other hand offer you insight into the quality of the sound the fan produces as well as the pump.  They also compare the performance to a different cooler, the Aerocool P7-L24 so check out their review

If that doesn't satisfy your aesthetic desires there are more reviews below the fold.

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"Corsair refreshed its closed-loop liquid coolers earlier this year with the Hydro Pro series. Those 280-mm and 360-mm liquid coolers boasted bold RGB LED lighting and a fresh design, and they turned in good performance, too. We go hands-on with the 240-mm H100i Pro to see whether Corsair can close out the hat trick."

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Tech Talk

 

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Manufacturer: EVGA

Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Earlier this year we had our first look at one of EVGA’s new SuperNOVA G3 power supplies and we were impressed – great performance at an attractive price. Today we are taking another look at a G3 power supply to see if the test results will be consistent with our original findings. We’re guessing they will.

The Supernova G3 Series power supplies are based on EVGA’s popular G2 series and come packaged in a compact chassis at an affordable price. The G3 Series uses a 128mm cooling fan with a hydraulic dynamic bearing for quiet operation and EVGA claims the G3 units offer even better performance than the original G2 models. The Supernova G3 Series is available in five different models ranging from 550W up to 1000W.

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•    EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 ($99.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G3 ($109.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G3 ($129.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G3 ($149.99 USD)
•    EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W G3 ($199.99 USD)

The Supernova G3 series power supplies are 80 Plus Gold certified for high efficiency and feature all modular cables, high-quality Japanese brand capacitors, and EVGA’s ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System which enables fan-less operation at low to mid power. All G3 series power supplies are NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire Ready and are backed by either a 7-year (550W and 650W) or 10-year (750W, 850W and 1000W) EVGA warranty.

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EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G3 PSU Key Features:

•    650W Continuous DC output at up to 50°C
•    7-Year warranty with unparalleled EVGA Customer Support
•    80 PLUS Gold certified, with up to 90%/92% efficiency (115VAC/240VAC)
•    Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors ensure long-term reliability
•    Fully modular cables to reduce clutter and improve airflow
•    Quiet 128mm hydraulic dynamic bearing fan for long life
•    ECO Intelligent Thermal Control allows silent, fan-less operation at low power
•    NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire Ready
•    Active Power Factor correction (0.99) with Universal AC input
•    Heavy-duty protections: OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, and OTP

Please continue reading our review of the EVGA 650W G3 PSU!!!

Manufacturer: Corsair

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.

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“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.”

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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:

Continue reading our review of the Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO liquid CPU cooler!

NZXT Announces the E Series Digital PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
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

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Source: EVGA