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NZXT Phantom 240 mid-tower case offers a window and budget price

If you have ever bought the parts to build up a new PC, you know that the case can be one of the more expensive parts. Most of us want a case that looks cool and has plenty of cooling, but we don't want to spend a fortune. NZXT has unveiled a new case that ticks all the boxes for most system builders.

 

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The PC chassis is called the Phantom 240 and it sells for $69.99. It comes in white with black trim and has a standard side window. Cooling hardware inside the case includes a pair of the new 120mm FN V2 case fans from NZXT that have better performance and quiet operation.

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Noctua's unveils the successor to the NH-D14, the NH-D15

With its previous flagship CPU cooler, the massive NH-D14, being widely recognized as one of the best CPU coolers ever made, Noctua has once again released a larger-than-life tower cooler to aid in your CPU cooling needs. The all new NH-D15 elite-class dial tower CPU cooler features several major improvements over its predecessor that not only improves performance, but continues Noctua's goal of creating the quietest CPU coolers in the world.

 

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"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heat sinks," explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."

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NZXT Sentry 3 touchscreen fan controller fits in a drive bay

NZXT makes all sorts of cool cases and accessories for building up your PC like fan controllers. The company has unveiled a new fan controller that should work well and allow you to control multiple fans inside the PC and look good too. The Sentry 3 has a 5.4-inch touchscreen on the font.

 

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That touchscreen allows you to touch and control fans consuming up to 15W on each channel and it has five channels. The device is designed to slip into a vacant 5.25-inch drive bay in your case and can control any 3-pin or 4-pin PWM fan on the market.

 

Sentry 3 also has a temperature sensor and shows the temperature inside your case on the front panel along with the speed that the fans are spinning at. The touchscreen is capacitive and the controller has a single Molex connector.

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Corsair Obsidian Series 450D PC case launches in April

Corsair is a company that has been making computer hardware and accessories for years. The company is well known for making some rather nice cases for gamers and PC enthusiasts. If you are in the market for a new chassis for your next build, Corsair has announced a new case called the Obsidian Series 450D.

 

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The case carries an MSRP of $119.99 and will hit the US in April. That makes the case rather affordable and it should have the quality expected of Corsair. The case measures 19.5" x 8.3" x 19.6" and weighs 15.4 pounds.

 

Corsair equips the case with thumbscrew side panels and tool-free drive bays for easy construction. The case also has dust filters in the front, rear, and top that are easy to access and clean. The cooling system has three 120mm fans included and can hold several more fans.

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Corsair unveils three new Carbide Series SPEC Gaming Chassis

Today, Corsair announced the launch of three new chassis to its Carbide Series of PC gaming chassis. The new SPEC line of PC gaming cases feature a very aggressive design while still retaining an ultra-modern look. The new SPEC-01, SPEC-02, and SPEC-03 feature amenities for the hard-core air-cooling junkie as well as ample space for those who chose to take a walk down the path of liquid-cooling.

 

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Corsair says that it has designed all three chassis with the extreme gamer in mind, and has stripped away all of the unnecessary clutter which has left the SPEC series lean, mean, and ready for even the most intense gaming PC setup. The chassis support today's extra-long video cards as well as specific mounting points for SSD's. "Entry-level cases are usually antiquated, old designs. Some still have room for floppy drives," said George Makris, Product Manager at Corsair. "With the addition of the Carbide Series SPEC to our line, gamers can now get a case with modern features and great styling combined with superior cooling and expandability at a fantastic price."

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Thermaltake introduces dual-swing door full-tower: Urban T81

Thermaltake brought up a full-tower in its Urban Series: Urban T81. According to the company, the case is designed to provide enthusiasts to build 'highest performing system' while sticking to simple appearance.

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The left sidepanel designed is inspired by automotive 'suicide doors'. One panel with a lock is for the motherboard tray area, and another one dedicated for the HDD bay. The full-tower supports eATX form factor motherboards and has a very large support list for multiple fans and multiple radiator support.

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Sharkoon unveils the BD28 ATX, a new gaming PC chassis

Sharkoon has just added yet another ATX gaming chassis to its lineup of PC gaming hardware and accessories. The all new Sharkoon BD28 is a beefy PC case that features an acrylic side panel, internal cable management options, as well as USB 3.0 ports located in the front of the case. The BD28 comes in two colors, Black or Gunmetal, with LED accent lighting available in Red, Blue, and Green.

 

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The case's motherboard tray is also color coded to the chassis's LED lighting scheme which is not something we see very often in the PC chassis market. The case is able to house tower-style air coolers up to 179mm in height while VGA cards up to 325mm are supported as well when all HDD cages are installed, while cards up to 415mm are able to fit if the HDD cage is removed.

 

Room for up to three 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch storage drives is present while up to 3 cooling fans can be fitted to the chassis. Sharkoon felt it necessary to include room for two 5.25-inch devices as well, meaning those of you who still own an optical drive have room for your CD burning activities. Water cooling the BD28 is possible but a fully custom system with 240mm radiators or larger would be a tight fit, and I suggest looking at AIO liquid coolers if you chose to go with this case. The Sharkoon BD28 is available now and retails for about $60 USD.

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Thermaltake introduces two new 'Non-interference' CPU coolers

Thermaltake introduces two new NiC series CPU coolers, also called as "non-interference coolers". These CPU coolers ensures that you can install memory kits is heatspreaders of any size. There are 2 models introduced in this series: NiC L31 and NiC L32.

 

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Depending on the memory kit, CPU cooler and even CPU fan setup, sometimes the heatspreaders can be an obstacle which usually prevents you to install in the first 2 DIMM slots at the very least. These coolers on the other hand ensures that its NiC series coolers are not a problem for such scenario.

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FirePower Technology honors OCZ PSU warranties, keeps products alive

Shortly after announcing FirePower Technology acquired OCZ's power supply assets, the company announced it will honor the warranty of current OCZ PSU owners. FirePower paid $850,000 for the OCZ business unit and plans to revive the brand, operating under the FirePower Technology name, with Silencer MK III, ZX, ZT, ZS, ModXStream, CoreXStream, Fatal1ty and StealthXStream products.

 

FirePower hopes to use the OCZ product portfolio to enter the gaming PC and industrial workstation markets.

 

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"We are excited to launch our business with the OCZ power supply team, which was built on the successful legacy of the PC Power and Cooling brand," said Lawrence Firestone, FirePower President and CEO, in a statement. "The launch of this independent business unit within FirePower will allow us to re-establish these brands, launch new products and drive the company back to the market leadership position this group enjoyed several years ago."

 

OCZ product owners have been left in limbo following the company's demise towards the end of 2013, though customers with units under warranty have been given a reprieve.

Firepower Technology picks up OCZ's power supply assets

Shuttered electronics company OCZ Technology has sold its power supply assets to Firepower Technology, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Firepower paid just $850,000 for the OCZ business unit, as the former Silicon Valley company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2013.

 

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Specifically, ZCO Liquidating Corporation brokered a deal between OCZ and Firepower Technology, "mainly consisting of its power supply and power management assets," according to the SEC filing. Firepower is a private company based in Delaware, and it is rumored OCZ product technology will be absorbed and possibly re-distributed by Firepower.

 

Previously, Toshiba stepped up to pick up OCZ's solid state drive (SSD) technology, as companies continue to circle, trying to get some bargain technology. The company's fall from grace left PC enthusiasts with one less company - despite creating fairly popular products, OCZ was unable to properly transition from niche consumer company to successful business able to cater to the enterprise.

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