This morning Lian Li announced the addition of two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. Both chassis utilize the company's new rail mounting design that allows the Mini-ITC platform to be able to utilize traditional full size components.
The PC-Q27 is designed with the office PC, HTPC or small form factor gaming rig in mind. With a footprint of just 7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4", the PC-Q27 can hold up to three 3.5" hard drives, a 5.25" optical drive and a 2.5" SSD. No fan mounting locations are present as the case was designed with passive cooling in mind.
The PC-Q28 is an update of the popular PC-Q18 chassis and is ideal for a small form factor gaming PC, LAN box or file server. With the capability to house a 290mm long video card, seven hard drives, and with a foot print of just 8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5", this brushed aluminum case would fit almost anywhere, and house plenty.
Pictures of a purported new Corsair case have shown up ahead of the Obsidian 900D launch taking place this week. Reported to be the Obsidian 350D, this small case goes against Corsair's push for larger and larger cases. The 350D is designed for micro-ATX motherboards and smaller.
The case measures 450mm x 210mm x 440mm, which is 17.7in x 8.3in x 17.3in for those who use Imperial measurements, which is still a bit on the large side. The case does look good. However, there has been no word on when the 350D would launch or for what price. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the design!
Lian Li go all-out for the LAN gamer, put back pack straps on their new special edition PC-D8000-LAN case
Update: April Fools from Lian Li!
Lian Li are asking all LAN gamers the biggest question of all: "Do you even lift, bro?" with their latest PC-D8000-LAN chassis - which features some back pack straps, perfect for LAN gamers across the world. Lian Li unleashed the news through their Facebook page, where they've tagged it as the 'No Compromises: The Ultimate LAN Case'.
It looks like it's pretty much their kick-ass PC-D8000 case, with some handy back pack straps. What do you think of the case? Adding back pack straps to an already huge case might be a bit hard to lift, but I really think they should use the marketing piece "Do you even lift, bro" or "Do you even LAN, bro?"
The Lian Li PC-D8000-LAN can hold an insane amount of water-cooling, as well as an equally insane 60TB of storage.
Thermaltake has been bringing us exciting new PC cases for years and they have hit a home run with its latest release. This morning Thermaltake announced its newest PC case in the Urban series, the Urban S41.
It's being billed as having a "sophisticated and cutting-edge look; designed for users who looks for powerful performance and high expandability". A brushed aluminum front panel instantly commands your attention and then you begin to notice stubble features that really set this case off like the thin blue power bar at the top, or the sleek looking top mesh.
The Urban S41 comes in both windowed and windowless designs and is capable of holding three optical drives and up to six 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch storage devices. A HDD docking station is recessed into the top, and the chassis is designed with enough room above the motherboard to place a 240 size radiator such as the one used in Thermaltake's Water 2.0.
We have a birdy close to our ear telling us to expect a new player on the block soon, Raijintek. Raijintek will be unveiling a bunch of products in the high-end cooling, high-end PSU and chassis markets.
Raijintek's devices are designed in Germany, and made in Taiwan. There's not much more to tell than the tease, but be sure we'll be reporting on the products they release in the coming months. Their website will be up in the next 3-4 weeks, but for now they have a Facebook page you can check out.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Peter in Australia wanting a recommendation on a new power supply for his SFF build.
Q: I am building a SFF general purpose PC and want to know how large a PSU I need. I want a modular unit to minimize cable clutter.
The components are:
- Coolermaster Elite 120
- Asrock FM2A85-ITX mobo
- A10-5800 CPU
- Gigabyte 7770 1GB OC GPU
- Probably 120-240GB SSD (Don't need larger drive, I store on my NAS)
- 4-8GB RAM (1333 or 1600)
- Blue Ray drive
A: You can view the answer to Peter's question right here.
Intel's Haswell platform is just months away, and cooling expert, Noctua, have announced that they are continuing their great tradition of offering customers their SecuFirm2 mounting kits for Haswell, free of charge. Yes, free.
Newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell out of the box, but older models are now included with the new NM-i115x, with no cost to the consumer whatsoever. In order to get yourself the NM-i115x, all you have to do is provide proof of purchase (which can be a photo, scan or screenshot of your invoice) of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA115x motherboard or LGA115x CPU. The mounting kits are compatible with most Noctua coolers released since 2005, and will be available at retail stores for a low service charge.
Ask the Experts: Would my Mushkin Joule 700W PSU run Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X GPUs in CrossFire?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Abood from Bahrain wanting to know if his Mushkin Joule 700W would handle two Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X GPUs in CrossFire?
Q: Can the Mushkin Joule 700W run two Sapphire Radeon HD 5870s Vapor-X Edition on crossfire with an AMD Phenom 9950 BE and couple of Hard Drives ?
A: You can view the answer to Abood's question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Severus from Romania asking a question about some Corsair cooling options for his NZXT Phantom 410 case.
Q: Hello again Tweakers,
I'm going to get some watercooling for my rig and wanted to know if the new Corsair H110 will fit in my NZXT Phantom 410 without additional hole modifications (like the Kraken X60), or if I should just go with the H100i which I know fits.
A: You can view the answer to Severus' question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have John in the US wanting to know if the 450W Silverstone PSU will be enough to power the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 GPU and the rest of his m-ITX build.
Q: I have a EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB w/Backplate GPU card. Do you think a SILVERSTONE ST45SF-G 450W SFX12V PSU is enough to power up for a M-ITX setup? Because I have a SILVERSTONE FT-03 MINI case which only fits a SFX 12V PSU.
A: You can view the answer to John's question right here.
BitFenix just released two exciting new products to their growing line of custom PC hardware. The company said that "overwhelming response from the community" lead to the development and release of a side panel window accessory for the popular Prodigy mini-ITX chassis, as well as a full line of Mixed color Alchemy Cables.
The Prodigy Side Panel Window Accessory is billed as a "hassle free" option to obtain a clear view into the inside of your Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis. It mounts without any "clips, or tacky mounting hardware" meaning your sleek Prodigy chassis will retain its good looks.
The Alchemy Mixed Cables are a fresh twist to the company's existing line of custom sleeved cable extensions. Featuring a red / black or black / blue color scheme the cables are sleeved with BitFenix's ultra-dense NanoSleeve braiding. Both the Alchemy Mixed Cabled and the Prodigy Side Panel Window will be available mid-February.
Three new designs from Silverstone based on the same internal layout and are about to offer braided cabling
CES 2013 - Meeting with Tony in the Silverstone suite I was introduced o tree future chassis designs. The chassis in this image is the RV04, yes this is the new Raven! The front of the chassis pulls air through the side, and forces it through this inverted ATX chassis interior. They have had many users say that the typical ninety degree rotated interior wasn't what they wanted, so Silverstone now offers this internal layout for the new revision.
Right next to the Raven is the new FT04, or Fortress series of cases. This chassis keeps the same exact interior, this time plus sound dampening material. The front uses a rolled aluminum front bezel reminiscent of the TJ11 uni-body design with rounded edges.
CES 2013 - Since AIOs are so popular these days, Zalman is jumping into the game and is now offering their own trio of LQ series coolers. In the image you can see the thick radiator, LQ320, and they are also offering smaller ones including the LQ315 and LQ310. After having it explained that the LQ320 has more surface area than an H100i, I for one an eager to get to test one, or all of these when I return home from CES.
If you want an AIO, but ant to step away from the standard offerings, Zalman is also offering this AIO billed as the CI Water Cooler. Essentially using one of their air coolers to send the liquid through its 8mm heat pipes, this unique take on an AIO will appeal to those who are looking to use something that the average Joe may pass on.
CES 2013 - Starting off with the new gaming flagship chassis from Zalman, the MS800 Plus should suit most people's needs. This chassis offering things like removable covers on the front covers that can be done from the outside, fan controller, and a great mix of style and feature set.
Moving into Mid-tower chassis design, Zalman offers the Z12 Plus. This resembles the larger MS800, but still has a front finish all of its own. Again you have the option of a windowed side panel, dust filters, and a similar layout, but the fan controls on this smaller chassis have been changed to slider switch.
CES 2013 - Arriving to Lian Li's booth on the floor, there was a few sections of track allowing the PC-CK101 to run back and forth to attract everyone to their booth, or at least make them stop so that the representatives could then show off some of the new trends and creations.
On the tiny side of chassis design, there was this PC-Q27 which is a mini-ITX chassis that is intended to be a show piece as you have this chassis running your HTPC. While the design is atypical to most, the sleek design, slight curve to the chassis, and the large window in such a small chassis makes me think many people may be looking to add this chassis to their living room!
CES 2013 - As I checked the show floor, I met up with InWin to have a look at what they are going to offer this year. After some discussion, and of course a bunch of images, I got into some of the finer details of what was shown and what will soon be on the pages of TweakTown.
First on the table is a white version of the GR One. We have already seen and reviewed this chassis, but as with all manufacturers, white is the obvious revision choice to start with.
Second in the line-up is the H-Frame which I have not seen up close and personal, well at least until now, and I finally got to see what all of the review and forum hype was all about.
As I moved down the counter I finally ran into what is soon to arrive at my house so I can bring it to all of our readers, and that is the super slick Ducati inspired, D-Frame chassis. InWin even went as far as to offer this chassis in Ducati red, as well as being constructed of welded tubular aluminum, and the use of a cast aluminum inner core. To keep tiny hands or pets out of this truly open air concept, the side panels are made from a tinted, tempered glass, and are the first chassis I have ever seen to do this.
They will also be offering this kit in bright orange version to offer a bit of choice to their lucky customers that can actually by them. Not solely based on price, but also availability.
CES 2013 - On our recent tour of NZXT's suite, we got a chance to take a peek at their latest offerings, including the new Phantom 630. This case continues to flesh out the Phantom line of enclosures and draws from some of the styling of the others in the line, which really makes it fit in the family.
The internal drive bays are completely re-configurable, allowing for limitless different choices. You can also remove them all to make room for extra or large radiators because the motherboard tray supports two SSDs behind. The motherboard tray leaves something like 35mm between it and the sidepanel, which accommodates those SSDs and lots of room for wire management.
Colors include Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White, all of which will set you back $179.99.
CES 2013 - We appear to be the only ones talking about Antec's new TrueQuiet 120 fans, and it's a good thing we are because they are pretty cool. The TrueQuiet 120s are engineered to reduce the noise produced. Antec has managed this by putting the outside frame closer to the blades, as you can see in the picture below.
As you can see, they come in a multitude of colors, with some featuring LEDs in the chassis and others with a glowing ring around the outside. Some aren't lit at all and come in a classy white or black color. You can tell the TrueQuiet 120 series apart from the rest by the orange anti-vibration corner pads.
CES 2013 - First up, Antec showed off its GX700, a budget-priced case for gamers. It has military stylings and a price tag that won't break the bank. It's not quite out yet, but should be soon. Features are what you would expect from a case like this: 240mm radiator mount on the top, USB3.0, and room for a GPU 11.5-inches long.
Antec has also updated the P280 to be in white, and it looks quite good. The case is the same P280 that you have come to know and love, just with a "touch of class with a matte-white interior and exterior."
CES 2013 - Here's a picture of the old ETS-T40 cooler by Enermax:
Here's a picture of the new ETS-T40 cooler:
Now, those colors aren't just for looks. According to Enermax, the colors are the "thermal conductive coating," which is supposed to increase the cooling performance of the heatsink. The heatsink supports from socket 775 and AM2 up to the latest sockets from both Intel and AMD.
CES 2013 - LEPA was keen to show off their different lighting styles and did so in an interesting way: they made a column of fans.
The pillar on the left is the Chopper lighting style and the two on the right are of the TB Vegas style. Almost more important than the lighting is the amount of air that they were pushing. Chad Sebring, our Cases and Cooling Editor, said that you could feel the air across the room from it coming up and over.
On a completely unrelated, yet totally related, note, LEPA had shown these towers off at another, smaller show and DJs were interested in using it as part of their lighting set up. This shows that the LEPA lighting set up and styles are pretty darn cool.