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Just over two years ago, I was sitting with CapTherm at a dinner as we vaguely discussed a cooler they had been working on, and from the energy and enthusiasm in which they went into detail about this product with, we knew there was something big on the horizon. CapTherm has been in the business of offering many ideas and devices to bring cooling levels down in datacenter, PC, LED, and even cool things for military applications.
As it turns out, they were talking about the MP-1120 multiphase cooling system. This is not a water cooler or some take on a very compact AIO; this is a whole different breed of cooler. First, they needed to devise a better metallurgical structure of the materials used, because we all know that copper and aluminum have been used in every manner and have hit sort of a stall point in efficiency.
This is where they turn to explosion welding where layers of metal, no matter their difference, are set under a layer of high explosives, and detonated to weld these normally incompatible materials together, like titanium welded to copper that is then welded to stainless steel. Steps are also taken afterward to make these materials not only decent to look at, but they also have a slick addition by using a sight glass.
This morning, Cougar unveiled its latest mid-tower PC chassis that has been designed with gamers in mind. The all new MX300 features a rugged honeycomb mesh front facade that allows ample airflow through the case. The MX300 is designed to provide gamers with an aggressive style while packing in all of the latest high-performance hardware.
The MX300 is able to accommodate discrete GPUs up to 310mm in length as well as three 3.5-inch hard drives. For those who still use optical drives, the new chassis has room for three 5.25-inch drives as well. The entire drive system features tool-less mounting solutions for added convenience. The top of the case features dual USB 3.0 ports, while support for up to 7 120mm fans can be found on the inside. Cable management solutions have been provided inside the chassis for a clean and efficient setup as well.
All in all, the MX300 from Cougar appears to be a solid mid-tower chassis that is perfect for those building a gaming PC but are not ready to spend the cash needed to get a premium full-tower chassis. Personally I would have liked to seen more space for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives and the removal of the 5.25-inch bays. The amount of fan options mean that there is ample room for cooling solutions and it looks like you may even be able to fit in a 240mm radiator from a AiO cooling system.
CES 2014 - The buzzword at this years Consumer Electronics Show was definitely "Steam Machine," and with 12 official models being unveiled everyone was buzzing about Valve and its partners. The PC and Gaming enthusiast world in general do not like to purchase their rig pre-built though and Silverstone has a DIY Steam Machine Solution for that market.
Silverstone's new Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX case is designed with small form factor builds in mind that need to lay horizontal for inclusion into a living room setup. Measuring in at just 15-inches wide by 13.5-inches deep, this case will fit into any space with clearance of about 4.5-inches, which makes it the perfect size for home theater use or to build that custom Steam Machine. The Raven Z RVZ01 has enough room inside for a decent sized GPU, ample storage, and even an AIO Liquid Cooling Solution.
Silverstone has removed the full 5.25-inch bay and replaced it with a space sized perfectly for a slot-load dvd drive, while enough room for a small PSU still exist. Magnetic dust filters cover the intake ports which makes for very easy cleaning. The fans pictured are part of Silverstone's new chassis fan lineup and are less than half the thickness of a regular 120mm fan. Finishing things off are vibration isolating rubber feet which ensure a quiet living room gaming experience
CES 2014 - Fractal Design did not have much to show off at this years Consumer Electronics Show, but it did unveil a new Black Out Edition of its popular Define R4 full-tower PC chassis. Fractal says that the decision to go black on black with the case was made after overwhelming demand from Fractal Design fans.
Everything inside the Black edition is... well... black, with the layout staying the same as well as the external aesthetics remaining unchanged. Fractal says that instead of releasing a new design, they focused on bringing to market what its customers and fans were asking for.
Fractal was also showing off a few boutique builds from XioticPC and Puget Systems. The Puget Systems rig features some uber-quiet Tranquillo CPU coolers from GELID Solutions and the entire PC was almost inaudible. XioticPC's two custom builds featured custom paint, and some high-end components that showcased Fractal's cases quite nicely.
CES 2014 - Cooler Master is out in full force at this years CES 2014 and have brought a wealth of new cases, cooling, and peripherals at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We stopped by their booth today to check out what they have to offer and saw some pretty cool new gear that is coming to market this year.
Everything from new HAF Stacker parts to new programmable LED Lit Keyboards, and even new CPU cooling solutions were on display. One of the coolest things to see however was Cooler Masters new Fortress software suite that unifies total control of your gaming rig and allows you to set gaming profiles, control fans, PSU performance, and other features right from the desktop. Additionally, Project "HAF XC" was one of the coolest cube style PC chassis I have seen at CES this year. Its totally clear side panel and unique polygonal mesh outer skin make it something unlike any other.
CES 2014 - Thermaltake always puts on a good showing at CES and 2014 is no exception. Earlier this week I got the chance to stop by their suite and check out some of the new and exciting products we can expect to see in 2014. Shannon Robb spent a few minutes walking me through several new cases, PSUs, and even some new cooling hardware.
The new Core V71 chassis is one of the cleanest PC chassis I have seen at CES this year, and is definitely an excellent choice for anyone wanting to build a rig destined to be heavily liquid cooled, or anyone needing a large amount of storage such as a server, or gaming box. Thermaltake also showed off some upcoming water cooling components including a new reservoir and pump combo along side a pump-less reservoir, and a complete line of compression fittings.
CES 2014 - Captherm Systems unveiled a project today that the company put eight years into. The new MP1120 is a unique cooler with some very impressive features.
The cooler is already an award winner after taking a coveted International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award.
The coolers base, filled with an unknown fluid, pulls the heat away from the CPU. Heat forces the warmed fluid into the radiator area where it cools and drops back down to the CPU cooling chamber.
Click the title to see a video of the system in action.
Hardware maker Phanteks showed off a new color of one of its recent flagship products, the Enthoo Primo White Edition gaming PC chassis. The White Edition features touches of black on the largely white case, along with white LED lighting provides a unique look that many PC owners now expect. Proprietary mounting brackets make removing and installing new hardware easier, while cables are hidden from view with a reservoir bracket. There is major cooling potential for gaming and overclocking with the Enthoo Primo White Edition, with water cooling support and a PSU thermally isolated from the rest of the case.
The Phanteks Enthoo Primo White Edition will be released in February and have a $249.99 MSRP.
As hardware speeds continue to increase, many PC users are finding the need for a specific type of case, depending on room size, portability, cooling options, and other factors.
CES 2014 - Be Quiet made their push into the US Market back in 2012 with their release of its Dark Power Pro 10 line of power supplies, and its presence at CES 2014 is a testament to the company's commitment to bringing high-quality PC power supplies and cooling solutions to its US customers. Today we stopped by their suite to check out what new products they brought to the show.
Be Quiet's already expansive line of PSUs is slated to grow even larger in 2014 and with the addition of the new 1200 watt Dark Power Pro 10, the company has even more premium hardware to please hard-core and high-end PC enthusiast across the US who have power-hungry systems.
We spoke with Christoph Katzer about the new products that Be Quiet is showing off this year, and he appeared to be very excited about the new CPU coolers as well as PSUs. Katzer said that Be Quiet is dedicated to bringing high-quality products to the market while keeping things affordable.
CES 2014 - Corsair has released countless other cases, but it has never dabbled in the mini-ITX market, until now. The company has just unveiled its new Obsidian 250D, a new mini-ITX case.
Even with its small footprint, Corsair's new Obsidian 250D is capable of taking full-sized water cooling units, full-length video cards, and full-sized PSUs. There are two fans inside of the Obsidian 250D, one 140mm and one 120mm, which should keep both noise and temperatures down. A full-sized 5.25-inch optical drive bay is included, as is a pair of 3.5/2.5-inch bays.
One of the more important parts: dimensions. Corsair's Obsidian 250D measures in at 11.4 x 10.9 x 13.81 inches, or 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm. This all weighs in at 4.4 kg, or 9.7 lbs. The Obsidian 250D is available later this month for a suggested retail price of $89.99.