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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
XFX is in large known for its high-end discrete video cards, but today the company has taken its first step down the path of top-quality gaming chassis. This morning the company announced the launch of its all-new Type 1 Bravo mid-tower ATX chassis that is built with the serious gamer in mind. Minimalistic in design yet strikingly beautiful, the Type 1 Bravo is a refreshing take on the mid-tower chassis.
The Type 1 Bravo features a 200mm fan up front while a 140mm LED-lit fan resides in the exhaust location at the rear. Room for five 2.5-inch storage drives and three 3.5-inch storage drives are present and feature a tool-less design that ensures easy and convenient drive installation for the end-user. The case also supports three 5.25-inch drives, as well as full length video cards.
XFX says that the Type 1 Bravo measures in at 518mm x 232mm x 562mm in size and only weighs just 10.4 kilograms. On top of the chassis, four USB 3.0 ports are featured along with the normal compliment of HD audio ports. XFX has priced its first gaming chassis at just $129, which is not bad for a case sporting all of these features.
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.
CES 2014 - Corsair is on a rampage today, unveiling its new AX1500i PSU and Hydro Series H105 cooler, but now we have two new cases to discuss with you. The new cases are part of Corsair's Graphite Series, known as the Graphite Series 760T and 730T.
Both the Graphite Series 760T and 730T cases are full-tower cases, with the 760T available in either black or Arctic White, and has loads of room for your high-end components. It has nine expansion slots which is great for multi-GPU setups, as well as six 3.5- or 2.5-inch HDD mounts, which can also be relocated to any of the four separate mounting locations - or if you're like me - you can remove them completely.
The 760T has one panel nearly transparent - which will look striking on your desk - and the other is opaque, so that you can peek inside of your rig. Both panels are hinged to the rear, allowing them to swing open to provide complete access to the innards of your PC. We also have two LED-lit AF140L 140mm cooling fans at the front, and another at the rear taking care of cooling duties inside of the Graphite Series 760T case. Liquid cooling is encouraged with the 760T, with it being capable of housing a 360mm top radiator and 280mm front mount.
CES 2014 - Corsair just announced its new AX1500i PSU, and have a one-two punch when it comes to the enthusiast with the announcement of its new Hydro Series H105 cooler.
The new H105 cooler features a dual-fan 240mm radiator, which is now 38mm thick. The thicker radiator will improve heat dissipation greatly, and the included high-performance SP120L PWM 120mm fans should keep the noise levels down, too. The new tool-free CPU mounting block will make installing the Hydro Series H105 cooler easier than ever - something enthusiasts should enjoy.
The Corsair Hydro Series H105 cooler is available immediately, for an MSRP of $119.99.
CES 2014 - Corsair has just outed its new AX1500i PSU, which is the "most technologically advanced, energy efficient, and customizable power supply available for extreme PC enthusiasts".
Corsair's new AX1500i is capable of powering 4-way NVIDIA and AMD multi-GPU solutions, with power to spare - something that can't be said for most of the high-wattage PSUs on the market today. Corsair's AX1500i has 94% efficiency at 50% load at 115V, features 8 PCI-E cables to drive 4 GPUs, a custom-designed fluid dynamic bearing 140mm low-noise fan, and a Silent Zero RPM Fan Mode, which drives the AX1500i at 450W without the fan spinning, as well as "ultra-quiet operation" at full 1500W output.
The high-end PC components maker has provided a brilliant 7-year warranty on its AX1500i, ensuring you'll be fine with it for nearly a decade, and a $449.99 MSRP. It will be available in Q2 2014.
For many PC enthusiasts, there has been a time when the thought of having your PC in your desk would be a great idea. For looks, style, or even for space restriction if you lived in an apartment or unit.
Well, Lian Li is now showing off its new DK01, a desk chassis prototype which looks simply stunning. It features a beautiful glass cover and monitor mount, which the company plans to include in the final DK01 model. It has some rubber feet on the bottom which should stop it from moving around, enough 3.5-inch HDD spots to cater to any storage troll, four front USB 3.0 ports, and enough room inside for some insane watercooling projects.
You can see plenty of screenshots here along with the ones we've posted above.
BitFenix has just announced the launch of a new budget friendly PC chassis that incorporates high-end features at a wallet friendly price. The all new Comrade by BitFenix is sleek, stylish, and features that same ultra-modern minimalistic design that BitFenix is so famous for.
The Comrade is featured in Midnight Black or Arctic White, and has enough room to house three 3.5-inch hard drives alongside three 2.5-inch SSDs. Room for extra long video cards up to 300mm in length is provided and USB 3.0 front ports make file transfers quick and easy. The interior has been powdercoated to ensure a premium feel that is normally seen in more costly high-end cases. Tool-free drive bays, and removable dust filters are also featured.