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Today, Cooler Master launched a new "highly efficient and powerful" line of power supplies that have been given the VS series moniker. Cooler Master says that the VS series of PSUs are constructed using a unique 3-D circuit design that minimizes unnecessary cabling resulting in a much cleaner signal.
Additionally, with the removal of excess cabling, more open space has been created to allow better airflow to core components, which results in a much more efficient power supply. The VS series features a single powerful rail platform design that offers superior load-balancing and better compatibility with today's high-end graphics cards.
High-grade Japanese capacitors are present as well to help alleviate power fluctuations while extending the power supply's life and preventing excessive wear on system components. The VS series is available in 550W, 650W, and 750W versions, but no pricing or availability was given at the time of this writing.
Today Corsair announced that it has launched a new line of ultra-quiet power supplies. The new RM series is the direct replacement of Corsair's TX series and feature and 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating. The new RM PSUs feature whisper-quiet operation and a fully modular design that is sure to appease enthusiast everywhere.
Corsair says that the RM series is built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and that the PSU features a Zero RPM fan mode which only activates the cooling fan under the heaviest of loads. This allows for near silent operation during everyday use. However the custom-designed fan is also extremely quiet at all speeds and allows the PSU to remain exceptionally quiet even during heavy load times.
Optionally each of the new RM PSUs can be purchased with Corsair's Digital Bridge Cable (Standard on the 1000W model) which allows the power supply be connected to a PC motherboard or a Corsair Link hub to enable real-time monitoring of fan speeds and 12 V power delivery via the Corsair Link Software. The RM series begins at 450W and ranges up to 1000W in size and will retail from $89.99 up to $169.99. The RM series is available now for purchase at hardware retailers everywhere.
Earlier today, EVGA announced the launch of its newest mini-ITX chassis, the Hadron Air. Measuring in at a mere 12 inches tall by 6 inches wide, the Hadron Air is one of the smallest enthusiast grade mini-ITX chassis that I have ever seen.
EVGA says that although the Hadron Air chassis encompasses a small footprint, it packs a serious punch by providing enough room for two 3.5-inch HDDs or 2.5-inch SSDs and supporting graphics cards up to 267mm in length. An integrated Gold-Rated 500W PSU features 40A on the 12V rail, giving it enough power to handle whatever you can throw at it.
Additionally, EVGA has released a second configuration of the Hadron chassis that is designed to support liquid cooling. The Hadron Hydro is just a little bit taller than the Hadron Air to allow room for a liquid cooling radiator and supporting hardware. No information on pricing or availability was given at the time of release.
Thermaltake recently released a new power supply series dubbed the Toughpower DPS. The series is unique in that it is capable of being controlled and monitored from the desktop via a digital control interface.
The new DPS 850W and 750W digitally controlled power supplies feature improved voltage regulation that Thermaltake says provides your system with clean and stable power. The company says that the DPSApp monitoring software is the most robust and powerful on the market today and combines ease of use with a feature rich user interface.
The Toughpower DPS allows users to monitor and calculate their energy use, monitor efficiency, and even share their results with friends. The software also allows users to organize their power data into a quantitative database for some serious data crunching. Thermaltake says that the new Toughpower DPS PSUs are 80+ Gold certified and are Haswell ready.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Cooler Master unveiled new additions to its HAF line of desktop enclosures. Introducing the Cooler Master HAF Stacker. This new line of cases features a few different models that are designed to stack on top of each other, providing the ultimate customization without any modding required.
The line of cases will allow you to make a tall stack of multiple systems or an extra large system with massive watercooling space. For instance, you could have your main system, a game server, and a guest system all-in-one tall tower. Watch the video and let us know what you think of the new cases in the comments.
Today system builder Digital Storm announced what it says is the "New Standard in PC Cooling" by unveiling its new HydroLux complete desktop cooling solution. The new liquid cooling system is available exclusively on Digital Storm desktops and combines liquid and airflow cooling with a fully integrated customizable control suite that lets you manage and change things from the desktop.
"We work hard to differentiate the Digital Storm brand by engineering powerful systems that meet our customer's high-performance demands," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "HydroLux delivers on that promise by providing an industry leading cooling solution that can be fully customized to meet each user's unique needs."
HydroLux allows users to monitor their systems cooling performance and the software will automatically adjust to temperature fluctuations in real-time, making this one of the first liquid cooling solution that allows users to control their system from the desktop environment.
Hydrolux also features a unique LED lighting solution that alerts users of temperature fluctuations and fluid temperature. The software is able to adjust LEDs built within the chassis to display different colors for different temperatures. The colors change from a cool blue to a warm red with a yellowish orange indicating medium.
Today, BitFenix announced the unveiling of the newest budget-friendly addition to its already impressive lineup of high-end PC chassis. Dubbed the Shadow, BitFenix says that this case features a multitude of DIY-friendly features while still maintaining a trifecta of style, functionality, and value.
While very monolithic in design, the BitFenix Shadow follows the company's tradition of clean, ultramodern themes while still maintaining a minimalist façade. The case is finished in BitFenix's signature SoftTouch Surface, with the front door accented by a machined aluminum logo. Accent lighting is featured at the bottom of the front door, which can be switched from red to blue via a button on the top I/O panel. Also located on the top I/O panel are two USB 3.0 ports alongside HD audio ports.
Today, high-end PC case manufacturer Lian Li announced the release of the PC-A79 full-tower PC chassis to the North American market. The PC-A79 is an all aluminum chassis with a brushed exterior that provides ample cooling options while retaining the convenience of a removable motherboard tray. Lian Li says that the case is capable of supporting HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX form-factor motherboards and has enough space to fit even the largest high-end video cards.
The A79 is capable of housing up to 11 hard drives, either in 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch form-factors. Nine of the drives are accommodated in the three removable drive cages in the front of the case, while two more can be placed on the bottom of the chassis using the of the two included mounting brackets. Additionally, a crafty modder could manage to mount another five to six 2.5-inch SSDs on the right side of the drive cage, which appears to be recessed the good half-inch.
Keeping things cool is a quite an easy task in the A79 as well. Each of the three drive cages up front have a dedicated fan that can be positioned at the front or rear of the drive cage. It also features a cool removable panel that allows the quick installation of a 240mm radiator, two 120mm fan locations on the removable left side panel, and a 120mm exhaust fan in the rear designed to suck out all of the hot air.
Today, Bitfenix announced an all-new version of its award-winning Prodigy chassis. Dubbed the Prodigy M, this new revision is designed around the mATX form factor and is being touted as the most compact and highly compatible case in the micro-ATX segment. The original Prodigy, while only reserved for the mini-ITX form factor, was a huge hit and taught many of us that you do not need a massive case for a high-performance system.
While this new case is able to accommodate the much larger micro-ATX motherboard, the overall dimensions of the case stay the same, allowing enthusiasts to build more feature-rich gaming systems, A/V workstations, or just a powerful PC inside a small form factor case. The new Prodigy M is able to accommodate dual graphics cards in either SLI or Crossfire configurations as it now features five expansion slots.
Bitfenix has completely retooled the inside of the chassis to accommodate both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, while also making room for graphics cards up to 320mm in length. There's still room for a full ATX power supply, a single 5.25-inch drive, and users are able to fit CPU coolers up to 180mm in height. In case water cooling is your thing, Bitfenix says that there is space for a 240mm radiator with a maximum thickness of 27mm.
Today, Phanteks launched a new legacy with the announcement of a new addition to their line of custom PC hardware. The Enthoo Primo is Phanteks' first foray into the PC chassis market, and boy did they make one heck of a first impression. Phanteks says that the Enthoo Primo combines innovative design and rich styling that appeals to enthusiast of any caliber.
The case features a uniquely located PSU mounting point that is thermally isolated from the rest of the case. Additionally, a multifunctional cable/ reservoir cover and other features give the case massive cooling potential. The PSU is now isolated in the back of the case away from all of the other thermally sensitive components. The case is designed with exclusive mounting brackets that hide cables as well as provide perfect mounting locations for liquid cooling reservoirs.
The Enthoo Primo features mounting locations for up to 16 fans, a built in PWM hub that allows PWM control of all fans in the system, including 3-pin units. The case has provisions for five 5.25-inch ODDs, six 3.5-inch HDDs, or twelve 2.5-inch HDDs / SSDs. The top of the case is also able to accommodate a 480mm radiator up top, a single 140mm out back, a 240mm in the front, and another 480mm on the bottom. Graphic cards up to 515mm in length are also able to squeeze in to the Enthoo Primo.