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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.
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."
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