A total of seven new power supplies have just entered Thermaltake's frey, all coming in under their mainstream positioned Smart series. Three of the units are modular coming in wattages of 450, 550 and 650, while the other four non-modular units give wattage options of 430W, 530W, 630W and 730W.
The three modular units get 80Plus Bronze certification with up to 88% efficiency, whilst the non-modular models are 80Plus rated providing up to 86% efficiency. Features across the board in the new Smart series lineup include ATX 12V V2.3 compliance, active PFC, single 12V rail, whisper quiet 140mm fan and MTBF of over 100,000 hours.
Earlier this week we visited the BitFenix office here in Taipei and got a look at its brand new Raider computer case which is being released today.
David from BitFenix in the video below introduces us to the Raider. He explains that the Raider is 100% focused on airflow with a mesh finish from the top all the way to the front of the case. The case features the nice and smooth BitFenix SofTouch finish - even the power button and fan controller switch on the top front right of the case features the SofTouch treatment. Gone are USB 2.0 ports as the Raider supports four USB 3.0 ports. There is also support for users with older motherboards without USB 3.0 by way of standard USB 2.0 adapters on the same internal cable.
Moving on to the inside of the case, the drive bays are all tool-free and there are five optical drive bays and room for six hard drives. At the bottom of the case is room for an additional 2.5-inch drive, meaning the case can support up to seven SSDs or 2.5-inch hard drives, if you can get your hands on one. Cable management is also taken care of well with lots of room behind the motherboard tray for large cables and rubber cable management holes should mean a neat and tidy case.
That's just a taste of some of the features. Watch the video above for the full run-down.
Xigmatek have a new weapon ready for battle in the highly competitive mid tower chassis market; the MIDGARD II. The new case gets the all-black treatment inside and out and gives support for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full sized ATX motherboards.
Measuring 221 (W) x 473 (H) x 488 (D) mm and weighing in at 7.18Kg, the case sports a soft and elegant "leather-coating" on both the top and front panels and provides three external 5.25" drive bays with tool-free holders along with an additional Slim-ODD bay. The I/O panel positioned on top of the MIDGARD II gives 1x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. Further to this is a built-in docking station on top that supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA based drives.
Internally there are six drive bays that will accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives and provide anti-vibration rubber. Xigmatek has made sure to consider those using water cooling and includes four holes to route your tubing at the rear of the chassis.
XFX has just let us know they've added a few new high powered power supplies to their "Pro-Series" line-up. These include new 1250W and 1050W 80Plus Gold rated models, and a 1000W 80Plus Platinum rated unit.
All three new models are fully modular and include a whole host of useful technologies such as EasyRail, HybridFan, SolidLink and much more - all of which are covered in good detail via XFX's Pro-Series PSU product pages.
Following the introduction of their new high-end Apogee HD CPU waterblock a few days ago, Swiftech is back in the limelight again with today's release of their new H2O-X20 Edge HD liquid coolers sporting the aforementioned waterblock.
Two new coolers have been released in the Edge HD series; the H20-220 and H20-320. The former uses Swiftech's new MCR 220 Drive Rev3 radiator, while the latter includes the MCR 320 Drive Rev3. Both radiators feature built-in reservoirs with two fill-ports and caps. They rely on Swiftech's MCP35X PWM controlled pump and include two 120mm fans on the MCR 220 and three 120mm fans on the MCR 320.
Details of a tweaked version of GIGABYTEs year old "GZ-P5" mid tower chassis have come out today which could be a good option for budget builders, pending the price tag (yet to be disclosed).
The new GZ-P5 "Plus" is slightly larger with its 180 x 420 x 380 mm dimensions, while also being lighter at 3.2Kg vs. the non-Plus's 3.5Kg weight.
The chassis gives support for both microATX and ATX motherboards and sports a part glossy black front bezel with a couple USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks and five 5.25" bays. Internally there are five 3.5" bays and a pre-installed 80mm fan mounted at the rear.
Thermaltake has just launched another variant of its Frio CPU cooler line which Thermaltake says incorporates some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies and preserves the greatnesses from its predecessors of Frio and Frio OCK.
This time around Thermaltake delivers that same tower-shaped design, but with the ability to handle up to 240W processors and supports all Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/755 and AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1 processor sockets. The cooler itself measures 130.6 (L) X 122 (W) x 159.2 (H) mm while weighing almost 1Kg @ 954 grams.
The cooler makes use of five 6mm sized Direct Touch copper Heatpipes and it comes with a couple 13cm fans strapped on, operating at between 800 and 2000RPM (with 21 to 44 dBA sound output).
Pricing and availability has not yet been mentioned.
BlizzCon 2011 - One of our final stops at BlizzCon 2011 was at the Antec booth who is another sponsor. They had on display a big range of different cases featuring Blizzard gaming stickers.
It is unclear if these cases will go on sale as we couldn't find anything online listing them, but I'm sure they'd be popular among WoW gamers.
Use a Noctua cooler? Upgrading to Sandy Bridge-E/LGA2011 in a few months when its released? Well, Noctua have continued their tradition of supplying their customers with SecuFirm2 mountings free of charge. The NM-I2011 kit allows Noctua users to upgrade to Intel's upcoming LGA2011 socket for Core i7-3000 (Sandy Bridge-E) processors. The NM-I2011 is backwards compatible with all Noctua retail coolers since 2005 and will be supplied to users free of charge after they upload proof of purchase on Noctua's website.
Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua's CEO says:
We feel that product quality and service quality should always go hand in hand, so we're determined to give the best possible support to our customers. Having provided free mounting upgrades for the last generations of Intel and AMD platforms, we're happy to announce that we will continue this tradition with the NM-I2011 kit for LGA2011.
We always like to think of our coolers as safe long-term investments, and even if you bought one of our first models six years ago, you'll still be able to upgrade it to the latest socket technology free of charge.
Aerocool is targetting gamers with its latest run of "Strike-X" series power supplies which are certainly easy to spot with that big red 'X' fan grill over the top of the 13.9cm PWM fan and red+black theme going on.
There are four new models in total, all of which are 80Plus certified and sport a modular design, as well as complying with the ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards. They are equipped with active PFC (Power Factor Correction) and carry an MTBF of over 120,000 hours. All four models are set up with a single 12V rail as well as having over current, over voltage, over wattage, over temperature and short-circuit protection.
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While not as actively present in the market these days, Danger Den is still floating about and every once in a while comes out with something fresh to regain attention. That time has come again with a new full tower chassis series launched this week dubbed the Q20 Black Series.
The case will accomodate ATX as well as BTX motherboards and is quite the beast with its dimensions of 527 x 185 x 462 mm. It looks to use an all-steel frame, while the top, bottom, front and rear acrylic grills can be had in three color options to help match it up nicely with your modding theme.
The Q20 has two exposed 5.25" bays and four 3.5-inch bays + three 2.5-inch bays internally. The front grill is designed to be removed easily with the ability to have an air filter mounted to it, and there are multiple positions throughout the case to be able to mount 120 or 140mm sized fans.
I'm an absolute girly-giggling fan of Corsair's Hydro range, using a H70 myself on my Core i7 CPU and loved its simple, yet amazing performance. There is now news floating that Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E's retail-boxed CPUs will ship with a closed-loop liquid cooler from none other than Asetek. Intel confirmed the news that it will bundle liquid cooling systems into boxes with its next-generation Core i7-3000-series CPUs.
This will mark the first time that Intel has officially supposed enthusiast-class cooling with their CPUs. This will only help their popularity amongst the overclocking community and those who want to dabble in water-cooling but don't want to mess with pumps, tubing and leaks. Intel-brand sealed liquid coolers will be Asetek coolers as stated above, including a large 120mm fan. The coolers are also set to be made available separately from the CPUs.
Pricing on the coolers is unknown.
eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when wanting to ensure a given power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
The service has just been updated with an easier, faster way to select your CPU and video card(s). The Lite version of the tool also now supports up to four video cards + a PPU (Physics Processing Unit). Furthermore, all the most recent video card models from both AMD and NVIDIA have been added to the list of selections along with new sockets including LGA 2011, AM3+ and FM1. With that, there are now a range of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, AMD Zambezi and latest server class Xeon and Opteron processors to choose from.
Gigabyte has introduced five new PSUs into its mainstream "Superb" range, the lineup has now expanded up to 10 PSUs with the introduction of non-modular (boo) E720, E620, E520 and E470 C3 and C4 models, all sporting 12cm fans, Japanese-made capacitors, golden chokes and sleeved cabling.
The E720 has four 12V rails while the rest of the range sport two. All of them are certified for NVIDIA's SLI usage and also sport 80 PLUS's 'standard' efficiency rating. Gigabyte say that 82 percent can be achieved under ideal conditions. Nothing stands out too much, but they should be rocking a decent price - something which Gigabyte have been mum about so far.
The best bit of this news isn't the cooler, but the wickedly cheesy video that goes along with it. Before you check it out, here's some details on EVERCOOL's latest cooler, the Transformer S. The Transformer S is only 13.5cm high which means it'll fit into most ATX cases. It sports dual 6mm heat pipes and one 9cm fan with special fan blade design which makes the Transformer S quieter and provides greater cooling efficiency.
Additionally, shock absorption rubber nail design can reduce the shake and goes further to reduce noise levels. EVERCOOL's Transformer S also includes compatibility for both AMD and Intel, including Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 socket. The nine fan blade design on the Transformer S can spin up to 2200 RPM and even at that speed, its noise is less than 20 dBA. All of this tech rolls into one great CPU cooling package, inclusive of a cheesy video which I'll now show you below:
Coolermaster have today launched what they say is a "truly magnificent feat of engineering into an arean that represents the future of warfare; the Trooper full-tower chassis". It includes an ultra-strong carrying handle which allows gamers and enthusiasts alike to transport the case with ease. It also includes full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages.
The CM Storm Trooper exterior features a damage-resistant rubberized coating that is said to protect the case from transport. The front panel connections and controls provide the user with the ability to make on-the-fly changes to fan speed and case LEDs, whilst USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and audio connections are also provided. To finish the exterior off, they've included a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD X-dock that makes mounting drives as easy as loading in a Blu-ray or DVD.
Deepcool has just announced a new high-end graphics card cooler under its "Gamer Storm" series, oddly dubbed the Dracula. While there doesn't appear to be any blood sucking attributes here, it looks like its taste for "heat" is its substitute, being able to handle the hungriest, hottest of GPUs out there.
The Dracula uses a convex copper base with two large aluminum heatsinks and a mass of L-shaped heatpipes, no less than 12 of them in fact. It's possible to equip the Dracula with up to three 140mm sized fans, or four 120mm fans and all the mounting hardware is bundled to make this possible with ease.
The cooler supports NVIDIA GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560, GTX 480, GTX 470 and GTX 460 as well as AMD HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870, HD 6850, HD 5770, HD 5670, HD 4870 and HD 4850 video cards. A definitive shipping date or price tag has not yet been revealed.
A bold new full tower chassis has entered Thermaltake's eSports line-up today dubbed the Overseer RX-I. It boasts quite the head turning design and will no doubt gather much of a love or hate relationship straight off the bat. Features wise, it is decked out to quite the extent and should attract a lot of buyers at its €102 ($140 odd U.S.) price point.
Running dimensions of 535 (H) x 220 (W) x 580 (D) mm, the steel case weighs in at 10.3Kg and features an all-black paint job, inside and out. Its top mounted I/O panel gives a couple USB 3.0 ports as well as 2 x USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and headphones + mic ports. There are four exposed 5.25" bays up front as well as five tool-free 2.5/3.5-inch bays internally and a couple pre-drilled holes at the rear for water cooling setups.
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Enermax has graced its range of power supplies with a new, high end lineup dubbed the PLATIMAX; their way of indicating that these new high quality units boast 80 Plus Platinum certification with an efficiency of up to 94%.
The new series include five models at 600W, 750W, 850W, 1000W and topping out at 1200W. They all sport 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors, a Copper-Bridge transmission array, extreme density transformer, multiple (4 or 6, depending on the model) 12V rails, modular cabling and a 13.9cm Twister-bearing fan.
A number of other technologies have been added including SafeGuard multiple protection circuits, HeatGuard technology which allows the fan to keep spinning for up to 60 seconds post shutdown to cool off the components properly and also has a "CordGuard" power cord fixing solution.