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Last week the team over at NZXT released a microsite that teased of the upcoming arrival of a new PC chassis. Many, including myself, speculated that the new case would in fact be the NZXT H3, and we were right, but wrong at the same time. This morning NZXT announced the launch of the H630 silent PC chassis, the next generation in the H series of quiet PC cases.
The H630 is engineered to offer comprehensive liquid cooling support in a clean and silent package, the new H is capable of supporting 360mm radiators in both the top and front positions without any modifications. In addition, the H630 allows for maximum airflow without the removal of sound dampening material.
Alongside the launch of NZXT's H630, the company is also launching a completely redesigned website which will better showcase NZXT's products. The H630 will be available at major hardware retailers in the coming weeks for $149.99 and comes skinned in either white or black.
Enermax has confirmed that their power supplies have been tested and are ready for Intel's upcoming Haswell-based CPU. Some power supplies will be incompatible with Intel's new C6 and C7 power states, which are capable of reducing idle power draw to just 0.05 amps, an impressive feat for Intel.
Enermax says that all current high-end and mid-range models are compatible with the new C states. In fact, all high-end power supplies manufactured by Enermax since the Revolution85+ in 2008 are compatible with the so-called ZERO Load Design, meaning you won't have to upgrade. To make sure your PSU is compatible, check it against the list Enermax has published.
This morning Noctua released a new PWM version of its award winning NF-A14 140mm fan. The NF-A14 was originally released in 2012 alongside its round frame brother, the A15. Both of the fans took the custom PC community by storm with their revolutionary features, such as built-in sound dampening pads, and Advanced Acoustic Optimization features.
The new NF-A14 PWM fan is ideal for those who want automatic fan speed control through the use of PWM headers on the motherboard, or those who use aftermarket or completely custom fan controllers. Sporting a six year warranty, Noctua takes great pride in their integrated PWM electronics and reference class SSO2 bearings.
Roland Mossig, CEO of Noctua, had the following to say:
"Our NF-A15 and NF-A14 fans have been very well received by customers and hardware journalists alike, but we got many requests for a square frame PWM version for use as a case fan and on watercooling radiators. We can now meet this demand with the new NF-A14 PWM."
NZXT has a long history with silent PC cases. Late last night the crew at NZXT released a teaser page on its website that simply showed off a tight crop of a corner of a case, as well as a front I/O panel.
The webpage, titled simply "SHHH...", includes a countdown timer that alludes to an announcement or release of some sorts five days from now. I tried probing my contacts at NZXT, which included the company founder, and was unable to squeeze any more information out of them.
I really do hope that this is a new silent PC design as I own every silent design NZXT has released over the years. In fact, the very first PC case I ever reviewed was an NZXT Whisper way back in the day, and is the chassis that houses my home server at the moment.
Today Cooler Master announced the arrival of two new mid-tower PC chassis branded as the N series. This new series was designed with cooling performance in mind, most notably liquid cooling.
Sporting a sleek, compact design both cases can support up to a 240mm radiator, a full mesh front panel, and a good number of vents, strategically positioned on the case to improve airflow. The N300 has room for up to eight fans, 320mm long video cards, and eight hard drives with room for an additional SSD.
The N500 is capable of supporting up to nine fans total, video cards over 400mm long, and a dedicated SSD cage capable of housing three SSDs total. This comes in addition to the HDD and ODD bays. Both cases are available with or without side panel windows and feature USB 3.0 front ports.
Intel's fourth-generation Core processors are nearly here, otherwise known as Haswell. These processors feature C6/C7 low-power states, and are able to shift gears into a much more power efficient form of sleep.
Well, it looks like most power supplies aren't compatible with this new method, as they aren't able to deliver less than 0.05 amps across the 12V2 rail. The news comes from VR-Zone and has been backed up by The Tech Report, with some words from Corsair's Robert Pearce. Older power supplies, or cheaper models, won't get anywhere near the required low-power that the Haswell processors require, meaning that some systems will experience stability problems, or worse.
The problem worsens, as most power supply makers don't state their PSUs 12V2 rail specifications, making it hard for users to find out whether their PSU is capable of the low-power state or not. Corsair's Robert Pearce has said that he expects most motherboard vendors to disable C6/C7 by default in the BIOS as there are too many PSUs on the market that don't support the C6/C7 low-power state. Pearce said that Corsair is working on making sure that all of their PSU units are C6/C7 compliant.
This morning Corsair unveiled the next chassis in its Obsidian series of high performance PC cases. The Obsidian Series 350D brings a new level of expansion, cooling and portability to the table. Like its larger Obsidian brethren, the 350D sports a sleek black brushed aluminum finish, and is designed with the custom PC enthusiast in mind.
The case is set up for fast, clean and tool-free builds as well as advanced cable management. The 350D supports both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards and is roomy enough for liquid cooling, dual 3.5-inch hard drives, dual 2.5-inch drives and even dual 5.25-inch optical drives. The case has room for five expansion cards, five fan mounting points, and can fit dual 240mm radiators.
Thi La, Senior VP and GM of Memory and Enthusiast Component Products at Corsair said:
The Obsidian 350D's versatile expansion options give builders the ability to pack a lot of performance into a smaller form factor. Its stylish, compact design makes it a perfect high-performance PC case for smaller living spaces or for gaming LAN parties.
The Corsair Obsidian Series 350D is set at a MSRP of $109.99 and is available major retailers now.
This morning Lian Li announced the addition of two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis, the PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. Both chassis utilize the company's new rail mounting design that allows the Mini-ITC platform to be able to utilize traditional full size components.
The PC-Q27 is designed with the office PC, HTPC or small form factor gaming rig in mind. With a footprint of just 7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4", the PC-Q27 can hold up to three 3.5" hard drives, a 5.25" optical drive and a 2.5" SSD. No fan mounting locations are present as the case was designed with passive cooling in mind.
The PC-Q28 is an update of the popular PC-Q18 chassis and is ideal for a small form factor gaming PC, LAN box or file server. With the capability to house a 290mm long video card, seven hard drives, and with a foot print of just 8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5", this brushed aluminum case would fit almost anywhere, and house plenty.
Pictures of a purported new Corsair case have shown up ahead of the Obsidian 900D launch taking place this week. Reported to be the Obsidian 350D, this small case goes against Corsair's push for larger and larger cases. The 350D is designed for micro-ATX motherboards and smaller.
The case measures 450mm x 210mm x 440mm, which is 17.7in x 8.3in x 17.3in for those who use Imperial measurements, which is still a bit on the large side. The case does look good. However, there has been no word on when the 350D would launch or for what price. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the design!
Lian Li go all-out for the LAN gamer, put back pack straps on their new special edition PC-D8000-LAN case
Update: April Fools from Lian Li!
Lian Li are asking all LAN gamers the biggest question of all: "Do you even lift, bro?" with their latest PC-D8000-LAN chassis - which features some back pack straps, perfect for LAN gamers across the world. Lian Li unleashed the news through their Facebook page, where they've tagged it as the 'No Compromises: The Ultimate LAN Case'.
It looks like it's pretty much their kick-ass PC-D8000 case, with some handy back pack straps. What do you think of the case? Adding back pack straps to an already huge case might be a bit hard to lift, but I really think they should use the marketing piece "Do you even lift, bro" or "Do you even LAN, bro?"
The Lian Li PC-D8000-LAN can hold an insane amount of water-cooling, as well as an equally insane 60TB of storage.