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In the custom liquid cooled PC world, it is generally recognized as a bad idea to sandwich a radiator between two rows of fans. With most radiator designs, this actually creates a restriction of airflow as most radiator cooling fins are too tightly spaced for the fans to create a proper push-pull effect. Koolance recognized this problem and has designed three new radiators for its XC-Series that actually love being sandwiched between fans.
The new XC-Series Radiators come in three versions, the HX-120XC, HX-240XC, and HX-360XC, and feature a 2.1-inch thick copper core. They have a fin density of 30 fins-per-inch and are built around what is known as a Dual Pass design. This allows the use of high RPM fans in a push-pull configuration that actually increases airflow for added cooling ability.
The HX-120XC is a single radiator designed to fit a 120mm fan on each side, while the HX-240XC can fit two 120mm fans. Likewise, the HX-360XC can accommodate three 120mm fans on each side. MSRP is $49, $67, and $85 respectively.
BitFenix is known for its clean yet very modern chassis designs and today the company has unveiled its latest ATX masterpiece. The Ronin is a mid-tower PC case that features enhanced cooling capabilities, DIY/hacking-friendly features and styling, and the same high-quality construction that BitFenix is known for.
The Ronin accommodates up to two 140 mm fans in the top or a water cooling radiator up to 240 mm in length. Additionally, there are two 120 mm fan locations in the front and one in the back as well as one on the bottom. Like other modern PC chassis, BitFenix has designed the hard drive cages to be removable to allow the installation of graphics cards up to 420mm in length.
Continuing BitFenix's long-standing DIY-friendly design, the Ronin features tool-free drive locking mechanisms, a plethora of cable management options, as well as a motherboard tray CPU bracket cutout to allow easy swapping of CPU coolers. Air filters are located in the front of the case as well as on the bottom allowing for a mostly dust free lifespan. BitFenix says that the Ronin will be available in store shelves mid-July, but MSRP is unknown at this time.
Computex Taipei 2013 - While dashing through the halls I crossed paths with the Super Flower Leadex 1000W PSU. I noticed the PSU rather quickly but it wasn't until my second day at the hall till I snapped a couple of quick pics.
Super Flower makes very good power supplies, we often find them with other company's stickers on the case but we can always tell when we have a Super Flower. This model is has a unique feature that lights the power plugs at the base.
With the box on display as well this product can't be too far off. Time to search through my email and get a unit over to Zac for review.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Noctua had their maybe upcoming active noise cancellation (ANC) cooler back out at Comptuex this year. We say again because we had a taste of the technology last year at Computex but this year's version is much more refined. I would say it is pretty damn close to production ready actually but that's not to say anyone can afford it.
The first thing everyone is thinking has to be why Noctua would even make a product like this to begin with. The company makes silent coolers, I've hand nearly all of them and can honestly say I don't use anything else and the reason why is because they are quiet and work better than advertised.
What ANC gives the company is the ability to run its fans at higher RPMs and retain the silent operation that Noctua is known for. With more airflow, the coolers can dissipate more heat from the CPU, increasing the thermal capacity of the cooler. With overclocking making a comeback on Haswell even us old guys are ready to get back in the game.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Rosewill showed off some truly cool things at this year's Computex, but something that also caught our eye was their new digital PSU and a nice passively cooled power supply.
Starting with the Rosewill Epoch, their new digital PSU, which has a USB dongle on the back which shoots your information out to your PC, with the usual statistics like temperature, etc. The passively cooled PSU named "Silent Night" comes in both 500W and 600W flavors, and includes no fan. This is a great purchase for those who are wanting to keep the noise down in their new system. We should hopefully have some of these to review in the coming months.
Computex Taipei 2013 - I think all of us here at TweakTown are huge fans of the Prodigy, as we've used their case for many system builds and guides. Rosewill though, aren't as well known, but their Neutron case could change all of that.
The Neutron is a beautiful case with some unique features, such as the ability to install a huge PSU - something the Prodigy isn't capable of. There's a swivel HDD installation method, as you can see in the pictures below. There's lots of cooling options and watercooling is no problem for the Neutron, with the radiator capable of being installed at the top, or the front. Another unique feature is the ability to shift the USB and power buttons around, where Rosewill said it's as easy as undoing a few screws and shifting it around.
It's nice to see them thinking outside of the box, once more.
Computex Taipei 2013 - I went and took a look at the Rosewill booth, and as usual, I walked away impressed. First off, we had a look at their custom painted Throne case, which is better to just show on video, and pictures, both of which we have for you below.
Ok, now how good is that? Impressed? I was. It felt amazing to touch, looked even better to the eye, and is just beautiful. I don't know how practical it is, but Rosewill were attracting plenty of people to their booth with this beautiful specimen. Thanks Rosewill, for thinking outside of the square with this chassis.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Earlier on today we stopped by the WD booth here at Computex where we saw some amazing new slim hard drives, but we also spotted the Steiger Dynamics LEET Core chassis. This is the case that is the case category winner of TweakTown's Best of Computex 2013 awards.
Hit play on the embedded video above to get a close-up look at its awesomeness. Basically I'll mention it's made out of a full block of aluminum and machined with perfectly even sides and edges.
The workmanship is just amazing and it also looks really impressive as well, hence the reason for taking away our case award at the show this year. Start saving though, this is not a cheap case.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Out at the Nangang hall today at Computex Taipei 2013 we stopped by the OCZ booth where they had, as expected, a bunch of flash storage products, but most have had public viewing before this event.
What was new at the event for OCZ was its new Fatal1ty 750-watt power supply. It is rated for continuous 750-watt output at 45c and comes with 80 PLUS Bronze certification. It is also 100% fully modular and includes a 125mm double ball bearing fan. No fear, it will also work ion your shiny new Intel Haswell CPU based system and OCZ throw in a very solid five year warranty.
I say very solid warranty as OCZ has set very competitive pricing on this unit. The pictures we took of the unit at the OCZ booth are off an unfinished product, OCZ do intend to make a few minor adjustments before its release in the July - August timeframe.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Thermaltake continue to impress the world, and myself especially, with their new digital power supply unit (PSU). The new Toughpower DPS range of power supplies are all-digital, and allow users to do real-time performance monitoring and control.
You can save records and view ultra-detailed data at anytime, and something I truly love is that it is really social - you can share records with friends through the usual social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or even go e-mail if you want. The Toughpower DPS 850W we took a look at has an ultra-quiet 14cm fan with smart fan control, and the new Toughpower DPS line of PSU's are fully modular with low profile and flat cables, another nod to Thermaltake's eye in detail.
Thermaltake's new all-digital, fully modular power supplies are Haswell ready, just in case you were worried.