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Thermaltake has been bringing us exciting new PC cases for years and they have hit a home run with its latest release. This morning Thermaltake announced its newest PC case in the Urban series, the Urban S41.
It's being billed as having a "sophisticated and cutting-edge look; designed for users who looks for powerful performance and high expandability". A brushed aluminum front panel instantly commands your attention and then you begin to notice stubble features that really set this case off like the thin blue power bar at the top, or the sleek looking top mesh.
The Urban S41 comes in both windowed and windowless designs and is capable of holding three optical drives and up to six 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch storage devices. A HDD docking station is recessed into the top, and the chassis is designed with enough room above the motherboard to place a 240 size radiator such as the one used in Thermaltake's Water 2.0.
We have a birdy close to our ear telling us to expect a new player on the block soon, Raijintek. Raijintek will be unveiling a bunch of products in the high-end cooling, high-end PSU and chassis markets.
Raijintek's devices are designed in Germany, and made in Taiwan. There's not much more to tell than the tease, but be sure we'll be reporting on the products they release in the coming months. Their website will be up in the next 3-4 weeks, but for now they have a Facebook page you can check out.
Intel's Haswell platform is just months away, and cooling expert, Noctua, have announced that they are continuing their great tradition of offering customers their SecuFirm2 mounting kits for Haswell, free of charge. Yes, free.
Newer Noctua heatsinks support Haswell out of the box, but older models are now included with the new NM-i115x, with no cost to the consumer whatsoever. In order to get yourself the NM-i115x, all you have to do is provide proof of purchase (which can be a photo, scan or screenshot of your invoice) of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA115x motherboard or LGA115x CPU. The mounting kits are compatible with most Noctua coolers released since 2005, and will be available at retail stores for a low service charge.
BitFenix just released two exciting new products to their growing line of custom PC hardware. The company said that "overwhelming response from the community" lead to the development and release of a side panel window accessory for the popular Prodigy mini-ITX chassis, as well as a full line of Mixed color Alchemy Cables.
The Prodigy Side Panel Window Accessory is billed as a "hassle free" option to obtain a clear view into the inside of your Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis. It mounts without any "clips, or tacky mounting hardware" meaning your sleek Prodigy chassis will retain its good looks.
The Alchemy Mixed Cables are a fresh twist to the company's existing line of custom sleeved cable extensions. Featuring a red / black or black / blue color scheme the cables are sleeved with BitFenix's ultra-dense NanoSleeve braiding. Both the Alchemy Mixed Cabled and the Prodigy Side Panel Window will be available mid-February.
Three new designs from Silverstone based on the same internal layout and are about to offer braided cabling
CES 2013 - Meeting with Tony in the Silverstone suite I was introduced o tree future chassis designs. The chassis in this image is the RV04, yes this is the new Raven! The front of the chassis pulls air through the side, and forces it through this inverted ATX chassis interior. They have had many users say that the typical ninety degree rotated interior wasn't what they wanted, so Silverstone now offers this internal layout for the new revision.
Right next to the Raven is the new FT04, or Fortress series of cases. This chassis keeps the same exact interior, this time plus sound dampening material. The front uses a rolled aluminum front bezel reminiscent of the TJ11 uni-body design with rounded edges.
CES 2013 - Since AIOs are so popular these days, Zalman is jumping into the game and is now offering their own trio of LQ series coolers. In the image you can see the thick radiator, LQ320, and they are also offering smaller ones including the LQ315 and LQ310. After having it explained that the LQ320 has more surface area than an H100i, I for one an eager to get to test one, or all of these when I return home from CES.
If you want an AIO, but ant to step away from the standard offerings, Zalman is also offering this AIO billed as the CI Water Cooler. Essentially using one of their air coolers to send the liquid through its 8mm heat pipes, this unique take on an AIO will appeal to those who are looking to use something that the average Joe may pass on.
CES 2013 - Starting off with the new gaming flagship chassis from Zalman, the MS800 Plus should suit most people's needs. This chassis offering things like removable covers on the front covers that can be done from the outside, fan controller, and a great mix of style and feature set.
Moving into Mid-tower chassis design, Zalman offers the Z12 Plus. This resembles the larger MS800, but still has a front finish all of its own. Again you have the option of a windowed side panel, dust filters, and a similar layout, but the fan controls on this smaller chassis have been changed to slider switch.
CES 2013 - Arriving to Lian Li's booth on the floor, there was a few sections of track allowing the PC-CK101 to run back and forth to attract everyone to their booth, or at least make them stop so that the representatives could then show off some of the new trends and creations.
On the tiny side of chassis design, there was this PC-Q27 which is a mini-ITX chassis that is intended to be a show piece as you have this chassis running your HTPC. While the design is atypical to most, the sleek design, slight curve to the chassis, and the large window in such a small chassis makes me think many people may be looking to add this chassis to their living room!
CES 2013 - As I checked the show floor, I met up with InWin to have a look at what they are going to offer this year. After some discussion, and of course a bunch of images, I got into some of the finer details of what was shown and what will soon be on the pages of TweakTown.
First on the table is a white version of the GR One. We have already seen and reviewed this chassis, but as with all manufacturers, white is the obvious revision choice to start with.
Second in the line-up is the H-Frame which I have not seen up close and personal, well at least until now, and I finally got to see what all of the review and forum hype was all about.
As I moved down the counter I finally ran into what is soon to arrive at my house so I can bring it to all of our readers, and that is the super slick Ducati inspired, D-Frame chassis. InWin even went as far as to offer this chassis in Ducati red, as well as being constructed of welded tubular aluminum, and the use of a cast aluminum inner core. To keep tiny hands or pets out of this truly open air concept, the side panels are made from a tinted, tempered glass, and are the first chassis I have ever seen to do this.
They will also be offering this kit in bright orange version to offer a bit of choice to their lucky customers that can actually by them. Not solely based on price, but also availability.
CES 2013 - On our recent tour of NZXT's suite, we got a chance to take a peek at their latest offerings, including the new Phantom 630. This case continues to flesh out the Phantom line of enclosures and draws from some of the styling of the others in the line, which really makes it fit in the family.
The internal drive bays are completely re-configurable, allowing for limitless different choices. You can also remove them all to make room for extra or large radiators because the motherboard tray supports two SSDs behind. The motherboard tray leaves something like 35mm between it and the sidepanel, which accommodates those SSDs and lots of room for wire management.
Colors include Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White, all of which will set you back $179.99.