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There are some enthusiast out there who says that custom watercooling peaked a few years ago before the invention of the all-in-one liquid cooling solution. Then there are enthusiast like myself who feel that the golden age of liquid cooling our PCs has not even began to arrive yet. With the recent inclusion of things like full motherboard waterblocks and rigid acrylic tubing, we have only begun to see the best of what the water cooling industry has to offer.
Today EK Waterblocks has released its latest complete coverage motherboard waterblock for GIGABYTE's G1 Sniper 5 motherboard. The new EK-FB GA G1 Sniper 5 waterblock directly cools the motherboard's Intel Z87 southbridge, PLX PEX 8474 PCIe Lane Splitter, and the power regulators such as the VRM and MOSFETs. The block is constructed out of nickel plated electrolytic copper and is capped by high-quality POM Acetal. The block is fed and evacuated by just two G1/4 fittings, and employs a high-flow internal design.
As a GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 5 owner and extreme water-cooling enthusiast, I can not wait to get my hands on one of these waterblocks. While I will miss the military themed styling of the motherboard's stock air/water blocks, I feel that this block makes it even more badass! The block is available now for $172.
This morning Corsair announced the launch of its latest line of high-efficiency PC power supplies. The all new CS Series of modular power supplies features 4 models from 450W all the way up to 750W, and are 80 PLUS Gold certified, but are priced with the budget conscious consumer in mind.
Corsair says that the new CS Series of PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power while minimizing energy waste, which equates to a lower energy bill and smaller carbon footprint. For the low noise enthusiast, Corsair has installed a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at very low RPM during normal load and will only increase speed if a heavy load is detected.
"The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices," said Aaron Neal, Corsair's global product manager of PSUs. "They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won't break their budget."
The CS Series features a semi-modular cable design that sees the core motherboard power cables permanently attached to the PSU, while all supporting cables can be attached on an as-needed basis. This feature alongside the incorporated flat cable design will ensure that customers choosing the CS series will have the best cable management experience possible. Corsair's CS Series PSUs are on sale now, and retail starting at $89.999 for the 450W model, $99.99 for the 550w, $109.99 for the 650W and will rise to $119.99 for the 750W model.
Today Corsair announced the launch of the all new Hydro Series H75 dual-fan liquid CPU cooler. The H57 is an all-in-one 120mm liquid cooling solution for desktop PCs and features a unique push-pull fan setup for maximum thermal dissipation. Corsair says the new H75 is easy to install and not only more effective than air-coolers, but it is much quieter as well. Priced at just $84,99, this cooling solution is going to be hard to beat!
The H75 is designed around a low-profile CPU waterblock that is connected to high efficiency pump and housed in a compact package. Tubing then connects the pump/cooler combo to a 25mm-thick 120mm radiator. The CPU block is designed with micro-fin copper plate for maximum heat transfer, while the pump features ceramic ball bearings that provide exceptionally long life to the pump. Dual 120mm SP120L PWM fans are included for a push-pull setup ensuring ample airflow over the radiators fins.
"The H75 is a great choice for PC enthusiasts who want the streamlined features of our H60 120mm cooler but desire the additional cooling performance of a dual fan design," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair.The Hydro Series H75 features a simple, tool-free mounting system and wide Intel and AMD socket compatibility. Like all Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the H75 is completely self-contained and does not require filling or maintenance.
Today Cougar released the all new versions of its CMX PC power supplies. The new PSUs feature a new design that offered multiple improvements while cutting the price throughout the line. Specifically targeted at gamers, the new 80Plus Bronze certified CMX V3 PSUs are ErP 2013 certified, and are available in 550W, 700W, 850W, and 1000W levels.
Featuring a new standby power consumption mode, the CMX line manages to only draw 0.3W when not in use which drastically reduces energy use over the life of the power supply. Cougar says that the modular cabling design allows customers to reduce clutter by only utilizing the cables they need, making for a much cleaner and airflow efficient build. Featuring a stylish black and orange color scheme, the CMX line will retail between $109 and $159.
Today Corsair released yet another well designed chassis to its Graphite Series of PC cases. The Graphite Series 230T is a mid-tower chassis that combines dramatic, angular styling, while retaining the builder-friendly features that Corsair chassis are famous for. Corsair says that the new case is designed for multi-GPU setups, and light watercooling builds.
The all new Graphite Series 230T has expansive storage configurations as well as air and watercooling setups. The case features room for four 2.5-inch drives alongside four 3.5-inch drives. Three 5.25-inch bays are present as is dual LED lit 120mm front fans, and a rear 120mm fan. Up top is room for two additional 120mm or 140mm fans or a single dual radiator. The bottom of the case also features room for dual fans.
"Our Graphite Series cases are designed to be visually exciting, with a design aesthetic that reflects their superior performance and quality," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. "The Graphite Series 230T exemplifies this, making it a great platform for gaming PCs, graphics design workstations, or any application where high performance and high style both matter." The 230T will retail for $79.99 and is available now.
Today Cooler Master announced the all new HAF Stacker series of PC chassis, and to kick things off the company released three new PC cases that are connectable and configurable. The HAF 915F and 915R are both mini-ITX cases that support extra long GPUs and even water cooling. The HAF 935 is a full-tower chassis that is stackable with the 915 cases and supports the latest extreme performance hardware.
The HAF Stacker series is anchored by the HAF 925 which is your typical full-tower HAF case from Cooler Master. The chassis features all the standard features we have come to expect from the HAF line, but what makes this case unique is its ability to be stacked on top of, and/or have other cases stacked on top of it. This is accomplished by Cooler Masters new patent pending rail system that is said to be inspired by the accessory rail found on many military rifles.
This is something I have waited years for and I feel that a modular system like this is something everyone else has been hoping for as well. TweakTown's own Chad Sebring published his review of the HAF Stacker 915F this morning and Cooler Master has just launched a pretty cool micro-site based around the HAF Stacker line.
We first saw Lian Li's new brushed aluminum PC-D600 double-wide PC chassis earlier this year at Computex 2013. The PC-D600 is truly a behemoth of a PC case and for people like me with expansive watercooling systems, you need all the extra space you can get. Today Lian Li officially launched the PC-D600 in the US.
Constructed of 2mm thick aluminum panels, the PC-D600 boast two separate compartments with expansive mounting points for cooling fans and extreme radiators. The first compartment is the size of a regular full-tower PC case and is accented by a large side panel window. This provides the perfect canvas to display an extreme gaming setup while being able to hide the wires in the second compartment which is hidden from view.
Lian Li has provided room for a 240mm radiator to be placed over the motherboard even with a push/pull fan setup while the right side of the case boast enough room to fit a 420mm radiator without any modifications. Those who like to cut metal will find even more room for large radiators on this side of the case. For those who need extra room, the entire set of three HDD cages in the right side compartment are removable to allow room for extensive setups.
This week, Aerocool launched a new small form factor PC case that is aimed at the quickly growing HTPC and Gaming Cube segment of the market. The new Dead Silent Gaming Cube is the perfect sized for anyone looking for a full featured gaming PC with a small footprint, or something small and elegant to be showcased in their living room.
With enough to fit a 320mm long GPU, and a CPU cooler up to 190mm in height, the DS Gaming Cube is ready to be packed full of the latest and greatest in computer hardware. There is even enough space to fit in up to three 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives. The case is featured in six bold colors including black, white, silver, yellow, gold and red. The new DS Gaming cube will retail for about $80 at the end of this month.
With the Small Form Factor (SFF) PC growing in popularity, a need for a high-quality SFF PSU has arose. Silverstone saw the need for a SFF PSU, and has just released the all new ST30SF. The ST30SF is a 300W power supply that is geared towards those looking for reliable power in a small package that meets an 80 PLUS BRONZE certified rating.
For those users with an ATX case who still wish to use the small SFX form factor PSU, Silverstone has included an adapter plate that will make things fit where they need to. The company says that we can expect to see the ST30SF on October 8th, and it will retail at a pricing point of about $60 US.
- Support standard SFX form factor and ATX via included bracket
- 300W continuous power output at 50℃ operating temperature rated for 24/7 operation
- 80 PLUS Bronze level efficiency (82%~85% efficiency at 20%~100% loading)
- Class-leading single +12V rail with 22A
- Intelligent semi-fanless operation
- Silent running 80mm fan with 18dBA minimum
- Single PCI-E 6pin connector support
- Active PFC
Corsair has managed to dominate the high-end PC fan market lately with their Air Series of High Airflow PC fans, and today the company announced a new colorful addition to the series. Earlier today, Corsair unveiled its new Air Series AF 120LED and Air Series AF140 LED lines of high-performance PC case fans.
Corsair says that these new fans are the only LED equipped fans to utilize the company's award-winning AF series impeller that produces higher airflow at lower noise levels than the competition. The fans have been designed using custom molded, ultra-thin, clear frosted blades that shine bright when illuminated by the four built-in high-intensity LEDs. The fans truly shine while still maintaining the superior performance level Corsair is known for.
The new Air Series LED fans are available in Red, White, Blue, and Purple and come in 120mm and 140mm sizes. Prices range from $12.99 for a single 120mm unit up to $23.99 for a dual pack. Single 140mm fans will retail for $15.99 MSRP. Corsair says that the new fans are available immediately at all major retail partners.