The first time I saw the Level 10 case from Thermaltake it looked really good and I wanted one. Since that initial launch, the thing has been spied on TV and is still one of the coolest cases I have seen. A new version of the chassis is now available that has the same style and compartmentalized design. The new version is the Level 10 GT and it is available right now.
The case is a collaboration between Thermaltake and the BMW Design Group just as the original was. The changes are little things that will make a big difference. The little updates include better airflow with 200mm fans along with a 140mm rear fan. The case has USB 3.0 connectivity and will now accept video cards up to 37cm in length.
The case has a MSRP of $269 and has five internal hot-swap drive bays for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch HDDs. The case also has a design that will work with liquid cooling for the CPUs. It supports eight PCIe slots and will work with SLI or Crossfire multiple video cards.
During CES 2011 in Las Vegas last month, we got a chance to get an exclusive video preview of Xigmatek's upcoming Elysium super tower case.
Chris went on video as you can see above and talked about the Elysium and what makes it special. One of the big things about the Elysium is that it was designed to fully and properly support the massive and much spoken about EVGA SR-2 motherboard that supports two Intel Socket LGA-1366 processors, a bunch of RAM and loads of PCI Express slots.
Besides that, the Elysium comes with support for a lot of large cooling fans that should keep things running just nicely. There is support for large radiators on the top and bottom of the case. Not only that, but there is also support for 12 hard drives and even an additional 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive that can be slotted in easily at the top front area of the case.
Moving forward past that area is two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single eSATA port as well as your typical audio ports. These ports can be hidden by a sliding cover if they are not in use. Inside the case, there are no less than seven water pipe holes as well as handy cable management holes, which should allow you to build a very clean looking system.
Watch the video above for your exclusive look and there are some pictures below in the gallery, too.
Looking for the ultimate 120mm fan for your radiator? If you don't care aout noise, Koolance may just have your ticket with their new release. The new fans, bearing the FAN-12038HBK-184 product code, are120x120x38mm fans that are rated for an impressive max airflow of 183.5 CFM at a tornado-inducing 4,000 RPM.
Silence freaks will cringe at the 59 dBA noise ratings, but these fans are not meant for you. Rated to run at 12V and 2.0 amps, these fans will take all the juice you can (reasonably) throw at them. They also have a 3-pin connection with a tachometer for fan speed control if needed. These fans spin so fast, Koolance recommends installing fan grills for safety. Check them out for $11.99 a piece if you're ready for life in the fast fan speed lane.
OCZ has removed itself from all but its most core markets. That strangely has seen the company leave the RAM business that made it famous to start with and focus on the SSD market almost exclusively. OCZ has been making power supplies for a long time too and has stayed in that business as well.
The company has added a new PSU series to its range that are aimed at the user needing maximum performance. The new ZX series from OCZ have the same features with the only difference being the total power output. The line includes a 1250W unit, a 1000W unit, and an 850W unit.
All of the PSUs are fully modular with all power cables being removable. The series has a single +12V rail and the high-end 1250W unit can support three video cards while the two other units support dual video cards. The series is 92% efficient and use a traditional ATX design that will fit most cases. Pricing and availability for the new PSUs is unknown.
Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.
The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.
The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.
Cooler Master has made some of my favorite computer cases over the last several years. The cases are generally big and packed full of bays and features to allow you to cram tons of hardware inside. The latest case that has surface from Cooler Master isn't a big case, it's a smaller mini tower dubbed the Elite 343.
The case is sized to work with Micro-ATX mainboards. Despite the smaller size, the Elite 343 still has the features that we expect from Cooler Master like a robust cooling system and a tool-free design. The cooling system includes a 120mm front fan that is pre-installed. The rear of the case can be fitted with an 80mm or a 90mm fan.
The case has a pair of 5.25" drive bays that are exposed. The HDD cage inside the chassis can be removed to fit long video cards in like the HD 5970. The chassis comes in black only and is made from plastic and steel. It measures 7.08" x 13.85" x 17.32" and weighs 8.84 pounds. It has USB ports on the front panel along with audio ports and can be fitted with optional FireWire and eSATA ports. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Today we spent some time with Tony Ou from SilverStone Technology at their Taipei based headquarters where we got some quality time with a production and shipping version of the recently released Temjin TJ11 case.
If our numbers are correct, this is the eleventh case in the Temjin series of cases. The first Temjin case, the TJ01, was first developed back in 2003, and since then each new revision over the years has improved by developing new ideas and additions. Kept are the most popular features from previous models and they are added to the latest version. And that makes perfect logical sense to me.
The TJ11 was recently showcased at CES in Las Vegas by the crew at SilverStone, but the version you may have already seen covered there was of a early and non-finished sample. In the video above you get a look at the mighty all aluminum 21kg gross weighted monster in all its glory. Thanks goes out to Tony for his time this afternoon for introducing their latest product to TweakTown readers.
The TJ11 should go on sale late next month and see a price of a little under $600 in the United States. It's a lot of money for a case, but the attention to detail in build and quality is pretty impressive and cooling performance should also be top notice, too. We will be getting a review sample from SilverStone soon, so stay tuned for our full review by Chad later on.
When it comes to overclocking a GPU on your video card the same things come into play with regard to how much performance you can get as you see in overclocking a CPU. The big determining factors are how much power you can get to the card and how cool you can keep the GPU. Keeping the GPU cool often means looking for new cooling solutions.
The catch is that some of the aftermarket cooling solutions for video cards are so large you can't use them if you run multiple video cards inside your computer. Scythe has a new GPU cooling solution that is very thin and still has a big 120mm fan to keep the GPU cool. The solution is called the Setsugen 2 and it has a special connector that will let it work on ATI and NVIDIA cards.
The cooling solution is very flat and thin at only 33mm thick and uses heat pipes that are flush. The fans have an integrated controller that slips into an expansion slot to allow you to turn the fans down when all the cooling performance isn't needed. The cooler measure 176mm x 33mm x 139mm and weighs 435g. The cooler will work with just about every ATI and NVIDIA video card out there. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Today Thermaltake opened its shiny new doors to customers, partners and press to celebrate the opening of their new Taipei Neihu based headquarters. We got an invite to go along and check out all three floors which are home to Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2 and the Tt Apollo's Pro Gaming Team.
Kenny Lin kicked things off with a short press conference discussing the new office and the reasons behind the investment - or so I think... it was all in Chinese. Judging by our visit today, Thermaltake has clearly invested a lot of money into its new office space, which is located in an expensive industrial area of Taipei that is home to big fish like NVIDIA, Foxconn and ECS. The new office is vibrant, follows the red and black theme colors of Thermaltake. No expenses have been spared with all the trimmings in place.
Included are such things as various Sony TV's hooked up with Nintendo Wii's for staff to take a break and get some prospective on things. Staff have various comfortable couches and bars located all around the offices to sit back, relax and discuss ideas and matters. Ceiling hung "moon air chairs" as I call them include a stunning view over Taipei and give staff another chance to get away from their typically mundane office chair. Every staff member got a Thermaltake eSPORTS keyboard and mouse and their office chairs even look comfortable, too. CONTINUED...
When it comes to self-contained and no maintenance liquid cooling system Asetek is one of the biggest names out there. Anyone that has installed or messed with a custom liquid cooling system know that it can be a pain to get all the hoses into the chassis to the point that they are not crimped and you have to keep an eye on the system for leaks and to keep coolant inside the reservoir. You don't have to do any of that with the Asetek line of coolers. The trade off is they don't cool as well as the larger and more complex custom systems.
Asetek and Antec have teamed up to bring a new no maintenance liquid cooling system for the CPU to market. The system is called the Kuhler H2O 620, uses a low profile pump, and preserves airflow inside your chassis. The system is pre-connected with tubes that bend easily to prevent kinks.
The cooling plate is made from copper and the fans the system use have Antec Quiet Computing technology and come on depending on the temperature of the liquid inside the cooler. The goal is to keep the CPU up to 20% cooler than an air-cooled machine and still keep the noise under control. The 620 will ship at the end of the month and will sell for $69.95.
Lian Li's Lancool case lineup has long been a favorite for those who want Lian Li quality without having to pay the price premium that comes with it. Today Lian Li introduced a series of three new cases to the Lancool lineup called the First Knight series.
The PC-K57 in the center Has a 140mm fan in the front and 120mm fan in the back for cooling, 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port for connectivity, and three 5.25" exterior slots as well as three 3.5" bays for hard drives. The PC-K59 and PC-K63 add another 140mm fan to the front, an e-SATA port, and three additional 3.5" drive bays. The only difference between the PC-K59 and PC-K63 is the K63 has a black interior and a side window. No pricing or release dates were given at this time.
I've known some computer geeks that have tried some really out there ways to cool their PC. One dude used a massive copper pipe system buried in the snow outside to cool the liquid for his computer to some cold temperatures for overclocking. A guy over on Hack A Day has come up with a way to suck cold air from outside into his PC to cool things down.
The system is really simple and uses a coiled hose from a dryer along with the dryer vent hood that goes on the outside of a house and a piece of wood. The wood has a hole cut in it and a green Scotch-Brite pad was used as a filter to keep bugs and debris from getting into the computer.
A fan inside the machine in a puller config sucks the cold air from outside the house into the computer. The only thing I wonder about is condensation inside the machine. This proves geeks will do just about anything to get more performance from their computers.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - While the European market has already had their opportunity to get their hands on Xigmatek's latest chassis, the Pantheon has been unavailable to their fans in the United States. This is getting ready to change as Xigmatek brought their newest midtower to CES and let us have a sneak preview before it hita American retail outlets.
With a nearly completely tool-less setup, dual 120mm fans cooling the hard drive bays, and watercooling extras like the ability to stealthfully install a dual radiator setup in the top, the Pantheon looks to be one of Xigmatek's most versatile midtowers yet. The huge motherboard cutout accommodates 99.9% of motherboard cooler setups to avoid removing your motherboard for cooler swap.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - The Corsair booth at CES 2011 was a happening place today. Corsair, in their effort to move past being a memory and solid state drive company introduced a new software called Corsair Link (C Link) that takes hardware monitoring and control to a new level.
C Link has a completely custom interface that can be arranged with a picture of your chassis and then the monitoring points moved to the locations you see fit. Nothing is off the table in this software, you can even monitor how much power your GPU is using in watts.
Reading the data is the easy part and Corsair's new software goes one step further to allow users to program certain actions based on the hardware's status. If a system component reaches a temperature deemed too high the software can turn up the speed of a specific case fan and change the color of the internal case LEDs to keep you informed of how the system is performing.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Corsair has unveiled a new computer chassis at CES 2011 along with lots of other gear for computer fans. The new chassis fits into the Obsidian series that Corsair has been peddling for a while now. Corsair says that it built the case to last an enthusiast through years of hardware upgrades and still look good.
The case is made from steel with matte black on the inside and outside of the case and a brushed aluminum faceplate for good looks. The front of the case has a dust filtered 200mm fan and shoots the hot air out the top and back for efficient cooling with a 200mm fan on top of the case and a 120mm fan on the rear of the case. The dust filters of the case are easy to access to clean and the side panels are quick release. The chassis also has an integrated fan controller.
The case has a CPU back plate that is cutout for easy installation of a CPU cooler and it has a routing system for internal cables to keep things clean. The drive cages are removable and can be located in different areas. The case also has room for long power supplies and video cards inside. The case will sell for $199.99 and will ship in April.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - We caught up with Bryan from NVIDIA during Digital Experience here in Las Vegas last night. We didn't see any Tegra 2 devices, but of course NVIDIA didn't forget to add some 3D action to it's booth.
One thing they did have on display was a 3D keg. No, I mean the kegputer, as the graphics firm is calling it. One of their case modding friends took a beer keg, greenafied it, added in a bunch of NVIDIA parts and create a full a fully working PC and keg in one. Get a close up look at it in the video above.
While the keg was empty at the time, we are told that it can hold 40 beers at a time. The perfect PC for LAN gamers? Most likely. I just need to put in an order for the show nexr year with something big enough that dispenses whiskey and I will be all set.
We have talked about some of the cool BitFenix compute cases before here at Tweak. The company has some of the coolest cases that I have seen in a long time. I am particularly fond of the cool Colossus case with the green lights and black housing. That is a sweet case for my next computer. The big problem for geeks in the US has been that the cases weren't offered here.
All that will soon change. BitFenix has announced that staring at 11am on January 10, 2011 it will start taking pre-orders for an "extremely limited" number of computer cases through its new US online store. It's not clear, if the whole line will be offered in small numbers or if only one case will be offered. I would assume that after the initial batch is sold out the company would be trying to get more of the cases available for computer fans in the US.
"After receiving emails almost daily inquiring about BitFenix in the US, we are excited to finally say that both Colossus and Survivor will be available for pre-order," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager. "By bringing BitFenix products to North American shores, users in the US will finally be able to experience what BitFenix users in Europe and Asia have been raving about."
Bitfenix pulled the wraps off its sweet Colossus case a while back and it was one of the coolest cases I have ever seen. Before the Colossus hit the market, I had not heard of the company at all and I was very impressed with the design and features of the chassis. Bitfenix is back with a new version of the Colossus called the Colossus Venom.
The main difference between the new Venom and the original Colossus case is that the Venom has a new lighting color to choose from. The case has LED lighting that can be changed from red to a new green hue at the touch of a button. The green with the black aluminum shell looks fantastic. Like the original, the light channels run down the sides and across the front of the case. The chassis has a pair of USB 2.0 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the top under a trap door to keep things clean looking along with other connectivity options.
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Besides looking at Antec's new range of High Current power supplies today, we were also given a guided tour of Antec's Taipei offices.
Christoph Katzer who is Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager showed us around their shiny work space in Taipei's "Silicon Valley" area just outside of the city center. We go from outside the front doors all the way through to its special overclocking lab that is usually occupied by famous Taiwanese overclocker Nick Shih.
Watch the video above as you get an inside look into Antec and what goes on.
Today we visited the Antec offices here in Taipei, Taiwan and were introduced to their range of new "High Current" power supplies which were only just announced a couple of days ago.
Christoph Katzer, Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a solid run-down of the new High Current Pro and High Current Gamer power supplies that started shipping this week.
The High Current Pro is at the top-end of Antec's range and comes with 80 Plus Gold certification and in a range of sizes from 1200-watts down. We also got a look and unboxing of the High Current Gamer PSU series which is more affordable. They come in five different wattages all the way up to 900-watts and lack cable management on the rear of the PSU which helps cut costs down. Chris commented that roughly half of Antec's PSU business is units without cable management.
Both the Pro and Gamer series power supplies feature Antec Continuous Power which is something all PSUs on the market should really to be honest. Continuous Power means that if say you buy a 500-watt power supply from Antec, it will actually operate at 500-watts and won't just sometimes peak at 500-watts like cheap power supplies that main really only offer reliable power at around 300-watts. Watch the video above for more.