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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.
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.