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CES 2013 - As I toured the CoolerMaster suite to see what is new this year the first thing I was drawn to at a table was covering all of the new cooling solutions that they plan to bring out this year. They have a couple of takes on products that we have seen and one of which I am currently awaiting my sample of.
If you have paid attention, you are likely already aware of the Eisberg customizable water kits. CoolerMaster has seen some action and much interest in this design. In fact, they have actually started at this point offering the Eisberg Solo. Essentially this is the workhorse of all of the Eisberg systems, but now CoolerMaster is offering the head unit with the built in pump and reservoir for the completely custom cooling desires of many builders. This way you get the compact, AIO style of the head unit, but with the ability to now use your own tubing, fittings, and radiators to get exactly what you want from the Eisberg without having the spend for all the extras that you really had no desire to use in some instances anyways.
The depressing part of this is that there wasn't a set price that I am aware of, and there was no discussion of an actual date of availability. Since the Eisberg kits are already in retail markets, the availability really isn't in question, but the pricing will make a big decision for those interested in using the Solo for their own custom water cooling loops.
CES 2013 - NZXT has just release its latest flagship PC Case, the Phantom 630. The new Phantom has been engineered to satisfy even the most demanding enthusiast. Its fully modular internal drive-bay design ensures that you will be able to configure a system to match what ever needs you may have.
Remove all drive bays to accommodate extra radiators or a large reservoir, or leave a few in place and still be able to fit a radiator or reservoir. The Phantom 630 comes with two SSD mounts located behind the motherboard tray for a minimalistic setup with maximum cooling capability.
Featuring a single channel 30w fan controller and a dual level motherboard tray, the Phantom 630 is designed for maximum airflow and cooling capabilities. Offered in Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White colors, the Phantom 630 will be available for $179.99.
CES 2013 - Rosewill have debuted a world first at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Rosewill Helios RK-9200 Dual LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard sports Cherry MX switches in Blue, Red, Brown or Black. It supports both Red or Green Backlit LEDs and also allows users to control the WASD and 4 directional arrow keys independently, giving you the freedom you want.
Rosewill have also taken the time at CES to unveil their new gaming case, THRONE, which will be available in both black and white and sports a "sleek, angular appeal and aggressive appearance". Rosewill's newly-announced ARMOR Evolution mid-tower case is the first mid-tower chassis to support E-ATX motherboards and have 2 x USB 3.0 front ports.
There will also be a new line of 802.11n dual-band network accessories on show, with the Rosewill L600N Wireless Router, N900UBE wireless USB adapter, N600PCE and N900PCE dual-band PCI-e wireless adapters.
Thermaltake has just released the latest editions to their PC gaming case line. The Versa G1 and G2 are mid towers that are aimed at the entry level market, yet feature enough room to house high end components. Packed full of ventilation options, removable dust filters and a perforated front bezel, this case is designed for cooling!
A mid tower form factor makes the Versa series manageable, and portable if need be. With room for a standard ATX motherboard, 32cm graphics cards, six 3.5" drives (1 external), and 1 internal 2.5" bay there is enough room for elaborate gaming systems. Included with the case is a 120mm rear exhaust fan, and five more spots for you to place additional 120mm fans.
Having personally owned over 15 different cased from Thermaltake over the years, I am sure this one is built to the same standards as their more high end Armor, Overseer, and Chaser lines.
Cooling becomes a major issue as our beloved electronic gadgets shrink in size. We want things smaller, thinner and lighter and that causes a few problems for engineers. General Electric has just unveiled a new breakthrough technology that has the potential to push the miniaturization process forward by orders of magnitude.
Dubbed Dual Piezoelectric Cooling Jets, or DCJ,the system works by activating each piezoelectric element in an alternating pattern. This creates a "bellows" of high velocity jets of air that are many times more efficient than traditional fan cooling technology. An added benefit is that the DCJ system is much thinner than existing fan technology and is virtually silent.
"DCJ was developed as an innovative way to dramatically reduce the amount of pressure losses and loading characteristics in aircraft engines and power generation in gas and wind turbines," explained Peter de Bock, lead research in the electronics cooling arm of GE's Global Research division.
Most people have heard of SAPPHIRE's Vapor-X cooling technology in regards to graphics cards, but now you'll be able to take advantage of their cooling technology on your CPU. SAPPHIRE Technology has launched its first CPU cooler that has been designed with the enthusiast in mind.
Known as the Vapor-X CPU Cooler, it can handle heat loads of up to 200W and has been designed to be compatible with both Intel and AMD sockets. The cooler uses a dual-fan design and utilizes fans that have been designed to provide efficient airflow and low noise, similar to those on the Dual-X series of GPUs.
"SAPPHIRE is extending its portfolio into areas aligned to its core business of PC graphics," commented Adrian Thompson, SAPPHIRE VP of Marketing. "We are harnessing our expertise in advanced technologies to deliver better performing products for the enthusiast which will then push down into an expanding product line for the mainstream."
The Vapor-X CPU Cooler will be available through SAPPHIRE's usual eTailers and retail partners and should sell for around $69 USD.
While in San Jose we visited Corsair to see the new lab toy. The Longwin LW-9266 is an advanced fan testing machine but don't let the application fool you. This 45K USD tool is a serious piece of hardware that takes fan testing to levels far beyond the reach of computer component reviewers.
It looks like something from the movies, a cart the bad guys wheel from a truck to blow up a city.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) have approved a more flexible wireless power specification that will usher in a new way consumers can wirelessly charge their phones on a variety of compatible surfaces. President of the A4WP, Dr. Kamil A. Grajski, says:
The Alliance for Wireless Power and its members have been focused on creating a more flexible wireless power specification that sets the stage for formal standardization in the future. Approval of the A4WP wireless power specification establishes a true path forward for the commercialization of wireless charging that will satisfy the needs of most consumers. A4WP and its members will now set their sights on building compliant wireless applications that can be integrated by key industries including automotive, furniture and retail.
Your options for a new computer case have just increased as BitFenix has just launched a new chassis dubbed Ghost. According to BitFenix themselves, it features "superb silence with powerful water cooling capabilities and flexibility for the latest hardware," something everyone wants in a computer case.
"After changing the way people think about the mini-ITX form factor with Prodigy, fans around the world have been wondering what would happen if BitFenix were to design a chassis with focus on silence. Today, it gives us great pleasure to reveal the answer to that question - Ghost," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "Extremely silent yet surprisingly capable, we believe fans of silent chassis are going to fall in love with our newest creation."
That's right, you can now own the power supply that helped TweakTown set a world record just a short while ago. The AX1200i received a Must Have award right here from TweakTown because the device is just that good. And our award for the device was just one of many bestowed upon this excellent power supply.
"We're hugely excited to announce that our award-winning AX1200i PSU is now available to enthusiasts and gamers worldwide", said Thi La, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Components Group at Corsair. "This incredible power supply has created a huge stir in the market, winning numerous prestigious accolades, and securing Corsair's position as the leading manufacturer of premium quality PSUs."
Using a digital design also allows Corsair to provide some cool features: "The use of a Digital Signal Processor also results in a simplified circuit design, and incredible energy efficiency. The AX1200i easily achieves 80 PLUS® Platinum certification, and can operate in a silent fanless mode until the PSU reaches between 30 - 40% of its1200 watt power rating. In addition, the AX1200i's DSP-based design and Corsair Link technology provides real-time monitoring of temperature, current draw, and power efficiency, as well custom control of fan speeds and overcurrent protection settings."