EK Water Blocks has gone all out with support for the GTX 400 series, giving four differing versions of its new supporting blocks each for the GTX 470 and GTX 480, making eight in total for the line-up.
All four for each card use the same shaped, full coverage design, but differ in the types of materials used. The entry level models use a copper base with clear acrylic tops; these are dubbed the EK-FC470 GTX and EK-FC480 GTX with pricing of 74.95 and 80.00 respectively.
Moving up the line-up from there are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal models, which as the name indicates use acetal tops and go for pricing of 77.65 and 82.9 respectively.
Still not to your liking? They also do models with Nickel plated copper blocks and clear acrylic tops that are priced at 80.95 and 85.90 respectively.
If you want nothing but the best, you can go for the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal+Nickel / EK-FC480 GTX Acetal+Nickel models which give nickel plated copper blocks with acetal tops. These are of course priced the highest of the bunch at 84.95 and 89.90 respectively.
EK's online store now has all of these models listed for purchase at the aforementioned prices.
Watercooling gurus Swiftech have quietly released a new GPU water-block to market; the MCW80. This is the successor to their popular MCW60 and is of universal design with compatibility for all current generation GPUs (bar the GTX 400 series, but a supporting kit for this can be purchased separately in the near future for an additional $11.99.
The block is full copper with a high-density pin matrix that increases the surface area of heat dissipation. The outer housing is made of black Delrin.
The block has compatibility for eurostyle fittings with a built-in o-ring and it maintains the G 1/4 specification for the ports. The overall size of the block comes in at 49.6 x 49.6 x 32.2 mm with a weight of 141g.
Swiftech is now selling the MCW80 at a price of $56.95.
A significant update has been made to Extreme.Outervision's popular online PSU Calculator tool that assists in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
You can access their Lite version of the facility for free, but a Pro version is also available for a small charge which will give out more details specific to Amperage on all rails, support for systems with multiple video cards, recommended UPS rating and print-out functions.
This latest update includes stacks of new and not so new hardware not previously selectable in the dropdown lists, including the new GTX 400 series cards, latest Core i5 and i7 processor range, all the latest Phenom and Athlon processors and more.
If you're in the market for a quality PSU to power up your new rig, this tool should serve as a great guide in helping you make a wise decision about your purchase without under-cutting or going overboard.
Got a well spec'd up SFF system and finding it hard to pair it with a decent enough SFX form factor PSU? SilverStone come to the rescue with their new SFX Form Factor PSU that while only measuring 125 mm (W) × 63.5 mm(H) × 100 mm(D), can deliver up to 450W of continuous power.
The unit runs a single +12V rail and a single 36A rail with 80 Plus Bronze certification thanks to its efficiency of 82 to 85%. All the standard power connectors required for most systems are resident; 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, a 6+2-pin PCI-E, a 6-pin PCI-E, three SATA power connectors, two Molex and one Floppy.
Other features jam packed into this tidy little unit include active PFC, over/under-voltage and current protection as well as assisted cooling by means of an 80mm fan (rated with minimum noise output of 18 dBA).
While the unit can mount into SFX form factor cases out of the box, it also comes bundled with an SFX to ATX bracket that gives the ability to mount it to standard ATX and M-ATX chassis'.
SilverStone is shifting this power supply at around 60 Euros (about 80 bucks U.S.).
Certainly not kind to all eyes, some camouflage crazed folks out there might like the new style NZXT is offering in its new run of Tempest EVO mid tower chassis' dubbed the Tempest EVO Camo.
As you can see, it's going to be much of a love or hate it thing here, which I imagine would lean substantially more towards the latter if we ran a poll. However, this wannabe stealthy mid-tower might just be your cup of tea and it's a good thing NZXT left the specs list pretty much unchanged from the stock Tempest EVO as it's a well suited up mid-tower with plenty of features on tap.
NZXT is shifting the Tempest EVO Camo for about $40 more than the stock version at $150ish. Further details on specs and some more images (if you can bare to see) at the source.
Cooler Master's HAF 922 has been an attractive little winner in the mid-tower market for some time now, so the company thought they'd spice it up a little more with a limited edition run that features a shiny red exterior coating (with black mesh covers on the front bezel) and a black and red interior.
The mesh side panel of the standard version has also been changed in favour of an acrylic one and there's now a mounting spot for a 200mm fan on top, though that doesn't appear to come included with the case. The fans that come shipped in the case include a 200mm one mounted up front and a 120mm at the rear.
Apart from this the case remains much the same as the stock HAF 922 with five 5.25" bays, five 3.5" internal bays (all of which give tool-free installation) and front I/O panel with audio, USB and eSATA connectivity.
As this chassis is a limited edition run, if it really tickles your fancy at the $150 U.S. asking price then you may like to pre-order one directly from CM by requesting it by e-mail to email@example.com. Just provide your name, shipping address and phone number and they'll take care of the rest.
Tuniq has been working on improving its thermal paste recipe and has come out with the new TX-4 branded paste which it's aiming to release to market next month.
It goes without saying that Tuniq made sure TX-4 would offer better performance than TX-3. TX-4 has increased thermal conductivity and broader thermal range over previous pastes from the company. More specifically, its thermal conductivity is 6.53 W/mK and it has a temperature range of -45°C to 160°C.
A chart giving performance estimates hints that TX-4 will lower temps by as much as 5% over TX-2 and 11% over generic thermal pastes. Of course, they use their impressive Tower 120 Extreme to obtain these readings nestled atop a Core i5 750 processor at 4GHz under load (using Stress Prime 2004).
The iPad has been here nearly two weeks now and frankly, I am surprised that the number of cases you can buy today is still not that great. A company called speck has announced that all of its iPad offerings are now available.
Speck makes some interesting cases and sleeves for the iPad that look cool and will keep your gadget safe. Among the offerings is the PixelShield sleeve with screen protection layer. It sells for $39.95 and comes in red or black.
The PixelSleeve plus is a reinforced neoprene sleeve selling for $39.95 that is black with gray lining. Speck also has ShieldView Anti-Glare screen films are available for $24.95 for a package of two. Hard shell cases are also available along with several other offerings.
Budget conscious case maker Chieftec have just added another cost-friendly but feature packed mid-tower chassis to their lineup in the CH-09B-B-OP.
The case might look a little boring for some, but it gives a good useable array of features and functions with dimenions of 540 x 205 x 480 mm (with the feet folded).
The black coated case gives room for four 5.25" external devices and five internal 3.5" bays (as well as one externally accessible). The internal drive bays include tool-free clips for easy installation of drives.
Chieftec ships the unit with a couple 120mm fans up front and back and there's two mounting spots for additional 80mm fans, too. The case also accomodates for water cooling setups with pre-drilled holes for the tubes at the rear.
The case is said to hit the market later this month.
In support of its new waterblocks to suit the GTX 400 series which we touched on a short while back, Danger Den has constructed a video tutorial with which can help ease ones mind in how to carefully remove the stock heatsink on their GTX 480.
This should serve as a helpful guidance tool that will give you more confidence in fiddling with your expensive new toy in efforts to improve on temperatures whilst lowering noise levels with a superior aftermarket cooling option.
Watercooling specialists Koolance have just put the finishing touches on a pair of GeForce GTX 400 series water blocks to individually suit the 480 and 470 models.
These VID-NX480 and VID-NX470 waterblocks are made from nickel plated copper with an acrylic top section and give full coverage to all the important areas including the GPU, memory chips and VRM. Both versions run the same dimensions of 6.25" x 5.75" x 0.62" (15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm) with a weight of 1.5 lbs (680 g), making them slim enough so that they only occupy a singular expansion slot.
Antec has just extended its popular Sonata line of Quiet Computing cases with the new Sonata Proto which is based around their best-selling Sonata III 500 chassis with a few tweaks and adjustments.
The Sonato Proto has clean lines and styling, using a smart looking matte black exterior. Interally it gives a good range of features, especially for its MSRP of $74.95.
Antec knows how many people are turning to 2.5-inch SSDs as their primary drive for operating system use and as such, they provide a mount for 2.5-inch drives.
There is room for three 5.25" devices and two 3.5" devices accessible externally, along with the aforementioned 2.5" bay and four 3.5" HDD bays inside for SSD/HDD mounting.
At the rear of the chassis there is a 120mm TwoCool (2-speed) fan. There are also seven expansion slots available at the rear for add-in cards.
Antec has already begun shipping the Sonata Proto to major distributers/retailers/e-tailers with the aforementioned MSRP of $74.95.
For further details, you can locate Antec's full announcement on this new mid-tower chassis here.
Some more details have come to light along with a bunch of pictures on Inno3D's upcoming variation to NVIDIA's GTX 470. It plans to bring a non-reference model to market dubbed the iChill GTX 470 Hawk.
As you can see from the CAD drawings above and below, this is the design of the aftermarket cooler Inno3D plans to pair up these model cards with.
The cooler comprises three 80 (or 90mm) fans nestled atop a large aluminum fin array with heat-pipes running to it from the heatsinks over the GPU, memory and VRM areas.
We're not yet sure of whether or not Inno3D plans to sell these models with higher than stock clock rates, nor do we know exactly when they'll become available.
The folks at Techpowerup also got hold of some other teasing images of Inno3D's warehouse, showing crate-loads of GeForce GTX 400s ready to have Inno3D's labels attached and whatnot before they head off to destinations all over the world.
Taiwan based power supply and cooling mob Xilence has just readied up its new top-end XQ 1200 power supply which should prove to be more than capable of taking on a 2 or 3-way GTX 400 series SLI setup.
This 1200 Watt unit carries an efficiency rating of up to 92%, making it 80Plus Gold certified. It uses a quad 12v rail setup and features several safety functions including over-current, over-voltage, under-voltage and short circuit protection.
The XQ 1200W PSU houses a 135mm sized fan for cooling. It is said to start popping up on shelves in a couple weeks or so at a price point of just under 250 Euros (around $330 U.S.).
You might recall that we reviewed the CoolIT Systems ECO ALC liquid cooling system earlier this month and liked it pretty well. CoolIT has now announced that it is expanding the availability of the cooling system to make it easier to find.
The device is a CPU only cooling solution that is smaller than many of the liquid cooling setup that you normally run across. It's not a hard core overclockers system for sure, but the average PC user looking for an air cooling alternative will find a lot to like here.
The device is now available online with many leading sellers like Amazon and Tiger Direct among others. You can get your hands on one for $74.99 making it a cheap option as well.
Watercooling specialist Danger Den is readying up its first water-block to suit the GTX 480 from NVIDIA.
Straight away you can see from the image Legit Reviews got hold of that it's got some serious cooling power on tap given its base is all-copper and has a head to toe coverage area that takes care of the GPU, memory chips and VRM.
A nickel plated top with copper base version will also be on offer as well as a third model that is all nickel covered, but these other two models won't be available for a short time, while it's been said that this all copper version pictured above should be ready for purchase within the next week or so at a price point of around $140-$150.
In continuation of its future-proofing focus With the release of NVIDIA's GTX 400 series, Thermalright has mentioned that it is working on a bolt-through kit (BTK) to allow some of its popular existing VGA heatsinks to be attached to these cards.
Compatible heatsinks together with this BTK include the Spitfire, HR-03 GT and HR-03 GTX. Two all-new VRM heatsinks will also be released to market that are designed specifically for the reference PCBs on the GTX 470 and 480 cards; these simply dubbed the VRM GTX 470 and VRM GTX 480.
The GF 100 VGA BTK, VRM GTX 480 and VRM GTX 470 are said to be released to market within the next month or so, but we're not exactly sure when or how much they'll be.
As feared, yet somewhat expected, NVIDIA's latest crop of high-end parts in the GTX 470 and GTX 480 run mighty HoT! - The reference cooler NVIDIA paired up with the cards was of course tested rigerously on the cards to ensure they'd remain stable under lengthy full load conditions.
But nonetheless, the comfort of having lowered temps (be it for overclocking headroom and/or peace of mind) and decreased noise levels is inevitably in the forefront of many owners minds about their new pride and joy.
CoolIT Systems have an answer on the cards with intent to introduce their Omni ALC universal graphics card liquid cooling system to market with support for the GTX 400 series. The Omni ALC is positioned as a high performance, but cost effective LCS alternative comprising a quiet Ceramic bearing CFF1 pump with a MTTF of 50,000 hours, a plate with high-density micro-channels and radiator measuring either 120mm or 240mm. The unit also comes bundles with low toxicity coolant and some high-grade thermal compound.
CoolIT plans to introduce the GF100-ready Omni ALC to market during the summer.
Thermaltake are hammering out new designs in their chassis lineup for what almost seems like a '1 a month' schedule in recent times.
The latest to join their arsenal is the new LAN-Mobility V5 Black Edition, a stealth all-black mid-tower chassis with attitude.
As indicative by the name, this little tower caters to enthusiasts and gamers on the move, particularly those who love LAN parties etc. - You can see from the image above it has a super large reinforced handle up top designed to make for easier transportation.
Other features of this chassis include room for up to nine drives in different combinations of 5.25", 3.5" and also 2.5" sizes. The chassis sports a large 200mm blue LED fan up top and a 120mm intake turbo-fan on the rear. There is mounting available for another 120mm fan to be added to the side panel in a position that looks after your VGA cooling setup, while room for another 120mm fan is just in front of the drive bays.
Thermaltake is pricing this little black beauty at just $69 U.S. - You can get a better idea of its feature-set and styling in their streaming video below :-
For further details, the press release can be found here.
IN WIN has added a couple new chassis' for gamers to its lineup today which keep price down while offering a good mix of features and design.
The Android, as the name implies, follows the theme of the science-fiction artificatial human-like machine with its rigid metal body and dark metallic coating inside.
The chassis gives space for up to five 5.25" devices and four 3.5" ones; all of which are of tool-less design along with the seven expansion slots at the other end. IN WIN also ships the case with 5.25" to 3.5" converters and a 3.5 to 2.5" converter which would be handy for mounting an SSD.
The cooling system gives the ability to mount up to six 120mm fans at the front, side and top of the chassis and there's a single large 220mm LED fan located on the side panel, too.
You can find IN WIN's press release on their new Android chassis here.
Also launched today is IN WIN's larger full-tower IRONCLAD which follows a battlefield tank-like theme. It has eight tool-free I/O expansion slots and room for five 5.25" devices and six 3.5" ones.
This chassis has all of the features of the Android and then some; it's well rounded in this regard. But as with many cases on the market, it's going to come down to your taste in aesthetics with this one.
More on the IRONCLAD here.
Prolimatech sure did a fine job of boldening its stance in the CPU heatsink market with the introduction of the Megahalems almost a year ago, with performance figures showing it to be well worthy of its preceding hype.
The company puts itself back in the spotlight once again today with the introduction of its latest weapon, the Armageddon. This monstrous heatsink supports all current sockets including LGA 1156, 1366 as well as AM2/AM2+ and AM3 (requires an optional kit).
Dimensions of the tower-designed Armageddon come in at 144 (W) x 160.3 (H) x 50 (D) mm with a weight of 750 grams. Either 140 or 120mm fans can be strapped to one or both sides of the cooler, but no fans are supplied with it. Both the cooler's base and heat-pipes are nickel-plated copper.
On the subject of heat-pipes, this is where the cooler steps away from the more traditional setup; the six 6mm heat-pipes which pass through the base make contact with the aluminum fins right across the full length rather than just the ends like other tower-designed heat-pipe coolers. The aluminum fins are separated into two blocks with a single metal cap nestled on top to give the finishing touch.
Prolimatech ships the Armageddon with a tube of their own PK-1 thermal paste, but as mentioned before, you'll need to purchase the optional mounting kit if you want to mount it to your AMD platform. The cooler will be available from April 2nd at about 60 Euros.