PC cooling specialists Thermalright have come out with a new mean looking VRM cooler for AMD's top-end ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards. The company has already released aftermarket VRM coolers for the HD 5800 series in the VRM-R3 and VRM-R4, but this new VRM-R5 improves on them both with superior cooling properties.
The VRM-R5 can cool passively or actively in conjunction with an 80mm fan of choice. It is designed for the purposes of cooling the graphics card's VRM chips as well as the components surrounding the GPU and memory chips. Thermalright has made it compatible for use together with some of its existing VGA coolers on the market including the Spitfire.
Measurements for this cooler come in at 118 x 117 x 122 mm with a weight of 140 grams. Two 6mm heatpipes assist in heat transfer to a large block of aluminum fins that are punched to improve heat dissipation. It is on this block that the 80mm fan can be attached to dissipate the heat at a faster rate, thus improving overall performance and giving better headroom for overclocking.
Thermalright's VRM-R5 is said to hit stores sometime next week at the equivilent of around 23 Euros.
TweakTown's own video card guru, Shane Baxtor has acquired some more specific details about NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi powered GTX 470, one of their first two DX11-ready cards to hit the market in answer to AMD's top-end HD 5800/5900 series.
With the very active rumour mill giving a hint that NVIDIA plan to make a big announcement regarding Fermi within the next 12 hrs, Shane gets an early scoop on the pricing and PSU requirements for the GTX 470. He learns that the official launch price looks to be $299 USD which sits in line with AMD's HD 5850, though performance is expected to be more around HD 5870 levels.
Power wise, NVIDIA is apparently slapping on a minimum requirement of 550 Watt, up slightly from AMD's min requirement on the HD 5850 at 500 Watt. In any case, it shouldn't matter to most people wanting a card like this, knowing full well that a quality PSU with plenty of headroom makes for a much more stable gaming rig.
In a separate posting, Shane is confident NVIDIA will announce their launch date for the Fermi cards within the next 12 or so hours which the rumour mill is indicating will be mid to late March. He also feels there may be an availability issue on the horizon with these cards due to the 1 year warranty that NVIDIA gives to its AIBs as opposed to a lot of the AMD cards on the market with warranties of two years or more. This will make NV partners reluctant to carry a lot of stock of the cards as they know they'll need to offer 2 year warranties to stay competitive, but have fear of a lot of dead ones coming back to haunt them after the 1 year NV covered warranty period is up.
More on Shane's insight to this here.
The german folks over at Hardwareluxx have acquired details from Corsair on its second Obsidian series chassis in the 700D.
This full tower case runs measurements of 609 (H) x 609 (L) x 229 (W) mm which uses a combination of steel for the case itself and an aluminum faceplate. Looking over its feature-set, it gives room for up to five 5.25" devices and six 3.5-inch/2.5-inch HDD trays.
For optical drives and the like, the chassis gives tool free installation. The I/O panel gives two audio, one FireWire and four USB 2.0 ports. The cooling system comprises three 140mm fans; one positioned at the front, one at the rear and one up top. The 700D also has a removable CPU backplate.
Availability and pricing isn't yet known, but it's inevitable we'll hear and see more on the 700D come CeBIT.
Danamics brought something new to the CPU cooling market in 2008 which was the first to use liquid metal cooling; the LM10. However, it never really took off and wasn't as affective as many had hoped. But it did show that there was definitely potential in the design, thus Danamics went back to the drawing board and brought out the superior LMX solution recently with active liquid metal pumping through passive heat-pipes.
Still not 100% satisfied with the performance vs. price, Danamics have continued to make efforts in better implementing the technology and today will be announcing the new Superleggera cooler.
The folks at Nordic Hardware managed to get hold of a bunch of images showing off this beast. It's said to offer significantly better performance than high-end air coolers and will only cost around 90€ (+VAT) which is still cheaper than a high-end water cooling arrangement.
For budget conscious buyers looking for a simple but well featured and thought out mid tower, Silverstone have just launched their Precision PS03.
Whilst the exterior design is quite straight forward and plain looking, the case looks to be well suited up with an all-black interior, mesh front panel for air intake and a good amount of flexibility inside with regard to its cooling properties. Dimensions of the case come in at 200 mm(w) x 472mm(h) x 471mm(d).
A rear 120mm exhaust fan is included, but there is also room for a 120 or even 140mm fan up top and 120mm fans on the front and bottom of the case.
Other features include a tool-free design with room for up to seven 3.5-inch drives and four 5.25-inch drives. the top of the case includes four USB 2.0 ports, audio ports and also a hidden compartment for handy storage.
The Precision PS03 is set for release to market later in the month, but the price hasn't yet been disclosed.
Thermaltake has just introduced its new Toughpower XT power supply series to market with 25 more watts per model across the lineup when compared to its previous Toughpower series. The models include the 575W, 675W, 775W and 875W, of which are 80 PLUS Bronze certified.
The new units are also enhanced in other ways over the previous series with a new Active PFC circuit design for up to 89% efficiency, the use of superior Japanese made solid state capacitors, an S.P.T. indicator for real time monitoring of the PSUs health and much more.
Tt's MSRP for the Toughpower XT 575W, 675W, 775W and 875W sits at $109, $135, $145 and $159 respectively.
For further details, check out the full press release here. An introductory video to these PSUs can also be watched via the streaming video below :-
When it comes to a new case for my gaming computer, I want lots of space, good looks, and good cooling. There are lots of PC cases out there to choose from and what you buy will depending on how much you want to spend.
Sharkoon has added its latest PC chassis to the wealth of options already on the market. The case is called the Nightfall and it has a black aluminum front bezel. The case places the PSU at the bottom and has integrated wire management system.
The Nightfall is drilled for water cooling and has front IO ports. The case is a midi ATX design with five 5.25" external drive bays and five internal 3.5" drive bays. Cooling for the case includes a single 120mm fan standard with LED lighting for the front. Optional cooling fans can be added with two 120mm side panel fans, a 140mm top fan, and a 120mm back fan.
The folks at TechConnect have discovered a couple new additions to XClio's mid-tower case lineup which are said to start selling as of next month.
Simply dubbed the 737 and 747 chassis', these two cases only differ by design slightly. They both have the same measurements at 480 (D) x 190 (W) x 440 (H) mm and both have a nicely presented black finish inside and out, from head to toe.
They have four 5.25-inch bays and five internal 3.5-inch trays. The cases are also tool-less for easy installation of drives and expansion cards. Up top an I/O panel provides connectivity for eSATA, two x USB 2.0 and two audio connectors (line-out and mic).
Cooling wise, both cases come equipped with a couple 80mm fans mounted up top and a 120mm exhaust at the rear. Pricing and exact availability are not yet known.
CES 2010 - The folks at Techpowerup stopped by Thermaltake's booth during CES which had on display some interesting new items not seen before.
There were a couple of new gaming keyboards on show called the Challenger and Challenger Pro which are equipped with onboard memory, USB 2.0 ports and a few other trinkets.
They also mentioned seeing a new gaming mouse on display called "Black" which uses a 4000 DPI sensor and a weight system, as well as a couple of new headsets, but neither of these products have been pictured.
Also shown were some new power supplies, including their new "Grand" PSU seen below which most noticably sports a more low-profile shape to it whilst retaining the quality and features seen in larger units.
Finally, some shots were taken of the company's upcoming Element V "NVIDIA" Edition chassis which carries certification for NVIDIA's Fermi graphics cards by including a special cooling contraption for the GPUs and using an NVIDIA colored theme.
You can see a couple more pics and product info at the source link.
I have had my hands on several cases from NZXT over the years and I have pretty much liked them all. The cases tend to be well built and cheaper than the big names out there like Lian Li. The cases are also typically very cool to look at which is a big deal to most of us.
NZXT has unveiled its latest chassis called the Hades. The chassis is a mid-tower with nine 5.25" drive bays available. The case can also be configured with five 5.25" drive bays and four 3.5" bays if needed. NZXT designed the Hades with enough room for the long video cards on the market today like the ATI 5970.
There is 300mm of clearance for video cards inside the case. The Hades is also ready for water cooling with pre drilled holes and a radiator mount area. The stock cooling system includes fans on the front and rear of the case with a spot for an option top fan too. Pricing is unknown at this time, but these cases typically retail for around $100.
CoolIT Systems launched four new products at CES and won four new Innovations International Awards. The new products, OMNI A.L.C. VGA cooler, Maestro E.S.P. fan control, ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler and VANTAGE A.L.C. CPU Cooler were all on display at CES along with custom solutions.
CES 2010 - CoolIT also displayed several components that go into their award winning total solutions products.
Here we see the new ECO A.L.C, a new low cost CPU cooling solution that is set to hit the market right away.
CoolIT still offers their MTEC Technology in existing products like the Freezone Elite.
On the custom side of things this really stood out. Here we see a 2P blade system with liquid cooled CPUs and VRM chips.
The VANTAGE A.L.C. is shown here next to one of the awards given out by CES. I am sure this is just the first of many awards this product will receive.
Video cards change so rapidly and liquid cooling them can lead to big investments but CoolIT has a new solution that will cut down on the cost with each new video card. Here we see the OMNI. The system uses a universal plate that is retained from product to product. The end user just needs to purchase a new Interposer Plate for each new video card. No word on pricing just yet but this should reduce the total cost of liquid cooling a video card substantially.
Also on display was one of AVADirect's award winning systems, now outfitted with a custom CoolIT liquid cooling system. The Core i7 975 processor was overclocked to 4.7 GHz stable and completely silent.
CES 2010 - During our time at CES we got the chance to stop by the Cooler Master Suite. This was an interesting time and offered us a look at what Cooler Master currently has as well as some new items that are to come.
When we first walked in we were greeted by a display of OEM coolers for both AMD and Intel. It was after this short stop that the fun started. We were taken into a separate room that contained some products that are coming later in 2010. Unfortunately we were not allowed to Photograph any of them but we can tell you that we saw the next evolution in the CM Storm case and mouse line. The case looks to be a continuation of the sniper with some minor aesthetic adjustments. Air flow and cooling should be just as good as you have come to expect from CM. The second future product we saw was a mockup of future gaming mouse. This one adds ambidextrous use to the list of features it has. The feel of the mouse is good in your hand and the look is nothing short of fantastic.
After we left the "no-photos" room we saw some less secret items that we were able to show you. One of the ones that will be of interest to gamers and other enthusiasts is Cooler Master's new line of high-performance PSUs. These will sell under the GX brand and are all single rail high current PSUs with silver 80+ ratings.
Although not really part of any new product offering Cooler Master had some custom modded cases on display. One that really caught my eye was based on the District 9 Movie. The mod was based on the ATSC 840 case and was quite eye-catching.
Sandwiched between the District 9 case and another mod was a cluster of fans and new CPU cooler that CM is going to be pushing out soon. The fans are high CFM and have a non-standard design. Instead of the normal solid side walls CM has opted for ventilated ones that help maintain airflow even at low RPMS. They have also changed the design of the blades to improve air flow while limiting noise.
CM showed us the next in their "automotive" line of CPU coolers. This is the V6; when we first looked at it we wondered if it was nothing more than a Hyper-212 with an extra fan and a shroud. We were quickly told that this was not the case. The V6 is a ground up new design; yes it shares some features of other coolers but CM has opted to allow direct cooling of the heat pipes by building them in a V configuration. They have also tilted the fins to allow for more efficient air pass through from the fans.
After our time with the new products we went back into the Choiix room. Choiix is a relatively new line that offers a more stylish option for products and accessories. One example if a portable amplified speaker that gets its power from a single USB port on your notebook or netbook. The audio quality and volume was quite good considering its compact design.
They also had another item that caught our eye. This was one of the easiest external drive bays I have ever seen. Called the Swap 1,2,3 it was really that simple to open it up and swap out the drive. As you can see in the image below, you only need to remove two plastic pins and the back plate to pull out the 2.5-inch drive inside. CM says the target market for this is college students and others looking for an easy and portable drive bay.
Last up was a notebook cooler that is aimed at high-performance gaming notebooks. As we were taking pictures of it we were stopped and told we were not allowed, but then after a few minutes discussion we were allowed to snap a shot of it with the notebook on top but no close-ups or detailed shots. This cooler looks to be capable of keeping up to a 19-inch book cool under gaming loads and has more than a few lights and USB ports to keep everyone happy.
CES 2010 - Continuing on with our coverage from the CES Digital Experience event we stopped by Lexar who at first wasn't showing anything overly new, but after a short time a little surprised was pulled out from under the desk.
Memory coolers are far from new, but it is good to see the folks at Crucial and Lexar joining the party. A little later on the company intends to launch the Ballistix cooler, which features two 60mm cooling fans that produce around 20 CFM and we can vouch for the comment in the video that the cooler is quiet. More details in the video below, hit play!
This may or may not indication that Crucial is getting more serious with enthusiast RAM with possibly the need to cool super fast memory like the folks such as OCZ, G.Skill, Corsair and others provide.
CES 2010 - PC liquid cooling manufacturer CoolIT has made a big announcement in timely fashion for CES this week which introduces four new products to market.
First up is the new ECO A.L.C. CPU cooler which promises a very strong price/performance solution where budgeters can get liquid cooling into their rigs with ease and at an attractive price point that doesn't compromise its cooling effectiveness.
Next up is the VANTAGE A.L.C. which is a world first in that it has a 2.4GHz wireless communication module which together with the use of its supporting USB wireless controller and CoolIT's Maestro software can be controlled and monitored without the need for extra wiring that makes installs more complicated. You can even wirelessly upload a custom image to the VANTAGE's 84 x 48 pixel LCD display if you like.
Other features include custom color backlighting, optimization of chassis fan speeds, RGB case lighting and alarm triggering.
Next is the OMNI A.L.C. which is a full coverage liquid cooling solution for high performance graphics cards. The full unit is a two stage system as explained in the press release :-
a simple interposer plate customized for each model of graphics card allows end users to easily install the OMNI universal water block to a wide range of graphics cards. "The development time and cost to enable OMNI compatibility with a new Graphics Card is vastly reduced and it provides the end user with the flexibility to upgrade their cards while keeping the liquid cooling system intact" continued Lyon.
A very tidy and well thought out setup, indeed. Also featured on the OMNI is ESP wireless technology which together with CoolIT's Maestro software can allow for remote control and monitoring along with any other CoolIT ESP product (such as the VANTAGE A.L.C.).
And finally, CoolIT also brings out the aforementioned Maestro E.S.P which is the underlying wireless technology featured in the above VANTAGE and OMNI products for easy control and monitoring of all ESP enabled products as well as support to monitor up to three fans, water pumps or other devices which make use of a 3 or 4-pin fan header.
For full details on each of the aforementioned new products, check out the full press announcement here.
Details have surfaced regarding a new CPU cooler on the horizon from Xigmatek which it calls the Carbonado (S1284V).
As you can see from the image above, this is another tower-style cooler which of course includes Xigmatek's HDT (heat-pipe direct touch) technology with the use of four 8mm heatpipes.
Dimensions come in at 120 (W) x 60 (H) x 159 (D) mm with a weight of 660g. The included 120mm fan uses a transparent housing and blades and white LEDs, spinning at between 1000 and 2200rpm.
All current CPU sockets will be supported, including LGA-1366, LGA-1156, LGA-775, and AMD AM3/AM2+. Pricing hasn't yet been mentioned but the cooler should be come available within the next few weeks.
CES 2010 - In prep for CES, Zalman has unveiled three new products this week and the folks at Hardware Canucks are the first to get the scoop on them prior to the commencement of the show.
First up is Zalman's new CNPS10X Performa CPU cooler, a tweaked derivative of the other two CNPS10X coolers in this lineup. Zalman does away with unnecessary cosmetic attributes whilst retaining the features that make it a highly competitive cooler in a lower price bracket.
Next is the new VF3000 series VGA cooler which is suited to both current and older high performance graphics cards with its dual 92mm fans and a quartet of large-diameter copper heatpipes.
As you can see below, there'll be both a red and black version of the cooler, suited to ATI and NVIDIA cards respectively.
Rounding off Zalman's new crop of products is a chassis dubbed the Z7 PLUS. This is a mid-tower sized case suited to mid-range gamer PC's. Noteworthy features include a perforated metal front bezel, all drive bays convertible to external bays, three 120mm fans located at the front, rear and side, quick install drive rails and pre-installed dust filters.
More specific details and images can be located at the source.
Cooler Master is at it again, as they are gearing up to launch another wide bodied case. This time they are going to throw in a PSU for your enjoyment. The case will be named USP 100, this stands for Universal System P100. While not the most inspired name, it does not reduce what looks like an excellent case.
The USP 100 is a little over 8.4-inches; this give plenty of room for larger air cooling gear. It also allows for extra space to make cable management easier. In fact CM has left about a half inch between the motherboard tray and the case cover. The USP (as we mentioned above) comes with a PSU, this is going to be Extreme Power Plus 550. The rest of the specs are nice and include four-5.25 inch drive bays, and seven-3.25 inch bays. All of these are the typical tool less design. The USP comes with a single 120mm fan that is lit with a RED LED, but has room for three additional 80mm fans.
The USP 100 should retail at around $100, which is a great price for a case and a PSU. We will see the USP 100 hit the stores sometime in Q1 2010.
The PSU is one of the most important component sin your computer. A PSU without enough power can lead to system crashes and may simply not have enough juice to run your rig. One of the big issues with many PSUs is what to do with the cables you don't need inside the chassis.
The new Sharkoon Rush M PSUs get around the cable clutter issue with a modular design. The modular design allows you to only use the cables you need for your components. The line is available in 400W, 500W, and 600W sizes.
All of the PSUs are 85% efficient and have separate 12V rails. The PSU supports systems running Intel or AMD processors and has a 135mm fan inside for cooling. Several cables are included for connecting your devices to the PSU. Pricing and availability are unknown.
The holiday season is the time when many gamers and computer enthusiasts get new gear. If a new computer case is on your wish list, the Huntkey H403 might be just right for you. This is a mid-tower case made from 0.6mm SECC.
The chassis has a front 120mm fan with LED lights for bling. The chassis has a spot in the rear for an additional 120mm fan as well. The case measures 457mm x 190mm x 450mm and has seven expansion ports.
The case is tool-free and sports four 5.25" drive bays and seven 3.5" bays. The front of the case has eSATA, USB, and audio ports and the front mesh is designed to reduce dust. The case also supports water cooling with a space for a radiator.
Foxconn makes all sorts of cool computer gear form video cards to computer cases. The company has announced a couple of new computer cases that use Bamboo in their construction for good looks and a green bent.
The cases include the Bamboo One and the Bamboo 2. The Bamboo One is a mid-tower chassis that has bamboo wood for a front cover rather than plastic. The bamboo looks really good and the only issue I see is that the bay covers don't match the grain and color of the surrounding wood.
Those wanting a smaller case can get the Bamboo II sized for HTPC use. This case has matching color and grain and looks really good too. Exactly how much the cases will cost is unknown as is whether these things will make it to America.
It looks like after a long time back at the drawing board, Thermalright has finally come out with a true successor to the highly regarded Ultra 120.
Thermalright calls it the Venomous X and just by looking at you can see Thermalright has gone all out with this monster to push for unprecedented performance.
The cooler supports sockets 775, 1156 and 1366 and makes use of six nickel plated 6mm heatpipes for heat transfer to the massive alumium fin array. The base is of pure nickel plated copper with a promised ultra-shine mirror surface. Dimensions come in at 125mm (length) x 158mm (width) x 160mm (height) and weight is 755g without the fan and bracket system mounted.
Speaking of the bracket system, this also has been improved upon with a new pressure adjustable system that is a breeze to use once installed. By default the bracket is already applying around 40 lbs of pressure after installation (the same amount of pressure the U120 series applied with its bolt-thru kit). However, the pressure adjustable nob in the picture gives the ability to increase the amount of pressure when turned up to a total of 70 lbs, which is much more than most users will require for solid contact.
While it all sure looks the goods, ultimately no one will be able to say much about it until the roll of benchmarks start to surface when Thermalright gets some samples out the door. But judging by what can be seen here and the amount of time Thermalright has spent to improve on the TRUE 120, we could well have a new air cooling king on our hands with the VenomousX.
While we're not yet sure how much Thermalright will be asking for this cooler, apparently it should be ready for shipping in time for christmas.