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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."
Thermal paste has been a long-time friend of computer enthusiasts, and over the years has evolved and had some great work done to it to reduce those temperatures, even by a few degrees. But, Sony showed off a new product in Tokyo last week that could thermal paste disappear, forever.
Sony revealed a prototype of a silicon and carbon-based thermal sheer which is currently known as "EX20000C" that measures 0.3-2.0mm thick with a thermal resistance of 0.4-0.2K cm2/W and a compress load of around 1-3kgf/cm2 - this is five or six times the effectiveness of Sony's previous solution.
EX20000C is said to meet, if not exceed the thermal conductivity of standard thermal grease. One of the show floor exhibits compared the sheet's effectiveness with a conventional setup and it managed to reduce the processor's temperatures by another 3C. Not only that, it removes the need for cleanup and also prevents over application, as the sheets last longer than paste because they don't degrade.
BitFenix has reaffirmed their commitment to SuperCharge technology which allows mobile devices to charge from a PC. But why is this any different from a regular USB port to charge with? Well, for starters, it has a microchip designed to monitor the voltage required for rapid charging and will provide that voltage so that the device is not damaged.
Further improvements come in the form of using a SATA power connector to prevent the possibility of installing the power cable incorrectly. This prevents users from applying 12 volts when it really should be 5 volts or the other way around. BitFenix also calls out the safety of their implantation over others'. "Recently, similar solutions introduced by competitors have begun making their way into the market, sometimes with hazardous results. In fact, a recent case led to a wire catching on fire during normal operation."
Computex 2012 - We just got done showing you the Antec Reverse, next to it in the Antec meeting room was the near finished version of what the company will probably end up calling the P280S.
For me personally this was the most impressive upcoming product from Antec that I saw today mainly because of the amazing curve shape design which is employed throughout the top and front of the case.
The power and reset buttons are positioned on the left and right of the top front of the case with the top also have a sexy curved shape that just does it for me. On the top of the case is room for a radiator with a black grill that lets you see inside to see what's happening in that area of the case.
When you open the front door you see the noise cancelling foam that has been added along with the large front grill for air to flow into the case from the front. Antec tells us that this case is almost done and will go into mass production soon.