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Earlier this week we visited the BitFenix office here in Taipei and got a look at its brand new Raider computer case which is being released today.
David from BitFenix in the video below introduces us to the Raider. He explains that the Raider is 100% focused on airflow with a mesh finish from the top all the way to the front of the case. The case features the nice and smooth BitFenix SofTouch finish - even the power button and fan controller switch on the top front right of the case features the SofTouch treatment. Gone are USB 2.0 ports as the Raider supports four USB 3.0 ports. There is also support for users with older motherboards without USB 3.0 by way of standard USB 2.0 adapters on the same internal cable.
Moving on to the inside of the case, the drive bays are all tool-free and there are five optical drive bays and room for six hard drives. At the bottom of the case is room for an additional 2.5-inch drive, meaning the case can support up to seven SSDs or 2.5-inch hard drives, if you can get your hands on one. Cable management is also taken care of well with lots of room behind the motherboard tray for large cables and rubber cable management holes should mean a neat and tidy case.
That's just a taste of some of the features. Watch the video above for the full run-down.
Xigmatek have a new weapon ready for battle in the highly competitive mid tower chassis market; the MIDGARD II. The new case gets the all-black treatment inside and out and gives support for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full sized ATX motherboards.
Measuring 221 (W) x 473 (H) x 488 (D) mm and weighing in at 7.18Kg, the case sports a soft and elegant "leather-coating" on both the top and front panels and provides three external 5.25" drive bays with tool-free holders along with an additional Slim-ODD bay. The I/O panel positioned on top of the MIDGARD II gives 1x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. Further to this is a built-in docking station on top that supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA based drives.
Internally there are six drive bays that will accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized drives and provide anti-vibration rubber. Xigmatek has made sure to consider those using water cooling and includes four holes to route your tubing at the rear of the chassis.
XFX has just let us know they've added a few new high powered power supplies to their "Pro-Series" line-up. These include new 1250W and 1050W 80Plus Gold rated models, and a 1000W 80Plus Platinum rated unit.
All three new models are fully modular and include a whole host of useful technologies such as EasyRail, HybridFan, SolidLink and much more - all of which are covered in good detail via XFX's Pro-Series PSU product pages.
Following the introduction of their new high-end Apogee HD CPU waterblock a few days ago, Swiftech is back in the limelight again with today's release of their new H2O-X20 Edge HD liquid coolers sporting the aforementioned waterblock.
Two new coolers have been released in the Edge HD series; the H20-220 and H20-320. The former uses Swiftech's new MCR 220 Drive Rev3 radiator, while the latter includes the MCR 320 Drive Rev3. Both radiators feature built-in reservoirs with two fill-ports and caps. They rely on Swiftech's MCP35X PWM controlled pump and include two 120mm fans on the MCR 220 and three 120mm fans on the MCR 320.
Details of a tweaked version of GIGABYTEs year old "GZ-P5" mid tower chassis have come out today which could be a good option for budget builders, pending the price tag (yet to be disclosed).
The new GZ-P5 "Plus" is slightly larger with its 180 x 420 x 380 mm dimensions, while also being lighter at 3.2Kg vs. the non-Plus's 3.5Kg weight.
The chassis gives support for both microATX and ATX motherboards and sports a part glossy black front bezel with a couple USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks and five 5.25" bays. Internally there are five 3.5" bays and a pre-installed 80mm fan mounted at the rear.
Thermaltake has just launched another variant of its Frio CPU cooler line which Thermaltake says incorporates some of the most up-to-date CPU cooler technologies and preserves the greatnesses from its predecessors of Frio and Frio OCK.
This time around Thermaltake delivers that same tower-shaped design, but with the ability to handle up to 240W processors and supports all Intel LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/755 and AMD AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1 processor sockets. The cooler itself measures 130.6 (L) X 122 (W) x 159.2 (H) mm while weighing almost 1Kg @ 954 grams.
The cooler makes use of five 6mm sized Direct Touch copper Heatpipes and it comes with a couple 13cm fans strapped on, operating at between 800 and 2000RPM (with 21 to 44 dBA sound output).
Pricing and availability has not yet been mentioned.
BlizzCon 2011 - One of our final stops at BlizzCon 2011 was at the Antec booth who is another sponsor. They had on display a big range of different cases featuring Blizzard gaming stickers.
It is unclear if these cases will go on sale as we couldn't find anything online listing them, but I'm sure they'd be popular among WoW gamers.
Use a Noctua cooler? Upgrading to Sandy Bridge-E/LGA2011 in a few months when its released? Well, Noctua have continued their tradition of supplying their customers with SecuFirm2 mountings free of charge. The NM-I2011 kit allows Noctua users to upgrade to Intel's upcoming LGA2011 socket for Core i7-3000 (Sandy Bridge-E) processors. The NM-I2011 is backwards compatible with all Noctua retail coolers since 2005 and will be supplied to users free of charge after they upload proof of purchase on Noctua's website.
Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua's CEO says:
We feel that product quality and service quality should always go hand in hand, so we're determined to give the best possible support to our customers. Having provided free mounting upgrades for the last generations of Intel and AMD platforms, we're happy to announce that we will continue this tradition with the NM-I2011 kit for LGA2011.
We always like to think of our coolers as safe long-term investments, and even if you bought one of our first models six years ago, you'll still be able to upgrade it to the latest socket technology free of charge.
Aerocool is targetting gamers with its latest run of "Strike-X" series power supplies which are certainly easy to spot with that big red 'X' fan grill over the top of the 13.9cm PWM fan and red+black theme going on.
There are four new models in total, all of which are 80Plus certified and sport a modular design, as well as complying with the ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards. They are equipped with active PFC (Power Factor Correction) and carry an MTBF of over 120,000 hours. All four models are set up with a single 12V rail as well as having over current, over voltage, over wattage, over temperature and short-circuit protection.
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