Our Deal of the Day today is the ZipZoomfly - ENERMAX EIN720AWT 720W SLI Active PFC Modular Power Supply - $49.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: ZipZoomFly has this Enermax EIN720AWT 720W power supply for only $49.99 after rebate with free shipping. The rebate is a whopping $95 that expires 12/31/2009
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 (Core i7 compatible) - $29.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free.
Offer: The PSU is ready for your SLI or CrossFire configuration with 2 PCIe connections. Also 6 SATA, 4 Molex and 2 Floppy connectors. 120mm fan and an openwork grille on the back panel. With its 80 PLUS certification, less energy is wasted as heat or interference.
I am a big fan of NZXT cases. I have reviewed lots of them over the years and have found them to be good for the money you spend. NZXT has announced a new chassis called the Tempest Evo today that is a bargain at $99.
For that much loot you get a fully decked out cooling system with dual 120mm front fans, a single 120mm rear fan, a 120mm side panel fan, and dual 140mm top fans. The case is also drilled for water cooling tubing to enter and exit as well.
The case offers a wealth of drive bays with nine total 5.25" bays. Three of them are external 5.25" bays and six are internal 5.25" bays. A wealth of hard drives can be installed as well with eight internal 3.5" drive bays. The case is made from steel and is a mid-tower design supporting E-ATX boards.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Combo Deal: Two (2) XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card & Thermaltake 700W ATX SLI and 80 PLUS Certified PSU - $268.98 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: This is a pretty nice gaming combo. Get:
- TWO (2) XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Cards
- Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Normally the video cards are $150 and the power supply is usually $145+, so you're already at $445+ if you bought them separately!
Some product and box images of a fancy looking new VGA cooler from Xigmatek have been sourced by the folks at Techpowerup.
Xigmatek calls it the Bifrost VD1065 VGA cooler. It comprises two 100mm fans running at 2000RPM with a dBA of under 20, whilst the Nicked plated base measures in at 234 (W) x 112.5 (H) x 51.5 (D) mm and includes six copper heat-pipes (as well as the use of Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology) and using an aluminum fin array.
Compatibility is good with support for all of the following cards :-
- AMD Radeon HD 2600, HD 2400, HD 3850, HD 3870, HD 4850 and HD 4870 cards
- Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra, 7800 GT/GTX, 7900 GTX, 8800 GT/GTS/GX2, 9600 GT, 9800 GT, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280 and GTX 285 cards
Techpowerup have said the cooler will come in at 36.90 Euro and should become available very soon now.
Intel could finally be moving away from the old round rickety cooler for their new Core i9 series. With the launch of the Core i7 CPUs Intel started including Thermal Right Coolers for their high-end CPUs in addition to the more traditional round cooler that we all are used to seeing.
For many this was just seen as giving reviewers the tools to achieve better overclocks. But to a few it was seen as a sign. When I first saw those coolers it was a sign that Intel might know that its traditional cooler was reaching the limits of its cooling ability.
Well, it seems my suspicions are at least slightly confirmed as we find out that Intel is working on a vertical style cooler for the i9. They seem to be moving towards the designs they use with older Xeons but without the deafening fans that were used. Early pictures of the new cooler are not exactly pleasing to the eye but we can certainly hope that Intel will add some style to it before its final release.
Corsair is introducing a new flavor of their professional grade PSUs. The new comer to the family is the HX650W, this is a 650 watt PSU that boasts a 80 Plus Bronze rating. The Bronze rating means that the HX650W can deliver a minimum of 82% and an average of 85%.
According to Corsair this is essential for today's Intel Core i5 and i7 systems and for multi-GPU systems as well. The HX650W also sports a single 12-Volt rail that can push out 52 Amps. This is a nice number and should be able to keep a fair number of GPUs and HDDs running.
The HX650W is also built to last as it is tested running at 100% load at 50c. This test ensures that it can take the heat associated with high-performance hardware and still deliver the power needed.
For cabling you have options for up to four PCI-e devices (although no word on if these are 6 or 8-pin cables.) The modular design makes it great for keeping your case clean. The HX650W joins its older brothers the HX750W, HX850W and HX1000W
It is not often that you see true innovation in case designs. Far too often PC enclosures are simply a revamp of the same old tired design. Even the enclosures that flip the mainboard upside down or move the PSU from the top to the bottom are not all that exciting.
However today I got a chance to see something truly different. This new design represents a new direction and a new way of looking at the PC and how it works.
SilverStone has launched their new Raven RV02 case. This new case rotates the mainboard 90 degrees. This means that your I/O ports are no longer facing the back of the PC, now they are easily accessible right on the top of the case. The next added benefit is that heat from components is not stacking up or stagnating in the middle. instead the heat from these is able to rise naturally without heating the next component above it.
This new design make multiple GPU setups even more efficient. But SilverStone did not stop there, Instead they put three 180mm fans that can run at up to 10,000 RPMs in the bottom to help push this air upward. There is also an additional 120mm fan on the top of the RV02 to help vent out additional air. This combination of fans creates a positive pressure in the case to enhance cooling.
Other features of the RV02 include rubber bumpers for HDD mounts with support for 2.5-inch SSDs, an optional CMOS reset button, removal of all sharp edges, and a large cut out in the mainboard tray to allow for easy mounting of water blocks and large HSFs.
The RV02 should hit the stores at the end of august and will run about $160 USD when available.
Apple has increased the capacity on its Time Capsule product. This was leaked about four months ago when a product shot showed the 2TB label on the box.
But other than the larger capacity and larger price dose it bring anything new to the table?
From the look of it, no. The 2TB Time Capsule is still the same Wireless router and NAS that the other versions were. Granted it is a little more reasonable with the increased capacity. This is even more true since it is supposed to backup multiple systems.
The one thing that would worry me is the statement about security, Apple talks a lot about security but they do not have the reputation to back it up when it really counts.
Still if you are a Mac owner and are looking for a Wireless NAS to back up to this one is probably as good a choice as any.
Ok, Ok, Time for some Apple news! After hearing about how new iPhones are overheating and becoming discolored; we are now hearing that it is not the phone but the cases.
Honest, this is what Apple is saying now. The recommendation is to clean the back of your phone with some alcohol, get a better (apple recommended) case and be done with it.
Now, here is the question I have to ask. If it is the cases, why was this not an issue with the white 3G and why did Apple update the operating temperature range after hearing about the issue?
I was not able to get an answer for either question from Apple. Something else to ponder; if the iPhone is getting hot enough to cause the dye in the case to transfer to the back of the phone then I am sorry but it is still too hot. But that is ok really, they did put in a faster CPU, an extra graphics Chip (the powerVR) and more memory we can expect more heat. I would just like Apple to admit that the new phones run hotter than the last generation.
Computex Taipei 2009: Even though the show is officially down and dusted for another year, we still have some coverage to report back to you.
XFX, famous for NVIDIA and now AMD graphics cards, recently launched its first power supply unit called the Black Edition. It's been awarded with the 80 Plus Silver award and is probably the most attractive PSU ever created.
We made time to visit XFX in its grand Hyatt suite during Computex and in usual XFX fashion, there were plenty of girls on display to heat this already attractive looking product up even more. Pictures follow.
We should have one of these new XFX power supplies coming in for review soon - stay tuned for our look at it.
We have covered PowerLine networking adapters and while they are great for connecting hard to reach parts of your home they can be a little cumbersome as most are pretty bulky.
At Computex Cooler Master is showing off a rather interesting product that might help with some of that. This is a 700 Watt PSU with a PowerLine adapter built right inside.
The new PSU will feature the traditional powerline unit built inside the housing for a standard PSU. This means that to use the power line feature you will need to run a short Ethernet cable from the LAN port on your mainboard to the LAN Port on the PSU.
This is a great design and certainly one we will be looking into once they are available.
Read more here.
The slightly quirky bit here is that Cooler Master decided to put an Ethernet port on the rear of the PSU, so you'd have to attach a cable to it and connect it to the Ethernet port on your motherboard.
We'd like to see an implementation that offers a built in USB Ethernet adaptor instead which connects to one of the USB headers on the motherboard inside the case to reduce cable clutter, but at least this is a step in the right direction for the Ethernet over power lines technology.
Computex Taipei 2009: SilverStone is showcasing a new beefy power supply at this year's Computex, rated for a massive 1500W.
The Strider ST1500 provides 1500W of juice and can even pump out 1600W under peak conditions. Despite the high power output of the new Strider PSU it has managed to gain the 80PLUS Silver certification.
SilverStone's ST1500 is a totally modular power supply providing four 8-pin PCIe, eight 6-pin PCIe, twelve SATA, a bunch of Molex, a main 24-pin, and one 8-pin power connectors. SilverStone didn't mention how much the unit weighs, but it measures 220mm x 150mm x 86mm.
The ST1500 has a single 135mm fan to keep the temps down on the eight 12V rails. While each rail is rated for 25A, the total load for the ST1500 is rated at 110A meaning that you can't fully load all the rails at the same time. SilverStone didn't mention a timeframe for availability but it should end up costing around $450.
Earlier on today we visited Kathy from IKONIK at their Taipei headquarters and got an early and exclusive look at some of their new products which will go on display next week during Computex.
In fact, the cases were still warm from coming out of the oven. IKONIK just got in the first batch of their new line-up of computer cases for 2009 yesterday.
Kathy went on video and introduced the full range to us. Keep in mind the cases you see in the video below are tool samples and are not fully completed and may see some changes. They haven't been named yet either hence why they are referred to as low-end, mid-range and high-end.
Not bad at all and definitely some nice little features here which make all the difference in a high quality case.
Also during our visit to Cooler Master today we met up with the power supply product managers and got a look at a couple new PSUs that the Taiwanese company is working on.
The PSU which impressed us the most was the UCP-900W which has managed to receive the 80 Plus Gold award for incredibly good power performance. This award is only handed out to top notch power supply products, so don't expect it to be cheap. This type of quality is normally only reserved for server or important workstation systems.
Since it is such a high-end PSU, Cooler Master is still measuring market need for such a product in the current conditions and will make a decision later if it intends to bring it to the market or not.
This PSU is able to deliver 166-watts on the +3.3v and +5v lines and 852-watts over the three 12v rails. According to the product manager, this PSU is able to power four high-end graphics cards with ease and Cooler Master will be displaying this demo next week during Computex in Taipei.
More coming up!
While XFX has been a brand almost always recognized with video cards, it appears that the company is expanding their product lines and will soon be offering power supplies as well.
Supposedly the company is set to unveil the Black Edition Power supply at Computex this year, and the 850W PSU is just one of many in the line. The XPS-850W-BES power supply have a massive, single 70A 12V rail to feed power hungry systems.
XFX doesn't seem to be skimping on the parts either, using 105° Japanese capacitors, +/-3% voltage regulation, solid polymer caps, and a 135mm ball bearing fan that is said to be 88% efficient. The power supply will also be modular and with all the cables will offer 4 PCI-E 6+2 connectors, 11 SATA, and 8 Molex.
Galaxy has unveiled its latest graphics card cooler, a three fan cooler dubbed the Fan-Card.
The idea behind the card is that while the heatsink is still mounted directly to the video card, this card is mounted seperately to alleviate some of the weigh strain that is put on the PCB from the additional weight of the fan. The Fan-Card features three 80mm LED cans that direct air to the exposed heatsink on the video card.
To power the fans, a single 4-pin Molex connector provides power. The fans are adjustable through the speed controller knob on the back panel. You can bet that while the Fan-Card will be available on retail shelves, Galaxy will more than likely integrate it into some of their high end cards as well.
Arctic Cooling has launched the world's first coolers that support the LGA 1156 socket and Intel's upcomming Core i5 processors.
The new Apline 11 series of coolers features three different models. Both the Alpine 11 and Alpine 11 Pro feature 92mm PWM fans, keeping the noise down to .4 Sone or below, even at full speed.
The Alpine 11 Pro takes things a little bit further with the vibration absorbing fan holder and has a maximum cooling capacity of 95 Watts, thanks to its larger heatsink design. All three of the Apline 11 coolers are compatible with both LGA 775 and LGA 1156 sockets.
Acrtic Cooling is backing the new series with a 6-year limited warranty. The Apline 11 series will be available sometime in may and will retail between $8.00 and $14.25. Arctic Cooling's full press release on the Apline 11 series coolers can be found here.
Corsair sent the guys at Fudzilla a picture of their upcomming addition to their HX series of power supplies.
The new PSU will be a 750W model, filling the large gap between the 620W and 1000W models already available. On top of the seven year warranty and 80Plus certification that the power supply will bring, it will also have flat modular cables.
Corsair says that they will be introducing another power supply at the same time for the HX series, however they didn't specify how powerful it would be. The 750W HX series PSU should be available sometime by the end of the month.
The new models will have flat modular cables, at least 80Plus Bronze certification and seven years of warranty. We mentioned that the other model should be even more powerful and we guess that it will end up somewhere between the 750W and 1kW units. As you can see from the picture below, it will have at least one PCI-Express connector (if not more), while the main 24-pin is not modular, but of course sleeved.
Up until now, all of the Radeon HD 4770's have utilized ATI's cheaper reference cooler for the Radeon HD 4770. XFX will now be the first to shoot for the more expensive premium cooler.
For those that aren't aware, ATI offered partners two different designs for the cooler. All but XFX have chosen the cheaper design, probably to make the card more cost-effective for a card that doesn't make much money to begin with.
XFX has decided to splurge however and not only will they be using the premium cooler, they've chosen the black PCB. It really does seem that once you go black, you never go back.
EXPreview put together a nice visual comparison of the premium reference cooler vs. the cheaper reference cooler. They also note that the premium design keeps the card a few degrees cooler, albeit a tad bit more audible at maximum speed.
When overclocking starts getting extreme, its not uncommon to see people using single or double cascade phase change coolers to keep temperatures down. Even occassionally you will see a triple cascade cooler from time to time, but this is the first time we've ever seen a five stage cascading phase change cooler, and its a monster!
While the site is in German, it is easy to see from the pictures that a lot of time and effort has gone into this. Whatever it ends up cooling, it is sure to keep temperatures down and work on just about anything for years to come.