Computex 2016 - ASUS showed off a very cool modular PC design at Computex today that allows the user to customize all kinds of things while keeping their setup tidy in the process.
Interestingly, it lets you choose between different IO panels; SSD bays work like NAS bays in that you can easily insert the SSD (almost like a Nintendo cartridge for you 80s/90s kids), and there's not much in the way of cables as the design utilizes a special server-style PSU.
ASUS says it wants to make this a new form factor. To that end, it will attempt to open source what it needs to in order to let other vendors follow suit.
Computex 2016 - Phanteks is expanding its thermal cooling product line with a first-ever water block, dubbed the Glacier G1080. The name similarity to the GTX 1080 is not coincidence as the block is designed specifically for NVIDIA's high-end GPU.
Materials include military standard Viton O-ring for efficient heat resistance and added durability (versus the usual silicone), RGB LED lighting, a nickel-plated copper gold plate, acrylic top, and sandblasted cover plates. The result: a simple, effective look.
There's no better way to celebrate your 30th anniversary than inviting the world's best modders to Taiwan to have a modding competition, with IN WIN seeing some truly great results and amazing modded PCs. Remember you can vote for your favorite mod right here!
We have a round up of all of the designs, which you can check out below.
IN WIN has kicked off its 30th birthday in a serious way, kicking off its Mod in Taiwan live modding competition. The company called upon eight teams from seven countries, gave them all a new IN WIN chassis, some pretty damn good hardware, and all the tools required to make the best custom PC they could in 24 hours - split across 3 x 8-hour days.
The company hosted the event at their factory complex in Taoyuan, with the first day over and done with and pretty damn hectic. There are some big prizes up for grabs, with the public voting on the Best Design Award and the Innovation Award, with votes taking place online and on-site at Computex.
All of the completed mods will be on display, with IN WIN giving the winner $5000, a slew of hardware, and their choice of chassis from IN WIN's amazing line of products. IN WIN will be choosing a modder for its Choice Award, with the price consisting of $3000. The winners will also receive an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for CES 2017, where their mod will be on show. As for who is participating:
- Team 1 (USA) - BSMods (Bob Stewart; Rod Rosenberg)
- Team 2 (USA) - Team Mongoose (Lee Harrington, Ronald Lee Christianson)
- Team 3 (France) - Modded by Frenchies (Gregory Rousseau, Olivier Maillet)
- Team 4 (UK) - Running with Scissors (Daniel Harper, Dave Alcock)
- Team 5 (Germany) - Babetech (Martin Blass, Stefan Blass)
- Team 6 (Australia) - Team Down Under (Stuart Tonks, Ryan Hooper)
- Team 7 (Sweden) - SMPC Modding (Justin Ohlsen, Björn Hall)
- Team 8 (China) - KuN MOD (KuN, Sreay)
Corsair's new Bulldog chassis are now available, offering convenient small form-factor solutions for high-performance living room gaming. The manufacturer also revealed its new Lapdog mechanical keyboard and mouse combo
Described as "a highly ventilated, stylish compact console, created for the living room," Corsair's Bulldog case won major CES innovation awards and has ample space to fit full-length 300mm video cards for 4K gaming and VR. Corsair has teamed up with MSI to make the all-in-one liquid-cooled Hydro GFX GeForce GTX 980 Ti video card exclusively for the Bulldog. The mini-ITX chassis comes outfitted with a Hydro Series H5 SF CPU liquid cooler and a SF600 600W 80 Plus Gold power supply
Corsair has also revealed the Lapdog, a performance-grade portable mechanical keyboard designed to compliment the Bulldog. The Lapdog has three different configurations--the base board that can slot in mechanical keyboards and mice, as well as the Lapdog K65 RGB model with Cherry MX Red switches and the K70 with Cherry MX Red/Blue switches.
Just over a week before Computex, IN WIN has announced their latest 303 chassis. IN WIN's new 303 chassis is a "simple, yet elegant computer chassis crafted from steel and tempered glass", says IN WIN, continuing that the 303's "distinctively clean front panel is complimented with a bright LED design to balance the overall appearance".
At the front of the 303 and to the right we have the power buttons, IN WIN branding, and I/O panel. The IN WIN logo is highlighted with a beautiful neon, with the LEDs acting as a power-on indicator. There are 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x 3.5mm audio jacks, and 2 x USB 2.0 ports on the front of the 303. IN WIN is known for their innovative cases, with the 303 being another in their tool-less design range, where the 3mm tempered glass can be pulled away from the 303 by pressing the handle at the top of the case.
When purchasing the IN WIN 303 chassis, you can choose between the closed panel with affixed thumbscrews, or the beautiful tempered glass front panel if you want to peek into your system from time to time, or show off that ridiculously good looking PC you've just built. There's also a user-friendly dust filter which has an embedded design for quick removal, with it being found at the bottom of the 303, and is easy to remove to clean.
Cooling wise, the 303 handles 3 x 120mm fans at the very top, as well as 120/240/360mm liquid cooling radiators for those who are serious about putting their PC under water. At the rear, the 303 can handle 1 x 120mm, and 3 x 120mm at the bottom of the chassis to ensure maximum airflow throughout the IN WIN 303.
Lian Li is another chassis company that has released a new dual component compartment chassis, with the new PC-09 mid-tower fusing two PCs together inside, like conjoined twins.
The left side of the Lian Li PC-09 is enclosed with tempered glass, designed to show off your motherboard, CPU cooler, GPUs, RAM, and more. On the right side of the Lian Li PC-09 is the signature brushed aluminum look that Lian Li is famous for, and is used to house the storage racks and PSU. Between the two sides, we have a strip of aluminum (which comes in either red or black depending on the model you buy).
There's a power button on the strip, as well as 4 x USB 3.0 ports, and HD audio inputs. Lian Li's name is sliced into the front of the strip, which is LED backlit, as well as a controller for the included RGB LED kit at the rear. Inside, there's 3 x 120mm fans in the glass compartment, a removable pump mount and removable mesh dust filter at the bottom. On the opposite side, there's a drive cage that can take in 6 x 3.5-inch HDDs, and 2 x 2.5-inch HDDs. Lian Li says that everything is mounted onto the rubber vibration dampeners, including the PSU.
Lian Li is combing two centerpieces of the desktop into one clever product: the desk and the case. The DK-04 blends both seamlessly while looking damn slick in the process, as well as offering water cooling and the option for a standing desk setup thanks to adjustable height settings.
You can mount up to eight 2.5'' or 3.5'' drives easily with thumbscrews on the DK-04; support for eight expansion slots and VGA cards up to 320mm in length means just about any graphics configuration is possible; four USB 3.0 ports, HD audio inputs, and an optional lighting kit are located at the front. Anchored cable clips means better organization.
Corsair already has a good thing going with their high-end power supplies with tight tolerances and very good power delivery along all rails. They even throw in a seven-year warranty, or at least they did. Based on the confidence that they have regarding their PSUs, they're extending that warranty to a full 10 years on select lines.
The new extended warranty applies to the AXi, HXi, RMi and the RMx lines of power supplies, and of course, those are the higher-end units whose ODM is used to make them have much higher manufacturing tolerances resulting in something that can legitimately be used in future system upgrades until you need more power or higher efficiency for those new power hungry GPU's.
Crucially, you don't have to register (or re-register), provide additional information or do anything to benefit from the extended coverage. All PSU's from those lines are retroactively covered. Since the AXi range was introduced in 2012, the HXi in 2014 and the RMi/RMx lines in 2015, that means every single one they've manufactured and sold since then. That's a pretty big bet on Corsair's behalf and speaks to their confidence that these will work well for that long.
Lian Li just announced a new mid-tower case that's part of a new line of cases coming from them. The new aluminum case from them keeps the general classic lines that they're known for but modernizes it with a nice red accent on the side, a subtle but nice touch. It's designed around helping keep cable clutter under control in an easy to do fashion.
The J60 is a mid-tower chassis that can fit up to an ATX-sized motherboard inside. It has room inside for a full 210mm PSU's in the bottom and can accommodate seven 410mm (16.1-inches) GPU's, which means that there's no GPU too long to fit inside. To help with airflow and keeping things cool, the PSU and HDD's are contained in a compartment that's sectioned off below, with a 140mm fan that brings in air from the main case to be exhausted out of the PSU. That shroud is what's there to help any build look immaculate on the inside, even if it's a bit messy underneath that. The idea is that you can hide the PSU and the cables coming from it to have a much more clean look.
Two 120mm fans are on the front and the top panel can fit an additional three 120mm fans, or maybe even be a good place to put a radiator, up to 430mm in length. That flourish on the edge? It actually serves a purpose other than helping to look good, it's slotted to help bring in air from the outside. In the compartment below you can mount two HDD cages that can each hold five 3.5" drives and one 2.5" drive. The new case can be had with or without a window, though if you're going to great lengths to tidy up inside, why not show it off?