MSI is no stranger to cooling technology, with the company announcing it has added a heatspreader to the M.2 slot on future - and I'm guessing, Z270 motherboards - as M.2 drives have been running very hot in some PCs.
MSI will unveil the new M.2 Shield cooler with its next-gen motherboards that will support Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake CPU architecture, led by the Core i7-7700K - which seems to be running into its own temperature-related problems. MSI's upcoming M.2 Shield SSD heatspreader is a metal cover with a pre-applied thermally-conductive gap-filling pad.
It won't matter which M.2 SSD you have, MSI's new M.2 Shield will fit onto it as it is hinged at the bottom, clamping down onto the M.2 drive as it's the larger surface - meaning it can take more heat from the NAND flash.
MSI should better unveil the M.2 Shield at CES 2017 in January, 2017.
In Win and NVIDIA partnered up on a project that resulted in the beautiful case In Win 303 NVIDIA version.
The case itself is based on the same design as the original In Win 303, an elegant and modest design case, but the NVIDIA version comes with some extras such as the green NVIDIA design features on the front panel and a green LED fan at the rear of the case.
The chassis is crafted from SECC steel and 3mm tempered glass. The In Win 303 NVIDIA also features removable side panel and dust filters, as well as cooling options (space for two radiators, top and rear and three fans at the bottom).
In Win pointed out some unique features of the case such as separate PSU (up to 200mm), 2 x 2.5" SSD and 2 x 3.5" HDD chambers which sit above and behind the motherboard.
NZXT's new Aer RGB system fans are now available, offering a distinct stylish flair to any PC build.
The new Aer RGB PWM fans rock a dazzling myriad of HUE+ color combinations and effects, all of which are controlled by NZXT's CAM software. HUE+ is required to unlock all the different lighting effects, but the fans will function without HUE+. The 4-pin PWM Aer cooling fans can be daisy-chained together for convenience, have a max speed of 1500 RPMs, and come in 120mm and 140mm form factors for basic chassis cooling and radiator cooling respectively.
Aer fan blades have a winglet-tip design that offer "optimal airflow while keeping noise to a minimum," with the 120mm fans hitting 61.4 CFM airflow with a max of 31 dBA, and the 140mm model hitting 71.6 CFM of airflow at 33dBA. NZXT affirms the Aer fans are built with fluid dynamic bearing for "long-lasting silent operation," and have an estimated 6 year lifecycle. Aer RGB fans are now available starting at $29.99 for the 120mm fans and $34.99 for the 140mm sizes. NZXT is also offering Aer RGB starter packs with two fans and HUE+ for $80 and $90.
Antec has announced its new Cube case, designed by Razer in an "extensive collaboration" between the two companies. Antec's new Cube chassis is a mini-ITX gaming case designed for gamers who want a SFF gaming PC.
Inside of the new Antec Cube is 1 x 3.5-inch bay, up to 4 x 2.5-inch bays, 3 expansion slots, and it can take graphics cards that are up to 350mm. The Razer-designed Antec Cube also goes above and beyond most mini-ITX gaming cases, with a separate compartment for the pSU, allowing for improved cable management.
On the outside, Antec's Cube chassis features a hybrid structure consisting of 3mm aluminum and 0.8mm of cold-rolled steel with Razer's iconic Triple-Headed Snake logo on the front. On the left and right of the Cube we have LED under glow strips with the signature Razer green color, with a green LED on the rear exhaust fan, power button, and USB 3.0 ports.
ZOTAC has just announced its new ZBOX Magnus Mini PC variants powered by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 10 series, which will see ZOTAC's small gaming PCs being quiet, powerful and even more power efficient and faster, too.
According to ZOTAC CEO Tony Wong, the new Magnus Mini PC will "inherit the small but powerful spirit of our ZBOX. With lower power output and higher performance, we can deliver a new level of gaming and VR for enthusiasts without expanding the footprint". ZOTAC has designed its Magnus gaming PCs for both gaming and entertainment, and they also act as smaller gaming PCs that are ready for VR gaming, too.
ZOTAC's Magnus series have always been "small, powerful and whisper quiet," and this continues with the new GeForce GTX 10-powered versions, pushing the limits of what is possible with a small gaming PC.
If you've got one of Thermaltake's new Toughpower DPS G RGB Series power supplies, you can now turn your PC off remotely if the situation arises.
Thermaltake's new PC Off Remote Control is a piece of software you can install onto your smartphone that will send you notifications if your PSU is acting up - where a fan fails, it's running too hot, or there's over/under voltage issues. The software notification will come up, then you can turn off or restart your PC so that your PSU doesn't run the risk of dying.
The company explains: "The SPM platform provides three alert functions: fan failure, over temperature (over 140℉/60℃), and abnormal voltage level (over/under 5% of normal level) warning alert. That will help users to reduce the possibility of overheating your internal components and burning the PC. When the abnormal activities occur, the warning message will be pushed to the mobile devices and email. The SPM platform allows users to turn off the computer remotely via mobile app when users receive the warning message".
Computex 2016 - Lian Li was in force at Computex this year, unveiling two more "conventional" desks, in the form of the new DK-12 and DK-16. These new desks from Lian Li are automated standing desks, with a "similar console and customizable height presets to the DK-04".
The desktop on the other hand, is a particle board with a waterproof, leather-like surface mounted on aluminum. The standing mechanism itself can lift, and handle up to 264 lbs (120kg). The big difference between the DK-12 and DK-16 is that the DK-12 is 140cm wide (55 inches) while the DK-16 is around 200cm wide (78.7 inches). Lian Li will have a planned accessory for mounting under the desk, with an adjustable arm that can hold any shape/size PC, so that when the desk moves up and down, so too will your PC.
Computex 2016 - Noctua plans to expand its line of premium case fans with two new 120mm fans: the A-Series slim, and the next-gen 120mm design.
Noctua's new fan duo starts off with the 120mm A-Series Slim Fan, which sports a super-thin 15mm thick design, seven fan blades, and Noctua's renowned SS02 bearings. The A-Series Slim is fastened by a reinforced metal core that ensures optimum endurance and stability, a dual-bearing motor, and anti-vibration pads.
The Next-Gen 120mm fan isn't a slim model, and sports nine fan blades, a metal reinforced core like the A-Series Slim Fan, as well as the signature SS02 bearings. Noctua says the Next-Gen 120mm has optimized pressure and airflow for heat sinks and radiators, with flow acceleration channels for improved air circulation, and an advanced acoustic frame designed to reduce noise.
Computex 2016 - Raijintek shows off its "Pumpless AIO" in Taipei, revealing how exactly the new generation of liquid cooling systems operate.
Today's closed-loop liquid cooling systems are more optimized than ever, but in the not so distant future, we could start seeing pumpless AIO systems. Raijintek demonstrated its new pumpless LCS prototype at Computex, utilizing a simplified radiator, tube, and water block system that utilizes the hardware system's natural heat to circulate the coolant.
The Pumpless AIO is made up of a passive, copper-fronted CPU/GPU water block with small channels optimized for maximum heat dissipation, and two tubes that lead up to a radiator. Now you might be wondering how exactly the coolant travels updates to reach the radiator without a pump; the system uses special coolant that evaporates into vapor at 40C - 50C, and the vapor travels up one tube into the radiator, where it condenses back into a liquid to circulate down the other tube and cool the CPU/GPU.
Computex 2016 - On the heels of its new RGB high-bandwidth SLI bridges, EVGA has revealed yet another awesome accessory aimed at optimizing enthusiast rigs: the new Power Link.
EVGA's new Power Link is an L-shaped accessory that allows users to hook up PCI-E power cords to the side of a video card instead of the top, adding tons of flexibility for open-air and home theater PC builds. The Power Link is outfitted with LED lighting, and sports male 8+8 PCIe slots on one end, with female ports on the other. This nifty little adapter not only provides more headroom for compact chassis and builds but also allows for cleaner cable management in enthusiast builds.
Right now the Power Link accessories are made to fit into EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 video card lineup, but the company has plans to bring other configurations in the future that support other video cards like EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW. The Power Link will be sold separately, but pricing nor availability has been determined.