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If you're looking for high efficiency out of your power supply unit, Enermax is vying for your technology dollar with its new Revolution X't II series - providing 80PLUS Gold certification across the board.
Released in 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W editions, this new line builds on Enermax's old Revolution X't series that was released a few years ago. Also utilizing 100 percent 105-degree celsius Japanese electrolytic capacitors, Enermax claims to provide paramount efficiency and reliability with these new additions.
Set for release later on in February 2016, these models will come backed by a limited 5-year warranty and further offer patented 'HeartGuard' technology, running the power supply fan for 30 to 60 seconds after shutdown in order to cool components and increase this products lifespan.
Named '!inverse', this new invention by indie designers 'Rational Bananas' has been in the works for quite some time, focusing on a single goal - create the world's smallest case that can back a full-sized GPU and water cooling.
The project background and development process can be found here, with lead designer Ray also posting up a complete PC build and thermal tests on Hard Forum. This small form factor case is designed as a complete alumnimum housing for your components and was described to me in a conversation as "a steambox-style case."
The tester build in its entirety includes an Intel i5-4690K, 8GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD, 500GB HDD and a GIGABYTE AMD Radeon R9 390 video card. While this system fitting into an 11-liter case is an impressive feat alone, Ray further overclocked this processor to 4.4GHz. The temperature tests brought back some interesting results, with the 4.4GHz overclock ensuring that the CPU was running a little hot under load at a max of 89 degrees celsius, with the VGA under stress, capping out at 94 degrees.
Announced recently in a press release, Lian Li has shown off its 'classic design' PC-7N chassis for those looking for a break from the mainstream flashy offerings.
The PC-7N chassis comes packed with four drive bays that feature vibration-dampening rubber washers and are mounted in a way to encourage simple installation procedures. Further supporting CPU coolers up to 170mm tall, video cards up to 370mm long and ATX power supplies up to 270mm in length, this new release comes packaged with two 120mm front intake fans and a 120mm exhaust fan on the rear panel.
Set to hit the market at the end of this month, expect to pay $99 off the shelf. More information on this model can be found here.
Alpenfohn has announced its new Olymp dual fin-stack CPU cooler recently, showing users once again that extreme air cooling comes at a price.
In this case the price isn't to do with your wallet, it's the fact that this cooler weighs a massive 2.6lbs (1.2kg) out of the box, partly thanks to it packing two 140mm PWM fans that spin between 300-1,400 RPM. The six heat pipes on this device are made of nickel-plated copper and connect to a nickel-polished copper base to ensure cooling prowess.
The fans on offer push out noise between 8 and 26.8 dBA, allowing this product to offer a gigantic thermal capacity of 340W. Suitable for all recent AMD and Intel processors, this cooler is packed with some Alphenfohn Permafrost thermal paste and measures at a massive 165mm x 151mm x 150mm.
Released in a recently issued press release, X2 announced its new SPITZER 20 and 22 cases as part of a futuristic series of products.
Reminding myself of old NZXT cases, the quoted "futuristic modern" design looks somewhat Stormtrooper-esque and provides users with space for video cards up to 470mm in length while giving room for four 120mm and three 80mm fans.
Further features include a two-year manufacturer warranty, included blue LED fans and tinted acrylic side windows. Available for purchase at $74.95 and $52.95 respectively, the SPITZER 20 and 22 are constructed with 0.5mm SPCC steel, backed up with reinforced EMI shielding.
Thermaltake has added yet another chassis to its Core range, releasing the standard Core X5 cube chassis and Core x5 Riing edition.
Both cases are stackable and come packed with 230mm CPU cooler clearance, the ability to fit video cards up to 480mm in length and space for 220mm long power supplies. Designed with water cooling in mind, Thermaltake has also optioned to provide space for two 360mm radiators mounted to the top of the chassis, with the Riing edition offering a 140mm green fan on the side and rear of this product.
Providing users with a two-chamber design, the Core X5 once again allows the upper chamber to handle cooling and your major components, with the lower chamber assigned to house the power supply and drive bays, helping your overall system run quieter and cooler.
Cooler Master has just launched its Case Mod World Series 2016 event, which the company calls a "competitive modding event designed to connect modders everywhere".
In total, there are $30,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, thanks to sponsors ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA and OCZ. Global Community Manager for Cooler Master, Michelle Wu, explains: "Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It's about igniting the modding spirit - the maker spirit - on the web and right in your community. This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over".
There will be six judges, Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from USA alongside the sponsors. From their respective fields of expertise, they will be judging the modded cases based on their scores in four weighted areas. Complexity, design, originality, and overall look. You can read more on the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 here.
With all of the focus being thrown towards products like Thermaltake's wall-mounted P5 and In Win's crazy transformer chassis, I'm here to draw your attention to something a little more 'normal' once again.
Spire has just released its new mATX tower case, coining it the TRICER 1408 and pricing it at only $64.95. Packed with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, Spire has further thrown in some HD audio ports and a chassis made of 0.45mm SPCC steel. For the low price tag you're also given a 420W PSU and side panel thumbscrews.
The purchase of this chassis provides users with two years of manufacturer warranty, but SPIRE hasn't yet given a release date - which means it's probably already on the shelves.
In Win is fast becoming an innovator in the world of PC chassis', making some some very nice looking and gorgeous cases that spare no expense. And at CES they showed off the second iteration of the H Tower, which is one of their halo products that takes consumer cases to a whole new level.
In Win's H Tower is a tasteful homage to the custom case market, except that it's not "custom" by the normal definition. It's manufactured, though in a limited quantity, and with exceptional The case is tasteful and not too flashy, with just the right amount of flair. When static, it's actually a testament to good industrial design, evoking an imposing presence.
And when it's in motion it's a fantastic site to behold, and I couldn't help but make the transformer sound (poorly I might add) with my mouth. The lasers that shoot out are a nice visual touch, but they're also practical as they measure the space just to make sure it can open all the way. It wouldn't do to mash up your beautiful H Tower accidentally. But check out the video, brilliantly put together by our very own Brian.
EK Water Blocks has issued a statement on its official Facebook page, informing customers that there is now a total recall on all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 water cooling units.
These are the pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one units released by EK, with this water cooling giant explaining that the recall has been put into place due to possible leakage issues. It doesn't take a genius to understand that water and electronics don't mix, so we urge any customers to head over to the official EK announcement page to read more about the overall process, a place in which this company goes into great detail to explain the issues and how they will be rectified with revision 1.1.
While many consumers are upset on social media due to this taking place, EK Water Blocks explained on its website that this problem "was initially estimated as limited risk situation with small percentage of units developing a leak over time that can be resolved with direct customer contact," however, after further analysis it has "turned out to be a more widespread problem." This statement shows that they had prior knowledge of this issue, now choosing to protect all customers from possible unit failure in the future.