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.
Lian Li has launched the PC-B10 Mid Tower chassis, an all aluminum black case with two fans in the front and one in the rear.
Lian Li engineers optimized the airflow of the PC-B10 chassis with a 140mm and 120mm fan in the front, which directs air of HDD's and ODD's, directly to the CPU region, and then is exhausted out the rear 120mm fan. The 7 PCI slots have special ventilated brackets to help ventilate the case as well.
Hard drives are mounted in the side accessible cage with anti-vibration grommets. The top panel is features firewire, USB, and audio, and can be removed if desired. There is also a power supply bracket to hold in the PSU and it is adjustable for those that are extra long.
An extra picture as well as the full press release can be found here.
BFG announced today the BFG EX-1200 modular power supply with Frequency Conversion Technology, which emulates virtually any size power supply and is at least 80% efficient, even with loads as low as 10% of the unit's maximum capability.
The EX-1200 is rated at 1200W continuous at 40°C and will put out 98 amps on the 12V rail. It also hs a separate +5VSB which provides better rfficiency when in standby or powered down. The new power supply is 80 Plus certified and supports 3-Way SLI.
The BFG EX-1200 modular power supply will be available at Newegg.com starting the week of March 23, 2009. For more information, please visit the product page.
The full press release is available here.
"Most high wattage power supplies are extremely inefficient when idle or running day-to-day office tasks", said John Malley, senior director of marketing for BFG Technologies. "Our exclusive Frequency Conversion Technology enables the EX-1200 to maintain at least 80% efficiency even when not being tasked with power intensive 3D games, and when the system is idle it uses approximately one fourth of the power that it would during gaming. That means real energy savings for the customer and a greener environment for everyone."
NZXT has released the Panzerbox Gaming Chassis. The new case is lightwieght yet welded for strength with the LAN partying gamer in mind.
The Panzerbox has two 190mm fans and a single 120mm fan that flow 300 CFM through the case to keep everything inside nice and cool. It also has support for dual radiators, room for high performance 10.5" cards, 4 hard drives, and has 3 5.25" bays.
The new case will retail for $119.99 and the full press release can be found here.
"Panzerbox gives gamers the capability and power of a full-size tower in a much smaller and convenient form factor" said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT. "We've leveraged our many years of experience in case design and the ongoing feedback we receive from the enthusiast community to develop a chassis that lends itself well to easy transport without compromising on performance."
With notebooks now outselling desktops three to one, Microsoft is pushing new notebook accessories in hopes that they aren't missing out on any revenue.
The Notebook Cooling Base from Microsoft is designed to make notebook use more comfortable with a built-in fan and sleek form. This one will set you back US$29.95. It will be USB powered, 1.16" thick, has a cable management clip to store the cable when not in use, and will be available in black and white.
The Microsoft Arc mouse has had huge success, and after only two months on the market has reached the top-10 list of best selling mice. As a result, Microsoft is going to begin offering the Arc mouse in four special edition colors: deep olive green, marine blue, eggplant purple and frost white. Microsoft thinks this is a "great way for people to display their unique style"... just as unique as the person next to you with one.
You can read the full press release here.
Yesterday we reported that some owners of OCZ EliteXstream PSU's were getting emails from ZipZoomFly! concerning a recall from OCZ. We have spoken with OCZ today on the issue and they say that there is no recall whatsoever.
Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at OCZ, confirmed that the EliteXstream power supplies had just reached a standard End Of Life status and that there was either some confusion at ZipZoomFly! or that the new representative at OCZ working with ZipZoomFly! made an error.
OCZ is replacing the EliteXstream power supplies with the more efficient Z-Series PSU's which they are debuting at CeBIT this week.
I just talked to Ryan Edwards and confirmed there is no recall for any PSU's. There is a standard EOL on the EliteXStream because we are introducing some new products that are more efficient (Z-Series). I think there has been some confusion on the ZZF side or it could have come from our sales side, we have a new rep on the account, and EOL may have been confused with "recall."
It appears that OCZ is recalling their EliteXstreme PSU's, both the 800W and 1000W variations.
No information is available about the recall on OCZ's website and both of the power supplies have reached end-of-life status. We attempted to get OCZ to comment on the issue but offices were closed and we were unable to get a response.
A member on HardOCP's forums copied an email that he received from etailer ZipZoomFly! notifying him of the recall. Several members of the forums report that after calling OCZ they were assured that there was no problem with the EliteXstreme PSU's, although reports around the web show a high number of issues relating to failure.
We will follow up with OCZ and report back as soon as we can get an answer.
Antec annouced the TruePower New series of PSU's today. The new lineup is meant for mainstream computing but brings some of the high end features at an affordable price.
The TruePower New PSU's come with a PWM fan that runs up to 50% queiter than traditional voltage-controlled fans, high-quality Japanese capacitors, and DC to DC conversion for the 5V and 3.3V rails.
TruePower New power supplies are available in four models: the TP-550 for $119.95, the TP-650 for $139.95, the TP-750 for $159.95, and the TP-750 Blue for $169.95 which also features internal blue illumination.
We've got the full press release for your viewing here.
The energy-efficient TruePower New achieves the rare 80 PLUS Bronze certification of at least 82 percent efficiency at a wide range of operating loads, lowering operating costs while protecting the environment. Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC) also helps reduce electrical waste, boosting the TruePower New's efficient energy usage. The TruePower New series features a variety of industrial-grade safety circuitry to help protect your computer Over Voltage Protection (OVP), Short Circuit Protection (SCP), and Over Current Protection (OCP). While maintaining features from past TruePower lines, such as Active PFC and Universal Input to automatically adjust for 100V to 240V power grids.
Behind the scenes there is a lot of buzz going on about the upcomming Thermaltake LUXA2, pronounced LUXA squared. Originally unveiled at Computex 2008, very few details have been revealed about their upcomming line of luxurious HTPC cases. Two HTPC cases are known to exist, the LUXA2 300 and LUXA2 100.
Thermaltake is treating this lineup as something extra special as the LUXA2 even has its own dedicated website so the HTPC community might very well have something to get excited about. From what we've heard, the wesbite has started its final countdown for the launch so keep your eyes and ears open for more information in the near future.
The LUXA2 300 is a larger, full sized HTPC designed for systems utilizing an ATX motherboard and features a 7 inch graphical VFD.
The LUXA2 100 has been designed for mini-ITX systems. It will have an optional 5.5 inch blue VFD, room for a single 3.5" drive, a single slim DVD drive, and a 100W PSU.
The LUXA2 website is NOW LIVE and we can see why Thermaltake has been keeping their lips sealed on it. Thermaltake has introduced a complete line of HTPC cases that cater to the tastes of the entry level HTPC user, the enthusiast, and everywhere inbetween.
Currently there are five new HTPC cases to choose from and at least one more on the way in the near future. A few of the models differ slightly in that you have your choice of a blue VFD or a full color touch-screen display. Also included in the LUXA2 lineup are some beautifully finished laptop coolers both for at the desk and on the go.
We recently reviewed GELID's Silent Spirit CPU cooler and although it proved to be a good capable offering for your money, there was an issue with the fan mount that caused a rather annoying rattling sound (possibly because of it being a pre-release sample) and we couldn't justify giving it an award for this reason.
However, GELID kindly got back in contact with us and arranged to send over an updated retail version for us to re-test and now we have some new results to share with you all. You can see how it shaped up on this page of the review and we have also adjusted our Final Thoughts and Product Summary Breakdown to reflect these new findings.
It's just as well we were given the opportunity to test this updated retail sample. Now we know why GELID call it the Silent Spirit.
GIGABYTE has extended its entry level chassis lineup this week with three new models, the GZ-X7, GZ-X8 and GZ-X9. Whilst being at the low-end of their lineup, these cases still include an attractive set of features for their price with tool-less installation, cable management, drive locks, easy access front I/O and 12cm exhaust fan.
You can read up on the specifics of each chassis at this page.
Some beautifully presented images of Zalman's upcoming VF2000 LED have been published on the web which was first spotted at CES earlier this month.
The folks at Zalman have really put their heads together when designing this product; the VF2000 LED is natively a GPU cooler, but some additional retention modules also allow it to be used to cool CPUs (including LGA775 and AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets).
Dimensions of the cooler come in at 126x110x45mm with a weight of 290g. Four heatpipes are used to help transfer heat away from the block to the aluminum fin array and a 90mm PWM blue LED fan is nestled into the top of the cooler in typical Zalman fashion.
It has been noted, however, that when using the VF2000 LED to cool a CPU it is recommended the CPU's TDP be rated below 110W, implying it doesn't have the performance to keep temps down when overclocking either. But given its slim and near silent profile, it would be a good option for a low-profile PC or HTPC.
You can view all the shots of it from varying angles over at Matbe.com.
We're not certain of a launch date or its MSRP, but it's clear it isn't too far away now.
I can't say this is all that surprising after having witnessed its highly underwhelming performance, Danamics who (eventually) brought the world's first liquid-metal CPU cooler to market a couple months back has decided to pull the plug on production.
Although the company claims it was only meant to be a limited run, the LM10 just isn't selling well enough and the company recognises that it's not able to compete with current top-end air coolers in the performance stakes.
However, Danamics isn't giving up that easily. They're going to have another crack at incorporating the use of liquid metal into a CPU cooler with a new product (or products) being developed for a hopeful launch later in the year.
Current owners of the LM10 aren't left in the cold; Danamics is offering a 1366 socket mounting kit to all owners free of charge.
CPU cooling specialist Spire has just released a couple retention module kits to suit Intel's Core i7 LGA-1366 socket. Purchasing one of these kits allows one to use an existing Spire CPU cooler with the Core i7 platform.
The Core i7 Clip (model: SB-03MK092) and Core i7 Clip II (model: SB-03MK091) differ in that the first is designed soley for use with Spire's SP602B3 cooler whilst the split clip designed 'II' clip is suited to several of Spire's other coolers, these including the SP604, SP605, SP607 and SP608.
More info can be found on Spire's cooler range and its retention clips here.
After seeing these exclusive photos over at Clunk.org.uk, it appears DFI have been making efforts to enter the CPU cooler biz with a LanParty branded heatsink.
Whilst there are few details to be shared about it at the moment, it's been said that DFI have Thermalright's expertise behind them with this impressive looking high-end beast. The design looks somewhat unique with two individual heatsinks connected together and six heatpipes per side. The mounting bracket seen in the images is likely to be a prototype bolt on kit which will likely be refined as the cooler nears its final revision status.
There's no specifics on it as to pricing or availability as yet. You can view a couple more pics of it here.
PC case maker IKONIK has just launched their latest TARAN series of mid-tower chassis', consisting of three different models.
With value being an important factor for the A10, A20 and A30 cases, they each have an aluminum front bezel and offer a good set of features and overall quality without breaking the bank.
Up to four 120mm fans can be mounted inside and there are cut-outs in place for tubing to pass through in the instance a liquid cooling system is used. Other nice touches are complete tool-less design, shielded I/O ports and optional side window.
For further information you can find IKONIK's official announcement here.
IKONIK officially launches the Taran cases. With the current economic situation, real value, durability and quality are what people need above all else. The new TARAN series from IKONIK delivers precisely that. Built to the same high standards as the award winning Zaria, the TARAN is focused on providing unparalleled quality at an affordable price.
Designed by one of the most experienced design teams in the industry, the TARAN offers incredible strength at an exceptional weight. Its "featherweight, heavy duty" motto holds true as it provides a sturdy computing platform without resulting in a cumbersome case.
Cooler Master's highly anticipated "Sniper" midi-tower gaming chassis is ready for action and will inevitably be showcased during CES later this week.
We've seen bits and pieces about it in the form of prototype images and likely features of the design throughout the second half of last year, but now Cooler Master confirms what the end result will be with a series of demonstrative videos of the chassis, posted on YouTube. By the looks of it, this compact yet feature-packed gaming tower really is the bomb. Check the videos out below :-
Sniper video clip
Sniper Sneak Video Part 1 (the design concept)
Sniper Video Part 2 (the lab)
Further to a pre-release mention of Corsair's upcoming and highly impressive DOMINATOR GT DDR3 modules, another early mention has just been made in reference to a TX850W power supply that's set to be released by the company, but is also yet to be accompanied by an official announcement.
What is known about this PSU is that it features a 120mm double ball bearing fan, single 12V rail dishing out 70A, is ATX12V v2.2 compliant, has 99% Active PFC and over current/voltage/power protection, an efficiency of above 80% and is NVIDIA SLI certified.
Corsair have stamped the unit with an MTBF of 100,000 hours and it's backed by a five year warranty. It's expected this PSU will hit retailers and etailers within the next few weeks.
After teasing all of us for a few weeks, CoolerMaster has finally released the full scoop on the black Cosmos bundle they have been preparing.
This new bundle is going to be sold under the name Black Label Limited Edition and features more than just a black Cosmos case.
When you shell out the $600 for this beauty you are also going to receive a Black Label Hyper Z600 cooler and a UCP power supply (listed as a "Powerful PSU Unit"). Each case will have the Black Label logo on a metallic plate as well as a serial number.
Read the Press Release here.
Pure Black Sophisticated Design
Designers at Cooler Master have ensured that pure black means every detail is taken into account, with a full black exterior and interior. This stunning pure black is a first for Cooler Master which shows the excellence in craftsmanship the company has built its reputation on.
Striving for Perfection
Subtle improvements have made this an elite collection. Cosmos Black Label has a unique tinted side panel and its upgraded cooling capability further improves on reliability and performance. Hyper Z600 Black Label with the all new black appearance is equipped with improved PWM fan and airflow cover for unsurpassed cooling.
Continuing on with Fatal1ty branded products aimed at hardcore gamers, OCZ has just unveiled a new line of power supplies that use high quality components to ensure stability whilst also carrying an 80+ efficiency level.
You can click to their respective product pages via the above links and further information can be obtained within the official PR here folks.
(Sunnyvale, Calif. November 25, 2008) - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today revealed the first power supply models under the Fatal1ty series, offering gamers stable and efficient power for their mainstream or high-end rigs. OCZ is dedicated to delivering premium power solutions, and the Fatal1ty series options are the first step to creating an exceptional gaming system for the unique power and cabling requirements of today's gamer.
We first heard last week that Cooler Master has planned a special treat for the holiday season; a limited Black edition of its popular COSMOS chassis which will see just 500 units make their way to very happy chappys.
Aside from the sleek black appearance inside and out, details on what other trinkets this limited run will bundle with remain scarce for the time being. However, PCGamesHardware has acquired two images of the case which allow us a better look at it than what Cooler Master's been willing to show thus far.
We'll see and hear more about it at the official site come December 11.
Update: It appears there's a bit of a technical issue with displaying both pics on PCGH's site at the moment. Not to worry, we now have a couple more images in hand showing it off inside and out. Feast your eyes below :-