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While not as actively present in the market these days, Danger Den is still floating about and every once in a while comes out with something fresh to regain attention. That time has come again with a new full tower chassis series launched this week dubbed the Q20 Black Series.
The case will accomodate ATX as well as BTX motherboards and is quite the beast with its dimensions of 527 x 185 x 462 mm. It looks to use an all-steel frame, while the top, bottom, front and rear acrylic grills can be had in three color options to help match it up nicely with your modding theme.
The Q20 has two exposed 5.25" bays and four 3.5-inch bays + three 2.5-inch bays internally. The front grill is designed to be removed easily with the ability to have an air filter mounted to it, and there are multiple positions throughout the case to be able to mount 120 or 140mm sized fans.
I'm an absolute girly-giggling fan of Corsair's Hydro range, using a H70 myself on my Core i7 CPU and loved its simple, yet amazing performance. There is now news floating that Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E's retail-boxed CPUs will ship with a closed-loop liquid cooler from none other than Asetek. Intel confirmed the news that it will bundle liquid cooling systems into boxes with its next-generation Core i7-3000-series CPUs.
This will mark the first time that Intel has officially supposed enthusiast-class cooling with their CPUs. This will only help their popularity amongst the overclocking community and those who want to dabble in water-cooling but don't want to mess with pumps, tubing and leaks. Intel-brand sealed liquid coolers will be Asetek coolers as stated above, including a large 120mm fan. The coolers are also set to be made available separately from the CPUs.
Pricing on the coolers is unknown.
eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when wanting to ensure a given power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
The service has just been updated with an easier, faster way to select your CPU and video card(s). The Lite version of the tool also now supports up to four video cards + a PPU (Physics Processing Unit). Furthermore, all the most recent video card models from both AMD and NVIDIA have been added to the list of selections along with new sockets including LGA 2011, AM3+ and FM1. With that, there are now a range of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors, AMD Zambezi and latest server class Xeon and Opteron processors to choose from.
Gigabyte has introduced five new PSUs into its mainstream "Superb" range, the lineup has now expanded up to 10 PSUs with the introduction of non-modular (boo) E720, E620, E520 and E470 C3 and C4 models, all sporting 12cm fans, Japanese-made capacitors, golden chokes and sleeved cabling.
The E720 has four 12V rails while the rest of the range sport two. All of them are certified for NVIDIA's SLI usage and also sport 80 PLUS's 'standard' efficiency rating. Gigabyte say that 82 percent can be achieved under ideal conditions. Nothing stands out too much, but they should be rocking a decent price - something which Gigabyte have been mum about so far.
The best bit of this news isn't the cooler, but the wickedly cheesy video that goes along with it. Before you check it out, here's some details on EVERCOOL's latest cooler, the Transformer S. The Transformer S is only 13.5cm high which means it'll fit into most ATX cases. It sports dual 6mm heat pipes and one 9cm fan with special fan blade design which makes the Transformer S quieter and provides greater cooling efficiency.
Additionally, shock absorption rubber nail design can reduce the shake and goes further to reduce noise levels. EVERCOOL's Transformer S also includes compatibility for both AMD and Intel, including Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 socket. The nine fan blade design on the Transformer S can spin up to 2200 RPM and even at that speed, its noise is less than 20 dBA. All of this tech rolls into one great CPU cooling package, inclusive of a cheesy video which I'll now show you below:
Coolermaster have today launched what they say is a "truly magnificent feat of engineering into an arean that represents the future of warfare; the Trooper full-tower chassis". It includes an ultra-strong carrying handle which allows gamers and enthusiasts alike to transport the case with ease. It also includes full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages.
The CM Storm Trooper exterior features a damage-resistant rubberized coating that is said to protect the case from transport. The front panel connections and controls provide the user with the ability to make on-the-fly changes to fan speed and case LEDs, whilst USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and audio connections are also provided. To finish the exterior off, they've included a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD X-dock that makes mounting drives as easy as loading in a Blu-ray or DVD.
Deepcool has just announced a new high-end graphics card cooler under its "Gamer Storm" series, oddly dubbed the Dracula. While there doesn't appear to be any blood sucking attributes here, it looks like its taste for "heat" is its substitute, being able to handle the hungriest, hottest of GPUs out there.
The Dracula uses a convex copper base with two large aluminum heatsinks and a mass of L-shaped heatpipes, no less than 12 of them in fact. It's possible to equip the Dracula with up to three 140mm sized fans, or four 120mm fans and all the mounting hardware is bundled to make this possible with ease.
The cooler supports NVIDIA GTX 580, GTX 570, GTX 560, GTX 480, GTX 470 and GTX 460 as well as AMD HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870, HD 6850, HD 5770, HD 5670, HD 4870 and HD 4850 video cards. A definitive shipping date or price tag has not yet been revealed.
A bold new full tower chassis has entered Thermaltake's eSports line-up today dubbed the Overseer RX-I. It boasts quite the head turning design and will no doubt gather much of a love or hate relationship straight off the bat. Features wise, it is decked out to quite the extent and should attract a lot of buyers at its 102 ($140 odd U.S.) price point.
Running dimensions of 535 (H) x 220 (W) x 580 (D) mm, the steel case weighs in at 10.3Kg and features an all-black paint job, inside and out. Its top mounted I/O panel gives a couple USB 3.0 ports as well as 2 x USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and headphones + mic ports. There are four exposed 5.25" bays up front as well as five tool-free 2.5/3.5-inch bays internally and a couple pre-drilled holes at the rear for water cooling setups.
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Enermax has graced its range of power supplies with a new, high end lineup dubbed the PLATIMAX; their way of indicating that these new high quality units boast 80 Plus Platinum certification with an efficiency of up to 94%.
The new series include five models at 600W, 750W, 850W, 1000W and topping out at 1200W. They all sport 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors, a Copper-Bridge transmission array, extreme density transformer, multiple (4 or 6, depending on the model) 12V rails, modular cabling and a 13.9cm Twister-bearing fan.
A number of other technologies have been added including SafeGuard multiple protection circuits, HeatGuard technology which allows the fan to keep spinning for up to 60 seconds post shutdown to cool off the components properly and also has a "CordGuard" power cord fixing solution.