GECUBE have announced their new "V-Fins" series of graphics cards today, these featuring GECUBE's new V-Fins cone-shaped ventilation-sink which promises both super cool temperatures and zero noise with its passive design.
Cards to fall under the new V-Fin series are the HD2600PRO and HD2400PRO/XT.
For further information you can read the official PR here.
The V-Fins series is now being simultaneously released on the HD2600 and HD2400 graphics card. They can be used in not only Mini-PCs but also even smaller Slim Case factor as well. Performance with zero noise means that you can now concentrate on enjoying the outstanding performance from the 2000 series and UVD high-quality visuals.
Continuing the GECUBE current HD2400's exclusive on-board HDMI TV port design, the V-Fins HD2400 series also features HDMI onboard. Besides the standard DVI and VGA display port, a thoughtful touch is the S-Video port on a secondary bracket is also included for analog TV/HDTV in the package. This allows you to enjoy great TV display quality through either HDMI or standard TV-out.
Corsair announced some new 'green' power supplies today which are energy star compliant. Dubbed the VX series, two eco-friendly PSUs have been released, the VX450W and VX550W.
Specs wise, they feature a single 12V rail and operate with around 80% efficiency. The fan is a 120mm double ball-bearing variant with whisper quiet operation, making these PSUs a good option for HTPCs and the like.
The VX series power supplies are also given a 5 year warranty.
Fremont, CA (August 1, 2007) -- Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled the environmentally friendly Corsair VX Series of power supplies. Designed and engineered for mainstream computer users, both the VX450W and VX550W supplies support the Energy Star 2007 Standard and feature the industry's most efficient power-management and ultra-quiet design available.
Unlike most power supplies in the market, the VX Series incorporates a single +12V power rail that delivers continuous power under heavy loads. This conservative design ensures reliable operation in today's most demanding system configurations and adds compatibility for future platforms. The unique combination of rock-solid performance and incredible value puts the Corsair VX family of power supplies in a class of its own. Available in 450Watt and 550Watt models, the VX Series is ideal for home theater PCs and Energy Star systems.
Cooler Master are evidently so confident in the quality and lifespan of their "Real Power" power supplies that they've decided to up the warranty period to five years.
However keep in mind this only applies with the Real Power M and Pro series PSUs, not the vanilla Real Powers. The press release states otherwise but a correction was since made by Cooler Master themselves.
Grab the official PR here for more info.
Every computer system requires a reliable power supply. At Cooler Master, we pride ourselves on designing power supply units that meet the needs of even the most demanding applications. As part of our total commitment to quality, Cooler Master is pleased to announce that we will be extending the warranty period of our Real Power and Real Power M series power supply units to a period of five years. With this newly extended warranty, Cooler Master users can purchase Real Power and Real Power M PSUs with even greater confidence.
Cooler Master has just announced their latest case, the CM 690, which is a rather stylish new design that comes in black mesh. It is a spacious mid-tower case with plenty of features. It can house up to seven 120mm fans and there's space for a slim 80mm fan behind the motherboard tray to further enhance CPU cooling from the rear.
The PSU is mounted in the bottom of the case to improve the stability and cooling and Cooler Master has fitted a top mounted 120mm fan to exhaust the hot air at the top of the case. The CM 690 also has holes for mounting a water cooling unit a the top of the case.
The CM 690 is roomy enough to take on two GeForce 8800 graphics cards in SLI and with the option to add two 120mm fans to the case side, these cards should be extremely well cooled.
The hard drives are mounted in removable racks with anti-vibration pads and shock migration bars. The case features tool free design and it has cable management designs that reduce cable clutter.
You can check out some additional internal shots and the full press release here
A to us unfamiliar Taiwanese cooler manufacturer called Auras launched a range of innovative coolers today and although it's easy to see where Auras got some of the inspiration from, it's taken CPU coolers to another level. The first one is called CTC-868 and at first sight it looks like something that Zalman has cooked up, but it's rather different.
The CTC-868 has four heat pipes that are in a similar circular shape to some recent Zalman coolers, but this is where the similarities end, as the CT-868 uses dual fans for push-pull cooling. To further enhance its cooling ability, the CT-868 can be pulled apart to increase the airflow. The fans measure 92mm and the primary fan is adjustable between 800-2,400rpm, although the secondary is stuck at 1,200rpm. Both fans feature LED lights.
The cooler weighs a not insignificant 568.5g, but most of this is due to the heavy copper base. Auras claims that the CT-868 allows the CPU to run some 10.5 degrees cooler than with a standard Intel cooler.
Next up is the GTO-990, which is a completely different kind of beast and to be quite frank, we've never seen anything quite like it before. This is a self contained watercooling setup that's using a magnetic pump with a ceramic bearing and it only draws 3.6W of power. The details in the press release are quite scarce, but the cooler is using what Auras calls "unique industrial pipe" although it's hard to see where this is being used from the picture.
The GTO-990 features a 92mm fan with variable speed from 800-2,400rpm and it has built in LED lights. Apparently it's possible to increase the cooling performance by adding a second fan on the rear of the cooler. It comes pre-filled with coolant and shouldn't need any refills for 50,000 hours of continuous usage. Again, Auras claims that the GTO-990 should be some 11.5 degrees C better than the standard Intel cooler.
Finally we have the LPT-709 which is a fairly standard looking heatpipe cooler with four heatpipes and a 92mm fan. Auras claims that the wave-fin design should reduce drag and lower the noise. It's using the same fan as the GTO-990.
All three coolers are compatible with AMD and Intel CPU's and features what appear to be easily attachable brackets. At press time the Auras website wasn't working, but hopefully this will be resolved shortly.
You can find out more here
Cooler Master have added a new product to their NotePal series this week, a notebook cooler dubbed the "NotePal Infinite".
Judging by the extensive info and images displayed in their official announcement, this particular notebook cooler appears to be a very intelligent and well thought out design. If you're often a little worried about things heating up a bit too much in your lappy, this is definitely worth a look.
As the world's leading brand in thermal management, Cooler Master has devoted itself to notebook product development for several years, constantly pioneering new solutions through its NotePal series. Cooler Master is very excited to introduce its latest achievement in the NotePal series, the NotePal Infinite 8, designed with a truly innovative cooling principle, which promises to offer a more stable and comfortable environment for your mobile work and entertainment.
There's one main reason as to why Cooler Master's range of cases rarely fail to deliver. The company often likes to conduct marketing surveys and interviews with hardware reviewing websites, this in order to get constructive feedback from all of us as to what WE want to see in their products before they pick up the hammer and chisel. It's logical, and it evidently works! CM's Stacker series are a testament to that.
This is why i'm also confident their newly announced "COSMOS" chassis lineup will sell like hotcakes as well, not to mention it enters an area of the market thats not exactly booming with options, namely ultra-quiet cases which rely on low-density soundproofing materials to keep things whisper quiet outside.
There's several other unique features that compliment the case as well. The seperate exclusively matched carrying box used to hold your tools and spare screws etc. is a nice addition, it can be kept in a dedicated spot inside the main chassis. Though I guess this is somewhat contradicting given the chassis is made up of an almost entirely tool-free design.
For the full scoop on it, grab the official PR here.
In order to solve noise issues in high-end systems, the COSMOS design team made use of the principles of hi-fi equipment design. We transformed the audio equipment stand into a progressive aluminum tube stand, thus eliminating resonance by providing three-to-five times the bending strength. The solid front panel and low-density soundproof materials inside the casing and junction wraps system noise inside. Even if the system runs under a full load, quiet operation is maintained.
We've just been sent word that Enermax's big and bold "Uber CHAKRA" ATX tower has now become available down-under, shifting at an RRP of $190 AUD.
For that price you actually get quite a bit of kit. For one, there's eSATA connectivity which is still pretty hard to come across, it resides next to the usual Audio I/O and USB 2.0 ports which sit on top of the case (convenient if the big bugger's sitting on the floor).
A large 250mm side panel fan (with some blue LED bling) is also used to push a huge amount of air over your components, and there's a tasteful mesh design used for the drive bay covers and fan grills on the front / sides of the chassis.
If interested, you can get further information on it here.
Thermaltake have just announced their new "NBcool" series of notebook coolers. This lineup comprises the T500, T1000 and T2000 models, supporting up to 15" notebooks with embedded fans ranging from 70 to 120mm in size.
The fans are powered straight from a USB port on the notebook and in typical Tt style the aesthetics of these notebook coolers are quite the bling.
You can get the full rundown on them here folks.
NBCool T500 is black accented with racing inspired lines. Cooling on the T500 is with two high quality 80mm fans, ultra low noise so you can enjoy silence with high thermal cooling efficiency. The NBCool T1000 utilizes one 120mm LED fan operating at low speed for silence and emitting a cool blue light for visual effect. The airflow will quickly improve cooling and performance from the notebook. The NBCool T2000 is only half the size but works just as well with two 70mm fans blowing onto the notebook and also elevating the notebook to increase air flow and discharge of heat from the bottom of the notebook avoiding overheating and resulting in a cooler machine.
It's becoming harder and harder for cooling mobs to find a way to be unique with their latest CPU heatsinks given how many varying models flood the market these days, but a company by the name of "Coolink" seem to think their new "Silentator" CPU cooler for both Intel and AMD processors has its own place.
Though Coolink might seem like a new and not yet trusted maker of quality cooling products, these guys actually manufacture heatsinks for Noctua.
The Silentator, as indicated by it's name is focused on silence with it's all-copper base, 3 dual heatpipes and 37 aluminium fins. It runs a 120mm fan with adjustable speeds of 900RPM (14dB) to 1600RPM (24dB).
Pricing is said to be at a suggested retail of around $50US. You can get further information about it within Coolink's official PR here.
Vienna / Taipei, June 11th 2006 - Coolink today presented a new high-performance cooler for Intel and AMD processors called "Silentator". The Silentator employs 3 high-performance heat-pipes, 37 aluminium cooling fins with a surface area of more than 3500cm² as well as a SWiF-1202 quality fan, providing top-class cooling performance at a minimum noise emission of only 14dB(A).
"While developing the Silentator, we could build on the basis of Noctua's award-winning Ultra-Low-Noise coolers, which are manufactured in our factories", explains Timothy Chu, Coolink CEO. "We've revised the layout of the cooling fins and optimised it towards maximum performance and lower weight. Linking top-notch performance, quality and efficiency, the Silentator is a true Coolink product!"
The lads at Nordic Hardware have spotted a spiffy new lineup of cases on the horizon from Thermalright. With only a brief teaser on their website to go by for now, details are quite scarce but it appears this new case series will use integrated heatpipe technology to better assist the removal of heat from inside the chassis.
I'll be sure to update you all with more info on them as it arises, most probably during the course of Computex over the next few days.
Thermalright has published a teaser at its website about a new series of computer cases. The thing about this new series of cases is that Thermalright has used heatpipe technology for cooling the components. I.e. heatpipes in the actual case for removing the heat, a concept we've seen with mCubed and its HFX series. Thermalright hasn't released any detailed information about the new series, but it has released a number of pictures of four different cases using heatpipe technology; one two case and three desktop cases.
OCZ have just announced out of the blue that they've made a huge purchase on the acquisition of mighty PSU manufacturer, PC Power & Cooling.
Apparently PC Power & Cooling's range of PSUs will keep the same branding and are to become OCZ's "Premium-grade PSU collection", PCP&C will still operate as a seperate entity. OCZ are already reknowned for distributing top quality PSUs so having the knowledge and expertise of the highest-grade PSU maker on the globe under their belt only continues to emphasise their focus on quality assurance.
At the time of writing, OCZ's website appears to be experiencing technical difficulties, but you can read their official PR over at Techgage.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 25, 2007-OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring PC Power & Cooling into the OCZ Technology Group. As a worldwide leader in high performance computer hardware, OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling to utilize their keen expertise in power management and take the organization to the next level. This compelling partnership between the two like-minded companies will create a powerful fusion of patented technologies, innovative, high quality PC components, and improved accessibility of premium solutions for customers worldwide. All parties, including the consumer, will benefit from the acquisition; the combined company is now situated to deliver ground-breaking power solutions to meet the growing demand for efficient, high performance components to power the computing needs of gaming, enthusiast, and mission-critical systems builders alike.
Antec have today expanded their popular Sonata line of mid-tower cases with the all new Sonata III. Once again with silence in mind, at first glance this new version retains the characteristics of its predecessors though there are quite a number of subtle changes throughout.
For one, there's now a series of USB, eSATA and audio ports positioned horizontally at the front of the case on the spiffy new bezel design. But more importantly, inside the case Antec have chosen to stick with their 120mm TriCool exhaust fan (which allows you to manually choose from three speed settings), some new vents added for better air circulation and of course the four sideways-mounted hard drive trays with silicone grommets are still there too. Then there's the PSU, thats been moved up from the 450 SmartPower 2.0 model on the Sonata II series to an EarthWatts series EA 500W unit.
Fremont, CA - May 16, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched Sonata III. The case improves on Antec's original Sonata, which initiated the Quiet Computing(TM) revolution.
Building on the original's features, Sonata III's internal drive bay trays are now fitted with soft silicone grommets to reduce and absorb hard drive vibrations. The cooling system, with one rear 120mm TriCool(TM) fan and an optional front-mount for a 120mm case fan, allows users to balance quiet computing with the precise cooling their system needs. And attractive new chassis vents make for improved circulation, channeling cool air silently throughout the case. Sonata III is also fitted with a built-in washable air filter to control dust build and keep internal temperatures down.
Four months after the unveiling of their new P190 series case, Antec have made mention today that the case is now available with a rather pricey $490USD slapped on it.
The case does sport quite a number of very nice features though, such as Antec's customizable dual Neo-Link PSU systems for 1200 Watts of power, a massive 200mm side-mounted 'Big Boy' fan and FOUR! 120mm fans elsewhere in the case. Then there's of course the general build quality and other trinkets Antec like to focus on when designing a case of this calibre.
More info at the Tech Report folks.
The largest Performance One case to date, P190 is designed to handle large hardware, multiple graphic cards, dual CPUs and a water-cooling system. The case comes with customizable dual Neo-Link PSU systems for 1200 Watts of power. There are ample cooling features including four 120mm fans and a 200mm side-mounted 'Big Boy' fan. Additionally, P190's silent computing features include silicon grommets on the hard drive mounts and dual layer sound deadening panels.
OCZ have kicked off a new PSU lineup today dubbed the StealthXStream series, with the first addition so far being a 600W model. OCZ aim this series at the value conscious buyer who likes quality and quiet operation without going overkill. The PSU features quad +12v rails with PFC tech, and will happily power dual GPU/CPU systems.
For further information, you can read the PR here.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 23, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan. Designed for the value-minded consumer seeking simple, quiet performance, the StealthXStream includes OCZ's acclaimed reliability and feature-sets with a lower price point.
Ideal for system builders and enthusiasts who prefer a low-key PSU, the StealthXStream focuses on performance, quality, and quiet operation. Even at peak loads, the 600W StealthXStream remains virtually silent and excludes flashy LEDs ensuring the power supply is not seen or heard.
A company by the name of GTR Tech Corporation have just announced the industry's first "Sport Compact" small form factor chassis which is still capable of taking full-size ATX motherboards and full height double slot graphics cards.
For further details have a read of their announcement here folks.
FULLERTON, Calif. - April 19, 2007 - GTR Tech Corporation, today announced the industry's first Sport Compact PC formfactor chassis, the GT3.
GT3 is the first Sport Compact PC chassis to utilize GTR's patent-pending technology providing PC OEMs and PC enthusiasts the ability to utilize full size PC components in a small form factor chassis. GT3 supports standard ATX motherboards, PCI Express x16 Graphics 150W-ATX Specification 1.0 double slot discreet graphics, one full height PCI add in card, and up to two 3.5" hard drives, powered by a 350W ATX 12V V2.0 Active PFC power supply. GT3's innovative and stylish design features three cold air intakes, a retractable wing-shaped handle, aluminum construction, sloped faux carbon fiber front bezel with an illuminated GT3 logo. GT3's small light weight design makes it ideal for consumers wanting the performance and flexibility ofa full size PC in a package that is small and light weight enough for easy mobility.
Antec have just announced an enhanced version of their popular P180 chassis dubbed the P182. This model is quite similar with the added ability to accomodate both an extra fan as well as a water-cooling system.
Fremont, CA - April 11, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of high performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has released the newest addition to its Performance One line of cases, the P182. Improving on Antec's best selling P180, the upgraded P182 model has a smooth gun metal black finish and more innovative cooling features for the ultimate in performance cases.
This looks to be a hot little SFF chassis from Thermaltake, they've today lifted the curtain on their LANBOX HT with a very swish looking front LCD panel and multimedia features galore.
To learn all about its feature-set, check out the press material here peeps.
Thermaltake today announced the latest addition to their popular Small Form Factor chassis, LANBOX HT. Based on the proven structural design of LANBOX Series chassis, LANBOX HT exhibits a more contemporary and sophisticated aluminum front bezel design that can be easily integrated into today's home theater environment.
To enable a more flexible system, LANBOX series chassis does not require proprietary components. It supports standard components such as Micro-ATX motherboard, ATX power supply unit, full-size optical disk drive, 3.5" hard disk drive…etc. The modularized chassis design allow all components to be easily removed from the body for simple installation or upgrading.
Provider of online PC enthusiast tools "eXtreme Outer Vision" have recently sent word that their eXtreme Power Supply Calculator has just been updated to v2.5. The latest version of this online tool features a long anticipated Amperage calculation per +12V, +5V and +3.3V rails as well as an improved calculation engine, the latest CPUs, video cards, and other components from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and more.
'Tis a great way of making sure you dont end up with an underpowered or overkill PSU when building up a new system.
March 25, 2007-eXtreme Outer Vision, an innovative provider of online PC enthusiast tools, today announced the new version of the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator.
The eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5 features a long anticipated Amperage calculation per +12V, +5V and +3.3V rails as well as an improved calculation engine, the latest CPUs, video cards, and other components from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and more.
"I've seen a few to date, but this one is simply impressive in the breadth and level of details covered," commented Robert Tanner (Kougar), Bjorn3D Staff member. "Besides overclocking, you can factor in Peak Utilization, Capacitor Aging (Explained at the end of the page), and Surge Compensation which deals with the power surge required when you first power on the system from a cold start. From my experience trying to calculate what my main rig draws, the number given was very accurate."
Not quite satisfied with the stock cooling solution on your mobo's northbridge? If you're thinking of going aftermarket, might be worth checking out the details on Nexus's all-copper NHP-2200 northbridge cooler with U-type heatpipe.
The new Nexus northbridge cooler is fully constructed out of copper and has one 5mm diameter U-shape copper heat pipe to get the best possible performance. The cooler has a simple but sophisticated mounting solution which makes it compatible with all mayor motherboards and the comprehensive manual makes installation very simple.
One of the biggest highlights at Corsair's booth during CeBIT this year was that of an extremely efficient PSU running QuadFX, 8800s in SLI, 4GB of OCed memory, 150GB raptor etc. - One would still think theres no way all thats happening without an extremely high quality 850W or more PSU... However this one on display was rockin' along without breaking a sweat with a mere 620W rating.
The Inquirer have full details on it here.
HOW MUCH POWER do you actually need to run two water-cooled Socket 1207 CPUs at 3.0 GHz each, two overclocked Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS graphics cards, 150GB Raptor drive and 4GB of memory clocked at a fast 1GHz PC2-8000 clock?
If you ask around the show, you will get answers ranging from 850 to 1200 watts, but engineers at Corsair managed to produce incredibly efficient power supply. Rated at only 620 watts, this one offers nearly 90% efficiency and is able to support four hot chips, ton of memory and Raptor hard drives. Even the water-cooling setup is powered by that puny PSU.