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PNY and Asetek team up for Liquid Cooled GPU solution

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E3 2011 - E3 is not just about games, but graphics that power them also require cooling, this is where the teams at PNY and Asetek have teamed up to provide consumers with a high-end Liquid Cooled Graphics solutions that is geared towards gaming enthusiasts. Enter the XLR8 GeForce GTX liquid cooled graphics system with a combination GPU/CPU version available as well.

 

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Engineered with a closed loop system and built with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, it gives PNY the great pleasure of offering consumers and out-of-the-box ready, simple to install and reliable product. Not to mention, much cooler than traditional cooling systems. This new cooling solution delivers up to 30-percent cooler temperatures, quieter acoustics and faster performance versus the stock reference designed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580.

 

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OCZ power up PSU line with new Fatal1ty and ZX models

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Computex Taipei 2011 - OCZ have released details on two new PSU lines that will be gracing us all soon. The first is the Fatal1ty series and because real men don't use power supplies with only 3 digits, the signature power supply comes in 1000 Watt only.

 

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Offering 80 PLUS Gold certification, modular cables, deep-red LED fan and a five year warranty, the new 1000 Watt power supply has gamers in mind. Inside an all-black case with an ASRock Fata1ty motherboard you'd have yourself a seriously mean looking system on your hand that would offer some great performance...

 

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CFI offer huge case for motherboard and new flat mate

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Computex Taipei 2011 - CFI had on display the new CFI-A1018 case which does the normal stuff like support E-ATX or HPTX based motherboards. At the top of the case you're able to fit a full ITX system with power supply, hard drive and everything else you need.

 

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Under the ITX system you're able to install a full size E-ATX motherboard that supports video cards up to 360mm long and another power supply. They've not just crammed two systems and that's it into this 78cm tall case. The feature list is massive with eight 5.25", four 2.5" and 3.5" hot swap bays and a further two hidden 3.5" bays

 

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As many as 11 fans can be installed depending on the configuration you opt for while it also has a total of 10 expansion bays...

 

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Xigmatek shows off the power of its new XAF Series 140mm Fans

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Computex Taipei 2011 - Yesterday on our final day on the show floor we met up with Tony from Xigmatek who gave us a quick look around their booth.

 

 

While we did see some cool upcoming cases behind closed doors that we cannot talk about right now, one thing we can talk about is the new XAF series cooling fans from Xigmatek. They feature an aeronautical bearing system which is a special design to improve air pressure and air flow. This new and impressive fan design will also be implemented into Xigmatek's full line of CPU coolers.

 

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The fans will come in at 140mm in size, but will also be able to support 120mm fan mounting. They come with or without LEDs depending on what you want.

 

Xigmatek had a demo setup with the XAF fan running at a super quiet 1200 RPM with the old fan series running at over 2400 RPM (louder and 63.5 CFM) and at half the spinning speed the new XAF is able to push 76 CFM. Obviously the clear advantage here is high performance without the noise.

 

Lian Li have attack of confusion and switch mobo IO to front of case with PC-100

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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Lian Li has always been known for being creative and coming out with some weird and whacky case designs in previous years at Computex.

 

 

This year the strangeness comes in the form of what is going on inside the case. With the upcoming PC-100, the folks at Lian Li have reversed the motherboard around so that the rear IO ports are actually at the front of the case. This means you get very easy access to the IO and lessen the need to have as many cables inside your case such as USB extension cables for instance.

 

Next up there is the PC-90 which has some rather impressive engineering. It is a mid-tower case that wait for it, can support not only EATX but also HPTX motherboards. I think this is the first time we have seen a mid-tower case that can fit large GIGABYTE EATX mobos and dual socket boards such as the EVGA SR-2.

 

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Not only that but Lian Li has been playing around with how hard drives are mounted in the case and in the PC-100 and PC-90, they are mounted vertically on the side of the case which is said to aid in airflow through the front to back of the case.

 

SilverStone Temjin TJ12 case with six GeForce GTX 580 video cards, 19 slots!

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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Another stop yesterday was with Tony from SilverStone who introduced us to something completely crazy and ridiculous - we are talking about the prototype concept Temjin TJ12 case.

 

 

This massive sucker of a chassis comes with no less than 19 expansion slots, you have never ever seen anything like this before from a desktop solution. In the demo at their booth they were showcasing the TJ12 with six GeForce GTX 580 video cards. These video cards take up two slots each, still leaving a lot of expansion for other PCI Express based devices at the same time.

 

SilverStone is able to achieve this feat by introducing a ribbon cable that runs from the motherboard to another area of the case. If you don't want to use all those video cards, the top part of the case is module so that you can add in extra power supplies. As you can imagine, it will fit basically any motherboard you throw at it including quad processor boards and of course the EVGA SR-2.

 

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The TJ12 is still in early development and will no doubt see some changes before it goes into production until sometime next year. They are still playing around with the cooling design and hard drive bays.

 

BitFenix go electronic with fan controller that works on your smartphone

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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we also stopped by the BitFenix meeting rooms to check out their latest wares. As with many companies, we work closely with BitFenix and we had no idea they would be showing what we saw. Let me tell you a bit about it.

 

 

First up we got a look at the new high performance Spectre 2 Pro fans which offer a new ridged fan design with impressive airflow for maximum case cooling. What was super exciting to see though was BitFenix' entry into electronic devices - no longer are we just seeing cases and cooling fans, they are expanding.

 

Later this year you will see the introduction of the Recon thermal control device, which will sit at the front of your case and take up two front drive bays. This is a black passive LCD touch screen device that allows you to monitor temperatures and adjust fan speeds with the touch of your finger. The device has six channels each at 30 watts which should be plenty even for those who want to hook up pumps and radiators.

 

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What is super cool is that BitFenix has taken things a step further and allowed web based monitoring and adjustments to fan speeds from your browser. And we are not just talking the browser on your PC, but anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. And since it is web based, it means you can adjust fan speeds etc from your phone...

 

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Asetek announce availability of 240mm Super Cooler

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Asetek has announced the availability of their limited edition 240mm super cooler, dubbed "WaterChill 2011C", pre-orders for the WaterChill 2011C will begin on July 1st, 2011. The cooler is a 120x240mm, 4-fan ChillControl-enabled powerhouse. Their words, pretty awesome choice so I stuck with it. The 2011C uses the best of Asetek's liquid CPU cooling tech, featuring a brand new 1.5-inch thick 120x240mm radiator and no less than four fans in a push-pull configuration; this allows the 2011C to put the competition on ice, geddit? On top of this, the low-profile pump is fitted with third-generation Asetek coldplate technology and supports interactive fan control technology for all four fans. A USB connection on the pump enables precise user control of the fans and lighting effects through Asetek's ChillControl software application.

 

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There's also a new universal mounting solution available for Sandy Bridge E-based chips. This new mounting solution will work across Asetek's line of liquid coolers and makes for an easier installation, win-win. The mount supports all mainstream Intel processors, LGA 1155, 1156 and 1366 sockets. The new universal mounting solution adds the upcoming Socket 2011 to its army of compatibility.

 

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Thermaltake goes white with Level 10 GT and 4 x 120mm Frio GT CPU cooler

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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - The next stop on the Computex crazy tour today out at Nangang was Thermaltake who had a big presence at the show and plenty of products on display.

 

 

We met up with Ramsom from Thermaltake who introduced us to their brand new white Level 10 GT called the Snow Edition. It's basically the same as the original Level 10 GT, but apparently due to market demand, Thermaltake take decided to offer a white version. The difference here though is that the case is not painted, it uses a coating technique called plastic injection. This essentially makes the case scratch proof and it should maintain the original color and not fade like others do. Ramsom tried to spoil the case, but without success.

 

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Next up in the same video above we also got a look at the completely crazy (hopefully) upcoming Frio GT CPU cooler. This absolute monster of a cooler comes with no less than four 120mm cooling fans and that's all dedicated to the CPU with up to 300 watts of cooling potential. This cooler is designed especially for the Level 10 GT and I forgot to ask if it would fit in other cases, but if it does end up going on sale (not decided yet), you'll have to check into it a little more.

 

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