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Lian Li's PC-CK101 choo-choo-chooses you for your next build, is a fully-functional PC in the shape of a train
Computex 2012 - When I first read about the Lian Li PC-CK101, I never thought I'd see it in person. I come from a smaller state in Australia and we don't really have the retailers to have this on display, but thankfully I'm lucky enough to work for the best tech site in the world and attend Computex where I saw it in person.
It has a full train track, and looks exactly like a train would be, not to scale, of course. It features a built-in slim optical drive, a 300W PSU to drive it and is an actual working PC. It moves along the track as you'd expect it to, too. It even sports USB 3.0 ports.
Computex 2012 - From our guest blogger and competition winner Roshan!
Corsair has refreshed their newer lineups and showcased them this Computex 2012.
Starting off with USB 3.0 drives, Some of Corsair's newer flash drives that are displayed along with Voyager, Voyager GT and Survivor are Survivor Stealth (32GB & 64GB) and Voyager slider (8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB).
Along with 800D and the Vengeance C70 PC case, Corsair displayed the "Steel Silver" version of Corsair 600T mid tower case, but still featuring the USB port routing cable rather than featuring the USB 3.0 header.
Computex 2012 - Our next stop along the Computex Nangang hall path was BitFenix who had its full range of computer cases on display including the new Ghost as well as what we are focusing on right here, the new Prodigy.
The Prodigy is BitFenix's latest case that comes in a range of different colors and supports Mini-ITX motherboards. Obviously seeing the increase in performance Mini-ITX motherboards going onto the market, BitFenix saw a chance to produce a new case model. It's going to make a wicked LAN gaming PC or small gaming PC, that doesn't have to sacrifice moving down to low-end parts due to the high end performance models of things such as video cards and power supplies being too big to fit into small cases.
In the video above David from BitFenix also introduced us to the brand new BitFenix Recon which is a fan controller, but by no means your normal fan controller. This is something that BitFenix has been working on for a long time, in fact we even saw early mockups at Computex last year.
This is a touch based controller that fan controller and temperature monitoring device that plugs into your motherboard. With this connection made, you can login to the device in your web browser and adjust fan speeds and monitor temperatures. And with your router properly configured you can also access the Recon control panel from other computers in and outside of your house...
Computex 2012 - Day two of Computex is here and it has been insane, my legs and back are gone but I have some crazy amounts of pictures and what not. First we'll discuss Rosewill's latest gear and some upcoming stuff that should impress people. Rosewill aren't as well known as the other players like Corsair, Thermaltake, etc, but no company starts off as number one.
Rosewill walked us around their booth and showed Throne. Throne was very impressive, a large case, with swing-able top fins up the top of the case to maximise airflow, but can be closed to keep dust out of the case when it's not being used. The door can be opened from either side, which is great. The inside of the case was insane, very big and roomy with great cooling. The one stand-out for me was a top-mounted HDD dock. Yes, a HDD dock on top of the case.
It's the little things, ya know?
Rosewill also has the Blackhawk X which sports the ability to have dual power supplies, and supports long VGA cards. It also takes ATX and E-ATX motherboards in case you roll like that. Blackhawk X also has a top-mounted HDD dock. Rosewill Thor starts to fill out Rosewill's cases, where it has a top 230mm fan, swing-able top fins, but unfortunately no HDD dock.
Computex 2012 - Popular case maker BitFenix have unveiled their latest creation, Prodigy. Prodigy is a super-small mini-ITX case, but looks absolutely gorgeous. It will come in multiple colors, black/black or white/white and sports some decent cooling. It's made from a mix of steel and plastic, can take 1 x 5.25-inch drive, 5 x 3.5-inch (3+2 modular) or 9 x 2.5-inch drives.
Cooling on the front we find a single 120mm fan, or an optional 140/180/200/230mm fan, looking at the rear we find a single 120mm fan (included), or a 140mm fan which is again, optional. Up top we have the ability to throw in two 120mm fans (optional). What about the dimensions? It is definitely small at 250 x 404 x 359mm. I haven't touched one the stand-out feature, yet.
On the top of the Prodigy we find two handles, this is just so, so useful for lanners or for people who transport their PC around occasionally. We were giving the Prodigy a bit of a feel up when we bent the handles to see how they would take the weight of the case being fully-filled with hardware. The handles can be bent in on themselves, as they're made from some very high-end material.
Computex 2012 - Yesterday on Day 1 of Computex we stopped by the OCZ suite at the TICC where naturally the American company was showing off its full range of consumer and enterprise solid state solutions. Chris is going to give you some updates on that department of products a little later on, but SSDs is not the only thing that OCZ sell.
In the corner of the room we spotted the PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 1200-watt PSU. This is OCZ's most beefiest power supply solution currently and it looks the goods with a lot of the features we like to see in a PSU checked off. It's a 80 Plus Platinum rated unit with up to 1200 watts of power. It is a modular unit with PC Power & Cooling's unique modular system which is said to provide better and more stable electrical connectivity than regular plastic modular plugs.
It impressed us enough to be one of the few products we've seen at Computex 2012 so far to receive our TweakTown Computex 2012 Recommended Award for products that we like and think will do well. We look forward to putting it through the paces in our full review a little later on.
Computex 2012 - Yesterday we visited the Corsair suite for an early looking at its new products and one of the biggest new items from the company is its AX1200i power supply.
Many of you would be aware of the popular and impressive AX1200 power supply, but let's introduce the brand new AX1200i PSU. It is a 80 Plus Platinum rated power supply, but the big story here is it is Corsair's first consumer fully digitally controlled power supply that features a DSP (Digital Signal Processor). That means it's able to work in conjunction with Corsair Link 2 software that allows you to do all sorts of cool things thanks to the new full digital nature of the PSU.
You can some really cool things such as monitor the real-time power in and power out of your PSU along with measure the efficiency percentage. You can even go as far as measuring the power consumption on the PCI-E power (as well as the 12v rail, SATA, main and so on) to get a fairly good idea of what your video card is using. You can also set Over Current Protection individually. Corsair also claims at the AX1200i features very impressive tight power regulation which we cannot wait to check out in our full review when we get a unit in from Corsair...
With Computex rapidly approaching, more and more manufacturers are making their Computex plans clear. Today we have learned that ENERMAX will be joining the liquid cooling crowd with a new all-in-one liquid cooling solution. ENERMAX is known for their power supplies, so jumping to liquid cooling is a bit of a stretch.
Currently, we don't know very much, if any thing, about the upcoming liquid cooling solution. All we have is the picture shown above. Since our crew will be in attendance of Computex, we will be sure to get the scoop on the latest addition to the ever more crowded all-in-one liquid cooling market.
In other news, ENERMAX will also be showing off some new power supplies to compliment the liquid cooling solution it is going to be showing off. ENERMAX will unveil the new PLATIMAX models - the higher wattage of 1350W and 1700W! In addition, more new industrial power series will be debuted, including the refreshing 2500W LED Power. If you are attending Computex, they will be exhibiting at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, 1st floor, No. I-1110.
Mini-ITX cases often lack the physical size required to build a gaming rig with any sort of muscle behind it. The new BitFenix Prodigy, exclusively at Overclockers UK, looks to be a game changer in this regard. The press release is claiming room for nine drives, 120/140mm fans, the possibility of a 240mm radiator and "ample room for even the longest graphic cards."
The case uses a beautiful combination of materials and really stands out from the crowd. While the case is a rounded cube shape, it has large round arch protrusions which act as feet and carrying handles. The handles are made from "FyberFlex" material which is designed not to break or bend permanently. The case itself is constructed from solid steel and is painted in either all black or all white.
The case even features room for a full ATX power supply which is a great addition. When the top hard drive bay is removed, users can fit graphics cards up to 31cm in length inside. Even with the drive bay installed, users can still manage cards up to 16.5cm in length. The price for the new case? A reasonable £59.99 exclusively offered at http://www.overclockers.co.uk.
BitFenix has come out with two new fan coolers that you are sure to want. One, the Recon, allows remote management and monitoring through the internet. Whether you are on a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you can be sure that your computer is always running cool. The Hydra Pro provides 30W per channel power and simple LED control when combined with Spectre and Spectre Pro LED fans.
The Recon is a pretty advanced piece of hardware and sports two microprocessors that constantly interacts with your motherboard to provide up-to-date information. It also is internet connected and controllable through any internet connected device with a web browser. Since it is managed through a web browser, nearly any device can manage it.
The Hydra Pro is designed to be a powerful fan and LED controller. It features 5 different thermal channels that each provide 30W. The fans are controlled by low profile sliders to make it compatible with nearly every case. The Hydra Pro really shows its worth when you combine it with Spectre and Spectre Pro LED fans as the LEDs are controllable with the touch of a button.
The Recon will be coming with an MSRP of $39 in North America and will be available next week at Performance PCs and Canada Computers. The Hydra Pro will be released in June and come with an MSRP of $34.90 in North America. These should look at home in nearly any case.