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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - One of our first stops today on the show floor in Nangang was InWin who has a whole bunch of cases and power supplies on display, as you would expect, but the stand out for us was the Carlian iV.
It's a gamer's case that is still in the prototype stage, but already looks really impressive. It is colored with a black and white theme and the design is based off a game, which for the life of me, I cannot remember as I type here.
It's comes with USB 3.0 as you would expect from a high-end case these days and one of the big things with this full tower is that it supports large EATX motherboards and of course long video cards. On the outside everything is basically designed without the need for tools including remove fan covers, a nifty side door that allows quick access to your hard drives. On top of the case you'll see in the video above you can also gain access to the fans which can be removed and fit a large radiator.
At this stage of the game we do not have any details on pricing or availability, but it should definitely be a chassis to look out for in the months ahead when it goes on sale.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we stopped by the NZXT suite where we spoke to marketing manager Victoria who gave us a rundown on a couple of their upcoming products.
We start off with the Sentry Mix which is a fan controller offering six 50-watt channels and that should be plenty for some very high profile cooling fans inside your case. The channels are adjusted from the front of your case with a device that fits nicely inside one of your drive bays and looks rather slick.
The colors can also be changed with the touch of a button. You just use sliders to go up and down to adjust the voltage of the fans, the sliders were also very smooth to use. It should go on sale later this year in Q3 or Q4.
And the final product we looked at was the Tempest 410 Elite which is yet another upcoming case from NZXT which will also come out later this year. It is a mid-tower case that borrows ideas from the original Tempest and H2 and looks rather good. A couple things that stood out for me was the touch power fan that allows you to very easily remove the front fans and clean the dust filter without having to worry about disconnecting or reconnecting any power cables.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - We saw an early glimpse of it earlier in the year at CES in Las Vegas, but today we stopped by the Corsair suite to get a detailed look at its upcoming Link control software which allows you to take control of what is going on inside your system.
In the video above you get to see a look at the software that is still in beta, but is getting close to being released. Corsair Link works with a USB control unit that slots into one of your drive bays and your fans and other devices such as lighting plugs into it.
It not only allows you to monitor temperatures, but also adjust fan speeds. So, right now you are saying you can control fan speeds now, but Corsair Link takes things quite a way further. For instance, if you have a light kit installed, you can adjust the lights to change depending on the GPU temperature, for instance.
The software is actually very programmable so you can tweak around with it to your fancy and really see what is going on with your system vital signs. If you don't want to spend time tweaking with the software, we were told there would also be basic preset options you can chose for a quiet system or high performance with your fans running at full speed.
A Swedish-based online store has listed two new entries of Corsair's (until now) unheard of CPU coolers that will fill out the Hydro series - the Hydro H80 and Hydro H100. The new Hydro series coolers maintain the same pre-assembled, closed-loop CPU water-cooling kits.
The new kits seem quite awesome, with the H80 using a thick 120x120mm area radiator that's just as big as the H70 but has a bigger block unit which should amount to higher water flow. The block unit looks like it has a control knob too, which is a new addition. The Hydra H100 on the other hand uses a 240x120mm area radiator and can hold two 120mm fans on either sides, but comes with two fans.
Converting the Swedish Krona to US, the H80 is listed at $154 whilst the H100 will set you back $172.50
Besides looking at the Outlaw chassis earlier today on our visit to BitFenix we were also given a look at their range of Alchemy multi-sleeve cables.
You think, what can be so exciting about cables? They are just cables, after all - right? Well, David from BitFenix would probably disagree with you. There is certainly a strong market for case modders and custom system builders out there and BitFenix is looking to impress them with their line of cables for all the various parts inside your PC that require power.
It would even seem like there is an art to cables. In the video above, David goes into a lot of detail about the Alchemy cables and what makes them good. If you were one of those people who thought cables were just cables, give it a watch and let us know what you think.
Earlier today I ventured back to the BitFenix labs in Taipei where we were given an exclusive look at their upcoming chassis called the Outlaw.
BitFenix launched with the monster Colossus case and has since worked its way down to smaller and more affordable options for the mass market and those on a budget. The Outlaw is the smallest case I've seen from BitFenix to date, but does small always mean not as good?
At least it seems, not in this case. From the early sample we got to see today and that you can see in the video above, there are plenty of good things happening with the Outlaw. For starters and one of the key features is that the motherboard position has been switched so that the PCI slots are up high near the top exhaust fans which should mean high-end video cards are kept cool and the case in general.
Also for such a small case, you will be pleased to hear that it will virtually fit any size video card you can imagine. Since the PCI slots are north and located in line with the optical drive bay areas, as long as you can give up one drive bay, you have loads of room to fit in a very long video card, one longer than I have ever seen anyway.
The Outlaw is set to go on sale sometime in July for the amazing price of $49 USD.
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Antec are releasing something special for their 25th anniversary (btw, congrats Antec!) by releasing the Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 maximum-performance CPU cooler. Antec developed the KÜHLER H2O 920 in conjunction with Asetek, who are an industry-leading supplier of OEM liquid cooling systems for computers. The KÜHLER H2O 920 is an advancement on the popular KÜHLER H2O 620 with several upgrades that allow it to deliver better cooling results to your CPU.
The KÜHLER H2O 920 features a double-thick radiator with two 120mm fans as well as an interactive fan control in the form of Asetek's ChillControl software. The KÜHLER H2O 920 has some seriously great features and with it being only the second liquid-cooler from Antec, I'm quite excited to see what the future holds for Antec.
Earlier on today I stopped by the BitFenix headquarters here in Taipei and spoke with product manager David about the Taiwanese company's new range of mid-range computer cases that are due to go on sale midway through April in the United States and Europe.
Shinobi is the name and there are two versions: the standard Shinobi coming in at $59 USD and the Shinobi Window coming in at $69 USD. You would be mistaken in thinking that the only difference between the two is that one has a side window and the other one doesn't. While that is partly true, the window version is actually more expensive since it also includes a well designed tool-free design for the hard drives and optical drives.
These cases are made of a nice soft rubbery material that is easy on the eye and feels great. The design is simple with no fancy lights or anything like that, but still manages to maintain a good level of style. Internally most of the important chassis design points can be ticked off with good color coding, impressive cable management, a CPU cut out for easily changing coolers without the need of having to remove the motherboard and more.
In the video above David gives us a good introduction to both cases.