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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.
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Thermaltake's redefinition of their original Level 10 case has been in the works for a while now and even made an appearance at Tweaktown's party at CES. Now the Level 10 GT is available for you to make your very own as Thermaltake has announced that their newest case has hit the streets.
While the GT has similar styling to the original Level 10, it has been toned down just a touch without losing any cool factor. Boasting USB 3.0 connectivity, high end cable management, and dual 200mm cooling fans as well as dual radiator and high end video card combatibility the GT is as flexible as it is attractive. The best part is the $269 MSRP will give more customers a shot at this version that could not afford the higher price tag of the original Level 10.
Typically when I talk about Scythe we are looking at pics and specs on a new cooling solution for CPUs or video cards. Cooling isn't all Scythe has and the latest product to come for the company is a new line of power supplies. The line is all the same with the only difference being the power rating.
Scythe offers a 500W, 600W, and 700W version of the new Gouriki 3 PSU. They all share the same dual 12V rail as recommended by the Intel ATX 2.3 standard. The dual rails promise more stable power for computers. The PSUs also all measure in at 150 x 155 x 86mm and have a Scythe fan inside for cooling that is 140mm.
That fan has a special circuit that spins at only the speed needed to keep the PSU cool. The maximum speed is 1100rpm for the 500W offering, 1200rpm for the 600W, and 1450rpm for the 700W. The line is rated 80 Plus Bronze and has lots of protection built in for overvolt and more. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Thermaltake's Toughpower line of power supplies have been a big hit for high end PC owners. The folks at Thermaltake are looking to keep the momentum going as they release three new flavors of their Toughpower Grand line, complete with 80 Plus Gold certification for maximum efficiency.
The new Toughpower Grans PSUs will be available in 850W, 1050W and 1200W Models. Dual 12V rails provide most of the juice that your PC needs and an ultra durable 3 oz PCB design provides a solid base. A flower shaped 140mm fan keeps the unit cool and the FanDelayCool feature keeps the fan running for 15 to 30 seconds after shutdown for added cooling after long gaming or benching sessions. No prices or relase dates were released at this time.
The first time I saw the Level 10 case from Thermaltake it looked really good and I wanted one. Since that initial launch, the thing has been spied on TV and is still one of the coolest cases I have seen. A new version of the chassis is now available that has the same style and compartmentalized design. The new version is the Level 10 GT and it is available right now.
The case is a collaboration between Thermaltake and the BMW Design Group just as the original was. The changes are little things that will make a big difference. The little updates include better airflow with 200mm fans along with a 140mm rear fan. The case has USB 3.0 connectivity and will now accept video cards up to 37cm in length.
The case has a MSRP of $269 and has five internal hot-swap drive bays for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch HDDs. The case also has a design that will work with liquid cooling for the CPUs. It supports eight PCIe slots and will work with SLI or Crossfire multiple video cards.
During CES 2011 in Las Vegas last month, we got a chance to get an exclusive video preview of Xigmatek's upcoming Elysium super tower case.
Chris went on video as you can see above and talked about the Elysium and what makes it special. One of the big things about the Elysium is that it was designed to fully and properly support the massive and much spoken about EVGA SR-2 motherboard that supports two Intel Socket LGA-1366 processors, a bunch of RAM and loads of PCI Express slots.
Besides that, the Elysium comes with support for a lot of large cooling fans that should keep things running just nicely. There is support for large radiators on the top and bottom of the case. Not only that, but there is also support for 12 hard drives and even an additional 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive that can be slotted in easily at the top front area of the case.
Moving forward past that area is two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single eSATA port as well as your typical audio ports. These ports can be hidden by a sliding cover if they are not in use. Inside the case, there are no less than seven water pipe holes as well as handy cable management holes, which should allow you to build a very clean looking system.
Watch the video above for your exclusive look and there are some pictures below in the gallery, too.
Looking for the ultimate 120mm fan for your radiator? If you don't care aout noise, Koolance may just have your ticket with their new release. The new fans, bearing the FAN-12038HBK-184 product code, are120x120x38mm fans that are rated for an impressive max airflow of 183.5 CFM at a tornado-inducing 4,000 RPM.
Silence freaks will cringe at the 59 dBA noise ratings, but these fans are not meant for you. Rated to run at 12V and 2.0 amps, these fans will take all the juice you can (reasonably) throw at them. They also have a 3-pin connection with a tachometer for fan speed control if needed. These fans spin so fast, Koolance recommends installing fan grills for safety. Check them out for $11.99 a piece if you're ready for life in the fast fan speed lane.
OCZ has removed itself from all but its most core markets. That strangely has seen the company leave the RAM business that made it famous to start with and focus on the SSD market almost exclusively. OCZ has been making power supplies for a long time too and has stayed in that business as well.
The company has added a new PSU series to its range that are aimed at the user needing maximum performance. The new ZX series from OCZ have the same features with the only difference being the total power output. The line includes a 1250W unit, a 1000W unit, and an 850W unit.
All of the PSUs are fully modular with all power cables being removable. The series has a single +12V rail and the high-end 1250W unit can support three video cards while the two other units support dual video cards. The series is 92% efficient and use a traditional ATX design that will fit most cases. Pricing and availability for the new PSUs is unknown.
Scythe has all sorts of cooling gear and accessories in its line that will work for AMD or Intel machines. The company makes cooling products that are more efficient than the factory cooling products allowing the computer users to overclock their processor to higher levels that factory air-cooling will allow. Scythe has announced a new mounting solution called the Universal Retention Kit 3.
The kit attaches your aftermarket cooling solution to your mainboard and is designed to support larger and heavier than factory cooling solutions. It uses a solid backplate mounting system and has multi-socket support allowing it to work with Intel Socket T / LGA775, LGA1156 LGA1366 as well as the new LGA1155 and AMD Socket 754, 939, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and 940.
The kit also ships with a pushpin removal tool to make removing CPU coolers quicker and easier. The kit will work with all Scythe CPU coolers to replace lost brackets and to upgrade the coolers to newer sockets if needed.