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They say once you go Lian Li you never go back. Well, OK so maybe they don't say that but all of the Lian Li cases I have used over the years were much better than most other cases on the market. The big downside to Lain Li gear is that the company knows it makes good products and charges dearly for them. A Lian Li case sometimes costs as much as a netbook to purchase.
Lian Li has added a new HTPC chassis that might be just the thing for the living room computer user looking for performance and good looks. The case is offered in black or silver brushed aluminum finishes. It works with Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX mainboards and measures in at a svelte 445 mm x 167 mm x 325mm and weighs 3.2kg. The chassis also has a plethora of front mount ports and connectors to keep you from having to dig behind your HTPC.
I don't know anything about design, but this DIY wooden table/PC case looks more 1960's to me than Danish in design. Still the thing is cool if you like to build your own computer cases.
It's made from wood and the back of the case appears to be removed from some other sort of computer case. The designer claims that the case is about 85% complete right now.
Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.41.
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.
SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).
SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.
SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
SpeedFan can handle:
almost any number of South Bridges
almost any number of hardware monitor chips
almost any number of hard disks
almost any number of temperature readings
almost any number of voltage readings
almost any number of fan speed readings
almost any number of PWMs
SilverStone has been in the computer case market for years and has today announced a new SFF PC chassis called the Sugo SG07. The new case is made for a Mini-ITX mainboard.
The SG07 has a giant 180mm fan that is larger than the board the case is designed to house. The big fan allows the small chassis to run high-end components and keep cool. The case can handle video cards with up to a 400W thermal envelope and 12.2-inches long.
Thermalright has put the finishing touches on another impressive looking piece of metal to rest atop your CPU.
They call this the Silver Arrow which makes use of a couple fin stacks and two TY series fans. These fans are 160x140x24mm sized with variable RPMs of 500 to 1300 and a max dBA of 21.
In the same fashion as the TRUE120, Thermalright is looking to bring out an all-black version of its latest air cooling monster, the Venomous X which hit the market earlier this year. Again, it's basically the same model of cooler, but is black nickel plated from head to toe and comes with mounting kits for both AMD and Intel platforms.
A quick run back over the Venomous X's attributes; this is a cooler measuring 127 x 63 x 160 mm with a weight of 755 grams. It uses an all-copper base that is mirror finished and makes use of six 6mm heatpipes. Both 120 and 140mm sized fans can be strapped onto this cooler with the use of the included sets of fan clips and Thermalright includes its Chill Factor III thermal paste.
Chieftec has decided to take another splash into the PSU pool with its new Nitro series. These power supplies should be good candidates for those on a budget wanting enthusiast class features and standards without paying a premium.
The Nitro series is quite a large family with 10 units in total. They are broken into two catagories; the lower end with 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W non modular variants and upper scale 550W, 650W, 750W, 850W, 950W and 1.2KW modular variants. These power supplies are 80 Plus Bronze compliant, with the 1.2KW version being the exception with 80 Plus Silver compliance.
Thermaltake has added a nice touch to its existing V9 mid-tower chassis with the release of a new BlacX Edition. This is the first mid-tower on the market that includes a built-in dual-bay docking station for easy access to both 2.5 and 3.5-inch sized HDDs/SSDs.
Much of the case is unchanged from the original V9 except for this convenient additional feature nestled on top of the case. With that said, you do also get USB 3.0 support on the front I/O and there are pre-drilled holes at the rear for allocation of water cooling tubes.
In stock form, you get a 120mm 1000RPM blue-LED fan located at the front, a 120mm 1400RPM TurboFan at the rear and a large 230mm 800RPM Silent fan positioned at the top rear.
There have been several new computer cases unveiled over the last few weeks and one of the things that most of the higher-end new cases have in common is that they have been featuring front panel USB 3.0. I figured that a USB 3.0 port on the front was going to be seen on most cases.
SilverStone has announced a new chassis called the PS05 that looks good and has a robust cooling system. The downside is that the front panel gets only USB 2.0. The case is made from steel with plastic and mesh on the front. It has a quartet of external 5.25" bays and dual external 3.5" bays.
We've heard little from PC cooling specialists Gelid in recent times, but they're back in the spotlight once again after putting the finishing touches on their latest VGA cooler, the ICY VISION.
This cooler can be mounted to a good range of cards with support for the GeForce 9800 series, GTX 200, GTX 400 as well as AMD's Radeon HD 4800 and HD 5800 series cards.
It looks like a well designed arrangement with a large aluminum fin array with full copper base and the assistance of five heatpipes for heat transfer. The active cooling configuration comprises a couple 92mm UV-reactive ball bearing fans; these operating at a rate of 2000RPMs with just 26 dBA of noise.