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Lian Li still make some of the most unique chassis' on the market, but the new O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis really takes teh cake. There are four new models, the PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S which are sure to impress.
The first two models, the PC-O5 and PC-O5S are mini-ITX variants, while the PC-O6S is a micro-ATX offering, with the PC-O7S being an ATX model. All four models feature Lian Li's impressive aluminum design, with all four cases featuring a very similar look. All four allow you to show off the hardware inside of your chassis, with the entire build visible through glass.
The video cards are installed parallel to the motherboard which will have some of your friends freaking out, but it will also look super awesome, too. This is achieved by Lian Li offering PCI riser cards and extensions with the new chassis models. Customizable storage options are also on offer, with hard drives capable of being mounted in the HDD cage, which is hidden by a nice shield. Water cooling support is also provided, with the "S" variants of the new O Series cases denoting which ones are capable of being water cooled.
With space for up to eight internal hard drives, any full size video card and incorporated dense sound-absorbing material all wrapped up in Fractal's signature clean overall design, the Fractal R5 case has arrived.
Self-quoted in their press release as "the definition of silence", Fractal sets out yet again to build on their simple, elegant and high-quality Scandinavian design concepts as seen throughout their other cases in the Define series. Although somewhat lacking in different types of models on offer, Fractal has decided to steer away from 'giving it all' and focusing on a few simple case design concepts - working harder on singular projects to make them right.
Fractal make sure to mention that water cooling is a viable option in this case, allowing the user to install radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front of the chassis. However if air cooling is more your thing, they're providing two GP14 140mm low noise fans as standard.
We saw the beginnings of GIGABYTE's new watercooling system a few months ago, but here we are: the company has just announced its new GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI cooler.
The new system attaches onto three GeForce GTX 980 cards, cooling all three of them down with a very powerful, 3-way SLI closed-loop liquid cooling system. What we're seeing here is a combination of three of GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming cards (that's a lot of Gs), which are non-reference GPUs with improved PCBs and cooling designs, with the WaterForce cooling system on it.
Each GTX 980 is overclocked to 1228MHz on the Core, and 1329MHz Boost, while the memory is at 7010MHz. There's a massive external casing that comes with it, which will be placed on top of your chassis, providing configuration controls. Each card is cooled by its own 120mm fadiator, with three of them found in the massive contraption that sits on your case. There are a total of six pipes that lead from the front of the chassis, to the cards, where they're cooled. GIGABYTE also provides individual fan speed adjustment, and coolant pressure controls, which can be tweaked from the front panel. The company also provides a 5.25-inch front panel display, where you can see all of your readings for coolant temperatures and fan speeds.
InWin has just unveiled two new cases to the world, with the new 707 Full Tower, and 703 Mid Tower. Starting with the 707, we have two colors available: 'Gaming Black' and 'Silent White' with both chassis' "constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel".
The black version of the 707 features an acrylic side panel window, while the white version sports sound damping to provide quieter operation. Inside of the 707, we have some serious cooling capabilities, where support for both 360mm and 240mm radiators is allowed, at the roof, and bottom of the 707, respectively. InWin have generously provided 206mm of depth on the opposite side panel, which provides additional room for those super-tall coolers.
There are three 5.25-inch bays hidden behind a one-touch, pop-open door, while inside there are eight 3.5-inch HDD bays with screw less installation. Cable management is provided throughout the 707, as well as a big 20mm gap behind the motherboard tray that will keep your build nice and clean, as well as providing increased airflow.
Phanteks has just taken the wraps off of its new Enthoo EVOLV, the latest member of its Enthoo Series. The new EVOLV is an mATX/mITX chassis, with a very nice looking aluminum exterior. EVOLV features a tool-free release system for its outer panels, and much more inside of it - the video below explains the EVOLV.
On the side we have two USB 3.0 ports, but it's the cooling and design inside that is what is worth talking about. We have support for two 120mm or 140mm fans up top, on the front, and one on the rear. A 200mm fan at the front is included, too. When it comes to liquid cooling, the Enthoo EVOLV has plenty of options. The EVOLV can handle a 240mm radiator up top, or on the front, and up to 120mm on the rear.
Phanteks' new chassis can also take in quite a long GPU, measuring up to 318mm, so you shouldn't have any problems throwing in virtually any video card on the market into the new EVOLV chassis. As for expansion slots, it can take five 2.5-inch drives, or three 3.5-inch drives, and a single 5.25-inch drive. All of this weighs in at 9kg, or 19.8lbs.
In the middle of Asetek Holdings Inc. Vs. CoolIT Systems legal battle over a patent infringement associated with closed-loop liquid cooling units, Corsair got stuck in the eye of the storm as it had few models made by CoolIT. Due to the issue at hand, the court eventually decided to keep a motion for partial summary judgement involving CoolIT OEM Corsair AIO units. What is not known until now is that the partial motion summary judgement has concluded in Corsair's favour.
On August 2012, Asetek signed up a licensing agreement with Corsair for AIO liquid cooling units. In the agreement, Asetek gave a non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive license with no sub-license clause. CoolIT defended itself saying that Asetek cannot sue them for infringement of US patents no '362 and '762 because CoolIT was making the so-called 'infringing products' for Corsair on their request. Asetek argued, pointing out that Corsair actually purchased 'off-the-shelf' CoolIT liquid cooling hardware in its ready-made form. The questioned models from Corsair were the H60, H80i and the H100i.
The California court however was skeptical of Asetek's claims that these were off-the-shelf models. Though, initially CoolIT approached Corsair of a retail channel partnership collaboration, Corsair wanted to pick a particular combination of radiators and fans to have a different product. Many specifications were changed, such as lengths of the tubes, the thickness of the radiator and even the size of the fans bundled with these AIO coolers. For example, Corsair H60 changed about 35% of the components for H60, whereas H80i and H100i had 46% and 46% changes. CoolIT also said that the 3/8 rubber tubing, barbs and radiators were specifically made for Corsair, and was not used in its brand or with others.
Asetek made an announcement recently that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent on its 'thermal interposer liquid cooling system' design for video cards.
Well before the announcement AMD signed up with Asetek for enabling liquid cooling solutions for its AMD Radeon R9 295X2 video cards with an intention to have lower noise output, lower temperatures and also enhanced cooling in comparison with air cooling counterparts.
The founder and CEO of Asetek said,"As seen in the recently announced AMD Radeon R9 295X2, the graphics cooling market is one that we see as having tremendous growth potential for our desktop business". He continued,"We continue to see increasing interest from GPU and video card manufacturers due to increased power use and demands for lower acoustics. Given this interest, it is possible that the GPU cooling business could rival our CPU cooling business in the coming years."
Computex 2014 - Something I hunted down at Computex this year was GIGABYTE's WINDFORCE cooler, which has been amped up from the previous 450W-capable model to an incredible 600W of air-cooling goodness.
GIGABYTE had slapped its new WINDFORCE onto NVIDIA's GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK GPU, something you can see above.
The fins on the fans have grooves on them, allowing for improved airflow.
Computex 2014 - Lian Li wasn't just showing off its dual PC-capable DK-02X chassis, but the single PC desk too. The DK-01X is still just as beautiful, capable of having your PC installed into it.
You can install 10 x 3.5-inch HDDs into the DK-01X, a full PC of course, and 7 x 120mm fans. It really is a thing of beauty to see in person.
Computex 2014 - Lian Li is a company that has always had my attention, but when a company crafts one of the best PC desks I've ever seen, allowing not one, but two PCs to be installed - you have my full and utter attention. I present to you, the Lian LI DK-02K.
As you can see in the shots above, the DK-02K is a true work of art. Two full PCs can be built into the desk, with the ability to install 8 x 3.5-inch HDDs on one side of the chassis, and another 9 x 3.5-inch HDDs on the other side for a total of 17 HDDs! The body is made from aluminum, while the legs are made from iron (and are extendable). It weighs a huge 45kg (or 100lbs), can take 8 x 120mm fans, all sorts of motherboards, and GPUs up to 400mm in length.