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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.
Cooler Master has made some of my favorite computer cases over the last several years. The cases are generally big and packed full of bays and features to allow you to cram tons of hardware inside. The latest case that has surface from Cooler Master isn't a big case, it's a smaller mini tower dubbed the Elite 343.
The case is sized to work with Micro-ATX mainboards. Despite the smaller size, the Elite 343 still has the features that we expect from Cooler Master like a robust cooling system and a tool-free design. The cooling system includes a 120mm front fan that is pre-installed. The rear of the case can be fitted with an 80mm or a 90mm fan.
The case has a pair of 5.25" drive bays that are exposed. The HDD cage inside the chassis can be removed to fit long video cards in like the HD 5970. The chassis comes in black only and is made from plastic and steel. It measures 7.08" x 13.85" x 17.32" and weighs 8.84 pounds. It has USB ports on the front panel along with audio ports and can be fitted with optional FireWire and eSATA ports. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Today we spent some time with Tony Ou from SilverStone Technology at their Taipei based headquarters where we got some quality time with a production and shipping version of the recently released Temjin TJ11 case.
If our numbers are correct, this is the eleventh case in the Temjin series of cases. The first Temjin case, the TJ01, was first developed back in 2003, and since then each new revision over the years has improved by developing new ideas and additions. Kept are the most popular features from previous models and they are added to the latest version. And that makes perfect logical sense to me.
The TJ11 was recently showcased at CES in Las Vegas by the crew at SilverStone, but the version you may have already seen covered there was of a early and non-finished sample. In the video above you get a look at the mighty all aluminum 21kg gross weighted monster in all its glory. Thanks goes out to Tony for his time this afternoon for introducing their latest product to TweakTown readers.
The TJ11 should go on sale late next month and see a price of a little under $600 in the United States. It's a lot of money for a case, but the attention to detail in build and quality is pretty impressive and cooling performance should also be top notice, too. We will be getting a review sample from SilverStone soon, so stay tuned for our full review by Chad later on.
When it comes to overclocking a GPU on your video card the same things come into play with regard to how much performance you can get as you see in overclocking a CPU. The big determining factors are how much power you can get to the card and how cool you can keep the GPU. Keeping the GPU cool often means looking for new cooling solutions.
The catch is that some of the aftermarket cooling solutions for video cards are so large you can't use them if you run multiple video cards inside your computer. Scythe has a new GPU cooling solution that is very thin and still has a big 120mm fan to keep the GPU cool. The solution is called the Setsugen 2 and it has a special connector that will let it work on ATI and NVIDIA cards.
The cooling solution is very flat and thin at only 33mm thick and uses heat pipes that are flush. The fans have an integrated controller that slips into an expansion slot to allow you to turn the fans down when all the cooling performance isn't needed. The cooler measure 176mm x 33mm x 139mm and weighs 435g. The cooler will work with just about every ATI and NVIDIA video card out there. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Today Thermaltake opened its shiny new doors to customers, partners and press to celebrate the opening of their new Taipei Neihu based headquarters. We got an invite to go along and check out all three floors which are home to Thermaltake, Tt eSPORTS, LUXA2 and the Tt Apollo's Pro Gaming Team.
Kenny Lin kicked things off with a short press conference discussing the new office and the reasons behind the investment - or so I think... it was all in Chinese. Judging by our visit today, Thermaltake has clearly invested a lot of money into its new office space, which is located in an expensive industrial area of Taipei that is home to big fish like NVIDIA, Foxconn and ECS. The new office is vibrant, follows the red and black theme colors of Thermaltake. No expenses have been spared with all the trimmings in place.
Included are such things as various Sony TV's hooked up with Nintendo Wii's for staff to take a break and get some prospective on things. Staff have various comfortable couches and bars located all around the offices to sit back, relax and discuss ideas and matters. Ceiling hung "moon air chairs" as I call them include a stunning view over Taipei and give staff another chance to get away from their typically mundane office chair. Every staff member got a Thermaltake eSPORTS keyboard and mouse and their office chairs even look comfortable, too. CONTINUED...