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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.
eXtreme Outer Vision's online PSU Calculator tool serves as a very useful one when one is wanting to ensure their power supply is enough to meet the demands of all the specs crammed into a particular system. It assits in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
OCZ has re-worked its previous StealthXStream line-up of power supplies and brought the StealthXStream 2 series to market as of this week.
The new series comprises 400W, 500W, 600W and 700W models, of which are 80Plus certified and compliant with ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V standards. These are non-modular power supplies aimed at the home user, gamer and also quite capable for the majority of enthusiast PCs.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - With so many companies products and showcases to cover at this year's Computex, getting a good scoop on every one of them was near impossible in the event's 4 day timeframe.
We were unable to spend much time at the Noctua booth, but that doesn't mean they didn't have anything interesting on display. The company is reknowned for making top quality heatsinks that rival the best of the best and they had some real nice looking next-gen products on display that we can all look forward to.
Taiwanese case maker Aerocool has started shipping its new Vs-9 mid-tower chassis to the European market which for the equivilent of around 50 bucks U.S. looks to give a good bunch of features for the price whilst having simplistic but classy styling.
The case has nine 5.25-inch drive bays and mounting drives inside is tool-free. Speaking of inside, you'll see in the below image the case is painted black inside and out; a new trend seen more in chassis' of today that most people will agree is a lot more attractive than grey metal.
If you're finding it hard to locate a quality fan controller that blends in well with the mesh fascia on your case, Sunbeamtech has just released its new Smart Fan Controller 6 and Controller 3 to suit 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays, respectively.
The 6 channel 5.25" variant offers up to 30W per channel, whilst the 3 channel 3.5" one gives up to 20W per channel. Both units are powered by a single Molex connector and there is also a connection for the motherboard to synchronize all the fan speeds using PWM signals.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Noctua had a well thought out booth at Computex this year that included a few prototype pieces and even some TweakTown propaganda.
I think everyone really wants to see the new upcoming stuff so we will start there. Noctua had a few prototype parts on display at Comptex 2010.