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BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.
Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming and really impressive Colossus full tower computer case. The product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with a very estimated street price of around 170 USD.
The Colossus is a very hip and new breed of computer case that will come in either white or black. It is a very important product for BitFenix since it is their very first product that will go on the market; the team does not intend on rushing it and will take as long as it needs to perfect it before it goes on sale.
Yesterday we visited the Ikonik office in Taipei where they gave us an early introduction of what they will be showing at the re-named Tabutex Computex event next week.
We were given an introduction to a total of three new computer cases including the SOHO, M1000 and the Optimus 1200. All very nice cases with varying uses, we really liked the Optimus 1200 model that has a front face that resembles Optimus Prime from Transformers.
We were also shown Ikonik's new Vulcan+ series of power supplies which come in sizes of 850, 1000 and 1200 watt. They look like they have the moves to impress with 80 PLUS Gold certification. Watch our video above to get a close-up look at all of the new products.
Cooler Master took wraps off its latest HAF (High Air Flow) full tower chassis today which it calls the HAF X. The second you lay eyes on the beast you know you are looking at a high end piece of equipment and Cooler Master has thrown as many of its tricks as possible at this one to deliver without dissapointment.
The beast weighs in at just over 14Kg, using steel material and a sleek all-black (inside and out) paint job. Measurements of the case come in at 230 (W) x 550 (H) x 590 (D) mm.
Some of its many features include full tool-free installation, unique cable management system, front I/O panel with USB 3.0 support as well as eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire and audio ports and a large side window to show off your components.
The cooling system is also very impressive with room for not one, but two 200mm fans up top, 230mm at the front for intake, 200mm on the side and 140mm for rear exhaust. That oughtta be more than enough to keep your 3-Way SLI / CrossFireX systems content.
Although the case isn't ready for mass market just yet, it will be just around the corner (whispers of June). In the meantime, we were able to get hold of an early sample for a good lookover and were highly impressed, especially at the $199 price point Cooler Master plans it to hit shelves at.
Prolimatech has proven itself to be capable of designing top performing CPU coolers in the past that get recognized with ease amongst all the top-end performers on the market.
The company has just unveiled a new model which is designed with space constraints in mind (ie. in mATX and mITX systems). It's a down draft style cooler which despite being quite compact in size (just 45mm tall and 92mm wide), can still have a 120mm fan mounted to it which will further assist in cooling components surrounding the CPU socket area.
The cooler also sports six nickel plated copper heat-pipes to better assist in heat transfer. All current as well as some older AMD and Intel sockets are supported.
When it hits shelves as of sometime next month it'll cost around $40 U.S.
Lian Li have just released three new mid tower sized chassis' to market, all boasting all-black aluminum inside and out with large side panel windows.
The PC-8NWX, PC-7FNWX and PC-60FNWX cases are all given a similar array of features with things like tool-less installation, USB 3.0 support and the same fan size mounting areas such as the spare 140mm mounting area on the top panels. Although the PC-8NWX uses a 120mm intake fan on the front versus 140mm sized intake fans on the other two (which are blue LED fans).
The PC-8NWX carries an MSRP of $169 U.S. whilst the PC-7FNWX & PC-60FNWX cases are $199 U.S. each.
OCZ has just released a new high performance 750 watt PSU to market backed by pro gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. This Fatal1ty branded power supply is aimed primarily at gamers and sports modular, flat cabling that helps in giving superior airflow throughout the system.
The unit features a single beefy +12v rail and is ticked with 80Plus Bronze certification thanks to 85% typical load efficiency. It is cooled by a thermally controlled 135mm double ball-bearing red-LED fan which is said to be near-silent.
Connectors include 1 x 20/24-pin ATX, 1 x 8-pin CPU, 1 x 4+4-pin CPU, 4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E, 6 x Peripheral, 2 x Floppy and 6 x SATA.
BitFenix is an exciting new company looking to make a big splash in the top-end PC hardware and peripherals market with state-of-the-art, high performing products.
The company's Product Manager, David Jarlestedt has just submitted his first Video Log on YouTube which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the the company's operations, what they're all about and also what they have in the works for release in the not too distant future.
On that note, there is something pretty special in the way of chassis designs coming. The video gives a sneak peek of a very interesting looking gaming chassis.....
For silence seekers looking for a sleek new all-black mid-tower, Lian Li might have just the number for you in their just launched PC-B25S chassis.
Based on the PC-B25 'Blue Ring' case released a few years back, this one features aluminum construction, weighs in at 7.2Kg and measures 210 (W) x 545 (H) x 497 (D) mm. The I/O panel nestled up top gives dual USB 3.0 support, an eSATA port and a couple audio ports.
The top, front and side panels are all foam-padded, whilst inside there is a tool-less anti-vibration rubber ring suspension HDD rack as well as rubber mounts for the PSU, fans and optical drives, all doing their part in making the case as quiet as possible.
The aforementioned HDD rack can house six 3.5-inch HDDs and there is room for three 5.25-inch sized devices. As for the cooling arrangement, there are four fans included with the PC-B25S; a 140mm fan up top, a couple 120mm fans up front and another 120mm fan at the rear.
The case is said to begin shipping at the end of this month at $289 (ex. VAT).
Scythe has just introduced a couple new high-end variants to its popular Kaze Fan Controller line-up in the "Pro" Series.
The two new models differ from each other in that one is a 3.5-inch form factor unit whilst the other accomodates larger 5.25-inch bays.
Where the 5.25" Kaze Pro series differs to standard Kaze Fan Controller is support for two additional fans along with temperature channels, giving the ability to control up to six fans in total with a voltage range of 3.7 to 12v and monitoring via six temp sensors.
The aesthetics have also been worked on in the Pro series with the outer chassis being all-black and the use of a hidden VF-Display that gives fan speeds and temps.
The 3.5-inch Kaze Pro gives control of up to four fans and the monitoring of four temp sensors. The same built-in VF-Display system is used which shows fan speeds and temps.
The 5.25-inch Kaze Pro can be purchased for around 50 U.S. and the 3.5-inch model for around 40 U.S.