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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.
It's been discovered that Intel has made a modification to the stock cooling solution it is shipping with its top dog Core i7-980X processors.
The new cooler is said to be superior in both performance and noise levels to the original version. This was achieved by making some minor adjustments to the impeller, downsizing the edge of the blades to just 0.3mm and perforating the hub that is connected to the motor in the centre.
It's expected that Core i7-980X's with this new cooling design will begin shipping from June 7.
NZXT has just launched a new Micro ATX case dubbed the Vulcan aimed at enthusiasts and gamers wanting a compact solution that still packs an extensive array of features.
With LAN Party gamers in mind, the case sports a rubber coated handle for easier transportation. In counteracting space constraints, NZXT has put some good thought into the cooling side of things with options for 2x120mm fans (one of which is included), 1x200mm, 1x80mm, a front 120mm intake fan (of which is included) and also a dual 8W channel fan controller being included.
Many will appreciate the all-black theme (outside and in) as well as wire routing holes for easy cable management (important in these smaller chassis'), removable hard drive cage, LED control switch for aesthetic adjustments and a CPU heatsink backplate cutout.
Despite being built around the Micro ATX standard, NZXT promises this chassis is more accomodating to other Micro ATX chassis' on the market when it comes to larger CPU heatsinks and graphics cards.
The case will become available by the end of this month at a price point of about 70 bucks U.S. - For further information, you can find the full press release here and the official product page here folks.
Who would have thought NEC would be the one to come out with something like this. It's been discovered they've been working on a unique CPU cooling solution that is said to use up to 60% less energy than a typical ewater cooling setup and a whopping 80% better effiency claim compared to traditional air-cooling methods.
This eco-friendly unit works by making use of the heat generated from the CPU to boil the cooler's CFC (Chlorofluocarbon) alternate. At around 50c it changes into a gaseous state and the vapors are what removes the heat from the CPU, traveling into a radiator that is cooled by a fan which is then reverted back into the liquid state; repeat cycle.
Another benefit aside from much less energy being used is that it's said to be approximately 70% cheaper to manufacture than average water cooling solutions and thus the savings will be handed over to the buyer.
The cooler won't be available to consumers for a while yet as NEC wants to test the cooler internally in data centers first and make any necessary improvements along the way.
Through its PC Power & Cooling division OCZ has introduced a new series of high performance power supplies to market today.
Dubbed the Silencer Mk II, this range of PSUs can be purchased in wattages of 500, 650, 750 and 950. The entry level 500W model in the series gets an 80Plus Bronze rating, whilst the rest are stamped with and 80Plus Silver rating, indicative of meeting high efficiency standards.
Standard across the range is a single large 12V rail and a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan. The power supplies have standard compability for ATX12V and EPS12V and are given an MTBF of 100,000 hours.
The 500 and 650W models come with a 5 year warranty, whilst the 750 and 950W models come with a 7 year warranty. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.
Lamptron, reknowned for making quality fan controllers have just introduced the FC-6 four-channel fan controller to market; this being the slightly cut down version of their popular FC-5 unit.
Whilst being less powerful than the FC-5, it can still deliver 20w of power per channel. The unit is designed to slide into a 5.25" bay and features a well finished brushed aluminum bezel.
The independent channels are given analogue control with multi-coloured LED displays for each that give information about fan speeds and temperatures.
The quality of the LCD panel is also said to be superior to the FC-5, though the FC-5 is apparently getting a revision update with the new LCD model in the near future.
Lamptron's FC-6 is due out in the U.S. very soon with a suggested retail price of $45.99.
EK Water Blocks has gone all out with support for the GTX 400 series, giving four differing versions of its new supporting blocks each for the GTX 470 and GTX 480, making eight in total for the line-up.
All four for each card use the same shaped, full coverage design, but differ in the types of materials used. The entry level models use a copper base with clear acrylic tops; these are dubbed the EK-FC470 GTX and EK-FC480 GTX with pricing of 74.95 and 80.00 respectively.
Moving up the line-up from there are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal models, which as the name indicates use acetal tops and go for pricing of 77.65 and 82.9 respectively.
Still not to your liking? They also do models with Nickel plated copper blocks and clear acrylic tops that are priced at 80.95 and 85.90 respectively.
If you want nothing but the best, you can go for the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal+Nickel / EK-FC480 GTX Acetal+Nickel models which give nickel plated copper blocks with acetal tops. These are of course priced the highest of the bunch at 84.95 and 89.90 respectively.
EK's online store now has all of these models listed for purchase at the aforementioned prices.
Watercooling gurus Swiftech have quietly released a new GPU water-block to market; the MCW80. This is the successor to their popular MCW60 and is of universal design with compatibility for all current generation GPUs (bar the GTX 400 series, but a supporting kit for this can be purchased separately in the near future for an additional $11.99.
The block is full copper with a high-density pin matrix that increases the surface area of heat dissipation. The outer housing is made of black Delrin.
The block has compatibility for eurostyle fittings with a built-in o-ring and it maintains the G 1/4 specification for the ports. The overall size of the block comes in at 49.6 x 49.6 x 32.2 mm with a weight of 141g.
Swiftech is now selling the MCW80 at a price of $56.95.