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A significant update has been made to Extreme.Outervision's popular online PSU Calculator tool that assists 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.
You can access their Lite version of the facility for free, but a Pro version is also available for a small charge which will give out more details specific to Amperage on all rails, support for systems with multiple video cards, recommended UPS rating and print-out functions.
This latest update includes stacks of new and not so new hardware not previously selectable in the dropdown lists, including the new GTX 400 series cards, latest Core i5 and i7 processor range, all the latest Phenom and Athlon processors and more.
If you're in the market for a quality PSU to power up your new rig, this tool should serve as a great guide in helping you make a wise decision about your purchase without under-cutting or going overboard.
Got a well spec'd up SFF system and finding it hard to pair it with a decent enough SFX form factor PSU? SilverStone come to the rescue with their new SFX Form Factor PSU that while only measuring 125 mm (W) × 63.5 mm(H) × 100 mm(D), can deliver up to 450W of continuous power.
The unit runs a single +12V rail and a single 36A rail with 80 Plus Bronze certification thanks to its efficiency of 82 to 85%. All the standard power connectors required for most systems are resident; 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, a 6+2-pin PCI-E, a 6-pin PCI-E, three SATA power connectors, two Molex and one Floppy.
Other features jam packed into this tidy little unit include active PFC, over/under-voltage and current protection as well as assisted cooling by means of an 80mm fan (rated with minimum noise output of 18 dBA).
While the unit can mount into SFX form factor cases out of the box, it also comes bundled with an SFX to ATX bracket that gives the ability to mount it to standard ATX and M-ATX chassis'.
SilverStone is shifting this power supply at around 60 Euros (about 80 bucks U.S.).
Certainly not kind to all eyes, some camouflage crazed folks out there might like the new style NZXT is offering in its new run of Tempest EVO mid tower chassis' dubbed the Tempest EVO Camo.
As you can see, it's going to be much of a love or hate it thing here, which I imagine would lean substantially more towards the latter if we ran a poll. However, this wannabe stealthy mid-tower might just be your cup of tea and it's a good thing NZXT left the specs list pretty much unchanged from the stock Tempest EVO as it's a well suited up mid-tower with plenty of features on tap.
NZXT is shifting the Tempest EVO Camo for about $40 more than the stock version at $150ish. Further details on specs and some more images (if you can bare to see) at the source.
Cooler Master's HAF 922 has been an attractive little winner in the mid-tower market for some time now, so the company thought they'd spice it up a little more with a limited edition run that features a shiny red exterior coating (with black mesh covers on the front bezel) and a black and red interior.
The mesh side panel of the standard version has also been changed in favour of an acrylic one and there's now a mounting spot for a 200mm fan on top, though that doesn't appear to come included with the case. The fans that come shipped in the case include a 200mm one mounted up front and a 120mm at the rear.
Apart from this the case remains much the same as the stock HAF 922 with five 5.25" bays, five 3.5" internal bays (all of which give tool-free installation) and front I/O panel with audio, USB and eSATA connectivity.
As this chassis is a limited edition run, if it really tickles your fancy at the $150 U.S. asking price then you may like to pre-order one directly from CM by requesting it by e-mail to email@example.com. Just provide your name, shipping address and phone number and they'll take care of the rest.
Tuniq has been working on improving its thermal paste recipe and has come out with the new TX-4 branded paste which it's aiming to release to market next month.
It goes without saying that Tuniq made sure TX-4 would offer better performance than TX-3. TX-4 has increased thermal conductivity and broader thermal range over previous pastes from the company. More specifically, its thermal conductivity is 6.53 W/mK and it has a temperature range of -45°C to 160°C.
A chart giving performance estimates hints that TX-4 will lower temps by as much as 5% over TX-2 and 11% over generic thermal pastes. Of course, they use their impressive Tower 120 Extreme to obtain these readings nestled atop a Core i5 750 processor at 4GHz under load (using Stress Prime 2004).
The iPad has been here nearly two weeks now and frankly, I am surprised that the number of cases you can buy today is still not that great. A company called speck has announced that all of its iPad offerings are now available.
Speck makes some interesting cases and sleeves for the iPad that look cool and will keep your gadget safe. Among the offerings is the PixelShield sleeve with screen protection layer. It sells for $39.95 and comes in red or black.
The PixelSleeve plus is a reinforced neoprene sleeve selling for $39.95 that is black with gray lining. Speck also has ShieldView Anti-Glare screen films are available for $24.95 for a package of two. Hard shell cases are also available along with several other offerings.
Budget conscious case maker Chieftec have just added another cost-friendly but feature packed mid-tower chassis to their lineup in the CH-09B-B-OP.
The case might look a little boring for some, but it gives a good useable array of features and functions with dimenions of 540 x 205 x 480 mm (with the feet folded).
The black coated case gives room for four 5.25" external devices and five internal 3.5" bays (as well as one externally accessible). The internal drive bays include tool-free clips for easy installation of drives.
Chieftec ships the unit with a couple 120mm fans up front and back and there's two mounting spots for additional 80mm fans, too. The case also accomodates for water cooling setups with pre-drilled holes for the tubes at the rear.
The case is said to hit the market later this month.
In support of its new waterblocks to suit the GTX 400 series which we touched on a short while back, Danger Den has constructed a video tutorial with which can help ease ones mind in how to carefully remove the stock heatsink on their GTX 480.
This should serve as a helpful guidance tool that will give you more confidence in fiddling with your expensive new toy in efforts to improve on temperatures whilst lowering noise levels with a superior aftermarket cooling option.
Watercooling specialists Koolance have just put the finishing touches on a pair of GeForce GTX 400 series water blocks to individually suit the 480 and 470 models.
These VID-NX480 and VID-NX470 waterblocks are made from nickel plated copper with an acrylic top section and give full coverage to all the important areas including the GPU, memory chips and VRM. Both versions run the same dimensions of 6.25" x 5.75" x 0.62" (15.9cm x 14.6cm x 1.6cm) with a weight of 1.5 lbs (680 g), making them slim enough so that they only occupy a singular expansion slot.
Antec has just extended its popular Sonata line of Quiet Computing cases with the new Sonata Proto which is based around their best-selling Sonata III 500 chassis with a few tweaks and adjustments.
The Sonato Proto has clean lines and styling, using a smart looking matte black exterior. Interally it gives a good range of features, especially for its MSRP of $74.95.
Antec knows how many people are turning to 2.5-inch SSDs as their primary drive for operating system use and as such, they provide a mount for 2.5-inch drives.
There is room for three 5.25" devices and two 3.5" devices accessible externally, along with the aforementioned 2.5" bay and four 3.5" HDD bays inside for SSD/HDD mounting.
At the rear of the chassis there is a 120mm TwoCool (2-speed) fan. There are also seven expansion slots available at the rear for add-in cards.
Antec has already begun shipping the Sonata Proto to major distributers/retailers/e-tailers with the aforementioned MSRP of $74.95.
For further details, you can locate Antec's full announcement on this new mid-tower chassis here.