Cooler Master has just launched its Case Mod World Series 2016 event, which the company calls a "competitive modding event designed to connect modders everywhere".
In total, there are $30,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, thanks to sponsors ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA and OCZ. Global Community Manager for Cooler Master, Michelle Wu, explains: "Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It's about igniting the modding spirit - the maker spirit - on the web and right in your community. This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over".
There will be six judges, Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from USA alongside the sponsors. From their respective fields of expertise, they will be judging the modded cases based on their scores in four weighted areas. Complexity, design, originality, and overall look. You can read more on the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2016 here.
With all of the focus being thrown towards products like Thermaltake's wall-mounted P5 and In Win's crazy transformer chassis, I'm here to draw your attention to something a little more 'normal' once again.
Spire has just released its new mATX tower case, coining it the TRICER 1408 and pricing it at only $64.95. Packed with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, Spire has further thrown in some HD audio ports and a chassis made of 0.45mm SPCC steel. For the low price tag you're also given a 420W PSU and side panel thumbscrews.
The purchase of this chassis provides users with two years of manufacturer warranty, but SPIRE hasn't yet given a release date - which means it's probably already on the shelves.
In Win is fast becoming an innovator in the world of PC chassis', making some some very nice looking and gorgeous cases that spare no expense. And at CES they showed off the second iteration of the H Tower, which is one of their halo products that takes consumer cases to a whole new level.
In Win's H Tower is a tasteful homage to the custom case market, except that it's not "custom" by the normal definition. It's manufactured, though in a limited quantity, and with exceptional The case is tasteful and not too flashy, with just the right amount of flair. When static, it's actually a testament to good industrial design, evoking an imposing presence.
And when it's in motion it's a fantastic site to behold, and I couldn't help but make the transformer sound (poorly I might add) with my mouth. The lasers that shoot out are a nice visual touch, but they're also practical as they measure the space just to make sure it can open all the way. It wouldn't do to mash up your beautiful H Tower accidentally. But check out the video, brilliantly put together by our very own Brian.
EK Water Blocks has issued a statement on its official Facebook page, informing customers that there is now a total recall on all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 water cooling units.
These are the pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one units released by EK, with this water cooling giant explaining that the recall has been put into place due to possible leakage issues. It doesn't take a genius to understand that water and electronics don't mix, so we urge any customers to head over to the official EK announcement page to read more about the overall process, a place in which this company goes into great detail to explain the issues and how they will be rectified with revision 1.1.
While many consumers are upset on social media due to this taking place, EK Water Blocks explained on its website that this problem "was initially estimated as limited risk situation with small percentage of units developing a leak over time that can be resolved with direct customer contact," however, after further analysis it has "turned out to be a more widespread problem." This statement shows that they had prior knowledge of this issue, now choosing to protect all customers from possible unit failure in the future.
EVGA has expanded its flagship SuperNOVA T2 lineup of premium power supplies with a trio of enthusiast-grade PSUs stamped with the covered 80 Plus Titanium rating.
EVGA has brought us a ton of high-performance hardware in the past, including a fleet of ultra-fast OC NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti video cards, but now the hardware-maker aims to make its mark in the field of power supplies with its new triumvirate of ultra-efficient PSUs. Today the company's SuperNOVA T2 line gets three new contenders: a titanic 1000W flavor followed up with 850W and 750W variants for less-extreme rigs.
As the company says, "nothing beats titanium", and all three power supplies boast an amazing 90% efficiency under full workloads and 94% under half loads. Although the T2 1000W, T2 850W and T2 750W all feature extremely reliable Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con Solid State Capcitors, EVGA backs each PSU with a 10 year warranty.
CES 2016 - Phanteks has teased its Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition case recently, showing that a change in material can take a case from seeming mainstream and shoot it into looking spectacular.
Featuring an extremely reflective glass surface, Phanteks' new case features tinted and tempered glass side panels on both sides of the chassis, as reported by Tech Power Up recently. The spectacular side panels are secured through the help of thumb screws and feature this glass material from top to bottom.
With the rest of the chassis being identical to the regular Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX spec sheet, expect this new model to hit the shelves in March, priced at $190.
If you're looking for some highly efficient power supplies ranging from 550W to 1200W, Sea Sonic has just announced its PRIME Titanium flagship series of products, offering 80 PLUS Platinum or Titanium certifications.
Featuring zero PCB cabling, self-claimed "Premium Hybrid Fan Control" which is "fanless up to 45 % system load," a massive ten-year warranty and an extended hold-up time of over 30ms, this product range was announced recently through a press release.
The 80 PLUS Titanium units will be released in 650W to 1000W models, with the Platinum products set for a power range of 550W to 1200W. The massive warranty is backed up by fully modular cabling and a promise to provide "the quietest active cooling power supplies."
CES 2016 - Cooler Master is consolidating their product lines and changing their focus, and that also includes their CPU cooling products as well. At CES they were showing us the new AIO water coolers that they'll be bringing to market as part of their new "Make it Yours" initiative. They also had a new slick looking custom water loop kit and a new air cooler to take a look at.
Despite the small debacle with the patents that might have prevented the sale of the older, and quite effective older series of coolers, they've actually been working on a new design well before that, which was debuted here in their suite at CES. The pump is updated and improved, so coil whine should definitely not be a problem anymore.
There'll be 120mm and 140mm wide selections with up to 280mm in total length as well. If the Nepton series is any indication, then the actual cooling performance should hopefully be similar. And that means it'll be near class leading.
In Win is always looking to innovate and find new ways to dazzle their customers with new things. That thinking extends to products already in the market too.
At CES this year they brought the ubiquitous 805, but with a few new changes instead. In place of the normal front panel, they put on a an infinity mirror complete with RGB lights on the inside. It's more than appropriate for the particular Las Vegas flavor, and it's not really too garish either. It's only a few cm deep, but the effect is really well done.
The infinity lighting is controlled by the ASUS RGB motherboard and can have any number of different patterns and colors. The case on display was simply revolving around the color wheel. It's a prototype and they're just looking for feedback on the design to see if it's something that they might implement in future designs, or even as an add-on later. They've also added metal extensions on the bottom of the case that hold the tempered glass side-panels in, so they don't fall so easily when you remove them.
CES 2016 - We went eyes-on with the new Inwin H-Frame 2.0 case at CES, and it's a magnificent beast that needs to be experienced to truly understand it.
The new case is leagues better than the old case, and it's also Inwin's 30th anniversary, which means there's extra flair, though again it's in-line with the motif and not at all gaudy or out of place. It's monstrous when you step up to it, with a monolithic and ominous air that makes it seem like a monument. A monument to PC gaming, of course. But the cool orange lights are not out of place, nor are they too bright, but almost beckon you to take a look behind the tempered glass.
And inside is a vast landscape that's capable of holding nearly anything you could dream of. It's spacious with what looks like plenty of room to work in as well. But that's only part of why you'd ever buy this case. This is a unique and gorgeous case, a work of art that can't compare to very many other chassis' that exist out there. It's that uniqueness that draws you to it, and In Win is a master at crafting such beautiful cases.