In Win is a company that never ceases to impress, with the company celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Kicking off their big 3-0, the company will "we renew our gaming products website and hope to provide more detailed information to visitors".
Not only that but In Win is starting off their first modding contest - hosting it at their own Taoyuan factory, between May 27-29. The Mod in Taiwan event will kick off days before Computex, and will be a live modding event. Modders from around the world will mod In Win's famous cases, as well as get a peek into In Win's production center where all of their signature chassis and products are made.
TweakTown will be a media partner at the event, so you can expect live coverage from us during the entire show.
Released as a new line of products, EK Water Blocks has announced its P series of liquid cooling kits to the public in a recent press release.
Made up of EK-KIT P240, EK-KIT P280 and EK-KIT P360 models, these three new additions offer various components and specialty features. The press release mentioned that "All P kits can be expanded with additional GPU water blocks and with VR boom just around the corner," meaning that consumers will need to keep an eye on future releases.
All kits contain 40mm thick radiators with double stack copper fins for extra surface area and cooling performance, with the P240 coming backed with two 120mm Vardar fans, the P280 with two 140mm fans and the P360 packing three 120mm fans of its own. All three kits also contain an Ek-Supremacy EVO universal CPU water block. For further insight into exactly what each kit contains, check out the image in the full version of this story.
If you're looking for high efficiency out of your power supply unit, Enermax is vying for your technology dollar with its new Revolution X't II series - providing 80PLUS Gold certification across the board.
Released in 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W editions, this new line builds on Enermax's old Revolution X't series that was released a few years ago. Also utilizing 100 percent 105-degree celsius Japanese electrolytic capacitors, Enermax claims to provide paramount efficiency and reliability with these new additions.
Set for release later on in February 2016, these models will come backed by a limited 5-year warranty and further offer patented 'HeartGuard' technology, running the power supply fan for 30 to 60 seconds after shutdown in order to cool components and increase this products lifespan.
Named '!inverse', this new invention by indie designers 'Rational Bananas' has been in the works for quite some time, focusing on a single goal - create the world's smallest case that can back a full-sized GPU and water cooling.
The project background and development process can be found here, with lead designer Ray also posting up a complete PC build and thermal tests on Hard Forum. This small form factor case is designed as a complete alumnimum housing for your components and was described to me in a conversation as "a steambox-style case."
The tester build in its entirety includes an Intel i5-4690K, 8GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD, 500GB HDD and a GIGABYTE AMD Radeon R9 390 video card. While this system fitting into an 11-liter case is an impressive feat alone, Ray further overclocked this processor to 4.4GHz. The temperature tests brought back some interesting results, with the 4.4GHz overclock ensuring that the CPU was running a little hot under load at a max of 89 degrees celsius, with the VGA under stress, capping out at 94 degrees.
Announced recently in a press release, Lian Li has shown off its 'classic design' PC-7N chassis for those looking for a break from the mainstream flashy offerings.
The PC-7N chassis comes packed with four drive bays that feature vibration-dampening rubber washers and are mounted in a way to encourage simple installation procedures. Further supporting CPU coolers up to 170mm tall, video cards up to 370mm long and ATX power supplies up to 270mm in length, this new release comes packaged with two 120mm front intake fans and a 120mm exhaust fan on the rear panel.
Set to hit the market at the end of this month, expect to pay $99 off the shelf. More information on this model can be found here.
Alpenfohn has announced its new Olymp dual fin-stack CPU cooler recently, showing users once again that extreme air cooling comes at a price.
In this case the price isn't to do with your wallet, it's the fact that this cooler weighs a massive 2.6lbs (1.2kg) out of the box, partly thanks to it packing two 140mm PWM fans that spin between 300-1,400 RPM. The six heat pipes on this device are made of nickel-plated copper and connect to a nickel-polished copper base to ensure cooling prowess.
The fans on offer push out noise between 8 and 26.8 dBA, allowing this product to offer a gigantic thermal capacity of 340W. Suitable for all recent AMD and Intel processors, this cooler is packed with some Alphenfohn Permafrost thermal paste and measures at a massive 165mm x 151mm x 150mm.
Released in a recently issued press release, X2 announced its new SPITZER 20 and 22 cases as part of a futuristic series of products.
Reminding myself of old NZXT cases, the quoted "futuristic modern" design looks somewhat Stormtrooper-esque and provides users with space for video cards up to 470mm in length while giving room for four 120mm and three 80mm fans.
Further features include a two-year manufacturer warranty, included blue LED fans and tinted acrylic side windows. Available for purchase at $74.95 and $52.95 respectively, the SPITZER 20 and 22 are constructed with 0.5mm SPCC steel, backed up with reinforced EMI shielding.
Thermaltake has added yet another chassis to its Core range, releasing the standard Core X5 cube chassis and Core x5 Riing edition.
Both cases are stackable and come packed with 230mm CPU cooler clearance, the ability to fit video cards up to 480mm in length and space for 220mm long power supplies. Designed with water cooling in mind, Thermaltake has also optioned to provide space for two 360mm radiators mounted to the top of the chassis, with the Riing edition offering a 140mm green fan on the side and rear of this product.
Providing users with a two-chamber design, the Core X5 once again allows the upper chamber to handle cooling and your major components, with the lower chamber assigned to house the power supply and drive bays, helping your overall system run quieter and cooler.
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.