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CES 2014 - The buzzword at this years Consumer Electronics Show was definitely "Steam Machine," and with 12 official models being unveiled everyone was buzzing about Valve and its partners. The PC and Gaming enthusiast world in general do not like to purchase their rig pre-built though and Silverstone has a DIY Steam Machine Solution for that market.
Silverstone's new Raven Z RVZ01 Mini-ITX case is designed with small form factor builds in mind that need to lay horizontal for inclusion into a living room setup. Measuring in at just 15-inches wide by 13.5-inches deep, this case will fit into any space with clearance of about 4.5-inches, which makes it the perfect size for home theater use or to build that custom Steam Machine. The Raven Z RVZ01 has enough room inside for a decent sized GPU, ample storage, and even an AIO Liquid Cooling Solution.
Silverstone has removed the full 5.25-inch bay and replaced it with a space sized perfectly for a slot-load dvd drive, while enough room for a small PSU still exist. Magnetic dust filters cover the intake ports which makes for very easy cleaning. The fans pictured are part of Silverstone's new chassis fan lineup and are less than half the thickness of a regular 120mm fan. Finishing things off are vibration isolating rubber feet which ensure a quiet living room gaming experience
CES 2014 - Fractal Design did not have much to show off at this years Consumer Electronics Show, but it did unveil a new Black Out Edition of its popular Define R4 full-tower PC chassis. Fractal says that the decision to go black on black with the case was made after overwhelming demand from Fractal Design fans.
Everything inside the Black edition is... well... black, with the layout staying the same as well as the external aesthetics remaining unchanged. Fractal says that instead of releasing a new design, they focused on bringing to market what its customers and fans were asking for.
Fractal was also showing off a few boutique builds from XioticPC and Puget Systems. The Puget Systems rig features some uber-quiet Tranquillo CPU coolers from GELID Solutions and the entire PC was almost inaudible. XioticPC's two custom builds featured custom paint, and some high-end components that showcased Fractal's cases quite nicely.
CES 2014 - Cooler Master is out in full force at this years CES 2014 and have brought a wealth of new cases, cooling, and peripherals at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We stopped by their booth today to check out what they have to offer and saw some pretty cool new gear that is coming to market this year.
Everything from new HAF Stacker parts to new programmable LED Lit Keyboards, and even new CPU cooling solutions were on display. One of the coolest things to see however was Cooler Masters new Fortress software suite that unifies total control of your gaming rig and allows you to set gaming profiles, control fans, PSU performance, and other features right from the desktop. Additionally, Project "HAF XC" was one of the coolest cube style PC chassis I have seen at CES this year. Its totally clear side panel and unique polygonal mesh outer skin make it something unlike any other.
CES 2014 - Thermaltake always puts on a good showing at CES and 2014 is no exception. Earlier this week I got the chance to stop by their suite and check out some of the new and exciting products we can expect to see in 2014. Shannon Robb spent a few minutes walking me through several new cases, PSUs, and even some new cooling hardware.
The new Core V71 chassis is one of the cleanest PC chassis I have seen at CES this year, and is definitely an excellent choice for anyone wanting to build a rig destined to be heavily liquid cooled, or anyone needing a large amount of storage such as a server, or gaming box. Thermaltake also showed off some upcoming water cooling components including a new reservoir and pump combo along side a pump-less reservoir, and a complete line of compression fittings.
CES 2014 - Captherm Systems unveiled a project today that the company put eight years into. The new MP1120 is a unique cooler with some very impressive features.
The cooler is already an award winner after taking a coveted International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award.
The coolers base, filled with an unknown fluid, pulls the heat away from the CPU. Heat forces the warmed fluid into the radiator area where it cools and drops back down to the CPU cooling chamber.
Click the title to see a video of the system in action.
Hardware maker Phanteks showed off a new color of one of its recent flagship products, the Enthoo Primo White Edition gaming PC chassis. The White Edition features touches of black on the largely white case, along with white LED lighting provides a unique look that many PC owners now expect. Proprietary mounting brackets make removing and installing new hardware easier, while cables are hidden from view with a reservoir bracket. There is major cooling potential for gaming and overclocking with the Enthoo Primo White Edition, with water cooling support and a PSU thermally isolated from the rest of the case.
The Phanteks Enthoo Primo White Edition will be released in February and have a $249.99 MSRP.
As hardware speeds continue to increase, many PC users are finding the need for a specific type of case, depending on room size, portability, cooling options, and other factors.
CES 2014 - Be Quiet made their push into the US Market back in 2012 with their release of its Dark Power Pro 10 line of power supplies, and its presence at CES 2014 is a testament to the company's commitment to bringing high-quality PC power supplies and cooling solutions to its US customers. Today we stopped by their suite to check out what new products they brought to the show.
Be Quiet's already expansive line of PSUs is slated to grow even larger in 2014 and with the addition of the new 1200 watt Dark Power Pro 10, the company has even more premium hardware to please hard-core and high-end PC enthusiast across the US who have power-hungry systems.
We spoke with Christoph Katzer about the new products that Be Quiet is showing off this year, and he appeared to be very excited about the new CPU coolers as well as PSUs. Katzer said that Be Quiet is dedicated to bringing high-quality products to the market while keeping things affordable.
CES 2014 - Corsair has released countless other cases, but it has never dabbled in the mini-ITX market, until now. The company has just unveiled its new Obsidian 250D, a new mini-ITX case.
Even with its small footprint, Corsair's new Obsidian 250D is capable of taking full-sized water cooling units, full-length video cards, and full-sized PSUs. There are two fans inside of the Obsidian 250D, one 140mm and one 120mm, which should keep both noise and temperatures down. A full-sized 5.25-inch optical drive bay is included, as is a pair of 3.5/2.5-inch bays.
One of the more important parts: dimensions. Corsair's Obsidian 250D measures in at 11.4 x 10.9 x 13.81 inches, or 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm. This all weighs in at 4.4 kg, or 9.7 lbs. The Obsidian 250D is available later this month for a suggested retail price of $89.99.
CES 2014 - Corsair is on a rampage today, unveiling its new AX1500i PSU and Hydro Series H105 cooler, but now we have two new cases to discuss with you. The new cases are part of Corsair's Graphite Series, known as the Graphite Series 760T and 730T.
Both the Graphite Series 760T and 730T cases are full-tower cases, with the 760T available in either black or Arctic White, and has loads of room for your high-end components. It has nine expansion slots which is great for multi-GPU setups, as well as six 3.5- or 2.5-inch HDD mounts, which can also be relocated to any of the four separate mounting locations - or if you're like me - you can remove them completely.
The 760T has one panel nearly transparent - which will look striking on your desk - and the other is opaque, so that you can peek inside of your rig. Both panels are hinged to the rear, allowing them to swing open to provide complete access to the innards of your PC. We also have two LED-lit AF140L 140mm cooling fans at the front, and another at the rear taking care of cooling duties inside of the Graphite Series 760T case. Liquid cooling is encouraged with the 760T, with it being capable of housing a 360mm top radiator and 280mm front mount.
CES 2014 - Corsair just announced its new AX1500i PSU, and have a one-two punch when it comes to the enthusiast with the announcement of its new Hydro Series H105 cooler.
The new H105 cooler features a dual-fan 240mm radiator, which is now 38mm thick. The thicker radiator will improve heat dissipation greatly, and the included high-performance SP120L PWM 120mm fans should keep the noise levels down, too. The new tool-free CPU mounting block will make installing the Hydro Series H105 cooler easier than ever - something enthusiasts should enjoy.
The Corsair Hydro Series H105 cooler is available immediately, for an MSRP of $119.99.