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Today, high-end PC case manufacturer Lian Li announced the release of the PC-A79 full-tower PC chassis to the North American market. The PC-A79 is an all aluminum chassis with a brushed exterior that provides ample cooling options while retaining the convenience of a removable motherboard tray. Lian Li says that the case is capable of supporting HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX form-factor motherboards and has enough space to fit even the largest high-end video cards.
The A79 is capable of housing up to 11 hard drives, either in 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch form-factors. Nine of the drives are accommodated in the three removable drive cages in the front of the case, while two more can be placed on the bottom of the chassis using the of the two included mounting brackets. Additionally, a crafty modder could manage to mount another five to six 2.5-inch SSDs on the right side of the drive cage, which appears to be recessed the good half-inch.
Keeping things cool is a quite an easy task in the A79 as well. Each of the three drive cages up front have a dedicated fan that can be positioned at the front or rear of the drive cage. It also features a cool removable panel that allows the quick installation of a 240mm radiator, two 120mm fan locations on the removable left side panel, and a 120mm exhaust fan in the rear designed to suck out all of the hot air.
Today, Bitfenix announced an all-new version of its award-winning Prodigy chassis. Dubbed the Prodigy M, this new revision is designed around the mATX form factor and is being touted as the most compact and highly compatible case in the micro-ATX segment. The original Prodigy, while only reserved for the mini-ITX form factor, was a huge hit and taught many of us that you do not need a massive case for a high-performance system.
While this new case is able to accommodate the much larger micro-ATX motherboard, the overall dimensions of the case stay the same, allowing enthusiasts to build more feature-rich gaming systems, A/V workstations, or just a powerful PC inside a small form factor case. The new Prodigy M is able to accommodate dual graphics cards in either SLI or Crossfire configurations as it now features five expansion slots.
Bitfenix has completely retooled the inside of the chassis to accommodate both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, while also making room for graphics cards up to 320mm in length. There's still room for a full ATX power supply, a single 5.25-inch drive, and users are able to fit CPU coolers up to 180mm in height. In case water cooling is your thing, Bitfenix says that there is space for a 240mm radiator with a maximum thickness of 27mm.
Today, Phanteks launched a new legacy with the announcement of a new addition to their line of custom PC hardware. The Enthoo Primo is Phanteks' first foray into the PC chassis market, and boy did they make one heck of a first impression. Phanteks says that the Enthoo Primo combines innovative design and rich styling that appeals to enthusiast of any caliber.
The case features a uniquely located PSU mounting point that is thermally isolated from the rest of the case. Additionally, a multifunctional cable/ reservoir cover and other features give the case massive cooling potential. The PSU is now isolated in the back of the case away from all of the other thermally sensitive components. The case is designed with exclusive mounting brackets that hide cables as well as provide perfect mounting locations for liquid cooling reservoirs.
The Enthoo Primo features mounting locations for up to 16 fans, a built in PWM hub that allows PWM control of all fans in the system, including 3-pin units. The case has provisions for five 5.25-inch ODDs, six 3.5-inch HDDs, or twelve 2.5-inch HDDs / SSDs. The top of the case is also able to accommodate a 480mm radiator up top, a single 140mm out back, a 240mm in the front, and another 480mm on the bottom. Graphic cards up to 515mm in length are also able to squeeze in to the Enthoo Primo.
Today, Phanteks introduced two new lines of PC cooling fans, the PH-F140SP and PH-F140XP series of premium case and radiator fans. The PH-F140SP includes two models, the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED, while the PH-F140XP series features a single unit that is designed to work with PWM control for those who want the most out of their system.
The PH-F140XP features a unique Maelstrom concept and PWM functionality for those who need fast speed for performance but wish to turn things down when a more silent approach is justified. This 140mm fan is designed to be used in both stand-alone PC case cooling setups as well as the primary radiator fans on PC liquid cooling setups. The fans are designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges.
The PH-F140SP series is also designed to overcome high static pressure, blade deflection, and noise challenges, but does not feature the PWM functionality that the PH-F140XP series does. The PH-F140SP_BK_LED model features 4 LEDs to help illuminate your high performance machine. Both series feature UFB bearings, pre-installed rubber vibration dampening rubber pads, and the MVB 9-blade design. MSRP on the PH-F140XP is $17.99, while the PH-F140SP_BK and the PH-F140SP_BK_LED run $14.99 and $15.99, respectively. Each fan comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Today, Cubitek Co. announced a new solid aluminum, silent mini-ITX chassis that was designed around a minimalist theme. Dubbed the Cubitek Mini Center, this super small form-factor chassis features passive cooling which allows a footprint so small that it can be tucked away into any niche you may need to fill.
Cubitek says that "the Cubitek Mini Center has an advanced passive cooling design and strategically placed ventilation further aided by the heat dissipating aluminum construction.This translates to silent performance when connected to the TV or sitting on the desk in the office. The brushed aluminum exterior on the front and sides of the Mini Center give this Mini-ITX chassis a minimalistic, elegant feel. The front and sides are not interrupted by anything such as button, lights or ventilation as to add a classical style to whatever room the Mini Center is in. "
With a footprint of just 7.8-inches x 9.8-inches x 7.8-inches, the Mini Center has room for two 2.5-inch SSDs or one 3.5-inch HDD and up to two VGA cards each up to 180mm in length. CPU coolers 85mm and shorter will fit inside as well as a full sized ATX PSU. USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports are available up front as well.
Today, Cooler Master announced the successor to its hugely popular CM 690 series of cases. The CM 690 III brings to life the third generation of one of the company's most popular PC chassis legacies. The 690 III retains the series' iconic sleek curved mesh styling, while the overall exterior takes design cues from its predecessors as well.
The interior is where you really begin noticing the major differences. Most notably is that the new 2.5-inch HDD cage designed for those with extreme SSD setups. Cooler Master says that with this new design, users can now fit up to ten SSDs inside or seven SSDs and three 3.5-inch HDDs. The SSD cage has the capacity to fit up to five 2.5-inch drives, while the HDD cage can handle an additional three 3.5-inch HDDs or three 2.5-inch SSDs. An additional two SSDs can be placed in built-in brackets behind the motherboard.
The mid-tower case also features support for graphics cards up to 423mm in length (with the removal of the SSD cage) and it supports CPU coolers up to 171mm tall. Cooler Master has also updated the ODD trays to feature a new tool-less system dubbed EZ-Tray. The 690 III can also support liquid cooling solutions with room for two simultaneous 240mm radiators in the top of the case as well as in the front. An additional 120mm radiator could also be installed in the rear. For those who prefer fans to handle the system cooling duties, the case is capable of supporting a total of nine fans with three of them being as large as 200mm. The CM 690 III will be available later this month and no pricing information was disclosed.
This morning, PC liquid cooling giant Swiftech announced that it will be withdrawing the H220 CPU Cooling Kit from US sales due to a conflict with a patent held by AseTek. Back on June 7, 2013, Swiftech's parent company, Rouchon Industries, received a letter from AseTek claiming that the H220 CPU Cooler infringed on US patents 8,240,362, and 8,245,764.
The letter demanded that Swiftech cease and desist all manufacturing, sales, and importation of the H220 CPU Cooler into the United States. The company says that on June 27, 2013 their counsel responded to AseTek stating that SwiftTech does not believe the H220 infringed on any patents held by AseTek. Swiftech says that they then asked AseTek if AseTek would be willing to offer a nonexclusive license for the asserted patents in an effort to avoid any unnecessary litigation.
On July 12, 2013, AseTek responded and stated that the company does not offer licenses on its patents. Swiftech says that it continues to firmly assert its position that it is not infringing on any patents but in an effort to avoid costly litigation, they have decided to pull the H220 CPU Cooling Kit from the US market. In a statement, the company had the following to say:
Given these circumstances, Swiftech wants to hereby reassure its US customers that: 1/ it will continue to provide full technical and warranty support for the H220 CPU cooling kits that have been sold in the US, and 2/ the product will continue to be sold in other countries.
Swiftech sincerely apologizes to its US customers for this extraordinary situation, the very first in its long history. For the past 15 years, Swiftech has been at the forefront of technological innovation in this industry, and it will continue to do so. In the words of Gabriel Rouchon, the company's Chairman and CTA: "I want our customers to know and expect with absolute confidence that Swiftech's resourcefulness will once again be brilliantly demonstrated in the immediate future".
Today, XSPC released a safety notice regarding its D5 Dual Bay Reservoir in regards to the top of the reservoir warping and allowing a tiny gap to open up. The company says that in most cases this warping will not cause a leak and is purely a visual issue, but there have been a few cases where it led to a very slow leak of coolant. XSPC says that it appears that this issue is only present in 2.5 percent of the first batch of reservoirs it shipped and is due to a flaw in the material used.
XSPC says that it believes the issue was caused by water temperatures beyond normal limits which caused the top plate to warp. The company says it has fixed the issues it had by changing the material used on the top plate and revising the mold. They have put the new model through rigorous testing which placed it far beyond normal usage temperatures and pressures and have found no further warping or leaks.
The revised design started shipping in April, so all current stock at resellers will already be version 2. If you have bought the product recently, it's likely you already have the revised model. The photos below show the difference between version 1 and 2. You can check the back of your reservoir against the photos above. If you see a leak from the highlighted area, you will need to get the reservoir replaced. If you are affected by this issue, please contact your local reseller to arrange a replacement, or contact technical support at firstname.lastname@example.org
Koolance unleashes EXC-800, a portable recirculating liquid chiller for PC liquid cooling enthusiasts
Koolance is at it again with another product launch this morning. The new EXC-800 Portable Recirculating Liquid Chiller is a water cooling enthusiast's dream featuring a rated 800W, or 2730 BTUs, an hour of cooling capacity. The chiller features Koolance's popular PMP-500 pump providing 42.9 gallons-per-minute of reliable flow of chilled liquid.
The chiller is able to adhere to one of four configurable temperature methods which includes an option to set the temperature to ambient to avoid condensation, or through the use of an external K-type thermocouple to chill the water to a desired temperature. The EXC-800 is capable of reporting the internal coolant flow rate, pump RPM, and condenser fan RPM which is displayed on a two-line organic LED display. The $1400 chiller is available at Koolance's website. (Source #1)
In the custom liquid cooled PC world, it is generally recognized as a bad idea to sandwich a radiator between two rows of fans. With most radiator designs, this actually creates a restriction of airflow as most radiator cooling fins are too tightly spaced for the fans to create a proper push-pull effect. Koolance recognized this problem and has designed three new radiators for its XC-Series that actually love being sandwiched between fans.
The new XC-Series Radiators come in three versions, the HX-120XC, HX-240XC, and HX-360XC, and feature a 2.1-inch thick copper core. They have a fin density of 30 fins-per-inch and are built around what is known as a Dual Pass design. This allows the use of high RPM fans in a push-pull configuration that actually increases airflow for added cooling ability.
The HX-120XC is a single radiator designed to fit a 120mm fan on each side, while the HX-240XC can fit two 120mm fans. Likewise, the HX-360XC can accommodate three 120mm fans on each side. MSRP is $49, $67, and $85 respectively.