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BitFenix has just introduced the world to yet another breathtakingly beautiful PC case. Dubbed the Phenom, this chassis is the epitome of what minimalistic, clean, and uncluttered styling should be. Launched in two size standards, mini-ITX and micro-ATX, the Phenom is highly configurable and quite roomy for its small size.
The mini-ITX Phenom features enough room to house up to five 3.5-inch HDDs in its removable FlexCage. For those looking for extreme storage, the Phenom is capable of accommodating an additional 3.5-inch HDD on the side panel for a total of six 3.5-inch HDDs. For those who like speed, the 3.5-inch drives can be replaced by eleven 2.5-inch SSDs. If high-end graphics are your foray, then the FlexCage can be removed to accommodate graphics cards up to 330mm in length.
For those like myself who prefer the silence that watercooling brings, the mini-ITX Phenom is capable of supporting a 240mm radiator on the top panel and the FlexCage can be removed to provide room for a reservoir and pump. Alternatively, an all-in-one solution can be utilized to retain the use of the FlexCage. BitFenix says that the mini-ITX has provisions for up to five fans if watercooling is not your thing, and tower-style CPU coolers up to 175mm in height can be accommodated.
Today, Phobya unveiled its new top-of-the-line Black Owl PC case that was designed with the extreme water cooling enthusiast in mind. The Black Owl is actually the end-result of a design contest held earlier this year on the popular modding website Bit-Tech.
The case is constructed completely out of aluminum and features support for up to three radiators. Weighing in at less than 7kg, the Phobia is spacious enough to feature today's latest hardware, including eATX motherboards and extra long graphic cards.
The Phobya Black Owl features a concave front panel that features enough room to mount three 5.25-inch and three 3.5-inch drives. Additionally, space is available for up to four 2.5-inch drives. The case is definitely built to be modder friendly as it does not feature pre-installed power and reset buttons, allowing the customer to choose something like Phobya's vandalism-proof push buttons.
Today, Corsair announced the launch of the newest addition to their world-famous Obsidian line of enthusiast grade PC cases. The all new Obsidian 750D will fill the gap between the high-end Obsidian 800D and the mid-range Obsidian 650D.
Corsair says that the new 750D retains the full-tower design and features enough room for those who prize storage space while still retaining enough room for today's high-end, longer graphics cards. The company says that even when packed full of hard drives and video cards, there is enough room for a custom-built water cooling setup to be installed.
The case weighs in at 9.5kg and has a footprint of 235x560x546mm and supports XL-ATX, EATX, HPTX, and ATX form-factor motherboards. Like all other Obsidian series cases, the 750D features a brushed aluminum front panel with an overall sleek black exterior finish. For those looking for a minimalist style and a full side panel window, this is the case for you.
Corsair says that the Obsidian 750D really stands out when it comes to its cooling ability as it features room for two 120mm intake fans up front while still having enough room for a 240mm radiator. A single 140mm exhaust fan can be placed at the rear, while two 140mm fans or three 120mm fans can be placed in the top. Additionally, a 360mm radiator can be placed in the top as well. Corsair says that the Obsidian 750D will be available for purchase soon at a price point of $249.99.
Today, Cooler Master launched a new "highly efficient and powerful" line of power supplies that have been given the VS series moniker. Cooler Master says that the VS series of PSUs are constructed using a unique 3-D circuit design that minimizes unnecessary cabling resulting in a much cleaner signal.
Additionally, with the removal of excess cabling, more open space has been created to allow better airflow to core components, which results in a much more efficient power supply. The VS series features a single powerful rail platform design that offers superior load-balancing and better compatibility with today's high-end graphics cards.
High-grade Japanese capacitors are present as well to help alleviate power fluctuations while extending the power supply's life and preventing excessive wear on system components. The VS series is available in 550W, 650W, and 750W versions, but no pricing or availability was given at the time of this writing.
Today Corsair announced that it has launched a new line of ultra-quiet power supplies. The new RM series is the direct replacement of Corsair's TX series and feature and 80 PLUS Gold efficiency rating. The new RM PSUs feature whisper-quiet operation and a fully modular design that is sure to appease enthusiast everywhere.
Corsair says that the RM series is built with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and that the PSU features a Zero RPM fan mode which only activates the cooling fan under the heaviest of loads. This allows for near silent operation during everyday use. However the custom-designed fan is also extremely quiet at all speeds and allows the PSU to remain exceptionally quiet even during heavy load times.
Optionally each of the new RM PSUs can be purchased with Corsair's Digital Bridge Cable (Standard on the 1000W model) which allows the power supply be connected to a PC motherboard or a Corsair Link hub to enable real-time monitoring of fan speeds and 12 V power delivery via the Corsair Link Software. The RM series begins at 450W and ranges up to 1000W in size and will retail from $89.99 up to $169.99. The RM series is available now for purchase at hardware retailers everywhere.
Earlier today, EVGA announced the launch of its newest mini-ITX chassis, the Hadron Air. Measuring in at a mere 12 inches tall by 6 inches wide, the Hadron Air is one of the smallest enthusiast grade mini-ITX chassis that I have ever seen.
EVGA says that although the Hadron Air chassis encompasses a small footprint, it packs a serious punch by providing enough room for two 3.5-inch HDDs or 2.5-inch SSDs and supporting graphics cards up to 267mm in length. An integrated Gold-Rated 500W PSU features 40A on the 12V rail, giving it enough power to handle whatever you can throw at it.
Additionally, EVGA has released a second configuration of the Hadron chassis that is designed to support liquid cooling. The Hadron Hydro is just a little bit taller than the Hadron Air to allow room for a liquid cooling radiator and supporting hardware. No information on pricing or availability was given at the time of release.
Thermaltake recently released a new power supply series dubbed the Toughpower DPS. The series is unique in that it is capable of being controlled and monitored from the desktop via a digital control interface.
The new DPS 850W and 750W digitally controlled power supplies feature improved voltage regulation that Thermaltake says provides your system with clean and stable power. The company says that the DPSApp monitoring software is the most robust and powerful on the market today and combines ease of use with a feature rich user interface.
The Toughpower DPS allows users to monitor and calculate their energy use, monitor efficiency, and even share their results with friends. The software also allows users to organize their power data into a quantitative database for some serious data crunching. Thermaltake says that the new Toughpower DPS PSUs are 80+ Gold certified and are Haswell ready.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Cooler Master unveiled new additions to its HAF line of desktop enclosures. Introducing the Cooler Master HAF Stacker. This new line of cases features a few different models that are designed to stack on top of each other, providing the ultimate customization without any modding required.
The line of cases will allow you to make a tall stack of multiple systems or an extra large system with massive watercooling space. For instance, you could have your main system, a game server, and a guest system all-in-one tall tower. Watch the video and let us know what you think of the new cases in the comments.
Today system builder Digital Storm announced what it says is the "New Standard in PC Cooling" by unveiling its new HydroLux complete desktop cooling solution. The new liquid cooling system is available exclusively on Digital Storm desktops and combines liquid and airflow cooling with a fully integrated customizable control suite that lets you manage and change things from the desktop.
"We work hard to differentiate the Digital Storm brand by engineering powerful systems that meet our customer's high-performance demands," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "HydroLux delivers on that promise by providing an industry leading cooling solution that can be fully customized to meet each user's unique needs."
HydroLux allows users to monitor their systems cooling performance and the software will automatically adjust to temperature fluctuations in real-time, making this one of the first liquid cooling solution that allows users to control their system from the desktop environment.
Hydrolux also features a unique LED lighting solution that alerts users of temperature fluctuations and fluid temperature. The software is able to adjust LEDs built within the chassis to display different colors for different temperatures. The colors change from a cool blue to a warm red with a yellowish orange indicating medium.
Today, BitFenix announced the unveiling of the newest budget-friendly addition to its already impressive lineup of high-end PC chassis. Dubbed the Shadow, BitFenix says that this case features a multitude of DIY-friendly features while still maintaining a trifecta of style, functionality, and value.
While very monolithic in design, the BitFenix Shadow follows the company's tradition of clean, ultramodern themes while still maintaining a minimalist façade. The case is finished in BitFenix's signature SoftTouch Surface, with the front door accented by a machined aluminum logo. Accent lighting is featured at the bottom of the front door, which can be switched from red to blue via a button on the top I/O panel. Also located on the top I/O panel are two USB 3.0 ports alongside HD audio ports.