Cases, Cooling & PSU News - Page 1
Intel was meant to not be replacing the reference CPU cooler with its new 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs according to previous rumors, but now a new rumor -- this time with pictures -- suggests the company will be refreshing its reference CPU cooler.
The retail boxed versions of the Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs will reportedly be refreshed, with the coolers named Laminar RH1, RM1, and RS1 coolers. The early designs look pretty damn good and will have Intel step up to the same level that AMD has been at for a while with its greatly improved reference CPU cooler.
All of the new purported Intel reference CPU coolers are different in design, with the Laminar RH1 is much taller than the RM1 and RS1 cooler. Intel -- if this rumor is true -- will be a big deal as it'll be the first time in many, many years that Intel has changed the reference CPU cooler on its new-gen CPUs.
Intel will be launching its next-gen Alder Lake CPUs later this year, with the LGA 1700 socket making its first appearance, and now ASUS will support the new 12th Gen Core CPUs with its ASUS ROG STRIX LC II cooler.
The ASUS ROG STRIX LC II cooler is born from a collaboration between ASUS and Asetek, as an AIO cooler for a multitude of processors. But now according to Xfastest, the ASUS ROG STRIX LC II cooler has fasteners that are adjustable between 75-78mm, which should see it being compatible with the LGA 1700 socket for Intel's next-gen Alder Lake CPUs.
The new ASUS ROG STRIX LC II cooler will be compatible with the next-gen ASUS ROG Maximus XIV motherboards that will be powered by Intel's next-gen Z690 chipset. We should expect the new Intel 12th Gen Core CPUs and Z690 chipset (as well as the B660 and H670 chipsets) to launch before the end of the year -- sometime during, or after October 2021 when Windows 11 launches.
Uh, so there are GIGABYTE power supplies that are exploding... and now the company has released a statement about the situation.
The two PSUs that are exploding are GIGABYTE's GP-P750GM & GP-P850GM, which were sold in Newegg bundles earlier this year with particular GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. Gamers Nexus are all over it as usual and have been testing these power supplies for months now.
Gamers Nexus has been buying up the two GIGABYTE PSUs in bulk for months, exposing this insanity. GN discovered that the P850 is pretty bad, but the P750 is just... there are no words. 50% of the GIGABYTE GP-P750GM PSUs that Gamers Nexus purchased were completely dead... right out of the box... or they exploded when they were testing them.
GIGABYTE has just announced their huge new AORUS P1200W power supply, a new 1200W beast PSU that even has a huge LCD display.
The new AORUS P1200W is a fully modular PSU with 80 PLUS Platinum certification, and a large 140mm fan. But the big star of the show here is definitely the digital LCD display which is capable of even playing back MP4 videos, animated GIFs, images, and custom text.
You can also display health status information like wattages, and more -- it's the only PSU on the market with a huge monitor like this, so I'm sure AORUS is going to drive that fact home (and so they should). There are other competing PSUs with displays on them, but there's nothing like the display that the AORUS P1200W has.
SAPPHIRE right out of nowhere has unveiled something actually a little exciting: its new Nitro M01 chassis, which can fit a surprisingly powerful amount of hardware in its small footprint.
SAPPHIRE's new Nitro M01 case can handle a huge CPU cooler -- air, or an AIO liquid cooler -- but more importantly, a super-long graphics card. You can also throw in a big PSU (up to 245mm in length) while you can chuck in a graphics card that measures in at up to 335mm -- hell, the Nitro M01 can handle a GPU with an AIO cooler, too.
The Nitro M01 case can take 7 x 2.5-inch SSDs and up to 2 x 3.5-inch HDDs for storage, so you can have terabytes and terabytes of storage without an issue.
Corsair today introduced two huge tower cases that have space to stuff almost any array of computer components and water-cooling equipment. If you've been around the enthusiast PC space for a while, these new 7000-series cases have a lot in common with the old Obsidian 800D from over a decade ago.
Corsair's 7000-series cases come in two varieties. The front of the 7000D AIRFLOW features a perforated mesh grill that runs from the top to bottom, exposing enough open area to accommodate up to four 120mm fans or three 140mm fans. The iCUE 7000X RGB features a glass panel instead of the mesh, with air vents lining the sides of the front bezel.
Both models of Corsair's 7000-series cases can accommodate seven 140mm fans or up to 12 120mm fans. The 7000D AIRFLOW includes three 140mm CORSAIR AirGuide fans, while the 7000X RGB includes four SP140 RGB ELITE AirGuide and an iCUE COMMANDER CORE XT controller.
ASRock has just teased its new 10 liters concept PC, which sees the company attempting to redefine the high-performance Mini PC... check it out:
The new ASRock DeskMini Max supports AMD's very latest Ryzen CPUs and APUs all the way through to the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X processor, which offers 16 cores and 32 threads of CPU power -- all in a tiny PC. You can't just offer a flagship 16C/32T processor without copious amounts of RAM and GPU horsepower, right?
ASRock can configure up to 128GB of DDR4 U-DIMM memory in its own in-house proprietary motherboard, and on top of that you can throw in a discrete GPU for some serious Mini PC gaming and productivity horsepower.
I don't even know what to say -- but EK's newest member of the Signature Edition family is its most beautiful yet. The new EK Lignum Edition is inspired by wood... and the results are stunning.
The combination of wood and the very latest in GPU technology is perfect, as the wood finish will give off a totally different feel for your gaming PC than anything before it. We've seen gorgeous EK waterblocks before, but this new Lignum Edition really takes it to the next level.
EK has chosen walnut wood (in particular, Juglans Nigra) as it "never fails to surprise with its colors and texture. The connection between the water block and the wood enables wood to shrink and expand, which is one of its most natural predispositions in response to the changes in humidity and temperature. Lignum products were engineered in a way so that the wood does not come into direct contact with water. Every block has a unique pattern of wood, which makes it one of a kind in the world".
Noctua has just revealed its very first passive CPU cooler, with the introduction of the NH-P1 cooler which is good enough to tame even Intel's flagship Core i9-11900K processor.
Noctua's new NH-P1 passive cooler will work with AMD's new AM4 socket, as well as Intel's new LGA1200 and LGA115x sockets. The passive CPU cooler isn't built to handle a fully overclocked Ryzen 9 5900X or Core i9-11900K -- but if you want to run those chips and don't expect maximum boost clocks all day long, the Noctua NH-P1 is ready for just that.
For a passive PC build, you would want to put a more mid-range CPU inside, with something like a Ryzen 5 or Core i5 processor. That way you'd still get up to 6 cores and 12 threads, but passively cooled -- and most likely, a pretty decent integrated GPU so that you don't need to add in a discrete graphics card with its own dedicated cooling.
GIGABYTE's upcoming AORUS WaterForce X CPU coolers will work with Intel's next-gen Alder Lake platform and its new LGA1700 socket.
Like with any other CPU socket changes you will need a new bracket or an upgrade kit for your cooler, but if you're going to buy a new cooler -- like the new AORUS WaterForce X CPU coolers -- then you'll be fine when Intel launches its new 12th Gen Core CPUs on the new LGA1700 socket later in the year.
All 3 of the AORUS WaterForce X coolers -- in 360mm, 280mm, and 240mm form will support Intel's new LGA1700 socket, with beautiful full-color 60 x 60mm LCDs. GIGABYTE already supports LGA2066, LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x, and AMD TR4, AM4, and sTRX4 with its AORUS WaterForce X CPU coolers, but the addition of LGA1700 is great to see this early into the game.