Cases, Cooling & PSU News - Page 11
Lian Li unveils the PC011D Mini, shrinking the award winning PCO11D
CES 2020 - Liajn li and their PCO11 Dynamic has been an enthusiast staple for a couple of years now. The PCO11 Dynamic dare I say has become a benchmark for other manufacturers as far as what users want in a current liquid cooling chassis.
Here we see the PCO11 Dynamic Mini with the backplane for ITX and mATX in place, and this allows for maximum watercooling fitment when using an ITX board - fitting up to 3x 280mm based radiators. Moving to an mATX board and the fitment adjusts to a 280mm and a 240mm or dual 240mm radiators.
Moving to an ATX board and we see the rear now hosts 7x PCIe expansion slots, and now there is far less room in the roof. The fitment for liquid cooling also decreases slightly to fitting only two 240mm radiators as the larger motherboard and components now take up the previously available space.
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Thermaltake goes to the styling extremes with the AH T600 TG chassis
CES 2020 - Thermaltake has once again proven that they will not stick to a single lane in chassis design. Releasing several new chassis at CES 2020, and there was one that caught our eye.
This is the Thermaltake AH T600 TG, and for those who are familiar with the case market, it looks like some recent releases from competitors have inspired Thermaltake. Who knows they may even be from the same OEM with customizations for each manufacturer. Thermaltake Describes the AH T600 TG as "military-inspired" and "air-force style architecture" and with the surround windows on the front, I can see what they are getting at.
The AH T600 TG is a semi open-frame design with motherboard fitment form ITX to ATX. The chassis is flanked by several tempered glass panels, all at 5mm thickness and tinted. You can fit up to two 3.5" drives and three 2.5" drives, and the AH T600 TG does not come with any preinstalled fans.
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Antec reveals slick new Performance P120 Crystal mid-tower case
Antec has just unveiled its latest P120 Crystal chassis, a new member of their Performance family of cases that continues the minimalist design of the Performance Series, but takes things -- in Antec's words "to the next level". Check out their video on the P120 Crystal:
The one thing that has me here is that Antec is saying goodbye to thumbscrews, with the P120 Crystal using an interesting slide button design on the tempered glass side panel.
You can quickly get inside of your new Antec P120 Crystal PC this way, without having to undo a couple of thumbscrews.
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InWin actually releases the new Alice chassis, is this the future?
InWin has always been known to push the limits of what is a PC case. At Computex, they showed an admittedly strange concept in 'Alice,' and today you can buy it.
A plastic frame, reminiscent of a laundry hamper, or a small DIY storage shelf is what I see when I first laid eyes on the Alice concept. Looking closer, you can see metal plates affixed to the plastic frame of the Alice chassis.
Inwin offers what could be considered an infinitely customizable chassis as it can be used as an open frame test bench. With some fabric, Alice can be made to look like pretty much anything you can think of. If you or someone you know is good at sewing, I imagine you could make your own outer fabric. Ensuring this is a chassis that can genuinely be made your own without the need for paint or modding skills.
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Back in black, Noctua takes consumer feedback and goes stealth mode
Noctua, known for its excellent performance and quiet cooling solutions, today announced that the Chromax series will now be joined by blacked-out coolers as well. The models receiving the blacked-out treatment are the ever-popular NH-D15, the NH-U12S, and the NH-L9i.
Enthusiasts have long lambasted Noctua for having amazing coolers with a color choice they simply could not get behind. We ourselves have tested several Noctua coolers, and they regularly find themselves at the top of many charts, but styling, it's simply hard to justify brown and tan or whatever they want to call the original color scheme when very few if any components outside of Noctuas ecosystem are even offered in that color scheme.
I think I can speak for many enthusiasts when I say this is a welcome change and a sign that Noctua as a brand is genuinely listening to their customer base. Evidence of this can be found in the quote from the CEO Roland Mossig:
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GIGABYTE launches its flagship AORUS Liquid CPU cooler series
GIGABYTE has just launched the first AIO liquid cooler under its AORUS gaming brand, which continues on from the work it did with the AORUS ATC800 Cooler earlier this year.
The new AORUS AIO liquid CPU cooler series comes in three different flavors: 240mm, 280mm, and a huge 360mm option each with gorgeous RGB lighting which is customizable with AORUS ENGINE and RGB Fusion 2.0.
GIGABYTE is tapping the Asetek Gen6 Pump and AORUS-designed fans that will provide kick-ass cooling, with silence. They will have support for Intel sockets 2066, 2011, 1366, 115x and AMD sockets TR4 and AM4.
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Antec Striker open-frame chassis now available, costs $249
Antec's super-interesting Striker case is now available for sale, coming in at $249 the new open-frame Mini-Tower will make your gaming PC look ridiculously awesome.
It has been designed from the ground up by Antec for enthusiasts building water-cooled gaming PCs, with a super-unique form and structure the graphics card is placed at the front of the PC. This might sound strange, but wow does it look awesome.
Not only that, but we have not just high-end looks but the build quality Antec has here with the Striker is great as well. Antec is using 4mm tempered glass panels that will tease your rig to the world, with aluminum and steel structure providing high durability.
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No, CRYORIG is not dead, but the trade war may kill it
The internet went abuzz a short while ago as speculation of cooling manufacturer CRYORIG shutting down. It has since been updated with more current information.
This was the start about a month ago as US markets started to show many CRYORIG parts out of stock and a severe lack of communication from the company.
Here we can see the co-founder and head of sales and marketing Steve Shen who according to his reply, has left the company. He notes that the USA tariffs have had a significant impact on the CRYORIG business. Steve has left for another venture he claims is unrelated, but the timing does seem like a sign. Add to this the fact that he claims the company is 'afloat' does not bode well.
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EK offering price/performance focused starter cooling kits
EK has been hard at work designing some more cost-friendly options for users looking to get their feet wet in liquid cooling. (I know, bad pun is bad)
EK is now offering full copper-based liquid cooling kits even with RGB for those who like that sort of thing but instead of being Aluminum-based like their 'Fluid Gaming series' this is based on copper parts.
There are presently four kits available. There are two 'S series' with the S240 and S360. There is also the 'P series' with the P240 and P360. The S series is based around a more slim radiator in the CoolStream Classic SE which is 27mm thick or similar to what you get with an off the shelf AIO. The P series uses CoolStream Classic PE radiators which are 45mm thick and therefore have a much more stout surface area for exchanging heat.
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EK releases the EK-Leak Tester, keeps your hardware dry
EK Water Blocks or EKWB for short has a long history of making excellent liquid cooling gear. One thing that worries any enthusiast user is the possibility of their new liquid cooling system leaking.
Users now have a way to test their liquid cooling loop for leaks via a unique tool EKWB has recently released.
The tool allows users to connect the gauge to a G1/4 fitting whether that be direct to the block or to a drain fitting which can then be used to pressurize the system. The great part is you can use this new tool to even test individual blocks part by part if a leak is found. You would only need to install G1/4 plugs into any open port and have the gauge hooked to another.
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