Cases, Cooling & PSU News - Page 14
CES 2020 - Lian Li has been on a roll optimizing chassis as you may have seen in our coverage of the Lian Li PCO11D Mini.
Lian Li has optimized one of their other recent popular entries, the Lancool II. This time they are introducing the Lancool II mesh which, as you can see, has a mesh front end and lower side doors for further enhanced airflow.
At a glance, the Lancool II mesh does not look too different from the standard Lancool II. Still, once you start looking at the ordinarily solid vented panels, you see that Lian Li wanted to enhance significantly the Lancool II's ability to breathe.
CES 2020 - Thermaltake released another chassis at CES 2020, and this one is rather extreme and mirrors a prevalent one on the market.
Welcome, View 51, and it's large open chamber design, which allows for massive liquid cooling capacity.
View 51 is claimed to support up to four 360mm radiators, in which the thickness is not defined. However, we are very interested to see if it can fit all of that hardware concurrently.
CES 2020 - InWin has had a trend of sorts, releasing awe-inspiring and many times downright strange chassis for their "signature edition" series.
CES 2020 is no different from the introduction of the Diey, which translates to "butterfly," and to say this chassis is extremely unique still feels like a massive understatement.
The Diey chassis has a stand that makes the chassis appear more like a modern art interpretation of a hanging birdcage than it does a chassis.
CES 2020 - InWin may not be new to PC hardware, they are jumping into cooling with the introduction of the new SR series AIOs.
The SR series AIOs come in both 240mm and 360mm options to fit most enthusiasts chassis.
The pump head unit is a unique design that InWin claims have dual impellers internally to help fluid evacuate heat more quickly, allowing for better overall thermal deltas. The pump head has a pulsating white LED, which will change to red if there is a pump problem or over-temperature concern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.