Cases, Cooling & PSU News - Page 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TEAMGROUP today announced its new T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box, designed to be an ideal all inclusive solution for your next PC's RGB needs.
The new TEAMGROUP T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box comes with a dual ARGB LED strips and an extensive array of connectivity to support multiple RGB devices. The T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box will be available in August.
The T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box offers up to four 5V ARGB headers and a single 12V RGB header so that you can sync all of your compatible RGB lighting. The T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box can work standalone with five preset modes or it will auto-detect if connected to a motherboard to sync. See below for more spec details on the new T-FORCE CAPTAIN RGB control box.
FSP today announced its new Hydro G Pro series of power supplies, optimized with improved safety features and a more compact 150mm x 150mm x 86mm form factor for higher-end enthusiast builds.
The new FSP Hydro G Pro series PSUs are fully modular and come in 850W and 1000W configurations with 80 Gold Plus certification. The Hydro G Pros feature fluid dynamic bearing fans and a nifty built-in Eco mode for quiet operation while under load. FSP built these PSUs to last with special coating that boosts durability in harsh climates in up to 95% relative humidity (in other words they're perfect for Florida when your AC goes out).
The Hydro G Pro series retails for $169 for the 850W model, and $209 for the 1000W version. The entire series comes with a 10-year warranty.
Corsair has been making big inroads into the hearts and souls of PC gamers across the world for years now, extending into new markets every year and acquiring companies along the way.
Elgato was a recent one, and now rumors are swirling that Corsair is going to acquire custom system builder Origin PC. The rumor is coming from our friends at eTeknix, who said "Corsair is acquiring system builder Origin PC in the US, according to several sources that have informed us earlier today".
Once Corsair has acquired Origin PC it could see its hardware and product stack, including game streaming and product lines from Elgato, rolled into systems across the US. Origin PC also recently showed off its Big O PC which combined an Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and gaming PC all into one. The PC packed a bunch of Corsair goods, but imagine a future where Corsair actually owns Origin PC.