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ASUS unveil new ROG STRIX AIO coolers without OLED display

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 10, 2019 @ 20:32 CDT

ASUS has just unveiled its latest member in the ROG STRIX family of AIO coolers with the new ROG STRIX LC 120 and LC 240 that both drop the OLED display to keep the costs down, where instead it features the ROG eye with RGBs.


The new ROG STRIX LC 120 and 240 series AIO coolers work on virtually all sockets including the TR4 socket for Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, but you will need a separate part for that. The normal AM4 socket is supported, as well as virtually all of Intel's mainstream CPU sockets: LGA 115x, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, and 2066. The higher-end LGA 3647 socket isn't supported, but it shouldn't be expected on a more budget-friendly AIO cooler.

The coolers use rubber tubing with braide sleeving, so even though they're cheaper ASUS isn't skimping on everything. We're looking at a copper-plated CPU block and RGB lighting effects thanks to ASUS Aura, while the 120/240mm radiators rock ROG Ryuo fans that spin betwen 800-2500RPM.

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Corsair launches Carbide 175R for just $60, still has RGBs

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 4, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT

Corsair has just launched the latest member of its Carbide Series family of cases in the new Carbide 175R RGB that acts as a new entry-level mid-tower chassis that will cost just $60.


The new case has a super-slick clean line design that packs RGB cooling in the front for a bit of style, and an edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel. Not bad considering it costs $60.


There's huge room for high-end water cooling with support for multiple radiators at up to 360mm, as well as the Carbide 175R able to house a huge 6 x 120mm or 4 x 140mm cooling fans inside.

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FSP launches new liquid cooled PSU: Hydro PTM+ 850W

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 8, 2019 @ 22:27 CDT

FSP was met with success in its first Hydro PTM+ 1200W PSU, a liquid cooled power supply that is now joined by a sibling coming in as the Hydro PTM+ 850W.


The new FSP liquid cooled Hydro PTM+ 850W, like its larger 1200W brother, stays silent under light loads and is passively cooled through to 425W. Inside, FSP uses an integrated Bitspower liquid cooling system that provides up to 1000W of power when it is fully stressed.

FSP uses intelligent fan control to keep the noise under control, while there's also 92% efficiency thanks to the unique cooling solution and advanced design (FSP uses DC-DC modules on their Hydro series PSUs).

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Antec reveals affordable ARGB Dark Avenger gaming chassis

By: Derek Strickland | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 6, 2019 @ 14:36 CST

Today Antec announced the new Prime Dark Avenger PC gaming case that brings style and functionality to any build.

Antec's new mid-tower Prime Dark Avenger case is a budget-friendly $80 on Newegg, and sports a modern front panel design with a light-up ARGB strips and fan combo. A tempered glass side-panel makes it easy to show off your rig's colorful internals and makes for simple adjustments, re-seats, and tweaks.

The case has 7 expansion slots and can fit up to 4x 2.5-inch storage drives, 2x 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, and a optical disc drive. Fan support includes space for 3x 120mm fans at the front, 3x 120mm fans on the top, and 1x 120mm fan on the rear (it comes with a 120mm Prizm ARGB fan in the front and a single 120mm fan in the back for exhaust). The Prime Dark Avenger supports GPUs in up to 400mm in length and PSUs up to 200mm, and has dust filters on the top, front, and bottom to keep your build running cleanly and smoothly.

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NZXT releases Overwatch-themed H500 PC gaming chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 21, 2019 @ 20:27 CST

NZXT has teamed with Blizzard on a new Overwatch-themed version of its H500 chassis, with NZXT announcing the new special edition H500 Overwatch Edition mid-tower chassis.


The company touts an all-steel construction and cable management system that will keep your gaming rig looking slick andclean, with the H Series design rocking the exclusive Overwatch black, white, and orange color combination.


NZXT provides a tempered glass panel that will let you take a peep inside of your gaming rig.

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Antec launches budget-friendly GX202 chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 5, 2019 @ 7:00 CST

Antec has now releases its new entry-level and budget-friendly gaming chassis into the market, with the new GX202 available from leading retailers and online merchants for $44.99.


The new Antec GX202 sports s slick mesh pattern on the front which allows for plenty of air intake, with the front panel itself detachable. On the front, we have 2 x USB 3.0 ports, power, and 3.5mm audio jacks. Antec has used mostly SPCC steel with plastic on the GX202 while there's a fully transparent side window that lets you peer into your gaming case.

There's room for up to 8 storage drives which is split between 1 x 5.25-inch (people still use these?), 4 x 2.5-inch SSD drive cages and 3 x 2.5-inch SSD/3.5-inch HDD drive cages. Antec's new GX202 will support long graphics cards up to 375mm in length, while large CPU coolers up to 160mm will be fine alongside 200mm long PSUs. There's plenty of room for water cooling with a 240mm radiator supported at the front of the GX202.

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Antec releases its next level Prizm Cooling Matrix fans

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 4, 2019 @ 0:13 CST

Antec has announced that it has now released its Prizm Cooling Matrix fan which is something that the company is first to market with, boasting a unique single-bracket, dual-fan housing with ARGB lighting strips for $69.99.


The new Prizm Cooling Matrix cooler rolls up as a single unit with two 120mm fans where combined act as a 240mm cooler that can go onto a large 240mm radiator that is cooling your CPU. Antec has used aluminum alloys and embedded ARGB Antec logos onto each side of the Prizm Cooling Matrix, with two 11-blade fans, PWM control, and Fluid Dynamic Bearing Technology which the company says helps with its stronger ventilation and longer lifespan of the cooler.

Antec's new cooler is also fully modular which is another bonus, as well as being easy to install with its flat wire design making even the cable management of the Prizm Cooling Matrix a breeze. There's an addressable RGB LED controller included which lets you tweak colors and lightning modes, but it can also be plugged directly into your motherboard for some RGB lighting synchronization.

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FSP mixes power and water with Hydro PTM+ PSUs at CES 2019

By: Steven Bassiri | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 31, 2019 @ 23:00 CST

CES 2019 - FSP showed off the world's first water cooled 80PLUS Platinum certified PSUs, part of the HYDRO PTM+ series. There are two 80PLUS Platinum PSUs FSP showed us, one rated for 850W and the other 1200W.


Both PSUs have built in waterblocks, but also a fan so watercooling is not required for operation at their rated wattages. However, this 1200W PSU supports overclocking, which happens when you hook up the included Bitspower pump/reservoir/radiator (or add it to you existing loop). The 1200W model can output up to 1400W when using watercooling and the 850W can pump out 1000W when watercooled.

Both the PSUs support RGB LEDs, and can sync with ASUS's AURA software. Both PSUs are fully modular and the 1200W model comes with all of the cables you see in the package above. These are ribbon cables with alternating black and white individually sleeved wires. We saw a few modded rigs at the FSP suite at CES, and this green one really caught out eye.

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FSP goes big and small with Cannon and Dagger PSUs at CES

By: Steven Bassiri | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 31, 2019 @ 22:43 CST

When it comes to power supplies, things can get a bit dull at some points, but not at FSP's CES 2019 suite. We saw the huge Cannon 2Kw PSU built primarily for mining, and the 650W and 550W Dagger Pro series PSUs for small form factor builds.


The Cannon features up to 18 PCI-E power connectors (6+2 pins) and could pretty much power nine dual-8pin GPUs for mining, while still offering the ability to run two 8-pin CPU power connectors. The PSU is rated 80PLUS Gold, has a hold up time over 17ms at full load, and is fully modular.


While the old motto "go big or go home" might apply to sports, but when it comes to computers, sometimes going smaller is harder. The Dagger line currently exists with 500W/600W SFX PSUs, but that's not enough for most people. As we saw with the Cannon line, increasing wattage also increases the size of the PSU. FSP went back to the drawing board and came out with 550W and 650W Dagger pro PSUs in the same SFX form factor, capable of driving more powerful, yet smaller, high performance PCs. These two new Dagger Pro PSUs are both 80PLUS Gold rated and are fully modular.

Antec announces budget GX202 mid-tower case

By: Derek Strickland | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 24, 2019 @ 19:32 CST

Today Antec announced the GX202, an entry-level mid-tower case with a budget-friendly cost.


Antec's new GX202 chassis is a good for a first time build, and features two built-in 120mm fans on the front and one 120mm for exhaust, a transparent side window, and a mesh filter on the front and a dust filter on the bottom.

The case has ample clearance for components and can fit a full size GPU up to 375mm in length, and a power supply of up to 200mm in size. The GX202 can seat ATX, micro-ATX, and ITX motherboards. Antec's GX202 is now available for $43.99 on Newegg.

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