Shuttle’s New SH110R4 Barebone Brings Great Features in a Small Size

Shuttle released a new system that once again proves that a powerful system doesn’t need to be large in physical dimensions. The new SH110R4 is the newest family member in the XPC Cube series of 13-liter barebone PCs and it comes with everything available you’ll need, from a Skylake LGA 1151 socket over two M.2 expansion slots to an integrated heat pipe system for CPU cooling.

The Shuttle SH110R4 is built around the Intel H110 chipset and supports dual-channel DDR4 memory with a speed of up to 2133 MHz. You can equip it with a total of 32GB through its two memory slots, but the specifications don’t reveal whether it’s full-sized DIMMs or SO-DIMMs. My bet would be on the last, SO-DIMMs. With the use of a Skylake-based Core, Celeron, or Pentium processor, you also gain 4K video capabilities through the processor-integrated GPU and the onboard HDMI and DisplayPort. A D-Sub VGA port was also added for backwards compatibility.

Besides the graphics connections, you also find all other relevant external connectors. There are four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet network powered by an Intel i219LM controller, and a 5.1-channel HD audio system powered by a Realtek ALC662 chip.

The Shuttle XPC Cube series are basically mITX systems with a clever cooling solution and users can upgrade the motherboard to pretty much any mITX board they wish at any point. But the included one is pretty good as it is and comes with two M.2 slots, one M.2 2280/2260/2242 Type M slot for high-speed SSDs and one M.2 2230 Type A/E slot for devices like WiFi cards. There’s also a PCIe x16 and a PCIe x1 slot for additional expansion cards such as graphics cards, raid controller, monitor cards, sound cards, etc.

The really cool feature is the Shuttle’s I.C.E 2 cooling engine that utilizes heat-pipe tech to keep the SH110R4 cool. It uses convection cooling to dissipate heat away from and around the CPU. The I.C.E.2 copper tubes, coated in nickel for enhanced tube hardness and rust-proof protection, are filled with distilled water to effectively channel heat and provide highly efficient processor and chassis cooling.

It also comes with a built-in PSU which can deliver 300W and is 80Plus Bronze certified. Overall, you get a small and stable system with great features and a suggested retail price of £172.00.

 

Shuttle Announces SZ170R8 Skylake-Based Mini-PC

Small form factor computers are the future in many directions, but going too small also limits the options considerably. Shuttle has been in the Mini-PC business for a long time and they’ve found a good balance between upgradability and size with their XPC cubes. The newest family member to the Shuttle XPC series is the SZ170R8 which already gives away half of its specifications in the name: The system is a Skylake-based one with a Z170 chipset inside the new R8 chassis.

The XPS R8 chassis is only a third of the size that a traditional tower PC occupies and it still comes with plenty of space for your hardware. You can install up to four 3.5-inch hard disk drives or eight 2.5-inch drives with optional PHD3 adapter brackets.

The system features two expansion slots that allow you to install graphics cards and other adapters with a length up to 267mm. That coupled with the use of 6th generation Intel Core processors and support for up to 64GB DDR4 memory will give you a great base for almost any task.

You can install Skylake LGA1151 processors with a TDP up to 95W and use the built-in GPU units that support 4k/Ultra HD video playback, the system is well equipped for it with two DisplayPort and one HDMI port. There are plenty of USB connection, the network connection is handled by an Intel i219LM controller, and the audio by a Realtek ALC892 7.1 HD audio solution.

The SZ170R8 is equipped with Shuttle’s I.C.E 2 heat pipe technology and comes with an 80 Plus Silver certified 500W power supply to maintain long-term and high stability operation for various professional applications.

Next generation expansion modules can be installed too with the support for one M.2 and one half-size mini PCI-E expansion slots. So whether you want to install a super fast M.2 2280 SSD or a Wi-Fi module, the system is ready.

 

Shuttle Unveils XPC SH170R6 Barebones Desktop

Shuttle is one of the first companies I encountered offering cube-sized barebone PCs and continues to impress in this particular sector. The latest addition to their product line-up is the XPC SH170R6 which supports Intel’s Skylake processors, and four DDR4 DIMM slots. Additionally, there is a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, four SATA 6 Gb/s ports and an 80 Plus Bronze rated 300W power supply. This should be perfect for a HTPC or non-gaming, portable PC.

In terms of rear I/O, the system has 2 DisplayPort connectors, six USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, HDMI, CMOS reset button and standard audio jacks.

The motherboard is a custom-design and based on Intel’s H170 chipset. As you can from the board layout, there is a single x16 gen 3 PCI-Express slot and a x4. On another note, the motherboard opts for reliable capacitors, Mini-PCIe and enough room to easily work around the CPU socket.

On the front section, there is room to mount a 5.25-inch optical bay and two 3.5-inch drives. The barebones system has an estimated price of €258 excluding VAT and should be available later this month. It’s always fascinating to see barebone PCs which help novices to choose compatible components.

What do you think of barebone PCs?

Lian Li Announced the PC-V33 Cube Case

Lian Li announced another gorgeous chassis and this time it isn’t a large desk shaped one but rather a practical cube shaped chassis. As it always is from Lian Li, the new PC-V33 is a full aluminium chassis that offers a lot of room inside for your components and comes in three different versions.

You can get the new Lian Li PC-V33 in black, in silver, or in black with a tempered glass side panel. The case is built with a sturdy construction, comes with dust filters and easy accessibility to everything thanks to the hinge on the front, allowing the case to swing open for full access.

You can mount motherboards with a size from mITX to full-sized ATX and the case has 7 expansion ports. When I said that there was a lot of room inside the chassis for all your hardware, I meant that. You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 330mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 190mm, and pretty much any power supply with the 300mm clearance for that.

The front fan intake has a magnetic dust filter and allows for up to two 120mm fans or a single 240mm radiator to me mounted. There is another 120mm fan at the rear of the chassis for exhaust. Storage is the only thing you can’t mount a lot of, but still sufficient. You can add up to four 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives of your choice on the rubber mounted brackets.

The rear has room for an optional RGB light controller and you get two front USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks. The PC-V33 will be available in early October at Overclockers for the MSRP of GBP 159.90 while the PC-V33WX comes a little later and will be available in early November for MSRP of GBP 189.90.

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Element Gaming Hyperion Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Atomic Gaming is a very new player on the component market, offering a range of peripherals and most importantly, today at least, a range of chassis targeted at the gaming market. Their latest model is the Hyperian Micro-ATX and it comes in that increasingly popular cube-style form factor that acts as a nice step up from the mini-ITX craze that hit the market a couple of years ago. We recently reviewed one of the Element Gaming chassis range a few weeks ago, the Atomic ITX and it was a fantastic little product, so I’m hoping this new product will at least live up to that standard; you can check out the full review of the Atomic ITX here.

“The Hyperion is designed specifically for gamers and multimedia enthusiasts who want to build a high-specification computer in a small form factor case. The Hyperion chassis can house either a micro ATX or mini ITX motherboard and the roomy interior offers plenty of space for the PC builder.”

As you can see, the Hyperion has modest but capable specifications, with room for (up to) Micro-ATX motherboards, long graphics cards and plenty of storage, so let’s jump in and take a much closer look at what else this chassis has to offer.

Technical Spec

  • Materials – Steel / Plastic
  • Colours – Black / Blue
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) – 330 x 275 x 330mm
  • Motherboard sizes – Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Clear side panel
  • USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, Audio input x 2
  • External bays 5.25″ – 1 (removable)
  • Internal bays 3.5″ – 5 (2+3)
  • Internal bays 2.5″ – 7 (2 + 5)
  • PCI slots – 5

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Hyperion is quite square, this is due to its dual compartment design, on the left you’ll have your main hardware and the right side your PSU and storage. The left side panel has a pair of thumb screws holding it in place and a nice and clear side panel window to show off your system build.

The front panel is nicely finished, with rounded edges on the sides, a 5.25″ drive bay cover near the top and to give it a little flair there’s a little bit of blue trip on the seam between the top panel and the rest of the chassis.

the right side panel is a rather functional design, offering extra ventilation to the internal hardware. Most importantly will be the vent at the bottom, as this will feed air to the PSU which mounts there. Both of the vents have clip-in mesh dust filters on the interior; not the best kind of filter, but it’ll get the job done.

Around the back, you’ll find a small handle area that allows you to pull the top panel off, two rubber grommets, a 120mm fan mount with optional 92/80mm mounts and five expansion slots. As I said before, you’ll be mounting your PSU behind the motherboard area and it will need to be mounted on its side to accommodate it, but any ATX PSU should fit with ease.

The top panel is a little love hate, I love it, it looks cool… but I suspect it looks a little like an air conditioner; oh well, those holes are for cooling I guess!

The main I/O is nicely designed with the power and USB 2.0 port on the first block, USB 3.0 and an audio jack on each of the next two, then the large power button. A nice little touch is that the power button is trimmed with the same blue as the underside of the top panel.

The base of the chassis has four feet with rubber grips, handy for those who don’t want it sliding around their desktop! There’s also two separate dust filters, perfect for any base mounted cooling and they should be easy to maintain.

Antec Released P50 Window Whisper-Quiet Cube Chassis

Antec’s newest case is here and this time it is a cube-shaped chassis. The new Antec P50 Window features a two-compartment design and has room for a surprising amount of hardware despite it 312 x 260 x 330 mm size.

The two-compartment architecture allows for great airflow to your important components and prevents heat from one device to affect the rest as much. The PSU, Optical drive, and storage drives have their own compartment while the motherboard and add-in cards reside in the other.

The case comes with two 120mm and one 80mm fan included and has support for two more 80mm on the rear and two 120mm on the top for a total of seven fans. The case should still stay silent thanks to the dual-layer side panels made from Polycarbonate and that eliminates vibrations fro within the chassis.

The case is compatible with Micro ATX and Mini ITS motherboards and can hold graphics cards with a length of up to 300mm. A Multi-GPU setup isn’t a problem with that space and the four expansion slots at your disposal.

The CPU cooler has to stay below 130mm height, but most people will probably install a liquid cooling solution in a case like this and that’s no problem either as it supports up to two 240mm radiators at the top.

You can fit two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch drives into the case and you can do it tool-free. The front panel provides you with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and the obligatory audio jacks.

 

The coloured mesh panels seen below are optional accessories that can brighten up the case and its surroundings. Available in four colors, these mesh panels will set you back £6.99  each.

 

 

Antec’s cube shaped Quiet Computing enclosure P50 Window is available now and should arrive at a shop near you very soon. It comes with an MSRP of £59.99 which isn’t bad at all.

Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 World Record Set at 5.25 Seconds

The Rubik’s cube, plaguing everyone since the late 1970’s. Millions were sold, millions were broken down to cheat; few were actually completed. Yet there seems to be a steady pace of Rubik’s fans around the world that still attend events revolving around this monstrous creation.

During the finals stages of a Rubik’s Cube competition at Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania on Saturday; Colin Burns sat down to what was to be the world record breaking attempt. The previous record stood at 5.55 seconds, held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands, but Burns slipped in and beat the time by .3 of a second; pinning the new record at 5.253 seconds.

The following video is very loud, please adjust you volume accordingly.

The competition was an officially held event by the World Cube Association; a representative confirmed “Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category. To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness.”

5.25 seconds, it took me that long to understand the first move from a YouTube video. Have you ever completed one? What about without hints off the internet? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information

 

Seven Top Modders Will Compete at the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational

Thermaltake invited seven of the world’s top modders to compete at the biggest international modding event of the year, the 2015 Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational, taking place in the Tt Community. The competing modders come from all around the world: USA, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Thailand, and Australia.

The contestants will use various Thermaltake liquid cooling components to transform the Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis into a brand new creation sprung from their mind. From April 26th until May 15th, everyone else is invited to vote for their favorite modders and at the same time have the opportunity to win incredible prizes from Thermaltake and other sponsors.

Thermaltake is proud to present this exciting casemod invitational event for the first time and we here at eTeknix have no doubt that it will be a success in every way.

The Core X9 E-ATX cube case is an incredible piece of engineering as it is and it’s perfect for liquid-cooled systems. The cube design allows endless stackability, so you can expand as much as you want to make room for what you need to use. You could also build massive file servers or even dual systems, the only real limitations are your mind and wallet.

The seven modders in short:

  • Stuart Tonks from Australia, owner of GGF Lan Party has built a killer Core X9 case to match the Thermaltake ‘Tt Dude’ mascot, involving custom orange paint and rigid-tubed water cooling filled with orange coolant.
  • Richi Bowzer of X-Treme computing from the United Kingdom built the Thermaltake Level 10 original BMW chassis and the Level 10 GT Battlefield theme as well.
  • Andy Weber from Germany, a reviewer at Bundymania, does several reviews on his Youtube channel: Bundymani. He also reviews and participates in over 25 forum activities around the world.
  • Nick Blackwell from the United States is the founder of Dirty South PC Mods, as well as the product reviewer for Modders-inc.
  • Suchao Prowphong from Thailand built a custom Thermaltake Thor’s Hammer mini-ITX case mod and has built many other outstanding mods too.
  • Mathieu Delsuc from France, founder of Math Military Modding, has built many notable mods like the Shielding War TUF, Desert Storm, Furtif, 760T MARPAT edition, Asus Strix and so on.
  • Fabio Moma from Japan, with his mod “Guardians of the Galaxy”, broke the “Red for GAMING” rule and designed the Thermaltake Core V1 Mini Chassis with the colors gold, white and blue.

The modders are competing for a total cash value of $15,000 where the $6,000 will go to the first place, $5,000 to the second, and $4,000 USD to the third-placed contestant

As previously mentioned, you can vote and win prizes yourself. There will be a weekly voting and the user-submitted votes will count for 45% of the total score. The last 55% will originate from Thermaltake directly. The total prize value here is $3,900 and consists of packages including Thermaltake cases, coolers, and power supplies as well as memory, motherboards, storage drives, and peripherals. Please visit and check out the official page for a complete list of prizes and rules.

Raijintek Aeneas Micro-ATX Cube-Style Chassis Review

Introduction


Raijintek is quickly establishing a reputation for being one of the best chassis manufacturers around. Time and time again they’ve shown us that they can make fiercely competitive products, that are packed full of features, with great esthetics and build quality, while maintaining a very affordable price point. Raijintek have set such a good standard for themselves, so I have very high expectations of their latest product, the Aeneas Micro-ATX chassis.

The Aeneas is the latest addition to the booming cube-style chassis market. There’s a lot of great chassis’ now available in this form factor, catering to the growing demand of consumers and gamers, for powerful desktop systems. Just like the boom in Mini-ITX chassis after the release of the BitFenix Prodigy, Micro-ATX cube-style chassis’ are now growing in demand as system builders want more space for the latest generations of high-end graphics cards, multi-GPU configurations and of course, room for water cooling, especially with the increasing popularity of custom loop cooling.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Aeneas is a very capable chassis. It has room for Micro-ATX motherboards, five expansion slots, extensive fan/radiator mounting options, clearance for large graphics cards and CPU coolers and a whole lot more!

The left side panel has a large window with a slight tint, giving us a great view of the chassis interior.

The right side panel has a mesh-style cut-out; this will allow airflow to the PSU.

The front panel has a really cool design. There’s plenty of ventilation on the front panel mesh and there’s a 5.25″ and 3.5″ bay; perfect for fan controllers, card readers and optical drives.

There are two 140mm fans pre-installed around the back, with optional 120mm mounts. There are five expansion slots, with two routing grommets above them, giving you plenty of room for expanding your system. The PSU is mounted on its side, hence the ventilation on the right side panel; this should free up lots of space in the bottom section for storage devices.

The top panel matches the overall design of the front panel, with another large ventilated section; perfect for any top mounted cooling. Down the left side, you’ll notice four USB port and on the right, the power switches and HD audio jacks.

Finally, on the underside, you’ll find four durable feet with tough rubber grips; if you plan to put this chassis up on your desk, it shouldn’t slide around.

Waterproof Rubix Cube-Like System Runs Linux, Heads to Kickstarter

Is it a new shiny rubix cube? It could look like one, but in fact Cuberox is a Kickstarter project that includes 16×16 screens on a waterproof casing, having it powered by Linux and wireless charging.

The coolest rubix cube-like project is said to give you the ability to run various applications, making it the perfect home or even office solution. Having it based on a Unix platform, it gives the user limitless possibilities of running a separate app on each side of the cube. From a developer’s perspective, the device could be a gold mine and JavaScript, which is the main coding language for the device, would be the pickaxe.

In terms of specs, the device is said to feature built-in speakers, multicolored smart backlit technology, wireless connectivity and charging, all encased with a waterproof seal.

The device has currently surpassed the $35,000 mark for its ultimate $150,000 goal and has less than 30 days to go. More information on the device and project can be found over at Kickstarter.

Thank you Kickstarter and Tweak Town for providing us with this information

Aerocool Xpredator Cube Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Aerocool have been working hard this last couple of years, taking their somewhat unknown chassis products and taking them into the big leagues, where they now compete side-by-side with the likes of NZXT and Corsair in the gaming chassis market. Their Xpredator series is easily one of my favourites and Aerocool have done well to carry many of the style points throughout the entire range, such as with the new Xpredator Cube which we’re reviewing today.

Cube chassis are big business right now, with seemingly every chassis manufacturer moving from the once super popular mini-ITX cube chassis and going into the bigger Micro-ATX territory, most likely due to the increasing popularity of enormous graphics cards and dual GPU setups; something you cannot do with a mini-ITX motherboard.

The Xpredator Cube series is available in a wide range of colours and styles; I have the black and orange model at my disposal today.

The Cube is well equipped, with room for long graphics cards, plenty of storage space, good cooling support and more, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at its overall design.

The left side panel features an extra long window section, which will be perfect for showing off the cooler design on your graphics cards. There’s a good amount of ventilation on the front left edge of the chassis too, but we’ll come back to that in a moment.

More ventilation on the right side, as well as a section near the rear for the PSU air intake.

The aggressive vents on the side of the chassis, as well as the full height of the front panel, allow huge amounts of airflow to any front-mounted cooling.; there’s a 200mm fan pre-installed in the front.

The main I/O is really nicely designed, with a pair of fan controller dials to help you balance cooling performance and noise. You’ll also find a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks; it’s great to see more chassis manufacturers ditching the older USB 2.0 ports.

Around the back, you’ll find an optional 120/140mm fan mount right about the motherboard area; perfect for an AIO cooler. There’s some extra routing grommets in the top right, four expansion slots and another fan mount in the base, this time with a 140mm fan pre-installed. The PSU is mounted on its side and can be installed from by removing the rear bracket and sliding in your PSU.

The top of the chassis features a cool fin setup, which can be closed down using the slider at the side. This means you can close it to keep dust out and noise in, or open it up on a warm day, giving your system a little extra breathing room.

Four large feet on the base, each coated with a ring of rubber to help reduce vibration and to keep your system from sliding around your desktop.

Aerocool Announces Compact GT-RS ATX Cube Chassis

Aerocool announced their latest chassis, this time a ‘futuristic designed’ cube ATX case with a somewhat different design inside. The GT-RS chassis can hold ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ATX motherboards, graphics cards up to 300mm length and CPU coolers up to 121mm height.

It can hold both single and dual fan radiators for those who want to use liquid cooling and comes with one pre-installed fan in the front. Next to the pre-installed fan, users can install another 120mm fan at the front, one at the bottom, and another one at the top. An 80mm fan can further be placed at the rear.

The interior has a dual chamber design to separate the drives from the motherboard and other components. It can hold two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch drives internally and has one external 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch bay for card readers, optical drives, or what else comes to mind for them. The two-chamber design also allows for better airflow to the high performing items such as motherboard and GPU.

A fan controller, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, microphone, and headphone connections can be found at the top of the chassis. The fan controller has two steps but also allows you to change to colour of the included fan between blue and red.

Aerocool’s GT-RS Cube chassis will be available starting this week for an MSRP of €63.90.

Thanks to Aerocool for providing us with this information

Xigmatek Aquila Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


It’s rare we see a Xigmatek chassis roll through the eTeknix office, but it’s certainly always a pleasure when one does. Xigmatek has a good reputation for creating uniquely designed chassis, with good build quality and competitive prices and it looks like they’re above to tick all those boxes once agin. The Aquila is a Micro-ATX cube type chassis, perfect for those who want a big system in a small box; perfect for LAN gaming, a HTPC setup or for those who are just short on space.

Cube style chassis are a big hit right now and virtually every major manufacturer has launched a new product in this category over the last couple of years. The biggest, or should that be the smallest, innovation in this part of the market is that the smaller chassis have been crammed full of high-end features that make them very competitive when compared to their mid-tower and even full-tower counterparts; a smaller chassis no longer means smaller performance.

The Aquila comes loaded with all the features you could need for a good gaming chassis. You’ll find USB 3.0 support, room for a Mini-ITX or micro-ATX motherboard, a full-size ATX PSU and graphics cards of up to 330mm; more than enough room for many of the biggest cards on the market.

The chassis has a really funky design that means that chassis is slightly raised at the front. The cube form factor is kept nice and level by the sloped handles on the top and bottom of the chassis. The side panel has a tall window that gives you a view of much of the chassis interior.

The right side of the chassis is a similar design to the left, this time of course, skipping the window panel; both side panels are held in place by a pair of thumb screws.

The chassis has a very bold design from the front, with the thick borders on the left and right side formed from the upper and lower supports, giving the chassis the appearance of being suspended between them. There’s a single 5.25″ drive bay at the top and the rest of the front panel is ventilated to allow air flow to any front mounted fans.

Around the back, you’ll find a pre-installed 120mm fan, although the mount will support a 140mm. On the right you’ll find four expansion slots, perfect for those running a multi-GPU setup. There’s a PSU mount at the bottom, with options for regular or inverted mounting, and there’s also a little extra ventilation in the bottom left corner; this is just behind the dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts on the interior of the chassis.

There’s a full-length lift-up dust filter and cover on the top panel, this is to provide airflow to any top mounted cooling such as radiators.

On the top of the chassis, you will find a power button. The button is quite large and contrasts nicely with the black panels of the chassis.

There’s a dust filter for the PSU mount, with benefits from excellent ground clearance thanks to the chassis full-length feet.

Aerocool Strike-X Cube Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Aerocool is well-known for their funky chassis designs and it looks like today will be no exception. Their latest creation is the Strike-X Cube, a micro-ATX form factor edition of their popular Strike-X chassis series. Aerocool have proven time and time again that they can cram an incredible amount of features into their products at a very competitive price and we’re expecting a similar performance from them today.

The Strike-X Cube chassis may be relatively small, but its capabilities are anything but. You’ll find the chassis is capable of housing a Micro-ATX motherboard, two graphics cards of up to 345mm, tall CPU coolers up to 187mm, up to a 280mm water cooling radiator, a built-in fan controller, removable storage bays and more!

1. Super cube gaming case solidly built with 0.7mm Steel.
2. Unique side bar design to take the strength of chassis to the next level.
3. PSU bracket makes installation of PSU easier.
4. Largely increased airflow front and top panels.
5. Completely removable ODD rack for ease of installing water cooling system.
6. Supports DUAL 240/280mm water cooling radiators.
7. Pre-drilled holes for cable management to reduce cable mess.
8. Pre-drilled holes for water cooling tubes.
9. Supports internal 3×3.5″HDD (also compatible with 2.5”) and 2×2.5″HDD/SSD under ODD rack.
10. Supports dual high-end graphic cards up to 320mm ( 345mm when front 20cm fan removed).
11. Supports max. CPU cooler height of 187mm.
12. Supports all PSU lengths.
13. Super-silent 20cm fan and 14cm fan included for front and rear cooling.
14. Supports up to 1 x 20cm, 2x12cm, or 2x14cm fans on top panel.
15. Supports up to 1x 20cm, 2x12cm or 2x14cm fans on front panel ( 1x20cm pre-installed).
16. Supports up to 2x12cm or 2x14cm fans on rear panel (1x 14cm pre-installed).
17. Magnetic PSU dust filter can be easily removed for cleaning.
18. HDD rack is double-secured by 2 screws to ensure the precious data don’t get damaged during transportation.
19. Shock-proof rubber pads for 3.5″ HDDs and PSU.
20. 2x USB3.0/ HD Audio & MIC.
21. Separate fan positions for exhausting the heat from HDD and motherboard.
22. Large Acrylic window for clear viewing.
23. Includes fan controller knobs controls fan/s up to max. 15W/channel.

The Strike-X Cube is available in both black and white, but we obviously have the white model at our disposal today. The left side panel is really nice, not only does it have a stunning white finish, but there’s also a huge side panel window, which will be perfect for showing off your fancy new graphics card.

The power supply is mounted on its side on the interior of the chassis, to accommodate this, the right side panel has a ventilated section in the bottom right corner which comes fitted with a magnetic dust filter.

The front panel has a very aggressive design, mixing the black mesh with the brilliant white of the exterior panels. There’s some blue LED lighting tucked into the vents on the left and right side, for a little added flair, and you can hardly miss the giant “X” shape that runs across the front of the chassis.

The main I/O panel features the usual power and reset buttons, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks and a funky dial wheel for adjusting the fan RPM.

Around the back of the chassis, you’ll find a 120/140mm fan mount, although the fan is not included. There’s another 120/140mm fan mount in the base, where you will find a 140mm fan pre-installed. The PSU mount is turned on its side and has a removable bracket that allows you to install the PSU directly from the back of the chassis.

The top panel has a similar design to the front panel, with another large “X” shape acting as the top air vent. The sides of the top panel are raised, forming a pair of carry handles.

There are four large feet on the base with soft rubber grips, more than enough to help reduce vibrations and stop it sliding around your desktop.

Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Thermaltake are easily one of the best chassis manufacturers around. This is especially true for those who want to utilize the latest and greatest technology in their system builds, even more so with those who love to modify their rigs. Thermaltake has proven time and time again that they’re able to provide innovative and practical features that can help you build a better high-end gaming rig, with extensive support for advanced features such as water cooling.

The Core V1 caught our attention earlier this year at Computex 2014 when we saw this tiny chassis fitted out with a glorious custom loop water cooling setup. This was very impressive, as the chassis exterior dimensions are just 276 x 260 x 316mm! Despite its small size, the V1 still promises to house up to four hard drives, a 285mm graphics card, plenty of cooling hardware and a PSU of up to 200mm. There is no doubt that you can get a lot of high-end hardware in here. If you’re looking for a super-compact gaming rig for LAN or for your living room, then the V1 certainly sounds promising.

The V1 may be tiny, but it has a massive amount of ventilation. This extensive amount of airflow will help keep your high-end build as cool as possible, but it may cause some issues with dust if you’re not careful.

The main I/O panel is tucked away on the left side of the front panel and comes equipped with everything you should need.

The right side panel is the same as the left, so much so that you can actually remove the panel and swap them around.

The curved metal mesh of the front panel looks a little industrial, but its very nicely finished and provides a huge amount of airflow to the 200mm fan which is mounted behind it.

Around the back you’ll find a pair of 80mm fan mounts, the motherboard I/O, two expansion slots and the PSU mount. The PSU cut-out and the expansion slots really put into perspective how small that chassis really is.

The top panel features a large clear perspex window.

On the base of the chassis you’ve got four hard feet and a slide out dust filter for the PSU section. Here’s where things get interesting, the top, bottom and side panels are all the same dimensions. This means you can put them in any order you want. If you would like the top window panel on the side? No problem, want to go crazy and put the feet on the side of the chassis? You can! It’s a little strange, but chassis modders are going to love this flexibility.

Shuttle Launches XPC Barebone SH97R6 PC

It’s been almost a month since Shuttle Announced the SH97R6 Barebone PC and now it has launched with an MSRP of €244.00 ex VAT. The tiny system measures just 20cm in height but offers plenty of options and versatile usage.

The XPC SH97R6 is based around the H97 chipset and LGA1150 socket and can handle Intel processors with a TDP up to 95W. It has four DIMM slots for up to 32GB memory and plenty of connectivity. A 300W power supply is included and everything is ready to go once you plug-in your CPU, memory and storage drives. Speaking of storage, it has four SATA3 and two eSATA connectors with space for one 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch drives; more with the optional PHD3 mounting frame.

Shuttle made sure the SH97R6 has plenty of 4K display support with two DisplayPort (60Hz) and one HDMI (30Hz). If iGPU isn’t enough power or you just need more connections, it has one PCI-Express x16 Gen.3 slot with room for long dual-slot graphics cards. Internally it has two mini-PCI Express slots of which one is prepared for mSATA SSDs.

Peripherals can be connected by the four USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 and 7.1 audio connections. Network is provided by an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector and optional W-LAN modules.

The features mentioned here are from the basic model and can be extended with bigger power supplies for example. Shuttle has built a great and modular, tiny yet powerful barebone ready for most things you could do with a tiny cube computer.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp

Anidees AI-07 Cube-Case Available Now

While Anidees still isn’t a company that is known among everyone, they’ve created some great cases for a while and also scored several awards for them here on eTeknix. The AI-07 is Anidees newest cube form factor chassis with support for ATX motherboards. It comes with a focus on cooling performance and maximum flexibility. The new case is available in both black and white editions and you’ll also have the choice between a normal and a windowed side-panel. The interior of the case is matte-black in both versions.

The dual chamber design used in this case places your storage drives and power supply in the small chamber behind the motherboard tray while keeping the display worthy parts like motherboard and graphics cards in the big chamber. This allows for a very clean build and the cable management will be a breeze in this case, as you get 95 mm of space behind the motherboard tray. It has front connectors for two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports as well as microphone and headphone jacks.

The interior is designed so no components will interfere with the airflow for any of the other parts and in return gives you maximum cooling ability to each part of your precious computer. To strengthen this aspect, the case allows for a total of up to 8 fans. The front-fan setup in the form of four 120 mm fans mounted in a square effectively provides one fan per critical component; processor, graphics card, storage drives and power supply. You can mount two 120 or 140mm fans at the top of the case while the back side has room for another 120mm and a 90mm fan. For a silent setup, the case also allows for the use of one 200mm fan at the front instead of the default four 120mm fans.

You can mount up to four 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch internal drives. If you have a lot of SSD or 2.5-inch HDD drives, the 3.5-inch trays will also allow you to mount those as well. It has one external 5.25-inch slot for optical drives, fan controllers or any other similar form factor device.

The chassis supports ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX sized motherboards and normal ATX power supplies up to 200mm length. The CPU cooler clearance is set to 174mm and the maximum graphics card length is 348mm. The chassis itself is 288 x 380 x 380mm, weighs 6.35kg and has a volume of 41.5 liters. The materials used are steel and plastic.

The new Anidees AI-07 Cube Case is available now and Overclockers UK  is the first to have them in stock here in the UK. The price starts at an attractive £67.99 for the basic model and £76.99 if you’d like the model with a windowed side panel.

Thank you Anidees for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Anidees

Aerocool Strike-X Cube Chassis Revealed

Aerocool are back with their love it or hate it Strike-X chassis series, this time tackling the ever popular cube chassis form factor with the release of their Strike-X Cube Micro ATX PC case. The new chassis keeps much of the styling of the original Strike-X chassis, but squashes it down into a smaller form factor that makes it more suitable for popping next to your big screen TV or carrying it to LAN gaming events; the chassis measures in at just 435 x 280 x 412mm.

The Strike-X Cube supports Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboard, ATX power supplies, 187mm CPU coolers, dual 240 to 280mm radiators, 320mm long graphics cards and even 345mm cards if you remove the front cooling fan! There is room for six fans on the chassis interior, with a 200mm and a 140mm pre-installed. Storage options are well catered for, with room for three 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives, and there is room for an additional two 2.5″ drives under the 5.25″ bay.

If that’s not enough room for you, the optical and HDD bays can be complete removed to make way for modding, extra cable space or what ever takes your creative fancy. The chassis is packed full of extra features such as cable routing holes with rubber grommets, a magnetic and removable PSU dust filter, shock proof rubber pads for hard drives and the PSU, two USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks, an integrated fan controller and reinforced side bar handles; making the chassis carry friendly.

The only downside to this chassis is the design, I can’t say I’m a fan of the aesthetics at all, but that really doesn’t matter as I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who love the design and while I may not like the looks, I have to admit that I’m impressed by the number of features packed into this chassis.

The Aerocool Strike-X Cube chassis will be available to order from most major retailers this week with an MSRP $120,90 (US Ex/ Taxes).

Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Aerocool.

Aerocool Xpredator Cube Chassis Revealed

The latest Aerocool chassis is finally here, bringing the mighty Aerocool Xpredator full-tower and compacting it down in to a cube PC form factor. The new chassis features many of the style points that made the original Xpredator so great; the top panel fins, aggressive styling and the bold black/red and black/orange colour themes that are popular favourites for Aerocool.

Cube chassis are very popular right now thanks to their reduced size, making them ideal for taking to LAN gaming events, or even keeping next to your TV as a HTPC style gaming rig. The Xpredator Cube clocks in at just 280 x 418 x 412mm, but it can still hold an impressive amount of hardware despite the smaller form factor. It supports 345mm graphics cards, full size ATX power supply, up to six fans (two pre-installed), cable routing and water cooling, tool free hard drive bays and more.

The case comes equipped with dust-filters, a 200mm fan in the front panel and a 140mm exhaust fan, USB 3.0 support, an integrated fan controller and robust 0.7mm steel construction; more than enough to satisfy the demands of a high-end gaming build.

The Aerocool Xpredator Cube is available now from most major retailers in Black, Black/Orange, Black/Red and White with a MSRP of $125,90 (ex/ Taxes).

Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Aerocool.

Aerocool Dead Silence DS200 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Aerocool are back once again with a new entry in their Dead Silence chassis series. We absolutely loved their Dead Silence Cube chassis which we reviewed a few months ago, as it is easily one of the best compact gaming chassis on the market today. Now they’re back with a similar aesthetic and a much bigger form factor with the DS200, a premium grade mid-tower with support for ATX motherboards. Aerocool are certainly one of the more up and coming names in the chassis business, sure they’ve been at it for years and already have some stunning products such as their PGS series, with the BX500 and Xpredator being two of my favourite cases, but it’s in these last two years that they’ve really been putting up a fight against the likes of Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake, Coolermaster and many more who have long dominated the gaming chassis market.

Aerocools new case comes in a stunning choice of colours, some of which match up nicely with the colours offered on their massively popular Dead Silence fans. The DS200 comes with support for just about everything you could need from a decent gaming chassis, with room for mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX size motherboards, seven expansion slots, room for extra-long graphics cards, plenty of space for storage with dedicated 2.5″ drive bays, built-in fan controller and temperature read-out, cable management a more.

The box is nothing overly fancy, featuring a nice high-contrast image of the chassis front panel as well as a quick run-down of the main specifications.

In the box I found a bundle of components, these included two 5.25″ drive bay adaptor that match the colour and finish of the front panel, all the screws and bolts needed to install all major components, a collection of cable ties and a sticky pad to help secure the thermal monitor sensor.

Also in the box is a replacement top panel, which can be swapped out easily to suit different chassis configurations.

It’s filtered too, so lifting it off and giving it a quick brush should make maintaining the filter nice and easy.

Win a Cube Raptor Gaming PC Worth £669.99!

Want a chance to win a stunning Cube Raptor gaming PC? I bet you do! Equipped with an Intel Core i5 4590 Haswell Refresh CPU, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz RAM, an MSI R7 265 OC 2GB graphics card and a whole lot more. The Raptor is a great all-round gaming system for those who need an upgrade and with an RRP of £669.99 it will certainly feel like Christmas come early for one lucky winner.

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

If you would like to know more about the Cube Raptor, then you can always check out our full review right here.

All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

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Cube Raptor Gaming PC Review

Introduction


It is no secret that there are a lot of people who are interested in gaming PCs but do not have the time or the experience to build their own. It is also no secret that PCs made by gimmicky system builders like Alienware are over-priced and are not good value for money, you are mainly paying for the brand name and reputation and get very little hardware for your money. So what other options do you have? Buying from a system integrator is rapidly becoming a popular alternative, with the constant year-on-year growth in the PC gaming industry it is no wonder that there are more system integrators to choose from than ever before.

Today we are taking a look at a gaming system made by the system integrator called Cube. We are checking out their Cube Raptor Gaming PC which offers up a sweet-spot balance of components at a fairly attractive sub-£700 price point. The Raptor boasts the latest Core i5 Haswell Refresh CPU from Intel with the flagship Z97 chipset as well as a 2GB AMD R7 265 overclocked graphics card and 8GB of DDR3. Interestingly, there’s no either/or rubbish going on with the storage – Cube have equipped a hybrid drive so it can bring the benefits of an SSD and large capacity HDD to an attractive price point. All in all this system has an interesting mix of components and is finished off nicely with In Win’s GT1 gaming mid tower case. Check out the full specifications of this system below:

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

Packaging & Accessories

We received the Cube Raptor Gaming PC in the usual format: a large cardboard outer box within which we find the system in the box that the In Win case came in. There’s some additional protective polystyrene to protect the inner box from bumps and on top of it all is the motherboard box which contains all the manuals, documentation, cables and adapters that came with components in the system that you might need.

As we can see the inner box is in perfect condition and has sustained no damage in transit, this means it was packaged well.

Inside the motherboard box we find lots of documentation for the system components, a power cable for the system, various CDs, a VGA to DVI adapter and the wireless antenna for the WiFi PCI express card.

Before we get stuck in to looking at the product let’s just take a minute to familiarise ourselves with the stars of the show; the Intel Core i5 4590 and the AMD R7 265 OC.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Will.i.am Partners With Coca-Cola to Create the 3D Systems Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer


Coca-Cola is teaming up with pop star Will.i.am to create the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer, scheduled for release later this year.  The printer from 3D Systems prints with filaments based on recycled plastics and is the first product after 3D Systems named Will.i.am chief creative officer earlier in the year.

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Here is what Bea Perez, Coca-Cola Company VP and Chief Sustainablity Officer, said in a statement:

“The Ekocycle brand initiative is a platform that aligns with our vision of zero waste and our focus on sustainability.  Together with will.i.am, we will promote recycling win a unique way with other well-known brands to create lifestyle products that consumers worldwide desire.  Today’s generation of young consumers represents an active force and the Ekocycle brand aims to be a driver in rallying their support and efforts around a global sustainability movement.”

The printer will be available with a £703 price tag, a moderate price tag for current-generation 3D printer choices.

There is a great potential, in addition to adding a unique twist to 3D printing, promoting recycling and green activities for both companies involved.  Companies like Coca-Cola have been pressured into launching green initiatives, as many cans, plastic and glass bottles end up in recycling facilities – while many of them also end up in landfills.

Thank you Coca-Cola for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of 3D Systems

Aerocool DS Dead Silence Cube Chassis Review

Introduction


Today in the eTeknix office we have the latest chassis from Aerocool, the DS Dead Silence microATX gaming chassis. While of course this chassis could be used for any type of system (within reason of course), it is certainly aimed at the PC gaming market and more specifically the small form factor end of the market.

Compact gaming PCs have taken off in a really big way this last couple of years and companies such as Cooler Master and BitFenix have done really well with their miniITX solutions, proving a popular choice for LAN gamers, HTPC users or with those looking to build a compact gaming system for their bedroom or to go alongside their big screen TV. There are many new players to the cube chassis market this year and this is a great thing, it’s always good to see companies trying to compete, out do each other and improve on designs because at the end of the day it’s often the consumer who wins. The big question is, does the Dead Silence have what it takes to mix it with some of the biggest names in the industry?

We’ve reviewed a few gaming chassis from Aerocool in the past and while their brand name might not carry as much weight as something like Corsair, at least here in the UK, they’ve actually produced some of the best cases we’ve seen here at eTeknix such as their BX-500 and Xpredator and I’m hoping that the DS offers as many cool features as their other gaming series chassis. So lets cut right to it and see what Aerocools DS has to offer.

It is worth pointing out that Aerocool make two main models of this chassis, one with a side panel window and one without. We have the one without the side panel window, but Aerocool have also provided us with a replacement window side panel so that this review effectively covers both editions, but please not that it doesn’t come with both the solid and windowed side panels at retail.

The front of the DS box features a quick run down of the main specifications. These include the Micro ATX / Mini ITX motherboard compatibility, 4 expansion slots and the hard drive configurations.

The packaging is fairly standard but more than enough to keep it safe. Extra care has been taken to put peel-off plastic on any gloss surfaces of the chassis and its front panel.

In the box I found a ventilated top panel cover, a user guide and a huge selection of screws, cable ties and fittings for installing our components.

Asus Cube Due for Release

If you use an entertainment device or have been contemplating purchasing a television that has Google TV built in, you might want to consider the new ASUS Cube. ASUS Cube also known as Qube is an Android-based entertainment device. A compact unit featuring the Google TV platform to instantly upgrade your HDTV giving you access to tons of new online content. The Cube is the first Google TV media streaming to feature both motion control and voice search. Their dual sided remote will offer both a microphone and motion control features, to use for searching for shows and for use with apps.

With the ability to easily search for your favorite TV shows with the voice commands, and search you can find shows by name or genre. It will even help you find shows that you might like with the review features. You will also be able to sync a mobile phone or tablet using either iOS device’s or Android device’s, which will also give you the ability to send videos you find on your device to your big screen. ASUS designed an custom interfaced exclusively for use with the Cube, which will give you the ability to access your favorite TV & Movies, Games, Social & Life, Sports, Music, News, Education, Photo, and your favorite apps. Featuring picture-in-picture, you will be able to browse the web on Google Chrome while watching TV or a movie.

If you Pre-Order now from Newegg.com you will get a $10 promotional gift card. The Cube is set for release in the US on April 24th, 2013 with a retail value of $129 (£84), unfortunately there is not a release date for the UK just yet.

The Cube will feature:

  • 2 x USB ports for either plugging in peripherals or external hard drives
  • 2 x HDMI ports one in, one out
  • RJ45 port for wired ethernet networking also with built-in 802.11 N Wi-Fi
  • IR Blaster so you can use 1 remote for both your ASUS Cube and your television
  • Double sided remote with a full QWERTY style keyboard


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