Scythe’s GlideStream series has just received a brand new member named GlideStream 120 PWM SC, which incorporates the company’s well-known features as well as a brand new 3-way limited switch. Featuring a small hub and large blades design that ensures increased airflow at low fan speeds, this should be a good cooling solution for those of you who appreciate a quiet rig, especially since it also comes with PWM support. The 3-step switch is definitely its most important feature, as it allows the user to limit the fan speed to either 800, 1.150 or 1.500 RPM. The GlideStream 120 PWM SC is incredibly silent on the first setting, in which in runs from 300 to 800 RPM.
There are other things that make this fan noteworthy, though, including a set of insulating rubber mounters that reduce vibrations transferred from the fan to the case, as well as a grooved blade design that minimizes air resistance. Other highlights include installation holes without tunnels, which support an easy installation process, and a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter. The Scythe GlideStream 120 PWM SC fan features an MSRP of just €7,50, which is rather affordable considering its unique perks.
What fans do you have installed in your case right now? Are they as good as the new GlideStream?
Aerocool recently revealed the new line of 80Plus Gold certified Xpredator power supplies, but at the time, they didn’t reveal the availability nor the pricing. We now have both these information at hand and will naturally share them with you. The new Aerocool Xpredator 550W, 650W, 750W, and 1000W models will be available at e-tailers and retails starting this week for a price of €75.00, €83.00, €88.50, and €139.00 Euro respectively.
With these four capacity options and a very reasonable price tag for a power supply unit with a gold rated efficiency, these PSUs should become quite popular despite that Aerocool mostly is known for their cooling options and PC chassis. The Xpredator Gold Series power supply units feature a modular design for easy cable management and convenience and the PSU also comes with some removable cable straps for further improvement in the cable management options. They use a single 12 Volts rail for high compatibility and extremely high current output. The maximum voltage deviation of the single rail is at ±3% thanks to the DC-to-DC design.
Aerocool installed a 120mm fan in the PSU which helps with the cooling and noise generation and the top model even comes with a 140mm. The PSUs support both the ATX12V v2.4 as well as EPS v2.92 so you can use them in all your setups. The main 20+4P and CPU 4+4P cable straps are up to 600mm long and sleeved. The removable cable straps, on the other hand, are utilizing black flat cables. You also get all the protections that you’ll want, including OVP, OCP, OPP, UVP, SCP, and SIP.
By now I think everyone will have heard about be quiet! A company that is known to release excellent quality products such as PSUs, CPU coolers, fans and even recently a case. All these products are made with three things in mind – quality, performance and aesthetics. The downside to this is that the products are sometimes expensive, but they have always been most certainly worth it, as they include be quiet! fans, which have proven to be some of the best fans on the market.
Today we are going to look at the be quiet! Pure Rock, a budget 120mm fan CPU cooler for multiple sockets. It will be interesting to see how this product performs as it’s the cheapest cooler I have seen from be quiet! let’s hope that they haven’t compromised on the quality or performance.
The Box for the be quiet! Pure Rock follows the same pattern as all of the other be quiet! products we have seen. It has a very nice black background with some rather nice photos of the product. I like to see a uniform theme between products as it instantly tells you which brand the product is from and what to expect.
Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards. We can also see that this cooler comes with a be quiet! PURE WINGS 2 120mm fan, which is a 1,500 rpm 12v 4-pin PWM fan, which is very quiet.
Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. One thing that is missing is a tube or sachet of thermal paste. be quiet! have actually pre applied this to the cooler which for one time application, but if you make a mistake, or want to re-seat the cooler then you are going to have to purchase more thermal paste.
Included with this cooler is also this little spanner, this helps when you are installing the cooler. Using this tool you won’t necessarily need to take the fan off the tower to install which is always good.
As always with be quiet! products you get one of their excellent fans. This is a pure wings 2 and we know from previous experiences with these that they are an excellent balance between cooling and silence.
Now this is where we forget that this is actually a cheap product from be quiet! It looks just as good quality as their high-end, high budget models. I don’t need to say too much more on the aesthetics, pictures say far more than I could ever hope to, they just look beautiful.
The tops of be quiet! coolers are always finished excellently and this one is no exception. I think that having the caps over the 4 heat pipes is an excellent idea. I know be quiet! are not the only company to implement this idea, but they certainly do it well and it adds to the overall quality and finish of the cooler.
The underside is made of CNC machined copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this. You can also see that this cooler has 4 6mm heat pipes to help dissipate the heat.
Installation for the be quiet! Pure Rock couldn’t be easier, you simply add the back plate to the motherboard using the thumb nuts to hold it in place. You then use the same 4 thumb nuts to screw in the brackets for your desired socket type, once this is done you simply add the cooler and use the provided screws and holding plate to secure your cooler.
Once the cooler is fitted, the fan does very slightly go over the top of our RAM. This isn’t much of a problem as with the be quiet! Pure Rock you are able to move the fan to the other side of the cooler, but for those who wish to have it on the same side of the RAM or have motherboards with RAM on both sides of the cooler, then you will need low profile RAM.
So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!
SFX power supplies have come a long way and don’t have many shortcomings in comparison with their ATX counterparts, except the fan limitation. The 100mm depth of the SFX form factor PSUs limit the fan size to 80mm and the smaller a fan is, the faster it has to spin and thus increasing the overall sound level as well as pitch sounds.
SilverStone has created the SFX-L form factor to combat just this issue. The larger form factor allows for the use of 120mm fans and thus reducing the overall acoustic levels from the PSU as well as allowing for higher performance due to the improved cooling.
A great new standard also needs a great first product. There is no doubt that the SilverStone SX500-LG PSU is such one with its 80 Plus Gold certification, modular flat cables and semi-fanless capability. You even get an ATX adapter bracket to mount it normal form factor cases.
Silent running 120mm fan with intelligent semi-fanless operation
Support SFX-L form factor and ATX via included bracket
High efficiency with 80 PLUS Gold certification
100% modular cables
All cables made with flexible flat arrays
500W continuous power output at 40℃ operating temperature rated for 24/7 operation
Class-leading single +12V rail with 40A
Strict ±3% voltage regulation and low ripple & noise
Support dual PCI-E 8/6pin connectors
We could already report on this new PSU a little while ago, and now it also got a price and release date. The SX500-LG has an $89.11 USD MSRP and should become available on the 28th of January.
Thanks to SilverStone for providing us with this information
BitFenix are the latest in a long line of brands to make an entry into the power supply market. The story with BitFenix is very similar to that of Fractal Design as both brands started out selling PC cases and expanded to power supplies after experiencing great success. Power supplies and fans are probably the two closest linked components to cases which is why you’ll often find that brands who make cases also sell power supplies (Cooler Master, Corsair, Fractal Design, BitFenix…) and brands who made power supplies expanded to start making cases (be quiet!, XFX…). The BitFenix Fury series of power supplies is actually fairly unique though, they aren’t just “rebadging” a common OEM design and sticking their label on it. BitFenix haven’t produced the power supply themselves, FSP are the OEM provider, but they have worked with FSP above and beyond the normal level of cooperation to create a custom power supply design that they can call their own. The most notable unique feature is that the PSU features custom sleeved cables, even the ones that are hard-wired feature custom sleeving.
Packaging and Contents
The front of the box points out what BitFenix clearly think is the most important feature: custom sleeved cables. A 5 year warranty and 80 Plus Gold certification are the other headline features.
The accessory pack includes a power plug, quick install guide and four silver screws. I think black screws or thumbscrews would have been nice too: this unit isn’t exactly cheap!
During August 2013 the parent company of well-known German brand Be Quiet, Listan GmbH & Co. KG (Listan for short), announced their takeover of the German-Taiwanese brand “Xilence”. As part of the deal Listan took complete ownership of the entire Xilence portfolio and all of its trademarks. The Xilence brand now operates as a separate subsidiary company and brand under the Listan parent company. With the Xilence brand, Listan are hoping to address the mainstream and volume market segments of power supplies and cooling fans while reserving Be Quiet for more expensive and premium product offerings. The transition from its previous ownership to its new guidance and direction under Listan has now started to take effect. In mid-July Xilence presented their newest product range: the Performance A power supply Series. The main target of the Performance A Series is good quality power with competitive pricing. The Performance A series offers 430, 530, 630 and 730 watt variants with retail prices of €33.90, €37.90, €45.90 and €52.90 respectively. Today we are able to take a look at the Performance A Series 730W model and see exactly what it has to offer.
Packaging and Contents
The packaging of the Xilence brand is fairly basic reflecting the budget orientation of the product. The box points out the 80 Plus and ErP 2014 certifications. It also quite amusingly has a box stating that it is “ready for graphics cards” – well with 730W on offer I’d certainly hope so!
Around the back of the box we see the influence the new leadership has had. Just like Be Quiet, Xilence now list all the different connectors out and the lengths of each cable, good information to have especially for such a budget unit.
The included accessories are fairly basic, we find a power cable, four black screws and a brief user manual.
XFX’s PRO Series of power supplies have become very popular among system builders and enthusiasts thanks to their solid quality and competitive pricing, however, the majority of the XFX PRO series of power supplies are only based on 80 Plus Bronze rated Seasonic platforms. With the TS series XFX is ramping up the quality from Bronze to Gold rated platforms that promise to offer better efficiency and higher quality power deliver.
As you’ll find with many mainstream power supplies, there is a fully wired design which serves the purpose of keeping costs down but also of eeking out every last drop of efficiency since fully wired PSUs tend to have greater efficiency than modular ones. Yet the efficiency of this PSU is still fairly high-end so XFX have offered some cables to match that: all of the cables are fully black except the motherboard 24 pin but that also has decent sleeving. Like all XFX power supplies the XFX TS 650 also carries with it an impressive 5 year warranty in case anything were to go wrong, but given the high quality components and construction associated with Seasonic OEM designs like this one we are expecting a very good power supply, so let’s see exactly how it performs in today’s review.
Packaging and Contents
The XFX TS 650 comes in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen for a PSU of this wattage and quality, and this of course helps XFX keep costs down.
The back details XFX’s usual features such as their True Wattage Guarantee.
The accessory pack is basic: a user manual, some screws and a power cable are all included.
When you’re building a budget system with fairly minimal power requirements you won’t really find wattages lower than 400-450W for a standard ATX power supply. While getting a cheap power supply may be important to ensuring you can keep costs of a system build down it is also important to remember that you still need a decent quality power supply: if it is stupidly cheap (<$20 or <£15) then chances are it is going to be nasty. That said this is the perfect scenario for something like XFX’s PRO 450W Core Edition power supply which we are testing today. Being a “Core Edition” XFX power supply that means it is both non-modular and Bronze rated making it the lowest cost of all XFX’s product stacks. Starting at just £35~ or $55 it certainly offers great value for money and a viable alternative to cheap unbranded power supplies that are likely to go kaput. Yet this power supply is still a fairly high quality Seasonic design and comes with an impressive 5 year warranty that you wouldn’t expect to find at such a price point. So let’s examine XFX’s PRO 450W Core Edition power supply more closely in today’s review.
Packaging and Contents
The packaging demonstrates XFX’s One Rail design, the efficiency certification and the use of Japanese capacitors.
Around the back we find a bit about XFX’s power supply design philosophy and mention of their 5 year warranty.
Included with this power supply is a user manual, four silver screws for mounting into a case and a power plug that should be appropriate to the region that you buy this unit in.
Cooler Master have earned a solid reputation as one of the leading providers of power supplies in the desktop and enthusiast market, and rightly so. Unlike some PSU vendors Cooler Master do not tend to stick with the same OEM and have used CWT, Enhance and Seasonic to ensure they always get the best balance between price and performance depending on the product they are making. Today we are looking at a power supply that is produced for Cooler Master by Enhance, one of Cooler Master’s favoured OEMs of late. We have also seen the Enhance OEM used in many of Cooler Master’s Silent Pro Hybrid series power supplies. On the bench for this review is Cooler Master’s brand new V750 power supply. Boasting 750W of 80 Plus Gold Rated power with a low RPM fan and a semi modular design Cooler Master’s V750 looks like a very nice offering. It also comes in an incredibly compact form factor being just 5.5 inches in length and better still it has a very reasonable MSRP of $110. So without any further ado let’s proceed into this review and see how it performs!
Packaging and Contents
On the front of the packaging Cooler Master proudly display the 80 Plus Gold certification, use of Japanese capacitors and 3D Circuit design.
On the back we find details able the cables on offer, the fan curve and the efficiency curve. Cooler Master also mention that the specific Enhance OEM design they are using is exclusive to them.
Included with the V750 is simply a power plug, set of black case screws and user’s manual.
Since joining eTeknix over 3 years ago I’ve seen us work with a lot of big brand names and have personally done countless reviews with those brands. Power supplies are something I’ve been covering for just over a year and in that time Seasonic is a brand we’ve never worked with directly. The word “directly” is key as Seasonic “indirectly” work with just about every website that reviews power supplies because so many power supplies are built by Seasonic and rebadged to be sold by other brands: Antec, Cooler Master, Corsair and XFX are just a few brands of many who work with Seasonic to produce power supplies based on their OEM designs. Today we finally get to take a look at an actual Seasonic product and it is something fairly special: Seasonic’s 660W Platinum Series power supply. As the name suggests it boasts incredible 80 Plus Platinum efficiency as well as a fully modular design, a staggering 7 year warranty, high quality components and construction and support for SLI, CrossFire and Haswell C6/C7 low power states. Seasonic have always been at the forefront of power supply innovation in the desktop and server markets so we have absolutely no doubt that this power supply will match or even exceed our expectations.
Packaging and Contents
Seasonic’s packaging plays on the Platinum theme with a silver-coloured box. It points out clearly the wattage, efficiency and the Haswell-ready certification.
The back details the key product features which includes the promise of +- 2% voltage regulation on all rails and a hybrid fan that only spins up at around 30~% load.
Inside the packaging we find everything is nicely presented and very well packaged – this certainly won’t get damaged in transit.
Included accessories with the power supply are a power plug that will reflect the region you buy this unit in, an owners manual, Velcro cable ties, standard cable ties, a Seasonic sticker and four silver screws for mounting.
Fractal Design has introduced its new series of PC Cases, the Core X5, distinguishable by its intuitive and easy-to-access interior, while also providing a removable HDD cage and tray system, supporting up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ disk drives.The PC case series is made up of four different models, the 3500 / 3500W / 25000 and 1500, each offering its unique support for different user conditions.
Taking a look at the 3500/3500W, it can be seen that the cases fit a wide body ATX Mid Tower specification, having also a Windowed side panel version which allows users to display their build. It comes with either two (for the 3500) or three (for the 3500W) 140mm fans, a built-in three-step fan controller and supports either two 249mm radiators or one 280mm radiator. In terms of disk space, the 3500/3500W version can fit up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives, having the tray equipped with vibration dampening silicone grommets. For the more demanding, two additional SSD drives can be fitted behind the motherboard tray as well.
Moving on to the 2500 version, a clean and modern exterior design presents itself along with exceptional cooling and component compatibility features. The case model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan controller and support for a 280mm and 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be mounted in two hard drive cages featuring vibration dampening and an additional SSD mounting can fit one SSD drive behind the power supply position.
Last but not least, the 1500 model features an extremely compact micro ATX Mini Tower design. It delivers a clean, modern exterior along with a high feature of compatibility and cooling. The model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan three speed fan controller and support for two 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be fitted in trays as well in this series’ “little brother”, equipped with vibration dampening features, with an additional SSD tray placed behind the power supply position.
When it comes to pricing, the 3500 can be found at a price tag of $79.99 / €69.99 / £59.99 while the 3500W comes with a price tag of $89.99 / €79.99 / £69.99. The other models, 2500 and 1500, can be found at a price tag of $59.99 / €49.99 / £44.99 and $59.90 / €49.99 / £44.99 respectively.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
When it comes to the Antec Earthwatts Platinum series efficiency is the order of the day. Antec’s Earthwatts Platinum series benefits from being one of a few 80 Plus Platinum power supply ranges available in, what we might term, more ‘mainstream wattages’ such as the 450w and 650w models we reviewed recently here and here. Typically other 80 Plus Platinum power supplies are of a more extreme/enthusiast stature such as Corsair’s AX1200i/AX1500i, Enermax’s Platimax series or Be Quiet’s Dark Power 10 850W.
With that said today we are taking a look at the Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550W power supply which is an affordable 80 Plus Platinum power supply with a wattage that can cater for the majority of mainstream and mid-range systems. The 550W Earthwatts Platinum shares all the same features of other power supplies in the series which includes a non-modular design, being based on the FSP Aurum platform and being compact in size. So without any further ado let’s proceed with having a look at this product, and how it performs.
Power efficiency is a significant consideration for any system that is running frequently – a home server, mining system, a workstation or any other system that gets close to 24/7 usage is a prime candidate for a high efficiency power supply. With the need to cut electricity related carbon emissions, and consume less electricity in the wake of rising electricity prices, the time to get an efficient power supply is now – particularly if you are upgrading from an old unbranded power supply that lacks any form of certifications or efficiency standards.
The 80 Plus standard has been around for a while to ensure that customers know what they are getting in terms of efficiency. At the top end of this efficiency standard is 80 Plus Platinum which promises 90/90, 92/94 and 89/91% efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% loads on 115/230V circuits respectively. Antec’s EarthWatts Platinum series is designed specifically to meet those certifications and offer consumers affordable 80 Plus Platinum power supplies in a range of sensible wattages. We’ve already reviewed Antec’s 450W EarthWatts Platinum power supply and today we are moving on to the 650W variant. With the EarthWatts Platinum 650W power supply Antec are seeking to capture some of the higher end market – 650W is more than enough for a dual GPU system. Like other power supplies in this same series this unit is made by FSP, is non-modular and is backed by a three year warranty. Of course there is more to a power supply than just efficiency so let’s move onto having a look at this power supply and see how it performs.
Corsair have just unveiled their latest Hydro Series cooler which at first looks like a H80 with a smaller radiator but if you look more closely it’s essentially a H60 (2013 Edition) with an additional 120mm fan, as we can see the OEM is clearly Asetek not CoolIT. The H75 uses a new cooling block design with a micro-fin copper cold plate and a ceramic bearing pump. The radiator is a standard 25mm thick aluminium radiator and that’s paired up with two Corsair SP120L fans, the same fans we see on the H80i and H100i.
As far as we can tell the fans are provided with PWM controls so you can just plug them both into your motherboard directly – there’s no Corsair link support or on-pump fan controlling functions. The lack of Corsair Link support is also denoted by the fact this product is the H75 not H75i. Corsair wil be offering the H75 with an impressive 5 year warranty and at a competitive price of $84.99.
Features and Specifications
120 mm aluminium radiator -120 mm x 152 mm x 25 mm
Two SP120L PWM 120 mm high static pressure fans – 120 mm x 25 mm – 2000 RPM (+/- 10%) – 54 CFM – 31.4 dBA
PWM fan control for customizable cooling
Support for AMD and Intel CPUs – AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, 1366, 2011
Advanced copper cold plate and manifold design
Tool-free bracket for simple installation on most Intel and AMD motherboards
Sealed all-in-one design, pre-filled and maintenance free
Enermax’s Triathlor series is one of their budget series of power supplies. The Triathlor series is below the Platimax, MaxRevo and Revolution87+ power supplies but above the NAXN82+ and NAXN Basic power supplies. The Triathlor series still boasts the same Enermax quality and reliability but is instead aimed at providing a more attractive price point. We’ve already taken at Enermax’s 450W Triathlor power supply which we found to be a great power supply even if it was a tad on the expensive side, though you’d expect that as even though the Triathlor series from Enermax is “budget” it is still better than the budget offerings from most other companies. Of course the Enermax Triathlor should be seen more as a mid-range product, though with 80 Plus Bronze certification it is hard to market it as that.
The Enermax ETA700AWT-M Triathlor FC 700W semi-modular power supply we have here today is Enermax’s top Triathlor series PSU. With a semi-modular cabling design, enough power for SLI/CFX and a custom T.B Silence 120mm fan this power supply would do justice to anything high end gaming system. Unlike some of the cheaper competitors out there Enermax’s 700W Triathlor uses a high quality DC to DC converter design, has active PFC and uses Japanese capacitors so should have top notch performance. Without any further ado let’s find out how good the performance actually is.
Cooler Master have just unveiled its second generation of the long-running GX series power supplies. The GX II series, pictured above, was first shown at Computex back in June and the new value orientated gaming series of power supplies will hit the market in 450, 550 and 650W capacities using an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency certification. A single 12 volt rail design, all the usual protection mechanisms, a unique always on USB header and ErP compliant deep sleep states top off some of the key features to the GX II series.
The GX II 450W is targeted a single GPU system builds with a single 6 pin PCIe power connector in addition to the other usual cables. The GX II 550W offers two 6+2 PCIe pin cables in addition to the usual and the GX II 650W features the same with an identical connector set to the GX II 550W. All three units measure in at 150mm x 140mm x 86mm and have 120mm cooling fans. Pricing is expected to be in the $79 to $109 range.
The market for power supplies is crowded out with a variety of different wattages, certifications and cable designs but sometimes the consumer just wants a simple product that does the job. That is exactly what the Antec Neo Eco 520W PSU that we have here today is designed for. The Antec Neo Eco 520W PSU uses 80 Plus certification, provides 520W and has a semi-modular design. Antec’s “Eco” moniker sees this product packaged in a brown card box without a power chord or any modular cables – though the hard wired cables should have everything you need anyway.
The whole idea behind the “Eco” moniker is that it’s a no frills attached power supply that uses a little as possible in the way of excess materials and packaging. That said the unit is hardly archaeic and still has a 120mm fan, active PFC, SCP, OVP, OPP and can provide 40 amps on the 12 volt rail which is more than enough for most single GPU systems.
This certainly isn’t a PSU that is going to inspire any system builders or enthusiasts but for someone who just wants a basic 500~W PSU that does the job then this might be worth considering. Let’s take a look and find out if it is up to the job!
Cooler Master have finally revealed more details on its new Cosmos SE chassis that was announced about a month back. The Cosmos SE is the smaller version of the Cosmos II and comes with the trademark Cosmos curved aluminium handles along the top and bottom. The Cosmos SE has room for 8 fans with four pre-installed. These included two 120mm blue LED fans at the front with LED controls, a 120mm rear exhaust and 140mm top exhaust.
The Cosmos SE has ample water cooling support with room for a 120, 240, 280 or 360mm radiator. In fact users can install a rear 120mm, top 280mm and front 360mm radiator all at once.The Cosmos SE offers support for up to 8 HDDs/18 SSDs via the removable cages. The Cosmos SE also supports multiple graphics cards up to 395mm/15.5 inches long and CPU coolers up 6.9 inches/ 175mm tall.
The Cosmos SE comes in two varieties – one with a meshed side panel and one with a side panel Window. There are multiple dust filters on the top, front bottom and side panel (with the meshed side panel). Cooler Master claim 35mm behind the motherboard tray for cable management.
Both versions of the Cosmos SE from Cooler Master will cost €159 including VAT.
Enermax have just unveiled their latest series of affordable power supply units. The Triathlor ECO series. This series of power supplies offers up four different wattages (350/450/550/650W) and offers 80 Plus Bronze certification. Additionally their is full support for Haswell C6/C7 sleep states that a lot of current power supplies of a lower-end variety have struggled with.
The new Triathlor ECO series also meet the ErP Lot 6 2013 requirements (<0.5W at standby mode) thanks to a revised and up-to-date 5Vsb design. Enermax have implemented a new “HeatGuard” function that allows the PSU fan to spin for 30 to 60 seconds after shut-down to ensure all components cool down sufficiently. This cooling is done by a 12cm double ball bearing fan.
The Triathlor ECO has a semi modular design and all the cables used are flat black including those few hard-wired into the PSU. This comes as Enermax have responded to consumer feedback about cable management issues. The Triathlor ECO series has automated voltage input regulation to allow between 100 and 240 VAC. The Triathlor ECO PSUs have active PFC, a single 12 volt rail and a battery of safety features & protections such as OVP (Over Voltage), DC UVP (Under Voltage), OPP (Over Power), SCP (Short-Circuit) and SIP (Surge and Inrush current).
Enermax’s Triathlor ECO series is available from next month for $79.99 (350W); $89.99 (450W); $99.99 (550W) and $109.99 (650W).
Lian Li have just unveiled their latest chassis innovation the PC-D600 which is designed to be a competitor to Corsair’s Air 540 chassis. The PC-D600 was shown at Computex 2013 in June and unlike the Air 540D it uses two equally sized compartments rather than two compartments of different sizes.
The front I/O includes four USB 3.0 ports, power + reset buttons, hard drive and power LEDs and the usual HD audio ports. There are nine external 5.25 inch drive bay covers. The front has three 140mm intake fans with individual dust filters.
In the Lian Li PC-D600 the right holds the 3.5 inch cages for hard drives as well as two floor mounted 2.5 inch drive bays. The rest of the room in that right compartment can be filled by water cooling component such as a radiator, the largest size support is 420mm x 140mm ( a triple 140mm fan radiator) or a 360mm x 120mm (a triple 120mm fan radiator).
The left compartment contains the up to EATX-supporting motherboard tray that also supports SSI-CEB. This compartment also houses the power supply bay and three 140mm intake fans which can also house another 420mm radiator providing other components do not obstruct. Lian Li provides an abundance of cable management routing holes between the two compartments.
There is a pre-fitted 120mm exhaust fan at the rear along with 8 PCI brackets. Pricing and availability is not yet revealed by Lian Li.
Corsair have just unveiled their latest range of power supplies – the RM series. They will be made available in 450/550/650/750/850/1000W capacities with suggested retail pricing of $99.99/$109.99/$119.99/$129.99/$159.99/$199.99 respectively. The RM series is going to be fully modular and will come with 80 Plus Bronze Certification meaning up to 90/92% efficiency on 115v/230v respectively.
Corsair have equipped their zero RPM fan mode which allows the PSU to stay quiet unless under heavy load. The fan used appears to be the same SP120-L fan used on the Corsair H100i/H80i/H60 v2 CPU coolers. Corsair are claiming that there is full Haswell C6/C7 compatibility as well as full support for their Corsair Link technology with a digital bridge cable. This allows you to monitor the fan speed and +12 volt power delivery via Corsair’s software. The PSUs come with flat black modular cables but custom coloured individually sleeved cable kits are available to purchase separately for full customisation.
Corsair is making these PSUs available immediately and they are backed with a 5 year warranty. The OEM for the RM series is Chicony/Hipro. The RM series will replace Corsair’s TX series of PSUs.
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With energy efficiency becoming more and more important to consumers it was only a matter of time before 80 Plus Platinum was made available in low-wattage power supplies for relatively affordable price points. Currently we see 80 Plus Platinum reserved for high end power supply units like Enermax’s Platimax series and Corsair’s AX1200i among others. Yet today we have with us an 80 Plus Platinum rated power supply from Antec in a modest 450W capacity for users who care about energy efficiency and only have a modest system to power. The Antec EarthWatts Platinum 450W power supply we have here today fills exactly that market segment.
The focus of Antec’s EarthWatts Platinum series is really quite simple, they want to offer you 80 Plus Platinum rated power supplies that are more affordable because they come in more realistic wattages for “normal” systems. In fact 450W is more than enough power for any high-end system. You could easily run a single high end GPU and high end CPU platform off this power supply, such as an Core i7 3960X with a moderate OC and an Nvidia GTX 780. Of course the typical user of this power supply is more likely to have an LGA 115X platform and less demanding GPU but the point still remains – 450W is enough for most people making this a very accessible and applicable power supply.
Antec’s promotion of this product pulls a load of questionable figures out of the air in terms of how much money you could typically save. Realistically the amount of money you can save is going to vary wildly on three factors:
Your unit cost of electricity
How efficient your previous power supply was
How often you use your PC and related to that how much electricity it consumes when you use it
So as we proceed through this review it is worth taking a note that the focus is very much on efficiency, so without any further ado let us get straight on with this review.
Be Quiet’s reputation as a premium brand has gone from strength to strength in the PC hardware industry. Be Quiet perhaps became famous for their Dark Rock series of CPU coolers but alongside those they have had huge successes with their Shadow Rock CPU coolers, Silent Wings fans and their power supplies. Be Quiet have an extensive range of power supplies that span all different market segments starting with Dark Power Pro, then Straight Power, then Pure Power, then SFX Power, then TFX Power and then System Power. These roughly follow in order of “how good” they are with Dark Power Pro being the most premium series and System Power being the most basic.
Today we are looking at Be Quiet’s “third tier” of power supplies as we examine the Pure Power L8 CM 730W semi modular power supply from Be Quiet. This power supply some all the premium features we’d expect to see from Be Quiet but at a more affordable price point compared to the higher tier power supplies by sacrificing a higher 80 Plus Gold/Platinum Efficiency standard for the Bronze standard. Despite that the particular unit that we have today is more than capable of powering a whole variety of enthusiast class systems with 1-3 GPUs and even heavy power consuming platforms like Intel’s High End Desktop X79 platform.
The In Win Tòu uses glass panels which are made from 3mm thick tempered glass with a transparent coating. The frame these glass panels attach to is made from 2-4mm thick aluminium created by “Sand Casting”.
The In Win Tòu is a full tower case supporting ATX size motherboards and smaller. It is capable of storing up to four 120mm fans and supporting for a 360mm radiator at the top.
The front panel I/O, located at the bottom of the front panel, includes a touch control fan controller. This allows you to change fan speeds, adjust lighting levels or turn them off completely.
The In Win Tòu uses a unique visual effect where if the internal lights are turned off the case is entirely mirror-like and opaque but when the lights are turned on the case becomes fully transparent. There is no words on pricing and availability, but we can no doubt assume a huge price tag and very limited quantities.
Metal Structure: 2~4mm Aluminum
Case Panels: 3mm Tempered Glass
External Drive Bay: 5.25 ” x 1
Internal Drive Bay: 2.5″ x2 and 3.5″ x 3
M/B Form Factor: ATX and smaller
Power Supply: ATX 12V, PSII Size (Up to 220mm)
I/O Port: USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
I/O Expansion Slot: PCI-E/PCI/AGP Slot x 7
Graphic Card Size: Up to 380mm
Thermal Solution: 120mm Top Fan x 3 and 120mm Front Fan x 1
Silent case manufacturer Nanoxia have just previewed three of their new cases named the Deep Silence 4 (pictured above), Deep Silence 5 and Deep Silent 6 according to TechPowerUp. These three new cases use Nanoxia’s own 120/140mm Deep Silence fans and noise dampening material. The Deep Silence 4 is aimed at micro-ATX and mini-ITX systems, the Deep Silence 5 is a full tower case capable of everything beneath HPTX and the Deep Silence 6 is the case designed to support just about anything, including a HPTX motherboard and 360mm top mounted radiator. All the cases have integrated two channel fan controllers, extensive bitumen sound-proofing material and are available in white, black or black with a grey front panel.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 specifications:
Case Type: Mini Tower
Form Factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25 inch external drive bay: 2 x
3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 6 x 2.5/3.5″ + 1 x 2.5″
Case Fan (Front): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
Case Fan (Top): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
Height (Approx): 380 mm
Width (Approx): 200 mm
Depth (Approx): 480 mm
Material: steel, plastic
Weight (Approx): 7.8 kg
Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
Maximum VGA Card Length: 265 (395) mm
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 specifications:
Case Type: Big Tower
Form Factor: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 11 x
Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
Case Fan (Top): optional 2 x 120/140 mm
Case Fan (Bottom): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
Height (Approx): 550 mm
Width (Approx): 232 mm
Depth (Approx): 550 mm
Material: steel, plastic
Weight (Approx): 16.2 kg
Maximum CPU cooler height: 185 mm
Maximum VGA Card Length: 338 (468) mm
Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 specifications:
Case Type: Big Tower
Form Factor: HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
3.5 inch external drive bay: 2 x (optional)
2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 13 x
Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
Case Fan (Top): max. 3 x 120/140 mm, 2 x 140 mm included (1,400 rpm)
BitFenix have revealed their newest computer chassis for the enthusiast market as they unveil the Shadow mid-tower chassis. The Shadow from BitFenix is a mid tower designed for ATX, Micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards with 7 PCI lanes supported. These Shadow cases come with a customisable bottom strip that allows you to choose between blue, red and black lighting.
Behind the front panel is support for three 5.25 inch drives and support for up to seven 3.5 inch drives and one 2.5 inch drive. Maximum graphics card lengths supported are up to 320mm and CPU cooler up to 165mm.
Product name: BitFenix Shadow Midi Tower – black
Manufacturer part number: BFC-SDO-150-KKXBR-RP
EAN code: 4716779444742
Front backlight colour: red / blue / off
Material: Steel, SofTouch
Dimensions: 190 x 440 x 506 mm (width x height x length)
Supported mainboards: ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
Supported power supply: Standard ATX (bottom)
Fan bays: 2x 120mm (front), 1x 120mm or 92mm or 80mm (rear), 1x 120mm (bottom)
Lian Li have revealed yet another brand new case and this time they are opting for the full tower market segment. This fully aluminium full tower case, the PC-A79, features a removable motherboard tray and is capable of supporting HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards.
The case measures in at W 230 x H 618 x D 596mm and is available in either silver or black. The front I/O features four USB 3.0, eSATA and audio connectors. It has a stealth-panel cover so it can be hidden when not in use.
Internally there is support for up to nine 3.5 inch devices in three individual drive cages as well as eight 2.5 inch devices. Graphics cards up to 350mm/13.6 inches can be installed and with 11 expansion slots 4 way SLI/CFX is supported. The case is relatively thin and aimed at watercooling so CPU coolers up to 165mm are supported. The case has a dedicated top mount for a 240mm radiator. The case uses two rear wheels and two front feet to move around. The case comes pre-fitted with three front, two side and one rear 120mm fans.
The PC-A79 will retail for $389 USD from the beginning of September. More details can be found on the product page.