Air cooling is still used in most systems despite the ever-growing user base for liquid all in one solutions, and CRYORIG has just released their newest take on a CPU cooler. The new CRYORIG H5 Ultimate is built on the foundation of the popular CRYORIG H5, but kicks it up a notch with a bigger fan and higher TDP rating.
The new H5 Ultimate is using the larger XF140 fan that increases the TDP from 160 to 180 Watt and putting the proprietary Hive Fin system to work. The XF140’s airflow rating comes in at 76 CFM, which is around 17% more than the smaller H5 Universal. This kind of cooling performance is more than enough for almost all modern CPU platforms.
The H5 Ultimate features the acclaimed MultiSeg mounting system and fin structure with turbulence reduction system that makes it the strongest single tower solution CRYORIG has up to date and one well worth considering in my opinion. The black top plate for the heatsink gives the CPU cooler a great finish.
The H5 Ultimate is scheduled to be released this summer with an MSRP set at $46.99 USD in North America and €39.99 Euros in Germany. Other regions may vary in price and availability.
CRYORIG is a relatively new name in regards to cooling products and most of you won’t have seen the R1 Ultimate that was released last year. It was quite an impressive product especially as it was their first, however, it wasn’t very common in the UK. Most of the people from CRYORIG have previously worked for other large companies such as Phanteks and Thermalright so they do have a lot of experience even though they only officially founded in 2013. We hope that this experience isn’t wasted and that they bring us some more products that can bring even more competition to the cooling market.
CRYORIG have released two new coolers, the H5 and the H7. We have them both ready for our test bench and the first one we are going to look at is the CRYORIG H5 Universal.
The Box for the CRYORIG H5 is quite simple yet effective, it is a large picture of the cooler against a white background. It is clean, simplistic and a really nice design, it has product information on the sides of the boxes as well as links to their website which is actually very good. It has video tutorials on how to install the cooler as well as everything else you would expect to find.
Inside the outer box, we get this second box that protects the cooler and fan entirely. This is some excellent packaging from CRYORIG and shows how much they want to make sure the customer gets their product in good condition. It’s always nice to see products that are well packaged as if they care enough to pay for the extra, generally they will have the same mentality elsewhere.
Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. What isn’t shown on our spec below is the socket compatibility. This cooler supports the following sockets – 2011, 1366, 1150, 1155, 1156, 775, FM1/2, AM2+ and AM3+. This means it fits all of the popular sockets that we will see on the current market.
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. What is really useful is the really long screwdriver that is at the top of the following picture. This allows you to install the cooler without any problems as you do need to put the cooler through the central holes. This is an excellent idea and it shows that CRYORIG have certainly thought about the end-user.
With the H5 we get a XT140 fan, this is an all-black fan with the CRYORIG logo in the center. It is interesting to see that this fan is 140mm x 140mm x 13mm. Yup, that’s right, its 13mm thick, this means that the overall width of the cooler is kept to less than 100mm meaning it shouldn’t cover any ram slots.
The actual cooler is beautiful, the CRYORIG design department deserve a pat on their backs, it’s gorgeous. It has a range of design features that we will look at in a moment, but as a whole package it just looks amazing. Sleek, clean, simplistic, beautiful; I think you get the picture!
The top of the cooler has a white plastic cover to hide any unsightly heat pipes. This is a nice change from most coolers and actually suits the cooler perfectly, the bottom of the cooler has matching covers to ensure that it looks universal.
Something else worth mentioning is CRYORIGs “Hive Fin” technology, again this looks great, but it is there to increase performance. CRYORIG claim that these fins compress the air making it move through the fins faster and increasing the rate that the heat moves away from the CPU. This is the first time I have seen this kind of technology so it will be interesting to see if it works as they say.
The contact plate for this cooler is nickel-plated copper and this along with the 4 heat pipes will help to ensure the heat is taken from the CPU and moved into the fins and then removed by the fan.
The installation method for this cooler is excellent. It is probably one of the easiest towers I have ever fitted. They use a patent pending “MultiSeg” quick mount system. This consists of a back plate that you add to the motherboard, you then just add 2 mounting bars and screw the 2 mounting screws that are already connected to the cooler into these bars. Below is a picture of the screws connected to the cooler which ensures you won’t lose them and as CRYORIG have included a 15cm screwdriver they are easily accessible; you should have this cooler fitted in minutes.
One of the big issues that people have with large coolers is that they usually overhang RAM slots meaning that you generally have to use low profile RAM. Due to the 13mm fan on this cooler though, there is no such worry, you have plenty of room to use large RAM such as Corsair Dominator Platinum.
So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!
Naming power supplies after cities of the world is certainly a unique strategy to grab the attention of buyers in an otherwise saturated power supply market: Thermaltake have opted for “Berlin” and “London” name-tags on some of their power supply series. On paper, at least, the Thermaltake London 550W power supply that we are reviewing today does appear to be a new product even though it falls under the existing Toughpower series.
At first glance the similarities between the Thermaltake London 550W and Toughpower Gold 550W seem strong as they are both 80 Plus Gold rated 550W power supplies boasting 5 year warranties and active PFC. But comparing their specifications we see the London 550W PSU features a semi modular design, quieter fan and an increased MTBF over the Toughpower Gold 550W – all of which are improvements. On the negative side the London 550W features a shorter hold up time of 12ms which actually falls below the minimum 16ms allowed by the ATX specification: the Toughpower 550W Gold offered 17ms. The London unit is also slightly bigger featuring an extra 20mm of depth which is what allows it to run a bit cooler and quieter as a 140mm fan can be used instead of a 120mm on the older Toughpower Gold.
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The London naming also plays into the branding with a picture of London’s iconic Tower Bridge gracing the box and the power supply unit.
Around the rear, quite ironically, we see that the box’s writing is in German. Maybe they sell the Thermaltake Berlin power supply in English to balance it out?
The accessory package is nothing out of the ordinary with a user manual, warranty guide, power chord, some screws for securing the PSU into your case and a rather stingy 4 zip ties for cable management.
Deepcool recently launched their first consumer line of power supply units called the Quanta Series. In this series Deepcool offer a range of wattages that suit mid-range to high-end builds. All the Quanta power supplies boast 80 Plus Gold efficiency, semi-modular cable arrangements, active PFC and large 140mm cooling fans (with some models having LEDs equipped). For their consumer power supply products Deepcool teamed up with cost-effective power supply vendor Channel Well Technology (CWT) who are best known for their work with Corsair on their CX series PSUs. Today we are reviewing Deepcool’s DQ1000 power supply.
Being a new entrant to the power supply market Deepcool have the disadvantage of having to prove their name to consumers who otherwise would not have heard of their products and have no reason to trust them. For Deepcool any mistakes made this early in the game could cost them in the long-term because once you’ve got a reputation for something it’s pretty hard to shake it off. That said Deepcool have already made a decent name for themselves with a selection of cooling products and their novel Steamcastle chassis that seems to have gone down well with consumers.
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The packaging Deepcool use is not only simple but also very compact, for a 1000W unit this surprises me a little.
Inside we find some screws, a power cable and a warranty card – very basic indeed.
It has been a while since we’ve taken a look at a new Enermax power supply here at eTeknix. Despite that Enermax have been busy releasing new products left, right and centre under their own brand name and under their other power supply brand LEPA. Enermax have always targeted a fairly high end user with their power supplies which is probably what has gained them a long-term reputation as being trend-setters in the power supply industry. In this review we are checking out one of their units from the Revolution XT series and we are looking at the popular 530W wattage model.
I remember from reviewing past Enermax PSUs that although their products were stellar quality they often lacked a little something special in the cable design and also in pricing: let’s hope this unit can reverse this trend. Straight away we can see Enermax listened to feedback on the cabling as they now offer all-black ribbon cables on the modular and hard-wired cables. The rest of the key features of the Revolution XT series include 80 Plus Gold efficiency, a semi-modular design, a DC to DC converter design, a 5 year warranty and the promise of “ultra silent” operation thanks to the high quality Enermax fan used. The Revolution XT series is geared for single and dual GPU systems depending on the voltage chosen, the Revolution XT 530W that we are testing is mainly geared for high performance single GPU systems running demanding graphics cards like AMD R9 290(X)s or Nvidia GTX 780(Ti)s.
Users interested in running a pair of video cards will need to pick either the 630 or 730W versions of the Revolution XT as only these have the necessary cables for CrossFire or SLI. All PSUs in the Revolution XT series get the same number of SATA, molex and FDD using the same cable lengths.
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The packaging uses a gold colour scheme to reflect the unit’s efficiency certification. We also see the black modular cables paraded around as a flagship feature.
On the back we see a mention of Enermax’s HeatGuard feature which ensures the fan runs for 60 seconds after system shut-down to dissipate any excess heat.
The accessory pack is fairly generous as it includes a power chord, a “power guard” clip to prevent the power chord from being ripped out by accident, a user’s manual, some velcro cable ties, some screws and an Enermax case sticker.
The term “digital power supply” is rarely used in the power supply market at the moment; we have seen digital power supplies before (the Corsair AXi series springs to mind) but they still remain uncommon and unpopular due to their high price. Thermaltake are the latest power supply brand to venture into the digital power supply arena with their Toughpower DPS series units, of which we have their DPS 750W model in for testing today.
On paper the DPS 750W is a direct rival to Corsair’s AX760i offering similarly strong efficiency, the same 7 year warranty, a fully modular design, quiet operation and digitally controlled voltage regulation. Thermaltake’s DPS 750W does benefit from a fairly unique piece of software that is bundled with the power supply but Corsair’s AX760i also has something similar in the form of Corsair Link. Thermaltake’s software allows you to monitor efficiency, voltages, watts, energy costs, the power supply temperature and control the fan speed.
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The packaging showcases the digital nature of the power supply as well support for the DPS app. The 7 year warranty is also a flagship feature, only EVGA go one better by offering a 10 year warranty with their high end power supplies.
Accessories include documentation, case screws, a power chord, cable ties, a USB cable for controlling the PSU with the provided app and two anti-vibration pads if your case doesn’t include such a feature.
Deepcool have been making their presence felt in the PC DIY market increasingly more over the last year. They have made a push towards gaming and enthusiast market segments with new cooling solutions, cases and power supplies. Today we have one of Deepcool’s newest power supplies on the test bench: the Deepcool DQ750. As its name suggests, this is a 750 watt power supply and it is very much targeted at PC enthusiasts with 80 Plus Gold certification, a Blue LED fan and a modular design with flat black ribbon cables. Deepcool have opted for a semi-modular design but unlike some power supply vendors they have also ensured that the hard-wired cables conform to an all-black aesthetic just like the modular cables. Deepcool’s expansion into the power supply market for consumer buyers is certainly an interesting one and given that Deepcool have teamed up with Corsair’s preferred OEM Channel Well Technology we could see Deepcool competing for similar buyers with similar features. Let’s see what the DQ750 has to offer.
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Packaging is fairly simple for such a high-end unit; a gold colour scheme is used to reflect the unit’s efficiency certification. I’m not so sure about the “Enjoy Your Cool Life” slogan; it seems it was thrown together in just a few moments.
Included with the DQ750 is a power chord, four black case screws and a warranty card. Note there is no manual provided, in physical form or online at the product page, which is a bit strange. Deepcool also do not provide any cable ties.
The brand “Super Flower” still doesn’t hold as much weight as other big brand names in the power supply industry, like Delta Electronics or the incumbent Seasonic. However, Super Flower have always been at the cutting edge of power supply technology and were among the first power supply vendors to bring an 80 Plus Platinum rated power supply to the consumer market. While Super Flower are best known for working with EVGA they have decided that they also want to go at it alone, like Seasonic they OEM produce power supplies for other brands and also sell their products independently. Today we are examining Super Flower’s top-end Leadex Platinum series and we have the 1000W model. What’s so interesting about Super Flower’s Leadex Platinum series is not just the beautiful aesthetics and innovative features but also the fact Super Flower are so much more competitively priced than equivalent units from the likes of Seasonic (sold under various other brand names) and from Delta (sold mainly under Antec).
Those unique features include universal modular connectors and a hybrid fan mode with two different modes of operation. Not to mention the unit is fully modular with all black cables, LED lighting, has a beautiful all-white powder-coat finish and boasts incredible 80 Plus Platinum efficiency. The best bit really is the price but we’ll save the best bit until last so stick around until the end!
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Right away I’m going to have a quick moan: everything is white. Apologies for the difficult in picking up the product and its packaging because of this, sadly I did not have a black background. Anyway, so as we can see the packaging carries through the same white theme that the power supply has. The key selling point is obviously the 80 Plus Platinum efficiency which is presented on the front of the box as well as in the product’s naming.
The back of the box details the internal components used and information about the ECO Intelligent Thermal Control System. What this effectively means is that the fan speed is relative to the internal temperature of the power supply, the fan will only spin up when cooling is needed. This is a much smarter implementation than doing fan speed relative to PSU loading, the amount of load can only ever be a proxy for heat: you can assume that at 40% the heat level will be X but with the Super Flower implementation there are no predictions or assumptions: it is all temperature driven. Ultimately this means quieter operation as you don’t have to factor in a margin of error and climate variability which often sees power supply fan profiles set too aggressively.
The included package gives you a power cable, four black thumb screws (nice touch!) and a user manual.
They also present the main event in a nice cloth bag with a string tie, unnecessary yes but a nice touch nonetheless.
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 budget & low wattage PSU market every major vendor has something to offer to cater for the growing demand, and declining TDPs as well as increasing power efficiency on most system components (CPUs, Graphics cards, Storage [SSDs over HDDs], etc) mean having a conservative wattage power supply has never been more appropriate. That said Thermaltake have sent us one of their budget power supply offerings for entry level and mid-range systems. Weighing in with 550W of continuous power with up to 605W of peak power the Thermaltake Smart M550W is an ideal companion for any budget system builder. It offers a quiet 140mm fan, active PFC, a semi-modular design, 3 year warranty and a competitive price point. However, what we really want to know is just how good does it perform? With stiff competition from the likes of Corsair’s CX/TX series, Cooler Master’s GX series, Cougar’s Power-X series, Be Quiet’s Pure Power series, Enermax’s Triathlor series….zzzzzz, you get the idea! There’s a lot of competition for this PSU to fight it out with. Below you can see the key specifications.
When it comes to “uber” high-end and high-wattage power supplies there is one name that stands out from the crowd and is widely recognised – the Corsair Ax1200i. Today we have managed to get our hands on this somewhat revolutionary power supply to bring you a review. The Corsair AX1200i isn’t redefining the wheel but what it is doing is changing the way power is typically delivered. The Corsair AX1200i is one of few power supplies to take advantage of a digital power delivery method or what Corsair are calling “Hybrid Digital Control Architecture”. In short this means the AX1200i uses a server grade Digital Signal Processor (DSP) combined with a power train architecture. The AX1200i as a result can make on the fly adjustments to control and monitor voltage and stability in real time. The DSP also allows for automatically DC output compensation to hold stable power, prevent droop and minimise ripple & noise in the power outputs.
Other digital aspects of the Corsair AX1200i include a digital interleaved power factor and a digital PWM control. This allows the power supply to continually adjust in real time to maximise PFC and minimise acoustic output. We can of course go on forever about the mechanics and internals of this particular power supply, but digital components aside this is still a conventional power supply, though the digital aspect should have a significant impact on performance. The specifications of the power supply that Corsair provide on their website product page can be seen below:
As we progress through this review it is worth keeping in mind the key principles of the Corsair AX1200i to see if it delivers on those. Corsair point out the following:
80 Plus Platinum Efficiency
Low noise and Fanless operation at 30% or less load
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.
Expreview reports that Chinese power supply vendor Great Wall has launched a mammoth 2000W power supply unit. The power supply is 20cm long, uses the ATX form factor and conforms to the EPS 2.92 standard. It allows for an input voltage of between 90 and 265 volts. If used with 90 to 120 VAC lines it can offer 1600W but used with 210-265 VAC lines it can manage its maximum 2000W. The unit is rated for 80 Plus Gold efficiency and supports Haswell low power C states.
What’s really quite amazing is that the fully modular design includes four 8 pin EPS connectors and a 24 pin – designed for dual socket motherboards. Each of those 8 pins can also be split into 4+4. There are also eight 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, nine molex connectors, 12 SATAs and a lonesome single floppy connector. Cooling is provided by a 140mm temperature controlled fan.
The Great Wall 2000W PSU will be sold initially in China for 3998 Yuan which converts into $653 USD, £410 GBP, €488 Euros or $673 Canadian Dollars at current exchange rates. There were no details on when Europe and North America might see such a product, and whether it would come under the Great Wall branding or under that of a more familiar vendor.
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.
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)
Lian Li have just introduced their latest brushed aluminium Micro-ATX named the PC-V360. The case supports motherboards of Micro-ATX or smaller sizes as well as a side mounted radiator. This is provided by a hinged bracket that direct crosses the CPU area to allow for the installation of up to a 240mm radiator.
The Lian Li PC-V360 measures in at 180×388 x480mm and has support for VGA cards up to 310mm long and power supplies up to 280mm. The two removable hard drive bays support five 3.5 inch drives and three 2.5 inch drives. As with all Lian Li cases tool-less mechanisms are at the forefront of installing optical drives, storage drives and side panels thanks to the sensible implementation of thumb screws instead of rivets. The case is cooled by a 140mm front intake and 120mm top exhaust, all inlets are ventilated with dust filters.
The front I/O provides two USB 3.0 and the normal HD audio ports. The case will be available immediately with a price of $140 USD. More details can be found here.
Be Quiet have just revealed their latest revision of fans for the Pure Wings series, the Pure Wings 2. These new fans from Be Quiet featured a revised fan blade design and a newly designed Rifle bearing. They claim these fans are quieter than ever with a maximum dBA of just 19.2. Part of the design innovation with the Pure Wings series has been to add two extra fan blades and reduce the size of the rest in order to increase airflow and reduce noise output.
Be Quiet are recommending end users that these fans are ideal for both water cooling and air cooling thanks to their ability to offer both high static pressure and high airflow. The rifle bearings used are guaranteed to last for 80,000 hours – more than 9 years. Be Quiet will launch the Pure Wings 2 series immediately with the 120mm and 140mm options. Later on this year there will be 80mm and 90mm options made available too.
Be Quiet have suggested an MSRP of €10.90 for the 120mm model and €11.90 for the 140mm model. More information can be found on the product’s datasheet.
It has been a long time coming, but finally the king has graced us with its presence! The Noctua NH-D14 was released back on November 2nd 2009 and it has been the benchmark for high performance air coolers ever since that day. Despite that we’ve never actually gotten around to producing a review of this amazing cooler. So I asked Noctua if they could provide us with one and they duly delivered. With us pushing forward and testing so many CPU coolers it is easy to get lost in the mountain of numbers but what easier way to make it through than with some Noctua NH-D14 results as a signpost.
You may be thinking, this review is a bit late, isn’t it kind of pointless? Well not really I’d say. Firstly we are reviewing the NH-D14 SE2011, or the “Special Edition”. This was released back on November 2nd 2011 – exactly two years after the original Noctua NH-D14 came to market making it around 18 months old. The changes are minimal but it brings LGA 2011 support and some improved fans. Nonetheless the NH-D14 has never been more relevant for high performance CPU cooling and to this day it still probably outsells every other dual tower CPU cooler on the market. That said I think you’ll agree that it’s about time we gave the Noctua NH-D14 a thorough going over to show you why most enthusiasts regard this as the best air CPU cooler on the market. And let’s face it with the NH-D14 selling by the boatload, with Noctua struggling to produce them fast enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it last for at least a few more years before a successor is introduced.
Furthermore if that hasn’t made you excited enough then we’ve also opted to add a third fan, an NF-F12, and see how the NH-D14 performs under triple fan testing!
These four fans are all part of Prolimatech’s Vortex series and minus the Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 these fans cover all the fans that Prolimatech make with the only variations being colours and the presence of LEDs. There isn’t really too much else to say so we will crack on with the review. If you are interested in seeing individual product specifications and other information then do check out the product pages above.
We don’t often see companies spending much time or money developing limited edition CPU coolers but that is something Prolimatech have just revealed to us. Their latest Armageddon Blue Series CPU cooler is looking pretty darn impressive and features a limited edition design based on the blue racing stripes of a Mustang sports car. You can see the unique aspect of the design is a couple of blue strips around the heatsink tower and some angled stripes at the top of the heatsink on the black plate. Prolimatech are targeting this limited edition Armageddon CPU cooler at the enthusiast who has a side-panel window on their chassis.
The Blue Series Armageddon features a grand total of six 6mm copper nickel-plated heatpipes and a rather chunky heatsink design that is 160.3mm high and weighs in at 750 grams.
Prolimatech’s Blue Series Armageddon CPU cooler will cost £52.99 in the UK and €59.90 in Europe.
CPU Platform: Intel Socket LGA 1366/1156/1155/1150/2011
Heatpipe: Ø 6mm X 6pcs
Suggested Fan: 140mm X 140mm X 25mm
Suggested Fan Speed: 800~1200rpm
Suggested Noise Level (dBA): Below 26dBA
Suggested Air Flow: 57 CFM
Direction of heatsink: Faces the rear exhaust system fan
Heatsink Dimension: (L)144mm X (W)50mmX (H)160.3mm
Enermax are one of the biggest names in high end power supplies these days and the Platimax branding has recognition throughout the industry as being one of the most efficient power supply units available thanks to its association with the 80 Plus Platinum certification. Today we have with us one of these units as we test the Enermax Platimax 850W power supply. The Platimax series from Enermax is aimed at the top-end user and the particular unit we have with us today, the Enermax Platimax 850W, is aimed at the user with dual GPU configurations (SLI or CFX) and quite a thirsty overall system.
Enermax certainly haven’t skimped out on this power supply and are throwing an impressive 5 year warranty behind it, a custom 140mm Twister bearing fan, high quality components and a whole range of protections and certifications. If you are looking for a high-end power supply then Enermax certainly give the impression that this is one of the best options, but as always let us find out if this is the case as we put the Enermax Platimax 850W through its paces in this review!
Passively cooled components are becoming ever more in demand these days as people are looking for quiet solutions that are still high performance. Recently we took a look at one of those as we reviewed Powercolor’s HD 7850 SCS3 passively cooled graphics card and if you haven’t already seen that then we encourage you to check that review out here. However, we had some feedback about the product with readers and Powercolor themselves enquiring whether we could test it with fans to show how effective the heatsink design really is. Today we are going to do exactly that as we put the PowerColor HD 7850 SCS3 through its “thermal paces” in passive mode, with a 120mm fan and with a 140mm fan.
We will be using a Prolimatech Vortex 12 Blue LED Fan at 1200RPM for the 120mm fan test and a Noctua NF-A14 ULN fan at 800RPM for the 140mm fan test. This way we have high performance fans but tamed at an RPM that most users would still find very quiet or near-silent which is what you will really want if you’ve bought a passive graphics card and just want to give it a little extra “helping hand” with airflow.
But without any further ado let us proceed and take a look at the temperature and noise results!
Phanteks teased their brand new Enthoo Primo case a while back just before Computex and now it is finally ready for release. This is Phanteks’ first venture into the PC chassis market and they are hoping to set the bar very high with the Enthoo Primo. Phanteks have opted for clean styling with an aluminium front panel and controllable LED lighting.
Internally you can move around the hard drive bays or even totally remove them. Phanteks are using “drop n lock” brackets to allow SSDs to be installed in 3 different locations. Both the front and top panels are removable to allow easier installation of components and these also have removable dust filters. Cable management is provided by an extensive management area behind the motherboard tray. There is an LED ON/OFF switch for controlling up to four LED fans or strips in addition to the pre-installed one. Impressively the case has space for two PSUs.
In terms of cooling Phanteks equip five of their newly released PH-F140SP fans. There is space for up to 16 fans and a PWM fan control hub to control up to 11 fans. The case has also been designed with water cooling in mind and has space for 5 different radiator placements.
Liquid cooling innovations:
Radiator brackets allows for easy installation (bottom and side).
Modular cable cover with pre-drilled holes for mounting reservoirs.
Rear reservoir mounting location.
Universal pump bracket with vibration dampening function.
Dimension: 250 mm x 650 mm x 600 mm (W x H x D)
Form Factor: Full tower
Material(s): Aluminum faceplates, Steel chassis
Motherboard support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone,
Prolimatech are a brand that made their name with some seriously high end products. We’ve already taken a look at a couple of cheaper CPU coolers from Prolimatech – the Samuel 17 and Panther – and we found them to be kind-of average for the price point. Yet we know that Prolimatech are not an average brand and when they make product they are accustomed to making they excel at it. Today we have one of those products from Prolimatech that is renowned throughout the cooling industry – the Megahalems. However, this isn’t just any Megahalems because the Megahalems has been out for a while now. This is the special black Megahalems the is specially coated in al all black heatsink design with a black powder coat. Furthermore, Prolimatech have even gone to the trouble of coating the mounting parts as well.
Nothing has changed since the original Megahalems in terms of the physical specifications, which you can see below. What has changed is this cooler now looks more awesome than ever and has a slightly higher price tag for the extra work Prolimatech have done to it. Interestingly this is the first time I have looked at Prolimatech’s Megahalems so it will be interesting to see what it has in store for us.
Cooler Master have just announced their latest CPU cooler, the V8 GTS. We first saw this cooler back at Computex 2013 just a few months ago and now we finally know it will be hitting the market from August. The V8 GTS uses horizontal vapor chamber (HVC) technology as well as a pair of 140mm fans cooling two outer heatsinks and one central heatsink. These 140mm fans are rated for 160K hours of use, have dustproof POM bearings and sport bright red LEDs.
The entire design uses eight heat pipes, which appear to be all 6mm in thickness. The design follows Cooler Master’s tradition for the V(X) series air coolers and is designed to imitate a car engine. Cooler Master claim a thermal capacity of up to 250W. We will of course endeavour to bring you a review of this cooler when it is released.
There is currently no regional pricing released by Cooler Master and we are also awaiting detailed release dates for European availability. No doubt we can expect pricing to be around or above NH-D14 levels as it is really tackling a premium market segment. That said we expect pricing of around £60/$90 or more but we will of course disclose accurate pricing and availability when we get it.
Fan controllers are products that we are definitely getting a lot more into these days having already taken a look at Phobya’s Touch 6 and Lamptron’s CW611. Today we are taking a look at another fan controller from Phobya’s range of fan controllers and we have their newly released MaxGuide 6 Dual (5.25″) Bay fan controller. Like a lot of fan controllers that are available on the market today the Phobya MaxGuide 6 Dual Bay fan controller is manufactured by Sunshine Tipway Electronics (STW for short) and resold by Phobya in the UK, North American and European markets. This particular Phobya fan controller is based on the STW-6048 while the Phobya Touch 6 we looked at was based on the STW-6050 and as far as I am aware the NZXT Sentry Mesh is based off the STW-6051 (but I may be wrong, though the resemblance is striking).
In most cases companies will just take these Chinese built and manufactured units, rebrand them and then add on a margin for themselves. However, Phobya are more or less offering them for the same price it would cost the consumer/user to import it from China, and you have the peace of mind that it comes with a Phobya warranty. For this I respect Phobya but it was necessary to bring it to your attention and this is something consumers should be aware of – that is where and how your goods are made.
In terms of specifications you can find those here on the STW website or here on the Aquatuning website (who sell the EU/UK/NA version that you and I are likely to buy). The main features about this fan controller are that it has 6 channels support 36W each, multiple card readers (CF/SD/MMC/MS/M2/TF), a USB 3.0 port, a 3.7 inch LCD display and a fully metal construction. Without any further ado let us move through and take a closer look at this unit.
You rarely see anything exciting or new in the top down cooler space but Scythe’s Grand Kama Cross 2 certainly changes that. This is the second incarnation of Grand Kama Cross series and is based on the same uniquely shaped heat sink design. The X structure also allows the bulk of the heatsink mass to be located in the centre and the upward sloping edges mean RAM compatibility and motherboard compatibility is greatly improved. The heatsink has four copper heatpipes that appear to be 6mm. These feed into two separated heatsink blocks which are both ventilated by a downward flowing 140mm Scythe Glide Stream fan. The fan ranges between 37.18CFM/13dBA to 97.18CFM/30.7dBA supporting PWM between 500 and 1300 RPM.
Interestingly the fan sits on its own frame which is secured to the capped heatpipes. The fan comes with an anti-vibration rubber frame design. The mounting system is Scythe’s “Hyper Precision Mounting System” (H.P.M.S.) supporting all the latest Intel and AMD sockets (including LGA 2011, FM1/2, AM3 and LGA 115X). The heatsink measures in at 175,2 x 140 x 140 mm (W x H x D), 2mm less than its predecessor and the weight is 760 grams, 10 grams more than its predecessor.
The Scythe Grand Kama 2 will retail for €30.50 excluding taxes.