MSI Bundles Limited Edition Heroes of the Storm with Select Systems

Blizzard had a very long and impressive success with World of Warcraft and while that is declining, they haven’t really found the next big thing to capture the users on the same level. Heroes of Storm has been off to a relatively good start, but nothing compared to World of Warcraft. That means that the marketing has to change and we see a lot of promotions lately with Heroes of the Storm packages bundled. The latest in this series is MSI that now bundles limited edition versions of Heroes of the Storm with select gaming systems.

While the game in itself is free, there are many items to get and these bundles include downloadable limited edition items for Heroes of the Storm. MSI’s bundle comes with their desktops and All-in-One PCs that are officially authorized and recommended by Blizzard Entertainment. While we have seen other bundles in the past, this is the first time that Blizzard teamed up for full systems.

Most people should know Heroes of the Storm by now, even if they haven’t played it themselves. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game that features heroes from Blizzard’s other games such as Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft. The game uses both free-to-play and freemium models and is supported by micropayments, which can be used to obtain heroes, visual alterations for the heroes in the game and mounts.

The limited edition MSI GAMING 24 and GAMING 27 all-in-one PCs have been engraved with Blizzard’s Heroes to make it remarkable. Users will find an exclusive voucher with the Hero character named Valla inside. The Nighblade MI2 system comes with an exclusive voucher with Hero character, Diablo with a Kaijo Skin while the MSI Nightblade X2B comes with a voucher for the Hero character Gazlowe and a Big Top skin.

These MSI systems might be compact and small, but they still pack great power that is backed by Intel i7’s and Nvidia 900 series graphics cards, among other things. If you just want something simple that works right out of the box, then solutions like these could be perfect. If you also play Heroes of the Storm or want to start it, then they might be perfect.

Hp Envy 34 – A Curved All-In-One Pc

More often than not the reveals regarding PC’s are most exciting when they involve things like the Surface Book Microsoft revealed yesterday. Today I can happily say that may not be the case. HP have just unveiled their new 34-inch desktop PC and it has caught my eye for several reasons. Behold the HP Envy 34!

The first thing you may notice about the image above is the lack of the giant tower, normally hidden under a table or to the side. That’s because the Envy 34 is an all-in-one PC, this means that your tower and screen are built together into a single item to sit on your desktop. The screen it features it’s not just for show either, as well as being a curved display to help comfort you as you scan from one side of the 3440×1400 resolution screen to another, you’ll be viewing approximately 4.9 million pixels.

HP are proud of the display, citing it offers 99 percent of the SRGB colour gamut. What this means is the colour is pretty close to what it is actually meant to be, a patch of silvery snow colour will appear as silver snow, not white.

Featuring an i5 or i7 Skylake graphics card the PC is set to pack some processing power too, with the option to add a GTX 960A if you want some extra graphics force in your machine. Supporting either 8 or 16GB of DDR4 ram, and anything from a 128GB SSD to a 2TB hard drive you are going to be happy with the memory it comes with, all of which start at $1,800 (Approximately £1175).

All I see when I look at it is the transparent screens from the Minority Report control room, but are you interested in the device? Do you tend to shy away from all-in-one PC’s or are you up for anything that fills the spec?

Thank you PC World for the information and images.

MSI Launches New Pro 24 2M All-In-One PC

MSI has been busy getting everything updated and ready for the Windows 10 launch and we’ve seen quite a few new products launched these few days. The latest on is an all-in-one PC called the Pro 24 2M and it is as the name suggests from the professional series of all-in-one PCs.

The Pro 24 2M is fully compatible with Windows 10 and also comes with the brand new operating system installed. It is  based on an Intel Core i5-4460S CPU and the Intel H81 chipset. It comes with 4GB DDR3 memory and can be upgraded to 16GB total. The 500GB 3.5-inch hard drive takes care of the storage while it also features a card reader and plenty of other connectivity options.

The Pro 24 2M can be used with two types of stands. By default it is delivered with the holder, in this diagonal stance it’s an ideal standing work solution. Optional there is a foot stand, which makes it possible to make use of more flexible modes and angles.

You get Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0, and four USB 3.0 ports next to the HDMI and D-Sub VGA outs. It also features two serial ports and audio jacks. The monitor is a 23.6-inch LED backlight panel with full HD resolution and 2-point touch. It also comes with a front facing 1MP web camera.

ID-COOLING Released Their Hunter Duet AIO Liquid CPU and GPU Cooler

All in one Liquid coolers for your CPU and GPU have been around for a while now, but this is the first time that we see a combined unit that does both. ID-COOLING officially released the world’s first integrated AIO cooler for both the CPU and GPU with one radiator and a two-pump design. The new cooler is named Hunter Duet and is part of ID-COOLING’s Frostflow series.

The Hunter Duet is equipped with a 240mm radiator and comes with a pair of SF-12025 high static pressure fans. The fans are RPM controlled and can run between 800 and 2000 RPM for a maximum airflow of 84.5CFM each. The fans also come with rubber mounts on the corners to prevent vibrations between fans and radiator.

The pumps feature LED lighting on the top, the bearing type is ceramic, and the pump speed is set to 2500 RPM. The copper base contacts the CPU and GPU with a microfiber design to increase the heat dissipation surface. The water block has a diameter of 65mm and a height of 36mm.

The tubing is made from EPDM Rubber and from the CPU to the GPU block and from CPU to the radiator, the tubes are 25cm long. Between the GPU and the radiator you get a bit more length as the tubing is 38cm here, clearly indicating a design for a top mount of the radiator.

The universal mounting brackets included with the Hunter Duet is compatible with Intel LGA2011/1366/1150/1155/1156/775 & AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3(+)/AM2(+) CPUs. For GPU, the mounting kit supports mounting holes 58.4*58.4mm; 53.3*53.3mm; 51*61mm. The MSRP is set at $139.99.

MSI Showcase the Latest Range of AIO Desktop PC’s @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – MSI is one of the biggest names in the enthusiast computer market, specialising in extreme graphics cards and motherboards. Lately, the focus has turned onto the all-in-one gaming experience, creating a zero fuss set-up for even novices to enjoy.

Some of these look simply amazing. featuring the latest in NVIDIA graphics technology and even offering consumers the opportunity to change the graphics card in the AX24 computer; something previous unheard of in the AIO market.

We look forward to reviewing these units in the future. We will keep you updated with any news and updates from the rest of Computex 2015.

CRYORIG Reveal New a Series AIO Hybrid Liquid Coolers

Not every product is made the same, even tho it might have the same purpose and general purpose as others. Cryorig’s new All-in-One CPU cooler is a great example on this and it’s actually quite the clever design.

Liquid cooling is great for the components that actually are cooled by the units, but it leaves out the parts next to it that otherwise would have benefited from the generated air-flow.

To combat this and start the circulation in your system, Cryorig added an extra circulation fan to the pump area, combining the best of the two worlds.


Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan.

The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which way they want the Airflow Circulator to point at, be it RAM, GPU or VRM areas. The Airflow Circulator is a 3.000 RPM PWM control enabled 70 mm fan, that intelligently adjusts its RPM based on CPU temperature.

Cryorig A40/A40 Ultimate

  • Supports: Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 240 x 120 x 25mm (A40)/ 240 x 120 x 38mm (A40 Ultimate)
  • Fan: Dual 120 x 25mm 2.200 RPM PWM

Cryorig A80

  • Supports : Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 280 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan: Dual 140 x 25mm 1.850 RPM PWM

CYRORIG’s new A Series HLC units will be available sometime during the Summer.

Samsung Rolling Out New All-in-One Curved PC

We know Samsung has its thing with curved displays, one of the examples being the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. However, now the company appears to take its curved display technology to the PC market as well, having planned to launch a new all-in-one PC, the Ativ One 7, featuring the technology on the 8th of March.

The company first showcased its design at CES, featuring a 27″ curved display with a curvature of 4000R. In terms of specs, the Ativ One 7 comes equipped with an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB Ram and 1TB of storage, classifying it as a ‘good family PC’.

The price will be a bit steep though. Even if the specs do not look so amazing, the curved display technology will still add extra to the price. Samsung is said to be selling the PC for $1299 in the US, with pricing for the UK and Europe still unconfirmed.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

Shuttle Launches X50V4 Outdoor AIO System

Shuttle has launched the newest version of their outdoor single touch PC for kiosk and digital signage use, the X50V4. While it is designed for information and service kiosks and similar operations, I can instantly see at least 10 places I could use this dust and water resistant All-in-One in my apartment, and another 10 if I had a house.

Following up on the widely available X50 V3, the V4 is now built with an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core processor. It supports up to three monitors with two being connected through the HDMI and D-Sub interfaces on top of the built-in 15.6″ panel.

The IP54 certified PC comes with both built-in microphone and webcam while being built fan-less and designed for 24/7 usage at operation temperatures between zero and 40 degrees. It has both an internal power switch and USB port to prevent anyone tampering with the setup in a public place, but also plenty of external connections with two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, LAN port and Audio jacks. There’s also WiFi available for it, of course.

The all-new Shuttle X50V4 is currently being distributed globally, so it should become available very shortly.

Thanks to Shuttle for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Shuttle

Eurocom Launches Uno 4 All-in-One Desktop

Eurocom has launched a 21.5-inch All-in-One Multi Touch PC called the Uno 4. Where many have created All-in-Ones before, this one sets itself apart with a built-in battery, Trusted Platform Module, high-efficiency Intel Core i7 mobile processors, VESA mount and plenty of connectivity options.

The Eurocom Uno 4 is built with heavy-duty materials and combines a robust exterior chassis with a high degree of customization options, an upgradable design and with high-quality current generation components. The battery is said to provide up to 6 hours of backup power in case of power failure as well as easy relocation when needed elsewhere.

Inside it’s built with the Intel HM86 chipset and supports Intel Haswell i7 4xxx series processors including the Intel Core i7-4910MQ with speeds up to 2.90 GHz and 8 MB cache. The two SODIMM slots support up to 16GB DDR3-1600 memory and there is space for 3 storage drives totalling in 5TB available storage.

An ExpressCard 54 slot allows for more peripheral devices to be connected and the PC is optimized for Windows 8 Operating System, in part thanks to the optional 21.5” FHD Multi-Touch display.

EUROCOM Uno 4 Specifications:

  • Display Technology: 21.5-inch (546.1mm diagonal); FHD 1920×1080; Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlight; Color Depth 16.7M; Luminance: 250cd/m2; Contrast Ratio 1:1000; Gamut/NTSC 72%
  • Processor: Intel HM86 chipset (Haswell); supports i7 4xxx series Mobile processors
  • VGA Technology: Intel HD Graphics 4600 (iGPU); up to 1.7GB of Dynamic Video Memory
  • Memory: up to 16GB; SODIMM; 204-pin; DDR3-1333/1600; 2 RAM slots
  • built in 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Storage: 2x HDD/SSD; SATA 6Gb/s (1x 2.5-inch HDD; 1x 3.5-inch)
  • Optical Drive: Blu Ray Burner, DVD-RW or 3rd HDD/SSD
  • Expansion: ExpressCard 34/54 slot
  • Ports: 4x USB 2.0; 2x USB 3.0; 1x HDMI 1.4a out; 1x HDMI input; 1x VGA port; 1x Headphone Jack; 1x Microphone Jack; 1x RJ45/LAN; 1x RS232 (Serial); 2x PS/2
  • Security: TPM 1.2; Kensington Lock
  • Power: 90W 100-250V Auto-switching external AC Adapter; optional 6-cells 62.16WH internal battery
  • Dimensions: 21.08×1.96×14.8inch / 527x49x370mm WxDxH
  • Weight: 16.5lbs / 7.5kg

Thanks to Eurocom for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Eurocom

Swiftech H240-X AIO Watercooler Now Available

The new Swiftech cooler is finally here! The H240-X is their latest all-in-one CPU cooler and it packs a range of cool new features that set it apart from the competition. The H240X features a large dual 140mm copper radiator, a pair of 140mm fans, an enthusiast grade pump and water block; making this more of a hybrid AIO / Custom loop cooler than a true AIO.

Designed for low noise and high performance operation, the Swiftech is designed and engineered to be a premium grade product. The unit is pre-filled and ready for plug and play installation, so it is beginner friendly, but it packs enough high-end performance and features to entertain the enthusiast market. The cooler can be fully customized; it features easily replaceable tubing and fittings, the included pump has more than enough power for you to extend the loop and cool your graphics cards, or even support extra radiators.

The most unique aspect of the H240X is the radiator / pump combo. Most coolers have the pump on the CPU block, but the H240X has its pump built into the radiator, which also features a backlit reservoir so you can see the coolant level.

Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s chairman and CEO declared: “When we released the H220-X last July, the clear message was: “Swiftech is back with a vengeance”, but there were still a few larger size units that came nibbling at the ankle.. Enters the H240-X which further widens the performance gap between our technology and that of the competition: whether it is run-of-the-mill AIO’s or custom offerings, the H240-X delivers superior results at a wallet friendly price-point.”

The H240-X isn’t cheap at $149.95, but given the range of features and the design on offer, we think this is pretty reasonable.

Thank you Swiftech for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Swiftech.

NZXT Kraken All-In-One CPU Cooler Roundup Review

Introduction


NZXT had a great success story with the X40 and X60 CPU coolers, but since they launched we’ve seen several rivals come in and steal their thunder, so NZXT have gone back to the drawing board, adding new features and tweaking the specifications of their popular Kraken range to bring them back into the game.

I’m a big fan of NZXT coolers, I personally use their Kraken X60 280mm all-in-one water cooler on my own CPU and I’m very happy with the performance it offers. So I’m eager to find out how well these new models perform and what new features NZXT have to offer.

The biggest change for the new Kraken coolers is the pump; they’re the first consumer model all-in-one coolers to features Aseteks new variable speed pump, something often associated with custom loop water cooling and yet another indication of how far all-in-one cooler technology has been progressing.

I’ve got three new models at my disposal today; the 120mm X31, the 140mm X41 and the 280mm X61 and I’ll be putting them all on the test bench to see how they stack up against each other and against the competition.

All of the coolers come really well packaged in a custom molded cardboard carton to protect all of the major components, with various protective bags and covers helping to prevent any damage in transit.

In the box of each you will find the fan, a simple install guide, a set of high quality fittings, a universal back plate and an AMD bracket (the Intel one is pre-applied to the CPU block.

NZXT Kraken X41 and Kraken X61 CPU Coolers Now Available

NZXT have already seen huge success with their Kraken all-in-one CPU water coolers such as the X40 and the X60, now it looks set to do the same with their latest incarnations, the X41 and the X61.

Both of the coolers now support the new NZXT CAM Software over USB, allowing you to monitor cooland temperature, pressure, fan speeds and more.

The Kraken X41 features a 140mm x 140mm radiator and the X61 comes with a 140mm x 280mm radiator. Both models come equipped with the latest NZXT FX V2 PWM fans, which operate between 800 and 2000 RPM, providing the radiators with 42.4 to 106.1 CFM of air and only produce between 20 and 37 dBA of noise.

All major socket types are supported, including the newer LGA 2011, LGA 115x and FM2+ sockets.

Prices begin around 99.99€ for the X41 and 124.99€ for the X61.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Coolermaster Nepton 140XL & 280L All-In-One CPU Water Cooler Review

Introduction


The water cooling market offers up some very fierce competition these days, there are so many great products to choose from that it is becoming harder and harder to find a product that is best for your system. The overall quality and performance of all-in-one water coolers has been increasing steadily over the years and with every company trying their hardest to be the best it’s near impossible to buy a poor water cooler, so long as you stick with brand names such as Enermax, Corsair, Cooler Master, Antec, etc. Cooler Master have long been a popular choice for CPU coolers, many of their air and water cooling products have won awards year after year for their performance and that’s something we’re hoping to see reflected again here today. With a few rival products recently launched the Nepton does have some tough competition on their hands, but the Nepton has proven to be a great product before, and these new ones promise to be even better.

In the office today I have not one, but two new product from the Nepton range and I’ll be putting the new Nepton 140XL 140mm cooler and the Nepton 280L head to head to see what they have to offer, while also seeing how they stack up against the competition. Obviously we’re expecting the bigger, more expensive 280L to perform better, but we really want to find out how much better. When you’re out shopping for a new CPU cooler, it’s important to balance your budget and performance needs, perhaps you’ll discover that the 140XL is more than enough for your rig, or if you’re in the market for the 140XL, you might find out that you really need the bigger 280L.

Check out what Cooler Master had to say about their two latest products:

“The Nepton 140XL is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 140XL is using CM exclusive designed pump with effective waterblock. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + 38mm thick radiator also provide great cooling ability for over 300Watt heat dissipation, which enable user to overclock CPU to maximum performance.”

“The Nepton 280L is Cooler Master’s latest watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the next level. Nepton 280L is using a CM exclusive designed pump with a highly effective water block. It has thicker and longer tubing for upgraded performance. In addition, dual JetFlo 140 fans + an extra large 280mm radiator provide substantial cooling power with over 300W heat dissipation, which enables users to overclock their CPU and maximize performance.”

With the 140XL costing around £75 and the 280L around £90, there is no doubt that these are high-end, premium grade products, so they’ll be competing with products from NZXT, Corsair and Enermax (to name but a few) for the money in your wallet, so let’s get right to it and take a look at what they have to offer and see which one would be best for your next system build.

Both of the coolers come nicely packaged, with plenty of details on the front of each box letting you know that they’re maintenance free, feature improved UltraFine Micro Channel CPU cooler blocks and durable tubing. The boxes are nicely laid out with protective plastic over the fans, radiator and pump.

All the fittings, brackets and other components are in a plastic pouch, keeping them safe in transit and preventing them from scratching up your new cooler.

In the box you’ll find all the fittings you could possibly need; a multi-socket back plate, fan Y-split cable, thermal paste, AMD and Intel mounts, spacers, screws and clips. This is the pile of components for the Nepton 140XL, but we’ll skip over the components for the 280L as they’re 100% the same.

Both the 140 and the 280 come with two identical 140mm fans. Both are high quality, nicely designed fans with black sleeved cables to help provide a clean overall design, while also featuring firm rubber pads on each corner to help reduce noise and vibration.

2014 Range Of Lepa Products At CeBIT 2014

Lepa are a component manufacturer that fly under the Enermax banner, and while their products are often similar to Enermax, it is because they share many of the same design team and researchers between the two brands. Lepa has generally been targeted at different markets than Enermax, but now that the brand has built up a solid reputation of their own, we are starting to see more and more of them in western markets.

Below we have their new range of budget friendly coolers, based around the Enermax ETS-T40 (our review) design they offer great cooling performance and funky colour choices that would suit almost any kind of system build.

The new Lepa 120mm and 240mm coolers are again based around Enermax products, but feature high performance fans and a unique exterior pump design.

A wide range of new chassis products will be hitting the market this year, ranging from midi to full towers and we’ll be getting these in for review in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned for more information on these.

The PSU market get’s their new MX range, offering up the MX Bronze, Gold and Platinum series with the none modular (white), semi-modular (red and black) and semi-modular G800M (black).

Their latest prototype was secured under a cover, but was their demonstration of their future PSU products and features a fully passive design for completely silent performance, perhaps we will see more details about this at Computex later this year.

Boom! Saving the best for last. The P1700M is full modular and features a staggering 1700W of power at Platinum efficiency rating, if you’re interested in building a monster of a BitCoin mining rig, then this GPU should be on your shopping list. Build quality is incredible and all the finest components money can by have been poured into it, we can’t wait to get our hands on one and put it through its paces.

That’s everything from the Lepa booth for today, but we’ll be back later with even more coverage from this years CeBIT 2014 in Hanover.

Enermax Liqtech 120mm & 240mm AIO Water Cooler Review

Introduction


It was just over a year ago that Enermax first entered the water cooling market with their ELC 240 and 120 all-in-one water coolers and while we loved their overall performance, Enermax needed to be just that little bit more competitive to take the crown from the slightly better Corsair range at that time. Since then, the water cooling market has become saturated with great products and some impressive budget ranges that make finding the best product harder than ever.

Their new Liqtech range looks set to take the premium end of the all-in-one water cooling market by storm. Everything has been tweaked and improved to offer a high quality, high performance product. The only downside of it being targeted at the upper end of the market is that the new coolers are not cheap. However, paying a little extra is no problem, so long as the actual quality and performance are there to ease the burden of the price tag. The Liqtech 120X will set you back around £79.90, which the Liqtech 240 should be priced around £99.90.

Air cooling is more than enough for most users, even for an overclocked high-end i5 or i7 CPU you can get do just fine with a product that costs no more than £40 and still get great temperatures, acoustics and performance. Water cooling, especially custom loop water cooling, can cost hundred of pounds to get all the required components and requires a lot of maintenance and a fair bit of skill to install. The advantage of an all in one unit such as the Liqtech is that it requires almost no knowledge of water cooling, you just bolt it into your chassis, attach the block to the CPU and you’re good to go. Minimal maintenance, easy installation and a much lower cost than custom loops are just some of the reasons that all in one units are so attractive to system builders. While I know I said you can get great performance from air cooling, water coolers typically offer even greater cooling performance and nine times out of ten, significantly quieter acoustics.

As you can see from the specifications below, both coolers come with wide support for all major socket types, a high quality pump, 310mm long rubber tubes and 2 x high quality Enermax Twister Pressure fans with 4-pin PWM connections.

The coolers both come nicely packaged and wrapped to keep them protected prior to use. In the box of each you will find the following:

  • Liqtech 120 Liquid Cooler (ELC-LT120X-HP) or Liqtech 240 Liquid Cooler (ELC-LT240-HP)
  • 2x High Pressure Twister Fans
  • 1x Universal Back Plate for Intel and AMD
  • 4x Spacers
  • 2x Intel Clip
  • 2x AMD Clip
  • 4x Intel LGA 2011 Screws
  • 1x Square Spacer for Intel LGA 775 socket
  • 4x Insulating Sheet for AMD sockets
  • 4x Position Screw
  • 4x Spring Screws
  • 8x Fan Screws
  • 8x Case Screws
  • 1x Dow-Corning Thermal Grease (TC-5121)
  • 1x PWM Fan Y-Cable

The screws and fitting are all really high quality, nicely finished and should look great once installed.

Both fans are of a high quality construction, with strong fan blades and a switch on their motor that allows you to change the peak RPM to no more than 1300, 2000 or 2500. We will of course be leaving ours at maximum performance. Maintenance should be relatively easy too, thanks to removable fan blades.

Also included in the box is an easy to follow user’s manual which will guide you through the installation process.

Corsair H75 120mm All-In-One Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Corsair have provided the industry with many great coolers in recent years, their H80 and H100 all-in-one water coolers have proven to be some of the most popular choices for system builders, capable of cooling overclocked CPU’s for a fairly competitive price tag, plus they’re rather well designed, and look great in almost any build. From that we’ve got big expectations of their latest range of coolers and their Hydro Series H75 looks like a promising solution for those looking for a 120mm radiator. With a slim rad, but two 120mm fans, we can get some sweet push/pull action going that should help shift some serious heat from our test system.

Priced at around £70 the H75 isn’t exactly cheap, but the AIO (all-in-one) water cooling market is fiercely competitive and so long as the performance is there, it’ll be worth every penny. For around the same money you can pick up the H2O 950 from Antec and the Zalman Reserator 3 Max, both of which are 120mm radiators and of a similar specification, albeit both come with a hard mounted fan, and a second fan would have to be added at extra cost, so the H75 is already sounding like great value for money given that both of its fans are fully removable and both are included in the box.

With support for all major AMD and Intel sockets, as well as a redesigned pump, aluminium radiator, a pair of 2000 RPM, high static pressure PWM fans, and a wonderful five-year warranty mean the H75 is really well equipped right out of the box. I can’t wait any longer, so let’s get right to it and see what Corsairs latest hardware has to offer.

Features and Specifications

  • 120mm aluminum radiator
    • 120mm x 152mm x 25mm
  • Two SP120L PWM 120mm high static pressure fans
    • 120mm x 25mm
    • 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
  • 5-year limited warranty

The H75 comes nicely packaged in a fairly compact box, on the front you’ll find a nice picture of the cooler and details of its support for Intel and AMD sockets.

Around the sides of the box you’ll find the full specifications (see above) as well as some further information on the components and their performance, but of course we’ll be taking a closer look our selves in a moment.

The box is nicely laid out, with some protective covering for the pump, and all the fittings and components packaged into separate sections of the box.

Included in the box is an easy to follow installation guide, molex to dual 4-pin fan cable adaptor, two 120mm x 25mm fans, high quality screws, washers and other mounting components, a metal retention bracket and finally a plastic backplate with metal screw pegs pre-installed in sliding brackets to allow for easy installation to various motherboard socket types.

Of course you’ll also find the pump and radiator in the box, which comes with thermal paste pre-applied and a protective cover to prevent the copper plate getting scratched up in transit.

Cooler Master Nepton 140XL & 280L Water Coolers Now Available

As with the news of the new CM Storm Trigger Z keyboard we published yesterday, we’re a little late with this article, but we figured that since we missed it the first time around, you might have missed out too! Better late than never, right?

Cooler Master are already one of the leading brands when it comes to cooler design, they didn’t call themselves Cooler Master for nothing. Now they’re looking to show the competition how its done with the release of two brand new all-in-one (AIO) water cooling units, the Nepton 140XL and the Nepton 280L. Each of which features a new pump with an exclusive Cooler Master design, while also improving performance and flow.

Nepton 140XL and 280L both are factory filled and sealed for immediate installation and maintenance-free operation for years. Affixed to Nepton 140XL and 280L are premium JetFlo 140 Series fans that are built specially for the high air pressure and heat dissipation required for high performance watercooling.

For greater cooling compatibility, JetFlo 120 Series fans and other 120mm fans are supported via compatible mounting holes on the radiator. Nepton 280L comes equipped with dual JetFlo 140 fans and an extra large 280mm radiator that, together, generate substantial cooling power that can dissipate up to 300W of heat. This, coupled with a pure copper base, means Nepton can handle high CPU overclocking. Longer and thicker FEP tubing assists in maintaining exceptional performance through less restrictive water flow and superb evaporation resistance.

The Nepton 140XL and 280L are available now from most major online retailer and we expect to have samples in the eTeknix office very shortly, so stay tuned for an in-depth look at their performance and design.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

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27-inch All-in-One Touch Workstation Announced By HP

HP today unveiled the second generation of the world’s first and only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, the HP Z1, now available with Windows 8 Touch and Intel Thunderbolt 2 capabilities making it HP’s most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.

Ideal for knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphic arts and university education, the HP Z1G2 offers fast data transfer speeds for compute-intensive workloads and new technologies like Thunderbolt offer the flexibility for high-performance external expandability. Whether it’s being used by an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings or a videographer editing event footage, the HP Z1G2 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.

The HP Z1 G2 is joined by three new all-in-one PCs ideal for use in small and midsize business (SMB) and enterprise environments, including the HP Slate21 Pro All in One, HP’s first commercial Android all-in-one PC. The HP Slate21 Pro offers seamless integration with Android-based phones and tablets, along with access to efficient manageability tools, security enhancements and apps available through the Google Play app store.

“Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design.”

HP is the only workstation vendor to offer Thunderbolt as an option across both desktop and mobile workstations. Thunderbolt enables cutting-edge creative work, and the addition of this technology to the HP Z1 G2 expands HP’s leadership in innovation and demonstrates its commitment to the professional market.

The HP Z1 features Intel integrated HD Graphics, 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processors, ECC memory, and RAID storage options, providing users with more reliability and performance. Additionally, the HP Z1 features the latest NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs for professional use and the best graphics performance for demanding applications. All HP Z Workstations are tested and certified for professional applications.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation is regarded as one of the most important, innovative and prestigious architecture schools in the world. As one of the first architecture schools to provide individual workstations for every student, it always has been a leading program in uses of design technology, including the use of more than 100 HP Z1 Workstations.

“Our architectural students, from approximately 50 countries, have an endless thirst for experimentation,” said John Ramahlo Jr., executive director, Technology, School of Architecture, Columbia University. “To quench that thirst, we must provide our students expertise in the state of the art in architecture and computer technology so that they can decisively assert themselves around the world by producing remarkable buildings, plans and policies — the HP Z1 gives our students that edge.”

A powerful workstation
The HP Z1 enables designers to streamline the workflow with key features such as:

  • The power of Thunderbolt. Connect in a flash with up to four times USB 3.0 bandwidth using optional high-performance Thunderbolt 2.0 ports located on the side of the HP Z1G2.
  • Professional display. Let ideas shine on the HP Z1 G2’s brilliant next-generation, 27-inch diagonal IPS display. Choose from 10-point touch with stunning edge-to-edge glass or non-touch with antiglare capability.
  • Tool-less chassis. Change most parts or make upgrades without tools or a service technician. Simply snap open the chassis and customize as needed.
  • Bold and bright. A wide range of 3-D professional graphics options, including NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs, gives users the power they need to bring their creations to life.
  • Astounding sound. Premium audio features on the HP Z1 G2 Workstation include dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio.

Pricing and availability
The new HP Z1G2 Workstation is expected to be available in late January. U.S. pricing starts at $1,999.

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World’s First Chrome OS All-in-One Revealed By LG

LG Electronics has become the first company to announce an all-in-one PC based on Google’s Chrome OS cloud-powered operating system, a platform more normally associated with ultra-portable laptops.

Based on Linux, Chrome OS eschews the traditional computing paradigm in favour of turning the Chrome browser into the primary user interface. Applications are rarely installed locally, with the user instead being pointed to web-based apps which make heavy use of the browser’s HTML5 and JavaScript support. The downside, for users who didn’t pay extra for a Chromebook with in-built mobile broadband at least, is that the device loses a great deal of its feature set when disconnected from the internet.

Disconnections may be frequent for road warriors, but less so for those who do the majority of their computing at home. It’s in this typically permanently connected environment that LG hopes to push Chrome OS as a real alternative to the like of Microsoft Windows. Step one: the world’s first Chrome OS all-in-one desktop PC, the Chromebase.

Looking for all the world like a slightly bulky monitor, and owing an undeniable debt of gratitude to Apple’s curved iMac design, the Chromebase packs a Haswell-based Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of local storage – the bulk storage of files being offloaded to the Google Drive cloud platform – and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing webcam with support for 720p video capture. The front, meanwhile, is dominated by the Chromebase’s 21.5″ 1,920×1080 in-plane switching (IPS) liquid-crystal display panel. The sides and rear include a single USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, analogue audio connectivity to supplement the on-board speakers, an Ethernet connection and – interestingly – a HDMI input, allowing the device to double as a monitor for an external system.

‘Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design,’ claimed Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. ‘LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, [and is] expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centres and other business settings.’

Pricing for the LG Chromebase has yet to be confirmed, with the company expected to make a more detailed announcement at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month.

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Acer Rolls Out the Aspire ZC-605 Windows 8 All-in-One PC

Acer announced a new addition to its PC offers, the Aspire ZC-605 Windows 8 All-in-One PC. This 19.5″ display PC is available from Tuesday, 1st of October, and ” is an excellent choice for those wanting to try an all-in-one for the first time,” said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. He also added that “Its sleek and compact size, low price and solid configuration make it ideal for those desiring a basic PC for researching recipes, online shopping and enjoying social media.”

In terms of specs, the Aspire ZC-605 comes with a Active Matrix TFT Color LCD with LED backlight technology touch screen with a resolution of up to 1600 x 900 pixels, an Intel Celeron 1007U Dual-Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM with the option to expand it to 16 GB and a 500 GB SATA/300 hard drive. In addition to the performance spec, it also comes with a Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity technology.

Also the new AIO PC provides a 1MP webcam with 720p video that can be adjusted up to 30 degrees, a built-in single array microphone, and a number of inputs on the front panel including a 2-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0, an on-screen display button and the audio jacks. On the back are two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio output and HDMI output.

The Acer ZC-605 will ship pre-installed with the Windows 8 64-bit version and a price set to this All-in-One PC is around $599 ( £368 ). Users looking for an affordable touch-based compact PC can scout it Amazon later on today. Also, more about the Acer ZC-605 can be found on the Acer official website.

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Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro CPU Cooler Review

Thermaltake’s Water 2.0 series has already come and gone. We were lucky enough to be able to take a look at the Water 2.0 Extreme which we felt was a great cooler in terms of performance but was let down slightly by its very high price tag relative to the competition. Now Thermaltake have progressed to the Water 3.0 series and with have with us today the Water 3.0 Pro. The Water 3.0 Pro is a dual 120mm fan Asetek based AIO cooler that features a 49mm thick, aka double thickness, 120mm aluminium radiator. You can see the full specifications of the product below:

While we aren’t expecting the performance of this unit to be revolutionary, as it is simply an Asetek rebrand with some Thermaltake fans on it, we are still expecting some competitive performance numbers as there have been some changes to the Water 3.0 series versus the Water 2.0 series which according to Thermaltake are:

  • A new coldplate design
  • A new and more efficient pump design (Quieter and better flow path)
  • A new Fan design for better performance at less noise

MSI Launch Powerful 27 Inch All-In-One Gaming PC

It seems MSI is constantly expanding their product portfolio these days and the latest product line is the simply named “Gaming Series”. Currently it consists of motherboards and graphics cards but now MSI are deciding to do something quite different and push into the All In One PC market.

MSI’s Gaming Series AIO is based off mobile Intel and Nvidia hardware. At the heart of the system is Intel Ivy Bridge Mobile Core i7 3630QM processor that runs at 2.4GHz across four cores and eight threads with a turbo frequency of 3.4GHz. The chipset is Intel’s HM77 Express chipset and Nvidia’s GTX 670MX provides the graphics with a healthy 3GB of GDDR5 memory. 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz SODIMM RAM is provided and the storage options are a 1TB 7200RPM HDD and optional 128GB SSD. 

MSI have opted for Windows 8, there is no Windows 7 or a “no OS” version. The display used is a 27 inch LED backlit 1080p anti-glare display that also has 10 point touch capabilities. Integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-FI is included along with 5.1 THX TruStudio Pro speakers, a DVD drive, a 3 in 1 card reader and 2MP webcam.

Other connectivity includes a microphone port, headphone port, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 (two side and two rear), HDMI out, HDMI in, VGA out, RJ45 Lan/ethernet and the DC power jack.

Total maximum power consumption of this unit stands at 180W which is impressive considering you will actually get some very high end gaming performance out of it.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty impressed with the hardware MSI have managed to squeeze into such a small and low power device. Let us hope that the price is right. MSI did not disclose availability or pricing details.

What are your thoughts on MSI’s new gaming AIO PC?

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ECS Announce G24 AIO Touch Based Computer

CES today have announced their latest product to market; the G24 All-In-One (AIO) touch based computer with its elegant and innovative design.

With Windows 8 hitting the market more now since its initial launch, we’re finding partners and system integrators utilising the technology even more and designing products based around the OS. ECS have designed the G24 touch based computer with a edge-to-edge 23.6″ touch panel, 10 finger touch capability, realistic audio display and full HDMI functionality to give the user the true benefits of a Windows 8 PC.

The G24 is aimed at many markets, as you’d expect with a product of this nature, with a keen eye on the medical and health sectors with thanks to the large, high resolution touch friendly display. Other markets that ECS are aiming for are stores and shopping centres where they claim the AIO to be perfect for public information, promotion and advertising.

At the heart of the G24 is an ECS Thin Mini-ITX motherboard with various models from the Q7H2-TI, B75H2-TI, H61H2-TI and NM70-TI, all with full HDMI functionality and with the addition of a TV tuner kit (extra), the G24 allows the unit to be used as a second TV at home. Other capabilities of the All-In-One includes a hot swap bay on the right side of the display, allowing users to connect a 2.5″ portable hard disk drive to get their data whenever they need.

The G24 is VESA mountable, taking it from a PC to a fully fledged TV with the addition of the tuner. Aimed at having an elegant, entertainment unit for sharing, business and much more, the G24 really does put the words “All-In-One” into perspective.

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No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but we should see these crop up very soon in retail and online stores.