Cooler Master V750 Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


Cooler Master is one of most recognisable and well-respected names in the PC component market. Over the years, Cooler Master has created some of the best power supplies, coolers and chassis around, not forgetting their gaming division CM Storm, which has delivered some very impressive headsets, keyboards, mice and much more too! With all that in mind, I am very excited to see another Cooler Master product in the office today, their brand new V750 power supply, which promises premium performance in a tidy and compact form factor.

“V Series power supplies feature the most stable and efficient power supply unit in its class thanks to exclusive 3D circuit design and Silencio FP technology. The V Series has fully modular flat cables with energy-saving 80PLUS Gold/Platinum ratings all delivered in a compact design smaller than most Power Supply Units (PSUs) in its class. The V series family is available in V550, V650, V750, V850, V1000 and V1200 watt variants perfect for gamers, enthusiasts and even system builders.” – Cooler Master

The V750 uses a unique 3D circuit design, Cooler Master’s own Silencio FP fan technology, fully modular flat cables, 100% Japanese capacitors and much more. The overall quality is reflected in the fact that this tidy, 150 x 140 x 86, form factor still delivers 750W of power at an 80 Plus Gold efficiency

There are three models available, the 550W, 650W and the 750W. We have the 750W at our disposal today, but all models come with 100-240Vac, good active PFC, >100,000 hours MTBF and are backed up by a reassuring 5-year warranty.

The box is very similar to previous Cooler Master designs and features a nice picture of the PSU, as well as a quick run down of the major features; 750W, Japanese Capacitors, 5-year warranty, Silencio fan and 80 Plus Gold.

Around the back, a run-down of the included cables and performance, but we’ll take a closer look at those ourselves in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a nice cable storage bag, a collection of cable ties, four mounting screws and the mains adaptor.

 

Cooler Master G750M Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Cooler Master is one of the most recognisable brands in the PC component market. They’ve got a huge range of massively successful products, ranging from the CM Storm peripherals to their widely popular chassis and, of course, their power supplies. Cooler Master have created some stunning high-end PSU products over the years, but today we’ll be looking at something a little more modest. Their new G750M is a semi-modular design and comes with a pretty basic and what I would like to call beginner friendly configuration. This isn’t really going to be used for multi-GPU gaming systems, but should still offer plenty of grunt for single GPU gaming systems or desktop/office computers. It’s also modestly priced, offering a competitive and trusted brand name for those that need a good level of power and efficiency, without spending mega-bucks for it.

All the usual protection features are present, including the ever so important OVP and OPP. There’s a full-range input voltage, standard ATX form factor and it’ll output up to 750W, so it’s certainly got a broad appeal for a wide range of systems.

The box is pretty standard, with a nice image of the PSU on the front, as well as a quick run-down of the major features. The most important things there are 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, the single 12V rail and the 5-year warranty.

Around the back a little bit of technical information, but since we’re here to test this unit, we’ll be providing you with our own figures.

In the box, you’ll find a user’s manual, four mounting screws and the mains power cable.

Cooler Master US Site Hacked and Defaced

As companies are bombarded everyday by malicious attacks, more and more data breaches have been popping up in the news. Cooler Master is no exception and looks to be learning a lesson about security as their US website was taken down by hackers and defaced.

Going by the tag “xMr.Goreman404_IDx”, we have no news yet about the extent of the breach and what if any data was taken. xMr.Goreman404_IDx looks to be cruising the web looking for sites with vulnerabilities to take down, with a number of other sites suffering from similar attacks. Given the Inodenisan flag in both the logo and waving in the background, it can be interpreted that xMr.Goreman404_IDx is from Indonesia. It’s also possible that the flag is just a diversion for investigators though.

At this point, it does not look like the site is being used to host any malicious payload nor spread any propaganda other than slamming Cooler Master for their poor security. For now, it would not be advisable for anyone to visit the site until Cooler Master restores control. First notification about the hack took place at around 12PM PDT and as of this time, the site is unreachable and Cooler Master have yet to make a statement.

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Cooler Master Hyper 612 VER.2 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Cooler Master are one of the biggest names in the business, they’ve been making system components for many years now and they’ve got endless experience to draw on. It’s no secret that Cooler Master have created some of the best budget coolers in the business and are still a popular base-line for many system builders. Their latest cooler, the Hyper 612 isn’t likely to win awards for greatest cooler in the world, but it does offer the possibility to run both passively and actively, with multiple fan configurations and it does it for a very reasonable price, so there’s certainly a lot to consider here.

  • Hyper 612 ver. 2 generates only max 20 dB to provide a good operating environment.
  • Without fans, the big fin area will give you dissipation for passive usage.
  • Adopts the innovative patented CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) technology – side-by-side heat pipe configurations with no gaps creating a smooth surface for heat conduction.
  • Folding fin design with good air guiding ensuring high efficiency heat dissipation.
  • Quick-snap fan bracket design for simple installation.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, although it’s nice to see that it supports both 2011 and FM2+ sockets, as well as all the usual popular options.

In the box you’ll find two plastic quick-mount clips, an installation guide and a component box.

In the component box, there’s all the screws and brackets needed for all supported sockets, two metal fan clips and a universal plastic backplate. What is nice to see, is that the thermal grease comes in a syringe, so it’s good for more than one application.

The included fan is of a good quality, with shaped blades to help better direct airflow.

What’s also nice to see is a fully sleeved cable, often we see the coloured cables just before the cable reaches the fan motor, but that’s not an issue here.

The fan comes fitted with a 4-pin PWM connector.

The 612 features a six heat-pipe design, which are “U” shaped to pass through the left and right side of the cooling tower.

The top plate has been stamped with the Cooler Master logo, nothing fancy, but it adds a little to the overall design. X-vents are place around the heat pipe on each fin, which will help guide airflow and create vortices for better cooling.

There’s a sizeable fin stack here, which will come in handy, since this cooler can be run passively on CPUs of up to

The cooler is nothing fancy in terms of design, but it’s not exactly ugly either. I think it’s safe to say it walks a fine line between practicality and style.

A protective sticker covers the heat-pipes; don’t forget to remove this before usage!

The six heat-pipes us a CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) desig; no gaps mean a nice big and smooth surface for conducting heat.

TrueCaller to be Baked in Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen Fanboys, rejoice! TrueCaller has undergone a partnership with Cyngn, the commercial arm of CyanogenMod. TrueCaller is an app maker which has produced application like Truecaller and TrueDialer and offers them on multiple platforms like Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8. It basically enables a user to know the caller before picking up the call even if they are not on your address book. It is just like having an ultimate contact list. It will also show you if the number is marked as spam.

TrueCaller’s services will be baked into the Cyngn Dialer which will provide features like Caller ID, Enriched contact details and Spam Block. It will be delivered in the form of OTA updates to all the devices running Cyanogen OS (not CyanogenMOD) like YU Yureka and OnePlus One and the future ones too.

As a coin has 2 faces so does this, when you use Truecaller’s “enhanced search” feature,  you are agreeing that Truecaller is allowed to collect and share contact information from your phone with other users of the service which is kind of questionable. Although users will have a choice to use it or not as it comes with opt-in/opt-out feature.

We currently don’t have any more information on the roll out dates but we will keep you up to date as soon as we do.

Thank you Cyngn for providing us with this information.

Cooler Master UK and Jagex Announce Partnership

Cooler Master UK and Jagex today announce an official partnership, making CM Storm the official peripheral supplier for the game developer.

In a press release we received, Cooler Master have announced that they will be the official peripheral supplier for Jagex Games Studio. This means that we will soon see products such as the CM storm Ceres-500 headset and the Havoc mouse being used alongside the CM Storm Quick Fire Ultimate keyboard and CM Storm Speed- RX surface. All these products are aimed at gamers so it’s great to see that they will be used how they are intended.

As official game peripheral supplier, Cooler Master will be working closely with Jagex Games Studio to ensure that wherever Jagex are the best mechanical gaming keyboards, DPI switching mice, and most comfortable headsets will also be available – be it on live stream, gaming event or in the amazing 60 PC gaming atrium at the studio in Cambridge. With joint projects, giveaways and more special announcements coming soon

Jagex is a large game developer and publisher with their largest game, Runescape, still holding the Guinness World Record for “Most Popular Free Multiplayer Online Game”. They are currently working on a new game called “Block N Load”, which I managed to get a sneak preview of at Multiplay’s Insomnia 53 and can confirm its lots of fun.

Timing for the new partnership is perfect as Jagex travel the world showing off their latest announcement; Block N Load, a game where brains are as important as bullets and no game’s the same! Build, destroy, attack, defend and literally become the architect of your own victory. Head over to www.blocknload.com and get involved in the game’s beta test now

This partnership can only bring the best out of each other, both are companies that strive to make the gaming experience better and both are passionate about what they produce. It’s certainly something to keep an eye out for as I’m sure we can expect some big things.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Cooler Master Cosmos II Super Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Today we are lucky enough to take a look at one of the most prestigious chassis designs on the market. Many of you will already be familiar with the Cosmos II as it has actually been on the market for a couple of years now, but it is still extremely desirable, popular and from what we’ve seen of it at trade shows or in custom builds, it is still awesome. This may not be a brand new product, but it’s still very much a flagship chassis for Cooler Master, and it’s the first time we’ve been able to get in close and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Big chassis are gaining in popularity recently, the ever-increasing popularity of water cooling has led many gamers, system builders, and general enthusiasts to use bigger and bigger radiators as they seek to push the performance of today’s latest hardware to the very limits. Many high-end components demand a lot of space, bigger motherboards allow for more graphics cards, longer chassis allows for longer graphics cards, massive amounts of storage space allows you to create epic raid configurations and then you need more room still to keep all of it running cool and quiet.

The Cosmos II ticks many boxes, it’s big and heavy, promises class leading build quality and design, has room for dual socket motherboards, multiple graphics cards and a huge array of storage drives. On top of that it’s fitted extensively with mounts for extra cooling, dust filters and radiator mounts. In short, there isn’t much this chassis doesn’t promise to be able to do and for anyone building an extreme performance rig, the Cosmos II looks to be a great starting point. So with that said, lets take a closer look at what this chassis has to offer and see if it really can live up to both our expectations and to the level of quality that it promises.

The packaging is really nicely designed, with a great image of the chassis on the front. The box is nothing short of huge and is extremely heavy to handle.

Around the box we have three more images of the chassis, this time detailing some of the internal and external features such as HDD support and cooling mounts. In the box we also found the usual assortment of cable ties, screws, washers and an easy to follow instruction manual.

Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Coolermaster have long been one of my favourite chassis manufacturers, we loved their HAF range and we loved their Elite 120 when we reviewed it earlier last year. Their latest model the Elite 130 looks to take the Elite 120 to new levels and while in many ways this is just a refresh, it’s always great to see a manufacturer revisit their popular products and bring them up to date for a new audience, rather than throw away something great and forget about it. With some of the best chassis on the market, Coolermaster are proving a popular choice with system builders, they’ve often been praised by us here at eTeknix for their durable build quality, great feature sets and affordable prices, so we hope to see more of the same with this product today.

The Elite 130 is a smaller chassis designed to be the perfect choice for LAN gaming, or any compact gaming build that needs to be portable, small enough to fit in with a home entertainment centre as a HTPC / SteamBox style build or even just for those that want a small and affordable chassis for their office. It supports mini-ITX motherboards, has room for a few hard drives, it’s compatible with full size ATX power supplies and long graphics cards, and even a 5.25″ drive. So while we do stress this is a small form factor chassis, it is one of the bigger options in the mini-ITX category.

The packaging isn’t anything especially exciting, but given that it costs just £40 I’m hardly going to fuss about the one part I’ll be throwing in the bin should I buy this case. Around the sides of the box you’ll find a quick run down of the main specifications, as well as a tick box showing which model you have purchased.

In the box I found the usual assortment of fixtures and fittings, including cable ties, motherboard stand-offs, screws and a collection of vibration free rubber washers used to mount hard drives.

Coolermaster N200 M-ATX Chassis Review


We get more than our fair share of high end components here at eTeknix and while I’m sure many of you love reading the reviews of the more extreme end of the market, the truth is that most people spend on a much lower budget. There is a huge market for a rock solid budget solution out there and more often than not many system builders opt for the cheapest chassis they can fit their components into, often using what budget they do have to go towards their graphics cards, processor and other internal components. For the most part, there is nothing wrong with that, you get a powerful system and a neat enough box to bolt it all together, but times are changing and cheap isn’t what it used to be.

It doesn’t seem all that many years ago that a cheap case meant something that was stamped out of tin cans, rattled like crazy any time a fan was powered up and you had to take a Dremel to it just to fit something new in there, in fact more often than not you can still pick up scrap heaps like this in the sub £30 categories at most online retailers… although I would suggest you don’t! So what is the cheapest chassis on the market? Well lets just say that £30 about as low as you should ever go and there are plenty of top brand names out there with offerings in this range, Antec, Coolermaster, In Win, Sharkoon, all have great budget models, but the one were looking at today is the N200 from Coolermaster and at £35 it’s certainly cheap.

Looking at the specification sheet below you would be fooled to thinking this was a higher end model, 240mm radiator support, removable hard drive bays, two high quality fans included, USB 3.0 and more!? Lets get straight to it then and see what this cheeky little number has to offer.

You will notice I mentioned radiator support, something sorely missing from the official specification sheet, lucky then that CM have written it right on the front of the box!

Around the back we have a nice breakdown of some of the major features, although it’s going to be easier to understand in our interior photograph section.

Computex: New Cooler Master Chassis On Display

Cooler Master were out in force at this years Computex and they’ve clearly been listening to user feedback because they’ve absolutely nailed what their fans wanted and they’ve got some fantastic looking chassis coming for later this year.

Cosmos SE  almost needs no introduction, the Cosmos II is regarded as one of the greats, one of the biggest, best and dare I say most expensive chassis on the market, but that was it’s problem for most, it was too big and too expensive, we wanted all the looks with less of the price tag. Cooler Master have delivered and this is still a big case, still has room for a huge 360mm rad and multiple graphics cards, but it’s a lot smaller and it even has a large window panel available too.

The Elite 120 was one of my favourite chassis, so much so that I used it to build my HTPC. But while it was a great little chassis, there was some room for improvement (isn’t there always?). The front panel has been redesigned and it’s been given a little bit of style nip and tuck. It may be small but it can still pack a full size GPU, PSU, ODD, a few hard drives, plenty of cooling and still fits under your TV nicely.

CM 693 (pictured above) is the next model up from the CM 690 II. A stunning curvy mid tower with support for a top mounted 240mm rad in the top and a 12mm in the back, as well as 3 x 200mm fan thought out. Really like the look of that glossy front panel too, smart.

The Silencio 352 is a sleek Micro ATX case, 3 x 3.5″ low down HDD bays to allow room for extended graphics cards, two 120mm front intake fans, 120mm top and 120mm rear.

Really looking forward to getting a closer look at these cases over the next few months and we hope to have then in for review as soon as they are available. Cooler Master have a really solid looking range here and I think CM fans are going to go crazy for these.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Cooler Review

There have been whisperings and rumours about Cooler Master’s entry into the water cooling market now for what seems like an age. As far as I can recall, these intensified back at CeBIT 2012 but they were around quite a bit before then. Cooler Master were planning 2012 launches of two different all-in-one water cooling series, the Eisberg and the Seidon. The Eisberg is intended for the ultra high performance and enthusiast market segments while the Seidon is intended for the mid range and enthusiast market segments. The Seidon series has already launched more or less on time but due to what we have heard are “production problems”, the Eisberg series is currently delayed and still awaiting its release.

Today we have with us the first installation from the Cooler Master Seidon series, the 120M. The Seidon 120M is an all in one liquid CPU cooler with a 120mm one inch thick radiator and 120mm fan. As far as entry level water cooling units go, this is as entry level as you can get. The Seidon 120M is batting in the same field as the Antec Kuhler 620 and Corsair H55 at a highly competitive price point.

Specifications for Cooler Master’s Seidon 120M CPU cooler can be found here, but without any further ado let us move onto the review.