Enermax Ostrog ADV Case to be Unveiled at Pax East

Enermax might not be the most recognizable hardware manufacturer in western territories but they’ve quickly assembled a huge product line including power supplies, chassis fans, liquid coolers and affordable cases. Many of these products have received positive reviews and the company has continued to expand their current offerings. Curing CES this year, Enermax unveiled the Ostrog ADV chassis sporting a visually stunning illuminated design with 262 LED diodes. The chassis also comes with two synchronized Enermax T.B Vegas fans in the front section featuring six unique LED lighting transitions. As you can imagine, this creates a really distinctive appearance and I’m interested to see how well it works with other components.

In terms of features, the Ostrog ADV has a quick release mechanism for the top and front panel as well as screwless 5.25″ bay kits. The chassis supports up to 280mm radiators and should offer pretty decent flexibility. Next up is the front panel which contains a fan controller, LED display mode selection, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and HD audio connectivity. The Ostrog ADV case is currently scheduled to be shown off during Pax East and should be available for sale sometime soon. Unfortunately, there’s no word regarding the price but I’m guessing it will remain relatively affordable given the company’s current target market. Of course, when samples are provided to the press, we will be giving you our detailed thoughts.

If you’d like to see more information on this particular product, Enermax has a brief video showcases the case’s main selling points.

Image courtesy of realhardtechx

Enermax Announces the Revolution X’T II PSU

Enermax launched their Revolution X’T series of Power supplies a few years back and now they are back with the successor to the series, the Revolution X’T II power supply. The new line of PSUs is built with the best components such as 100% Japanese capacitors as well as quite a few awesome features.

The Enermax Revolution X’T II power supply will be available as 450W, 550W, 650W, and 750W models and all of them come with the 80 Plus Gold certification and part of that is thanks to the use of 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors for maximum durability and stability.

The flat and modular cables help you to run a neat setup where you can leave out all the cables that you don’t need. Fewer cables make for a better-looking build and it also helps to decrease resistance and allow for a better airflow in your system. Speaking of air flow, the Revolution X’T series comes with a 139mm fan made by Enermax themselves and utilizing the patented Twister bearing fan to offer low noise at the same time as a long lifespan.

Another feature that will help to prolong the lifetime of the Revolution X’T series is the patented HeatGuard, also known as Fan-delay. It will keep the PSU fan running for 30 to 60 seconds after shutdown to dissipate the remaining system heat and thereby prolong the system life. Enermax also added all the relevant normal protections such as OCP (3.3V/5V), OVP, OPP, SCP, and SIP.

The power supplies are rated for 24/7 usage at 40 degrees which again is a sign that the PSU should live a very long time due to the use of components. Enermax also backs the units with a 5-year warranty.

The REVOLUTION X’t II series will be available in the retail market in February 2016, so that will be any day now.

Enermax Introduces ETS-N30II Air CPU Cooler

Enermax released some impressive cooling solutions over the years and they’re back with one more before New Year’s and introduced the new ETS-N30II side-flow CPU cooler. The new ETS-N30II is the second generation and where the previous model already scored great reviews and rewards around the web, the new one puts one on top with even better efficiency.

Enermax designed the ETS-N30II for use in small and compact systems and it is only 137.2mm high. The tiny CPU cooler comes with perfect RAM compatibility thanks to the asymmetrical heat-pipe design that shifts the whole thing a little to one side. Enermax opted for a 90mm RPM fan and despite the somewhat limited size of everything, the ETS-N30II still comes with a TDP support up to 150W. The three heat-pipes are 6mm thick and the cooler utilizes direct heat-pipe touch for the best cooling abilities.

Enermax applied several of their own patented technologies to bring you the best cooling performance in a compact size. The Vortex Generator Flow is generated by spoilers on the fins that lead the air to the back of the heat pipes too, instead of just hitting the front of them as on most coolers. It also features a closed air path in order to optimize the airflow. It prevents air flow from escaping to the sides before it reaches the entire heatsink.

This second generation ETS-N30 has a 3-degree improvement over the predecessor and it can keep your CPU 22 degrees colder than the stock cooler can do. Enermax also chose to include a fan RPM reduction adapter for those who don’t need as much cooling capability and rather would like a 25% reduction in the noise generation by reducing the speed from 800-2800RPM to 600-1800RPM.

Besides the basic model with a black fan, you’re also able to get the ETS-N30II with Enermax’s Twister Bearing LED fan that has a 160K hours MTBF and zero friction noise. The 12 blue LEDs can give a cool visual bonus to the overall system.

Enermax did not reveal pricing or availability at this time, but pricing should be very similar to the previous ETS-N30 model and availability should be very soon.

Enermax MAXPRO 500w Power Supply Review

Introduction


Enermax makes some of the best PSUs money can buy, that much is no secret. Only recently we reviewed the Enermax DIGIFANLESS 550W PSU and we honestly think it’s one of the best power supplies we’ve ever tested! It set the bar pretty high and while the unit we’re testing today is a little further down the price ranges, I’m still eager to see if it delivers the same uncompromising performance we’ve seen from Enermax products in the past.

The MAXPRO is designed to be a little more cost-effective, so it strips away the premium packaging, there are no modular cables and it only offers standard 80 Plus efficiency, which doesn’t sound that great, but from what we’ve been told, it makes up for this with rock solid build quality and great performance. Designed for demanding systems, the MAXPRO will run stable & safe 24/7 @ 40c operation, which is certainly better than most. IT comes with all the safety regulations you could hope for, a high-quality 12cm fan for virtually silent operation, it’s Haswell ready and much more.

As I said before, the packaging is pretty basic, but at the end of the day, a box is just a box and that’s a little extra cost saving for the consumer.

In the box, you’ll find the mains adaptor, a simple user’s manual and some mounting screws; not much, but it’s literally all you’re going to need.

Enermax Released ETS-T40F Models and Test It Versus Coffee Boiler

Enermax had a very popular CPU cooler ever since they launched the original ETS-T40 about four years ago and now they’re following up on that with a new series of CPU coolers that should satisfy almost anyone. The new ETS-T40F comes in three version and the F suffix in the name stands for Fit and highlights the extra slim cooler.

The ETS-T40F only has 41mm depth, making it a good fit for almost any setup, no matter how tight it is. The cooler is using proven technologies such as vacuum effect flow, vortex generator flow, and direct touch heat pipes. Even with this slim 41mm heatsink, the ETS-T40F reaches a TDP of 200W which is quite impressive and the same level as the predecessor.

The first model in the series is the ETS-T40F-TB, and it comes with the very popular T.B. Silence 120mm fan that is extremely silent and comes with a wide RPM range from 800 to 1800 RPM. Even this low-noise bundled fan model comes with an extra RPM adapter to fulfill the requirements of ultra-silent PCs and it can take the fan level down to 400-900 RPM.

The second model is the ETS-T40F-RF and it comes with Enermax newly developed Winglet fan that measures 140mm that achieves an excellent balance between noise generation and cooling performance. It generates a significantly higher air flow than average 120mm case fans at low speeds while the special winglet blades reduce noisy air turbulence.

The third model is probably what you’d consider the premium model and it is the black ETS-T40F-BK. It is coated with a high-tech thermal-conductive finish which makes sure that the thermal resistance of the heat sink remains low. It comes equipped with the T.B.Apollish fan that has a patented LED ring that bathes your PC system in cool blue light. With 12 diodes, the LED technology guarantees extraordinary bright and intensive colours and with 800 to 1,800 RPM, the 12cm PWM fan has enough power to cool down strong gaming rigs.

Now, what was it about that coffee boiler I mentioned in the headline. Well, Enermax know they have created an awesome product with the ETS-T40F models. That means that they also needed something else to test it on to show what it can do. And what is closer to a nerds minds than coffee? Not much. Enermax measured how long it took for a 350W coffee boiler to bring water to boil first and then followed it up by a second attempt where they use the ETS-T40F to prevent the water from boiling. How effective that was can be seen in the video below. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s quite impressive.

The ETS-T40F series supports all current Intel and AMD platforms, that includes Intel LGA 775, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, and 2011-3 as well as AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+. The three models are now available for sale and the MSRP inc. VAT is set to 37.90 Euro for ETS-T40F-TB, 40.90 Euro for the ETS-T40F-RF and 44.90 Euro for the ETS-T40F-BK.

Enermax DIGIFANLESS 550W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


The latest Enermax power supply landed in the eTeknix officer recently and while I admit, it can sometimes be difficult to get excited about a power supply, I am very much so about this one. The DIGIFANLESS packs two important features, as the name would suggest; it’s fanless and it is digital. Fanless power supplies are an incredible addition to your system, especially if you’re trying to build a completely silent rig, as the removal of the fan means you’ll never hear a single noise from the unit and that’s certainly no bad thing!

Despite being passively cooled, the DIGIFANLESS still promises to churn out two very impressive figures. The first is that it’ll run up to 550W, which is more than enough for a single GPU system and a powerful CPU. The second is that it will deliver 80 Plus Platinum rated levels of efficiency. Let’s just recap, digital monitoring, passive cooled silent performance, 80 Plus Platinum, 550W of power and if that’s not enough to open your eyes wide, he’s the classic “but that’s not all” sales pitch. It also has fully modular, has individually braided premium grade cables, all Japanese capacitors, is rated to run 24/7 and comes with a 5-year warranty! Enough dancing around, let’s jump right in and take a closer look!

The packaging is really nicely designed, giving a good rundown of the specifications and I’m already getting a nice “premium” vibe here.

Around the back, a nice run down of all the cables, the digi features, the high-quality capacitors and more.

Normally the packaging isn’t something I talk about too much, but the DIGIFANLESS was so well packaged, I just had to take a quick picture.

In the box, you’ll find the mains power cable, the digital link cable, the owner’s manual and a protective storage bag.

Enermax Liqmax II 240mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Enermax are one of my all time favourite brands, as they’ve created some really unique chassis designs over the years, some stunning power supplies and most importantly to myself, their AIO water coolers still dominate the top of our charts, giving us some truly incredible cooling performance that would make you think twice about needing a custom loop. Their latest cooler, the LiqMax II 240mm All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler is certainly something I’ve been looking forward to testing, especially so given the performance of their LiqTech coolers and I’m eager to see how this one compares.

As you can see, the ELC-LMR240-BS as it is technically known, comes well equipped with a ceramic bearing pump, an aluminium radiator and a pair of high quality 120mm fans, which can operate right up to 2000RPM.

The packaging is really nicely designed, keeping in theme with many other Enermax products and features a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the major features and socket compatibility; you’ll also notice that this cooler is rated to handle up to 350W+ TDP, which is way more than you’ll likely ever use.

In the box, you’ll find two very high-quality fans, something I suspect will give the LiqMax II an edge over the competition. They come with very funky shaped blades, as well as rubber anti-vibration mounts on each side of all four corners.

Each fan comes with a slim black cable and a 4-pin PWM connector.

There’s a universal mounting plate included, as well as an arrangement of high-quality and rather nice looking screws and fittings. What’s also nice to see is that we’ve got a tube of thermal grease, rather than a sachet, which is handy for multiple applications, as well as a Y-split fan cable to help connect the two 120mm fans to your motherboard, as you’ll still need another header for the pumps 3-pin connector.

The radiator is pretty straight forward, with a standard 240mm design and a slim form factor.

The cooler is equipped with 300mm hoses, which should make it compatible with most large cases. The pipes are quite thick, so they’re not as flexible as some other coolers and that could make it tricky, although not impossible, to mount it in small chassis.

The radiator is nicely finished with a plate on the edge, as well as a small Enermax logo, so it should blend in with most system builds easily enough.

The pump is very nicely styled with a cool design on the top and a small Enermax logo in the middle.

The hoses are mounted on a swivel joint to allow easier fitting into your system.

There’s an Intel mounting kit pre-fitted here, but with just a few small screws you can remove it and fit the included (in the box) AMD mounting kit. There’s a huge copper contact plate on the bottom which is nicely polished; this should provide a good fit over your CPU of choice.

Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Enermax have created some truly stunning products over the years, from stunning CPU coolers, loads of amazing chassis’, great power supplies and much more! So I’m very happy to see one of their flagship chassis in the office today, the Thormax Giant, the E-ATX edition of their ever-popular Thormax. Of course, as the ‘Giant’ part of the name would suggest, this chassis isn’t small, and it’s not especially cheap either, clocking in at around £120 here in the UK.

From the Thormax Giant, you get a lot back in return for your investment. There’s room for E-ATX motherboards, which means 9 expansion slots; more than enough for a triple GPU configuration. There’s a pair of 180mm T.B.Vegas fans pre-installed, as well as a rear 120mm fan, with room for plenty more fans should you need them and impressive water cooling potential to boot.

One thing is immediately apparent, this is one seriously aggressive looking chassis! It may look a little out of place in the office of an accountant, but it’s going to look the part for a high-end gaming rig. There’s a funky side panel window, lots of ventilation and even a 180mm Blue LED fan on the left side panel.

The right side is much the same design as the left, albeit without the window or the fan.

More aggressive shapes on the front, with loads of ventilation on the bottom half for yet another 180mm fan, with support for 200mm, as well as ventilated 5.25″ drive bay covers.

Around the back you’ll find a 120mm fan pre-installed, with support for a 140mm fan if you need it. There’s two pop-out covers at the top for cable/water routing, as well as four rubber grommeted cut-outs down the side for more of the same.

Even more ventilation on the top for optional top mounted cooling. You’ll even find room for an (up to) 360mm radiator here.

The front panel is very well equipped. There’s a flat space for storing your phone, keys, loose change, etc. There’s a control panel for the power and reset, as well as fan LED control and fan speed control. Finally, you’ll find HD audio jacks, dual USB 3.0 and quad USB 2.0 ports.

The base of the chassis has two slide-out dust filters and four very sturdy feet.

The feet can be swung outwards, providing you with an extremely stable base for your system; this is great if you have a lot of cooling in the top, making your chassis top-heavy.

Enermax Displays Internal and External Storage Solutions at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – When you mention Enermax, most people think of cooling as the first thing. But the company produces a lot more than just fans and we’ve swung by their booth at Computex to check out their storage expansion units, card readers, and multi-purpose units.

Enermax brought along two of everything so they both could show off the units in built-in as seen in the shots above, but also let us check out the units first hand and from all sides.

We have the default hot-swap units such as the EMK5102 and EMK5102 as well as more advanced docks such as the EMK5201U3 that features both USB 3.0 front bays and hot-swappable 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives.

3.5-inch enclosures are just as well covered as the 5.25-inch ones and you’ll even find PCI expansion slot covers for 2.5-inch SSDs such as the EMK3106.

The Mobile Rack EMK3203 is a unique and pretty cool enclosure. It doesn’t just put two 2.5-inch drives into a single 3.5-inch drive bay, it allows for easy switching of drives as well as hardware-based RAID. The aluminum cover helps to keep everything cool, even when running mechanical drives inside.

It has rarely been so easy to take your RAID setup on the road and at the same time have the insurance that it will work in any system with a default 3.5-inch drive bay.

Every one of these enclosures is built great and with first class components, and should last you a long time.

Card readers are also part of the display and thanks to the USB 3.0 connection you’ll get all the speed that your memory cards can perform. No bottleneck as there used to be with USB 2.0 connected readers.

All new are the USB 3.1 enclosures Brick EB308U31 and Ultrabox EB310U31. The two new devices are capable of utilizing the new 10Gbps USB connections that are twice as fast as USB 3.0.

Featuring the new USB type-C reversible connector makes it easier than ever to connect them and you’ll never again have to do the well known 3-times-turn move to connect your USB devices.

The Ultrabox docking stations are available as single-bay and two-bay units where the 2-bay even features built-in cloning abilities with process indicators.

Enermax Celebrates 25th Birthday and Gives Away 100 Gifts to Customers

ENERMAX is celebrating their 25th birthday, but instead of getting presents they are handing them out themselves in order to give something back to their customers. The anniversary celebration is a Europe-wide event for end users where everybody who buys an ENERMAX power supply between the 1st and 31st of May 2015 has the chance to win 1 of 100 prizes. End users from all of Europe can participate in the big Born 4 Power contest.

Enermax has just recently released their MAXPRO power supply series, so this could indeed be a good time to invest in one of them and get a shot at the 100 prizes with a total value of €4,000. Prizes don’t come just from ENERMAX themselves, you can win MSI graphics cards, AMD APUs, and ASROCK motherboards next to a some of ENERMAX’s own cooling and chassis products.

To enter the contest, customers have to register their purchase via an online form and provide a copy of the invoice as proof. You can only enter the raffle once per PSU bought, but can enter with up to five products to get five tickets in the raffle.

While this isn’t for everyone as it requires a purchase, it is a really nice bonus for ENERMAX customers and a way for a company to say thanks for the support over the last 25 years. And congratulations Enermax on the first quarter of a century in the business.

Enermax’ New 5.25-Inch Drive Racks Start Selling

Enermax has started to sell a row of new products and among them are the three backplane modules EMK5301, EMK5401 and EMK5501. Enermax has a lot of experience in this area and we’ve also recently checked out several of their other docking solutions from the EMK series in our review section.

The backplane modules EMK5301, EMK5401, and EMK5501 are specially designed for data servers or home built storage systems. The modules occupy two or three 5.25-inch bays and accommodate up to five 3.5-inch hard disk drives with SATA or SAS interface. Due to the high-quality manufacturing and the sturdy aluminium case, the new EMK models are a safe storage for your valuable data.

Each HDD slot is equipped with an individual power switch so you can turn off single drives when needed or only turn on the ones you need. A power switch on each drive is an awesome function to have, I speak from experience there.

Further, they come with an 80mm fan and smart thermal fan control that allows for an effective HDD cooling. Users will be warned by blinking status LEDs and a buzzing sound if the temperature exceeds a critical level (55/60/65°C) and all HDD slots are protected with a security lock against unauthorized access.

Thanks to Enermax for providing us with this information

ENERMAX Released MAXPRO PSU Series

Enermax has a lot of experience in the cooling and power supply market, and the newest MAXPRO series looks to be another stable power supply, designed to last for a long time. The new series will come with 400, 500, 600, and 700 watts to cover most users needs. Due to an adequate number of 8-pin PCI-Express connectors and a massive 12V rail, the MAXPRO ensures a stable power supply of performance-capable gaming PCs. The PSU measures just 14cm in depth, so it’ll also fit into small form factor cases.

Enermax didn’t just want a stable and efficient power supply, they also wanted ultra-quiet operation. Their engineers improved the fan control and also replaced the usual ball bearing fan with their own 12cm fan using Twister Bearings. With just 500 RPM, the new MAXPRO power supplies operate virtually silent at standard loads up to 50%. When peaking over 90% load, the MAXPRO’s fan exceeds 1,500 RPM but doesn’t generate mechanical side noises thanks to the Twister Bearing technology.

Efficiency and safety are two important aspects of a PSU. At a usual system load of 20 to 50%, the power supply achieves an average efficiency of 87% to comply with both EU’s eco-design regulations as well as the international 80 Plus certification. Enermax applied high-quality and performance-capable components which ensure a 24/7 non-stop operation at 40°C. In case of malfunctions or defects, the advanced SafeGuard protects the PSU and the system components against over-current, over-voltage, over-power, short circuit as well as sudden power surges (OCP, OVP, OPP, SCP & SIP) and the unit itself is covered by a 3-year manufacturer warranty.

The new Enermax MAXPRO series is available now apart from the 700W model, that one won’t be ready until the mid of April. The MSRPs are €49.90 for the 400W, €59.90 for 500W, €67.90 for 600W and €79.90 for the 700W model.

Thanks to ENERMAX for providing us with this information

Enermax 2.5 and 3.5-Inch Mobile Drive Rack Roundup Review

Introduction


Being able to quickly eject drives can not only be an extra convenience but also a great bonus in many situations. Enermax has created a very long list of amazing docking bays and mobile racks for just this and today I’m taking a closer look at three of them in different form factors and with different capabilities – one for every usage scenario.

We will need to go up a drive size when we have a docking station around the drive, that’s a given. The three mobile racks that I’m taking a closer look at today are the EMK3101 for a 2.5-inch drive in 3.5-inch bay, EMK5102 for a 3.5-inch drive in a 5.25-inch bay, and the EMK5201U3 that combines the two previous into one smart unit. It has both a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch bay as well as two front USB 3.0 ports in the spare area.

The EMK3101 allows you to easy swap, plug-in, and swap out 2.5-inch drives in this 3.5-inch sized mobile rack. A simple mechanic lever will eject the drive when you need it and it comes with a lock when you want to make sure that it stays in there. The connection is a direct pass-through and one that won’t affect performance. A simple solution that works every time.

SSD or 2.5-inch HDDs might not be all you would like to hot-swap with easy front access, 3.5-inch drives are still king of the storage area and that is where the EMK5102 comes into play. The 5.25-inch sized mobile rack allows you to hot-swap a 3.5-inch drive, in the same way the EMK3101 does with a 2.5-inch drive.

Combining the two enclosures above and adding two USB 3.0 ports and we get the Enermax EMK5201U3 mobile rack. It can hold both a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive as well as having two USB 3.0 ports with direct header connection.

All three enclosures come with the patented Non-Scratch SATA connectors that guarantee a maximum life span with up to 50,000 drive insertion and ejections. The SATA connectors are gold-plated for better grip and protection from corrosion and the steel clip on the included SATA cable to avoid accidental cable removable.

The mobile racks support the latest SATA III and SAS drives as well as USB 3.0 5Gb/s connectivity for the EMK5201U3 model. The enclosures are built from with sturdy stainless steel frames to keep everything living for as long as possible and have LED indicators to show when the drives are being accessed.

New Enermax Products on Show @ CeBIT 2015

We’re here with Enermax at CeBIT 2015. They’re showcasing a small range of products from their line-up, most notable is the 550w digital, modular, 80PLUS Platinum, 5 year warranty and FANLESS power supply. Normally you would only get a small combination of those features, but to have them all in one package is simply amazing.

We look forward to the release of this power supply and the rest of the line-up in the near future. Any further news or events from Enermax, we will keep you updated.

Lepa Display Latest Products @ CeBIT 2015

Here with Enermax still, with a small presentation of their LEPA series of consumer goods. Aimed at more of the enthusiast consumer market, they have brought along one of their LV12 series tower cooler and an example of their 240mm AIO liquid cooling unit; the AquaChanger.

Apart from internal computer items, we have a self-contained Bluetooth speaker unit; the BTS002. NFC support along with the Bluetooth connectivity. An impressive 2200mA power unit and a built-in microphone for the freedom of handfree.

We look forward to seeing more from LEPA in the near future. Any news or events from LEPA, we will keep you updated.

Enermax EMK3203 3.5″ Mobile RAID Rack with 2x 2.5″ Drive Bays Review

Introduction


Taking a RAID setup on the road can be a tricky thing and one that is destined to fail most of the time, unless you have a dedicated enclosure. When it has to be portable, it also has to be small, light, and universally usable and Enermax has created such a solution with the 3.5-inch to dual 2.5-inch SATA HDD converter with built-in hardware RAID.

The mobile rack has a default 3.5-inch HDD format with default connector placement and that makes it universally usable. You can just plug it directly into any SATA bay and your RAID setup is seen as a single virtual drive. It further has a hardware switch on the back to select either of the drive modes depending on what you need.

The rack has a solid build all the way around. The aluminium plate on the top helps the drives to dissipate heat faster while the bottom plate has ventilation cutouts to let the drives breath. Whether you use SATA or SAS drives, the EMK3203 supports it all.

Gold plated SATA connectors ensure a perfect connection and prevent corrosion. The EMK3203 utilizes the patented non-scratch SATA connectors that ensure 50.000 drive inserts and ejects for even the most demanding drive swappers.

Just plug your drives right into the enclosure and close the door, chose your mode and your set to go. That is really all there is to this great piece of engineering. The Enermax EMK3203 supports RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and Nor (No-Raid) modes.

Enermax has included everything you need in the box, which isn’t much. You get screws to mount it in non-swap positions as well as a SATA cable to connect it. Thanks to the hot-swap system you don’t anything else.

The EMK3203 is using a JMicron JMS562 Super Speed & eSATA GEN III to Dual SATA Gen III Ports bridge chip in the heart of the enclosure. It combines four independent SATA channels and a microprocessor into a tiny chip. The chip can be configured as 1 to 2- ports Serial ATA III Port Multiplier or hardware striping & mirror, where the last one is the one used in this mobile rack.

The chip also supports USB 3.0 and it looks like Enermax also thought about including this. It is mentioned on the label, but the port isn’t there. This could either just be to keep the costs low, the enclosure stable, or simply because there wasn’t room to cram more hardware into the enclosure. My guess is the last one, as it is pretty tight in there with the two PCB boards

Enermax EMK3104 Hybrid 2.5-inch Docking Station Review

Introduction


There are many types of drive enclosures on the market; some are internal, some are external and some are hybrids. The Enermax EMK3104 Mobile Rack is a hybrid solution and a smart one at that.

The enclosure can take 2.5-inch hard disk and solid state drives and convert them into a 3.5-inch standard sized drive. This allows the easy use of a smaller 2.5″ drive in a 3.5″ drive bay that otherwise wouldn’t allow the use of them.

But it does more than that, it also allows easy front access to switch and replace the drive, or just remove it. It also allows you to lock the drive to both prevent tampering with your drive as well as accidental ejection.

On the inside, it uses a patented non-scratch SATA connector to guarantee a maximum life span with up to 50.000 drive insertions and it can handle both SATA III and SAS drives.

The Enermax EMK3104 doubles as a mobile disk rack and allows you to connect it via USB 3.0 instead of using the normal SATA connectors on the rear. To the rear of the enclosure, you’ll find a micro USB 3 connector and the cable needed is included with the drive array.

If it was to be docked in a 3.5-inch drive bay, you could just eject it and take it with you as USB 3.0 portable drive.

The hot-swap system allows you to quickly change the HDD or SSD when you need another one. Inside is a simple mechanism that will eject the drive when opened and automatically retracted it when closed.

When enclosing a drive in such a small space, you’ll need to make sure that it stays cool. To aid this, the EMK3104 has an aluminum cover on the top and ventilation holes on the bottom. This should provide the best passive cooling capability.

 

Enermax Mighty Charger ECR301 & ECR 501 Card Reader and Front Panel Review

Introduction


It is rare that a chassis has all the front connection you want or need, especially if you need more than few USB ports and maybe an SD card reader. If you feel like that, then Enermax’s Mighty Charger ECR301 and ECR501 Card Reader and front panels might be just the right thing for you.

The ECR301 is the 3.5-inch model that naturally doesn’t have as many options as the bigger brother. Less volume is a natural limitation. It still packs a 5-in-1 multi-card reader that can access most mainstream cards such as CF, Micro SD, SD, RSMMC, MS, and M2.

Since cards aren’t for everybody, it also has a USB 2.0 Super Charge port with up to 2.4A charging power, three normal USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 and an eSATA port. There aren’t many storage mediums you can’t connect an arsenal like that at your disposal.

The bigger ECR501 5.25-inch model packs the same great features as the ECR301 but kicks it up another notch. The card reader has been extended to a 6-in-1 card reader that also takes Extreme Digital cards.

It has six USB 2.0 ports next to the USB 2.0 Super Charge, USB 3.0 and eSATA port. It packs even more features when turning it around, having the ability to mount both two 2.5-inch and one 3.5-inch drive into the enclosure.

That is a lot of expansion ability in a single expansion slot, probably the most you’ll find.

ENERMAX Introduces Silent Digifanless 550W PSU

On the occasion of the company’s 25th anniversary, ENERMAX introduced the new Digifanless 550W power supply, the first digital and fanless power supply from ENERMAX. The new PSU isn’t just digital and fanless, it also comes with a 80 Plus Platinum certification and a peak efficiency of 93%.

Digifanless is equipped with a digital interface to read out and control the most essential power values via the brand-new ZDPMS software, including voltage, current, efficiency, and temperature. A great PSU also needs flexibility, so the Digifanless has a fully modular cable management with individually sleeved wires.

It is built with Japanese electrolytic 105°C capacitors, heavy-duty MOSFETs, and a high-density array of aluminium heatsinks to ensure the passive cooling and a continuous 24h full power output at 40°C ambient temperature.

European sales are starting in Week 13 right after CeBIT in Hannover, 16th to 20th of March, where the units will be sold for around €200.

Thanks to ENERMAX for providing us with this information

Enermax iVektor Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Enermax is one of the best names in the business, having designed many successful chassis, power supplies and cooling products over years. They’ve proven to us here at eTeknix time and time again that they can make some great products, with some very competitive price tags and that’s a trend I hope to see repeated here today with the iVektor. There’s no skipping over the fact that the iVektor isn’t the most recent product from Enermax, but we missed out on it the first time and I was eager to see what it could do, as I particularly liked the unique aesthetics of the chassis when I saw it at various trade shows. The iVektor is targeted at the mid-budget gaming market, with a price tag that will get you a little change from £70 from most major retailers. It sports enough features to be versatile for almost any kind of system build, so let’s jump in and take a closer look.

The left side of the chassis has a large raised section, giving a lot of extra clearance on the interior. The panel is held in place by a pair of thumb screws and there’s a pull handle at the back for easy access.

The right side panel has the same design on the left, the obvious advantage being that on this side of the chassis it’ll provide a lot of extra room for cable routing behind the motherboard.

The front panel has a futuristic/industrial look about it, a lot of strong lines and angles, without being too outlandish. There’s a ventilated section near the bottom for the front-mounted cooling and you’ll find three nicely coordinated 5.25″ drive bay covers at the top.

The top panel features a very similar design to the front panel, giving a nice uniform look to the chassis overall.

The front I/O is nice and compact and comes with all the usual features you would expect, with the added bonus of a fan speed slide controller.

At the back, you’ll find a pre-installed 120mm fan at the top, with a pair of routing grommets directly below. There are seven expansion slots, typical of a mid-tower ATX chassis, so more than enough room for multiple expansion cards. Finally, you’ve got the PSU cut-out, which support regular and inverted PSU mounting.

There’s a very basic clip in dust filter mesh on the PSU air intake, as well as an open 120mm fan mount in the base of the chassis. There are four thick rubber grip feet on the base of the chassis and the legs are designed in a way that provides plenty of ground clearance.

ENERMAX Launches LIQMAX II AIO CPU Cooler

Enermax is getting ready to roll out the second generation of their Liqmax All-In-One CPU liquid cooler series. The Liqmax II will be available in two versions with either a 120 or 240mm radiator that are rated to 320W+ and 350W+ respectively and of course have support for all modern sockets.

The new cooling block uses advanced impellers and the Shunt Channel Technology to eliminate Boundary Layer and increase coolant flow momentum and thereby increase the cooling efficiency. The pump has a ceramic bearing, 2700 RPM and an MTBF of 50,000 hours.

Enermax also added the second-generation batwing fans with adjustable 3-step peak speed. The hardware button allows you to set the maximum speed to either 1200, 1600 or 2000 RPM while the minimum speeds stays at a constant 500. The air flow is rated to 27.7 – 58.3/75.5/96.0 CFM and the sound levels are 16 – 23/30/35 dBA.

No word on pricing yet, except that it may vary based on regions. It will however be available in mid-December, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Thanks to Enermax for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Enermax

Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


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.

Packaging and Contents

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.

Enermax “Ahead of the Game” Upgrade Bundle Winner!

It’s that time of the week again, where I get to pick one lucky winner for this incredible Enermax “ahead of the game” upgrade bundle. One person is about to receive a new chassis, cooler, power supply and a set of fans that will no doubt prove an incredible improvement to their system, or at least provide a solid foundation for a new system build.

One lucky winner will win everything listed below!

For all the latest on Enermax products and to show them some support for taking part in this giveaway you can also subscribe to their official YouTube channel here.

A massive thank you to Enermax for helping us organise and give away this awesome prize, but most of all, congratulations to…

 Jeppe Carlsen of Denmark

Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time around, we’ve got a LOT of great prizes coming to the site very soon and several other great competitions currently running which you can enter here. Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

Win An Incredible Enermax “Ahead of the Game” Upgrade Bundle!

It’s competition time again and this week we’ve got something really special. Feeling the need to upgrade your PC? Then you’ll be glad to hear that we’ve joined forces with Enermax to bring you this incredible “Ahead of the Game” bundle, that will see one lucky winner receiving a cool iVektor mid-tower chassis, the mighty Revolution X’t 730W power supply, a Liqtech 120X (one of the best AIO coolers on the market) and two very funky T.B.Vegas fans. There is no doubt about it, this is a great bundle and one that could really take your system to the next level in terms of performance and style.

One lucky winner will win everything listed below!

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

For all the latest on Enermax products and to show them some support for taking part in this giveaway you can also subscribe to their official YouTube channel here.

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition to global entries.
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on Monday 6th October 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by Friday 10th October 2014
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  • Full shipping address and phone number is required in your email entry to speed up dispatch of prizes to winners and to prevent multiple entries
  • If the auto-fill email link doesn’t work, email us the information and include the subject “Win An Incredible Enermax “Ahead of the Game” Upgrade Bundle!”
  • In the event that the prize is unavailable, eTeknix reserve the right to offer an alternative of equal or greater value
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

Latest Enermax Chassis and Cooler Shown at Computex 2014

Computex 2014: The latest model of the Enermax Ostrog is a real beast, offering plenty of room for a high-end gaming rig with SLI configuration, water cooling and lots of storage. The front panel is made up of squeeze-clip removable 5.25″ drive bay covers, each of which can be removed individually.

The chassis comes bundled with this awesome expansion slot adaptor which allows you to install an SSD in the back of your chassis. It still uses normal SATA cables, but should you wish to strip out your hard drive bays for extra water cooling then you’ll appreciate being able to expand your storage options this way. Better still, Enermax will sell these drive bay kits separately to the chassis, so anyone can real the benefits from them.

Around the right side of the chassis you’ll find a fold down headset mount.

Finally, we also spotted their Liqmax II cooler, an upgraded version of their incredible Liqtech cooler and since we found the Liqtech to be some of the best AIO water coolers ever made, we really can’t wait to see what this new one can do. Unfortunately it was behind glass and we weren’t able to get a really good look at it, but I expect more details will follow in the coming weeks.

New Enermax Cooling Accessories & Power Supplies On Display At CeBIT 2014

 

Here we are once again at the Enermax booth at CeBIT 2014 as we take a look at some of their existing cooling and power supply products as well as new products for 2014. First up we have the Revolution X’t PSU (pictured above) which features a heavy duty design, a custom 139mm ultra silent twister fan, 80 Plus Gold certification and the ability to push more than 97% of the total power through its massive 12V rail. Available in 430W, 530W, 630W and 730W variants, the Revolution X’t is available now.

Next up we have the Revolution87+ 850W 80Gold semi-modular PSU (pictured below) which was designed with SLI / Xfire in mind. Features a quiet 140mm fan design, 4 x 12V rails, heat guard technology to allow the fan to keep spinning after system shut-down, high-quality Japanese capacitors and all the usual protection features you would expect these days.

While not exactly new products, we can’t help but snap a picture of their Vegas, BIG LED and Twister Fans, which offer some gorgeous lighting effects while being able to move some seriously impressive airflow.

We know it’s not easy to get too excited about notebook coolers, but it’s great to see that Enermax still continue to support their range with new models.

Case accessories may not be that exciting, but card readers, USB hubs, hard drive cages and lockable drive bays are vital tools for many of us and it certainly looks like Enermax has got all the important stuff covered.

We’ve got even coverage more from the Enermax booth to come and a lot more from the rest of CeBIT 2014, so stay tuned for more updates very shortly.

Enermax Display Many New Chassis Products At CeBIT 2014

Here we are at the Enermax booth at CeBIT 2014 and the first thing we noticed is that it is packed full of new products that will be hitting the market this year. First up we have a range of new low-to-mid budget gaming chassis that are packed full of features, cooling options, window side panels, air filters and a whole lot more that will no doubt please those looking to build their next gaming rig.

First up we have the Thormax Midi tower which features a huge side panel window, room for a 240mm water cooling radiator a modular storage bays.

Then we have the slightly less aggressive design of the Thorex midi-tower which features modular storage bays, additional side panel fan mounts and room for up to 2 dual slot graphics cards.

The Ivektor Q Midi Tower features much of the same specifications as the Thorex with the addition of a unique front panel design with an integrated LED display for your system temperature.

The popular Ostrog chassis is making a return this year with the Ostrog Q, bringing a new front panel design, better cooling and side panel fan mounts.

The ECA2080 Micro-ATX chassis has a bold design thanks to it’s soft-touch style front panel, while also featuring a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a single USB charger port. On the interior you’ll find 3 x 2.5″ hard drive mounts and 3.5″ / 2.5″ hard drive mounts.

The higher end of their chassis ranges features the epic Thormax GT full tower, which features a very aggressive design that is targeted towards the gaming market. The side panel features a headset hanging bracket, while the interior will handle E-ATX motherboards, large PSU’s, four large graphics cards, a 240mm and 360mm water cooling radiator and plenty of modular storage bays.

The Ivektor Midi-Tower features a super cool looking white soft-grip coating, room for three large graphics cards, a built in fan controller, modular storage bays, two high quality 140mm fans in the front and room for a water cooler in the back.

Finally we have the lovely ECA 1010 Mini-ITX chassis, with a plastic front panel that features a rather convincing brushed aluminium style finish, loads of ventilation, room for a ATX PSU and a large graphics card, making it an ideal choice for a SteamBox style / LAN gaming build.

There is plenty more to see here at the Enermax booth and we’ll be back very shortly with more great coverage from here as well as many other brands here at CeBIT 2014.