Phanteks Announce New Enthoo Evolv ATX Colour

Phanteks is one of the new kids on the block when you look at the likes of Cooler Master and Corsair. Founded back in 2007, it was a joint effort of a small team of thermal orientated engineers to produce some of the best cooling solutions on the market, and boy they are a sight to behold.

Only recently it has broken into the case market, but by not offering cheap and cheerful cases, Phanteks has already become famous for the Enthoo Evolv range of cases for being just some of the best on the planet.

Up until now, the Enthoo Evolv ATX has only been available in the more popular Black and Gun Metal Grey and while that has proven a good decision here we are with a brand new Galaxy Silver colour.

Despite the colour change, the Evolv ATX case still features the steel construction with 3mm thick aluminium outer panels, multi-option LED’s (Red, Green, Blue and White) for the front panel and an extremely modular internal hard drive installation which allows you to install up to five (5) 3.5″ free hanging hard drive cages in the front of the case; although that space would be much better suited for a large reservoir.

This case is simply stunning and one of the all-time best cases I’ve worked with in terms of functionality, quality and easy of installation of parts. Do you own this or any other variant of the Enthoo Evolv range? Why not show us your completed images down in the comments.

Nintendo “Pixels” Tweet Backfires

I would genuinely like to know who imagined a Pixels movie would be a worthwhile investment and was therefore taken seriously and not fired. I mean come on; it makes the world of gaming starring Adam Sandler as credible as Donald Trump becoming president. Just like to add an addendum here, if the business tycoon is sworn in after the US elections in 2016 and takes place as leader of the US, then no one remind me of this article.

Obviously Nintendo misread public opinion and thought it would be a great idea to tweet the following which is below.

Perhaps the company meant to change the words Donkey Kong with “person who came up with this idea”, keep hammer before erasing Pixels Movie and writing fingers instead. This Tweet plummeted to earth in flames with a selection of the following responses from irritated fans.

“@NintendoAmerica remove Adam Sandler and then I’ll watch.”

“@NintendoAmerica grab a hammer to smash your computer with when you start watching the trailer”

“@NintendoAmerica I hope this causes Nintendo to never lease out their properties again.”

“@NintendoAmerica You only had one job…”

“@NintendoAmerica how can you sleep at night”

I wonder what the target audience Nintendo had in mind while sketching the concept for this film. Hardcore gaming fans will despise it, casual gamers will not identify with it and non gamers simply won’t be interested in paying money to watch it. This is the problem with corporate companies; all too often business individuals will try to force a product on consumers with the “They will buy what we tell them to buy” attitude. Hollywood is all too often like McDonald’s, it delivers processed fast food goo which strips away any originality from the product before leaving an unrecognisable husk.

Who made this film? Columbia Pictures Industries which is part of Sony, who won’t be getting hacked this time for personal details concerning this film? Sony Pictures.

Thank You NintendoAmerica Twitter page for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Kotaku

Thermaltake Display Ring Fans and RGB Fan Control Hub @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Thermaltake have shown off lots of cool hardware at this years Computex event and while they’ve had a lot of big products, they’ve still got a lot of smaller things that caught our attention. Their latest range of fans already come in a range of LED colour, which are ideal for matching up with your system build, but their upcoming RGB fan controller will allow you to change through 256 different colours, giving you even more customisation, as well as access to lighting effects. Will you be adding these to your system?

Fallout 4 Gets Countdown Timer Ahead of E3

Bethesda just officially confirmed Fallout 4’s arrival ahead of their E3 announcement. The title has been granted a Fallout-themed countdown timer over at their website and it looks like they plan on revealing something this week.

While the timer has been set for 24 hours, this does not mean everything would be revealed this week. Bethesda may very well reveal bits and pieces to keep the hype going until it is finally revealed next week, on the 14th of June, at the E3 conference.

There have been rumours roaming around about certain aspects of the game, like the action taking place in Boston. However, nothing that can actually be confirmed surfaced so far. Fans have been overly excited since the first whim of Fallout 4 has been released, but the lack of information may have also been excruciating.

The last Fallout title has been released back in 2008, so a sequel set to release seven years apart is really something to look forward to. However, we still need to wait a bit longer to get what Bethesda has planned for this title. Until then, you can head on over to the countdown website and check out what they have to share with the rest of us once the timer runs out.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

TechnikPR Party at Computex

Computex 2015 – We visited TechnikPR’s Industry party in Taipei to check out the latest be quiet! cases and coolers, and we were not disappointed.

On display was the be quiet! Silent Base 600, a high-performance chassis with excellent cooling and quietness. The innovative construction doesn’t just provide your hardware with excellent air circulation, but it also keeps in the sound waves or breaks them up for the least audible operation possible.

Everything be quiet! strive for is in the name, quite; all of its products are some of the best on the market for silent operation and optimal cooling. The Silent Base 600 incorporates these qualities from the adjustable side panel vents where you can mount additional fans to the u-shaped edges on the side panels that help minimize vibrations as well as provide extra stability to the chassis. The HDD cage got a silicone rubber treatment and you can install a total of 7 fans in the chassis – two ‘Pure Wings 2’ fans are pre-installed.

The Silent Base 600 is just 5 cm smaller than the Silent Base 800 and still provides plenty of space for your hardware. You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 400mm and CPU coolers with a height of up to 170mm. The case offers 100% tool-free mounting and you can hide away SSDs at the back.

Dust is kept out with fine-meshed filters and the case allows for easy and professional cable management.

The Silent Base 600 is available with a closed side panel as well as one with a window; despite the different constructions, they both feature the same sound deadening properties The orange, black and silver chassis is set for a September 2015 market launch and tagged with an 110 Euro MSRP without window and 125 Euro with windowed side panel.

be quiet! SilentWings 3 fans are the third generation of the highly awarded fans and they now provide better than ever performance without increasing the noise generation.

The fans are powered by a 6 Pole Motor and a 3 phase design. The funnel shaped fan intake and improved fan blade design increases the air flow and generates an air stream.

The redesigned fan mounting lets even fewer vibrations pass on to your chassis and the mounting kit can be switched to either mount the fans directly on the surface of keep a 1mm gap between the case and the fan.

The SilentWings 3 already works at low voltages (4V) and they’re also perfect for liquid cooling setups, both AIO and custom looks.

The 120mm and 140mm PWM fans have an MSRP of 21 and 22.90 Euro respectively while the 120 and 140mm non-PWM fans costs a little less with just 20 and 21.90 Euro MSRP labels. Availability is set for October 2015.

Get Your Geek on with These Star Wars Goodies

With the latest Star Wars movie coming later this year, a lot of retailers are getting ready for people who are looking for some Star Wars goodies. Surprisingly, there are a lot of cool things already on the market.

We can’t dig into every crazy gadget or contraption out there, but we can show you some of the best Star Wars goodies out there. Take this R2-D2 USB car charger for example. Is your phone running out of juice? Why not have R2-D2 ready to help you out!

Still not impressed? Well, since it’s summer, we all want to head over to the beach. So why not head over there with your own shiny new Death Star ball? I know I want to! How about you?

Too old for going to the beach? Ok then, maybe you have your family and want to go out on a trip with them. So why not show how strong the force is in your family on the rear windshield of your car? I bet your neighbours will be so jealous!

There are even toys for your young ones or collectible items for you to show off on your desk at home or at work, such as the ones you see below.

One of the best things I’ve found so far is something that you can share with your loved one. Want to propose in the future? Is your anniversary coming up? No matter the excuse is, these fine ‘I love You / I Know’ rings will make your day something to remember for the rest of your geeky life.

There are so many crazy cool goodies that we don’t even know where to go from here. Spanning from clothing, key chains, earrings, cups and other crazier accessories, you really have a wide variety to choose from. One of the places you can find the above is ThinkGeek, but other retailers are bound to have something similar sooner or later. Enjoy!

Images and video courtesy of ThinkGeek

Overkill Gives 2 More Years of Support for Payday 2

Overkill, Payday 2’s developer, announced that it will continue support for the tittle until 2017. The studio apparently has reached a deal with publisher 505 Games that will allow it to deliver content for two more years. The current model for Payday 2 mixes free updates, optional paid DLCs and new campaigns.

“We’ve seen many of your comments already. At Overkill, we are still celebrating,” producer Almir Listo explained in a new blog post. “We are very excited about this. On behalf of the rest of the crew, thank you everyone for your support through the years! We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys! We will honor your support by continue supporting Payday 2 for two more years. Alright! We have a lot in store for the rest of the year and have no time to rest.”

Overkill stated that it is currently getting ready to release the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the title with all DLCs up to date this June. Also, the developer has a detailed roadmap of paid and free content updates laid out and with a database of over 9 million users, it would only make sense for them to continue support for the title and keep its fans happy.

“We could [make Payday 3],” Listo stated. “But it would just bite us back in the end.”We want to build a long-term relationship with the community. Five years ago we barely existed. We’ve always respected them and their devotion to the Payday universe.”

Overkill is said to also be working on a new The Walking Dead title and a mysterious sci-fi project called Storm, which is due in 2016.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Better Smartphone Battery Live Coming Thanks to Dyson

Known best for its vacuum cleaners and fans, Dyson is turning its attention smartphones, particularly their batteries. By investing $15 million dollars into Sakti3, a University of Michigan company, they’re helping Sakti3 develop the technology which could enable batteries to last twice as long.

What makes the technology so great, is its ability to work with more than just smartphones, such as electric cars, toothbrushes, and pretty much anything else you can think of that has a rechargeable battery. Imagine two plus days battery life with a phone, or an electric car that can do 600 miles per charge.

Sakti3’s technology works by using solid lithium electrodes inside their lithium-ion battery, instead of a liquid mix of reactive compounds. The result is a significantly higher energy storage. This also allows for battery construction that is lighter and smaller, meaning phones will be lighter as well, and possibly thinner.

When speaking about the technology, James Dyson said:

“Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance, which current battery technology simply can’t. It’s these fundamental technologies – batteries, motors – that allow machines to work properly.”

Dyson helping out Sakti3 will enable the development to come to fruition much soon than was planned, although no official word yet. It is expected that a Dyson device will be first available with the technology.

Source: The Gadget Show

Latest Fractal Design Fans on Display at CeBIT 2015

CeBIT 2015 has been full of cool technology, but sometimes it’s nice to take a closer look at the bits of technology we don’t always give much attention to day-to-day, our system fans. From water cooling radiators to chassis airflow, fans are a vital component to our computers and the new ranges from Fractal Design are looking very promising. The fans have high-quality motors, specially designed fins on each type, making them suitable for chassis, radiators and more.

The new fans have rubber fittings for reduced vibration, come in sizes as small as 40mm and are of a very high quality overall. We look forward to testing them out later in the year and I’m very eager to see how they perform on water cooling radiators, as the black and white theme would no doubt look great in a water cooled system.

Fractal Design Launched Venturi Series High Pressure and High Flow Fans

Fractal Design launched their newest line of fans with the Venturi Series. The new fans come with built-in rubber vibration dampening corners and are ideal for high pressure or high airflow usage with low noise output.

The HF-12 and HF-14 Venturi High Flow Series fans are optimized for low-restriction airflow environments and for uses such as case fans and other low-restriction usage scenarios. The fans are designed with a variety of performance increasing and noise-reducing features.

The HF-14 also comes with two sets of solid vibration-dampening rubber corners: one for standard 140mm fan hole spacing (125mm) and one compatible with the standard 120mm hole spacing (105 mm).

Venturi High Flow Key Features

  • Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan
  • Equipped with a counter-balancing magnet in the hub that reduces the axial tension on the bearing, further protecting the longevity of the bearing
  • Dense, sturdy construction, made from high-grade glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic polymer with fan geometry that is optimized for a good balance between static pressure and maximum airflow, resulting in good performance in all usage scenarios
  • Aerodynamically shaped thin stator struts (including wire strut), mimicking the design commonly found on airplane wings, delivering correct angles allowing for air to easily pass through reducing noise and unwanted turbulence.
  • Stator struts are angled perpendicular to the blades, helping to reduce noise commonly emitted when the blades pass the struts. In effect, minimal noise that may be emitted will be constant and therefore almost inaudible to the ear.
  • Strategically placed notches near the fan hub on the trailing edge of the blades, further reducing and diffusing humming noise produced when the blades pass the stator struts
  • Includes a “trip wire” on the rear side of the blades, near the leading edge. The trip wire technology, also commonly found in airplane wing designs, introduces a microturbulent layer that helps to combat the elements that negatively affect performance. The presence of the trip wire overall provides a more efficient and quiet fan environment.
  • Delivers high precision due to high-grade materials used, permitting the distance between the blades and frame to be as small as 1.2mm, contributing to a higher performance fan
  • Featuring a powerful motor to maintain a reliable speed
  • Comes with a low-speed adapter, for reducing the speed without the use of a fan controller
  • Includes vibration-dampening corners, from solid high-quality synthetic rubber on the fans
  • 140mm fans come with an additional set of vibration-dampening corners are included that lends compatibility with 120mm fan mounts (105mm screw spacing). This enables the use of 140mm fans on many CPU coolers.
  • Screws pass through the rubber only, not through plastic, therefore eliminating the chance of noise derived from rattling when in use
  • Available in 120mm and 140mm fan sizes

The HP-12 and HP-14 Venturi High-Pressure Series PWM fans are optimized for high-restriction airflow scenarios, making them an excellent choice for usage on large heatsinks, on radiators, or in other highly restrictive scenarios. The HP series otherwise has the same great features as the HF series apart from the different usage scenario, including the adjustable corners.

Venturi High-Pressure PWM Key Features

  • Featuring true FDB-bearings, providing silent operation coupled with a long lifespan
  • Equipped with a counter pull magnet, that reduces the axial tension on the bearing
  • Optimized fan geometry as a high-pressure fan, delivering high-performance results in high restriction usage scenarios, such as in use with large heatsinks or water cooling radiators.
  • Dense, sturdy construction, made from high-grade glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic polymer
  • Featuring PWM control with a very wide speed range, starting at only 400RPM (400 +/- 100 RPM), ideal for CPU heatsinks or radiators, where the motherboard can control the fan speed based on the CPU temperature.
  • Aerodynamically shaped thin stator struts (including wire strut), mimicking the design commonly found on airplane wings, delivering correct angles allowing for air to easily pass through reducing noise and unwanted turbulence.
  • Stator struts are angled perpendicular to the blades, helping to reduce noise commonly emitted when the blades pass the struts. In effect, minimal noise that may be emitted will be constant and therefore almost inaudible to the ear.
  • Strategically placed notches near the fan hub on the trailing edge of the blades, further reducing and diffusing humming noise produced when the blades pass the stator struts
  • Includes a “trip wire” on the rear side of the blades, near the leading edge. The trip wire technology, also commonly found in airplane wing designs, introduces a micro-turbulent layer that helps to combat the elements that negatively affect performance. The presence of the trip wire overall provides a more efficient and quiet fan environment.
  • Delivers high precision due to high grade materials used, permitting the distance between the blades and frame to be as small as 1.2mm, contributing to a higher performance fan
  • Featuring a powerful motor to maintain a reliable speed
  • Comes with a 1->2 PWM signal splitter wire, for connecting additional fans to a single PWM header on your motherboard or PWM fan controller
  • Including vibration-dampening corners, from solid high-quality synthetic rubber on the fans
  • 140mm fans come with an additional set of vibration-dampening corners are included that lends compatibility with 120mm fan mounts (105mm screw spacing). This enables the use of 140mm fans on many CPU coolers.
  • Screws pass through the rubber only, not through plastic, therefore eliminating the chance of noise derived from rattling when in use
  • Available in 120mm and 140mm fan sizes

Thanks to Fractal Design for providing us with this information

EK-Vardar Fans for Radiator Use Starts Shipping

It’s been about 3 weeks since EK Water Blocks introduced us to their first line of complete in-house developed fans, the EK-Vardar series, and now they’re available. The new fans are the result of a years worth of research and testing, picking just the right parts and generating the right layout to push as much air through radiators as possible with as little resistance as possible.

The fans get the name Vardar from the type of the cold northwesterly wind blowing from the mountains down to the valleys of Macedonia. It is a type of ravine wind, enhanced by a channeling effect while blowing down through the Moravia-Vardar gap, bringing cold conditions from the north to the Thessaloniki area of Greece. A fitting name for these fans.

These 120mm fans are available in 5 versions, the EK-Vardar with 1150rpm, 1450rpm, 180rpm, or 2200rpm and the EK-Furious Vardar with 3000rpm. The sound levels variate depending on model, but start at 23.7dBA maximum for the slowest and 42dBA for the Furious Vardar.

The Vardar series is using a 7-fin fan blade design and has a sealed-edge fan casing to prevent loss of airflow. The motor is double ball bearing with a lifespan of 50.000 hours and comes with PWM support.

Available now, the fans all come with an MSRP of €14.95 including VAT, except the Furious version that will set you back €16.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

Cryorig Unveils H7 CPU Cooler

Cryorig is a relative new player on the cooling market only being around for a little over a year, but it’s a company built by seasoned people. Now Cryorig has presented their second model in the H series after presenting us with the Cryorig H5 a couple of months ago. Now it’s time to make room for the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler.

When we say make room, that’s of course a figure of speech as the H7 comes with zero ram interference and a total height of 145mm that should make it fit most mid-towers. As the H5, the H7 is also built upon the HiveFin technology, a design that allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction while strengthening the structural strength of the fin stacks at the same time.

At the same time, the H7 introduces the new line of 120 mm QF120 PWM fans built with Cryorig’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet that is a system of four aerodynamic intake holes strategically placed on the four corners of the frame to increase the total air output. The new QF120 fans will also be released separately shortly after the H7 as Silent, Balanced, and Performance models. The Balanced version with the maximum fan speed of 1.600 rpm is the one included with the H7.

A really cool thing Cryorig is providing for their current models is the compatibility tester that you can download and fold origami style. Hold it onto your motherboard or into your chassis and instantly see if the clearance is enough for your components.

Thanks to Cryorig for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cryorig

Buy an Apple Pirates Flag for $1,900

Susan Kare, the designer of the original Macintosh’s graphics, fonts and icons, has announced that she is to start selling hand painted pirate flags.

The flags have been designed to resemble the flag once flown above the Bandley Drive building at Apple’s campus – the building where Apple’s top secret Macintosh team were hard at work building the legendary machine in the early 80s.

Steve Jobs said “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy”, hence why programmer Steve Capps thought it would be a good idea to get Susan Kare to paint a Pirate Flag and fly it above the building. Something that was initially a joke about Jobs’ insistence on the Mac team being rebellious pirates, ended up becoming a “permanent fixture of the building”. You can read more about the flag’s origins at folklore.org.

You might wonder who would spend that much money on a flag. Well, I must confess, I have spent about £120 on a beautiful print hand signed by Susan Kare, that will soon be on the wall above my desk.

You can order the flag here, but be sure to take a look at all of her other designs, whether you’re an Apple, PC or Android user – I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to the tech lover in all of us.

Source: The Verge

 

Phantek Release MP Series Fans for Radiator Use

Phanteks has announced the immediate availability of the PH-F120MP and PHF140MP Series High Static Pressure fans. The new MP Series fans are designed specifically for radiators where they have the ability to overcome the airflow restriction caused by high fin density. They new fans will be available in 120mm and 140mm sizes as the name suggests.

The redesigned seven blade fans use the Maelström Vortex Booster (MVB2) technology. The precisely angled blades generate a silent and controlled airflow with a downdraft vortex allowing for a greater amount of air to pass through and reduce the airflow turbulence at the same time. They also use the Updraft Floating Balance bearing (UFB) that further increases the lifespan and reduces mechanical noise.

The MP Series’ PWM functions allow users to adjust the speed from 500 to 1600 RPM on the PH-F140MP and 500 to 1800 RPM on the PH-F120MP. Higher speed for performance and lower for silent operation. Maximum airflow for the 140mm is 68.1 CFM with a static pressure of 1.62mm H20 while the maximum noise is 25.3 dBa. The 120mm can push 53.3CFM at a static pressure of 1.72mm and has a maximum noise of 25 dBa.

The black and white Phanteks MP fans have an MTBF of over 150,000 hours and come with a 5-year warranty.

Thanks to TechpowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Phanteks

New Small Form Factor be quiet! PSU’s And More At CeBIT 2014

be quiet! are one of the coolest component manufactures on the market today, their power supplies and cooling products have gone on to win countless awards for their exceptional build quality and performance. The latest and greatest entry to their CPU cooler series is the Dark Rock Pro 3, a real big boy of a cooler that features dual heat sinks and a pair of Silent Wings 2 fans for huge cooling potential and ultra silent performance.

It features incredible build quality that really sets it apart from the competition and a huge array of heat pipes to help keep your system cool and quiet. This product is already available at most major retailers and we’re happy to say that we’ll have one in for testing in the next few weeks.

Moving on to their power supply products we have their latest SFX and TFX products, both a none-modular and offer the impressive cool and quiet performance that be quiet! are world renowned for. We actually saw these two products earlier this year at CES 2014 (more info) and look forward to testing them out later in the year.

The latest Dark Power Pro 10 features 80 Plus Gold Efficiency and Platinum Efficiency for the 850W model. A powerful single 12V rail makes it ideal for overclocking and it’s backed up by a stunning 5 year warranty.

That’s all from the be quiet! booth for today, but we’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from CeBIT 2014.

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.

Dragon Age: Inquisiton Recruting Fans and Players For A Playtest

BioWare and EA’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is another title which fans are awaiting anxiously for its release. It was firs revealed back at E3 last year, releasing screenshots frequently to tease fans (and build up a pre pre-order list in the meantime).

It is said that the title will feature key elements from previous Dragon Age titles, such as Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Origins, however all will be made available using improved next-gen graphics and textures having larger and dynamic environments.

Aaryn Flynn, BioWare General Manager in Canada, recently tweeted a new screenshot from the pre-alpha version of Dragon Age: Inquisition, thanking fans and the support as well as devotion given to the franchise. While the title is still in development, BioWare wants to test the game with the public and shape its course from their feedback as soon as the development hits the Alpha stage. What we understand from this is that BioWare is thinking of starting an Alpha test and is looking to hook in some players willing to perform playtest and help in resolving bugs and glitches in an open environment.

The playtest is said to be opened to everyone who wants to help out, from devoted Dragon Age fans to people who haven’t got a chance to get to know any Dragon Age title up until now. However, as it is a playtest, you will have to be living in the Vancouver area (or be willing to go there if selected) to be able to join in the playtest, as you are required to play the game at their studio. Those interested can fill in the questionnaire here and hope to be selected.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of WCCF

Aerocool DS Dead Silence 120mm & 140mm Fan Review

Introduction


Today I take my first look at a cooling product from Aerocool, over the last couple of years I’ve seen plenty of great products from the company with their chassis ranges, and more recently I reviewed their first entry in the DS Dead Silence range with the release of the Dead Silence Cube chassis, which won our Gamers Choice award. We absolutely loved the case and we’re hoping to see a similar attention to detail and performance with their newest product, the DS Dead Silence fans.

These new fans promise to be powerful and silent, it is as simple as that. Aerocool even think they have what it takes to beat out everything else on the market and they aim to do it quieter than brands such as be quiet! So to say that we are eager to put them through their paces would be somewhat of an understatement, if the DS fans live up to their expectations, we could see many system builders investing heavily in what Aerocool have to offer. Of course high performance is not the only thing system builders care about these days, and aesthetics can be a big selling point for many products, fortunately we know that Aerocool have gone all out on this front and created something a little unique to everything else on the market.

The fans are available in a choice of colours, Blue, Red, Black and White, come fitted with LED lighting and are available in either 120mm or 140mm format, which is more than enough to make them compatible with nearly all cases and coolers on the market today. The fans feature a new dual colour and dual material design that certainly looks unique, as well as a fish eye surface design that is said to minimize the air turbulence.

Specifications

  • Dimensions : 140 X 140 X 25mm
  • Net Weight : 190g
  • Gross Weight : 270g (Retail box included)
  • Bearing System : FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing)
  • Rated Voltage : 12V
  • Starting Voltage : >= 3.0V
  • Rated Current : 0.2A
  • Power Consumption : 2.4W
  • Power Connector : 3-Pin with signal cable
  • MTBF : 100,000 hours
  • Performance : 12V, 7V
  • Speed : 1000 RPM±10%, 700 RPM±10%
  • Air Flow : 64.8 CFM (109.8 m³/h), 39.8 CFM (67.5m³/h)
  • Air Pressure : 1.21 mm H2O, 0.74 mm H2O
  • Noise : 14.2 dBA, 10.8 dBA

Both the fans come nicely packed to give us a good look at their design, as well as featuring a quick run down of the major features and colour choices on the front of the packaging.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of the specifications (listed above) as well as a list of the components included in the box.

In the box of the 140mm fan you’ll find a 7v extension cable, a molex to fan adaptor, four anti-vibration mounting plugs and of course the fan.

The 120mm edition comes packed with the same accessories as the 140mm.

Aerocool Announce Dead Silence Fan Series

Aerocool Advanced Technologies recently revealed their new Dead Silence case fan series, featuring a choice of 140 and 120 mm axial-fan models. Dead Silence is not simply a name; it’s the main focus of the newly established products series, which is bringing forth new technology to innovate the cooling market. After an intensive development period, Aerocool Advanced Technologies was able to create an impressive case fan that combines the sturdiness and advantages of plastic with the flexibility and vibration absorption of rubber! And let’s be honest, it’s not often we get big changes in fan design.

Tony Lin, CEO of Aerocool Advanced Technologies stated: “The Dead Silence series stands for great products, providing outstanding performance at ultra-low noise level. Our new DS fan series brings innovation to the market and displays the potential of the Dead Silence series very well.”

Aerocool is first in the world to bring this technology to the market, offering dual-material silent fans in the common sizes of 140 and 120 mm. Both fan models are based on a dual-color design, where plastic is painted black and the rubber parts are painted in a second colour, such as red, blue, black or white, depending on the version! All nine fan-blades are constructed of dual-layer material, providing good airflow while not compromising low-noise operation! Rubber based rear side of the blades is utilizing a “Golf Ball” surface to minimize air-turbulence. Dead Silence fan’s frame design is optimized by implementing four noise absorption chambers and anti-vibration rubber layer on each corner, preventing vibrations to be transferred to the chassis or CPU cooler! In addition, four LEDs are built into the frame to illuminate the fans.

Both 140 and 120 mm Dead Silence case fans are equipped with a high-quality Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB), which stands out with a long life span of 100.000 hours (MTBF), higher precision rotation and an anti-shock function. Smallest model measures 120 x 120 x 25 mm and spins with 1.200 RPM at 12 Volts, while moving 54,8 CMF (92,9 m3/h) of air at merely audible 15,8 dBA. And it gets even better, when used with the supplied 7 Volts adapter, thanks to which fan speed is reduced to moderate 800 RPM – creating constant airflow of 36,7 CFM (62,2 m3/h) at extremely silent 12,1 dBA.

The slightly bigger 140 mm model spins with 1.000 RPM (64,8 CFM / 109,8 m3/h) at only 14,2 dBA. Operating the fan at 7 Volts drops the fan speed to 700 RPM and noise level to inaudible 10,8 dBA. Thanks to the very low 3 Volts spin-up voltage, users can adjust the noise-level and fan speed according to their preference by using the fans in combination with a fan controller.

Scope of delivery was carefully chosen, to satisfy the needs of enthusiasts and silence-fans. All Dead Silence case fans come with four anti-vibration screws, one 3-to-4-pin Molex adapter and an extra low speed fan 3-pin extension cable, which allows permanent operation of the fans at 7 Volts. All cables including the supplied adapters are protected by black sleeve.

Aerocool Dead Silence 120 and 140 mm case fans will be available from etailers and retailers worldwide from January 2014 and we hope to follow up with a full review around that time.

Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Aerocool.

New Game Of Thrones Game Rumored To Be Released By Telltale Games

Rumor has it that a Game of Thrones game from Telltale Games is in development. In an article posted by Bit-Tech, multiple sources from IGN close to the matter confirmed that work on the IP is under way.

No information which links the game to George R.R. Martin’s books or the HBO TV adaptation of the books has been given though. Telltale Games itself has declined to comment officially, adding that these sorts of rumours about what it is working on crop up from time to time.

A Game of Thrones game has already been released as an RPG title in May 2012 from Cyanide. The game received poor reviews and many considered the title to be rushed and suffering from a lack of polish. Telltale Games’ most recent release is The Wolf Among us, based on the successful graphic novel series Fables. It is also working on season two of the popular Walking Dead series.

HBO’s book adaptation of the Game of Thrones books has catapulted the popular fantasy series of books into the mainstream and has become a huge success and fans expect the fourth series to begin in early 2014.

Thank you Bit-Tech for providing us with this information

Xilence To Expand European Presence

After being taken over by Be Quiet’s parent company, Listan GmBH, Xilence are announcing their intentions to aggressively expand their European market positioning with low pricing and high availability. Xilence will work in partnership with Be Quiet in the European market to expand its presence by targeting the cost effective market segment.

“Our Xilence products will be offensively placed within the volume markets all over Europe. The goal is, to offer appealing products for a good price.” Stated the new CEO of the Xilence GmbH, Michael Albes.

Xilence currently offer a wide range of power supplies, CPU coolers, fans, notebook coolers, notebook chargers, cases and accessories so expect to see a lot more of these in Europe over the coming months. To assist them in their “European expansion” Xilence has a new sales team.

More details of Xilence and their products can be seen over at their website right here. Hopefully we will work with Xilence more in future as they look to reach out to European consumers.

Image courtesy of Xilence

Computex: Noctua Detail Project Redux, Coming Q4 2013

At Computex Noctua told us about “Project Redux” although they didn’t actually disclose that much information.  They told us it will bring Noctua fans in “streamlined, accessibly priced packages”. Whether that means they are developing a new range of cheaper fans, a range of different colours, a range of new sizes…who knows. The demo fan they used for “Project Redux” definitely wasn’t following the traditional Noctua design and it appears to drop some features like the anti-vibration rubber pads, the brown/beige colour scheme and stepped inlet design in favour of a lower cost design. Certainly cheaper fans that drop a few features are going to be a welcome change from Noctua’s normally premium price point.

Obviously Project Redux  is to do with fans but what do you think Noctua’s Project Redux is going to be about?

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

Image(s) courtesy of Noctua

Complaints about 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display on the rise

According to a report, many users who have purchased the 2013 version of the MacBook Pro are reporting a problem with the systems fans. This issue came to light recently, as many users have been complaining about it across the web via multiple Tech forums, especially on Apple’s own forums. The problem with the fans happen when it spins at maximum speed when there is no load or any requirement for additional cooling. This happens especially in certain loads that reflect our day-to-day activity, such as checking out the web with only few opened browser tabs.

Its also been reported that the notebooks doesn’t become warm when the cooling fan spins its full power. The fan will spin to full speed before going back to the normal states. The issue is most likely due to a bug in the MacBook Pro systems fan management software with the SanDisk’s new solid state drives. Apple ditched Samsung’s SSD alternate on the older Retina display MacBook Pro, but recently they’ve switched to SanDisk.

Apple, Inc. didn’t make any official comment for a fix for the issue yet, although some end users were able to get their unit replaced because of this problem, but many users were not able to get this done because it was reported to them that there’s simply nothing wrong with this as the system is running normally. Although one would wait for a fix, Apple, Inc. should at the very least acknowledge this issue and reassure its users that its working on a software fix or if not possible, a replacement policy for users suffering due to this issue.

It was just last month where Apple introduced its newer lineup with faster processors and even units with lower price tags, the newer versions are about 3-to-5% faster compared to the slightly older versions, but they cost $200 less.

Via: Techspot 

be quiet! Product Updates At CeBIT 2013

We have a sit down with Aaron from BeQuiet to see what’s new in their product lineup. Three new items are on show this time round with a non-modular PSU, entry level fan and new heatsink.

Following the trend that was set last year, we can only but have a beer with Aaron during the busy day as he takes us through the new items that are on show in Planet Reseller at CeBIT.

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