Razer Announces Kraken Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One

Console-gamers want great sound as well as PC users and for them Razer have announced the latest addition to their arsenal of Xbox One peripherals with the release of the Razer Kraken Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One. The headset is ergonomically designed with plush circumaural padding and 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers.

“Our Kraken headset series has always been popular with gamers who are looking for high-performance audio and product quality,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Like the Xbox One, the Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One is designed to provide gamers with unparalleled power and performance. This new headset is joining the Razer Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One and we are excited to expand our console line further in the future.”

The unidirectional microphone should provide clear chatter and the flexible arm allows you to move it out of the way when not needed. It also comes bundled with an audio controller that fits right into your controller, giving you quick access to all your multimedia controls during gaming sessions.


The Kraken headset for Xbox360 is available now for an MSRP of €99.99.

Features:

  • Optimized weight for extended wear
  • Closed ear cup design for maximum comfort
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1 V/Pa): 110 ± 4 dB at 1 kHz Max
  • Input Power: 50 mW
  • Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium magnets
    Microphone:
  • Frequency response: 100 – 10,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 50 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz, 1V/Pa): -42 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
    Audio Control Unit :
  • Proprietary port for connection to the Xbox One Controller
  • Dedicated volume control and mute button
  • Individual controls for game and chat volume

Thanks to Razer for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Razer

NZXT Source 340 & Kraken CPU Coolers Competition Winners!

Last month we teamed up with NZXT to give you the chance to win the new NZXT Source 340 chassis, the Kraken X61, Kraken X41 and finally the Kraken X31 CPU coolers. Today that competition comes to a full stop, so it’s time to reveal the lucky winners!

With four prizes and only three winners, we’ve decided to break them up into first, second and third place prizes. First place will walk away with a new chassis and the latest 240mm NZXT AIO CPU cooler. Second place will win their new 140mm AIO CPU cooler. Third place will win their new budget friendly 120mm AIO CPU cooler.

First Place

  • NZXT Source 340 Chassis (chassis colour is unknown, but it should be either black or white)
  • NZXT Kraken X61

Second Place

  • NZXT Kraken X41

Third Place

  • NZXT Kraken X31

First of all I want to say a massive thank you to NZXT for providing us with these prizes, and massive thank you to all our fans who took the time to enter the competition. Without further delay, the lucky winners are…

Edgars Verners – 1st Place

Scott Badham – 2nd Place

Ivan Jimenez Diaz – 3rd Place

Congratulations to all our winners and don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time, we’ve got plenty more competitions for you to enter right here!

Win An NZXT Source 340 & One of Three Kraken CPU Coolers!

I love giving away incredible prizes each week, almost as much as you folks love winning them! This week we’ve got four awesome prizes to give away to three lucky winners. We’ve joined forces with the good people of NZXT to give you the chance to win the new NZXT Source 340 chassis, the Kraken X61, Kraken X41 and finally the Kraken X31 CPU coolers.

With four prizes and only three winners, we’ve decided to break them up into first, second and third place prizes. First place will walk away with a new chassis and the latest 240mm NZXT AIO CPU cooler. Second place will win their new 140mm AIO CPU cooler. Third place will win their new budget friendly 120mm AIO CPU cooler.

First Place

  • NZXT Source 340 Chassis (chassis colour is unknown at this time, but it will be either black or white)
  • NZXT Kraken X61

Second Place

  • NZXT Kraken X41

Third Place

  • NZXT Kraken X31

If you want a chance at winning one of these incredible prizes, all you have to do is follow the simple steps below! Be sure to comply with the terms and conditions prior to entry.

  • Like the NZXT Facebook page
  • Like the eTeknix Facebook page
  • Send an email to competitions@eteknix.com with your full name, shipping address, contact number and a link to your Facebook profile*

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition is open globally
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 17th November 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by 21st November 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 NZXT Source 340 & One of Three Kraken CPU Coolers!”
  • 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

NZXT Kraken All-In-One CPU Cooler Roundup Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

Razer Peripherals Chroma Range Adds Full Spectrum Colour Customisation

Razer are preparing to launch their new Chroma series of peripherals, although I use the term “new” with a pinch of salt as these new peripherals are in fact their current range with a new lighting kit installed. The new Chroma series allows full-spectrum colour customisation lighting on a range of Razer peripherals such as the DeathAdder gaming mouse, BlackWidow ultimate Keyboard and the Kraken 7.1 gaming headset.

The lighting can be tweaked on a per-device basis, or even synchronized via the Razer Synapse software, allowing colour flow and change effects between your devices to match, perfect for those who like to customise their desktop appearance, but also like to keep everything nice and uniform. This also means your keyboard won’t be flicking from red to yellow while your mouse is going blue to green.

“Our new range of peripherals that feature Chroma customizable backlighting is another step towards full personal customization and to interconnect our gaming tech,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Chroma represents more than just multicolor, it opens up limitless personalization options for gamers to play with and we even have a Chroma Software Developer Kit for game developers to integrate their games to provide even more customization in the future.”

  • Spectrum cycling: Slowly cycles through the entire spectrum of colours for a subtle yet visually stunning look.
  • Breathing: Gently pulses in a colour of choice every 7 seconds, replicating the steady breathing pattern that is distinct to all Razer mice.
  • Static: Pick any colour from the selection of 16.8 million options to illuminate the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma
  • Custom (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Effortlessly set the colour for each individual key on your Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma through Razer Synapse with your mouse cursor, and create your own kaleidoscope of colours that is unique to you.
  • Custom – Preloaded Templates (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Preloaded custom lighting templates optimized for FPS, MOBA, MMO and RTS games that give you the unfair advantage regardless of which game you’re playing.
  • Reactive (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Lights up upon actuation and stays lit in short, medium, or fast mode for a trailing effect, that makes the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma brighter the faster a user types.
  • Wave (For BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma only): Animates all colours in a continuous wave of rainbow lights, for a truly energetic and vibrant display of constantly changing colours.

The Chroma SDK will allow game developers to take advantage of the multitude of lighting options available for Chroma-enabled devices. For example, custom lighting alerts can be created that flash red when a player is killed or when a base is under attack. The Chroma-enabled Razer peripherals will be available starting September 2014.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

NZXT Kraken X31 CPU Water Cooler Now Available For Pre-Order

The NZXT Kraken X31 is the latest evolution of the very popular NZXT AIO CPU water cooling product range. Much of the design has been tweaked to offer improved performance over the previous model, which is still one of the best AIO cooler ranges on the market. The X31 features a new 120mm radiator design, something that will no doubt please those who didn’t have room for the old model, which featured a 140mm radiator.

The radiator is backed up by the latest FX120 V2 fan, which offers high performance and low noise despite its smaller fan size. The mounting hardware has also been tweaked and improved, and the long pipes of the previous X series coolers is still in place, which means the cooler is more compatible with a wide range of chassis sizes.

It is also one of the first variable speed all in one water coolers on the market, and using the new NZXT CAM software you can actually adjust the fan speed and the pump speed to better tune performance and noise from the unit.

Pre-orders are available from overclockers.co.uk and the cooler is backed up by an impressive 6 year warranty.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

NZXT Kraken X41 and Kraken X61 CPU Coolers Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

NZXT Release Their Kraken G10 GPU Water Cooler Bracket

 

 

With rapid developments in the world of all-in-one liquid cooling, CPU cooling has become simple, cost-effective and most importantly, powerful. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for aftermarket GPU cooling. At least not until now.

The Kraken G10 is designed to finally bring high performance, cost-effective cooling to the GPU by incorporating existing all-in-one liquid cooling technology to a majority of modern video cards, regardless of chipset or manufacturer. Effectively you can take something like the Kraken X60 AIO water cooler and use it on your graphics card, how cool is that!

Made entirely of steel, the Kraken G10 bracket allows users to mount NZXT Kraken coolers as well as non-NZXT brand liquid coolers to their GPU with ease. (See compatibility list for compatible coolers) Included with the bracket is a 92mm fan used to cool the VRM and other video card components.

 

 

 

Combined with the high performance abilities of the Kraken cooler, the Kraken G10 offers over 40% cooling increases over stock coolers*, a level of performance that is traditionally only achievable with a costly custom liquid cooled setup. Combined with Nvidia’s GPU Boost 2.0 or AMD’s PowerTune, Kraken G10 equipped video cards can perform cooler and faster than ever.

The Kraken G10 also includes zip-tie points to hide tubing behind its slick exterior, ensuring your video card looks just as amazing as it performs. Available now for just €29.99, the Kraken G10 comes in black, white or red.

It will be interesting to see what level of performance these really offer and we hope to have them in for review soon. My main concern is how you’ll cool the VRM on the GPU, with the cooling block only covering the chip. Something that is easily addressed with a custom loop or after market radiator / fan cooler.

*Internal testing performed using a Kraken X40 cooler and Nvidia GTX-780 reference cooler (cooling performance will vary depending on cooler and video card).

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NZXT.

 

 

NZXT Phantom 530 Chassis Review

Today I have something very special in the office, the NZXT Phantom has always been a popular choice for system builders, PC gamers and general enthusiasts, but while I mean this is the nicest possible way, it’s getting a bit old these days and it was time for something new. NZXT has heard these calls and beaten the demands of the modern gamers and system builder into the Phantom 530, bringing it up to speed to be compatible with the high end components of a new generation.

With a price tag of £104.99 (ex shipping) the Phantom 530 is obviously targeted at the higher end of the chassis market, for extreme gaming rigs, enthusiast system builders and people who want the finer things in terms of quality for their systems chassis. To put it another way, the Phantom 530 is expensive, not every PC owner has over £100 to spend on a case, so when you get into this kind of budget your going to want nothing, but the best in terms of quality, features and performance, nothing else will do and we’ll be looking for all those aspects today.

I am of course hopeful that this chassis will do well, the original Phantom is still fantastic even today and NZXT have released an absolutely amazing range of cases in recent years that continue to innovate and impress both myself and fans of the NZXT brand, so let’s get straight to it and see just what NZXT have to offer with their latest high-end chassis design.

The packaging features the usual sleek look of other NZXT products and a nice big and clear image of the product, I normally take it as a good sign when a company is confident enough to show of the product properly on the box.

Around the back we have a nice break down of the major features and functions of the chassis as well as some product compatibility information.

NZXT stick with their tradition of including every screw you could possibly need to fully install everything in the system, all high quality black finish fittings, a standoff install tool and a fist full of cable ties to keep it all in check.

There was also a couple of instruction / owners manuals in the box that provided basic information on how to install your system and maintain the chassis.

NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

NZXT’s Kraken X60 is special in that it is the first 280mm all in one liquid CPU cooler to hit the market. With NZXT conducting the market transition from 120mm/240mm to 140mm/280mm they are able to offer more surface area, larger fans capable of shifting more air and resultantly more performance than the competition – all that with what is their first entrance into the liquid CPU cooler market. Although, given that this NZXT Kraken X60 design uses a Asetek 240mm radiator, block and pump base design, we anticipate it won’t be long (probably less than a few weeks from writing this) before Corsair, Thermaltake and many others have their own equivalents.

That said, let us not detract from the fact NZXT are the first to do that and thus they deserve praise for this. By making the first move they force the market to move quicker and ultimately this creates more innovation and more competition for you, the consumer. Before we move onto the review, you should take a quick look at the specifications which can be seen below:

The front of the box is clean and simple. Giving you a nice illustration of the product and pointing out the 2 year warranty – although this is a bit shorter than competing products offer so that isn’t great to see.

The rear of the box illustrates the key features and a brief product description/ product philosophy.