Rolls Royce SUV Anyone?

Well, I did not expect to see this in 2016, Rolls Royce are known for the final word in automotive luxury and this is perfectly conveyed by the companies expensive fleet of vehicles that are transported to international clients. Rolls Royce is synonymous for innovation and if these reports come to fruition, consumers could be feasting their eyes on an SUV edition.

Below is an image to convey this potential vehicle, it’s not exactly subtle, various reports state that it will be named “Cullinan” after a non-carbonado gem-quality diamond and will be limited to 1000 units worldwide.

As for specs, reports suggest it may be “equipped with the Rolls-Royce Phantom V12 engine with the same specifications” as well as a four-wheel drive system which will bring benefits to the overall travel of the vehicle. As for the design, it will be compelling to note both the weight and also handling of this potential saloon considering it will have all the bells and whistles for comfort, I also wonder what the Miles to gallon ratio of fuel will be?

If this vehicle comes to pass then it will be interesting to see both how fast the clientele snaps up this new design and also the types of luxurious locations where they will in doubt be shipped to, you can just imagine someone wrecking it after crashing that front end.

image courtesy of autocarsconcept

MSI Announces GS40 Gaming Laptop Range

MSI has unleashed the GS40 Phantom series featuring Intel’s 6th generation Skylake i7 6700HQ processor which provides 20% improved performance than the i7 4720HQ in typical usage scenarios. The GS40 range offers portability without sacrificing on power demands and incorporates the highly capable GTX 970M into a stylish brushed-aluminium chassis. Furthermore, the laptop only weighs 1.6kg and has a height profile of 19.5~21.8mm.

On another note, the GS40 contains a PCI-E Gen3 SSD slot which allows for extreme read speeds up to a staggering 2200MB/s. Also, the range supports up to 32GB of memory, with the basic model opting for 8GB DDR4-2133MHz. Other features include premium-quality DYNAUDIO speakers accompanied by the highly regarded Nahimic Audio Enhancer. There is even an ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC to help accentuate subtle sounds in a loud mix.

MSI’s Cooler Boost 3 technology utilizes 5 heat pipes and dual fans to create a quiet, and extremely cool user-experience. The Super Port enables the end-user to transfer large files up to 1000MB/s and fast charging for smart-devices up to 3A. The laptop series opts for RGB lighting via the SteelSeries Engine 3 and contains a vast array of customization. MSI decided to use Killer networking to prioritize gaming traffic and prevent lag spikes.

Finally, any laptop in the GS40 Phantom range is bundled with a 1-year license of XSplit to professionally stream games in superior quality. Here is a rundown of the complete specification:

Redditor Believes His NZXT Chassis is Counterfeit – Hilarity Ensues

Building your brand new PC from scratch can create some headaches at times, especially if you haven’t done it so many times before. Sometimes it’s compatibility issues or not having the right connections in the right lengths and other times you just can’t figure out the orientation. At least the last part was an issue for a Redditor who thought he had been ripped off and sold a fake NZXT Phantom chassis. “It looks different than any other NXZT Phantom case, even on the pictures from the website I bought it from,” he noted.

He took photos of the case and uploaded them to the internet in order to get to the root of the trouble; he even contacted NZXT support. After posting the trouble on Reddit and asking his “brothers” to help him out with identifying if it was a fake or not, the situation quickly got cleared up and there wasn’t anything wrong with the case at all! It was simply turned 90 degrees and was standing on the back instead of the bottom.

Most people would be ashamed and try to hide under a rock for a couple of years followed by a name and residence change, but Maxiimus1 as the Redditor calls himself takes it as it is and left the Reddit post online. “I feel like such an idiot,” he wrote in his edit. “You are allowed to downvote me to oblivion and make fun of me.” That’s the right way to deal with it and he deserves some respect for that and he surely deserves a thanks for one of the most entertaining post and replies in a while.

I also think that everyone who unpacked an NZXT Phantom case for the first time, stood there and looked at it for a couple of seconds before picking it up and turning it a couple of times to find the right way to place it; most of us usually notice it by the fact that the IO area doesn’t go into the ground.

NZXT Introduces the NOCTIS 450 Chassis

NZXT has just introduced the world to their newest chassis, and it looks gorgeous. Taking their proofed concepts and adding a sprinkle of new features and a bold design that stands out and we have the new NZXT Noctis 450 chassis. The Noctis 450 will be available as both a matte black chassis and glossy white edition, so there should be one for every taste.

The somewhat aggressive looking chassis is very streamlined and thanks to the floating panel design, the chassis has a ventilation surface that is 10 folded compared to the H440. Restricted airflow should be a thing of the past with a chassis like this.

Inside, the chassis is built on the base of the H440, probably one of NZXT’s most successful cases next to the original Phantom case, and in a way the new Noctis 450 is a combination of the two. The improved insides of the H440 with a new Phantom cover.

When you buy the new NZXT Noctis 450 case, you’ll get four fans with it right out of the box to keep up enough airflow for even the most demanding hardware parts. The 8-port PWM fan controller is also built-in and is located behind the motherboard tray just as it was in the H440.

The PSU shroud is another thing that users loved on the H440, as it allows you to hide that mostly not so pretty PSU and all its cables away. The insides all feature the same quality coating as the exterior and it matches the outer colours, black or white.

 

As mentioned, the case comes standard equipped with four fans and NZXT used their FN V2 series. You’ll get three 120mm mounted at the front and one 140mm mounted as rear exhaust. You can of course add and replace these fans as the case allows for two 140 or three 120mm at the front, two 140 or three 120mm at the top and single 120 or 140mm at the rear.

The adjustable LED System is accessible from the back where you can switch it on and off with the little button above the IO area. NZXT also added ambient underglow lighting to this chassis with a LED strip on each side of the case.

You can mount two SSDs on top of the PSU shroud and there’s room for another five hard drives in the modular steel hard drive trays at the front. The front panel includes both two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports next to the obligatory audio jacks. You can mount motherboards from mITX to ATX, CPU coolers up to 180mm height, GPUs up to 406mm length (294mm with HDD tray installs), and standard ATX PSUs.

The new Noctis 450 is available now for pre-order at the NZXT Armory Store in both Matte Black and Glossy White for £99.99 / €139.99 +VAT and the chassis is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Gainward Phantom GLH GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 has been out for just over a week and has given us amazing performance capabilities given its such a small power requirement and it has impressed us here at eTeknix with the ability to run passively; could this mid-range graphics card set the pace for future sub $200 cards? Even though it’s not very powerful, the GTX 960 series has proven that high resolutions are almost possible at this price point.

Today we have the Gainward Phantom GLH (Goes Like Hell) Edition GeForce GTX 960 2GB; a bit of a mouthful if I must say so myself. Gainward aren’t renowned for breaking overclocking world records, but they know a thing or two about producing high quality, super quiet cooling solutions with a quirky difference. Gainward has worked their magic by cherry picking specific cards that can handle and maintain their intense factory overclocks. NVIDIA has aimed this card at the core gaming market, hoping for those who admitted to using older technology during Steams survey will want to upgrade to the new Maxwell architecture thanks to its low price.

This particular Gainward Phantom is perched at around $21o. For a card that promises epic performance through cherry picked components, lets see if its worth the extra 5% premium.

Gainward follows the same style of packaging as others in the NVIDIA range; plain and simple box with a key image of the graphics card. Along the bottom, we see the Phantom logo with its slogan. The only difference with this box is the Goes Like Hell (GLH) logo in the top right. Inside the box, we have bundled a twin molex to 6-pin PCIe power connection, VGA to DVI adapter and Gainwards driver install and quick start guide.

Gainward keeps things plain and simple, utilising their own PCB to be able to sit nicely under the Phantom cooler. This cooling solution is one of the most unusual on the market, hiding its twin 92mm PWM fans inside the cooling shroud with the rather slim radiator sitting on top.

This particular Phantom cooler is the newest variant in the series and has a cool party trick.

That’s right, the Phantom cooler has the ability to remove the fans.

This feature gives you the ability to clean the fans after a period of time, but you could also choose to run completely passively, albeit running the risk of extremely high temperatures unless you have very good airflow in your case.

At the far end of the card, it’s in keeping with Gainwards’ style, plain, simple and to the point; not even a glimpse of the heat pipes.

Along the top of the card, things get a little more interesting, showing you the single 6-pin power connection, ample for the 120w TDP. You also see the two slots which the fans are situated with groves to allows for better air flow.

On the back of the card, you have a very typical PCB with rear mounted RAM chips. It’s a shame Gainward didn’t give the card a backplate; it really would have finished it off well. You can see that the PCB is around 1/5th shorter than the cooling shroud, allowing for improved airflow.

Things are kept simple at the outputs end of the card, twin DVI ports, a single DisplayPort and a HDMI port capable of 4k resolution. I wonder if this card, with its intense overclocks; can produce a good 4k score in our tests.

DJI to Disable Drones Over Washington, DC After Incident

DJI will disable its drones over Washington, DC after an earlier incident which involved one of its Phantom drones crashing on the White House lawn.

The Chinese company told The Wall Street Journal that they will be using their GPS tracking system to remotely disable their drones from flying in the city. The company says that they have already utilised this capability to prevent flight near airports, but this will be the first time they have used it in a city. According to The Verge, the FAA already has a restriction on flight in the Washington, DC area, so such a restriction could have been implemented regardless of the recent incident.

It was on Monday that a DJI Phantom drone crashed on the lawn of the White House, an incident that was traced back to a (former?) government official who was flying the drone for “recreational purposes” at 3am (we’re as confused as you are).

Source: The Verge

Watch: Desperate Guy Jumps Into Freezing Water to Save Drone

Drones are expensive, but at the same time they’re things we send dangerously whizzing through the air. This guy learned those things the hard way, when he decided it would be a good idea to jump into a freezing canal to save his drone.

There’s little else to say about this, but just watch the video bellow. It’s hilarious.

Source: Sploid

GoPro Plans to Make Drones

GoPro is reportedly planning to introduce a line of consumer drones.

The Wall Street Journal says that the company, famous for its line of rugged High Definition cameras, will introduce its own drones next year. They say the drones will cost between $500 and $1000.

They say the move to sell drones is in response to a wave of competition to GoPro’s products from a number of companies including Sony and HTC. As a notable example, HTC recently introduced its RE Camera, a rugged, viewfinder-less camera that’s designed to be used for the same purposes as the GoPro. Although, that product may not fare too well considering its inhaler-like appearance.

The Journal also points out that it’s not just about cameras themselves – a number of drone manufacturers who previously provided special attachments for the use of a GoPro, are now including their own high definition cameras. This is most evident with the DJI Phantom, a drone which was often paired with a GoPro by its users, but its successor, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, includes its own camera.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

You can now Listen to Wi-Fi – Reports Claim

 

Nope, we’re not talking about the screeching sounds of a Dial-Up modem from the 90’s – you can (apparently) hear WiFi with the help of some fancy hearing aids.

In comes Frank Swain, not exactly a bionic human, but has the ability to listen out to a WiFi signal. He’s able to do this by utilizing his modified hearing aids installed with his special ‘Phantom Terrains’ tooling.

Designed in conjunction with sound artist Daniel Jones, Swain has reportedly been experiencing a decrease in his hearing abilities since age 20. He applied and was approved for a grant through a UK innovation charity – rending Phantom Terrains a possibility. The software operates through a jail broken iPhone and works by tuning into wireless communication fields. This software picks up information such as the router name, encryption modes and distance to the device.

Swain produced a whole essay on this subject, published in New Scientist. Thanks to IFL Science, we were able to get our hands on an excerpt of it:

“The strength of the signal, direction, name and security level on these are translated into an audio stream made up of a foreground and background later: distant signals click and pop like hits on a Geiger counter, while the strongest bleat their network ID in a looped melody,” Swain writes in an essay in New Scientist. “The audio is streamed constantly to a pair of hearing aids. The extra sound layer is blended with the normal output of the hearing aids; it simply becomes part of my soundscape. So long as I carry my phone with me, I will always be able to hear Wi-Fi.” IFL Science and New Scientist

What exactly is the point of this software function? We’re not exactly sure. But it’s pretty cool none-the-less.

Interested in hearing exactly what it sounds like? Thankfully they’ve uploaded it to Sound Cloud and it mirrors something of a horror movie or space-based gaming cut scene.

Image courtesy of Stack Exchange

NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


NZXT have become legends in the eyes of many PC gamers, their chassis designs are highly focused on gaming builds and often offer loads of innovative features, cool designs, great build quality and more, the only downside being that all this glorious quality comes at a price. With many of the best NZXT chassis costing in excess of £100, it can leave many of us feeling left out as not everyone is comfortable with spending that kind of cash on a PC case, which is why NZXT has created the Phantom 240.

Based around the design of the rest of the Phantom range, the P240 has been cut down a little to offer the consumer a little extra value for money. Priced at just $69.99 / £55 it is taking on the very competitive mid-budget market, typically the price bracket most people aim for before you start getting into high-end and enthusiast level products. There are virtually countless great chassis in this price range and you often find each manufacturer offers something unique, most often in terms of design, to try to tempt you into a purchase, so it will be interesting to see what NZXT have to offer for this kind of money. Even more interesting is to find out if saving some money means loosing out on some of that legendary NZXT quality.

As you can see from the specifications below, the P240 is rather well equipped; it has room for three 5.25″ drives, plenty of hard drives, lots of fan mounting positions, with room for large graphics cards and CPU coolers.

The packaging has been kept nice and simple, likely in a bid to save costs, which means you’re spending more of the money on the product rather than on fancy packaging, which is never a bad thing.

In the box you’ll find lots of labeled bags of screws and fittings, all of which are high a quality and finished in black, perfect for getting all your major components installed. you’ll also find a fold-out user guide which talks you through all the major features and the installation process.

NZXT Reveal Their Stunning P240 Chassis

NZXT has just blown the lid of the latest entry to their already epic and successful Phantom series, the Phantom 240. The new chassis looks sleeker than ever with its sweeping and curvaceous design, softening some of the more aggressive looks of the previous models in the Phantom chassis series.

After four years on the market the Phantom chassis series has gone from strength to strength, catering to a range of budgets and chassis sizes, but despite its premium looks and feature set, the new model could be their greatest entry to the range so far thanks to its incredibly affordable price tag.

At just $69.99 the Phantom 240 looks and sounds too good to be true, but with a strong track record behind them, we don’t doubt that this case will be anything less that superb.

Added to the value for money, the Phantom 240 will also feature two of NZXT’s recently redesigned 120mm FN V2 fans, but overall you will find the chassis supports five fans in total; 2 x 120mm in the front, 2 x 120mm in the back and 2 x 120mm or 140mm in the top. This is in addition to a removable hard drive cage, USB 3.0 support and a huge side panel window.

No details on the exact release date just yet other than “coming soon”, with a teaser that there will be more colours available in the near future.

We look forward to taking a closer look at the Phantom 240 as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NZXT.

NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


NZXT are well-known in the industry for their ultra high end enthusiast chassis, with products such as the Phantom 820 and the H630 simply blowing us away with their no compromise, feature packed designs. There is of course just one big downside to their more epic creations, a price tag that can really hurt your wallet. NZXT are well aware that they have a big fan base that can’t afford many of their products, so it looks like they’ve gone back to the drawing board and come up with something that packs all the big NZXT features, but for just under $90 / £70.

That isn’t exactly cheap I know, but it’s easily one of the hottest and most popular sections of the chassis market, there are countless offerings in this sector from all the major players that are incredible chassis, so it will be interesting to see just how competitive the Source 530 is in this area. As you can see from the specifications below it certainly packs a lot of features and with extensive cooling support, loads of room for storage and room for huge graphics cards to name but a few, it’s certainly sounding great on paper, so let’s get to the real deal and see how it holds up to inspection.

I normally add a photo of the packaging here, but my sample arrived in a brown box, so we shall skip over that. In the box I found the usual assortment of screws, bolts and cable ties to ensure we can fully install all major components and hard drives, as well as a simple owners manual to guide you through the process.

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.

Computex: We Get Up Close With The NZXT Phantom 530

The NZXT Phantom is one of the most popular chassis designs on the market, in fact NZXT are one of the most accomplished and popular brands on the market and while the original Phantom is still a great chassis, NZXT figured it was time to revisit the classics and give it a new lease of life by tweaking, nipping, tucking and customizing almost every aspect of it to meet the demands of more modern gaming rigs.

The Phantom 530 is set to be $10 cheaper than the original phantom was at launch, making this great value for money although of course you could likely pick  up the older one for a lot less these days.

There will be black, white and red editions available and all the features of the original Phantom are present, if somewhat refined and improved.

The chassis is wider than the original and there is room for a single 200mm fan behind the front panel.

The is room for a 140mm fan / rad in the rear, the top panel can support up to 360mm radiators, the front panel has room for a 240mm radiator, so too does the bottom panel making this chassis extremely versatile in terms of cooling options

Usual NZXT hall marks are here too, such as extensive dust filters, stealth SSD mounts behind the motherboard and a 10 port fan hub.

Modular HDD bays that are completely removable, each featuring 2.5″ and 3.5″ compatible trays.

High quality metal drive snap locks on the 5.25″ drive bays.

Three hard drive bays so you can tailor them to your requirements.

Internal 140mm fan mount for extra GPU airflow.

The exterior chassis has also been slightly adjusted to give a new, more curved overall design.

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

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Computex: NZXT Unveil The Phantom 530 Chassis At Computex 2013

Back in 2010 NZXT released the original Phantom chassis into the wild and its aggressive and highly unique style choices really made it stand out from the crowd, something that proved popular with mainstream users, gamers and enthusiasts around the world. It’s still popular today and you don’t have to look far at LAN gaming events to spot more than a few people rocking a Phantom chassis for their system, more often that not they’re also heavily customized and modded systems too.

“Everything you loved about the original, only better.” teases NZXT in their latest press release.

Now that NZXT has built a legacy for the original Phantom, not to mention earning sizable fame with many of their recent chassis designs, many of which I regard as some of the best cases ever made! They’re pleased to reveal its direct successor, the Phantom 530, which NZXT say their design team have painstakingly created by making every aspect of the original even better.

The chassis now has 70% more cable management space, even more airflow, better liquid cooling support and support for many of today’s extreme builds with improved component compatibility, effectively bringing the Phantom in to speed with the rest of the NZXT range which feature some of the most robust cable routing and cooling options on the market today.

NZXT will also introduce other popular NZXT features such as the modular HDD cages, discrete SSD mount, signature rear LED, 30w fan controller, 10 port fan hub, the largest window panel ever seen on the Phantom range and a whole lot more. Naturally the setup wouldn’t be complete without support for the flagship NZXT water cooler and the Kraken X40 and X60 radiators, or any radiator up to 360mm in the top, 240mm front or 240 bottom should fit with ease.

The Phantom 530 will be available soon in Glossy White, Black and Red for $129.99, well hopefully have one in for review as soon as possible and we hope to stop by their display at Computex this week to get some up close pictures for you.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information

New NZXT Chassis To Be Unveiled Tomorrow, Could Be Called The H630!

“SHHH….” is the message that greets and fan of NZXT when they visit the NZXT.com home page, and there is no doubt that this little teaser is pointing towards a brand new chassis from one of the leading brands in the chassis market.

This chassis has got to be something special, given that it follows in the pretty big footprints of the Phantom 820 and 630, and other products from the Switch and Phantom ranges that have proven them selves to be truly epic over the last few years

The counter on the site has been ticking down for a while now, but it looks set to his zero at 5PM BST and you can be sure we’ll be watching like a hawk when that ticker vanishes and something… if anything, is shown.

NZXT has been giving sneak peeks for days, with each picture ranging from a blurry mess to some clear shots that detail more and more about this new product.

Heavy duty sound proofing on the side panels for noise reduction suggests either a silent system build ideal… or perhaps something to counteract the effects of heavy duty cooling fans? Given NZXT’s recent history, I’d guess the latter.

So what can we take from the images NZXT have revealed, well for starters we can see the usual NZXT fixtures and fittings on the HDD bays and Optical drives, so its already clear this is going to be a higher end model. There is an internal fan mount on the left side of the HDD bay.

Most interestingly that looks like an NZXT 200mm or even a 230mm fan in the front! and with another set of  mountings above that, could this chassis hold 2 x 200mm fans in the front! If it can, this is going to be huge!

Another indication of the scale of the chassis can be seen in this image above. With twin SSD mounts on the rear and two full HDD bays at the front, this packs a lot of storage and I’m pretty sure I could build a house in the cable management area behind the motherboard, the clearance from the side panel to the back plate looks HUGE!

But that’s not the best bit of information I’ve discovered either, a look on the page source for NZXT.com/shhh shows a big panel of H’s, about 630 if my eyes are correct and if those front fans are to be what I think they are, then this is going to be the Phantom 630 on a diet of steroids… excited? I know I am!

NZXT Phantom 630 Ultra Tower Chassis Review

Today we have something a little special in the eTeknix office, the brand new Phantom 630 ultra tower from NZXT. Many of you will already be fully award of the existence of this premium grade chassis, especially since it was launched at CES earlier this month and anyone who was following our coverage of the show will have seen some fantastic pictures of this chassis already. NZXT have already gone on to great things with their Phantom and Switch range, their unique style and unrelenting pursuit for chassis performance has caught the eyes of many system builders, enthusiasts and gamers.

I think it is also true to say that the Phantom range has become somewhat of a legend in its own right, much like the Ferrari’s and Lamborghini have become the desirables of the car world, NZXT chassis are the desirable of the chassis world, for many people at least, not all. Thanks to the unique style choices of NZXT’s premium chassis, they’ve become something you either love or hate. The most important factor for me however is their performance and everything from the original Phantom to the 820 have had plenty to offer in that area, yet can NZXT really improve on an already impressive design structure? That’s what we hope to find out today.

The Phantom 630 comes in at retail at a staggering £169.99, which is a lot of money but still cheaper that the gargantuan 820 and just a little more expensive than the Switch 810. Regardless of being cheaper or more expensive than others in the NZXT catalogue, its still a serious amount of cash in terms of investment and for that amount of money you’re going to want more than just style. Today I will be looking for nothing short of exceptional in all areas, performance, build quality, style, component compatibility and anything else I can think of, so lets move and see just what the Phantom 630 has to offer.