Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Thermaltake is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with a huge range of products that range from water coolers to power supplies. We’ve seen a lot of great products from Thermaltake over the years, and today we hope to see another great addition to their already featured packed range.

“The Suppressor F31 Window mid-tower chassis is the new addition to the Suppressor Series to the Thermaltake case line. Featuring the first chassis with 250mm wide and leading-edge sound reduction panels on all sides, expand your cooling options with removable panels for the perfect balance in silent operation and cooling performance. Supporting a range of motherboard platforms from Mini-ITX to ATX solutions, unrivaled liquid cooling expansion and expandability for all high-end GPU solutions users can expect an enthusiast built design they can trust.”

The Thermaltake Suppressor F31 is their latest full-tower, following on from their F51 chassis which launched earlier this year, designed with a relentless focus on silent performance. It’s been kitted out with thick panels, vast amounts of sound dampening materials, a front panel door and extensive air and water cooling support, giving you all the tools you need to build a power and super quiet system.

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Equipped with extensive support for fans and radiators, a decent amount of storage, large graphics cards and more, the F31 is certainly a capable product; I can’t wait to take a closer look at this chassis, so let’s jump right in and see.

This chassis is closed up pretty tight, with lots of sound-dampening features to help keep your build as quiet as possible. There’s a very thick side panel on the left with an optional side panel fan mount. The fan mount has a magnetic exterior dust filter for easy maintenance.

Another thick panel on the right as well as more ventilation down the sides of the front panel to provide airflow to the front mounted cooling.

The front panel is just as bold as the rest of the design, with a thick door panel and a lightly textured finished. The design is a little boxey and bland, but I quite like the monolithic appearance.

At the top of the front panel, you’ll find HD audio jacks, power controls, dual USB 3.0 ports and dual USB 2.0 ports; that’s decent amount of connectivity.

A few magnets in the front panel help keep the door closed and to help further enhance the noise proofing, there’s a thick lining of sound dampening material on the back of the door.

There are two 5.25″ drive bays, each fitted with a quick-release tool-free cover.

The bottom cover clips out easily enough, allowing you to quickly clean the filter and access the front panel cooling mounts, where you’ll find a pre-installed 120mm fan.

On the top, you’ll find a full-length magnetic dust filter, which is easily removed and cleaned when needed.

You’ll also notice that under it, the fan mounts as closed off, meaning you can keep them in place for maximum noise dampening, or take them out to install extra cooling as required.

Four sturdy feet on the bottom give good ground clearance for the full-length, slide-out dust filter.

This filter gives clean airflow to the PSU ventilation, as well as any addition base mounted cooling.

Around the back, you’ll find the side panels are held in place with thumb screws, but also normal chassis screws. I just wish I noticed these extra screws when I struggled for a few minutes wondering why the flipping panel wouldn’t slide off; I have no idea why we need a second set of screws here, but you could always leave the removed if required.

At the top, there’s a single 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed, but there’s also the option to install 140mm cooling if required. The screw holes are elongated to allow more flexibility in the height of the fan/radiator mounting, as this could help prevent hardware conflicts.

There are eight expansion slots, each fitted with a metal reusable and ventilated cover. There’s also a routing grommet to the right, as well as plenty of extra ventilation.

The PSU mounting supports normal and inverted installation, of course, if you mount the PSU with the fan facing downwards, you can take advantage of the bottom dust filter.

TT eSports Contour iOS Mobile Gaming Controller Review

Introduction


The explosive growth in the mobile gaming market has legitimately challenged handheld consoles and rapidly become a huge money-maker for publishers. From iconic core games from the past such as Max Payne to newer classics like Hearthstone, there is something to suit everyone. While a huge proportion of games on the Android Play Store and App Store are very basic, there is a huge scope for visually demanding titles in the future. Unlike the console sector, mobile technology is constantly being improved upon and handsets could feature 6GB RAM in the next few years.

Touch-screen controls can produce a wonderful tactile experience and certainly expanded mobile gaming’s appeal with a casual audience. Despite this, many games desperately need a controller as the touch-control scheme is counter-intuitive and overly complicated. Thankfully, Thermaltake has you covered with the TT eSports Contour controller which utilizes Bluetooth and connects to any Apple device. Additionally, the Contour’s battery life is rated beyond 10 hours with a single charge and contains a rather nifty stand. The stand is able to transform an iPhone into a bonafide handheld gaming device. The question is, how does it feel in the hand?

Specifications

Packaging & Accessories 

The TT eSports Contour comes in an aesthetically pleasing red and black box which contains a clear section to view the product. Furthermore, the styling fits with Thermaltake’s gaming theme and the box’s size provides ample protection while making the internals easy to remove.

In terms of accessories, the Contour is fairly barebones and only bundled with a charging cable and user manual. This isn’t necessarily a negative point, as it cuts down on clutter and uses more environmentally friendly packaging.

A Closer Look

Here we can see the controller’s build quality and subtle Thermaltake logo which adds some flair without being too extravagant. The device’s layout is excellent and each button is positioned perfectly within a finger’s reach. Notice the extremely soft thumbsticks which feel lovely and a complete joy to use. In this closed position, the Contour looks like a regular controller and can be used with any model of iPad.

From this angle, we can see the four rear-triggers, USB connector and contoured design. Unfortunately, the L1 and R1 buttons are quite mushy and don’t leave a good first impression.

The controller houses both power and Bluetooth connectivity buttons which allow for fast pairing and virtually instant power states. I found it remarkably easy to press these dedicated buttons and felt it was more intuitive than using the Xbox’s traditional Guide function.

The back portion contains basic product identification and a clasp for lifting the integrated stand. On another note, the plastic feels rather sturdy and evokes a sense of confidence in the overall build quality.

Thermaltake decided to opt for an adjustable stand which exceeds 3.75 inches in height. As a result, most modern iPhones should fit without applying too much force. To test this, I even tried my aging iPhone 3G which just about slotted into position. Initially, I was concerned that the large degree of adjustment would lead to a fairly weak mechanism. Thankfully, this isn’t the case, and every phone I tried didn’t move at all after the initial setup.

Thermaltake Core V41 Chassis Revealed

Thermaltake continue to dedicate attention to the enthusiast DIY system builder market with their latest chassis, the Core V41 Window Mid-Tower. The new chassis comes equipped with the Tt LCS certification, which means it’s prepped and ready to go with a wide range of high-end cooling computers and water cooling equipment.

The new chassis joins the Core V71, V1, V51 and V31. It keeps the same style is its counterparts, but offers support for high-end hardware, water cooling support (up to 360mm radiator), ATX, Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and long graphics cards.

The chassis is targeted towards the gaming market, but it comes will all the features you would expect from a premium chassis to keep any system builder happy. There’s magnetic dust filters on all major intakes, a large side panel window to show off your system, tool free 5.25″/3.5″ drive bays, modular 2 + 3 + 3 drive bays and more.

No details on price or availability just yet, but expect it to be competitively priced and be available at most major retailers fairly soon.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Thermaltake.

Thermaltake Introduce Versa H34 and H35 Mid-tower Chassis

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Thermaltake have just revealed the latest entries to their Versa chassis series; the Versa H34 and H35 mid-towers. Both chassis’ come with modular drive racks, ample space for high-end hardware, extensive ventilation and cooling options. There’s also dust filters, liquid cooling support and cable management; everything you need for a good quality high performance system build.

Both chassis comes equipped with two 120mm turbo fans that can operate up to 1000RPM. There’s room for up to eight 120/140mm fans in total.

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Despite their mid-tower form factor, the cases are capable of holding 360mm liquid cooling radiators, long graphics cards and more. This focus on support for high-end cooling components and airflow will no doubt please those who love to overclock their rigs. Both chassis come Tt LCS Certified; this is a special certification that Tt created, so that power users can know which chassis has been tested to be the most compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

Thermaltake Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition Revealed

Thermaltake are back once again with their popular Urban S71 chassis. We reviewed the original S71 chassis a year ago now and absolutely loved it, but now it is being relaunched with a new set of colours for fans of World of Tanks.

World of Tanks is a smash hit with the online gaming community and for fans die hard fans of Wargamings WoT, this custom-designed S71 will no doubt be very desirable. The front panel has been redesigned with an illuminated World of Tanks theme and logos that certainly adds some extra flair to the chassis.

Features of Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition

  • Exquisite Design: USB dust plug and red strip light on the front panel are World of Tanks Edition only! Enjoy every second of your visual delight!
  • Handy I/O Ports: The front-top panel has implemented two of latest data transfer SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports along with two USB 2.0 ports, a HD microphone and headset jacks, to grand direct access when needed.
  • Easy Hot Swap: Top-mounted 2.5″ or 3.5″HDD Docking Station enables blazing fast file transfer and effortless hot-swap drive replacement design for easy setup or removal of HDD.
  • Innovative Tool-less Design: The latest tool-less innovation with 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free drive bay design minimized the hassles of installing ODD and HDD devices.
  • Extreme Ventilation: Standard equipped with one rear 120mm turbo fan and two 200mm speed control fans at the front and top to help maximize system ventilation.
  • Stress-free Cable Management: Wide cable routing gap provides easy cable management, hiding cables behind motherboard tray to ensure smoothness for building the chassis; wiring tangled problem no longer exists.
  • Utmost Expandability: A complete high-end solution with 240mm radiator liquid cooling system with extra graphic cards supported to protect users’ hardware and increase CPU’s overclocking potential.

The chassis still remains the same great chassis it was when first launched, with extensive cooling supports, tool-free storage bays, loads of room for large coolers and PSUs, of course if you really want to dig into the full feature set, then why not check out our full review of the chassis here.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

 

Thermaltake Debut Their Water 3.0 Ultimate All-In-One CPU Coolers

Thermaltake look set to assert their dominance in the cooling market with the release of the Water 3.0 Ultimate, a new all-in-one liquid cooling system that features a massive 360mm radiator.

Targeted right at the heart of the enthusiast market, the water 3.0 packs enough cooling power to satisfy those who love to overclock their rigs. While many will talk about the benefits of custom loop water cooling, you cannot ignore the plug-and-play friendly nature of an all in one water cooling system, or the fact that they’re incredibly easy to maintain, and often significantly less expensive.

High Performance Waterblock
The high performance copper base plate accelerates the heat conductivity. Additionally, the pre-refilled coolant reduces any stress from liquid replenishment hassle.

High Efficiency Radiator
The specially designed 360 mm large surface radiator not only doubles the cooling surface, but also supports up to 6 x 120 mm fans for additional heat dissipation.

Triple Curve Fans
The triple 120 mm PWM fans provide an instantaneous cooling function. The powerful PWM controlled fan speed is between 1000~2000rpm, reducing the radiator heat from the chassis to maximize cooling off performance.

High Reliability Pump
The high quality and reliable pump enables the maximum amount of water circulation, keeping the copper plate continuously cool. The low evaporation tube effectively decreases the loss of coolant; therefore no refill is either needed or required.

Easy and Simple Installation
The Water 3.0 Series – Water 3.0 Ultimate, Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro and Water 3.0 Performer feature the latest cooling performance technology from Thermaltake, providing a simple installation system, and a totally maintenance-free operation. The Water 3.0 Series is easy to install and requires the minimum amount of space in the chassis.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing how this cooler performs, but going on the reputation of previous Thermaltake coolers, this should be a pretty awesome product. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information on price and release date, although we would expect something north of £100 and a release within the next month or two.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Thermaltake Reveal BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Docking Station

Thermaltake are well known for their high-end chassis and cooling products, and now they look set to entertain us with a rather handy storage product, the new BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Docking Station. The new dock offers users a complete and easy way to access all files stored on a hard drive, and while it works just like any other hard drive dock, in the sense that you plug your drive into the top, it also comes with Wi-Fi integration, so that the BlacX Urban can provide quick access to your data through your personal Smart Phone or Tablet.

Both iOS and Android devices are supported via the “TtCloud” App which can be downloaded via the the App Store or Google Play Store. The BlacX Urban also supports UPnP for seamless device compatibility to allow you to easily enjoy your home theater experience by streaming your media over your network to supported devices.

Built-in Connection over Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

  • This allows easy access to your files, and the ability to share your files seamlessly over the BlacX Urban’s Wi-Fi Network.

App Support for iOS and Android Devices

  • Rather than wait for your computer to convert and import documents – simply transfer your data to the hard drive by downloading the TtCloud App, which is available at the App Store or Google Play Market.

Enhanced File Management

  • The App TtCloud provides wireless portable storage and file sharing for iOS Android devices. Now you can easily share your favorite photos, video clips, music and data with friends on their own devices simultaneously. (Classified in “Photo, Music, Video, My Folder”)

Less Complex, More Handy

  • TtCloud helps you stay connected to the Internet while you access and share your content. Imagine the possibilities you will have to store more information, and use the devices you love with this amazing App!

Safe & Secure

  • Supports Wi-Fi Security Protection WEP/WPA/WPA2 to make your files and data secure from unauthorized use.

Stay Connected

  • Supports Wi-Fi Internet tethering by making it easier to access the Internet while you are connected through your Smart Phone or Tablet.
  • USB 3.0 for SuperSpeed Transfer
  • With the blazing-fast USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer, you can now maximize your transfer rate up to 5.0 Gbps, so get ready to share your data faster!

Having a wi-fi enabled hard drive dock seems like a great idea to me, and I can’t wait to check out how the dock performs, hopefully we’ll have one in for review in the coming weeks.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Thermaltake.

Thermaltake Show Off Digital Power Supplies at CES 2014

CES 2014: As we started the week at CES 2014, we made sure our first port of call was the Thermaltake suite at the Palazzo in Las Vegas and one key highlighted product focus was their latest digital power supplies, and while they may be a bit late to the party, they have been busy perfecting the digital aspect of the units, when it comes to the software side of things to allow consumers to measure every aspect of their power supply including relevant costings and voltages.

Of course, the DPS range of PSUs will come in various wattages, ranging from 750W upwards, with the 850W and 1050W taking center stage in their suite.

In addition, Thermaltake had the Platinum 1250W on show, built into a high-end system, showcasing the white styling that matches with a wide variety of chassis also made by the manufacturer.

Software wise, they had the system hooked up to show how it calculates electricity cost, temperature, voltages and much more. Other features included report functions and the ability to share your system results with friends with a click of a button.

As well as their digital power supply range, Thermaltake were also keen to show off their other products including the Toughpower Grand 850W fully modular unit which uses a similar design and style to their digital counterparts. With an attractive price point and sleek design, we can see this being a big seller worldwide.

Also not forgetting their routes, they have the Toughpower GOLD 750W sitting to the side, giving a generous bang for buck, modular design and flat cables, with only the 24-pin and 8-pin connectors being hardwired, as every system will require these.

We also took a moment to have a chat with Shannon Robb, Marketing Manager for Thermaltake USA to give us a rundown on the products on show, and to give us a quick look at the DPS software, so check it out below:

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Thermaltake Show Off Updated BlacX External SATA Dock At CES 2014

We are no stranger to Thermaltake’s BlacX line of external SATA docks and this was shown back in the early part of last year when I took a look at the BlacX 5G and BlacX Duet docking stations. One would only imagine where an item such as this could be improved, but surprise surprise it has been and now it comes with Wi-Fi built in. Built on the BlacX 5G platform, the BlacX Urban incorporates a 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n wireless adaptor, which will allow for Wi-Fi tethering in the same way that we have seen on some other mobile storage devices and will be fully compatible with both iOS and Android devices with an App available for each platform in their relevant stores.

Apart from the addition of wireless connectivity, the BlacX Urban still features full USB3.0 connectivity and will support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives. Pricing is set at $79.99 USD although UK, EMEA and pricing across the rest of the world may vary a little, however this should be starting to appear on the market very soon as the product hits the shelves in the next few weeks.

Thermaltake Smart 750M PSU & Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Winners Announced

Today we are announcing the winners of the Thermaltake Smart 750M PSU & Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit that ended on Monday. We had some amazing prizes to give away to two lucky winners. By random selection, the winners have been chosen as:

If you are interested in seeing any past competition winners then be sure to check out our competition winners page.

If you would like to participate in one of our many competitions then be sure to check out our competitions section. We currently have a lot more competitions running which you can still enter.

Winners will be contacted shortly to request shipping details so please keep an eye out on your email account for correspondence from eTeknix.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Tt eSports Unveil The Level 10 Gaming Headset At CeBIT 2013

CeBIT 2013: Level 10 is something that a number of people have come to know and easily associate with Tt eSports and last year we saw the release of the Level 10 gaming mouse. There have been rumours floating around for a while that a headset was in the pipelines and here at CeBIT, Tt eSports have lifted the lid on their latest product.

Like the other Level 10 products, the new headset has been designed in collaboration with BMW DesignWorks USA and is a welcome addition to the Level 10 range. There will be two colour choices available at launch, with both white and black variants available although we can imagine that like the gaming mouse, there will be be green and red variants appearing later on down the line.

There is no fixed date for launch as of yet, but we can imagine that Tt eSports would like to officially launch the new headset on their home turf in Taiwan at Computex 2013 where we aim to get more coverage on this headset.

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