Once in a while, we like to case the joint. Today, I'm looking at a full tower case from Thermaltake; my first ever from that company. Targeted at the gaming crowd and winner of the Red Dot design award back in 2013, this case promises to be a cooling powerhouse, featuring no fewer than three 200mm fans. Let's take a look.
We started off January with two 80 Plus Titanium units back to back. Let's get February started with Titanium as well as we continue to look at EVGA's new line of units. We'll throw the 850 watt model at the load testers today. Come on in... this should be good!
Here's a name we don't see everyday here at the lab - Zalman. We have a brand new power supply from them here for testing in the form of the semi-modular ZM700-GVM. Zalman units used to be quite decent back in the day... what about now?
During the past forty years Sea Sonic has never stopped setting new industry standards.Its continuous focus on innovation and perfecting power supply design has made SeaSonic the leader in power supply design and manufacturing.Like many times before, Seasonic has again arrived at a major breakthrough and it isproud to announce its latest innovation: the PRIME Series.
Today we are to look at the GTX 970 XTREME
GAMING. GIGABYTE has taken this mid-high end graphics card and equipped it with
the highly revered WindForce 3x cooling system, applied a factory overclock and
kitted it out with customisable LED Lighting. Combine these very attribute with
the feature-set that XTREME GAMING brings and we have a rather exciting
proposition in the spotlight today. @ Vortez
No matter how we try to see it i think we've
finally reached a point in time where commercial CPU cooling technology has
finally come to a standstill. Sure we have newly designed air and liquid CPU
coolers make their debut all the time but nothing is really new in terms of the
technology all those products are based on. Luckily we don't need something new
since current products are more than enough to keep temperatures in check so
with that in mind lately manufacturers have been doing their best to reduce the
size of CPU coolers in an effort to cover the needs of every consumer out
there. A while back Noctua released their very good NH-C14 low-profile model
which combined very good cooling efficiency while at the same time offering
compatibility with many HTPC oriented cases. Well Noctua is known to stick with
their popular models a little bit longer than others by performing slight
“tweaks” and so today with us we have the brand new NH-C14S model. @ NikKTech
We first had a look
at the CM Storm Sentinel way back in 2009, which impressed is with its forward
thinking, performance and feature set. The Sentinel III is the latest
incarnation where we see the ergonomic palm grip shape return with its
adjustable weight system, LED headlights and customisable OLED display with
various improvements. @ Vortez
When it comes to keyboards it feels like after
all of these years the only thing that manufactures can do is work with
lighting to make their keyboards stand out. Recently though I came across a
fairly new company who only makes one keyboard but still caught my attention.
KeyedUpLabs only sells the ES-87, a tenkeyless keyboard. It doesn’t have
backlighting or anything else flashy. Instead they have focused on making a
keyboard without cutting corners to get the highest quality with a simple
design. What stood out to me though was a small feature where the keyboards
case can actually be replaced with a variety of cases in different colors.
Being a TKL keyboard this stood out to me as a great way to match your keyboard
with your build or with a different keyset put a little of your own personality
into your keyboard, much like how we do with our PC builds. Because of that I
reached out and KeyedUpLabs sent over a keyboard as well as a few different
cases and I set out to customize the ES-87 to match my wifes personality as the
ES-87 would be her LAN keyboard. @ LanOC
I’m picky, and have been described as a
perfectionist too many times to count. So it stands to reason that the
keyboard, that peripheral attachment that works like a natural extensions of
the body for the eSports gamer, becomes a personal choice for many. Keyboards
are used for both everyday workload as well as entertainment, so picking the
right one is important. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Zalman
ZM-K700M Mechanical Gaming LED Keyboard, which features genuine Cherry MX Red
switches with LED backlighting, and programmable macro capability. @ Benchmark Reviews
Las Vegas, United States－January 7th2016－Thermaltakereleases the latest Water 3.0 Riing RGBSeries, a
256 multicolored AIO liquid cooler with dual/triple 120mm powerful high static
pressure fans and a smart fan controller.Being
positioned as a top of the line liquid cooler, Water 3.0 Riing RGB adopted compression blades to enhance air pressure inside radiator and applied
hydraulic bearings to guarantee ultra-low noise during the operation. Moreover,
Water 3.0 Riing RGB is compatible with the universal socket type. A large
surface radiator is used to achieve an optimized cooling performance. Users can
choose from 240mm and 360mm highly-efficient radiators to control any
escalating CPU temperatures. Through the smart
controller, fan speed and fan display colors can be adjusted anytime.
Additionally, Water 3.0 Riing RGB is Tt LCS
Certified to ensure all users get the best cooling performance from this liquid
cooler series.The new All-In-One LCS
Water 3.0 Riing RGB is designed to exceed enthusiast’s expectations! The Water 3.0 Riing RGB is now available in the United States (Newegg and
Amazon) and Australia (mwave and PC Case Gear).
anidees AI7 is exactly the same size as the AI7m, but allows for a full ATX
board instead of maxing out at an mATX variant. This is achieved by offering a
completely different interior layout. Let's see what this same-looking but
different chassis has under the hood! @ techPowerUp
Mechanical gaming keyboards may have been around
for the largest part of this decade but 2015 was perhaps the only year inside
which we witnessed tremendous growth in this particular market largely thanks
to the introduction of several new manufacturers, some just making their first
steps in the industry and others already well-known and established but in
different segments. Another reason was the fact that because Cherry was unable
to actually keep up with demand for their popular mechanical switches in 2013-2014
many manufacturers decided to go ahead and introduce their very own in
2014-2015 so obviously that too helped in bringing more models in the market.
G.SKILL is among a handful of manufacturers that just recently expanded in the
gaming peripherals market and after testing their very good MX780 Laser Gaming
Mouse we decided to take a very thorough look at their RIPJAWS MX780 RGB
Keyboard. @ NikKTech
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – CES 2016 – January 4th 2016
- Corsair®, a world leader in
enthusiast PC hardware and components, today announced the new Corsair Carbide
Series SPEC-ALPHA mid-tower gaming case. With a striking angular design and an
oversized window to show off its roomy interior, the SPEC-ALPHA offers a sleek
look in either black or red to complement its efficient cooling features.
Perfect for PC gamers’ next rig, the SPEC-ALPHA is equipped with three 120mm
fans for Direct Airflow Path cooling, controlled by a three-speed switch on the
case’s front panel.
Las Vegas, United States－January 5th,
2016－Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal
solutions, and power supply units, in October of last year, unveiled the new
Smart Power Management (SPM) Platform with three intelligent platforms － DPS G PC App 2.0, DPS G Smart Power Management Cloud 1.0, and
DPS G Mobile App 1.0 －
offering a “Three Screens and a Cloud” service for users to monitor and record
the status of power consumption, voltage distribution, and electricity cost for
Los Angeles, California — January 5, 2015 — RIOTORO®, a new California
based company dedicated to building innovative PC components with leading-edge
features and performance, today announced the Prism CR1280 full tower PC case
with integrated RGB LED lighting that users can customize to any of 256 colors.
Easy to build and customize, the case’s elegant windowed exterior surrounds a compartmentalized
steel frame optimized for airflow for extreme performance at whisper quiet levels.
The Prism CR1280 will be available in February at an introductory price of $139.99.
Vegas, United States – January 6, 2016 – Tt eSPORTS is excited to announce the
new CHALLENGER PRIME RGB Membrane Gaming Combo that packs a whole
lot of features at a budget friendly price. Featuring an enhanced colorbar
concept, our basic customizable backlighting has been evolved for extreme
customization. The Challenger Prime RGB gives a spectrum of visual effects
featuring multicolor backlighting and provides users the easiest way to
customize their keyboard! Brightness can be adjusted via the dial in the front
center of the keyboard. As with the CHALLENGER series of keyboards, the
CHALLENGER Prime also features onboard memory for setting dedicated macro keys.
In addition, there are multimedia keys, shortcut keys, repeat rate and poll
rate adjustment keys! The New Challenger Prime RGB Combo is now available at
TtBUY USA (store.thermaltakeusa.com) @ ThermalTake
400Q is Corsair’s new mid-tower chassis
which is tailored to low-noise. Those who prefer an elegant enclosure which
supresses noise will be attracted to this new case since Corsair has closed off
all the panels and furnished them with noise-reduction material. Inside, 400Q
is jam-packed with interesting and innovative features which we’ll be exploring
today in plenty of detail. @ Vortez
Les Vegas, United States－January 5th,
2015－Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal
solutions, and power supply units, has announced at CES 2016 the latest TT
Premium product line which follows the core values of Excellent
Quality, Unique Design, Diverse Combinations and Boundless
Creativity. Under this product line,
Thermaltake presents the new Core W Series – Core W100 and Core WP100super tower chassis with the Core P100 pedestal chassis – to deliver
versatility in different superior looks.