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ENERMAX Intros EQUILENCE, High-end Silent Case ft. Tempered Glass Window

ENERMAX Intros EQUILENCE, High-end Silent Case ft. Tempered Glass Window   Chino, California – ENERMAX, the designer and manufacturer of high-end PC hardware, announces the launch of EQUILENCE, the premium silent computer chassis featuring high density insulation foam for unparalleled silent performance in a sturdy 0.8mm steel chassis. In addition to outstanding silent capability, EQUILENCE comes with 9 fan mounting locations and multi-radiator liquid cooling potential. What’s more, EQUILENCE is equipped with a 4mm full-view tempered glass window for users to show off their precious rigs. Impeccable Silent Performance with Exceptional Style This stealth ATX mid-tower silent chassis from ENERMAX features a premium glossy front panel, creating a minimalistic yet refreshing look. High density sound insulation foam is used on the front, top, and right side of the case, delivering impeccable silent performance. Moreover, the silent chassis comes with a 4mm tinted tempered glass panel with sound-block cushion foam to help keep the noise to a minimum when users showcase their precious, distinctive builds. Extensive Liquid Cooling Potential: 4 Designated Places for Radiators EQUILENCE has a great amount of liquid cooling potential, with a total of 4 radiator mounting locations at the front, rear, top and side of the case; the incredible cooling capabilities give users great flexibility in building custom liquid cooling systems. The open interior layout and up to 9 fan mount ...




Raijintek Paean Bench Chassis Review

Introduction Should I be ashamed of myself as a reviewer? In a general sense, I get pretty excited about most of the new computer component releases I see. In comparison to my levels of excitement though, I tend to get more excited about the companies with smaller brand recognition than I do about the really big names. Sure, I should probably live for nothing else than to get my hands on Volta or Vega, but right now I can’t help being really excited about what I’m seeing from Raijintek. They have multiple cooling and chassis components being released that are looking absolutely phenomenal! Today however, we will need to take a look at just one of their newer designs in the Paean Bench Chassis. The name is actually a word that defines a song of triumph or praise, but the pronunciation may seem a bit….different, for American vernacular. (I’ll let you look it up.) Raijintek is offering something rather unique here, since the design has all the earmarks of a good bench case, but all of the class of a quality open frame case. Whether it stands out as a successful design is yet to be seen, but we can take a quick look at who Raijintek is and what motivates their designs.



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



Azza Storm 6000W Chassis Review

Introduction Please give a huge welcome to our new reviewer, Brendan Varik at PureOC! You can welcome him at the forum post for this review. AZZA is a brand that I suspect not too many of you are familiar with. They formed way back in 1996 with three main business philosophies: innovation, performance and growth. When they launched, they were primarily in the motherboard manufacturing business, and was one of the top ten leading suppliers in the 90’s. Today, however, is a slightly different story in the sense that they create mainly gaming cases and are looking to offer you some bang for your buck. In 2009, they were able to restructure and then distribute their products under the AZZA trademark that we see today. They no longer sell motherboards, but instead offer a plethora of computer accessories and components; ranging from cases to monitors, they’ve surely got something for you. Let’s get on with the meat of this review, and discuss what they sent over for us to look at. It is of course, as you probably already guessed by the title of this review, the Storm 6000 gaming chassis. Oh, and it’s the white variant of the two, because (surely) everyone loves the black and white themes that you can create with modern hardware. You can of course opt for the black version instead, which you can tell apart in the naming scheme by it either being the 6000W or 6000B SKU.   Are you looking for a case with eight expansion slots? Perhaps a possibility of vertically mount...



Enermax GraceMesh ECA3520 Unboxing

If you’ve followed my Youtube channel, you may have heard me mention that I’m not a huge fan of unboxings. I guess it’s nice to see a product coming out of the box, but it feels like I’m trying to live vicariously through somebody else’s experience without the satisfaction of owning my own product. Give me information! Still, when a company like Enermax offers the opportunity to do one, it’s hard to say no with how great their other products have been. The GraceMesh feels like a very solid budget oriented case and you can check out the video below to see the full (albeit abridged) details! http://a.co/fXLiGyf



In Win 301 Gaming Case Review

Introduction Building computers is a work of progress. Most of us are happy if our first system turns on and we can successfully install Windows on it. After that we start finding ways to make Windows run smoother, cut the tearing/stuttering out of our gaming, make our cables look prettier, and even risk voiding warranties to overclock our parts for more performance. This is what we can consider the final stages of performance. However, if you’re really into building a PC for the sheer fun of building it, there’s a whole new level that makes a custom PC an entirely different experience. Most of our reviews focus on the straightforward attributes of a component’s ease of use, value, and performance. That frame of mind makes it very easy to give a recommendation on the majority of parts out there, but some companies force the reviewer to change their perspective entirely and gauge a product on a whole new level. That’s what In Win is going to do to us today. Sure, we’re not going to forget the practical aspects of this case, but we also have to consider the “Art” level of the design. This is the ultimate stage where a system becomes more than a high performance machine, but also represents a work of art reflecting the builder’s personal taste. In Win lives here and we’ll soon figure out how well the 301 Chassis fits into that level, right after taking a quick look at the values of this company. IN-WIN Development Inc., ...



FSP CMT210 Computer Case Review

Introduction The gaming mouse industry has been overrun with competition for quite some time now. That doesn’t surprise me, but I am starting to get a little surprised at how many budget cases are being introduced into the market. It seems like computer building is a pretty niche market, but on second thought, the idea that there’s a surge of prospective buyers in the $50 range makes a lot of sense. If you’re new to PC building, you’ve probably allocated a large amount of budget to other components and if you’re just looking to upgrade, pre-built system cases can have serious space limitations. FSP has traditionally been known for power supplies, but they’ve decided to enter the budget case arena with their CMT210 mid-tower chassis. Call me a sucker for punishment, but I still want to find that budget tower that really hits all the marks I think a budget case should hit. We’ll dive into the chassis soon enough, but first let’s take a look at a bit of info from FSP. Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new pro...



While we were Sleeping, Raijintek was Lighting it Up!

A while back, Raijintek introduced some new CPU coolers that were pretty excellent. Well, I inadvertently let them off my radar, but that didn’t stop them from going crazy with awesome new product designs. Why am I writing about this? I’m saying that you will probably be interested in the new designs coming out of this company. For starters, they have numerous aluminum case designs that mix a great aesthetic blend of gaming and professional looks. Not many designers try to compete in this field but I think Raijintek is bringing some great things to the table. On the top of that list is the Paean. This is one of the nicest open designs I’ve personally seen and would also make a great test bench as well, imho. I was digging through their products and noticed an aftermarket air cooler called the Morpheus II Core Edition. A black coated air cooler for GPU cooling up to 360 watts? Yes, please! Raijintek also has products ranging from CPU air coolers and RGB LED fans, as well a nice assortment of custom loops liquid cooling parts. It looks like they’re just getting started and I have high hopes that we have some great things in store from them in the future. Check out their website in the link below and let us know what you think in the forums! http://www.raijintek.com/en/index.php



Enermax and GeIL Deserve Computex Shout-outs: PSU and M.2 SSD Announcements

Companies that absolutely do not deserve to float under the radar seem to float under the radar sometimes. It could just be a matter of me following the wrong things. Regardless, I wanted to point out some really cool announcements that Enermax and GeIL had during the Computex event. Enermax rolled out some seriously excellent looking PSUs and GeIL had a mention of a new M.2 SSD that I absolutely want to know more about. Enermax looks to be heavily expanding their PSU lineup, but I wanted to highlight the MaxTytan series here. These guys are rated at an 80 Plus Titanium efficiency which is pretty insane. They also have the Dust Free Rotation technology that reverses the fan for a brief period to help keep it clean. There’s quite a few features, but the one that really stood out was the real time, built-in wattage meter that tells you how much power you’re consuming. Whether you’re trying to monitor usage for your bills, or as a reviewer, it sound like a pretty handy feature. I’m assuming GeIL had the pictures of their new Shuttle series taken at Computex, but what’s interesting is the fact that they’re including a pretty hefty aluminum heatsink on the chips of their new M.2 NVMe SSD. The GeIL Shuttle speeds aren’t the fastest, but are certainly fast enough to make a huge improvement over traditional SATA SSDs. There’s more details in articles linked below, but I’m always excited to see what Enermax and GeIL have in sto...



Cooler Master Blew Our Minds with a New HAF MasterCase H500P

I would’ve done just about anything to make it to Cooler Master’s booth at Computex this year. They had a huge amount of products that I would’ve died to see in person and I’m almost dying now just seeing the tweets time and again with their products. There was some nice updates to their peripheral line up and they had some crazy “cool” looking coolers, but it was two particular cases that stood out so much, I had to squeeze in the time to get a post up. Cooler Master managed to release a 25th anniversary edition of the Cosmos, but they also showed off the Cosmos C700P at Computex. The case maintains its distinguishing handles, but gets some nifty upgrades in terms of RGB lighting and tempered glass paneling. As usual, this is a case designed for those who want maximum amount of space to store tons of components in. The Cosmos looks great, but the MasterCase H500P is bound to be my next case for my main rig at home. The RGB lighting looks excellent on the two front 200mm fans and I’ve leaned that the airflow from two large intake fans makes a huge difference on the temperatures of my Crossfire setup. I can’t get over how perfect the rugged look of the frame is and when you combine the tempered glass side panel with the design to show off a crystal clear view into the build… yeah, I’m completely in love with that case! All in all, I’m saying that Cooler Master absolutely killed it at Computex with what they b...



I Think NZXT is Building PCs for Consumers Now, Introducing BLD

I’m not exactly sure what the black magic is behind this, but the end result is that it seems NZXT is providing pre-built systems to consumers now. I ran through the process and I have to say that I don’t know if you can make the concept of building a PC easier for a gamer. On the other hand, I felt like some recommendations were a tad light on the GPU end and I didn’t notice Ryzen in the list of components yet. What can I say though, is that I’ve built my own PCs for so long that I can’t help but be biased, yet I can come just short of guaranteeing that what NZXT will offer will be immensely better than buying a Dell. Check out the rest of the press release for the details and a link to BLD. Introducing BLD from NZXT A recommendation engine that delivers the PC tailored for the games you play EMBARGOED UNTIL JUNE 6th, 2017 @ 7:00AM PST Los Angeles, CA – June 6th, 2017 –NZXT today launches BLD, the easiest way to get into PC gaming and play the games you want to play enjoying guaranteed gaming performance.BLD (pronounced “Build”) allows users who don’t have the time necessary to build a gaming-ready DIY PC. By leveraging over 10 million and counting analyzed gaming hours, BLD’s unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system’s gaming performance so you can spend less time researching, troubleshooting and setting up. Start by choosing the games you want to play, at the performance settings you desire, then set a budg...



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

Corsair got busy the last couple of weeks with things that are bound to make a few of us drool. Of course, with Computex having finished, it was bound to be a busy press week so of course I’d have several releases to catch up on. I already saw the tweets for the new RGB lighting control and I have to say that I love what I’ve seen. On top of that though, we have some new case concepts, as well as the launch of a water resistant K68 keyboard. The LED control on Corsair’s RGB products looks fantastic. Of course, photos tend to do that, but it seems like we’re getting the option of individual LED control which is a great addition to products like the Crystal series cases. The concepts that were showcased at CES look like they were pretty fun to design, even if they don’t end up as consumer level products. Forget water cooling builds, you can fit small children (or reviewers) inside the design of the one case. On top of that, Corsair released a water resistant keyboard while managing to still give us mechanical switches and LED backlighting. While I’m not prone to spill stuff on my keyboard, I did have a cat puke on one which effectively ruined it as well, so water resistant can be extremely useful to have. There’s a few shots of the products so you have a rough idea of what happened, but for full details simply follow the links below. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about that beautiful RGB awsomeness being showcased in ...



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Oh Deepcool, I love you! Not only did I get the chance to build in the Genome II recently and find out how great of an experience it was, but you send your press releases in Word documents. You know how to make a freelance journalist’s life so much easier in so many ways. Oh! Deepcool has an awesome RGB air cooler and case coming out. I’m surprised that RGB air coolers are so few and far between, but 2017 seems to be the year to bring more options to the market. With the Gammaxx GT, not only do we have the obvious option of an RGB fan, but Deepcool integrated the customizable lighting into the top cover as well. Following the cooler, Deepcool is adding the Earlkase RGB case to their lineup as well. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any included fans with the chassis, but the case is strongly catering to liquid cooling enthusiasts who are unlikely to keep stock fans in their rig anyways. What would normally seem like a cop-out ends being a strong value proposition since the MSRP is only $79.99. Considering the size and features, I feel like it’s a pretty good deal. Check out the full press releases below so you can see some images, find out more details, and determine if one of these designs needs to end up in your future building plans. While I’m pretty excited about what I see here, I’m still waiting for that official launch of the amazing Quadstellar case I saw at CES. Nobody can convince me of a good reason why one ...



Changing an Award? Rosewill Nighthawk 117 Overview and Promotion

I don’t make a habit of updating reviews or redoing a product. A reviewers life is one of commitment! On the other hand, sometimes I miss all the details of what’s going on and I end up with a second case. That’s alright though because Rosewill is having some nice promotions and being able to run through the Nighhawk 117 again was a great experience. Check out the video for a quick overview of the case again, but you can also check out our full review right here. After that, I’ll also include the details for Rosewill’s promotion which gives you some sweet savings on the case. For an additional 15% off the Nighthawk use the promo code and following link: RWTHH15 http://bit.ly/2ocSJOt Finally, I need to update my award. The issues that made me decide on a Great Hardware Aaward last time basically disappeared. Considering that and the lower pricing that doesn’t even include the promo code, the Rosewill Nighthawk 117 gets an upgrade to an Editor’s Choice Award! (I’ve missed building in full towers!)






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